News Update: August 19


Well, this week has been a very interesting and crazy week. Not only did I move back up to mASSachusetts, but a lot of things happend in the entertainment world as well! So let's get on it folks!

Sean Combs, alsk known as Puffy, Puff Daddy and most recently P. Diddy has changed his name once again. He is now simply “Diddy”. The “hip hop impresario” dropped the P in order to get closer to his fans. Don't look at me. I don't get it either.

At the beginning of the week, it was reported that rapper Eminem was seeking treatment for exhaustion. Now it turns out that he is actually in rehab for sleeping pills.

Rapper Kanye West is calling an end to gay bashing in Hip Hop. His statements have of course already sparked conversation of his own sexuality. Check out what Byron Crawford has to say about it. Note: I love how they used a photo that clearly makes Kanye look gay.

Speaking of encouragement, this year's Hip Hop Summit is focusing on teaching young people good money skills.. Rappers like Chingy, Nelly and J-Kwon are going to help Russell Simmons talk to kids about “basic banking, credit scores, car and home ownership, asset management and entrepreneurship.” Personally, I think that's a great thing to do. A lot of young people have no idea what it means to have a credit card, own a car or a home or just keep track of their funds. It's really great that this is the focus of this year's summit. But WHY did Simmons have to get three of the worst influences in the industry?

Snoop Dogg is stirring up a contraversy with his new junior football league.

India.Arie will be in a new documentary on VH1 entitled Tracking The Monster. In it she and actress Ashley Judd will visit different African countries that are struggling with AIDS. The documentary will air, commercial free, on Tuesday at 8 PM.

And finally, (purely for entertainment) the always masked members of Slipknot are trying to stop Burger King's new ad campaign in which they feature a band that also wears masks. The ad campaign is for the BK's new shtick chicken fries. The band itself is called Coq Roq and has songs like “Bob Your Head” and “Cross The Road”. I'm amazed how much this is getting noticed, and the other ad they have where a team of four black superheros prevent people from eating fried chicken by turning them on to chicken fries hasn't gotten any notice.

Well, that's it for today folks. Stay cool, stay clean and stay in control!