Doing Good In the Hood: John Forte is back

March 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm (Doing good in the hood, East Coast, Hip Hop, Music) (, , , , , )

forteAfter being pardoned from prison, former Fugees affiliate John Forte has hit the ground running. Starting on March 31, he will work as a teacher at The City College of New York where he will work as part of the outreach program “In Arms Reach”, a group designed to help children of incarcerated parents. Forte will be teaching music composition as a means of dealing with negativity.

“John hopes that the catharsis of song composition will help children deal with the stigma of having a family member who is incarcerated and rebuild the spirit of those who have been traumatized or abandoned,” a representative for Forte told AllHipHop.com about the course.

Forte had received 14 years for drug possession when he was caught with 31 pounds of liquid cocaine. He had served almost half of the sentence when president Bush gave him a pardon last November. He’s also active on the music front too, doing music with Kanye West and Talib Kweli. He is also in the studio working on a third studio album. It’s good to see him doing even more for society even after paying his debt to it. Hopefully this won’t be the last we see of Forte, and he’ll continue to look out for his community and make music. Heck, maybe he can even get back with Wyclef and them.

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Doing Good In The Hood: Jay-Z’s Trust Fund For Sean Bell’s Children

May 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm (Doing good in the hood, East Coast, Hip Hop, Music, Police Brutality, Politics) (, , , , )

Yeah, I know I’m late with this, but the real story is that something good has come out of the Sean Bell tragedy. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Sean Bell was gunned down by three plain clothes police officers the night before his wedding day. The three police officers were acquitted of all charges. While several rappers have voiced their disagreements with the verdict, some are doing even more. Rapper Jay-z has set up a stock-based trust fund for Sean Bell’s surviving children.  Jigga has already featured Sean’s widow in the Rocawear “I will not lose” ad campaign.  This is definitely a good look for Hova, and it’s nice to see someone care about survivors of police brutality.

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Score: 50 Cent – 1, Goldigging Baby Momma – 0!

April 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm (child support, East Coast, Hip Hop, men's rights, Shits and giggles, women)

A Long Island housing court judge ruled this past Thursday that the mother of 50 Cent’s 10 year old son must vacate his $2.4 million dollar Dix Hills New York mansion along with 50’s son, her daughter from another relationship, and her boyfriend. The judge recognized 50 as the sole owner of the mansion, and she has until the end of the 2007-2008 school year to find housing. To add further insult to injury, she owes the rapper (born Curtis Jackson) $9000, and the child support payments that he was responsible for have been reduced from $25000 a month to $6700 a month due to an earlier hearing back in February. From Allhiphop.com:

In a February court appearance, a judge reduced the amount of child support 50 was responsible for from $25,000 to $6,700 per month, which was to provide Tompkins the funds needed to find a new home. The G-Unit boss and his attorney maintain she’s made no attempts to do so. “To have her living there with her boyfriend and several other people is inappropriate,” the artist said following the two hour hearing. “She’s in the house with people I’m not responsible to pay housing for.”

I say score one for 50. Living off money paid by your ex that’s supposed to belong to your son is one thing, but to be having other people in his house, and using your ex’s child support money to support them as well? Things like this are why our women are being looked upon as goldiggers. If anyone believes that 50 is heartlessly kicking out his ex and her kid, consider that he has been paying her over 300000 a year in tax-free child support payments, and 6700 a month is still more than many high waged professional jobs pay, so she has plenty of time and money to find a new living arrangement, Also having her boyfriend in there and him living off $50’s money is just plain wrong. That hoe needs to find a job and stop living off other people’s money. I’d hate to see what’s going to happen when the son turns 18.

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Hah! And they said hip hop was dead…

September 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm (East Coast, Hip Hop, Midwest rap, Music, Shits and giggles)

kanyewest.jpgI’m a bit late with this, but as you know, in an ill-advised publicity stunt, possibly set up by Interscope, 50 Cent has challenged Kanye West. Their albums, Curtis and Graduation dropped the same day, September 11th. Little while after that, country singer Kenny Chesney, in an equally ill-conceived publicity stunt, possibly encouraged by his own record label as well, also decided to throw his hat into the ring:

”It’s funny how with every record that comes out, we’re aware of the urban [competition], and none of those acts acknowledge that I exist, until I have that No. 1 debut on the Top 200,”

Of course they don’t acknowledge you, you’re not a rapper. Well, as of last week, Kanye West pulled into a staggering lead with with over 950 thousand copies, making this year’s highest selling album thus far. 50 didn’t do badly himself, as he bought in over 64ok. In last place, Kenny boy could barely manage to pull over half that number, with over 370 thousand.

And they said hip hop was dead…

On a side note, 50 promised to retire if Kanye outsold him, and it remains to be seen if he will keep his word. As a fan of both artists, I hope this isn’t the case.

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