NYC-based marketing/PR firm the 135th Street Agency kicked off BET Hip Hop Awards Week with its 5th Annual BBQ – now in Atlanta for the first time (instead of Harlem). On a beautiful starry night, nearly 400 VIPs packed Piedmont Park’s Magnolia Hall, including event co-hosts Fonzworth Bentley and Kelly G (BET’s Sr. Music Supervisor), along with featured DJs Drama, Trauma and Traci Steele.

Guests sipped complimentary Remy V cocktails and FUZE drinks while chowing on hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausages, bbq chicken, potato salad, baked beans, corn, Popeye’s fried chicken and an assortment of cupcakes from Cocktail Cupcakes and Tasty Cakes ATL.

While attendees danced and dined, notables such as THe Lovly Dondria, Ray J, Da Brat, French Montana, Devyne Stephens, Lil Duval, Verse Simmonds, Jovita Moore (WSB TV anchor), Kwanza Hall (Atlanta City Council), Faune Watkins, D.Woods, Shanti Das, Derek J and comedian Shawty mixed and mingled.

Universal Pictures was on hand to promote their upcoming action-comedy Tower Heist, starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. Guests enjoyed a little Tower Heist experience in the ever-popular OMG Booth, and went home with gift bags filled with swag from Dr. Miracles, Carol’s Daughter, Rocksmith, Mixed Chicks, The Source and JUICY Magazine. READ MORE

Tweet Looking At 2012 Album Release

Tweet is gearing up for the release of her new untitled studio album. The singer was last on the scene six yeas ago during the release of her second album, “It’s Me Again.” Due to lackluster sales Tweet has been under the radar. Tweet made her debut being featured in Missy Elliott’s “Take Away” video, singing vocals which replaced the original’s version Meelah (formerly of R&B group 702). Years later she released her first album “Southern Hummingbird,” which spawned two hit singles. READ MORE

Deryl Dedmon is being charged with running over James Craig Anderson, an African American man, with his pickup truck because of the color of his skin. Dedmon pleads not guilty although he can be seen on tape running over the man who obviously was trying to get away from him.

Deryl Dedmon, 19, is charged with running down James Craig Anderson, 49, with a pickup on Jun. 26 in Jackson, Mississippi. Authorities have called the case a hate crime and the U.S. Department of Justice has launched its own investigation into whether federal charges can be brought. READ MORE

Kimsha Artest has recently been in the media speaking about her dislike for Shaunie ever since she was removed from the Basketball Wives LA Season, and Shaunie has finally answered back. Kimsha was first introduced on the first episode but viewers have noticed her obvious removal from the other episodes. Kimsha lashed out at Shaunie claiming her to be fake while removing her but keeping the woman who supposedly slept with her ex husband. There were also rumors that stated there was a confrontational fight between the two which now Shaunie vehemently denies.

During an interview with Madame Noire, Shaunie sets the record straight regarding Kimisha and their alleged fight and also makes it clear that ‘Basketball Wives’ LA is strictly business and that she had no say in who should be a part of the show and who couldn’t be. She also took that time to clear up rumors concerning her causing drama for ratings and dished the dirt on what to expect from Basketball Wives Miami Season 4. READ MORE

Tia and Tamara had a hit television sitcom at the age of 17, fame and fortune, but it also came with a price as the twins discussed not having any friends on their episode of ‘When I Was 17”. Starring in popular sitcom “Sister Sister” although heavily syndicated, the two talk to MTV saying being famous was not good for their social life. “Having a show and going to school was horrible. Really, really bad. We had no friends,” the twins say.

The girls’ childhood friend Jessica blamed their lack of friends on their busy schedule. “They didn’t go to school all the time because they were working on the set, so I’m sure it was difficult for them to form friendships,” she explains. But the girls had a different side of the story. If anyone doesn’t remember, “Sister, Sister” was about twins who were separated at birth, run into each other in a department store and move in together with their adoptive mom and dad. “I can remember the kids picking on us. They would literally scream at us and say, ‘Your show sucks!’ “Tamera recalls.

Tia wasn’t about to take that lying down. READ MORE

Erykah Badu was spotted out at the BET Hip Hop Awards. The popular award show took place in Atlanta’s Civic Center.   Fortunately, I was able to attend the rehearsal shows and the award show. One of the most interesting acts was Erykah Badu. She hit the stage with rapper Lupe Fiasco and put on a show that wowed the crowd.

Erykah came onto the stage in quite a mysterious way. She performed for a bit and then later revealed a mask that covered her face.  Erykah’s always been known for her eclectic style.  I don’t wanna reveal too many details about the performance ruin the show for yall to view on October 11th.

Just know that this performance is a must see! Erykah and Lupe were the last two that I would have predicted to perform together. Check out the rest of the pics from their performance together below: READ MORE

LL Cool J and his lovely wife Simone took over the BET hip-Hop awards stage taking this years “Am Hip-Hop Icon trophy in honour of his career achievements.

The legendary rapper has had a successful career in hip-hop for more than 20 years, has recorded 12 studio albums and had several hit singles. LL will be following in the footsteps of Ice Cube, Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash and Salt-N-Pepa, who have all been honoured with the achievement award.

Other nominees for awards include Drake, Eminem and Lil Wayne – had an incredible 18 nominations.
The 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air October 11 on BET. Here are all the pic’s. READ MORE

Supporters and Family Attend Troy Davis Funeral

A crowd over more than 1,000 people attended the funeral held today for Troy Davis who was executed on September 21 for the death of off duty officer Mark MacPhail in 1989 although he proclaimed his innocence until the time of his execution. The funeral was held in Savannah, Ga at the Jonesville Baptist Church.

Speakers at the service included Davis’ nephew, Antone’ De’Juan Davis-Correia, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock of Atlanta, who served as a spiritual adviser to Davis on death row. Davis’ nephew told local NBC affiliate WSAV-TV that the family is gratified by the outpouring of support and will continue to fight for the abolishment of the death penalty. READ MORE