African American Issues Archives

Anyone who’s ever been hit by their better half in the middle of the night knows that snoring can be pretty frustrating for the person who isn’t the actual snorer. And anyone who’s ever done the hitting can tell you that it is about as high on the annoyance list as annoyances get.

But most tend to get over it, as their pretty little bird tweets away deep into dreamland. That said, not everyone has to share chambers with Shaquille O’Neal, all 7-1 and 300-pound whatever of him. If your better half sounds like a hummingbird, then this guy has to come off like a full blown diesel semi-engine.

So now we finally get clarification on what the hell happened to the BET Roster and why many celebrities we thought would make the cut got snubbed this year. We get the mishap from the man that runs the show Mr. Stehpen Hill who is the Executive VP of BET sat down and dished to the world on what happened with this years BET Award roster. He speaks on Trina’s vulgar response via twitter and all the support she receive from the other celebs (Read More) How were the nominees chosen for this year’s BET Awards?

Stephen Hill: Like every time, there’s a collection of music industry folks, bloggers, music writers and, most importantly, a collection of fans that were gleaned from We call it the Voting Academy. We had fans, music writers, bloggers and music industry folks.

Why wasn’t Trina nominated in the Female Hip Hop category?

Okay, that was because Trina didn’t submit a video that was in during the eligibility period. Let me back up. To be eligible, here’s what you have to have: a video that’s submitted and then first played on BET…between April 1 of one year and March 30 of the next year. So for this eligibility period it would be April 1 of 2010 to March 30 of 2011. She did not release a video to us in that time. “Million Dollar Girl” came in March. I think it was March 12 or so of 2010. And so she was in last year’s nominees for that. While she was featured in Lola Monroe’s video, the rules are you have to release a video of your own. You have to be the primary artist on it. You can’t be just the feature artist and be eligible. So that’s why Lola Monroe was eligible but Trina was not for this year because it came out this year. So I’ve reached out to her camp. I’ve talked to the head of her label. And actually the only reason I might get off this call is because I may be getting a call from Trina while this call is going on.

If she calls you just go ahead and jump off.

And I want to be clear: We love Trina, we work with Trina. She performed “Million Dollar Girl” on Rip the Runway in February of 2010. So we love Trina. We definitely understand that it’s a misunderstanding. And I’ll tell you now, if I were Trina and I’d released something during the eligibility period and it had not been nominated, I probably would’ve had a little bit of side-eye too. But the truth is she just wasn’t in the eligibility period.

Trina wasn’t the only one throwing the side-eye. Diamond shouted her out on Twitter, and even Nicki Minaj criticized the nominees. Does that concern you at all? READ MORE

Remembering Malcolm X

Today marks the 86th Birthday of slain civil rights leader El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more widely known as Malcolm X. “By Any Means Necessary” was the model that he lived by, in which he taught us The public speaker and human rights activist was gunned down back in 1965 just before giving a speech in Harlem, in front of his family and a group of other muslim followers. So on this day we salute him and his legacy.

Gucci Mane Gets Out Of Jail In 45 Days

According to my homegirl Mz. Shyneka of Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, she has released statements that the homie Gucci Mane will be out of jail by the end of June. Which is 15 months earlier than we expected. Gucci, who’s real name is Radric Davis, appeared in a Fulton County jail Monday afternoon and in less than an hour, he got the best news of his life. READ MORE

Game Releasing “R.E.D. Album” August 23rd

West coast emcee Game has settled on a release date for his long-awaited “The R.E.D. Album.” The rap star sent out a tweet this week announcing that his next record will be arriving in stores on August 23rd. Game went on to say that fans don’t need to worry about the album being delayed again. He explains that he decided on an August release after a conference call with Interscope Records and music executive Jimmy Iovine. Game recently released the video for “The R.E.D. Album’s” first single, “Red Nation.” The clip for the Lil Wayne-assisted track has been banned by MTV and BET, but has already collected more than two-million views on YouTube. READ MORE

Celebrities In Outrage Over BET Nominations

Last night BET released the highly anticipated list for the 2011 BET Awards Show nominees. To our dismay myself and many other people with any since instantly were left with the WTF look on our face, when we heard the nominees for Best Female Hip Hop and Best R&B Album.
First off, for anyone that is into or knows GOOD music you would have automatically questioned the fact of why Monica, Keyshia Cole, and Tank.

Right after the nominee list was released a few of the ladies who didn’t make the cut went to twitter to express their feelings.

Trina snubbed for best Hip Hop artist:

Keyshia Cole snubbed for Best R&B Artist:

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Event though Tank got snubbed, he went to defend R Kelly saying he should have been in that line up: READ MORE

Cali Swag District’s “M-Bone” Shot Dead

One of the members of hit rap group Cali Swag District died last night, according to group member, C-Smoove. While details have not been revealed yet, C-Smoove took to his Twitter account where he posted a message eulogizing Cali Swag District’s M-Bone.

“Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye rip bone,”


People suffering from diabetes may face another medical problem. A newly released study says those who suffer from the blood sugar disease are also at higher risk for certain cancers. Researchers polled nearly 400-thousand adults in a phone survey. They discovered 16 out of every 100 diabetic men and 17 out of every 100 diabetic women said they’re also dealing with cancer. An earlier study released in April found diabetic women showing an eight-percent increased risk of developing cancers. Diabetic men had a nine-percent higher risk when prostate cancer was deleted from the data.