TINIE TEMPAH: HUNGER TV

ImageBritish rap sensation Tinie Tempah is the latest subject of Rankin‘s lense. Shot for Hunger TV and to accompany a photo shoot, the short film sees Tinie draped in fall fashion installments from PradaLanvin, and Dolce & Gabbana. Trampolining his way through the entire film, the musician from Plumstead, South London gives one energetic performance. We wouldn’t be suprised if he wanted to Pass Out afterwards.

Scope of Sandy’s Devastation Widens, Tempers Flare

Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and theNew Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages, and waits for relief supplies. The total killed in one of the biggest storms to hit the United States jumped by a third on Thursday, to 98. In New York City, 40 people have been found dead, half of them in Staten Island, which was overrun by a wall of water on Monday.Among the dead in Staten Island were two brothers, aged 2 and 4, who were swept from their mother’s arms after her car stalled in rising flood waters. Their bodies were found near each other in a marshy area on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino planned to visit Staten Island on Friday amid angry claims by some survivors that the borough had been ignored. Scenes of angry storm victims could complicate matters for politicians, from President Barack Obama just four days before the general election, to governors and mayors in the most heavily populated region in the United States. Obama so far has received praise for his handling of Sandy. “They forgot about us,” said Theresa Connor, 42, describing her Staten Island neighborhood as having been “annihilated.” “And (Mayor Michael)Bloomberg said New York is fine. The marathon is on!” Read it at Yahoo.

50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather Done

ImageThe relationship between 50 Cent and pound-for-pound kingFloyd Mayweather Jr. is over. The breakup, rumored for weeks, was announced by 50 Cent on Twitter on Thursday. It means featherweight titlist Billy Dib, one of the fighters who 50 Cent signed, will make his next defense on the undercard of Miguel Cotto’s fight against junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout on Dec. 1 (Showtime) at Madison Square Garden in New York. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, announced during Mayweather’s two-month summer incarceration for domestic abuse that he had formed TMT Promotions, which is short for “The Money Team”and is what Mayweather calls his entourage. 50 Cent and Mayweather were going to promote fights together, and 50 Cent also strongly hinted that the company would promote Mayweather’s fights instead of Golden Boy Promotions, which has been promoting Mayweather’s events since 2007. TMT Promotions was licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission in July, and 50 Cent signed multiple fighters, including undefeated former unified featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa, Australia’s Dib, and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell. CONTINUE READING…

Knicks continue impressive start by taking care of Sixers

A tip-off time of 12 noon in the NBA can often be trouble for both teams. It’s a quirk in the schedule for a league whose players are used to gearing up to perform at their peak sometime after 7:30 p.m., so the broken routine can result in some rough basketball during those early afternoon starts. That certainly wasn’t the case Sunday afternoon for the Knicks. New York seemed to pick up right where it left off after its season-opening blowout win over the Heat, and got big performances from Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith on the way to a 100-84 victory over the Sixers — one that really seemed to come fairly easily. Anthony was aggressive on both ends of the floor from the very start, scoring efficiently from inside and out while busting it on defense at the same time. He had a vicious blocked shot early on, and was seen diving into the stands to chase down loose balls. The Knicks had excellent ball movement on offense, thanks to Jason Kidd playing alongside Raymond Felton in the starting lineup. And when they needed a little extra firepower, there was J.R. Smith lighting it up from deep off the bench. Anthony had 15 points by halftime, and finished with 27 on just 18 shots. Smith had 20 points and nine rebounds, and drained four of his five attempts from three-point distance. The ball movement, spacing on offense, and team defense — all of which have been great for New York consistently through its first eight quarters of the season — are pleasant surprises from a team that hasn’t showed positives there regularly in even one of those categories in a very long time. CONTINUE READING…

The 2012 Soul Train Awards: A Sinful, Soulful Three Day Event in Vegas!

ImageGet ready for a three-day weekend of fun in Las Vegas for the 2012 Soul Trail Awards. This year’s featured performers include John Legend, Fantasia, and Charlie Wilson. Jody Watley and Keri Hilson will also be hitting the stage, as two of this year’s presenters, alongside this year’s host, funnyman Cedric the Entertainer. Guess who’s getting the Lifetime Achievement Award? New Edition. It’s about to be on and crackin’ because, first of all, New Edition is going to be in the building; two, it’s going to be a three-day weekend of crazy fun performances and comedy; and three… it’s in Vegas. Need we say more? The party will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 8 with a night full of comedy at Planet Hollywood. Friday will be a Comedy All Star showcase, and Saturday will be the main event along with a golf tournament.

This morning I was reading up on actor Ira Aldridge (Adrian Lester is playing him in a new stage production at the Tricycle theater in London – see Sergio’s announcement HERE), and I stumbled upon this video of Chiweter Ejioforperforming Hamlet, from Lawrence Bridges’ 2005 documentary Why Shakespeare?, which featured similar performances, as well as reflections on the Bard, from the likes of Tom Hanks, Michael YorkMartin SheenJulie TaymorWilliam ShatnerBill PullmanMichael RichardsChristina Applegate, and of course Chiwetel Ejiofor, and a few others. The National Endowment for the Arts commissioned the short 20-minute work, which is embedded after the Chiwetel excerpt. I thought it would be a safe Sunday post, since we rarely do any posting on the weekends.

First here’s the captivating Chiwetel doing Hamlet:

ARISE 100: DYNAMIC WOMEN

In boardrooms and parliaments, on television and the stage, women are increasingly making their presence felt across Africa and on the world stage. The inaugural ARISE 100 list champions just some of the remarkable women shaping modern Africa today. Icons such as Angélique Kidjo, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Charlize Theron sit alongside lesser-known heroines such as scientist Tebello Nyokong, social entrepreneur Wendy Luhabe and political comedian Odile Sankara. We share their stories and record their amazing achievements in the fields of politics, business, campaigning, fashion, science and technology, arts and literature, media and communications, law, sport and entertainment.The African Union has christened this the African Women’s Decade, so what better time to celebrate the women changing the face of Africa on the continent and around the world? This is their time.

To Name A Few 

Business + Law

Ayo Obe, Vice Chair, National Crisis Group, Nigeria
Bridgette Radebe, President, South African Mining Development Association, SA
Cherie Blair, lawyer, UK
Dambisa Moyo, economist, Zambia/US
Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Ethiopia
Eva Muraya, co-founder and CEO, Color Creations Group, Kenya
Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Gambia
Genevieve Sangudi, Managing Director, Carlyle Group Africa, Tanzania
Hajia Bola Shagaya, founder and CEO, Bolmus Group International, Nigeria
Irene Charnley, CEO, Smile Telecoms, SA
Isabel dos Santos, investor and businesswoman, Angola
Jonitha Gugu Msibi, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, SA
Maria Ramos, CEO, Absa Group, Portugal/SA
Minoush Abdel-Meguid, co-founder, Union Capital, Egypt
Monhla Hlahla, Chair, IDC, SA
Ngozi Edozien, Director, Actis West Africa, Nigeria
Nombulelo ‘Pinky’ Moholi, CEO, Telkom SA LTD, SA
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, CEO, Arcelormittal South Africa, SA
Phuti Malabie, CEO, Shanduka Group, SA
Rosalind Kainyah, Vice President, External Affairs & CSR, Tullow Oil, Ghana/UK
Stella Kilonzo, Chief Executive, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
Susan ‘Santie’ Botha, Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University, SA
Teresa Heinz Kerry, businesswoman and philanthropist, US
Thuli Madonsela, public protector, SA
Tsega Gebreyes, Managing Partner, Satya Capital, Ethiopia/UK
Wendy Ackerman, retail tycoon, SA
Wendy Luhabe, social entrepreneur, SA

 CONTINUE READING FOR THE COMPLETE LIST….