Later in the show, Arsenio and T Pain discuss the ins and outs of auto tune, where T Pain impresses the audience with a rare acapella performance before hitting the stage to perform his single “Up Down!”
*An arrest warrant has been issued for Kid ‘N Play rapper Christopher Reid’s after he failed to show up for a court-ordered progress hearing on Thursday, reports TMZ.com
Reid was arrested for driving drunk in July, 2010, and pleaded no contest. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to take an alcohol education program, attend counseling and pay $1,400 in fines.
However, after missing multiple court dates tied to the charge, he was detained on an outstanding warrant on August 9 when officers showed up at his house in Los Angeles. He was later released after paying a small fine.
The “House Party” star was again due to appear in court on Thursday (Jan 5) for a progress hearing but L.A. County Superior Court officials issued a bench warrant for his arrest after Reid was declared a no-show.
According to TMZ, Kid is aware of the situation and sent his lawyer to the court this morning to sort out the issue, which he claims came down to innocent.
*Veteran rapper Play of Kid ‘n Play is set to host the 11th annual Holy Hip Hop Awards.
Play, whose real name is Christopher Martin will co-host with radio personality Minister eDDIe Velez aka Da Prechin Puerto Rican, with music provided by DJ Dex, DJ Radikal and Higher Ground Record Pool.
The Holy Hip Hop Awards happen on April 17 at the North Event Venue and Lounge in downtown Atlanta, Ga.
Martin also teaches a bi-weekly class called Hip-Hop Seminar at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Fla. He has been serving as professional-in-residence with the school’s newly minted Institute for Hip Hop and Music Industry Studies since January.
*The Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County in conjunction with BulLion Entertainment will host “A Tribute to Ralph McDaniels” on Saturday, November 13, 2010, 1:00 p.m., at Queens Library at The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona.
The event will feature video presentations from Ralph McDaniels’ groundbreaking hip hop show “Video Music Box” as well as his most recent work as executive producer and host of “The Bridge”.
Ralph McDaniels will be interviewed by Mark “DJ Wiz” Eastmond, DJ/Producer, of the legendary hip-hop group Kid ‘N Play. The day would not be complete without testimonials and guest appearances from those in the music and hip-hop industry that have been a part of the life and career of “Uncle Ralph.”
The event will also include a special guest performance by DIOS Music hip-hop recording artists BDS (Alias DUNDEE and Hashim BING). The event is free and open to the public; young people are especially encouraged to attend. SEATING IS LIMITED; FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
Ralph “Uncle Ralph” McDaniels, hip-hop culture pioneer, entrepreneur, and visionary who created “Video Music Box”, the first music video show focused exclusively to an urban market-broadcast on public television.
Widely recognized by the music industry as the original tastemaker of the streets, McDaniels is president of Uncle Ralph Productions; he is also an on-air personality at New York’s Hot 97/WQHT and is one of the executive producers of “The Bridge”, which he also hosts.
McDaniels the creator of Onfumes.com, an interactive video hosting/on-demand Web site where registered users can access his archived collection of hip-hop and R&B videos, never-seen-before interviews, behind-the scenes footage, and up-and-coming urban artists and filmmakers.
McDaniels’ influence in hip-hop culture stems from the astounding success of his hip-hop music show and spans over 25 years through the millions of viewers, fans, and consumers who have supported him throughout his endeavors in radio, film, television, and the fashion industry.
Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. The Queens Library serves a population of 2.2 million in the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. With a record 23 million items in circulation for FY 2010, the Library has the highest circulation of any public library system in the U.S. and one of the highest circulations in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library Web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich Your Life ®.
*Good news for fans of the high-top fade and the funky Charleston. Kid and Play have reunited with plans on resurrecting hip-hop’s golden era party vibe at a concert venue near you.
The re-teaming of Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin comes more than a decade since the duo rode a wave of popularity in the late ’80s and early ’90s with rap classics such as “Rollin’ with Kid ‘n Play,” “Gettin’ Funky,” “Do This My Way,” “Funhouse,” and “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.”
In addition to music, the Kid ‘n Play found success with their own on the big and small screen with the “House Party” movie trilogy, the film “Class Act” and the NBC Saturday morning cartoon series, “Kid ‘n Play.” A brief alliance with Marvel Comics resulted in a comic book based on the animated show in 1992.
Despite the long hiatus, Reid feels the timing couldn’t be better for Kid ‘n Play to reintroduce themselves to old fans while garnering new fans.
“We actually jumpin’ back out there, my old partner Play and myself,” the entertainer shared with EURweb’s Lee Bailey at a recent party for LisaRaye’s new TV One reality series. “…we kind of felt that it was the right time and we like the energy out there. The public kind of let us know that they might be receptive to something like this. So we’re gonna go and have fun.”
Kid ‘n Play fans will be able to see the pair live when they hit the road for an upcoming tour this summer. The outing is slated to kick off June 25 in Detroit and continue with performances scheduled throughout July and August.
“We’re doing a bunch of touring dates this summer. We’ll be joined by groups like Full Force, Lisa Lisa, Montell Jordan,” Reid revealed. “Right now, they’re up to at least 20 and I think they’re trying to go 30 and beyond. It’s actually been encouraging. It seems to be kind of picking up momentum. We got some dates back East. I know we got one in Connecticut. And then we’re gonna do that Tom Joyner cruise. So that will be one of the kick off joints.”
The Kid ‘n Play reunion tour comes as a natural development after blazing individual paths outside the rap arena. Reid established a second career as an actor and stand-up comedian, while Martin ventured into the world of holy hip-hop after becoming a born-again Christian and moving to North Carolina, where he became a professor at North Carolina Central University and founded the multimedia company, HP4 Digital Works and online magazine, Brand Newz.
With their own lives firmly in place, thoughts of a reunion were not high on the list for Martin and Reid, who offered his own theory regarding the delay in hooking back up with Martin.
“I think there’s been various times when either one of us might not have been down for varying reasons. I don’t think it was anything personal. I think it was maybe just where we were at individually in life,” the entertainer said. “And I think we always trusted in the fact that we’d know when it was time to kinda get together. The cosmos would tell us. And so it feels right now. So you know we’re gettin’ the band back together. We’re loadin’ up the Ben Gay and Grecian formula and we’re gonna git ‘er done. [Laughs]“
“It’s just cool. We’ve been appearing at places together and hangin’ out. We’ve been having a blast,” continued Reid, who confessed that being back with Martin “feels very comfortable.” “It feels very natural and it feels like a lot of fun to this point.”
The Kid ‘n Play reunion isn’t the only high point for Reid and Martin. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first “House Party” movie. The movie not only launched Kid ‘n Play’s foray into film but also featured comedian Martin Lawrence and actress Tisha Campbell-Martin before they became household names on Lawrence’s hit sitcom, “Martin.”
One of the reasons behind the success of “House Party,” Reid believes, was the genuine relationship between him and his rhyme partner Martin and how their real-life personas translated onscreen.
“We grew up around the corner from each other. We came already packaged. I tell people we sold a million records before we ever made a movie…We were already like that. We danced like that. I looked like that. And that’s the thing. I think that’s was one of the reasons why the movie was successful,” Reid explained. “I think people kind of felt like it was organic, like these guys weren’t put together because we go way back.”
With the upcoming tour, the big question is whether or not Kid ‘n Play can still hit the moves they’re known for.
“Well this is what we gonna find out. This is why we running around the street like “Rocky” now tryin’ to get back into shape,” Reid stated while singing part of the theme from “Rocky” and referencing Sammy Davis Jr.’s knack for performing his trademark routines without a hint of stage rust. “We fashion a very high standard for ourselves over the years. We respect our audience enough and our standard is such that we’re not gonna come out there if it’s not gonna be hot. It’s gonna be hot.”
Dance moves aside, fans craving total nostalgia from Kid ‘n Play may also wonder if Reid will bring back his hi-top fade for the trek. After all, the hairstyle took on a life of its own, as it became the choice cut for many guys back in the day.
“Well that’s a whole ‘nother story. I hope ain’t nobody got their hearts set on that. We will be selling memorabilia Kid ‘n Play wigs at the merchandising table and Pajama Jammy Jam jammies and things of that nature,” a joking Reid said as he broke down the tour’s potential for success. “It’s one of those things. It’s very hard to compete with a younger version of yourself, but I just think that there’s a vibe out there right now with our audience that wants to kind of hearken back to, you know, that time when we was just having a lot more fun and maybe didn’t have as many responsibilities.
“So we’re very pleased with what’s been goin’ on to this point, the people that have been putting it together,” the entertainer added about his group’s desire to deliver a quality experience for concertgoers. “As long as it feels comfortable and it feels like we’re being creative and it’s something positive, then we’ll mess with it.”
Flashback: Check out Kid ‘N Play and the cast of “House Party” gettin’ their dance groove on:
*Tom Joyner’s 11th annual Fantastic Voyage, a.k.a. the “Ultimate Party with a Purpose,” is gearing up to set sail from Miami from May 16 to May 23 with a jam-packed line-up of musical acts, comedians, seminars, black art auction and Caribbean excursions.
Kevon Edmonds, Joe, Ledisi and KEM will lead an all-star tribute to the legendary R&B great Frankie Beverly, whose musical career spans more than 30 years. Other featured artists on the cruise include Charlie Wilson, Chuck Brown, Doug E Fresh and legendary funk groups Dazz Band, Ohio Players, Con Funk Shun and The Bar-Kays.
Joyner will host some 3000 guests on the seven day, six night cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas, which will sail to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, VI and Coco Cay, Bahamas.
The cruise will also feature CNN’s Soledad O’Brien hosting a “Black in America” panel for the third consecutive year, Joyner hosting a second consecutive seminar with presidents of several of the nation’s black colleges.
Political commentator Roland Martin will conduct a one-on-one interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan; author Terry McMillan will read from her latest book “Getting to Happy” as part of Sybil’s Book Club; and K-Ci & JoJo will join Omarosa and a host of celebrity reality stars as well as TV One hosts to participate in several activities.
Also, rapper Common will perform and screen his new movie, “Just Wright,” and “Project Runway” finalist Korto Momolu will show off her latest collection in a pool-side fashion show.
Comedians J. Anthony Brown, Gary Owen, Marvin Dixon, Damon Williams, AJ Jamal and Kier will be spreading the laughter in venues throughout the ship while more than a half dozen celebrated DJs — including Captain Charles, Cut Creator, Hollywood, Mixx Master Mitch, Vince Adams and Wiz — will be keeping cruise-goers dancing all week long.
For golfers, there’s a nine-hole scramble at St. Thomas’ Mahogany Run. There’s a “Shop ‘Til You Drop” excursion in St. Thomas. Aboard the ship, there will be an art exhibit and auction, featuring original works from Twin, Annie Lee, Frank Frazier and Leroy Campbell.
Throughout the weeklong cruise, there’ll be a host of celebrities relaxing and participating in the events, including Mekhi Phifer, Dr. J, Alonzo Mourning, Star Jones, Sanaa Hamri, Dru Hill, Kym Whitley and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
For the past 11 years, the cruise has raised more than $1 million each year for the Tom Joyner Foundation, which has the sole purpose of raising scholarship money to help keep students in black colleges.
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