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Looking At My "Gucci" Sneaks. . .

Kick It!: Nike Dunk High Supreme Spark LE

Wow! I'm in love with these sneakers! The sought-after "Gucci" Nike Dunk High Supreme Spark LE are now available at my favorite New York sneaker boutique Extra Butter. And they are crazy hot! The kicks, priced at $135, were designed by sneaker aficionado DJ Clark Kent. Cop these NOW! because they are bound to sell out instantly.

Props to Extra Butter


Crazy in D.C.

Two weekends ago, I traveled to Washington, DC with hopes of maybe catching President Barack Obama at the Oval Office.

No dice.

Instead, I went to Madame Tussauds wax museum where not only did I bumped into President Obama, I said "Hi" to Beyoncé, chatted with Jennifer Lopez and hanged out with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.


I ain't no dummy. Get it? Oh, check out the video.

Song Playing:

Cocoa Tea -- "Barack Obama"


Trip-Wire: An Actor's Joy & Pain in Nepal

Re-Wired: Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe
(photo from Brooklyn Circus Blog|Darius Vick)

When HBO's critically-acclaimed drama The Wire took its bow two years ago, you could hear the collective sighs from TV watchers across the nation, including myself. I have never been addicted to one television drama in my life until The Wire. One of the many actors I enjoyed watching on the series was Nigeria native Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played the fictional character Chris Partlow, Marlo Stanfield's drug partner and ruthless assassin.

Since the series ended, Gbenga (pronounced "banga") has cut his hair, appeared on a few television shows and, most recently, he starred in the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Also, Hip-Hop Fact: Gbenga is the cousin of D.C. rapper Wale.

Gbebga also is dabbling in writing.

He penned a travelogue article of his personal adventure in Thorong Phedi, Nepal for the New York Times newspaper. The actor fought back pain during his 17,769 feet trek up into the Himalayan Mountains. He also discovered another world where people have never seen a black person before. After enduring dehydration and altitude sickness, he finally reached the summit. Afterward, Gbenga felt rejuvenated and inspired. It's a fascinating read.

NYTimes: In Nepal, a Long, Cold Climb to Inspiration

Also, check out Gbenga's radio interview with Angela Yee where he discusses his trip to Nepal and two new movie projects: The Edge of Darkness (with Mel Gibson) and The Lottery Ticket (with Ice Cube and Bow Wow).

Props to Angela Yee and her Team -- they have an awesome rap blog!


Old-School Sunday: Nas - "If I Ruled The World" Live @ The Royal Albert Hall

Props to the. Life Files

If I ruled the world . . .

Everyone would get universal health care.

It's not about black or white.

It's not about rich, middle-class or poor people.

It's about everyone getting proper medical coverage without going through bureaucratic red tape and bullshit.

It's about men, women and young adults being able to go to a doctor when they are sick and not have to worry about getting slapped with a hefty medical bill.

Wake up Congress! America is dying sloooowly.

Ya feel me?


Roc On: Grandmaster Roc Raida

Solid As A Roc: Grandmaster Roc Raida (1972-2009)

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For Grandmaster Roc Raida, an influential DJ with the turntablist group the X-Ecutioners (aka the X-Men). The legendary DJ passed away Sept. 19 from complications related to a mixed martial-arts accident.

A New York native, Roc Raida (real name Anthony Williams) was an infamous figure on the DJ battle scene in the early '80s along with fellow X-Men brethren Rob Swift, Mister Sinister and Total Eclipse. Arguably, the greatest trick DJ in hip-hop history, Roc won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1995.

In addition, he released seven solo albums along with several group LPs with the X-Ecutioners. Before Roc's untimely death, he had been Busta Rhymes' live DJ.

"I never met a more humble man in the industry," eulogizes Busta on his Twitter page. "So unbelievably talented and most importantly such beautiful spirit. I love you my brother. I will never let your name die DJ Roc Raida! We love you, we miss you and we'll never stop reppin' you!"

Anthony "DJ Roc Raida" Williams is survived by his loving wife Tyeasha Williams, three beautiful daughters (Asia, Nyra and Tia), one son (Earl Tyric Smiley), his mother (Brenda Williams-Bolling), step-father (Clarence Bolling), and several aunts, cousins and dear friends.

A memorial service/funeral for Roc Raida will be held in New York on Sept. 24:

MT Nebo Baptist Church

1883 Adam Clayton Powell JR Blvd (7th Avenue) & 114th St.

Harlem, N.Y.

Viewing: 10am - 12:30pm
 | Service: 12:30- 3pm


Nah Right: Audio: Busta Rhymes Remembers Roc Raida

Unkut: A Musical Salute to Roc Raida

(R.I.P.) Rest in Power Roc Raida!

After the cut, check out why Grandmaster Roc Raida scratches were so damn Frrreeesshhh!

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