NEWSLETTER

Updated:  August 1, 2002

Well it’s Caribana time again – or should I say “Toronto International Carnival”!  I’m getting out of the city for part of the weekend but I have to say that I recommend the events below for this Caribana weekend.  Especially the FREE concerts at Harbourfront – check out all the listings!!

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Each title will take you to the main page of my newsletter.  You can still click on any of the titles of the items listed and it will take you to information for each individual story or event.  This newsletter is still designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news, recap some of last week’s events and provide you with our upcoming event listings.   Welcome to those who are new members.  I will also highlight events for the next 10 days so click on EVENTS.

 

NEWS

 

MONICA SPEAKS: Singer tells all about recent tragedies.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Monica is exhaling. The singer, whose new CD, "All Eyez On Me," hits the stores on Sept. 17, told Sister 2 Sister Magazine's Jamie Brown about the emotional story about her ex-boyfriend's suicide.  In the September issue, Monica discusses having to fire a gun to get to the dying man and the medical condition that caused her to pass out on stage in DC, resulting in temporary paralysis. She also discusses her early career break.   Monica described the scene following her ex-boyfriend's self-inflicted gunshot, "I remember getting in the car ... grabbing him and pulling his head to me and I just felt something cover my left side. That was the side of his head that I realized was open. Just by the grace of God, the bullet didn't come out the other side. One of the officers told me, 'You don't realize where you were standing that if this bullet would have come out the other side of his head, it would be in you.'"

 

 

ASHANTI DISAPPOINTS IN JAMAICA: Lady of Soul Awardee doesn't deliver on stage, but she says being sexy is a good thing.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Our man in Jamaica, Kevin Jackson, reports that Ashanti made her debut performance in the island nation recently, at Reggae Sumfest's International Night.   The reggae festival featured performances from Bob Marley's son Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, (this year's Grammy award winner for Best Reggae Album), as well as Ja Rule and other reggae acts.   

Ashanti was disappointing to say the least. Not only CAN'T she dance, but girlfriend really can't sing, Jackson said. A lot of press folks have been bitching and asking, "What's all the hype on this sister, if she can't deliver?" After 3 songs, she left the stage. Her labelmate Ja Rule delivered the goods and had the crowd begging for more.
  The following night, Ashanti and Ja Rule performed at the annual beach bash Fully Loaded, in St. Catherine, where Ja Rule energized the crowd with his hits. Ashanti again was a disappointment, however, the crowd seemed to appreciate her song "Foolish" more than anything else.   In other Ashanti news, the singer has spoken out about her sexy photos and posters. She told German magazine Speigel Online, "I find sexy pictures erotic. And I love it when men find me erotic and I can boost their sex lives through my pictures... Why not?" she said. "Sex is not a bad thing, after all."

 

 

MISS AMERICA CHOOSES BRADY: Wayne Brady will host this year's pageant.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

The Miss America Pageant will welcome its very first African American emcee at this year's ceremony.  Comedic actor Wayne Brady, who gained fame from "Whose Line is it Anyway," will be hosing the event, the first black emcee in the pageant's 81-year history.   "My selection as host is also a defining moment, as I will be able to proudly represent the African-American community for the first time in this role," Brady said. But he also added, "I wasn't cast for my color. I bring a youthful energy to the proceedings."   The pageant, featuring contestants from the 50 states and D.C., airs at 8 p.m. ET, on Saturday, Sept. 21, on ABC.

 

 

MICHAEL GETS GOTTI? Murder Inc. head may team with Pop King.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

He's a thriller. He's bad. He's dangerous. But that's not stopping Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti from trying to hook up a deal with the Prince of Pop, Michael Jackson. According to a number of reports, Gotti had a meeting with Jackson at his Neverland Ranch two months ago to talk about bringing Jackson "back to his dominance."   "I was going to game two of the [New Jersey] Nets series, when they was playing the Boston Celtics," Gotti told MTV News. "My phone rings, and who's on it? Michael Jackson! He's like, 'Gotti, you're a genius and I gotta work with you.'"  Gotti continued that two hours after the meeting he considers one of the best meetings of his career, he almost convinced Jackson to get started that night, but as it turns out, Neverland Ranch, with its amusement park, running horses, animal park and statues, does not have a studio.   "He has no studio in his house," Gotti said, almost still in denial. "Can you believe it? We played music for him on a little tiny radio. I'm like, 'Mike, what's up, man? You got all the safaris and stuff. Where's the studio?'"

 

 

BEENIE MAN AND DAMIAN MARLEY FEATURED ON MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Beenie Man and Damian Marley are the only reggae acts, who contribute to the forthcoming soundtrack album to the movie "Blue Crush." The various artistes album will be released via Virgin Records on August 13. Beenie Man contributes the track "Party Hard" while Marley contributes a remake of his late dad, Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved," which has been renamed "And You Be Loved."   Other major acts featured on the soundtrack disc include rocker Lenny Kravitz, Beth Orton, Nikki Costa, and N.E.R.D.   

 

 

CANADIAN CONTENT: Rascalz' "Reloaded" Released

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

Rascalz' third studio album, "Reloaded", hits stores July 30, 2002. If the past is any indication of the future, "Reloaded" is sure to offer a collection of musical gems from the Vancouver, BC based hip hop crew.  The group, comprised of MCs Red1, Fit and DJ Kemo, has been recognized by critics and audiences alike in the form of awards and sales, for almost a decade.  The group has been a long-standing fixture on Canada's urban music scene since their 1993 debut album "Really Livin'". The album's title track went on to win the Much Music Video Award (MMVA) for Best Rap Video.   Their sophomore album, 1997's "Cash Crop", garnered even more industry success, winning another MMVA for Best Rap Recording as well as the Juno, the Canadian Grammy equivalent, for Best Rap Recording. The album was also certified gold.   The following year saw another Best Rap Recording Juno win for "Cash Crop". Rascalz shocked everyone by publicly refusing the award to protest the Canadian awards system's lack of broadcast time for urban music. (At this point in time, televised awards presentations and performances for hip hop, reggae or dance artists were minimal.)

Rascalz continued to break ground in 1999. The group returned to the Junos, this time taking home the Best Rap Recording Juno for the "Cash Crop" single, "Northern Touch". They also performed their winning track alongside featured Canadian heavyweights Kardinal Offishal, Choclair, Checkmate and Thrust - televised. Late 1999 saw another Rascalz accomplishment when their follow-up album, "Global Warning", was also certified gold.   During the near three-year hiatus after "Global Warning", Rascalz continued their activist-like activities, travelling to Ghana and Sierra Leone with the charity War Child (www.warchild.ca) to witness the harsh realities of nations less fortunate.  The release of "Reloaded" is sure to satisfy hungry Rascalz fans. The album's first single "Crazy World" featuring Notch of Born Jamericans is currently heating up the air-waves on television and radio.

In becoming one of the best selling and most acclaimed Canadian hip hop groups, Rascalz have provided a solid foundation of quality music, while remaining involved in meaningful activities. "Reloaded" is sure to offer all the lyrical skills and musical treats that Rascalz have offered in the past, and more. This one is not to be missed.

 

 WEEKEND EVENTS
AUGUST 1 - 4, 2002


 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS
AUGUST 5 - 11, 2002


 

MONDAY, AUGUST 12
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Mackie Langford, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 12
VIP JAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Revival Bar
783 College Street (at Shaw)
10:00 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Rich Brown, Andrew Craig and Shamakah Ali with various local artists.

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
JAM SESSION
Lava Lounge
507 College Street (west of Bathurst)
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Calvin Beale, Michael Shand, Joe Bowden, Thomas Reynolds and various local artists.

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 

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