*Angela Bassett and Gabrielle Union are the first presenters announced for the BET Awards ’13, hosted by Chris Tucker and taking place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m.
Previously announced performers include R. Kelly, Chris Brown and Miguel. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was recently announced as the honoree of the Humanitarian Award presented by State Farm, and Charlie Wilson will receive the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year, the festivities and excitement expands with the first-ever BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, a three-day weekend filled with comedy, gospel and soulful music concerts, seminars, film screenings and “106 & PARK” tapings.’
The Roots will perform on Saturday, June 29 at Club Nokia as well as curate a one-time-only hip-hop experience with Nelly, Eve, MC Lyte and Too $hort.
This year for the first time, the general public can purchase tickets to the BET Awards with a BET Experience VIP Package, which also includes 3-day tickets to nightly concerts at the Staples Center. http://www.axs.com/betexperience.
BET Mobile’s official BET AWARDS app is now available on iPhone and Android devices with exclusive photo, video and interactive content.
*Months after the release of his album trilogy, “The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2, & 3 ” (March 24), E-40 is set to release a double-LP collaborative project with Too $hort, titled “The History Channel.”
According to Billboard, the 34-song project is scheduled to debut on Nov. 6 and feature guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Kurupt, Ice Cube, Travis Porter, and more. Fans can pre-order “The History Channel” on iTunes today (Oct. 23).
“The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1,2,& 3″ debuted at No. 8 with 10,000 sold. Broken out, each version of the set also arrived, at Nos. 9 (“Soil 2″; 8,000), 10 (“Soil 1″; 8,000) and 13 (“Soil 3″; 7,000).
Aside from prepping “The History Channel,” E-40 has launched an online clothing store, E40Gear, which features merchandise and apparel for both men and women.
*Uncle Too $hort has released the music video for his latest release, “Trying to Come Up.”
The track from his Cd “No TrespASSing,” features CO and is in stores now. The album includes collaborations with Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Twista, E-40, Rico Tha Kidd, Dom Kennedy and more.
“Trying to Come Up” is actually a very positive song and video (directed by Joslyn Rose Lyons) from an artist who’s been in the news for giving the wrong kind of advice to young boys. This could be Too $hort’s chance to redeem himself.
Other that the f-word (once) and N-word (2 or 3 times), it’s safe for work. We recommend that you check it out:
*After Too $hort repented for his obscene video advice to teen boys, sharing with them how to turn a girl out, he’s moved forward and has continued to address the issue.
Parents and other outraged responded to his video saying it promoted sexual assault.
In an interview with AllHipHop.com, the Oakland raised rapper owned up to his mistakes and his pervasive lyrics.
“At the time, I thought it was something of a comedy nature. As they released it, it was put up in such an irresponsible manner. They just put up a headline without any type of real description of its intended nature,” says Too $hort. “It’s been a blessing in disguise, though, because as the negative reactions poured in, my first reaction was to just be like, ‘it’s just a damn joke.’ It took a moment though to understand what was really taking place here. Initially, I was being nostalgic about my situation growing up
with games like ‘Hide and Go Get It’ – you know just doing stuff as bad little kids. That goes from learning to how kiss to a lot more than that. I say that it was a blessing in disguise because I had a conversation with Dream Hampton about it. Immediately when this happened I began to question why anybody would release the video in the manner that they did, and why would I even allow myself to be recorded?”
He continued the conversation explaining the revelations he received regarding his actions and when he began to get responses like he did, he knew his video was far from a joke.
*The Color of Change organization has started an online petition calling for the firing of XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten.
They want her head because under her watch the magazine/website posted a video of 45-year-old rapper/pimp Too $hort advising young boys on how to “turn girls out” and “take it to the hole.”
Yep, you read that correctly.
The video – which features $hort advising middle school boys to “take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens” – has resulted in the suspension of several unnamed XXL staffers and apologies from both Too $hort and Satten.
CoC says not only is the graphic monologue is disturbing, so is the willingness of Harris Publications, which owns XXL, for giving that kind of dangerous rhetoric a platform.
On its website, the organization says:
“Join us in calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten, who presides over the workplace culture that allowed such a grave misstep. When we do, we’ll send a message to the entertainment media industry that we won’t be silent when it broadcasts commentary that promotes sexual violence against girls and women.”
*Everybody is making apologies these days, even racy XXL Magazine.
The publication issued an apology for some ‘controversial’ relationship advice to teens Too $hort released via the site in a video.
“When you get to late middle school, early high school and you start feeling a certain way about the girls. I’m gonna tell you a couple tricks,” Too Short says in the video. “A lot of the boys are going to be running around trying to get kisses from the girls. We’re going way past that. I’m taking you to the hole.”
Oh, and that’s not all.
He then goes into detail on how to pleasure a girl.
“Take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens,” the rapper said.
Hold the phone homeboy. That’s a little much for the babies.
A petition against the magazine and video demands that XXL’s Editor in Chief Vanessa Satten be fired, saying the ‘advice’ promotes rape for young girls.
“The minds and bodies of black girls are continually under attack,” the petition reads. “Those in charge at XXL, particularly Vanessa Satten the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, value the security of young black women so little that they chose to trade it for page-views. Let them know that we will not sit and watch while they wage war.”
The video has been taken down, but the damage has been done.
And the rapper attempted to clean it up with an apology.