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4/15/2005

 
SINGERS / RAPPERS WANTED LONDON URBAN LABEL

(Thu Apr 14 2005)

Unique Media Group.
Based in South East London Unique Media offer a range of services to the Urban community www.uniquemedia.tk . We are currently looking for talented R&B / Hip Hop female singers. We offer management and development leading to record release and major recording contracts.
Studio auditions will be held over the coming weeks so please email us: uniquemedia@hotmail.co.uk or call 07939 307 535 for more details.
As well as Singers, Rappers and Producers, Unique Media Group are also on the lookout for talented, Dedicated and committed Urban Models/Dancers, for music video & film production and Urban publication work.
Saturday 4th June 2005 (Urban Exposure Pt2.) @ The Media House (Don’t Forget.)

Submitted by: Unique Media Group


 
Top Artists Break New Ground With Character-Driven Music Tracks for Activision's Fantastic Four Video Game

Taking Back Sunday, Jurassic 5, The Explosion and Go Betty Go Create Original Songs That Echo Unique Characteristics of Fantastic Four Super Heroes

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the first time ever, four popular bands have written and recorded original tracks specifically for the lead characters in a video game. The songs will debut in four character-specific trailers that will be released online in April and May, and will be included as unlockable bonus content in Activision, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ATVI) upcoming Fantastic Four game, which is slated to ship this summer. The songs echo the distinctive personalities and special powers of each of the Fantastic Four Super Heroes.

Chart topping modern rock band, Taking Back Sunday, lead the team with "Error Operator" for Mr. Fantastic; hip-hop veterans, Jurassic 5, rock out "Clobberin' Time" for The Thing; punk-rock up-and-comers, The Explosion, light up "I'm on Fire" for The Human Torch; and all-girl punkers, Go Betty Go, blast out the cerebral tour de force "Everywhere" for The Invisible Woman.

"Creating four unique character-driven songs and music video-like trailers is a whole new approach at integrating music into games," said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music, Activision, Inc. "This project underscores our strategy to use artists that are aligned with the content and feel of our titles, further enhancing the overall sensory experience for players. The Fantastic Four game also will feature the signature musical theme from the film's score, which was composed by John Ottman, whose credits include X2: X-Men United and The Usual Suspects."

This is the only game based on Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming feature film. Fantastic Four game players will be able to harness the Marvel Super Heroes' unique and amazing powers through a compelling single-player or two-player co-operative team based gameplay experience. Authored by Zak Penn, who co-wrote the story for X2, the game follows the Fantastic Four film's storyline and expands the adventures by letting players stretch, control fire and use invisibility and brute force to defeat evil Super Villains in new environments and familiar comic book locales. Challenged to master the individual powers of each Super Hero and combine them to level even more devastating attacks, players must battle some of Marvel's most notorious Super Villains, including, the ultimate evil -- Doctor Doom -- to save the human race from disaster.

Fantastic Four is being developed by Seven Studios for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo(R) GameCube(TM). The PC version is being developed by Beenox Studios and Torus Games is developing Fantastic Four for the Game Boy(R) Advance. The PC and console games are rated "T" (Teen -- with mild language and violence) by the ESRB and the Game Boy Advance title is rated "E-10+" for (Everyone 10 and older with violence).

Fantastic Four opens in theaters nationwide on July 8th.

About Marvel Enterprises, Inc.


With a library of over 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in four areas: entertainment (Marvel Studios), licensing, comic book publishing and toys (Toy Biz). Marvel facilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films, DVD/home video, video games and television based on its characters and also licenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, snack foods and promotions. Marvel's characters and plot lines are created by its comic book division which continues to expand its leadership position in the U.S. and worldwide while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property.

About Twentieth Century Fox

One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

Source: Activision, Inc.

CONTACT: Ryh-Ming C. Poon, Manager, Corporate Communications,
Activision, Inc., +1-310-255-2226, cpoon@activision.com

Web site: http://www.activision.com/

Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/007396.html


 
Dwango Wireless Partners with the Rap Olympics; Mobile Media Leader to Provide Exclusive Ringtones, Wallpaper, Video and SMS Campaigns

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2005--Dwango(R) Wireless (OTCBB:DWGN), a leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment content for top lifestyle brands, today announced a partnership with the Rap Olympics to support and promote new talent in the hip-hop community. Under the Rolling Stone Ringtones brand, Dwango Wireless will sponsor events, tours and messaging campaigns, beginning with the National Rap Olympics Freestyle Competition Finals taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 16th and 17th, 2005.

The original Rap Olympics, established in 1997 by Wendy Day, Founder/CEO of the Rap Coalition, helped to launch the career of hip-hop star Eminem. With the resurrection of the Rap Olympics, undiscovered artists will compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes, exclusive ringtone deals, and the chance to be discovered by some of the top labels in the industry. The final show is tentatively scheduled to be broadcast on MTV in June.

"We believe that the hip-hop community will foster additional growth and demand for mobile entertainment content throughout the US and worldwide," said Alexander U. Conrad, President and COO, Dwango Wireless. "Partnering with the Rap Olympics connects Dwango with millions of hip-hop fans passionate about discovering today's hottest new rap artists."

All performing artists will be featured on the national Rap Olympics DVD called "Phenomenon." The best Freestyle Artists will be selected to advance and compete for $50,000 in the Celebrity Rap Olympics competition this summer in New York City. The Rap Olympics will push on throughout the summer with a nationwide messaging campaign in association with the Anger Management 3 Tour.

"The Rap Olympics were re-launched to give talented artists a voice in the world of entertainment," said Donnell Mitchell of the 2005 Rap Olympics. "We are thrilled to be working with Dwango Wireless to connect our audience to these up-and-coming hip-hop stars through personalized ringtones and text messages."

According to Ovum Research, ringtones accounted for 80-90% of the phone personalization market in 2003, which generated revenues of $3.2 billion in that year. Phone personalization is expected to grow to $6.5 billion by 2008. Dwango Wireless currently sells a diverse set of ringtones, from country to hip-hop, under the Rolling Stone Ringtones brand.

About Dwango(R) Wireless

Dwango(R) Wireless (OTCBB:DWGN) offers a comprehensive approach for bringing lifestyle and affiliate brands to the wireless arena through customized entertainment content, ringtones, games and applications for mobile phones. A key player in the wireless industry, Dwango Wireless provides unique content for some of today's hottest lifestyle brands, including Beliefnet, Napster, Playboy and Rolling Stone. Dwango North America corporate information can be found at www.dwango.com.

Dwango(R) is a trademark of Dwango Co. Ltd., and used by Dwango Wireless pursuant to an exclusive license.

Contacts
Dwango Wireless
Jared Nieuwenhuis, 206-832-0600
Jared.Nieuwenhuis@dwango.com
or
Axis Marketing & PR, LLC
Jenn Pelczarski, 415-764-1980 x108
jpelczarski@axismarketingpr.com


 
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Bad Boy Entertainment Form Joint Venture With Warner Music Group

Grammy Award-Winner Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to Bring His Bad Boy Records to Warner Music Group

NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Apr 14, 2005 -- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, founder and CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment, a Grammy Award-winning producer, hip-hop artist, pop star and TIME magazine's "Most Influential Business Leader of 2005," has entered into a worldwide 50/50 joint venture with Warner Music Group. As part of the newly formed joint venture, Combs will continue to serve as CEO and will be able to draw upon the marketing, promotional and physical and electronic distribution resources of WMG and its Atlantic Records, WEA Corp. and Warner Music International divisions. The new joint venture, known as Bad Boy Records, will include Combs' existing recorded music business -- which has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 10 million alone by Combs -- and its Grammy Award-winning catalog and roster of multi-platinum artists such as B5, Boyz N Da Hood, Mase, Carl Thomas, 8Ball & MJG, Mario Winans and P. Diddy himself. The company will continue to be based out of Bad Boy's current offices inManhattan.

In just over ten years, under the guidance of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Bad Boy has grown to become one of the most dominant urban labels in the business, with acts that have had significant crossover success. Throughout the years, Bad Boy has been home to popular rappers such as Notorious B.I.G., The Lox and Mase as well as R&B stars Faith Evans and 112 and pop group Dream. Under the aegis of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, whose proven talent for discovering and nurturing talent and whose production work has scored many hits for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, the label has grown significantly. In 2002, Combs ended his relationship with Arista, and -- in an unprecedented deal -- walked away with his entire artist roster and rights to 100% of his catalogue.

About Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG)

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was recently declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by TIME Magazine and CNN. As Chairman of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), he oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel and restaurants. With a collection of businesses whose annual sales are approaching $500 million annually and an employee base of over 300, Mr. Combs played a major role in the popular appeal of urban entertainment. Formed in 1994, the flagship company of BBWEG is Bad Boy Records. Other artists include B5, Boyz N Da Hood, Mase, Carl Thomas, 8Ball & MJG, Mario Winans, and promising up-and-coming artists such as Choppa from Da Band and Cheri Denis. Bad Boy recently moved to 1710 Broadway, New York, which will become the corporate headquarters housing all of Combs' business entities.

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group, with its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, is one of the world's major music companies. The company is home to a collection of some of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operates through 37 affiliates and numerous licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, a global music publisher, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide. For more information about Warner Music Group, visit our corporate website at www.wmg.com.


Contact:

Contacts:
 
Rob Shuter
Dan Klores Communications
Tel: (212) 981-5235
Email: Rob_Shuter@dkcnews.com
 
Will Tanous
WMG
Tel: (212) 275-2244
Email: will.tanous@wmg.com
 

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Source: WMG


 
What's in the Bag for Tween Shoppers; ``Shopping in America'' Survey Shows Youth to Spend Over $300 on Spring Wardrobe

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2005--With "tweens" comprising a significant market for retailers, the latest Shopping in America survey provides a sneak peek into what will be youth's shopping bags this spring. The shopper intercept survey, conducted for The Macerich Company (NYSE:MAC) by August Partners among youth aged 10-to-14 years, shows that almost two-thirds (64.8 percent) of tweens surveyed will invest in a new wardrobe this season. Tweens plan to spend an average of $337.62 on spring clothing and accessories, with boys spending $370.06 and girls at $323.75.

A SENSE OF STYLE

Tweens have strong opinions on personal style, according to the survey. Overall, the skater/punk look was ranked as the most popular tween style for spring (selected by about 22 percent), followed by preppy (18 percent). The skater/punk was even more popular among boys alone (34 percent), followed by sporty/athletic (16 percent). Girls went with "preppy" (20 percent) and "beachy" (15 percent).

Favorite Style All Tweens Male Female
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Skater/Punk 21.5% 33.7% 14.3%
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Preppy 17.7% 13.2% 20.4%
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Sporty/Athletic 15.7% 18.5% 14.1%
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Beachy 14.7% 9.1% 18.0%
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Urban 4.6% 4.5% 4.6%
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Dressy 4.3% 2.1% 5.6%
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Gothic 4.1% 4.9% 3.6%
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Vintage 3.4% 2.1% 4.1%
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Other 4.1% 3.3% 4.6%
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No Specific Style 9.9% 8.6% 10.7%
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"When it comes to choosing brand vs. style, most tweens (53 percent) say style is more important than brand (27 percent), although by a slightly lesser margin compared to a survey of shoppers of all ages, at 65 percent and 21 percent respectively (with other shoppers offering no opinion on the issue)," said Garry Butcher, vice president of marketing and research for The Macerich Company.

SPRING FASHION

"Graphic T's and sport jerseys remain apparent must-haves for tweens this spring," added Butcher. "This may be a relief to some parents who may worry about the more revealing styles for the warmer months."

Girls ranked graphic T-shirts (25 percent,) pleated skirts (17 percent) and capri pants (17 percent) as the top fashion trends. Ballet shoes, chunky bracelets, sneakers and bucket hats ranked last. Boys picked sport jerseys (28 percent), skater shoes (21 percent) and graphic T-shirts (19 percent). Skull caps, fitted polo shirts and canvas belts were least popular among male tweens.

Girls Fashion Trends Responses Boys Fashion Trends Responses
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Graphic T-Shirts 25.2% Sport Jerseys 28.3%
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Pleated Skirts 16.9% Skater Shoes 20.9%
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Capris 16.7% Graphic T-Shirts 18.9%
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Embroidered Jeans 16.5% Trucker Caps 12.3%
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Shrunken/Fitted Jackets 8.5% Distressed Jeans 10.2%
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Ballet Shoes 4.6% Layered Cotton Shirts 3.7%
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Chunky Bracelets 4.1% Skull/Sock Caps 2.0%
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Sneakers 1.9% Fitted Polo Shirts 1.2%
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Bucket/Crusher Hats 1.2% Canvas Belt 0.4%
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None of the above 4.4% None of the above 2.0%
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SPENDING MONEY

More than a third (36 percent) of tween shoppers get their spending money directly from mom or dad (non-allowance), as compared to the 29 percent of tweens who get an allowance. Other sources of spending money for tweens include working (8 percent), allowance plus working (16 percent) and other sources (6 percent). Only 5 percent of tweens said they did not have spending money. On average, tweens receive $12.06 for their weekly allowance.

FASHION SOURCE

Friends (37 percent), the mall (16 percent) and magazines (14 percent) are the top sources for fashion information, according to the tweens surveyed. Movies and the Internet ranked the lowest among the choices provided -- a somewhat surprising response, said Butcher, as most surveyed (60 percent) report having their own computer.

Fashion Source All Tweens Male Female
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Friends 36.6% 41.8% 33.5%
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Mall 16.3% 11.9% 18.9%
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Magazines 13.7% 7.8% 17.2%
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TV 6.4% 8.2% 5.3%
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Parents 5.5% 6.6% 4.9%
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Brother/Sister 4.6% 4.1% 4.9%
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Movies 2.0% 2.5% 1.7%
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Internet 1.5% 0.8% 1.9%
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Other 3.8% 4.5% 3.4%
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Not Sure 9.6% 11.9% 8.3%
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TWEENS & TECHNOLOGY

Additionally, half of tweens have their own cell phones (46 percent for boys and 54 percent for girls). Three quarters of tweens have their own TV. Tween shoppers report watching an average of 10.3 hours of TV per week. Boys watch slightly more TV than girls (11 hours vs. 10 hours, respectively). This age group also spends 6 hours per week playing video games. Males spend more than twice as much time (9 hours) as do females (4 hours).

Shopping in America is a national shopper intercept survey that studies consumer shopping trends. The tween survey was conducted among approximately 666 shoppers in twelve regional shopping centers geographically spread throughout the United States. Results for the tween survey -- a sub-sample of the 2,400 responses to the Shopping in American Spring 2005 survey -- have a reliability factor of +/- 3.8 percent. Not all results are stated in this news release and some are rounded to the nearest whole number. To view complete Shopping in America results and graphics, including results of the recent adult and teen spring shopping and prom fashion surveys and Fashion Icon Report, visit www.shoppinginamerica.biz.

The Macerich Company is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. The Company is the sole general partner and owns an 81% ownership interest in The Macerich Partnership, L.P. Macerich now owns interests in properties totaling approximately 63 million square feet consisting primarily of interests in 64 regional malls. Additional information about The Macerich Company can be obtained from the Company's website at www.macerich.com.

Contacts
Lovell Public Relations
Tresa Hardt or Kim Craig, 972-788-4511
thardt@lovellpr.com


 
Russell Simmons' Yoga Live 30 Minute Entertaining Infomercial Program Hits TV Airwaves Nationwide This Weekend

Turning Up the Volume on Hip Hop and Yoga
Celebrities Including Russell Simmons, Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy, Mummy Returns), Gabrielle Union (The Honeymooners, Bad Boys 2, Deliver Us from Eva), Rebecca Gayheart (Steel Magnolias on Broadway), and Reverend Run (RunDMC) Discuss Mental and Physical Benefits of Yoga to Sell New

WHAT:

Lead by three of America's most inspiring yogis -- Sara Ivanhoe, Elena Brower, and Jeffrey Cohen -- Yoga Live is based on the physical (Asana) practice of yoga and offers a complete fitness system comprised of four instructional videos. The Yoga Live fitness system is unique in its approach, and set to 72 tracks of original, studio produced hip-hop music. Yoga Live introduces viewers to essential yoga postures and breathing, improves muscle tone and flexibility, strengthens abdominal muscles, accelerates weight loss, and fosters personal empowerment through mental clarity. Available only via television and at www.getyogalive.com, the Yoga Live infomercial launches nationwide this weekend. See schedule below:

WHEN/WHERE:

LIFESTYLE CHANNEL (NATIONAL CABLE), FRI 15-Apr-05 5:30 AM
GSN (NATIONAL CABLE), SUN 17-Apr-05 7:30 AM
KYES (ANCHORAGE, AK), FRI 15-Apr-05 8:30 AM
WMBC (NEW YORK, NY), FRI 15-Apr-05 11:00 AM
WLMT (MEMPHIS, TN), SAT 16-Apr-05 8:00 AM
METRO REGIONAL CABLE, SAT 16-Apr-05 8:30 AM
CN8 REGIONAL CABLE, SAT 16-Apr-05 9:30 AM
KYPX (LITTLE ROCK, AS), SAT 16-Apr-05 12:30 PM
WLMB (TOLEDO, OH), SAT 16-Apr-05 12:30 PM
WCIU (CHICAGO, IL), SUN 17-Apr-05 5:30 AM
WNUV (BALTIMORE, MD), SUN 17-Apr-05 10:00 AM
KTVE (MONROE, LA), SUN 17-Apr-05 10:30 AM
KWCV (WICHITA, KS), SUN 17-Apr-05 10:30 AM
KCOP (LOS ANGELES, CA), TUE 19-Apr-05 5:30 AM

Media Contacts:
Mark Hall, ego:east, inc. (for SLMG)
786-281-7007, markh@ego-east.com


PRNewswire -- April 13

Source: Simmons Lathan Media Group

CONTACT: Mark Hall of ego:east, inc., +1-786-281-7007,
markh@ego-east.com, for Simmons Lathan Media Group

Web site: http://www.getyogalive.com/


4/14/2005

 
The Source Magazine's May Issue Delivers Exclusive Bombshell News, Interviews, Analysis and More

NEW YORK, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Source Magazine, the leading voice for the Hip-Hop community for the past 17 years, delivers another timely and exclusive cover story with its May issue when it asks the question, "Is Hip-Hop The New WWF?" The Source goes on to provide in-depth reporting and analysis on the state of Hip-Hop in light of the recent 50 Cent/The Game beef and subsequently staged "truce." The May issue also features an exclusive interview with an insider within The Game's Black Wall Street camp who reveals shocking news on the confrontation at Hot 97 and the truth about Game and G-Unit. In recent weeks, the New York Daily News, Reverend Al Sharpton and others have turned the discussion of responsibility for violence in Hip-Hop from a focus on the artists back into the corporate headquarters of the music industry's largest record and radio companies. This follows over two and a half years of reporting by The Source on forces working to destroy Hip-Hop, including corruption, racism and monopolization within the music industry.

Highlights from The Source's exclusive May issue cover package include:

Profits Of Rage, words by Ryan Ford

"In the world of professional wrestling, actors earn a living with staged violence and drama. With MC's like The Game and 50 Cent cashing in on fabricated gangster stereotypes, it's time to question Hip-Hop's commitment to the truth."

Live From Black Wall Street, interview by The Source Mind Squad

"I think this whole thing has brought real Hip-Hop to a halt. Hip-Hop as a whole loses real big when things like this happens and The Game knows that and he's looking for a productive and positive outcome."

"The Game's beef with The Source was coerced by his labelmates...when he said 'fu*k The Source' and still got 4 mics for his album, that was a big wake-up call for him."

Speak Of The Devil, words by Dasun Allah

"With Tupac's 'One Nation' album he wanted to prove he could sell records by unifying people as opposed to destroying people. Instead of making Tupac's vision of unity available to the public, the late artist's words were married with the works of Iovine's uber-thugs."

The May issue is the first in a series of upcoming exclusive cover stories, leading into the launch of the all-new millennium version of The Source, Hip-Hop's most important magazine. The August 2005 issue will feature a re-design of the magazine's contents including its logo-the first change to its logo in over 14 years-and the introduction of The Source 5.0, a DVD/CD-ROM disc that brings content from the magazine to life, creating a fully interactive experience for the magazine's readers.

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Source: The Source Magazine


4/13/2005

 
BET Upfront '05 Packs Trainload of New Shows for Spring, Fall Rollout as Network Heats Up Originals

Rappers Ludacris, Kanye West and Nelly Join R&B's John Legend for BET Unveiling

NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Set against flashy metallic staging of a futuristic train station, BET sounded the whistle for advertisers and viewers to climb aboard for a trainload of new programming set for spring and fall release by the network. BET Founder and CEO Robert Johnson along side President and Chief Operating Officer Debra Lee led BET's executive "conductors" for the railroad-themed 2005 BET Upfront presentation to advertising clients, media buyers and industry watchers today at the Manhattan Center Studios.

BET also used the presentation as a formal kickoff to year-long special programming and other activities in recognition of BET's 25th anniversary year, which will culminate with a televised mega-special also this fall. Lee says that this particular Upfront was an especially important one for the network.

"BET's position as the Number 1 network for African Americans is as solid as it has ever been, with ratings continuing to climb even with a changing competitive marketplace," said Lee. "Our increased investment in original programming and a newly-established development division to feed that commitment should send a powerful signal to advertisers and media buyers about the outstanding future of our network."

BET punched the tickets on some brand new shows hitting the network in the coming months, led by BLOWIN' UP: FATTY KOO, an unscripted dramatic series following five talented kids from Columbus, Ohio making their way into the high-risk, high-reward music world with their debut CD on the horizon. The saga of the Fatty Koo crew makes its BET premiere on April 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hot off the tracks this fall will be REMIXED, a new spin on the makeover genre that not only "remixes" the look and style of the recipient, but also infuses intellectual and personal development with assistance from a special "life coach." BET will also reset the theory of "Apprentice-like" reality shows with the ultimate hard-knock fall season course in the music business for eight "wanna-be" executives in THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER, starring renowned hip-hop mogul and hard-driving entrepreneur Damon Dash.

"We've got the right combination of fresh programming and unrelenting viewer loyalty that no other network has," said Louis Carr, BET President of Advertising Sales. "Our momentum will continue all year long, with something new breaking virtually every quarter. For any advertiser placing a priority on the African-American viewer, BET is the place to be. We deliver the 'Black Experience' at levels well beyond other networks."

Blended into today's presentation covering new and returning programming were high-energy performances by hip-hop stars Lucadris, Kanye West and Nelly, along with a soulful piano solo rendition of his hit single "Ordinary People" by rising R&B crooner John Legend. Each artist not only thrilled the crowd with their stage presentations, but also expressed appreciation to BET for the network's impact on their careers with its music programming and commitment to African-American culture.

Rap entrepreneur Damon Dash got into the act by hustling the crowd to plug his upcoming reality series on BET. The network also showcased its returning stable of popular talent -- AJ & Free from 106 & PARK, television's top music video countdown show; Mad Linx, host of RAP CITY; new Latina lovely Julissa, host of the afternoon teen show THE STUDENT CENTER; celebrity access duo Big Tigger and Melyssa Ford of BET STYLE; ex-NFL player Anthony "A.D." Dorsett, Jr. of sports feature MAAD SPORTS; high-tech video tracker Ray J from BET.COM COUNTOWN; Jeff Johnson, host of the recently-launched urban documentary series THE COUSIN JEFF CHRONICLES; and spiritual duo Gerard Henry from LIFT EVERY VOICE and Gospel Music Hall-of-Famer Dr. Bobby Jones, host of BOBBY JONES GOSPEL, the longest-running show in BET 25-year history.

Following the presentation, BET announced plans to revamp its approach to News and Public Affairs programming to be faster, more frequent and in direct response to the new ways that BET viewers prefer to receive information. Initial changes involve a shift from the traditional half-hour BET NIGHTLY NEWS newscast at 11 p.m. ET/PT to a more robust infusion of up-to-the-minute news briefs scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, including placement in the coveted primetime viewing hours. BET will also blend into its programming lineup more news specials as driven by current events. A longer-form news magazine or issues analysis program is also being considered.

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003, or
michael.lewellen@bet.net

Web site: http://www.bet.com/


4/12/2005

 
Cingular Announces Innovative Music Program That Debuts New Singles on Wireless Phones Before They are Heard Anywhere Else

ATLANTA, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless today announced Cingular Sounds (TM), an innovative music program that launches new singles as ringtones on wireless phones either before they are heard anywhere else, or simultaneous with their debut on radio. This will give Cingular customers a whole new way to enjoy music and the entertainment industry a powerful channel to reach tens of millions of potential listeners.

The company will kick off "Cingular Sounds" with an exclusive 30-second ringtone from Coldplay's "Speed of Sound," the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, X&Y, which will be released by Capitol Records on June 7.

Other artists spanning a broad section of musical styles -- alternative/rock, hip-hop/R&B, pop, Latin, country, and more -- will become part of Cingular Sounds in the coming weeks and months. The program will include exclusive ringtone debuts and offer weekly text message updates from a wide range of participating artists.

"Cingular Sounds gives music companies and artists a powerful and profitable channel to reach tens of millions of potential listeners with their music," Lefar said. "The demand for ringtones and other mobile downloads has been growing exponentially, and we are confident that Cingular Sounds will accelerate that growth. That represents an exciting opportunity for the music industry."

"Music fans are more into technology than ever before," said Coldplay Manager Dave Holmes. "Releasing 'Speed of Sound' as a ringtone helps us build excitement for the release of X&Y."

"New digital channels and changing consumer behaviors mean new opportunities for music labels, artists and wireless carriers alike," said Roger Entner, Vice President, Wireless Telecom, Ovum. "The demand for music ringtones, phone personalization and other mobile downloads has been phenomenal. We expect this trend to continue with music ringtone sales and more than triple in the next 5 years."

In March 2004, Cingular announced being the first company to provide authentic music content from all major record labels. To date, these relationships include: EMI Music (Capitol Records' parent company), SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group and Warner Music.

"Cingular is in a unique position to work directly with the music industry's top labels and nation's hottest performers to extend their reach to an increasingly mobile fan base," said John Burbank, vice president of marketing, Cingular Wireless.

Cingular customers are charged a one-time download fee of $1.99 - $2.49 for ringtones, plus a charge for the number of kilobytes or minutes used to download the ringtone to a wireless phone. Additional information on music ringtones is available at http://www.cingular.com/ or http://www.rucingular.com/.

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving more than 50 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE:SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE:BLS) , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(SM), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/.

Source: Cingular Wireless

CONTACT: Jennifer Bowcock, Cingular Wireless, +1-404-236-6319,
jennifer.bowcock@cingular.com

Web site: http://www.cingular.com/
http://www.rucingular.com/
http://www.cingular.com/mediamall
http://www.rucingular.com/cingularsounds


 
Calling all Kids to "Stir it up"

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) April 11, 2005 -- Ever wonder what it would sound like if the Beastie Boys jammed with Mr. Rogers? You"ll find out when you hear the Imagination Movers, a rock/hip-hop group for parents and kids to enjoy together.

Following the release of their hit CDs "Calling All Movers" and "Good Ideas," the Imagination Movers will release their first music DVD, "Stir It Up," on April 19, 2005 for a suggested retail price of $14.99. The 40-minute DVD is recommended for ages two and older and encourages kids to get up off the sofa and rock "n" roll to the lively and innovative music.

Produced by Imagination Movers and Perception Films, "Stir It Up" is an exciting new concept in kids music that presents a collection of MTV-style music videos, live performances, and goofy skits from a group of four dads who jam on guitars, bang on buckets and cans, and teach kids a variety of interactive, fun dances and sing-along songs.

"Stir It Up" demonstrates that, when it comes to blending the merits of Mr. Rogers and the Beastie Boys, nobody does it better than the Movers! Together, the Imagination Movers have become a national, award-winning performance sensation thanks to their masterful combination of radio-friendly songs, kid-appropriate themes and dynamic live shows.

The Imagination Movers are Rich, Scott, Dave and "Smitty." Dressed in their trademark blue coveralls and working in their Idea Warehouse, the Movers get kids leaping, sliding, hopping, stomping, strumming, drumming and rapping to 15 of their original, high-energy songs. The Movers sing about subjects and activities that are relevant to kids and they wrap lessons and values into a fresh, invitingly interactive package.

In "Clean My Room," the Movers turn ordinary chores into fantastic games: "Gonna put all my toys away/so I can have room to play/at first it seems like a lot/but if you break it all down, you know that it"s not."

"My Favorite Snack" inspires kids to enjoy healthy snacks: "My favorite snack is fruit fresh and cool/I love it in the morning, even better after school."

The Movers teach the basics of good behavior in "Please and Thank You:" "I cannot guarantee/you"re gonna get everything you like/but your chances are so much better/so much better when you ask polite."

"Stir It Up" DVD includes the Movers hit "I Want My Mommy," a number-one hit on XM Satellite Radio for eight straight weeks, and other tunes encouraging life lessons: good oral hygiene ("Toothache"), how the body can become the ultimate musical instrument ("Junk"), and how taking medicine can be fun ("Medicine Song"). "Recipe (Stir It Up)" is a surefire antidote to boredom and "Calling All Movers" gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at pre-concert activity.

The band has also released two smash CDs: Good Ideas, which received the Best Recording for Younger Children and Parent"s Choice Recommended awards in 2003; and Calling All Movers, recipient of the 2004 National Association of Parenting Publications Honors award.

The Movers will release a new DVD and another musical CD this fall. They are currently touring around the country bringing their lively show to kids and families everywhere.

The Imagination Movers" "Stir It Up" DVD and their award-winning music CDs can be ordered by calling 1-877-25MOVER (1-877-256-6837). Visit www.imaginationmovers.com .

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ANDREA BLAIN PUBLIC RELATIONS INC.
Andrea Blain
847-933-9884
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Death Row Records Set for the Release of "The Very Best of Death Row" on April 26th

Best-Of CD Features Some of the Best Tracks in the History of Hip-Hop From 2PAC, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound, and More Plus Brand New Song From Petey Pablo Featuring Kurupt

NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Apr 11, 2005 -- Death Row Records is proud to announce the April 26th release of "The Very Best of Death Row," a best-of, 1 CD set comprising some of the greatest songs in the history of hip-hop which single-handedly created the West Coast G-Funk sound.

Executive Produced by Suge Knight, "The Very Best of Death Row" features 13 tracks from label luminaries such as 2PAC, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Dr. Dre, plus a new track by Petey Pablo featuring Kurupt titled "Off Tha Chain."

Since it opened its doors, Death Row has released some of the greatest ground-breaking music in hip-hop as evidenced by blockbuster releases like "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre (1992), "Doggystyle" by Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993), "Dog Food" by Tha Dogg Pound (1995), "All Eyez on Me" by 2Pac (1996), and much more.

The track listing is:

1. "Against All Odds": 2PAC
2. "California Love (remix)": 2PAC feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
3. "Gin and Juice": Snoop Doggy Dogg
4. "Nuthin' But A G Thang": Dr. Dre
5. "Ambitionz Az A Ridah": 2PAC
6. "Who Am I (What's My Name)": Snoop Doggy Dogg
7. "Let's Play House": Tha Dogg Pound
8. "Regulate": Warren G. feat. Nate Dogg
9. "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)": Snoop Doggy Dogg feat.
Nate Dogg, Warren G., Kurrupt
10. "New York, New York": Tha Dogg Pound
11. "Let Me Ride": Dr. Dre
12. "What Would You Do": Tha Dogg Pound
13. "Afro Puffs": Lady Of Rage
14. "Off Tha Chain": Petey Pablo & Kurupt (***Bonus Track***) -- This is
a brand new track.

Contact:

For more information, contact:
Giovanna Melchiorre
212-353-8800 x257
 
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Source: Death Row Records


 
Island Def Jam Music Group Exclusive Press Conference Announcing a New Partnership; Island Def Jam Music Group and Russell Simmons Join Forces!

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2005--Island Def Jam Music Group: WHAT: Please join Antonio "L.A." Reid (Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group), Steve Bartels (President, Island Records), Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (President, Def Jam Records), and Russell Simmons (Chairman of Rush Communications) for an exclusive press conference on this new alliance. WHEN: Wednesday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. WHERE: S.I.R., 520 West 25th Street, between 10th & 11th Ave., NY, NY 10001, Studio 1 MEDIA ACCESS: Reporters, TV crews and photographers welcome to attend.


 
Mitsubishi Partners With Rockford Fosgate to Offer Premium Audio System With Aftermarket Quality

CYPRESS, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors and Rockford Fosgate have teamed up to offer a high fidelity, high output audio system for the all-new 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse, set to hit dealers on Memorial Day weekend in May 2005. A leader in aftermarket car audio systems for 25 years, Rockford Fosgate offers Eclipse buyers the first OEM personal sound-setting memory option, and their aggressive PUNCH(R) signature sound, delivering dynamic output with the high impact bass of a premium aftermarket system.

Recently launched to the world at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new 2006 Eclipse GT is a muscular, 263-horsepower sport coupe that looks more like a luxury sports car. The Eclipse's striking appearance, combined with the available 650-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, is sure to get drivers noticed on any road in the country.

The Eclipse's optional Rockford Fosgate premium audio system features 650-watt amplification with nine-speakers, including a 10-inch, long-throw subwoofer in a fiberglass reinforced, acoustic suspension enclosure. The six-disc, in-dash CD changer plays MP3 files on CD-Rs for up to 64 hours of music playback. In addition to the usual bass, midrange, treble, fader, and balance controls, the Eclipse's advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP), incorporated into the head unit, gives the user total control over the subwoofer PUNCH(R) level. For 25 years Rockford Fosgate has been delivering the sound of PUNCH(R), the feeling that music has when it is deep and loud. There are six levels of subwoofer PUNCH(R) sound in the all-new Eclipse.

The Eclipse's DSP also allows the driver to take control of the audio system like never before through three new tools: staging controls, musical genre presets and industry first personal sound settings.

Staging Controls

The staging controls of the Rockford Fosgate system set the perfect "sweet spot" for the driver and other listeners. Staging has three adjustments in addition to the normal position: Stage, Live and Hall. The Stage setting corrects left to right staging and the height of the music relative to the driver's position. The Live setting simulates a room such as a rock club or smaller jazz venue. More ambient sound and rear speakers come to life when music is "Live." And the Hall setting simulates the sound heard inside a large concert hall.

Music Genre Presets

The four musical genre presets -- Pop, Rock, Hip Hop and Country -- are equalization curves that have been tuned by Rockford Fosgate for maximum music performance for four widely different styles of music. Therefore, the audio system can be adjusted to suit the preferences of multiple drivers and passengers, or simply to match the style of music being played.

Industry-First Personal Sound Settings

For the first time in a factory-installed system, drivers and passengers can listen to music exactly how they like it with the touch of one button. Personal sound settings allow occupants to save favorite preferences in memory such as tone, balance, fader, equalizer and staging to a single, easy-to-use preset. There are six presets, which utilize the same buttons used to save preset radio stations.

The 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system also will be available in the new 2007 Eclipse Spyder convertible, scheduled to roll into dealerships in April 2006.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States and Canada. Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 625 dealers. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

Source: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

CONTACT: Janis Little of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.,
+1-714-372-6429, jlittle@mmsa.com, or Mitsubishi News Bureau,
+1-888-560-MMSA (6672), newsbureau@mmsa.com

Web site: http://media.mitsubishicars.com/


 
The Good Stuff for a Good Cause ...

VH1 Announces the Official Gift Bag of the 'Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" will be returning to New York City for the first time in 3 years. The annual star-studded concert with performances by Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, John Legend, Joss Stone, Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer and Robert Randolph will take place at the famed Beacon Theatre on April 11th. The unforgettable night will also include inspiring special appearances by Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, L.L. Cool J, Katie Holmes, David Duchovny and Christina Applegate. The concert will cap off the "VH1 Save The Music Week" from April 4th through April 11th, and will be broadcast on VH1 on Sunday, April 17th at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). As a heart-felt thanks to all of the performers, VH1 has put together a show- stopping gift bag to end all gift bags. Take a look at the love that's going around ... .

575 Denim

575 Denim is the brilliant work of denim guru, Frank Mechaly, who takes the art of distressing denim to a new level. They will give the stars of Save the Music a gift certificate for a new pair of jeans. 575 Denim is vintage inspired jean wear for the rock and roll, sexy but casual woman and man.

Dell

The new Dell(TM) Pocket DJ(TM) lets you bring along your favorite 2,500 songs in a package so small you'll forget you're carrying it. At only 4.4 ounces and measuring just 3.5 x 2.1 x .5 inches, the Pocket DJ(TM) is a great companion for all of your adventures. The Pocket DJ(TM) boasts an anodized aluminum case that is as durable as it is elegant. The 1.62 inch (diagonal) LCD with blue backlight displays the full menu without scrolling. The Pocket DJ(TM) provides up to 10 hours on a single battery charge.

Altec Lansing

Let the music from your MP3 or CD player fill the room with Altec Lansing's inMotion iM4 -- a tiny, one-piece portable speaker system that creates a concert anywhere from your bedroom to the beach. Just put away your earbuds, plug any player from a DellDJ to an Archos or iRiver into the system, and free your favorite Aerosmith or Nirvana tunes to play loud and proud. When the two speakers are folded down, they create a flat book-sized package for easy storage or travel. Bonus: its battery and AC powered, so it's all you need for great sound.

Auberge Resorts

Auberge resorts will be providing presenters and performers a two night stay in a luxurious waterfront cottage suite with a romantic dinner for two at their new East Coast resort, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, located in South Carolina.

L'Oreal

L'Oreal will provide eight top-of-the-line beauty products to each Save the Music gift bag. The L'Oreal Paris Brand Division of L'Oreal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company with well-known products for the entire family, including Couleur Experte, Preference, Excellence Creme, Feria, ColorSpa Moisture Actif, Color Pulse and Hi-Light Styliste haircolors; Studio Line styling products, the VIVE line of shampoos and conditioners, the L'Oreal Kids grooming line, Dermo-Expertise skincare, Men's Expert Skincare, Sublime Bronze Self Tanners, Sublime Slim Anti-Cellulite Gel, and L'Oreal Color Cosmetics.

Cuffz

CUFFZ has made a handbag especially for the VH1's Save the Music concert. A favorite among many of the Hollywood A-listers -- these bags bring out the rockstar wild-child in everyone! CUFFZ handbags incorporate real, working police-grade handcuffs into their design. They can be cuffed to the wrist or worn over the shoulder, meeting all conceivable partygirl needs!

Just Cavalli

This is a hot black tee with a Just Cavalli logo emblazoned on it. Just Cavalli is aimed at young people who want individuality, even something a little shocking. It reflects the bright, casual, transgressive and sensual style of Roberto Cavalli, translating it into the young, easy-to-wear and functional.

Oakley

Oakley will bestow our stars with Oakley duffle bags complete with exciting Oakley products. Defying convention for 30 years, Oakley(R) excels beyond its roots as a pioneer in sunglass innovation, with the company being recognized today as an icon for risk-takers and as one of the most coveted brands in action sports. Oakley is a technology company, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Oakley is a luxury brand, ranked in Forbes Global magazine as one of the top 30. Offering expanding lines of innovative products to consumers in more than 100 countries, Oakley is a world brand. The essence of the company is described by one simple fact: Oakley is one of the most sought-after lifestyle brands on the planet. The ellipse icon, and everything it represents, is now the passion of a youth culture in action sports that defines its own lifestyle -- from surfing to snowboarding, motocross and beyond. The passion that ignited the optical industry is now unleashed on premium performance footwear, apparel, accessories, watches, and prescription eyewear.

Frederic Fekkai Salon

The Frederic Fekkai Salon will give a gift certificate for a blow-out at their salon. Frederic Fekkai, Inc. is a pioneer in luxury-brand beauty and hair care products, and owns luxury salons in New York, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach. The Company is dedicated to providing total beauty and creating a unique portrait of style for each individual. Frederic Fekkai products are distributed through upscale beauty and department stores, such as Fred Siegel, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora and select Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Lord and Taylor stores.

Kangol

Kangol is unique and thus will be furnishing the VH1 Save the Music bag with one its distinctive hats. Born British '38 -- raised on the streets of New York -- '83. 38:83 underpins who we are, where we came from and what we stand for. Kangol today is a cultural fusion, taking the best of British heritage, retro hip hop and mixing it with future fashion. The secret's in the mix.

Dr Francis R Palmer III MD FACS

World renowned Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Francis R. Palmer III MD FACS remains at the cutting-edge of emerging beauty technology, offering revolutionary skin-rejuvenating procedures chosen participants at VH1's Save The Music Concert are invited to enjoy. This ultimate skin experience includes: a consultation with Francis R. Palmer III, MD FACS World-Renowned Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, where he and his team will do a skin analysis and gift two cosmeceuticals suited specifically for your skin. Also included in this special VH1 Save The Music Gifting are an IPL (Intense Pulse Treatment) Photofacial ($750), a Skin Rejuvenating Ultrasound Infusion Treatment ($250) and a Microdermabrasion Face Treatment.

DKNY Be Delicious

DKNY presents two new succulent scents from New York, the city ripe with possibilities -- a fragrance for her, the other for him. Each an iconic apple with an urban edge, created to set the stage for a modern seduction. Sweet and sinful, innocent and sexy, simple and sophisticated, DKNY entices you to take a juicy bite out of life.

Americana Couture

Americana Couture has made a special edition Save The Music Swarovski crystal designed tee. Americana Couture has a mission to redefine style and quality in ornate tops and handcrafted, original weathered art Swarovski T- shirt collections. Their designs and garments are dedicated to films, music, pop art, trend, fashion, style and culture. Their crystal pieces of jeweled art are hand-designed and each Austrian crystal is individually secured with a rivet.

Mikli

Alain Mikli, long known for his creativity, ingenuity, and expertise on the eyewear scene presents Mikli, his younger, sporty collection created to bring out the super hero in all of us. Alain Mikli, a long time fan of comics, takes his inspiration for the Mikli collection from the heros that come alive through comics

Pro-Keds

Keds will be gifting two pairs of Pro-Keds. Keds established PRO-Keds in 1949 as an athletic footwear line primarily aimed at basketball. One of the most enduring sneakers in history is PRO-Keds' first product, the classic Royal, a canvas basketball shoe in high and low tops featuring a distinctive red and blue power stripe adjacent to the toe. As the athletic footwear brand category expanded, new styles were added across the categories of basketball, baseball, football, tennis, and track and field. By late 1970, PRO-Keds had become synonymous with some of the biggest names in basketball history and professional sports, and attained cult status as the first real sneaker with style among New York City's early hip hop community.

In July 2004, Damon Dash took over the license of the PRO-Keds name bringing PRO-Keds into the 21st Century. PRO-Keds' strong heritage and authenticity will be maintained under the ROC Umbrella. PRO-Keds collaborations with Team ROC, Rocawear, State Property, Dame Dash Music group and other artist and C.Ronson will add a new school feel and make PRO-Keds a "brand in demand" among a new generation of consumers.

Fifi & Romeo Acoutrement

Fifi & Romeo Acoutrement silver Save The Music pin was created especially for VH1 Save The Music Concert and is attached to a one-of-a-kind hand-patched cashmere floral brooch.

ZubieNYC

Zubie NYC, a Manhattan based Jewelry company, is designing one-of-a-kind earrings for each performer based on their unique style to go in the VH1 Save the Music gift bags. The designer, Betsy Reeves, has a fine art background and each piece is a wearable sculpture. Stones are hand selected for each and range from Chalcedony to Swarvoski Crystals. From brunch to the red carpet, these designs fit into their rock and roll lifestyles.

Neves

Over 40 painters, architects, and fashion designers contribute to the artistic process which results in Neves products. These artists pride themselves on making everything by hand. By using unique combinations of materials and processes Neves achieves results like nothing ever seen. Needless to say, the quality of the materials is unmatched: while most companies are now using bonded or compressed leather, Neves uses full grain leather to provide the quality that the discerning customer expects. Not only is the Neves line made with pride and care, it is also among the hottest accessories ever seen. For our musical guest, Neves created a watch with the ban especially designed for Save the Music.

Axion

Axion understands the importance of music in our school system and is proud to support VH-1 and the Save the Music Foundation. The Axion AXN-5327 2.5" Mini LCD Television is one of the coolest products out there! This sexy little baby provides hours of viewing excellence with high contrast and brightness TFT LCD screen in its sleek gray/black cabinet. Whenever you are on the boat, at the park or on break at work, with the Axion handheld TV you will never miss a show! Three-way power assures you to have the power you need and at less than a half a pound and only one inch thick - it can be carried around just about anywhere you go!

Urban Decay & Hard Candy

Urban Decay Cosmetics and Hard Candy Cosmetics are considered two of the most aggressive power players in the niche beauty industry. Urban Decay is beauty with an edge. Urban Decay eye, lip, nail, body and skin products are feminine, a little bit dangerous and a lot of fun. Hard Candy is the clean, simple adorable makeup line that celebrates youthful beauty and gets you noticed. Hard Candy is a mix of wide-eyed innocence and playful flirtation. At the helm of these two flourishing niche brands is Executive Creative Director, Wende Zomnir, a woman on a mission to create innovative, must-have makeup. Gifting includes: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer; Urban Decay Precious Metals Eye Sheens; Hard Candy Candy Coating Lip Glosses; Hard Candy Vintage Nail Polishes and Hard Candy Training Brow.

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone will grace the songstresses of Save the Music with a beautiful camisole and matching thong. Claire Pettibone began her company with her husband, Guy Toley, in 1994. Claire began by bringing her ethereal vision to the world of fine lingerie. In spring of 2002, once Claire developed a thriving lingerie business, she launched "Bleu Clair," a new collection of casual weekend wear featuring beautifully printed and tie dyed tee shirts, luxe drawstring pants and hoodies. 2004 marked the launch of Claire's newest line, CPJs which brings Claire's romantic designs to woven cotton pajamas. Now a woman can find special occasion lingerie, casual weekend wear and comfy pj's all with Pettibone's signature style. In addition, Claire also creates exquisite couture bridal gowns. The collection takes Claire's style to the extreme with couture Italian and French fabrics, laces and hand embellished detailing. The complete world of Claire Pettibone can be found at her freestanding boutique in Beverly Hills. From exquisite lingerie to couture bridal gowns, if it's romance you're looking for, Claire Pettibone supplies everything but the prince.

In addition to these gift basket participants, baskets will be given by Save the Music Benefit Concert sponsors Baileys, L'Oreal Paris, Crest Whitening Expressions, Mercedes, Pantene, Always, Listerine Pocketpaks and Chrysler.

For more concert and event information for "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" log onto http://www.vh1.com/save and check out the photo flipbooks, videos and artist interviews with those that have benefited from music education programs.

Contact: Vanessa Reyes/MTVN
310-752-8081
vanessa.reyes@mtvstaff.com


Source: VH1

CONTACT: Vanessa Reyes of MTVN, +1-310-752-8081, or
vanessa.reyes@mtvstaff.com

Web site: http://www.vh1.com/
http://www.vh1.com/save


 
Russell Simmons and Rev. Al Sharpton Support KFC's Animal Welfare Efforts

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2005--The release sent out by the group PETA is completely inaccurate. KFC Corporation continues to work with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Hip Hop Summit Action Network to discuss their concerns about animal welfare. As a result, KFC is moving forward with measures to solidify its animal welfare standards and guidelines with the support of the Simmons' Team.

Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network has great respect for Mr.Simmons and the fact that he got PETA and KFC to the table for discussion and is supportive of the progress KFC is making on animal welfare.
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Contact:

KFC Corporation
Bonnie Warschauer, 502-874-8100
bonnie.warschauer@kfc.com
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Source: KFC Corporation


 
Gloves Come Off After KFC Breaks Terms of Secret Agreement With PETA

Fast-Food Chain Ignores Expert Recommendations to Stop Worst Abuses of Chickens

NORFOLK, Va., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- PETA has called off an unpublicized six-week moratorium in its campaign against KFC and is today launching a massive anti-KFC protest blitz. The moratorium was a result of KFC executives' agreement-made in two separate secret meetings held in hip-hop mogul and PETA supporter Russell Simmons' office-that the company would solicit and then abide by industry experts' recommendations for chicken welfare reforms.

All of the experts, including world-renowned farmed-animal-science authorities Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Ian Duncan, sent KFC strong endorsements of PETA's recommended animal welfare plan. Both sides agreed not to discuss the meeting publicly during the moratorium. Unfortunately, KFC's proposed action plan completely ignores their own experts' recommendations and will most likely not stop even a single one of the 750 million chickens KFC kills annually from being bred and drugged to grow so obese that they become crippled under their own weight or from being scalded to death in feather-removal tanks.

As a result, PETA is relaunching its campaign against KFC, with more than 100 protests planned for the next month-including a weeklong series of demonstrations at KFC's headquarters in Louisville, Ky.

PETA's endorsed program calls for phasing out the forced rapid growth of chickens, which causes crippling leg deformities; adopting the industry- developed "Animal Care Standards"; implementing automated chicken gathering to reduce injuries; and adopting a painless slaughtering method called controlled-atmosphere killing, which is already in use by some suppliers of KFC's competitor McDonald's.

PETA's worldwide "Kentucky Fried Cruelty" Campaign-originally launched in January 2003 -- has had additional high-profile support from Nobel Peace Prize winner His Holiness the Dalai Lama, rock icons Sir Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde, actors Pamela Anderson and Bea Arthur, comedian Richard Pryor, former KFC spokesperson and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander, hip-hop legends The Beastie Boys, and civil-rights leaders Alice Walker, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Kweisi Mfume, Dick Gregory, and Dr. Cornel West.

For more information, please visit PETA's Web site http://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/ .

Source: PETA

CONTACT: Dan Shannon, +1-757-622-7382, ext. 8253;
+1-757-943-7463 (cellular), or Bruce Friedrich, +1-757-622-7382, ext. 8342; or
+1-757-943-7450, both for PETA

Web site: http://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/


 
Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels of Run DMC Signs on With Paid, Inc. Celebrity Services to Launch His Official Fan Club

WORCESTER, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Paid, Inc.'s (OTC Bulletin Board: PAYD) Celebrity Services division, has signed an exclusive agreement with hip-hop icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of the famed group Run DMC to create and manage every aspect of the artist's first official fan club and fan club web site, including online marketing initiatives and merchandising programs, fan experience events, and fan club tour ticketing. Run DMC, a groundbreaking, multi-platinum rap group that took the music world by storm in the mid '80s, has sold more than 30 million singles and albums in the last 20 years worldwide. After Run DMC disbanded and one of its three co-founders, Jam Master Jay, died prematurely, DMC began work on a solo album.

On the heels of Paid's recent contract signings with Aerosmith and The Cars, DMC's two-year contract represents the third musical artist that Paid Inc. Celebrity Services has signed since strategically expanding its fan club capabilities beyond the professional sports celebrity arena into the exciting realm of music and entertainment. This lucrative two-year contract is anticipated to yield gross revenues in the millions, pending DMC's schedule and merchandise sales.

Paid, Inc.'s creative team will collaborate with DMC to develop innovative fan club activities and exclusive fan experiences that will keep fans enraptured and build more loyalty. Activities for DMC fans may include everything from contests, to give-aways, online chats and limited-edition memorabilia, online celebrity interaction, contests and special events, as well as access to concert tickets and backstage passes. By making fans the priority, Paid is building the long-term relationships that foster and sustain true fan loyalty.

Run DMC has blazed a 20-year trail through the music industry, changing the face of R&B by creating the first "new school" hip hop recordings and becoming the first rap act to get airplay on MTV, cross over into the pop mainstream, and earn gold, platinum, and multi-platinum status. In 1983, they released their first Top 20 R&B single, "It's Like That"/"Sucker M.C.'s." With their second album, "King of Rock" in 1985, they became the most influential rappers in the country, breaking down barriers between rock & roll and rap with the mega-hits "You Talk Too Much," and "Can You Rock It Like This." Run DMC's unique fusion of rock and rap exploded into the mainstream with their third album, 1986's "Raising Hell," the first rap album to hit number one on the R&B charts, the pop Top Ten and go platinum. Their biggest single, a riveting cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," was recorded with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

DMC is currently wrapping up his latest musical project entitled "Checks, Thugs, Rock N Roll," scheduled for independent release later in 2005. Jam Master Jay had completed just one of the three tracks he was slated to produce before his untimely death. To preserve Jay's legacy, DMC recorded a tribute song entitled "Missing My Friend." In addition, DMC just wrote his first book with Bruce Haring, King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run- DMC. The book features a forward by rapper/actor Will Smith and profiles DMC's rise in the music business.

About Paid, Inc.:

Paid's innovative products and services are utilized in online auction management, ecommerce and web site development and hosting. Using proprietary technology, Paid, Inc. is a respected developer of dynamic, cutting edge celebrity web sites and ecommerce storefronts that attract tens of thousands of visitors daily. Paid's Auction Inc brand auction management and shipping calculation software utilizes Paid's patent-pending process technologies to streamline back-office and shipping processes for online auctions and e- commerce. Paid's Rotman Auction is an eBay Platinum Powerseller that sells thousands of items -- primarily sports, Hollywood and Americana collectibles and memorabilia -- each week on eBay. The company also builds and maintains large database-driven portals across a broad array of industries. The Company's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol PAYD. For further information visit http://www.paid.com/.

Source: Paid, Inc.

CONTACT: Media: Julie Shepherd of Accentuate PR, +1-815-479-1833,
Julie@paid.com, or Investors, Jens Dalsgaard of Redwood Consultants, LLC,
+1-415-884-0348, jnsd@aol.com, both for Paid, Inc.; or For DMC: Dvora Vener
Englefield @ BWR Public Relations, +1-310-248-6161, dvener@bwr-la.com

Web site: http://www.paid.com/


4/11/2005

 
The Source Magazine Hit With Employment Discrimination Claims By Former Top Women, announces Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP

Former Editor-in-Chief and Vice President Accuse Owners of The Source of Subjecting Women to Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

EEOC Charges Filed on Behalf of All Current and Former Female Employees

NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, two of the highest-ranking former female executives of The Source magazine, the self-proclaimed "Bible of Hip Hop," filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing co-owners David Mays, the Chief Executive Officer, and Raymond "Benzino" Scott, the Chief Brand Executive, of committing gender discrimination, sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation against women at the Company.

The charges were filed by Kimberly Osorio, who was the first female Editor-in-Chief of The Source, and Michelle Joyce, who was the Vice President of Marketing. According to the charges, female employees were consistently discriminated against on the basis of their gender in favor of male employees, particularly with respect to hiring, promotions, compensation and benefits, working hours and discipline. The charges also allege that:

* Raymond "Benzino" Scott has taken virtually complete control over The Source from David Mays, and has placed many of his male associates from Boston on the payroll who performed no meaningful work and/or did not adhere to the same rules, policies and procedures that all female employees were required to follow.

* Scott and Mays have fired or forced out of the Company without cause many competent, dedicated and hardworking female employees and have replaced them with men.

* David Mays yelled and cursed at female executives at The Source, whereas he would not treat or talk to comparable male employees in such a manner.

* Scott and Mays allowed another male employee to openly utter profanities at Ms. Osorio, degrade her and threaten her with physical violence without being punished for his actions.

* Women at The Source were repeatedly subjected to degrading acts of sexual harassment.

* The sexual harassment was so severe and pervasive that the former Managing Editor at The Source would often hide in her office and avoid walking through the corridors out of fear of being sexually harassed.

* The Source engaged in a gender-based smear campaign against Hot 97 radio personality and recording artist Angie Martinez.

"After dedicating five years to The Source, I could no longer endure the blatant gender discrimination and harassment so I spoke up, but it only hurt the situation because I was fired shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, discrimination and harassment in the workplace is very common and now I must speak out for all women who have been victims of this same type of treatment," said Ms. Osorio. "I chose to take a stand for women of the Hip Hop generation and for all women who quietly endure such treatment for fear of retaliation and for those women who have suffered in silence and quietly surrendered," said Ms. Joyce.

"Ms. Osorio and Ms. Joyce have shown extraordinary courage in coming forward, and we will fully vindicate their rights at trial," said Kenneth P. Thompson, their attorney and a former Federal Prosecutor who prosecuted the Abner Louima federal civil rights case. "All women should be treated fairly and with the utmost respect whether they are in the world of Hip Hop or not and we will prove that in this case," said Thompson.

According to the charges, both Ms. Osorio and Ms. Joyce complained about the discriminatory treatment against women at The Source, all to no avail. Instead of taking prompt action to end the discrimination, they allege that Messrs. Scott and Mays unlawfully terminated them despite their outstanding work performance. In fact, Ms. Osorio alleges that she was fired shortly after she refused to give in to Scott's and Mays' repeated demands that she rescind an email that she sent to Human Resources complaining about the unlawful conduct.

About Thompson Wigdor & Gilly: Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP http://twglawyers.com/ is a recently founded firm, specializing handling high- profile, complex litigation and investigations as well as counseling clients in a wide array of substantive legal areas, including employment law, criminal law, sports and entertainment law, labor relations and civil rights. They can be reached at 212.239.9292 or info@twglawyers.com.

CONTACT:
Jillian Howell
212.239.9292

Source: Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP

CONTACT: Jillian Howell of Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP, +1-212-239-9292

Web site: http://www.twglawyers.com/


 
House of Blues(R) Hooks Up with the Big Mac(R) for First-Ever 'Are You Mac Enough?(TM)' Concert Promotion

CHICAGO, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- House of Blues(R), the definitive live music brand, is teaming with McDonald's(R) Big Mac(R) to kick off a three-week sweepstakes (April 12-May 2) starting with two launch concert events. Together, the first-ever partners are bringing the ultimate in music and fast food to unveil the Big Mac "Are You MAC Enough?(TM)" sweepstakes.

Reigning Brooklyn rapper Fabolous, will perform tracks from his recently released third album, Real Talk on Atlanta Records at the Chicago kick-off tonight. On April 12, the momentum continues at the Los Angeles House of Blues with the hip-hop, Latin infused sounds of Grammy award-winning Ozomatli, playing from their latest album entitled Street Signs on Concord Records.

"House of Blues fits perfectly with Big Mac and relates to our customers," said Douglas Freeland, director of Brand/Entertainment Strategy McDonald's U.S. Marketing. "Much like rap and rock music, the Big Mac "Are You MAC Enough?" sweepstakes is energetic, far reaching and about individuality."

"Music is a powerful tool to reach people," said Fabolous. "The "Are You MAC Enough?" sweepstakes gives us a great opportunity to blend our style of music with this promotion."

During the sweepstakes (April 12-May 2, 2005), a MAC code will be featured on Big Mac sandwich packaging at McDonald's while supplies last. Customers can enter the code online at http://www.playatmcd.com/ * or via text message for a chance to win the Big Mac "Are You MAC Enough?" Grand Prize -- tickets, to attend 10 concerts, with a guest, at any House of Blues location in the U.S. from July 2005 -- July 2006. The Grand Prize winner chooses the concerts to attend, and air, transportation and accommodations are included.

Ten additional winners will receive a select number of concert tickets to be used throughout the year in the winner's regional area. Winners will be notified following the sweepstakes. See the Official Rules at participating McDonald's restaurants or online http://www.playatmcd.com/ .

"The Big Mac "Are You MAC Enough?" sweepstakes is one of the most extensive promotions ever hosted at House of Blues," said Paul Sewell, Senior Vice President Sponsorship, House of Blues Entertainment, Inc. "We are excited to work with McDonald's on such a groundbreaking project guaranteed to touch such a large number of our music-loving guests."

About HOB Entertainment, Inc.

HOB Entertainment, Inc., a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company, is the definitive live music brand. Founded in 1992, this dynamic company with soul, spirit and vision is comprised of several unique businesses, including:

-- House of Blues Clubs, which operate 1,000 - 2,000 capacity venues
located in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando,
Las Vegas, Anaheim and Cleveland.
-- House of Blues Concerts, Inc., which owns, operates or exclusively
books 19 arena and amphitheatre venues throughout North America,
including Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Seattle (The Gorge),
Atlanta, Cleveland, Toronto and Vancouver.
-- House of Blues - IT IS LIVE! (TM) http://www.hob.com/

* Web site with complete rules goes active April 12, 2005.

Contact information:
Michon Ellis
McDonald's Corporation
(630) 623-4061

Sarah Skertich
GolinHarris
(312) 729-4184

Source: McDonald's Corporation

CONTACT: Michon Ellis of McDonald's Corporation, +1-630-623-4061, or
Sarah Skertich of GolinHarris, +1-312-729-4184

Web site: http://www.playatmcd.com/
http://www.hob.com/
http://www.mcdonalds.com/


 
Platform Learning Announces Partnership with Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

NEW ORLEANS, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Platform Learning Inc., the nation's largest private provider of supplemental educational services (SES) (i.e., tutorial services) for students attending struggling public schools, announced a partnership with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) Saturday during an event at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Platform Learning and HSAN, a non-profit national coalition of Hip-Hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates and youth leaders, will join forces to support Platform Learning's national Campaign for Achievement.

The Campaign's goal is to promote solutions to the problem of underachievement plaguing low-income communities and help brand academic achievement as "cool". Through their partnership, Platform Learning and HSAN are aiming to raise awareness among parents and students of the availability of federally-funded SES at eligible public schools.

Platform Learning Chairman and CEO, Gene Wade, presented Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons, the HSAN chairman and co-founder, with a Champion for Achievement award during the Summit at Xavier. "Platform Learning's mission is to improve significantly the academic performance of low-income students and, over the long run, the quality of their lives." Wade said.

"We feel confident that our partnership with the HSAN will help us achieve our goal of raising community expectations and branding achievement as cool. We are proud to collaborate with this great organization to promote the benefits of academic achievement," Wade said.

"HSAN is dedicated to harnessing Hip-Hop culture to serve as a catalyst for societal change," Simmons said. "Like Platform Learning, we are committed to raising the academic achievement levels of at-risk students throughout the United States. We look forward to joining forces with Platform Learning."

Said HSAN President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis, "We are excited about working with Platform Learning in its effort to raise community expectations through its Campaign for Achievement. Together, we can have a lasting impact on community academic expectations."

As part of the partnership, Platform Learning will participate in other Summits planned this summer and fall in Detroit, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Trenton and Chicago. In addition, HSAN leaders will participate in Platform's Achievement Roundtable events in major cities throughout the country.

For information please visit, http://www.platformlearning.com/ or http://www.hsan.org/ or contact Alonza Robertson at 202.390.8521 or Alonza@westinrinehart.com.

About Platform Learning Inc.

Headquartered in New York, NY, Platform Learning is a national provider of after-school, weekend and summer tutoring programs to students attending public schools identified as "in need of improvement" under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Platform Learning collaborates with parents, schools, community organizations and educators to implement its research-based Learn- to-Succeed program. Founded in March 2003, Platform Learning is an approved SES provider in more than eighteen states with operations in over a dozen major metropolitan areas. Platform serves over 50,000 students in over 350 public schools. For more information contact Platform Learning at 646-442-2500 or visit http://www.platformlearning.com/ .

About Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

HSAN is a non-profit, non-partisan national coalition of artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents and youth leaders united in the belief that the "hip-hop" phenomena is an enormously influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and pro-actively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.

Source: Platform Learning Inc.

CONTACT: Alonza Robertson, +1-202-390-8521, Alonza@westinrinehart.com,
or Jody Miller, +1-917-770-3970, jody@jlmpr.com, both for Platform Learning
Inc.

Web site: http://www.platformlearning.com/
http://www.hsan.org/


 
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Plus Special Guests Give Fans on AOL Music a Taste of 'Crunk Juice'

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2005--AOL:

Fans Are Encouraged to Help Children in Africa Affected by HIV/AIDS by
Donating to Keep a Child Alive

The self-proclaimed "kings of crunk", Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, will take the stage for an exclusive AOL(R) Music LIVE! performance. The concert, which will take place at New York City's famed Webster Hall on Tuesday, April 12, will feature the group's signature trunk-rattling beats and unpredictable stage show packed with special guest performances. Beginning at 9:00 PM ET the concert will be broadcast live on the Web at www.aolmusic.com. In addition to watching the live broadcast, fans can tune in to hear a simultaneous audio broadcast on the AOL(R) Radio Network or watch the performance on demand for one week following the live event.

"This event will be a defining moment in the Crunk movement," said Lil Jon. "Our AOL Music LIVE! performance is the perfect stage for us (Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz) to show the world how Crunk music is like black punk rock music."

"Lil Jon & East Side Boyz have consistently been one of AOL Music's most searched and requested artists," said Jack Isquith, Executive Director of Music Industry Relations for AOL Music. "Their energized performance for AOL Music Sessions has been a favorite with our audience and we are thrilled that they chose AOL Music Live for what is sure to be an unforgettable event."

This exclusive performance by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz follows the success of the recent Simple Plan AOL Music LIVE! concert. Previous performances, which include Usher, Nelly and Good Charlotte among others, were played more than one million times in a week. Months after the live events, individual original performances from these concerts consistently appear on AOL Music's weekly Top 11 charts, often outpacing the traditional music videos for the same songs.

As the pioneers of the hip-hop movement known as "Crunk" Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, continue to generate buzz with their gritty, club-ready songs. Their consecutive double-platinum certified release, Crunk Juice, is the follow up to 2003's double platinum selling Kings of Crunk. Crunk Juice features appearances from some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B including Usher, Ludacris, R. Kelly, Nas and Snoop Dogg among others.

As part of this special AOL Music LIVE! event, fans are encouraged to donate to Keep a Child Alive (http://www.keepachildalive.org/), an organization dedicated to providing life-saving medicine to children and families with AIDS in Africa.

Fans can enter to win a limited number of tickets for this AOL Music invitation-only event through Power 105.1, www.allhiphop.com, www.tvtrecords.com or www.liljononline.com.

About America Online, Inc.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL is the world's leader in interactive services, web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.

(a) comScore Media Metrix, February 2005
Contacts
AOL Music
Louise Bashi, 646-805-2044
louisebrlm@aol.com


 
H3 + M4 = 100 Canadian Hip Hop Stores! 'H3' Peters and 'J Niice' McNeil Pop HipHopSodaShops First International Sale

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2005--Halls of HipHop, Inc. has announced the signing of its first Master Franchise Agreement that calls for M-Four International to open a minimum of 100 HipHopSodaShops throughout Canada over the next three years. M-Four International has already started discussions with several of Canada's most prominent recording artists to participate in H3's store openings across the country. M-Four is also pleased to welcome Scott Boogie, a top Canadian Hip Hop personality who has agreed to sign on, as well as Michel de Montigny, a well-known producer and songwriter in the French world of entertainment. "H3" will be holding a press conference next week in Times Square to make a "major public announcement" and to unveil its Canadian and American "Dream Teams".

HipHopSodaShops feature the healthiest menu combos in the food industry including H3Raps, a delicious line of wraps with a distinct Hip Hop theme, containing 80% fewer carbs than competing subs or sandwiches, and H3WhiteTea, a unique line of great tasting sodas, teas, lemonades, and energy drinks containing rare, organic white teas sweetened with pure chicory syrup, and boasting 5 times the healing and overall health benefits found in a 20 oz. bottle of Green Tea. H3 is currently negotiating with some of Hip Hop's brightest stars to launch its "Good to Guzzle" campaign for H3WhiteTea.

M-Four International, North America's most comprehensive franchise, licensing, and marketing organization, has served more than 60 franchise companies in Canada, Mexico, the Far East, Europe and America over the past 25 years. In addition to H3's Master Franchising Program, M-Four International will also initiate an aggressive franchise campaign to "convert" existing fast food service chains to HipHopSodaShops.

"When a show runs down, you don't change the theater, you change the show," said Martin Greenspon, President of M-Four International, "and right now we've got the hottest show on earth." H3 can quickly and affordably give fast food chains a "total makeover", offering brand name awareness and recognition by targeting the dominant, fastest growing cultural lifestyle, its music and its clothing and merchandising trends. H3 is also the first franchise to feature competitive CyberSports both in-store and online, including daily prizes culminating in multi-million dollar tournaments, as well as other revolutionary marketing strategies that will totally electrify its customers.

"The Hip Hop culture is enjoying remarkable success in Canada," said Brian "H3" Peters, President and co-founder of H3 Enterprises. "The astounding growth experienced in music sales, TV and radio ratings, merchandising, and concert and event attendance, are all indicators of an extremely lucrative market."
Contacts
M-Four International
Diane Champagne, 514-349-0558
or
LGS (for Halls of HipHop)
Tom Lisker, 914-376-6767


 
Trick Daddy to Host New Show for XM Satellite Radio

'Dunk Rider Radio with Trick Daddy' Premieres Friday, April 15 at 9 PM ET

WASHINGTON, April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) , the nation's leading provider of satellite radio with more than 3.77 million subscribers, has added a new show hosted by hip hop megastar Trick Daddy to its lineup of critically-acclaimed exclusive music series. "Dunk Rider Radio with Trick Daddy" will air exclusively on XM's uncut hip hop channel RAW (XM Channel 66) each Friday at 9:00 PM ET, with encores on Sundays at 2:00 PM ET and Wednesdays at 6:00 PM ET. The hour-long show debuts Friday, April 15 at 9:00 PM ET.

Each week from his Miami home studio, Trick Daddy will play his favorite tracks, host live performances, interview artists and serve up some unexpected surprises. A Miami native, Trick Daddy has an impressive collection of hit songs and acclaimed albums to his credit, including the recent singles "Let's Go" and "Sugar (Gimme Some)" from his blockbuster album "Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets."

Source: XM Satellite Radio

CONTACT: Anne-Taylor Griffith of XM Satellite Radio, +1-202-380-4151, or
annetaylor.griffith@xmradio.com

Web site: http://www.xmradio.com/
http://listen.xmradio.com/


 
Rap Artists The Game and 50 Cent Continue Charitable Contributions With Donations to Compton Unified School District's Education Foundation

COMPTON, Calif., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In an impressive display of solidarity and commitment to inner city school programs, rap artists The Game and 50 Cent each presented checks totaling $200,000 today to the Compton Unified School District's Education Foundation to bring back music and arts education programs lost years ago to state budget cuts. 50 Cent donated a $100,000 through is G-Unity Foundation. The Game presented $100,000 donation from Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, and his own Black Wall Street Organization.

"This magnificent donation couldn't have come at a better time. For the first time in many years, we can purchase musical instruments and provide music programs for our elementary school students," remarked District Superintendent, Jesse Gonzales. "It's time to focus on the many positive things that are happening in our schools and this donation will help us develop the many talents that our students have," said Tami Foy, the Foundation's Executive Director.

50 Cent and The Game are gifted entertainers who understand the importance to inner city kids of positive opportunities like visual and performing arts programs. The Game grew up in Compton, graduated from Compton High School and remains closely connected to the community. "This is what Black Wall Street is all about," said The Game. "Building an empowerment within our community. I've seen first hand what music can do so I'm hoping this can make a difference in people's lives." 50 Cent remarked "G-Unity's goal is to lend a hand to the people who need it most. This donation is just the beginning of what we're hoping to do." 50 cent recently established the G-Unity Foundation to help community members overcome obstacles and make positive changes in their lives.

Source: Interscope Records

CONTACT: Tami Foy, Executive Director of Compton Unified School District
Education Foundation, +1-310-604-6560; or Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934, or
Yvette Gayle, +1-310-865-6278, or Greg Miller, +1-310-865-7632, all of
Interscope Publicity


 
BET Uncensors Provocative 'N Word' Subject for Part II of Hip-Hop vs. Civil Rights Debate on THE COUSIN JEFF CHRONICLES

NEW YORK, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, BET's Jeff Johnson aggressively wraps up "The Bridge is Over," a two-part exploration by THE COUSIN JEFF CHRONICLES into the divide between the Hip-Hop and Civil Rights generations. In this half-hour of uncensored television, Cousin Jeff, or Jeff, boldly explores the highly sensitive and taboo usage of the word "Nigger" and its various meanings. Cutting deeper into the topic's pressing question: Have we gone from "let freedom ring" to "bling bling," Jeff dissects this query by also examining the controversial music of the hip-hop generation. Hear from the likes of Dr. Cornel West; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia), hip-hop artist COMMON and candid interviews from the streets, barbershops and churches on how the disconnect may have occurred, and what can be done to bridge the gap.

Viewers will be deeply moved by part II of "The Bridge is Over" as this emotional episode exposes each party's hurt and frustrations in candid, eye- opening revelations. No matter which side of the bridge viewers may relate to, this installment of THE COUSIN JEFF CHRONICLES may ultimately shake things up. Future topics for dissection on THE COUSIN JEFF CHRONICLES include "It's a BIG Deal - Black Youth and Obesity"; "Locked Out - I'm Out of Jail, But Still Behind Bars"; and "Silent Millionaires - The Story of Self-Made Millionaires Under Age 30."

Dubbed as the voice for a new generation, Jeff Johnson raises social and political awareness in young people by touching on subjects relevant to their culture and environment. Whether sharing his political expertise on BET or elsewhere, Jeff captivates audiences with his distinctive ability to fuel dialogue and examine various points of view. Jeff was first introduced to BET viewers as a frequent guest on the popular music program RAP CITY. But Jeff is no stranger to political forums. He is the former Vice President of Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network and the former National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division. Jeff has been seen on BET TONIGHT and C-SPAN; and been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today and New York Times. He has lectured at colleges and universities around the country and continues to conduct leadership training sessions for young people and adults.

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-3327, marcy.polanco@bet.net, or
Tricia Newell, +1-212-975-8230, tricia.newell@bet.net, both of BET

Web site: http://www.bet.com/


 
Checkers(R)/Rally's(R) to 'Go!' With What Works

TAMPA, Fla., April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Go! That's the one-word theme of Checkers(R)/Rally's(R) new speed-focused "You Gotta Eat(R)" campaign launched today in markets across the country. Over the last four years, the You Gotta Eat campaign has driven Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.'s(NASDAQ:CHKR) traffic, profits and brand image. The chain doubled its brand awareness in 2004 and has recorded positive same store sales increases for 15 of the last 16 quarters.

With results like these, Checkers/Rally's has chosen to 'Go!' with what works, evolving You Gotta Eat for a fifth year of fun, fast-paced, memorable advertising.

The spots are fast, busy and fun. When on-the-go people see the spots, they know that they "gotta eat" and that Checkers/Rally's is the place that can keep up with their lifestyle.

The premiere spot opens with alarm clocks going off, and then quickly cuts to visuals of people of all walks of life who are on the go and enjoying it. The campaign features people at work and at play, all moving at the speed of life. This year's campaign will use two different music tracks throughout the year, one hip-hop boogie and one classic rock, to appeal to a wide range of audiences and combat wear-out of the campaign.

The format of the spots offers flexibility to include Checkers/Rally's recent NASCAR sponsorships while remaining true to the You Gotta Eat concept. The closing of each commercial features a graphical element that demonstrates the brand's speed, double drive-thru and NASCAR involvement all in one shot.

CONTACT: Lisa Tristano
MARC Public Relations
412-562-1189
ltristano@marcusa.com

Source: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

CONTACT: Lisa Tristano of MARC Public Relations, +1-412-562-1189, or
ltristano@marcusa.com, for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

Web site: http://www.checkers.com/


 
BrightLine Launches Reebok's First Video-On-Demand Advertising Campaign

NEW YORK, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting next week, TV viewers in Philadelphia will be heading to their on-demand menus, but not for movies. Instead, in the latest example of Reebok's fully integrated marketing campaign for "I Am What I Am," viewers will be looking for bonus footage from exclusive interviews with Philadelphia hometown hero, Allen Iverson, as well as hip-hop stars Jay-Z and 50 Cent. Rbk partnered with BrightLine Partners to create its video-on-demand (VOD) advertising that will launch April 11, 2005.

The campaign signals Rbk's first foray into VOD advertising, further exhibiting Rbk's market leading approach to reaching target audiences that increasingly expect and want a personalized, on demand television experience.

The campaign, designed and implemented by iTV ad agency BrightLine Partners establishes Rbk as the first in their category to begin embracing iTV advertising as an increasingly critical means of reaching target audiences. "This first step in interactive TV advertising with VOD enables Rbk to maximize consumer access to, and the overall impact of, Rbk's extensive library of content from celebrity endorsements," said Jacquie Corbelli, CEO of BrightLine Partners.

BrightLine Partners' singular focus is positioning clients to use interactive television advertising (interactive commercials, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, and other interactive television ad vehicles) to achieve greater visibility and consumer reach among the 30 million plus households with access to on-demand and other iTV advertising applications. It plays the unique role in the advertising industry of helping clients seamlessly integrate iTV advertising into television marketing efforts.

Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE:RBK) , headquartered in Canton, MA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment under the Reebok, Rockport, CCM, KOHO, JOFA and Greg Norman Brands and footwear under the Polo Ralph Lauren Brand. Sales for 2004 totaled approximately $3.8 billion.

Contact:
Chris Redpath
BrightLine Partners
(212) 209-3990 x1038
credpath@blp-ny.com


Source: BrightLine Partners

CONTACT: Chris Redpath of BrightLine Partners, +1-212-209-3990 x1038,
credpath@blp-ny.com

Web site: http://www.brightlinepartners.com/


 
The Source Magazine's May Issue Delivers Exclusive Bombshell News, Interviews, Analysis and More

Issue Expected to Set Record Sales on Newsstands This Month and is First In Series of Exclusive Cover Stories Leading Into Launch of The Source 5.0(TM) The All-New Millennium Version of the Magazine

NEW YORK, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Source Magazine, the leading voice for the Hip-Hop community for the past 17 years, delivers another timely and exclusive cover story with its May issue when it asks the question, "Is Hip-Hop The New WWF?" The Source goes on to provide in-depth reporting and analysis on the state of Hip-Hop in light of the recent 50 Cent/The Game beef and subsequently staged "truce." The May issue also features an exclusive interview with an insider within The Game's Black Wall Street camp who reveals shocking news on the confrontation at Hot 97 and the truth about Game and G-Unit. In recent weeks, the New York Daily News, Reverend Al Sharpton and others have turned the discussion of responsibility for violence in Hip-Hop from a focus on the artists back into the corporate headquarters of the music industry's largest record and radio companies. This follows over two and a half years of reporting by The Source on forces working to destroy Hip-Hop, including corruption, racism and monopolization within the music industry.

Highlights from The Source's exclusive May issue cover package include:
Profits Of Rage, words by Ryan Ford

"In the world of professional wrestling, actors earn a living with staged violence and drama. With MC's like The Game and 50 Cent cashing in on fabricated gangster stereotypes, it's time to question Hip-Hop's commitment to the truth."

Live From Black Wall Street, interview by The Source Mind Squad

"I think this whole thing has brought real Hip-Hop to a halt. Hip-Hop as a whole loses real big when things like this happens and The Game knows that and he's looking for a productive and positive outcome."

"The Game's beef with The Source was coerced by his labelmates...when he said 'fu*k The Source' and still got 4 mics for his album, that was a big wake-up call for him."

Speak Of The Devil, words by Dasun Allah

"With Tupac's 'One Nation' album he wanted to prove he could sell records by unifying people as opposed to destroying people. Instead of making Tupac's vision of unity available to the public, the late artist's words were married with the works of Iovine's uber-thugs."

The May issue is the first in a series of upcoming exclusive cover stories, leading into the launch of the all-new millennium version of The Source, Hip-Hop's most important magazine. The August 2005 issue will feature a re-design of the magazine's contents including its logo-the first change to its logo in over 14 years-and the introduction of The Source 5.0, a DVD/CD-ROM disc that brings content from the magazine to life, creating a fully interactive experience for the magazine's readers.

Source: The Source Magazine

CONTACT: Lulu Cohen at The Source, +1-917-318-2161, lulucohen@att.net

Web site: http://thesource.com/


 
Trump Students Vote for Money Over Sex

LOS ANGELES, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 1000 students who have already registered to attend Donald Trump's Real Estate Seminar at the Learning Annex Real Estate Wealth Expo on Saturday April 30th - Sunday May 1st recently completed a one-page preliminary questionnaire. The survey asked demographic information about age, income, education level, career background, etc.

The final question simply asked the following:

Which of these would you prefer?
A) Buying a home for $600,000 and selling it 30 days later for $1,200,000
B) Having Great Sex for 30 days in a row with a gorgeous fantastic
partner

Of the students surveyed, 913 said that flipping a property is more appealing than having great sex for 30 days. 74 students said they'd rather have great sex. Ten students did not answer, and 3 answered inconclusively, making the same observation: doubling their money in a month would automatically get them great sex with their partner ... .

William Zanker, President and Founder of the Learning Annex said, "I was somewhat surprised by the results, but it just really confirms what I've been saying for the last few years - Real Estate is the NEW aphrodisiac."

The Learning Annex Real Estate Wealth Expo is the largest consumer show of its kind. Over 25,000 students are expected to learn from Donald Trump, best-selling author, Rich Dad Robert Kiyosaki, mega-entrepreneur Russell Simmons and peak performance success coach Tony Robbins at the Los Angeles Convention Center the weekend of April 30th and May 1st.

For more information go to Learningannex.com or call Heather Moore at 310-478-6677 x111

Source: Learning Annex

CONTACT: Heather Moore, +1-310-478-6677 x111 for The Learning Annex

Web site: http://www.learningannex.com/


 
'Russell Simmons Presents Yoga Live(TM)' Video Series

LOS ANGELES, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG), a leading producer and distributor of urban/hip-hop themed media content, today announced the release of the "Russell Simmons Presents Yoga Live" video series. Lead by three of America's most inspiring yogis -- Sara Ivanhoe, Elena Brower, and Jeffrey Cohen -- Yoga Live is based on the physical (Asana) practice of yoga and offers a complete fitness system comprised of four instructional videos. The Yoga Live fitness system introduces viewers to essential yoga postures and breathing, improves muscle tone and flexibility, strengthens abdominal muscles, accelerates weight loss, and fosters personal empowerment through mental clarity.

Yoga Live, which is part of the Russell Simmons Higher Self Series, teaches basic postures and breath work integral to the over 5,000-year-old practice of yoga. At the same time, Yoga Live offers a modern twist, integrating contemporary upbeat music to motivate students through a rigorous workout. Students can work at their own level with advanced poses and less challenging modifications given throughout each class.

"Our goal is always to bring our culture to the widest possible audience by partnering with the best in class distribution and marketing companies," said Will Griffin, president of SLMG. "Our partnership with GoodTimes Entertainment on Yoga Live continues this tradition."

Pricing and Availability

Yoga Live is being distributed via infomercials developed by GoodTimes Entertainment and via the Internet at www.getyogalive.com, and is available in VHS and DVD formats. Infomercials will begin airing April 2005. Yoga Live will be available for the introductory price of $39.95 for the four-tape set.

Details of Yoga Live Program

The Yoga Live system is comprised of four instructional videos and a guidebook, which helps explain the program, while offering tips on meditation, breathing, motivational information, and the benefits of daily yoga practice. The videos include:

* "Beginner Basics" is the foundation practice for the Yoga Live
program. In the first video, yogi Sara Ivanhoe teaches breathing
techniques, followed by an introduction to the top twelve postures
that make up the foundation of the program, and finally how to link
breath and movement together.

* "Power Flow For Accelerated Weight Loss" was developed to keep
students sweating with yogi Sara Ivanhoe guiding sequences of flowing
yoga postures, geared toward strengthening and fat burning. This
second video is also set to music for the ultimate mind-body
experience.

* "Total Body Toning And Flexibility" offers a series of strength and
balancing postures set to music. In the video, yogi Elena Brower
teaches students techniques to increase flexibility, tone and reshape
those hard-to-reach places.

* "Core Strength For Abs" is a workout lead by yogi Jeffrey Cohen that
isolates the abdominal muscles. This fourth video features a special
sequence of yoga postures that combines ab-strengthening poses with
great music, to help students slim and firm their midsection, while
creating a strong center, the foundation for mental strength and
confidence.

About the Yogis

Elena Brower is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor and founder of VIRAYOGA in New York City. Her teaching encourages self-celebration, both physically and spiritually. Jeffrey Cohen is a certified Jivamukti teacher who has taught extensively in New York City. He is also co-founder and co-director of Satsang Yoga in Charleston, SC. Sara Ivanhoe is a featured yoga expert and instructor for magazines and television. Her teaching style focuses on alignment, while maintaining a light atmosphere and sense of humor.

About GoodTimes Entertainment

GoodTimes Entertainment is a fully integrated, diversified international multimedia entertainment organization. The company is a dominant leader in direct response and electronic retailing, as well as a major industry force in the home entertainment market. Founded in 1984, GoodTimes Entertainment develops, acquires and distributes products and programming including: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit, Richard Simmons, Billy Blanks, the FIRM, and Cindy Crawford exercise videos, Charlton Heston's multi- curriculum Bible series and many other highly regarded brands.

About Simmons Lathan Media Group

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG) produces, acquires and distributes original urban/hip-hop themed media content, including: fiction and non-fiction film, television, radio, Internet, and theatrical productions. Founded by media entrepreneur Will Griffin, in partnership with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and television pioneer Stan Lathan, the tandem who developed ground breaking shows like Def Comedy Jam and the Tony Award winning Def Poetry on Broadway, SLMG is redefining the way urban media content is developed and distributed to the 45.3 million ethnically diverse urban consumer audience. For more information on SLMG visit www.simmonslathan.com.

Media Contacts:
Mark Hall of ego:east, inc. (for SLMG)
786-281-7007, markh@ego-east.com


Source: Simmons Lathan Media Group

CONTACT: Mark Hall of ego:east, inc., +1-786-281-7007,
markh@ego-east.com, for Simmons Lathan Media Group

Web site: http://www.getyogalive.com/

Web site: http://www.simmonslathan.com/


 
The Pussycat Dolls Team With Busta Rhymes for the Hottest Single of the Spring

LOS ANGELES, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A&M Records recording artists The Pussycat Dolls are teaming up with rap superstar Busta Rhymes for their sizzling first single, "Don't Cha." The track was produced by another hip-hop trailblazer, Cee Lo Green. The single was released to radio last week, and the commercial version will be in stores on April 19, 2005. The video will be shot next week in Los Angeles by famed director Paul Hunter.

After only three days of airplay, "Don't Cha" is already proving to be a hit in Miami and Phoenix. In Philadelphia, Marian Newsome, Asst. Program Director for WIOQ raves, "We have #1 phones. It's a total chick song ... every girl around here goes nuts when she hears it." The Dolls will be performing at various radio shows across the country this spring, including Miami, Phoenix and Los Angeles (KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango.)

The seven members of The Pussycat Dolls embody the new model of "entertainment groups," a combination of vocalists and dancers. The Dolls were first heard on the soundtracks to two of last fall's biggest films, "Shall We Dance" (covering Dean Martin's classic "Sway") and "Shark Tale" (performing Patti LaBelle's "We Went As Far As We Felt Like Going") and they are putting the finishing touches on their first album, which will be released later this summer.

Additionally, The Pussycat Dolls are preparing for the opening of the permanent Pussycat Doll Lounge, located inside Caesar's Palace on the world famous Las Vegas Strip on April 9th. "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria will host the grand opening.

Source: A&M Records

CONTACT: Dave Tomberlin of Interscope Geffen A&M Records,
+1-310-865-4575, dave.tomberlin@umusic.com


 
Power 105.1 Hosts 2nd Annual Music Summit

NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Clear Channel New York's Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM), New York's New #1 for Hip Hop & R&B, will be hosting its 2nd Annual "Power Music Summit" on Saturday, April 16th at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom 311 West 34th Street, NYC. Doors open at 8AM.

The Power Music Summit is a one day event that gives business executives, aspiring label entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, and artists a chance to discuss the ins and outs of the business.

Kevin Liles, Executive VP of the Warner Music Group will be the keynote speaker for the day. Other speakers include Jermaine Dupri (President of Urban Music at Virgin Records), Blue Williams (Manager of Outkast'), Bryan Leach (TVT Records/Vice President of A&R), Chris Lighty (Violator Mgmt Group, Manager of 50 Cent, Missy Elliot & Busta Rhymes), Irv Gotti (CEO of The Inc. Records), Chris Lighty (Violator Management Group, Manager of 50 Cent, Missy Elliot & Busta Rhymes and many more to be announced.

Speakers will discuss how they got their big breaks, the ups and downs of the business and share tips on what they wish they would have known when they got started. Attendees will also have the opportunity to drop demos or resumes in a box that will be sent directly to each panelist. DAT/CD/TAPE are welcomed.

Tickets to the Power Music Summit are currently on sale at www.ticketmaster.com or www.power1051fm.com

For additional information log on to www.power1051fm.com

About Clear Channel Radio New York


Clear Channel RadioNew York reaches over 7 million listeners throughout the Tri-State area on WLTW-FM 'Lite FM,' WKTU-FM 'The Beat of New York,' WHTZ- FM 'Z100, New York's #1 Hit Music Station,' WAXQ-FM 'Q104.3, New York's Only Classic Rock Station,' WWPR-FM 'Power 105.1' New York's New #1 For Hip Hop and R&B,' and WALK-AM/FM 'Long Island's Best Variety.'

Source: Power 105.1

CONTACT: Josefa Paganuzzi, +1-917-880-5636, or
josefapaganuzzi@clearchannel.com, or Don MacLeod, +1-212-822-4535, or
donmacleod@clearchannel.com, both of Power 105.1


 
Columbia University Announces 2005 Pulitzer Prizes

NEW YORK, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The 89th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced today by Columbia University.


4. EXPLANATORY REPORTING

For a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Gareth Cook of The Boston Globe for explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: William J. Broad and David E. Sanger of The New York Times for their aggressive reporting and lucid writing that cast light on the shadowy process of nuclear proliferation, and the Staff of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its serious, energetic and substantive series examining three decades of hip-hop music in American life.

Source: Columbia University

CONTACT: Madeleine Perez of Columbia University, +1-212-854-7884,
mp2168@columbia.edu


 
BMI Expands its Washington Presence on Behalf of Music Writers and Publishers

NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, announced today that it has retained Washington, D.C. consultant Janet Staihar to raise its presence in the nation's capital.

BMI is committed to the protection of its songwriters and publishers' musical copyrights, which are increasingly threatened by rapid technological advances that enable unauthorized internet transmissions.

Fred Cannon, BMI's senior vice president for government relations, said that Staihar's efforts will result in BMI being involved in more industry and other Washington events and activities aimed at raising the profile of BMI in the nation's capital as well as to help maintain the integrity of copyright and related issues. Her work will complement BMI's current presence in Washington.

During the last 20 years, Staihar, the principal in the public relations firm Staihar & Associates LLC, has represented numerous national and international clients in the entertainment, hospitality and other industries, and has worked on Capitol Hill as a wire service reporter and in the Executive Office of the Vice President.

"BMI has an important story to tell the nation on behalf of its talented creators of music," said Staihar. "If copyright is weakened, creativity will diminish. I look forward to helping BMI and to involving its famous roster of songwriters in spreading the word about the importance of the copyright issues that affect them, as well as representing BMI in Washington. "

Some of the current major BMI members include Faith Hill, Sting (PRS), John Adams, Maroon 5, David Koz, 3 Doors Down, Carlos Santana, Joshua Redman, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Sheryl Crow, Mike Post, Britney Spears, Eminem, Mariah Carey, David Yazbek, Bob Israel, Kid Rock, Elvis Crespo, Oasis (PRS), Sarah McLachlan, Steve Reich, Thomas Newman, Faith Evans, Evanescence, Snuffy Walden, William Bolcom, Shakira, and Snoop Dogg, to name just a few.

Longstanding legendary creators affiliated with BMI include John Lennon, Chuck Berry, Dave Brubeck, David Bowie (PRS), Milton Babbitt, Willie Nelson, The Eagles, Thelonious Monk, Carlos Santana, Sir Elton John (PRS), The Neville Brothers, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Waylon Jennings, Charles Ives, The Who, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Leadbelly, Eric Clapton (PRS), John Williams, The Bee Gees, B.B. King and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

BMI, a non-profit making company formed 65 years ago, collects license fees from music users and then it pays those license fees in the form of royalties to those songwriters, composers and music publishers it represents.

The BMI repertoire includes approximately 4.5 million musical works compositions that are performed via radio, television, Internet, restaurants, colleges, ice skating rinks, hotels, airlines and many, many other venues.

For further information, contact Janet Staihar
Phone 202-237-2080 * Cell 202-494-2490 * Fax 202-237-2082 * Email
jstaihar@comcast.net

Staihar & Associates LLC
5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Suite 15
Washington, D.C. 20016

Robbin Ahrold
Vice President, Corporate Relations
BMI
212 830 2502
rahrold@bmi.com


Source: Broadcast Music, Inc.

CONTACT: Janet Staihar of Staihar & Associates LLC, +1-202-237-2080,
Cell: +1-202-494-2490, Fax: +1-202-237-2082, or jstaihar@comcast.net, for
Broadcast Music, Inc.; or Robbin Ahrold, Vice President, Corporate Relations
of BMI, +1-212-830-2502, or rahrold@bmi.com


 
Univision Radio Names J.D. Gonzalez Vice President of Programming Services

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 4, 2005--Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio company in the U.S., and a division of Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), today announced the appointment of J.D. Gonzalez to Vice President, Programming Services, effective immediately. Gonzalez will be responsible for overseeing the creation, implementation and execution of Univision Radio's programming and scheduling. Based in Houston, Gonzalez will report to Gary Stone, Chief Operating Officer, Univision Radio.

Previously, Gonzalez served as Vice President, Station Manager for Univision Radio in Houston. Prior to that, Gonzalez was Regional Vice President of Programming for the Hip Hop and Tejano formats of Texas and New Mexico for Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation. From 2001-2003, Gonzalez was named one of Radio Ink's "Best Program Directors of the Year" and Radio and Records has twice nominated him for CHR Rhythmic Program Directors of the Year. He has also programmed and operated several radio stations in Texas including KRYS FM (Corpus Christi), KZFM (Corpus Christi), KBFM (McAllen, Brownsville), KXTN (San Antonio) and KBBT (San Antonio). Following his graduation from high school, Gonzalez was the morning talent for Rhythmic CHR KITE 105 - Corpus Christi. Gonzalez received a BA with honors from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 98% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 81% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 27 Univision Network television stations and 1 non-Univision television station; TeleFutura Television Group, which owns and operates 33 TeleFutura Network television stations; Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 17 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 4 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, and a 50% interest in Mexico-based Disa Records labels as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at www.univision.com. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa's pay television channels in the U.S., and a non-voting 27% interest in Entravision Communications Corporation, a public Spanish-language media company. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

For more information, please visit www.univision.net.
Contacts
Citigate Sard Verbinnen
Brooke Morganstein, 212-687-8080
or
Univision Radio
Jorge A. Plasencia, 305-569-3130


 
Coca-Cola Presents the 2005 Essence Music Festival

NEW YORK, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Essence Festivals, LLC., officials announced today Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas, best known for their party anthem "Let's Get It Started," will perform at the Cola Presents the 2005 Essence Music Festival on Sunday, July 3. The Black Eyed Peas will join previously announced artists Aretha Franklin, Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Mo'Nique, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Lionel Richie, John Legend, Teena Marie, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Kem, and many others. The Festival, set for July 1, 2, and 3 in New Orleans, will be one of the key highlights of a year-long celebration of ESSENCE magazine's 35th birthday.

The Coca-Cola Presents the 2005 Essence Music Festival, known as "the party with a purpose," is the nation's largest annual African-American event and gathering of musical talent in the world. The Festival has become a destination of choice for families and friends as they schedule their reunions. This multigenerational Festival offers free Empowerment Seminars during the day, and exciting performances at night where Festivalgoers can dance and sing along with the biggest names in entertainment -- rhythm and blues, classic soul, hip-hop, neo-soul and jazz -- all on five stages within the Louisiana Superdome.

The Essence Empowerment Seminars will feature an amazing lineup of renowned speakers, authors and national leaders at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Convention Center is also home to the Essence Marketplace. In the Essence Marketplace, artists from throughout the country offer an array of quality arts and crafts that reflect Black culture. There will also be a delectable offering of the city's famous cuisine, along with sponsor activities, festival souvenirs and a book fair with author book signings.

Festivalgoers can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com or call (800) 488-5252, (504) 522-5555 (New Orleans) or (225) 761-8400 (Baton Rouge). Tickets are $35, $45, $55, $60, $75 and a very limited number in the Gold Circle section at $125. Tickets are subject to additional service charges.

Hotel accommodations, airfare and complete festival travel packages are available through Destination Management, Inc., the Festival's official tour operator, by calling (800) 762-9523, weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. CST, or visiting http://www.bigeasy.com/emf . For more travel information, see the April 2005 issue of ESSENCE or log on to http://www.essence.com/ .

The Coca-Cola Company is the Festival's presenting sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. The Coca-Cola Presents the 2005 Essence Music Festival's major sponsors are Budweiser/Bud Light, The City of New Orleans, Kraft Foods and McDonald's. In addition, HBO, Southwest Airlines, and the US Army will serve as official sponsors for the Festival. The names of the other Festival sponsors will be announced at a later date.

The Coca-Cola Presents the 2005 Essence Music Festival is produced by Essence Festivals, LLC., in association with Festival Productions of New Orleans. Essence Festivals, LLC., is a division of Essence Communications (EC). EC is also the publisher of ESSENCE magazine. ESSENCE, after 34 years, continues to be the preeminent lifestyle magazine of African-American women.

Source: Essence Communications, Inc.

CONTACT: Rhonda Evans of Essence Communications, Inc., +1-212-642-0676

Web site: http://www.essence.com/
http://www.bigeasy.com/emf


 
Mariah Carey Reveals Details of Her Marriage to Tommy Mottola, Her Flirtation with Tupac Shakur and More in the Spring 2005 Issue of america magazine

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2005--

america magazine, the world's first urban luxury publication, unveils its Spring 2005 edition with dual covers featuring multi-platinum songstress Mariah Carey and controversial hip hop entertainer 50 Cent.

In Mariah Carey's revealing interview with Aliya S. King, the top-selling female artist of all time gives america readers a rare glimpse into her troubled past and triumphant journey. Carey speaks frankly about her stormy relationship with ex-husband Tommy Mottola, her limited sexual experience, her flirtation with Tupac Shakur, her challenges with racial identity and her childhood memories of the gay couple that gave her a stable home after her parents' divorce.

Outlined below are select passages from america magazine's current cover feature on stands now: Mariah Carey: Imitation of Life:

ON TOMMY MOTTOLA AND THE DIVORCE

Tommy and Mariah married in 1993, in a ceremony modeled after the nuptials of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. "Yeah, everybody talks about that. But no one saw me on the honeymoon, running down the beach, miserable, crying and alone."

Tommy Mottola was her first sexual partner. But their union was not fulfilling in that way. "My relationship with my husband was not a physical relationship. It just wasn't.... That relationship shaped who I am. It beyond shaped me. I still have nightmares about it."

ON SEX

Today, seven years after the divorce, Mariah insists she can still count on one hand how many sexual partners she's had. In some ways, she's proud of it. "I've never been driven by the need to be with a lot of people. I was always focused on other things." And in other ways, she sees her lack of lovers as a liability. "I would like to be more experienced. I feel like in certain relationships, had I been more experienced, maybe things would have been different."

ON TUPAC

On her way back upstairs from the photo room, she passes through the kitchen. On the wall hangs a framed photo of Tupac Shakur immersed in a bubble bath. She fans herself dramatically as she points it out. "Everybody always told me that he liked my music and I was always complimented by that."

When asked if they ever met, Mariah lets out a rush of breath. "Mmm hmmm... It was at the Grammys. He was driving by in this white Rolls Royce -- this was when I was still with Tommy -- and he just stops and I see him, and he's like, 'Hey Mariah.'" She does her best Tupac-in-a-white-Rolls-Royce impersonation: one hand on the wheel, one arm hanging out the window. "I just said hi and then I had to go back in. He said, 'Bye Mariah,' and I ran back inside like this..." She runs up the stairs to the alcove, lifting an imaginary ball gown and looking wistfully over her shoulder. "Ahhhh," she groans, half-laughing. "It could have been perfect."

ON RACE

"There's never been a time when I didn't spell out exactly what I am. But for some, I was still just a white girl. To others, I was a black girl who was just passing... It's easy to take shots at me. No one feels like they need to protect me... If I was two shades darker, there'd have been people protesting for me."

For interviews with america Editor-In-Chief Smokey Fontaine or transcripts of the complete Mariah Carey interview as it appears in the Spring 2005 issue, contact Ava DuVernay or Ellene Miles, The DuVernay Agency, 323-860-7060.

america magazine is the world's first urban luxury publication. Launched in 2004, the magazine's past covers have featured Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, R. Kelly, Usher and Gisele Bundchen. Visit the magazine's website at www.americamag.us.
Contacts
The DuVernay Agency
Ava DuVernay or Ellene Miles, 323-860-7060