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News Update: August 10th

by Lady Glock

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Wednesday's been a big day. Here's your news:

Rapper Beanie Sigel was released from a New Jersey prison yesterday. Sigel was in prison for federal gun and drug charges. He still faces a re-trial (which starts Sept. 19) for an attempted murder in Philly. His last album The B. Coming was recorded while he was locked up.

LLoyd Banks and Young Buck were both arrested after a Madison Square concert, on charges of gun possession. They were released with out bail on Tuesday.

A makeup artist has dropped a law suit against rapper Snoop Dogg. The woman alleged that she was drugged and raped by Snoop and others from his crew after he appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” two years ago.

For those who prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, rapper 50 Cent is promoting his tell all autobiography entitled From Pieces to Weight. The book is a retelling of “living the American Dream — get your start by selling crack cocaine, make your escape through hip-hop music, and once you've made it big, peddle sneakers.”

A man in Nebraska recently bought 30 bricks from the recently demolished Detroit Artillery Armory on Eight Mile in Oak Park, Detroit for $685. They were all signed by Eminem who grew up on Eight Mile (which y'all should know by now). The commemorative bricks were part of a fund-raiser for the rapper/producer's charity the Marshall Mathers Foundation as well as the Eight Mile Boulevard Association.

R&B artist Ciara is stealing all the awards. She has five nominations for the Lady Soul Train Awards. Soulstress Aretha Franklin will also be honored.

Director John Singleton explains how he tries to balance his “message movies” with his “popcorn movies”. His new movie Four Brothers opens this Friday.

Speaking of Four Brothers, rapper/actor Andre Benjamin talks about his new career in the movie business to The Associated Press.

That's it for the News Update today. Stay tuned!