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October 22, 2004

News By: Nia B

Jay-Z is about launch his own line of cognac with Grey Goose. The cognac would compete with partner Damon Dash's Armandale vodka.

David Allen Grier is developing a new show for Fox titled the Davey Gee Show, a sketch comedy series similar to Keenan Ivory Wayan’s In Living Color, which helped launch Grier’s career.

Did you know that consumers plunked down an astonishing $3 billion last year for ringtones?

Another Jamie Foxx movie is in the works. Though contracts have yet to be signed, the Hollywood trades are reporting the actor/comedian will have a role in the Universal Pictures project “Jarhead,” a coming-of-age tale about a platoon of U.S. Marines during the Gulf War. Sam Mendes will direct, and Foxx will star opposite topliner Jake Gyllenhaal, and Lucas Black.

Bernie Mac’s reported walking pneumonia that has temporarily halted production of his Fox sitcom was laying dormant in the busy actor’s system several months ago. A rep for Bernie Mac says the show will go back into production in mid-November. “Ocean’s 12” which Mac is set to star in with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts opens Dec. 10.

Justice may finally be at hand in the unsolved murder case that helped spur America's Civil Rights movement. On Sunday, October 24, "60 Minutes" will look at new evidence in the 1955 lynching of Mississippi teen Emmett Louis Till. Henry Loggins, a black man whom some witnesses have alleged was forced to take part in Till's torture and slaying will be interviewed…

In the latest issue of “The Source,” Lil Kim talks candidly about her plastic surgery – from the breast implants to the nose jobs. She laughs when recalling the moment she told Puffy she was getting a rack lift. Queen Bee also tells “The Source” that her two nose jobs were done for more functional than cosmetic reasons after suffering repeated physical abuse from an ex-boyfriend.

New Edition is working on bringing old school R&B and hip-hop acts together on a nationwide tour. Hip-Hop and R&B icons like Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh, Guy and Jodeci are a few NE has hopes for joining a possible 25-city tour.

Rapper AZ is fed up with not getting the recognition he deserves. For 10 years, AZ has given us a variety of lyrical gems and well-crafted songs, which include, "Sugar Hill", "Mo Money, Mo Murder" & "I'm Back". However, AZ has still never achieved the commercial success he hoped for. With his fifth album Final Call, AZ will give it one final shot, in order to see if he can finally be recognized by the Hip-Hop world.

Motown legend Berry Gordy’s son, Berry Gordy IV is working with apparel company Romar Group to bring forth the Gordy collection. A line of clothing and artwork with 200 products ranging form t-shirts, formal dresses, handbags, and lithographs featuring legendary artists such as Rick James, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Gladys Knight. Look for items to appear online starting next month.



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