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Many African Americans have traced their roots through an ancestry DNA test. Nas becomes the first rapper to do so–and on TV.
The hip hop icon was invited by the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” to take a look to his past. But while Nas said he was up for the chance to trace his family tree he was unprepared for what was found.
When he viewed 1859 documentation of one of his ancestors being sold as a slave, he said he was shaken.
“First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale,” Nas said during a Television Critics Association panel discussion. “I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk.”
The information about his family history, he said also made him think about his ancestors’ contribution to America, he said, “and now I’m on a mission to find out more.”
Nas’ family’s tale is among those told on season two of “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Harvard University scholar, author and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr., debuting Sept. 23.
In all, the series will air in 10 parts and will trace celebrities’ ancestry. Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Sting, Stephen King, Billie Jean King, Derek Jeter, Courtney Vance, Khandi Alexander, writer/actress Anna Deavere Smith and chef Ming Tsai are among those who will also participate.
The show does DNA testing of a saliva sample and then does a detailed family history that Gates presents on camera to the guest. Most are surprised at the results. Alba’s heritage, for example, was traced to the ancient Mayans.
As far as Nas, when he was asked if his new awareness of his history will influence his music. He said, nothing is planned “but I think in some way it will happen on its own.”
You know things are really bad when the courts need to step in and take your money to pay what you owe. Just ask DMX. A judge recently found in favor of his ex-wife Tashera Simmons’ petition to collect child support. Apparently he stopped helping out once they split. Because of this, Mr. Earl Simmons will see up to $15,000 each month leaving his pockets. Take a look at 10 celebrities who also have seen their wages garnished and the ones who came very close.
The year 1994 marked the beginning of Hot 97’s epic annual Summer Jam concert. Twenty years later, the concert featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and r&b is still going strong and continues to showcase the biggest names in music. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Summer Jam.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s Only Performance At Summer Jam
The year was 1995 and Bigge Smalls was the king of New York rap. The year before he released his debut single Juicy and then followed that up with the platinum-selling album, Ready To Die. When he descended onto the Summer Jam stage in ‘95 as the headliner, the crowd went wild. Dressed like a dapper don in a three-piece suit, Big had the crowd on its feet for his entire set. That would be the first and last time the Brooklyn rapper would perform for the radio station’s mega concert. He was shot and killed nearly two years later.
The Cannes Film Festival is happening in the south of France while you’re at work. Oh well, we can look on and vicariously experience it right?
Taking place between the 14th and the 25th, it’s easily the most glamorous film festival in the world. During the week-plus of the event, a number of the movies that you’ll be seeing in theaters during the coming months make their public debut, with cinephiles looking for early word of what they should spend their ticket money on and what can wait until Netflix.
Here are a few things you ought to know about the goings on at the festival.
Growing up we learned Missy Elliot’s colorful lyrics verbatim and practicing her music videos’ choreography was the thing to do in the living room of your cousins’ house. While back then her music may have been all fun and games, now that we’ve gotten older we realize she was asking speaking a lot of truth about men folk — I don’t want no one-minute man anybody? Check out these 10 love lessons from Missy and tell us what you’ve learned from the icon rapper.
Never give up the things you like to do once you begin dating. Most importantly, do not financially support a man who mistreats you.
“Gave you all my dough
When you needed it all the time
I thought you was the one
But you just a hit and run
Gave up clubs and parties
I put them aside
I stopped going to all the parties”
Song: Beep Me 911 Ft. 702
Celebrities continue to prove they’re regular people just like the rest of us, unfortunately in some of the worst ways possible. When it comes to these celebs with child support drama it took a judge to get them to cough up cash for their kids. Were they to blame or were the mothers of their children asking for too much?
Nas was happy to take himself off of the market and marry singer Kelis but that marriage soon went up in flames. In December 2009, the Queensbridge rapper was ordered to pay the R&B singer $51,000 a month in alimony and child support, but the bad economy worked in Nas’ favor and 13 months later he was able to convince the judge that his payments should be lowered. Even though at one point Nas was in arrears and owed Kelis more than $300,000 in back child support, the judge agreed to lower his payments to $20,000 a month in alimony and $5,000 in child support.
50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Young Money, Trey Songz and more will hit the main stage of Hot 97′s Summer Jam this year.
Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, Miss Info, DJ Enuff and Mister Cee announced the line-up for the festival on Wednesday.
Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Nipsey Hussle, Chinx, Jhene Aiko, Mack Wilds, and August Alsina are booked for the festival stage.
Summer Jam 2014 goes down Sunday, June 1 at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Below, the full Summer Jam 2014:
Nicki Minaj with Lil Wayne and YMCMB
Dj Mustard with YG and Ty Dolla $ign
Read more about Summer Jam at EurWeb.com
Hype Williams has been making music videos since the early 90’s. With budgets that rivaled independent movies, Williams has worked with everyone in the game from The Notorious B.I.G. to Beyonce. Here’s a look at some of the 15 best Hype Williams music videos
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”
The Notorious B.I.G. made waves with his first single “Juicy” but it was his second single “Big Poppa” that really helped put the Brooklyn emcee on the map. Set inside of a brownstone with a club-type atmosphere, Biggie said his rhymes while party-goers danced and others gambled over a game of dice. There were plenty of cameos in the video as well, including Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Busta Rhymes, Heavy D and of course Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was there in a hot tub full of women along with his then-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones has been on the scene since the late ’80s, and as he has become one of the greatest rappers of our time (and all time), he’s managed to age gracefully and deliciously. The 40-year-old rapper, businessman and father of two might not be the luckiest in love (we still miss him and Kelis together), but if he’s looking for a new lady, I know quite a few women who would be up for the task. Hell I’ve seen quite a few ladies throw marriage proposals his way on social media alone. If you’re not that acquainted with the good looks of Nasty Nas, this one is for you. Enjoy!
Nas has made headlines quite a bit in the last two of weeks, but it hasn’t been for some amazing new music project or for a new movie that he’s starring in. Instead, he’s being mentioned by a couple of women who have played major roles in his life. Just yesterday we told you that his ex and mother of his 19-year-old daughter, Carmen Bryan, expressed concerns about his mental health. Now, his ex-wife, Kelis Rogers, is also discussing the iconic Queens rapper.
“I’ve been divorced for almost five years,” the “Bossy” singer told The Guardian Guide. “It’s over, I’m over it.”
Though she says their relationship is over, she says her ex-husband’s decision to speak openly about their breakup on his last album, “Life Is Good,” forced her to speak about it.
“But what I would say is that last year I was made more aware of it because my ex-husband decided to talk about stuff that I hadn’t shared with the world.”
“He slipped my wedding dress on to his album cover [2012's Life Is Good],” she explained. “So now I have to talk about it! I had no idea it was happening, I was like, ‘What the…?’”
While Kelis admits that the album forced her to discuss some things about her breakup, she says that talking about it didn’t really bother her too much.
“It didn’t affect my life. I’m not living that life now. I’m super-content and at peace.”
The Grammy Award nominee also discussed being labeled as an R&B artist.
“I was never an R&B artist. People coined me one but that’s because, especially if you’re in the States, if you’re black and you sing, then you’re R&B.”
As for her musical future, Kelis says she’s not sure if she’ll put out another album.
“I might make another album. I might make 10 more albums. I might never make another album again. It depends on how the mood suits me. I’m not declaring retirement but I’m just saying that I don’t have any musical ambitions any more.”
“After ‘Kelis Was Here’ I was done. I was like, ‘I will never put out another record again, I hate this business, I hate all these people.’ I was in this race that I didn’t even realise that I was in. I woke up and ten years had passed. That was never my plan. My desire was never to put out albums, it was to do musical theatre!”
Read Kelis’ full interview here.