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Tisha Campbell-Martin's Brother, Tai 'Quill' Campbell to Drop CD in 2005

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Synergie Unlimited Records today announced the Fall 2005 CD release of Tai "Quill" Campbell, younger brother of prominent singer, actress and director, Tisha Campbell-Martin. She proudly admits that her brother is a true lyrical genius and their family musical treasure and secret. With diversity, creativity, seriousness, humor and wit, Quill brings a unique flavor to the hip hop music industry that is simply contagious.

As a songwriter and producer, he can be best appreciated for his innate ability to create motivational lyrics along with 'marrying' them with powerful tracks. He delivers them with a captivating charismatic style leaving an impression on the masses. He has engaged in many projects on an underground level originating on the East coast in his hometown of East Orange, New Jersey and progressing to venues as far as the West coast.

Multi-faceted talents are a household term for Quill. On a smaller scale, like his sister, he has acting capabilities as he recently appeared in the movie "Playa's Ball". He has plans to further pursue the acting industry in addition to his music. Given his passion to provide positive reinforcement for kids nationwide, he began the "Quill Chess Enrichment Program" which has started locally in the DC metro area in which he teaches kids the game of Chess which overall enhances their self-discipline, concentration and analytical skills. He has also established the "9 Step program to Hip Hop" which caters towards polishing young hip hop artists to help fulfill their musical dreams.

Now is Quill's time to be fully exposed. He has officially signed with Synergie Unlimited Records, an independent label based in Washington who is creating a 'strong local buzz'. Quill is actively recording at Synergie Unlimited Recording Studio in Maryland and Cue Recordings in Falls Church, Virginia in preparation for his 2005 CD release.

CONTACT: Synergie Unlimited Records
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Literacy Program channels Hip Hop to create Educational Revolution

TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Literacy Through Hip Hop (LTHH), an educational program being launched in Toronto's Regent Park, is providing an innovative opportunity for students aged 7-12 who are struggling with literacy. Beginning on Monday June 6th, the program will teach basic reading and writing skills to youth who have been identified as having literacy problems, with hip hop being the primary teaching tool. LTHH was developed in part by Kristin Phan, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

"Literacy Through Hip Hop is planting the seeds for an educational revolution. LTHH uses material which youth can both relate to and enjoy. The program's success will be due, in large part, to the fact that students have been a part of the decision making process." said Phan.

Literacy Through Hip Hop was initially created two years ago by Shahmeer Ansari and Jason Shrouder-Henry of the Canadian Council of Equity Peace & Development. The two university students looked to formulate a program that struggling students would want to take part in. A secondary goal of the program is to illustrate the constructive capabilities of hip hop by utilizing it as a positive force.

"The main goal of this program is to teach literacy. However, hip hop was initially a tool used to spread social consciousness and strengthen communities. We want to remind our students that the music and culture can still be used positively. We all know that 50 Cent and Eminem make for poor role models, but artists such as Mos Def and Immortal Technique, who go unnoticed by the mainstream, have much to offer to our youth," says Ansari.

The program has been divided into five stages, each using music to strengthen a different component of the students' literacy. The program's initial stage involves students singing and rapping along to the lyrics of well known songs. Students will then begin to transcribe these lyrics, and read lyrics from other songs. The program's text is comprised of a selection of hip hop based short essays, each including follow up questions to measure student success. In the program's final stages, students will begin to examine different writing styles, and will ultimately begin to create their own compositions and stories.

LTHH takes place in Regent Park from Monday-Friday; 4-6pm. The program lasts for one month and will culminate with students traveling to a community recording studio to perform and record their writings. Students will also be performing at the Regent Park community event Sunday In The Park, on July 11th.

Shahmeer Ansari, at, or call (647) 896-7424

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Hip Hop Theater Festival Celebrates 5th Anniversary - NYC June 11-18th

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 3, 2005 -- This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the Hip Hop Theater Festival in New York City. This years festival lands in NYC for One Week Only, June 11th June 18th, and features the US premieres of two productions by acclaimed international artists: from the UK, body popper Benji Reid in 13 Mics and Germanys Niels 'Storm' Robitzky in Solo For Two.

The festival will highlight work developed throughout the year during HHTFs Critical Breaks Workshop series and Opening Night will invite the best of HHTF back the to the stage. From solo works to ensemble pieces, HHTF unites the best of both emerging and established Hip Hop artists from around the country in an arena that stretches the limits of theater, dance, spoken word and live music.

Hits from past festivals include: Will Powers Flow, Sarah Jones Surface Transit, Jonzi D.s Lyrical Fearta and Ben Snyders In Case You Forget. Over the past five years, the Hip Hop Theater Festival has grown from a fledgling project of Caseroc Productions and Hip Hop Theatre Junction into an independent non-profit organization with a national scope.

HHTF seeks to bring audiences and artists from the Hip Hop generation together with traditional mainstream theater audiences. HHTF's mission is threefold: to invigorate the fields of Hip Hop and theater by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the Hip Hop aesthetic; to present and tour American and international artists whose work addresses the issues relevant to the Hip Hop generation; and to serve young urban communities through outreach & education celebrating contemporary language and culture.

Hip Hop Theater Festival: NYC 2005 is made possible by the generous support of Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rush Philanthropic, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Theater Communications Group and British Council US.

2005 collaborators and venues include New York Theater Workshop, Dance Theater Workshop and the Apollo Theater. This year HHTF also makes stops in the San Francisco Bay Area (May), Washington D.C. (July) and Chicago (September).

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Rick's Cabaret Celebrates First Birthday of 'Club Onyx'

Its Booming Upscale Urban Gentlemen's Club in Houston

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 2, 2005--Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RICK - News) celebrates the first anniversary of Club Onyx, the popular upscale urban gentlemen's club in the Galleria section of Houston. The gala events June 3-5 will include visits by hip-hop and r & b artists, professional football and basketball players and celebrity feature dancers such as Tasty (of 50 Cent and Tony Yayo videos and King and XXL magazine fame).

The club, which has been operating at near capacity since it opened last June 10th, caters to urban businessmen, lawyers, doctors and professional athletes. The club is located at 3113 Bering Drive at Richmond.

The first anniversary weekend will feature door prizes, free admission and $2 drinks from 7-9 pm on Friday and Saturday, free curbside car washes by girls wearing bikinis plus a free customer appreciation barbeque on Sunday evening (6-11 pm).

"We continue to attract an A-list clientele of gentlemen from every sport and every profession, so this is our chance to say thanks for a fabulous first year," said Eric Langan, CEO of Rick's Cabaret, a publicly traded company that operates the upscale Rick's Cabaret clubs in Houston, Minneapolis, Charlotte and at a soon-to-open midtown location in New York City.

Club Onyx opened June 10th at the newly remodeled 12,800 square foot site of the original Rick's Cabaret nightclub after the company's management decided to take its highly successful upscale gentlemen's format into one of the fastest growing but underserved demographic segments - the universe of highly successful and increasingly affluent urban males.

Since the 1980s Rick's Cabarets have enjoyed a reputation for offering high quality entertainment for gentlemen at upscale nightclubs, featuring beautiful women and fine restaurant service. Anna Nicole Smith met her wealthy husband while dancing at Rick's Cabaret in Houston. Thirteen performers from Rick's have become Penthouse Pets (three have been named Pet of the Year) while three have become Playboy Playmates. Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. went public in 1995. Mr. Langan joined the company in 1998 and has led it since 1999. He has steadily expanded Rick's operations, adding new club formats and growing revenues and profit.

About Rick's Cabaret

Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RICK - News, - News) owns and operates upscale adult nightclubs serving primarily businessmen and professionals that offer live adult entertainment, restaurant and bar operations. The company owns, operates or licenses adult nightclubs in New York City, New Orleans, Houston, Minneapolis and other cities under the names "Rick's Cabaret," "XTC," "Club Onyx" and "Hummers." No sexual contact is permitted at any of these locations. Rick's Cabaret also owns an adult Internet membership Web site,, and a network of nine online auction sites for adult products under the flagship URL Rick's Cabaret common stock is traded on the NASDAQ SmallCap market under the symbol RICK. For further information contact

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Debra Lee to Become CEO Successor to BET Founder & CEO Robert Johnson Effective June 2

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- BET Founder and CEO Robert L. Johnson today formally announced the appointment of Debra L. Lee, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, as his successor as the company's CEO effective immediately. Johnson takes the title of Chairman, with plans to retire from the company he founded in 1980 by January 2006. Lee will assume the title of Chairman and CEO following Johnson's retirement next year.

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"I could not have chosen a better chief executive and outstanding leader to succeed me at BET than Debra Lee, and that's what makes this announcement so important to me and positive for BET's future," said Johnson. "Few executives in this industry have exhibited the ability to manage a unique growth company and shown the commitment to building a successful brand the way Debra has in her 19 years at BET. She mastered the cable programming industry long ago, and has a strong executive team in place to support her as she leads BET within the Viacom family."

"I am convinced that BET's legacy is in great hands with Debra at the helm," Johnson concluded.

Tom Freston, Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, said, "Bob Johnson is a true giant in our business, an entrepreneur of great vision and accomplishment. Bob built BET literally from an idea into a powerhouse. As he moves on to Chairman from CEO, he leaves a legendary legacy and, also, a very worthy successor in Debra Lee."

Freston added, "I couldn't be more thrilled that Debra is taking the helm of BET and am confident that, under her leadership, we'll have a smart and smooth transition. With nearly two decades of experience building a strong relationship with the African-American audience, I look forward to watching Debra make her mark and build on the great legacy of BET."

"When you've dedicated yourself to a mission like I have since coming to BET, it's truly gratifying when leaders the caliber of Bob Johnson and Tom Freston express without hesitation their utmost confidence in your ability," said Lee, whose new title until Johnson's retirement will be President and CEO. "The positive momentum and tremendous optimism for BET's future are the dividends of Bob's leadership over these 25 years and the strength of our executive team. I look forward to working with Tom on the continued development of BET as a powerful, successful enterprise for Viacom and its shareholders."

A Harvard-educated lawyer, Lee takes charge of BET at a time when the brand is the most dominant icon in the urban marketplace. The core BET channel is enjoying an all-time distribution high of more than 80 million homes in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET's business platform has expanded since its original founding on January 25, 1980 to include a diverse cadre of brand extensions:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, programming alternatives for niche genres; BET Event Productions, a full- scale event management and production company; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels and other specialized fiction and nonfiction offerings.

Lee, 50, first joined BET as vice president and general counsel in 1986 after serving over five years as an attorney with Washington, DC-based law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. During her tenure, Lee has played pivotal roles in the company's history, including Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BET's legal affairs department; Corporate Secretary; and President and Publisher of BET's publishing division. Even the construction of BET's corporate headquarters campus in the Northeast corridor of Washington, DC was directly managed by Lee. She stepped up to the level of President and Chief Operating Officer in March 1996.

It was on Lee's watch that BET enjoyed some of its most explosive growth in ratings, revenue and popularity. She led the network's evolution beyond its successful music programming into original movies, documentaries, concert specials, news, late-night talk shows and public policy coverage. Lee also substantially expanded investment in marketing, advertising, research and development -- strategies all geared to fend off upstarts and would-be challengers to BET's position as the market leader.

Lee's sphere of influence also extends well beyond BET where she is regarded as one of the country's top female executives in the realm of Fortune 500 companies. She serves on the corporate board of directors of global business icons Marriott International and Eastman Kodak Company, and regionally for Washington Gas & Light Company. Her business acumen and strategic approach to management make Lee a popular speaker and lecturer on a range of business topics.

The cable industry has long recognized Lee's importance as a corporate executive and industry ambassador. Lee serves on the boards of cable trade groups the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). Industry awards and accolades haven't escaped Lee either as evidence by her receiving the 2003 Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the NCTA - a first for an African-American female executive; 2003 Positively Visionary Award from Cable Positive; 2003 Quasar Award from the National Association of Minorities in Communications; 2001 Woman of the Year Award from Women in Cable and Telecommunications; the Wonder Woman Award from Cablevision magazine; the Silver Star Award from American Women in Radio and Television; and frequent recognition among the industry's Hundred Heavy Hitters by Cable Fax magazine. Outside the cable industry, Lee has also received special recognition, including the 2005 Madame C. J. Walker Award from Ebony magazine for best exemplifying the entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneering Black businesswoman.

Lee earned her Jurist Doctorate at Harvard University Law School, while simultaneously earning a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1980. She graduated from Brown University in 1976 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Asian Politics.


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE: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:, 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.
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Missy Eliotts One Minute Man Music Video Nominated For Six Video Music Awards Including Best Cinematography

Video Shot With Cooke S4 Prime Lenses

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) June 3, 2005 -- Dave Meyers is one of the busiest directors in the music industry having helmed clips for such artists as Janet Jackson, Enrique Iglisias, No Doubt, B2K, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Pink, Dido, and Missy Elliott. His work with Creed in My Sacrifice shows he is not a director to be taken lightly.

In particular, though, Missy Elliotts One Minute Man, featuring Ludacris & Trina, nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, is a fine example of Dave Meyers direction at its best. His work coupled with Kasten Crash Gopinath, Director of Photography, made this video into a huge success, and garnered it Video Music Award nominations for Best Hip Hop, Best Director, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Crash used Cooke S4 Prime lenses when filming One Minute Man music video.

Cooke, a storied name in both cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets, is often selected by the top directors of photography who make the most visible motion pictures (Ray, Under the Tuscan Sun, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), television series (Alias, Six Feet Under, Life as We Know It) , and television commercials (Nike, McDonalds, Coke, BMW, Avon).

Music videos are, in effect, short motion pictures, and often the best motion picture and television directors and DPs are asked to direct many of the high-end videos, notes Les Zellan, Chairman and CEO of Cooke Optics. Its no wonder they want to work with the same highest quality equipment to deliver the finest end product.

Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the most renowned directors of photography and cinematographers in Hollywood. Cooke S4 Prime lenses, acclaimed for their unique mechanical design and extraordinary photographic qualities, have been used to shoot several of the most renowned and visually beautiful motion pictures of all time, both in Hollywood and internationally.

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K-CINO and Multi Platinum Super Producer D/R Period Collaborate on the Highly Anticipated Second Project "The Bottom Line"

K-CINO has assembled a talented team of producers consisting of DJ Break, J-Glaze, Tempamental, Gangus, M-Rell, Swizz Beats all anchored by Multi-Platinum Super Producer D/R Period to release The Bottom Line.

Manhattan, NY (PREWB) June 2, 2005 -- Its been a year since SSC Records K-CINOs debut album Project HustleThe Early Years had the Underground Hip Hop scene notice this hidden talent waiting in the wings. With his seamless flow and articulate lyrics, K-CINO tells you a story of the pain and the hustle and takes you on a lyrical journey that only some of the finest MCs could rival - Andrew Steinberg, Skyz the Limit Promotions. With the bar raised and anticipation high; K-CINO has assembled a talented team of producers consisting of DJ Break, J-Glaze, Tempamental, Gangus, M-Rell, Swizz Beats all anchored by Multi-Platinum Super Producer D/R Period to release The Bottom Line.

As a rising artist and label owner to get the chance to work with a consistent hit-maker that has sold over 20 million albums and produced tracks like Ante Up [M.O.P], Hey Ma [Camron], Put it in the Air [Jay-Z] to mention a few, is a tremendous opportunity stated K-CINO. Working with D/R gave me a whole new perspective on the recording process. It has enabled me to step outside the box of my usual style and tweak some of my approaches and skills. This experience will without a doubt be beneficial to my growth as an artist and a producer."

K-CINOs The Bottom Line, Executive Produced by D/R Period will feature collaborations with D/R Period, Fly Ty, Lady Luck, B-Rhaka and several surprise guests. The first single is anticipated to be released in early June internationally.

For more on K-CINO, The Bottom Line, Upcoming Tour dates, and SSC Records visit

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SSC Records ( full service record label, flooded with talent, positioned for rapid growth in a flourishing urban market segment; a subsidiary of SSC Entertainment, label home of K-CINO, among others. Priding itself on quality products, exclusive services, and superior returns, SSC has formed strong strategic alliances with many major organizations across a global marketplace.

D/R Period ( Super Producer and Label Owner of Rockboy Street Records; D/Rs production work with selected artist consist of M.O.P., Smooth Da Hustler, DMX, Onyx, Camron, Freeway, Queen Latifah, AZ, Nas, Case, Asford & Simpson, Goodfellas, Foxy Brown, Public Enemy, The Diplomats, Juelz Santana, Keith Murray, Killer Mike, Lumidee, Queen pen, Kool G Rap, 8 Ball & MJG, Javine, ASD.

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Classic Underground Hip-hop Albums by Omid now Available on iTunes

Alpha Pup Records announces the digital release of classic underground hip-hop albums by Omid. The albums Omid Presents and Beneath the Surface Instrumentals are now both available on iTunes and other digital music retailers.

(PRWEB) June 2, 2005 -- Now available via Alpha Pup Distribution on iTunes and other digital music retailers are two classic albums by Los Angeles underground hip-hop producer Omid. His "Omid Presents" album, originally released September 3, 2003, became available in digital format on May 24, 2005. "Beneath the Surface Instrumentals," originally released May 7, 2002, became available for digital download on May 31, 2005.

Inspired by the underground hip-hop culture of South Central L.A. during the mid-1990s, Omid (previously known as OD) began work on his seminal "Beneath The Surface" album, a collaboration featuring over 30 emcess from the L.A. underground hip-hop scene. Since then, Omid has produced many projects, including the highly acclaimed single with Freestyle Fellowship entitled "Can You Find The Level Of Difficulty In This?" (one of Spin Magazine's Top 20 Singles of 1999). Omid also remixed the Beastie Boys' "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" for the Beastie Boys DVD Video Anthology.

"Omid takes listeners into the belly of the machine with distorted drums and lets you sit there awhile, then cuts you out with a crystal-clear marimba solo or something else equally unexpected. Essential listening." -- URB Magazine

"The LA underground vet and sometime Freestyle Fellowship collaborator returns with an album of instrumentals (and one song) that constantly develop and startle while remaining true to their roots in the gritty break. No one who's come across his work as OD will be surprised to hear that he makes instrumentals that are way more than just backing tracks for rappers. As ever with this man, excellent." -- Musik Magazine

"Beneath the Surface Mastermind producer OD has assembled one project that highlights not only his smooth, ethnic, and elegant beat style, but an impressive cast of close to forty of LA's most prolific yet relatively unknown emcees and DJs..." -- Mean Magazine

Omid is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Recording Arts.

Other Omid albums to be released for digital distribution in the near future via Alpha Pup Records include the original "Beneath The Surface" album, his instrumental opus "Distant Drummer," as well as his collaborations with Sach, "Sach 5th Ave" and "Sach 5th Ave Instrumentals."

Danyell Jariel

American Eagle Outfitters and The Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About ''Monkey Business''

WARRENDALE, Pa.--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2005) -

AE Launches In-store and Online Nationwide Promotion with DMX MUSIC and Interscope Records to Debut The Black Eyed Peas' New Album

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AE) (NASDAQ:AEOS) along with DMX MUSIC and Interscope Records today announced an innovative, cross-promotional marketing campaign to launch The Black Eyed Peas' new album, "Monkey Business." The partnership brings together one of today's hottest bands and one of the nation's leading lifestyle retailers for an initiative that is unprecedented in size and scope. Kicking off Saturday, May 28th, the promotion features exclusive listening parties in AE's 847 stores throughout the United States and Canada and is highlighted by a sweepstakes on in which one lucky person can win a trip for two to AE's new flagship store in Seattle for a shopping spree with The Black Eyed Peas on June 25th.

This comprehensive program, designed and implemented by DMX MUSIC and AE with the support of Interscope Records, gives shoppers in American Eagle Outfitters stores a preview of The Black Eyed Peas' forthcoming release between the hours of 1 and 4pm on May 28th. In addition, selected AE stores in 13 major markets (New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh) will host special events that day which will include exciting giveaways such as gift bags for the first 50 people to arrive plus tickets for local Black Eyed Peas concerts and AE merchandise.

"AE has always known that music is essential in the lives of our customers," said Adam Diamond, vice president of marketing operations at American Eagle Outfitters. "The Black Eyed Peas are diverse, individual, and real - a perfect match in style and spirit with the AE brand. We are always looking for creative ways to connect with our target demographic and this groundbreaking partnership enables us to provide them with a one-of-a-kind experience."

Available June 7th, "Monkey Business" is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Black Eyed Peas' multi-platinum Grammy award winning 2003 release, "Elephunk." After two critically acclaimed albums (1998's "Behind The Front" and 2000's "Bridging The Gap"), "Elephunk" was propelled by the hit singles, "Where Is The Love," "Hey Mama" and "Let's Get It Started." With "Monkey Business", the quartet --,, Fergie and Taboo -- connects with their audience through the most fundamental way: making people have a good time.

For this promotion, DMX MUSIC will provide AE with in-store visual imaging featuring the band's music videos. Since 1987, American Eagle has worked with DMX MUSIC, the worldwide leader in music and video programming for commercial applications, visual imaging and additional services for in-store atmospherics.

"DMX MUSIC is uniquely equipped to develop integrated marketing programs that enable members of the retail and music communities to capitalize on their strengths and shared market," said Mark Rozells, President and CEO, DMX MUSIC. "This program is an excellent example of how retailers can work with today's popular artists to promote their work, extend their brand messaging and create an experience which connects with their customers."

For more information on the exclusive listening parties and sweepstakes visit or For more information on "Monkey Business" visit

About American Eagle Outfitters

American Eagle Outfitters (NASDAQ:AEOS) is a leading lifestyle retailer that designs, markets, and sells its own brand of relaxed, casual clothing for 15- to 25-year-olds, providing high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. AE's collection includes modern basics like jeans, cargo pants, and graphic Ts as well as a stylish assortment of cool accessories, outerwear and footwear. American Eagle Outfitters currently operates 777 AE stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 70 AE stores in Canada. AE also operates via its Web business,, which offers additional sizes and styles of favorite AE merchandise.

About Interscope Geffen A&M

Combining the legacies of three significant record companies, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its combination on January 1, 1999, as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the global music leader. Headed by Chairman Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop, alternative, Latin, gospel and soundtracks.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.


Operating in more than 100 countries, DMX MUSIC is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices throughout the United States and internationally in Australia, Belgium, Canada, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Japan and the United Kingdom. DMX MUSIC is a global leader in digital music and visual imaging programming, with one of the world's largest digital music and video libraries, creating more than 500 unparalleled styles of non-stop music delivered via digital cable, satellite, DVD and the Internet. DMX MUSIC distributes its music services worldwide to more than 11 million homes, 180,000 businesses, and 30 airlines with a worldwide daily listening audience of more than 100 million people. For more information access the company's website at


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Gorillaz "Demon Days" Album Makes Top 10 U.S. Chart Debut

Storms Global Charts, Entering U.K., France, Switzerland and Hong Kong at No. 1

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Jun 01, 2005) -- "Demon Days," the second Virgin album by Gorillaz, has debuted on the Billboard 200 album sales chart at No. 6, the highest chart position ever achieved by the platinum-selling animated act, on sales of over 107,000 copies.

Virgin Records Chairman/CEO Matt Serletic commented: "We're all delighted at the chart-topping worldwide performance of 'Demon Days.' The extraordinary vision of all of the band's creators is evident in the way that Gorillaz continue to break new ground in the multi-media environment, nearly four years after their first album went platinum. The future will be very exciting for this band, as they continue with innovative new creative ideas."

This week, "Demon Days" debuted in No. 1 position in the national album charts of the U.K., France, Switzerland and Hong Kong. In the U.K. album chart, the album posted the third-largest one-week unit sales in 2005 for a No. 1 album. First week U.K. sales more than doubled those of the first Gorillaz album, which entered at No. 3. The "Feel Good, Inc." single remained in the British top 5, after booming to No. 2 in the week of its release as a CD single. Top 5 album chart entries also blanketed the rest of the world: "Demon Days" debuted at No. 2 in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Slovenia; No. 3 in Austria, Denmark and Norway; and No. 5 in Canada, Iceland, Italy and Japan.

EMI Music UK and Ireland Chairman & CEO Tony Wadsworth commented: "Gorillaz epitomizes the highest standards in innovation, both visual and musical. Its international commercial success shows the value of true creativity."

Co-produced by Gorillaz/Albarn and WIRED magazine rave award honoree Danger Mouse, and recorded at the band's own Kong Studios, "Demon Days" album guests include De La Soul, Ike Turner, Dennis Hopper, MF Doom, Shaun Ryder, and the London Community Gospel Choir. New York's Paper leads a chorus of early media approval, calling special attention to the unique visuals of Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett in terming the album a "work of conceptual art that's as fulfilling to listen to as it is enjoyable to look at... more melodic, free-flowing and sharper-edged than on its predecessor." "Repeated listening proves that these tunes have more staying power than Ron Jeremy," adds Stuff's five-star rave. "Blast it on the way to the club, and your whole crew will still go ape****," says Filter. Mojo's four-star review calls the album "an aural phantasmagoria... Quite astonishing."

Gorillaz have been active in the U.S. since early spring, with appearances by Damon Albarn and album co-producer Danger Mouse at March's South By Southwest music conference, and full band sit-down interviews on MTV News, FUSE and other outlets airing later this summer. Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, and Danger Mouse have all made numerous local appearances in Boston, Atlanta and New York. The video of "Feel Good, Inc." has been widely received by all music video channels. MTVU kicked off with an all day premiere for the video on March 28th. On FUSE, a "Daily Download" appearance with Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, and Danger Mouse began airing May 30, and the Gorillaz were featured on FUSE's "Amplified Guide to Summer" special. An exclusive full-album online stream on "MTVU presents The Leak" ran for a week preceding the May 24 release date, and MTVU, MTV2 and FUSE featured the Gorillaz' 30-second cartoon interstitials. On MTV's 10 Drop Spot, "One Band, One Night, One Connection" aired on May 16 featuring music from the album, and an MTV2 episode of "Subterranean," with Albarn and Danger Mouse, airs June 5.

"Feel Good, Inc." enjoyed another key infusion of U.S. media saturation in May, when it debuted in a two-week round of Apple's signature dancing-silhouette iPod television ads. Because of the television and online exposure of the "Feel Good, Inc." and its initial availability as a paid download prior to release of a physical CD single, the track has had a pattern of huge moves up the international charts measuring digital and physical sales. On the Billboard Hot 100, "Feel Good, Inc." made a No. 74 to No. 17 move.

The "Feel Good, Inc." video clip, which Blender Magazine calls "gloriously trippy," along with a brand-new 20-page graphic flip-book, with extensive art and notes, can be viewed at The Apple iPod television ad, titled "Rollerskating," can be viewed at

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Common's New Getting Out Our Dreams/Geffen CD 'Be' Debuts #1 on Billboard's Hip-Hop & R&B Charts

And #2 on Pop Charts as New Single 'Go' Begins to Pump Up the Airwaves

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip-Hop master Common returns with his new and sixth album on Getting Out Our Dreams Music/Geffen Records entitled "Be," which debuted #1 on Billboard's hip-hop and R&B charts this week, his highest debut ever, selling 184,617 units despite rampant bootlegging of the album weeks before it's commercial release. As the rapper's 2nd single "Go" begins tallying up mega-spins on radio & with the new video just added to MTV, Common is set to hit the road with a string of House of Blues appearances and a national summer tour with label mate John Legend kicking off in Baltimore on July 18 with the first leg ending in Dallas on August 15 (see below for itinerary).

"It's about being able to be without trying, being able to be in the present moment, being able to be natural and being who you are," says Common of the new CD. Recorded mostly in New York and L.A., much of the CD's production duties fell to Grammy-winner Kanye West, who contributed nine tracks. Former Slum Village member Jay Dee produced two cuts. "Be" is the second release on West's Getting Out Our Dreams label, which debuted this year with John Legend's platinum selling "Get Lifted." Guest artists joining Common on the new CD are The Last Poets, John Mayer, Bilal, John Legend, Pops and Kanye West himself.

The CD has already drawn rave reviews. XXL Magazine calls the album a classic & other critics have hailed "Be" as Common's return to his Resurrection days. Key media hits include People Magazine (4 out of a possible 4 stars) Rolling Stone Magazine (4 Stars), Vibe (4 1/2 v's), The Source (4 1/2 Mics), Blender (4 Stars), Spin (A- Rating), Entertainment Weekly (A- Rating), & USA Today (3 1/2 Stars out of 4), with feature stories in national publications like the L.A. Times, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and a Vibe Magazine cover.

Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Common is one of the most respected lyricists and skilled MC's in Hip-Hop. He made his solo CD debut with 1992's "Can I Borrow A Dollar," and quickly ascended to preeminence in the Hip-Hop universe. Other key CD releases include "Resurrection," "One Day it'll All Make Sense" and "Like Water for Chocolate." His most recent CD was 2002's "Electric Circus."

Common's Upcoming Concert, dates include:
June 1st -- House of Blues/Chicago
June 2nd -- House of Blues/Chicago
June 6th -- House of Blues/Los Angeles
June 7th -- House of Blues/Anaheim
June 8th -- House of Blues/San Diego

A National Tour with John Legend, dates include:
July 18th -- Baltimore, MD
July 21st -- Boston, MA
July 23rd -- Philadelphia, PA
July 25th -- Cleveland, OH
July 28th -- Detroit, MI
July 30th -- Milwaukee, WI
August 1st -- Chicago, IL
August 3rd -- St. Louis, MO
August 6th -- Atlanta, GA
August 8th -- Miami, FL
August 10th -- New Orleans, LA
August 13th -- Houston, TX
August 15th -- Dallas, TX

Source: Geffen Records

CONTACT: Junior Suriel of Geffen Records, +1-212-841-8272, or fax,


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ATLANTA, GA With the Vibe Music Fest coming to town June 10th -12th, Atlanta will be the place to be; and Hotel Indigo will be taking advantage of the spotlight for all to experience the ambience of the newest concept from the InterContinental Hotel Group. The hotel will kick off the weekend with two classy, cosmopolitan events. Beginning Friday, all the lovely ladies of the ATL will compete for a chance to make their fashion debut at the Modelesque model call. Saturday will follow with an "enjoy the vibe" cool out mixer, to celebrate Bigwin weekend in style with an upscale, invite-only crowd. The weekend closeout is being held at "Laced Up" which will provide delicious delicacies such as Bruster's famous homemade ice-cream sundaes.

Each of the showcases will be by invitation-only. Key media personnel will be in attendance as well as elite members of Atlanta's society and nightlife to celebrate BigWinCity as one of the major voices in advertisement and marketing survey. In addition to gaining admission into some of the most exclusive events during the upcoming Vibe Music Fest, those invited to BigWinCity will also be entered into a drawing for several prizes, courtesy of Laced Up, Hotel Indigo, Brusters Ice Cream, and the events other sponsors. Tickets will be given away to VibeFest, Hustle & Flow VIP Party, and Music Midtown as well.

BigWinCity will present an opportunity for the events key sponsors to brand their companies within an influential class of consumers in a fun and exciting way that will provide relevant market research. "We wanted to let the community at large know what BigWinCity is about and reward our community with prizes and fun giveaways", states the BigWinCity CMO Nicolaus Wilburn.

BigWinCity will not only use these three days as a venue for its online community, but as a showcase for independent films as well. The weekend long event will also feature an advance trailer screening of the highly anticipated, brilliantly written, romance-comedy "The Sun Will Rise", which is executive produced and penned by hip-hop journalist Rahiem Shabazz.

Come and experience the staggering momentum the #1 internet portal is known for and find out what is in store next for the Lil Red Homey. You must become a member of the site to RSVP requests to this exclusive event. For more information please visit us online at

Washington, D.C. Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment A First in the Nation's Capital

Chrysler Financial, The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Anheuser-Busch and Suze Orman to Educate and Empower Young People -- Russell Simmons, Damon Dash, Reverend Run, Juelz Santana, Paul Wall, Doug E. Fresh, Lil' Mo, Nicole Wray, Xscape, The Lissen Band and Russ Parr Join Forces in Washington, D.C. to Support Youth Financial Literacy

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is bringing its first Summit to the nation's capital. The Washington, D.C. Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment convenes at the Washington Convention Center in Hall C at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW on Tuesday, June 7, 2005. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are available through and .

The Washington, D.C. Summit is part of an unprecedented national campaign to raise awareness among millions of young adults 18-35 about the importance of financial empowerment. For the first time, one of the world's leading financial institutions, Chrysler Financial, has partnered with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the nation's largest non-profit hip-hop organization, to help young people build a solid financial future. Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN and William F. Jones, Jr., Vice President of Chrysler Financial have pledged to work together to coordinate this national campaign under the theme "Get Your Money Right."

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of HSAN and legendary hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh will co-moderate the Summit. Other artists and executives taking part in the Washington, D.C. Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment include Damon Dash, Reverend Run, Juelz Santana, Nicole Wray, Lil' Mo, Xscape, the Lissen Band and Russ Parr. Elected officials will also be participating including U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who introduced Federal Legislation into Congress on Financial Literacy and Representative G.K. Butterfield, Jr. (D-NC), among others to be announced. Different artists will join the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment National Tour in the following major cities: July 15 - Miami, Fla.; August 20 - St. Louis, Mo.; September 10 - Kansas City, Mo. and September 17 - Los Angeles, Calif.

Suze Orman, America's most listened to personal finance expert, New York Times best-selling author and creator/host of CNBC's "The Suze Orman Show" will be participating in the Washington, D.C. Summit on Financial Empowerment.

The title sponsor of the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment Tour is Chrysler Financial. The presenting sponsor is Anheuser-Busch, Inc. The Washington, D.C. media partner is Radio One's 93.9WKYSFM.

"Financial empowerment is the last leg of the Civil Rights Movement," declared Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN. "The hip-hop generation views the theme 'Get Your Money Right' as a hot and important topic. Through hip-hop artists, the generous support and vision of partners like Chrysler Financial, Anheuser-Busch and leading experts in the field of personal finance like Suze Orman, we intend to make personal finance more interesting and accessible to millions of young people, as we open the door wider for them to achieve their higher aspirations."

"The Hip Hop Summit Action Network, with its pulse on youth culture, and access to millions of young people, is the right partner in our quest to help the next generation of Americans make smart decisions with their finances," said William F. Jones, Jr., Vice President-Chrysler Financial.

"America's youth are bright, ambitious, yet face very different challenges today, than even their parents did when it comes to personal finance," said Suze Orman, host of CNBC's "The Suze Orman Show" and author of the recently released New York Times bestseller, The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, And Broke. "Providing them the resources they need to be successful is the critical first step in helping them to secure their financial futures," she added.

Johnny Furr, vice president, Sales Development and Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch, Inc., said that "more than ever it is important that our youth realize that you can't achieve financial goals tomorrow that you don't begin planning for today." Furr said that the value of the summits is that they "provide participants with information about key financial issues and opportunities that many haven't begun to think about, but should, in order to create and leave wealth that sustains families and communities."

"HSAN is serious about spitting truth to power," declared Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of HSAN. "The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment Tour is an important opportunity to transform the lives and conditions of those who yearn for a better way of life."

The program agenda of the Washington, D.C. Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment will include a focus on financial literacy, basic banking, repairing and understanding credit scores, asset and wealth management, auto financing, home ownership and entrepreneurship.

About DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC

The company provides brand-specific financing for automotive dealers' inventories and their retail consumers and does business as Mercedes-Benz Credit and Chrysler Financial. As DaimlerChrysler Services Truck Finance it also finances commercial vehicles for affiliate products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star. The company serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Puerto Rico and has more than 5,800 employees who manage a portfolio of more than $95 billion with nearly five million contracts. DaimlerChrysler Services North America is a member of the DaimlerChrysler Financial Services group of companies. This group is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and operates in 39 countries with an employee base exceeding 10,800 and a global portfolio of approximately $139 billion. DaimlerChrysler Financial Services group is one of the leading financial services entities worldwide. For more information on DaimlerChrysler Services in the Americas visit .

About Anheuser-Busch

Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc. is the leading American brewer holding 50 percent of the U.S. beer market. The company is American- owned and brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch ranked first in the U.S. beverage industry in Fortune magazine's 2005 "America's Most Admired Companies" and in the top 30 on Fortune's 2005 "Global Most Admired Companies" list. The company is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is the world's largest recycler of aluminum beverage containers. For more information, visit or .

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 positive social change which must be responsibly and pro-actively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice. For more information on the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, go to .

Source: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

CRACKED Announces Kick-Ass Additions to Editorial Staff

New Hires Point to Plans for World Domination

NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- CRACKED Magazine, which promises to be the funniest magazine in world history when it re-launches in 2006, today announced new additions to its already mind-blowing and awesome staff.

Speaking from Cracked Entertainment's worldwide headquarters atop Park Avenue, Publisher and CEO Monty Sarhan announced that Zena Tsarfin, the former Managing Editor of the acclaimed hip-hop magazine XXL, has been named the new Managing Editor of CRACKED. Also joining the team are Darren Kane and Jonathan Yevin, both of whom have been named Contributing Editors.

"Our new editors highlight our commitment to broadening CRACKED's scope and appeal. We are committed to bringing exceptionally talented people from the magazine and entertainment worlds on board as we re-create CRACKED into a leading entertainment and comedy brand," said Sarhan.

Zena Tsarfin first broke into the publishing industry as an intern for High Times magazine at the tender age of 19 and despite that still managed to graduate cum laude with dual degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Brooklyn College. After graduation, Zena went on to work briefly as an Assistant Editor at Marvel Comics, eventually returning to High Times and becoming its Managing Editor. For the past four years, she's served as Managing Editor of XXL. Her written work has appeared in Revolver, Alternative Press, Terrorizer, High Times and Playgirl.

Darren Kane is a graduate of the University of Delaware's honors program, where he amazingly earned a degree in business administration and illustration. Go figure. He then went on to work with Batman Executive Producer Michael Uslan before taking a position assisting high-profile agents at the William Morris Agency. Darren left WMA to pursue writing and standup comedy, selling his first show, All-Nighter, to MTV. Darren has helped to develop several other ideas for MTV and has become one of New York's hottest young standup comedians.

Jonathan Yevin, a graduate of New York University, has had his writing contributions grace the pages of many magazines - from laddy Stuff to manny Men's Fitness. While still in high school, Yevin landed his first pieces within the smart, funny and fearless pages of Spy Magazine, until they were obliged to hire him on staff. Since then, he has expanded his creative repertoire to include film and television work for ESPN and MTV. He also had a pet monkey once.

The company's redesign of the 47-year-old CRACKED Magazine is already underway, with an all new website slated to come online sometime in the fall and the magazine making a return to newsstands in early 2006.

About Cracked Entertainment, Inc.

Based in New York, Cracked Entertainment ( publishes CRACKED Magazine, one of America's oldest and most well-known humor magazines.

For additional information, please contact:
Monty Sarhan

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6/01/2005 Implements Emergency Hardship Loan Fund for Ministers of the Gospel

To Provide Hardship Loans from: $50 to $250

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 1, 2005 -- announced today that it is implementing an 'Emergency Hardship Loan Fund' for Ministers of the Gospel.

The program is designed to assist those Emcees, Producers or Deejays, advancing the Gospel through unadulterated Street Ministry, who may suddenly experience short-term financial difficulties due to: (1) Illness or (2) Incapacitation. The Funds can be used for: (1) Groceries; or (2) Utilities. There are now 2,247 Holy Hip Hop Emcees, Producers or Deejays in the database, with many active in Street Ministry, since 1997 or earlier.

"When so-called music moguls can spend millions of dollars for mere house furnishings; and not have the simple foresight or vision to take the same millions of dollars and establish an account for the benefit of industry pioneers (and the community from where they come from), who and which laid the foundation for billions to be generated; there should be no surprise to anyone to see the resulting incessant greed, crab-culture and all about destructive self-serving Darwinian music mentality so prevalent today. An understanding of history gives greater odds that the same mistakes will not be repeated again.

The Emergency Loan Fund will be at: Zero Percent (0%) interest for between $50 to $250; and this fund will seek to foreshadow a hope and prayer for the day when a pension account can be established for Emcees, Producers or Deejays who have sacrificed over the past 20 years and set the stage for the Gospel to be taken to the streets and positively impact and uplift the community for generations to come," said Abe Manear, CEO-Full Effects Digital Media,

If you are a Holy Hip Hop Emcee, Producer or DeeJay experiencing illness or incapacitation and would like to receive an Emergency Hardship Loan application for consideration, please email: emergencyloanrequest(@) Each application will be reviewed independently and all information submitted will remain confidential. There is no obligation; and all applications will be responded to with either: (a) request for additional information; (b) acceptance or (c) denial.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications will include but not be limited to Christian Ministerial Doctrinal Statement; Confirmation of Illness or Incapacitation with Physician certification; Length of Ministry; Anticipated Fund reimbursement sources and schedule; Utility and Food Statement request and any other supporting documentation upon request.

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The Return of the B-Boy to the 305

Semp Rok to host new Hip-Hop show on

Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 1, 2005 -- Back again for his fourth radio program, Semp Rok is set to hit the air as host of the new one hour radio show The Return of the B-Boy via the Miami-based The on HOOD Radio. Wednesday, June 1st marks the official launch of The Return of the B-Boy for all visitors to access online and new shows will be broadcasted every Wednesday thereafter. Expect to hear a blend of Hip-Hop, Soul, and the sounds of Miami, both new and old.

Host, Semp Rok, returns to radio with The Return of the B-Boy on the following his previous success at WRGP for the past five years. He had placed WRGP on an evaluation period in January and now has called it quits with his 4-year running show, The Late Night BBQ.

It was a difficult choice to make, but success can only be measured by the chances one takes. You cant always depend on fate. Semp Rok

About Semp Rok:
Semp Rok is the passion driven force in the Hip-Hop scene, especially in Miami. As a B-Boy representing all aspects of the Hip-Hop culture, he has been able to take these passions and fuse them into radio. He brings a slight twist by providing a Devils Eye View commentary on social issues such as the effects of welfare, and community developments driving low income families out of the city. He also invites guests such as artists, as well as other industry related professionals to provide an array of perspectives for the current state of Hip-Hop. At the end of the day he is able to bring in the listeners with his selection of Old School Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk Breaks and the progression rap music has brought today.

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New Hip Hop Release: Drunk Musik

Chicago-based rapper, Griffen, releases his 10th album, DrunkMusik: Tha Gigoloco LP on June 21st, 2005. is hosting a release party for the album in Los Angeles on June

(PRWEB) June 1, 2005 -- After single-handedly moving over 5,000 units of his over-the-counter debut album, Insomnia [UN30177] on the streets of Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Griffen prepares to drop his followup project, DrunkMusik. Bubbling with more maturity (style-wise) than its predecessor, the aptly subtitled "Gigoloco LP" is all about enjoyment and living each moment to its fullest: sex, drugs and know, the fun things in life. This is music under the influence...the Jack Daniels soundtrack as seen through the eyes and heard through the ears of hip-hop.

Griffen hails from Chicago's South Side and started rapping at age 9. He rocked his first major show at 16. Coming up through the underground ranks in the 1990s, Griffen's place among Chicago's elite wirdsmiths was earned long ago, however you'd probably only hear about that in those elite circles as Chicago's finest remains Chicago's best kept secret to date. In 1999, he introduced Chicago and Atlanta to the mixtape (Jacken Fa Beats Vol. 1) prior to 50 Cent laying the blueprint now followed by the enitre music industry. Before one artist in Chicago put out a mixtape...Griffen had dropped two...for FREE. After the 3rd installment he all but vanished frm the scene, resurfacing in 2003 in California with another album, a label (Unlabeled), a website, , and a new found microphone maturity. The thematic nature of the DrunkMusik album is only further testimony.

On DrunkMusik, the man is lyrically in a zone over production primarily banged out by the artist himself and the West coast's newest heatmakers, Beat Science Productions, Fueled by 12 tracks that hit like two 6-packs of malt liquor, DrunkMusik arrives when the days are long and the parties longer. The first release, 'Agent Orange', the new left coast marijuana-smoker's anthem, became available for download in May 2005 on The album will be available in CD format June 21st, 2005. The FREE release party (18 & Over) will be in Los Angeles on Friday June 24th, 2005 @ Rehab Record Store 2324 Cotner Ave. For more info, contact: e-mail protected from spam bots or just log on to

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Atari and Marc Ecko Secure More Than 65 Legendary Graffiti Writers for 'Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure'

Renowned Writers Lend Tags and Talent to Highly-Anticipated Video Game

NEW YORK, May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Further establishing the Getting Up(1) brand as a true representation of authentic graffiti culture, Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) and Marc Ecko, the visionary behind several of today's most respected youth lifestyle brands, today announced the involvement of over 65 well-known graffiti writers in the highly anticipated video game, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.

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The artists will lend their signature tags and art to the urban environments, while six legendary artists -- Cope 2, FUTURA, OBEY: Shepard Fairey, Seen, Smith and T-kid -- will serve as in-game mentors to its protagonist, Trane, a rebel and toy(2) graffiti writer. The six artists teach Trane skills and techniques such as painting burners, wheat pasting and stencils, so that he may go on to become an all-city(3) king.

"In order to provide players with a true and authentic interpretation of writer's lifestyle, we have gathered some of the most acclaimed artists from all over the world to participate in this project," said Marc Ecko, Executive Creative Director for Getting Up. "Outside of being a riveting game, Getting Up chronicles the expression, creativity, and passion that drives a writer to put his life out there in the name of the most powerful art movement in recent history. As someone whose career was deeply inspired by the legends who set this global phenomenon in motion in the early 80s, I am honored to bring it full circle by working with them on this groundbreaking project."

The six graffiti artists include:
* Cope2 - the notorious 'Bronx bomber and destroyer' who began by
tagging New York City subway cars and by 1983, was the king of the 2, 4
and 5 subway lines. Shows Trane the skills needed to successfully tag
the subway system.
* FUTURA - a presence since the early 1970s, FUTURA has gone on to
become involved in creating a vehicle for writers to pursue careers as
professional artists at Esses Studios. Introduces Trane to a graffiti
artist's black book(4).
* OBEY - Shepard Fairey - was a student at the Rhode Island School of
Design when he created the now famous sticker of Andre the Giant with
the words OBEY. This experiment in phenomenology demonstrates the
impact and influence a street artist can wield. Opens Trane up to the
world of wheat pasting.
* Seen - Bronx-born artistic prodigy well-known for painting entire
subway cars from top to bottom, and one of the first artists to put his
work to canvas. He is widely regarded as a leader of the school of
graffiti art, and his works can be found in private collections and
museums. Shows Trane how to bomb entire subway cars.
* Smith - from Washington Heights, Smith was one of the most notorious
writers ever and defined a new culture of graffiti by going above
ground and sneaking his way into heaven spots(5) to place his tag.
Smith has since been commissioned to do murals for business of all
types. He provides Trane with sneaking and stealth techniques.
* T-kid 170 (Terrible Kid) began by writing on trains in 1974 and
continues his art today by painting many murals in his hometown of the
Bronx. Regarded by his peers as a highly influential master for his
graffiti style and design. Teaches Trane how to paint murals.

Developed by The Collective, Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is scheduled for release in September 2005.

About Marc Ecko Enterprises

Marc Ecko founded *ecko unltd., the world-famous rhino brand in 1993. In 10 years, the company has grown into the largest urban apparel brand. Product categories include: *ecko unltd. men's and women's apparel, outerwear, footwear, watches, eyewear, underwear, belts, bags, hats, small leather goods, formalwear and more. Marc Ecko Enterprises also includes Marc Ecko (a premium collection of men's clothing and accessories), the G-Unit Clothing Company (a joint venture with multi-platinum musician, 50 Cent), Zoo York (a line of skateboards and skate-influenced clothing and accessories), Femme Arsenal (an upscale line of women's clothing, accessories, and cosmetics), and Fetish (a women's collection developed in conjunction with recording artist/actress Eve to re-launch Fall 2005). The company also publishes Complex magazine, a young men's consumer magazine with a rate base of 315,000. *ecko unltd. products are available in more than 5,000 stores domestically and more than 45 countries internationally. *ecko unltd. runs more than 25 of its own retail stores across the country.

About The Collective

Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment, the largest independent game developer in North America, The Collective is a leading independent developer of console video games. The Collective has created groundbreaking third-person action adventure games, including the critically acclaimed Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb(TM), Buffy the Vampire Slayer(TM) and the soon-to-be-released, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith(TM). The studio has also developed the world-class Slayer(TM) game engine and SlayEd(TM) tool suite. The Collective, along with Backbone Entertainment, Digital Eclipse, Pipeworks, and ImaginEngine make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company's labels have developed more than 250 titles, including more than 50 in 2004 alone. The company employs more than 325 employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville, Vancouver, Boston, Eugene and Honolulu. The Collective is based in Newport Beach, California, and can be found on the Internet at

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit

ATARI, the ATARI logo, and classic Atari game titles and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Interactive, Inc. or its affiliates.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

(1)-Getting up means getting your tag or graffiti piece up on a wall,
high surface, or train
(2)-Toy is the name given to a graffiti writer starting out
(3)-All city is the name given to a graffiti writer who's gained a
reputation for painting citywide
(4)-A black book is a journal graffiti artists use to keep a log of
admirable art they've seen throughout their travels and to collect
signatures of other writers
(5)-Heaven spots are areas up high that are called so because that's
where you'll go if you fall

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CONTACT: Tara Bruno of HighWater Group PR, +1-212-338-0077 x302,; or Clint Cantwell of Marc Ecko Enterprises,
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``New Jack City,'' Hip-Hop Gangster Classic Arrives as Two-Disc Special Edition DVD on August 23 from Warner Home Video

Starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Chris Rock

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 2005--

Hours of Extras Include Director Commentary, Three All-New Documentaries and Music Videos

"New Jack City" -- the definitive urban gangster film starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles (who also directs) and Judd Nelson -- arrives on a "Two-Disc Special Edition" DVD August 23 from Warner Home Video. Just as cool and topical today as when it premiered in 1991, "New Jack City" updates the gangster genre with a hip-hop twist. The cutting-edge soundtrack, which includes tunes by Ice-T, Queen Latifah and 2 Live Crew, was the first ever to blend rap, pop and R&B and produced simultaneous chart-topping singles in all three categories.

The two-disc DVD is loaded with all-new bonus material including director commentary, music videos by Ice-T, Christopher Williams and Color Me Badd, an inside look at current-day Harlem and a revealing making-of featurette. The DVD also includes a documentary featuring rappers Warren G, Nate Dogg, Fab 5 Freddy and radio personalities Ed Lover (New York's Power 105) and Big Boy (Los Angeles' Power 106), sharing their favorite moments of the film. The "New Jack City Two-Disc Special Edition" DVD will be available for $26.99 SRP.

"New Jack City" is the first film to bring the urban culture and hip-hop lifestyle into the mainstream. In his directorial debut, Mario Van Peebles ("Baadasssss!") fuses elements from genre classics like "Scarface," "Public Enemy" and "The Godfather" with the energy of the Harlem streets, and, in so doing, creates a modern-day crime epic with a vivid sense of authenticity. "New Jack City" is both scathing and cautionary in its depiction of New York City's crack epidemic of the '80s. The film is filled with breakout performances from Chris Rock, Ice-T and Wesley Snipes, whose charismatic turn as Nino Brown established him as an actor to watch and earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture. "New Jack City" was also nominated for three MTV Movie Awards including Best Breakthrough Performance (Ice-T) and Best Villain (Snipes).

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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Sponsors Social Equity Track at United Nations World Environmental Day Conference, June 1-5, 2005

Series of events highlights local urban environmental heroes

SAN FRANCISCO, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- During the first World Environmental Day (WED) held in the United States, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) will host a groundbreaking series of events. The Social Equity Track champions environmental opportunity and equality for people of all incomes, races and backgrounds. "The theme of this year's conference is 'Green Cities,'" said Van Jones, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, "and you can't talk about green cities without talking about the people who are most impacted by environmental policy in cities."

EBC is sponsoring events with several local partner organizations that focus on environmental justice, including Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Urban Habitat, and West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (EIP). "EBC really opened up the door for the whole local environmental justice movement to come together and reach a wider audience through this event," said Carla Perez, an organizer for CBE.

EBC will unveil its Reclaim the Future project at the Saturday afternoon panel entitled Social Equity and The Environment: Eco-Equity or Eco-Apartheid? The project intends to link "at-risk" youth and people released from prisons with jobs in the green economy. International mayors, United Nations officials and local community leaders will be in attendance at the panel discussion featuring prominent leaders in the social and environmental justice fields.

The Social Equity Track calendar is jam-packed with five days of San Francisco-style events: provocative panel discussions, independent film, hip hop theatre, slam poetry, parties that run into the night, and a final rally and press conference. Speakers include luminaries in the environmental justice field, such as Dr. Robert Bullard, professor, author, and the country's premier authority on environmental justice, and Cecil Corbin-Mark, Director of West Harlem Environmental Action; local scholar activists, such as Raquel Rivera-Pinderhughes of SF State; and surprise celebrities. Events take place all over the city, from the financial district to Fort Mason and Bayview Hunter's Point.

Highlights include the opening panel discussion on Wednesday, Green Cities, Brown Folks: Responsible and Just Urban Environments. An art opening follows, featuring a rare exhibit of art by prisoners. Other highlights include Voices Rising!, a celebration following the Saturday panel and reception, featuring local poet devorah major and a full slate of musical performances from groups including Soulography and Dialectic.

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AmsterJam to Hit NYC

Major Summer Music Festival Features Top Acts in Rock and Hip-Hop

Individual Sets Capped by Unique Collaborations in Biggest Mash-Up Concert Ever

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg Set to Headline Day-Long Event at NYC's Randall's Island on August 20

311, Garbage, Mos Def, Fat Joe Also Confirmed

Tickets on Sale June 3

Created by Heineken

Heineken USA Partners With Funk Legend Bootsy Collins

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Heineken USA will heat up the Summer of 2005 with AmsterJam, a day-long music festival featuring the biggest Mash-Up concert ever held. AmsterJam is set for Saturday, August 20 on New York's Randall's Island. An event this innovative requires a curator with an unconventional vision and a well-developed sense of eccentricity. To that end, Heineken USA has selected funk legend Bootsy Collins of Parliament- Funkadelic to mastermind the musical alchemy. Heineken USA and Bootsy Collins are excited to announce the first confirmed Mash-Up: funk-metal superstars The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the incomparable Snoop Dogg. Mash-Up pairings among the other confirmed artists -- 311, Garbage, Mos Def, and Fat Joe -- and two major Latin performers will be announced at a later date. The line-up and Mash-Ups are subject to change. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 3. Tickets will be available and admittance granted only to those ages 21 and over. Valid ID will be required to enter the event.

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Mash-Ups, the most recent phenomenon in underground music, are beginning to break through to a broader audience. At AmsterJam, major artists from distinctly different musical genres will perform their own sets and then combine talents to create unique, on-the-spot collaborations. Mash-Ups received mainstream recognition when Linkin Park and Jay-Z joined forces on a number one record and a major concert in late 2004. This novel and imaginative method of shattering musical boundaries continues to intrigue and excite audiences.

In addition to the main concert, AmsterJam will bring Amsterdam to trendsetting music-lovers. The Green Light District, an Amsterdam-themed village, will be constructed on Randall's Island. It will feature additional talent, established and emerging, performing throughout the event on the second stage, as well as sights, sounds and tastes evoking the communal spirit of the exciting European cultural capital in which Heineken is brewed. Concert goers can also expect high-tech interactive music stations, a short-film viewing suite, club lounges, and more. The event will be produced by the Michael Lang Organization and IMG.

Bootsy Collins sees his participation in AmsterJam as a natural extension of his iconoclastic spirit. "It is time for all musical genres to unite at AmsterJam," Collins said. "August 20 ain't nothin' but a positive party where music will be taken to a higher plateau. And in the end, it will be the people who will make a joyful noise."

"Snoop and the Chili Peppers together at AmsterJam is gonna be off the hook," added mega-platinum rapper Snoop Dogg. "We are going to light up the stage giving the crowd a show like they've never seen before."

"AmsterJam is the most ambitious music undertaking yet for Heineken and part of our continuing efforts to bring the latest and greatest music experiences to the people," said Andy Glaser, Brand Director for Heineken USA. "AmsterJam is a creative new music platform where both new and established artists will come together to express their own progressive mindset through genre-defying collaborations. Heineken's goal is to create an event that blends diversity and community and encourages a progressive approach to life."

Heineken USA has consistently partnered with the music industry to create innovative and electrifying musical experiences. As recently as this year, Heineken USA provided the "Green Carpet" for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. The album 'Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica,' born from the nonprofit "The Heineken Music Initiative," was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category. Produced by Red Star Records, 'Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica' featured platinum-selling artists, and all proceeds from its sale benefited the VH1 Save the Music fund.

As an extension of its commitment to being a responsible marketer and manufacturer, Heineken USA is focused on ensuring the safety of participants during, and at the conclusion of AmsterJam. As with all Heineken USA events and programs, the Company will encourage attendees to consume their products responsibly and to use public transportation to and from the event. Additional precautionary steps include on-site security and EMS. "We are working diligently to create a safe environment for all who join us on August 20," added Glaser.

About Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg established himself as a vital hip-hop voice in 1992 by penning several verses on 'The Chronic' that have since become world-famous. His first solo album, 'Doggystyle,' was the first rap debut to premiere at the top of the Billboard charts. With hit after hit, including last year's infectious "Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop has become a musical and cultural icon, a hip- hop Renaissance man, an entrepreneur, and a legitimate Hollywood leading man.

About the Red Hot Chili Peppers

After 19 years and 16 million+ records sold in the US, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still going strong and creating some of their most vibrant and infectious material to date. The Red Hot Chili Peppers solidified their commercial and artistic reputation with one of their most successful releases 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik.' The album was a monster hit upon its 1991 release (going on to eventually sell a staggering seven million copies in the U.S. alone), as it spawned such hits as "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge." Soon thereafter, the band released 'Californication', proving to be another monster success and reconfirming the Chili Peppers as one of alternative rock's top bands. 'Californication' went five-times platinum with hits "Scar Tissue," "Otherside," and "Californication."

About Heineken USA

Heineken USA Inc., the nation's largest beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV (Netherlands) -- the world's most international brewer. Brands imported into the U.S. include: Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand; Heineken Dark Lager; Amstel Light, the largest- selling imported light beer brand; and Buckler non-alcoholic brew. Heineken USA is also the exclusive US importer of the Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca, and the Bohemia brands from FEMSA Cerveza of Mexico. Heineken was the first international brewer to put responsible use messaging on all its containers which include the call to action: Please visit .

About Randall's Island Park

In New York City, just off the northeastern tip of Manhattan, there are 480 acres of quiet, grassy parkland tucked away just under the Triborough Bridge. Randall's Island Park is a special place -- just a stone's throw away from Manhattan, but still far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the City. The Randall's Island Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the care and restoration of this unique venue, which hosts concerts, world-class athletic events, and theatrical productions throughout the year. "The Foundation is proud to welcome AmsterJam and Heineken to its stages and shores this summer," said Aimee Boden, Executive Director, Randall's Island Sports Foundation.

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The N Greenlights 'South of Nowhere,' A New Provocative Teen Drama by Tom Lynch

11 Episodes Set To Commence Production In Los Angeles In July

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The N, the nighttime network for teens, has announced they have greenlit "South of Nowhere," an original new half-hour teen drama from veteran creator/executive producer Tom Lynch (Romeo!, Scout's Safari, Caitlin's Way). The 11-episode series focuses on sexual and racial identity and self-discovery. Production will kick off on location in Los Angeles in July. South of Nowhere is slated to premiere in November 2005 on The N.

"We are excited to be partnering with Tom Lynch on this groundbreaking new teen drama," said Tom Ascheim, Executive Vice President, General Manager, The N. "South of Nowhere taps into a family's sense of dislocation as they move from their comfort zone of living in a small town into a new fast- paced world of the unknown. The series takes viewers on an authentic and multi-faceted journey of self discovery that is sure to resonate with The N's teen audience."

"South of Nowhere will explore those sensitive topics-sex, class, race, drugs, figuring out who you are and what you believe in-that are very much on teens' minds today," said Tom Lynch. "I believe The N is the only network bold and daring enough to air this series, and I'm thrilled to be collaborating with them."

South of Nowhere is set in Los Angeles -- a city of great wealth and diversity, from South Central to Venice Beach, from Bel Air to Melrose. The series chronicles the Ohio-bred Carlin family, after their cross-country move to the City of Angels. The Carlins find they are unprepared for the fast- paced, metropolitan environment and the overcrowded, "anything goes" L.A. public school that their three teens will attend.

The Carlin siblings include:
-- Spencer, a 16-year-old, athletic and attractive young girl who never
felt like she fit in small town America. She is excited about her new
life in Southern California, but begins to question everything -- her
friends, boundaries, school life -- even her sexuality.
-- Clay is the Carlins' adopted, African-American son. He is 17, smart,
aware and trying to figure out how he fits into this new world. He is
looking forward to connecting with his culture, but finds that being
black in L.A. is a test he may not pass.
-- Glen is a handsome 17-year-old who seemingly has the world in his
pocket. The star basketball player hopes to keep up his "big man on
campus" image and his popularity with the girls.

Tom Lynch, founder and president of The Tom Lynch Company, creates programming that engages kids' minds, imaginations and energy-and he's been doing so since his first project, KIDS Incorporated, the original variety show for youngsters. Since then, Lynch has helped revolutionize kids' programming by consistently breaking new ground, as with his landmark show, The Secret World of Alex Mack, the first series to reach the elusive and sought-after tween market, and the first to feature a strong female role model as its lead character.

Lynch's roster of hits includes 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd, The Jersey, Caitlin's Way, Just Deal, Skate, Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, and Scout's Safari, which was set and filmed on location in South Africa. Lynch's hip-hop sitcom Romeo!, starring hip-hop artist Master P and his real-life son, Lil' Romeo, currently airs on Nickelodeon. Lynch and the company that bears his name continue to create uniquely fresh, innovative shows that resonate with youth audiences around the world by "illuminating the magic of the human experience" -- celebrating all the drama, the humor, the kookiness and reality of human beings' lives.

The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV Networks and is currently available in 43 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to be the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network's web site The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET). The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

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In TLC's New Series GOING HOLLYWOOD, Academy Award Winners and Grammy-Winning Artist School Young Interns in Show Biz

Eight-Part Series to Premiere in Fall 2005

LOS ANGELES, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In TLC's GOING HOLLYWOOD, an eight- part series slated to premiere this fall, young entertainment industry hopefuls are thrown into the show business fire as each is chosen for a high- profile Hollywood internship with some of entertainment's biggest stars. But before they live the high life, they have to start at the bottom. The respective companies of Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, legendary producer Robert Evans and hip-hop star/actor Method Man will host these young interns in GOING HOLLYWOOD.

In each hour-long episode, GOING HOLLYWOOD shows what it takes to break into the business. Through our interns, the series delves into the day-to-day business of being an A-list celebrity in Los Angeles -- not just the red carpets, the parties, the interviews and the movies, but what it takes to be successful in film, television, music and online. Each intern will work for his/her mentor's companies, including The Robert Evans Company (Robert Evans), Street Productions (Kevin Spacey) and Method Man Enterprises (Method Man).

"The Hollywood featured in GOING HOLLYWOOD is a place few have seen, and is a refreshing take on what we all believe constitutes 'celebrity,'" said David Abraham, executive vice president and general manager, TLC. "Beyond the glamorous premieres and jet-set travel is a world where grit, ambition and, above all, hard work, are the stuff that dreams are made of. TLC will bring viewers that world, where success comes only at the price of sweat."

Followed every waking hour, seven days a week, the GOING HOLLYWOOD interns are under the microscope of Hollywood's top power brokers. They struggle with the stressful demands of their new jobs and their new city in one of the most competitive professions in the world, all the while dealing with the high drama and personality conflicts inherent in living with other people. The whims of Hollywood can be demanding, fickle, outlandish, lavish and unpredictable ... will these interns be up to it?

From the sublime to the ridiculous, the tearful to the hilarious, these ambitious amateurs will endure it all. Their journey through the Hollywood high life will balance out with the reality of an intern's life -- a box-sized apartment that they will all share. Will they have what it takes to survive the cutthroat world of show business? Three interns are GOING HOLLYWOOD ... but how many will be staying?

GOING HOLLYWOOD is produced by 3-Ball Productions for TLC. For 3-Ball, J.D. Roth, Troy Searer, John Foy and Todd Nelson are executive producers, and Dan Partland is co-executive producer. For TLC, Michael Klein is executive producer.

TLC is dedicated to high-quality, intelligent and relatable nonfiction entertainment: authentic personal stories that inspire, engage, inform and unite our audience in the spirit of life's possibilities. TLC intimately connects more than 94 million homes in North America to the human experience through its "Life Unscripted" approach to storytelling. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, Discovery en Espanol and FitTV. The unit also distributes BBC AMERICA in the Unites States. Visit TLC on the Web by going to

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Justus League's Edgar Allen Floe preps True Links EP

Featuring 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Median and others to be released June 21st 2005

Raleigh, North Carolina -- (ArriveNet - May 31, 2005) --With the Justus League maintaining a healthy buzz, it is only righteous that the next member of the budding conglomerate take his appropriate place amongst the others. Edgar Allen Floe (best known for his remarkable "Righteous Way To Go" off of Justus Leagues "NC State of Mind" compilation) will be taking his swings with the help of 9th Wonder and Khrysis among others with the release of the True Links EP dropping June 21st on MCEO Records.

"With so many different producers, I still managed to create a strong sense of cohesiveness, instead of just making a "compilation." Each producer has his own unique style, but we all have a common love for the music, and thats what shines through. Hence the name TRUE LINKS."

Edgar Allen Floe is featured on Justus League albums from Cesar Comanche (Wooden Nickels and Paper Gods), and has been featured on a variety of songs from other members of the Justus League.

He is a part of the now infamous 15 man musical family, The Justus League, which includes members 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Cesar Comanche, L.E.G.A.C.Y., among others. The first song ever recorded by Edgar Allen Floe and 9th Wonder was "The Righteous Way To Go" in the summer of 2001. This song became a huge hit in the local scene, and quickly spread to Hip Hop fans everywhere. "The Righteous Way To Go" is described as the song that introduced 9th Wonders signature production sound, helping him create his niche as an underground super producer.

A versatile artist, Edgar Allen Floe is also known as Slicemysta, producing for his immediate crew, The Undefined, with partner in rhyme, Mal Demolish.

After True Links, the next project will be from The Undefined, called the Plan U EP. This EP will be 8 new tracks, all produced by Slicemysta. Then in the fall of 2005, Edgar Allen Floes first official album, titled the Streetwise LP, will be released. The LP will feature production from 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Slicemysta, and will feature Sean Boog of The Away Team, Median, Joe Scudda, among others

Tracklisting as follows
1) Intro
2) The Formula 2005 (produced by DJ Forge)
3) I For An I (produced by Illmind)
4) Back In Time (produced by Khrysis)
5) Timelife (produced by Obsidian Blue)
6) Faith In Love (produced by 9th Wonder)
7) The Great Adventure: featuring Median and L.E.G.A.C.Y. (produced by 9th Wonder)
8) Imagine (produced by Picasso)
9) Livelyhood (produced by Slicemysta)

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Miss Urban Beauty Pageant-Atlanta, GA

This first ever of its kind...The Miss Urban Beauty Pageant will take place on August 20, 2005 at the historical Rialto Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 30, 2005 -- There is a new pageant in town, but its unlike any otherThe Miss Urban Beauty Pageant! This pageant features women who have full-figured physiques, community-oriented outlooks with the smarts to build successful careers in Corporate America and they love the hip-hop culture.

Hip-hop has become one of the most popular, profitable music genres and lifestyles in the marketplace today. The hip-hop culture is the basis of billions of dollars in annual sales of clothing, accessories, fragrances, automobiles, spirits, movies and more. A large part of hip-hops appeal is the beautiful models featured in music videos, magazine layouts and other aspects of the culture. Shannon Anderson, founder of the Miss Urban Beauty Pageant, would like to bring urban models to the forefront in a different, more positive light. She says they contribute significantly to the marketability and power of hip-hop, but are usually seen as just a group of pretty girls with glossy lips and voluptuous hips.

We are taking urban models and placing them in a more mainstream setting. The Miss Urban Beauty pageant is designed to break the barriers and stereotypes associated with urban models by giving them more mainstream appeal while still maintaining the integrity of being an urban model. This pageant will be Miss America meets Americas Next Top Model and the Apprentice, Anderson says, and with the expected release of the calendar, DVD, and submission to television networks this pageant is definitely setting the path for major success!

This years Atlanta pageant will be held at the Rialto Theater on August 20, 2005. For more information about the Miss Urban Beauty Pageant, log onto

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Capezio Ballet Makers to Sponsor ProDance 2005

Capezio Ballet Makers, the international shoe and dancewear manufacturer, will sponsor ProDance 2005 to be held between July 31-August 3 in Miami.

(PRWEB) May 30, 2005 -- ProDance will be celebrating its sixth consecutive year it we takes on the incredible city of Miami this summer. From its humble beginnings to its current status as the leader in training and education for professional sports dancers, ProDance has tremendous traction. The Las Vegas event in 2004 drew over 45 professional sports dance teams from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dancers, directors, and choreographers representing the NBA, NFL, CFL, Arena Football, NFL Europe, many collegiate teams as well as dance studios took part in this absolutely unprecedented gathering. "These beautiful, talented, athletic, intelligent, fun and sexy women are a force to be reckoned with, says Rosalyn Jones, Founder-CEO of ProDance. Were so excited to have Capezio Ballet Makers back with ProDance this year, bringing their impeccable reputation in the dance industry to our powerhouse workshop of professional sports dance, choreography and entertainment.

From our participation in ProDance 2004, Capezio signed six pro teams says Lauren Beth Kassinger, Capezio Ballet Makers corporate marketing. We can't wait to work with Prodance 2005.

The ProDance Expo is a creative way to allow ProDance attendees and sponsors like Capezio Ballet Makers to interact and develop relationships that will be beneficial for years to come says Cheryl Lawson, CEO & President of The Perfect Date, the event coordinator for ProDance 2005. While retail sales are the focus of the ProDance Expo, our sponsors and exhibitors are aware that showcasing their products in front of this uniquely targeted audience is an invaluable opportunity.

About Capezio Ballet Makers:
Ballet Makers, Incorporated is dedicated to the performer in dance, theater and recreation. We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers with innovative, quality products and services, while continuously advancing market research and technologies. Our total commitment to performance has been our source of inspiration for over 100 years. We believe our success is dependent upon the individual commitment of our customers, our suppliers and each of our employees to continually set new standards of creativity and performance, while preserving our reputation for dependability and distinction. We maintain an ethical, healthy and profitable environment in which each of our employees endeavors to provide excellence in our products and services, while promoting company growth. We pledge our support and dedication to the advancement of dance, theater and recreation in communities worldwide.

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ProDance is a powerhouse weekend of dance for high-profile choreographers, directors, and dancers representing the NBA, NFL, WNBA, CFL, AFL and other professional sports leagues. Founded in August 2000 by Rosalyn Jones, ProDances mission is to positively impact each participant by offering effective strategies to improve the overall entertainment value to their respective franchises. Rosalyn is a former NCA instructor, choreographer for the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers (1992-2003), and has owned and operated her own cheer/tumbling/dance studio for many years.
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About The Perfect Date, Inc.:
The Perfect Date, an event-planning and marketing firm, provides planning services for events like corporate meetings, race events and party planning. Since 1992, The Perfect Dates CEO & President, Cheryl Lawson, has planned some of the most exciting meetings, events and parties in the country. After working for 16 years with Fortune 500 companies like General Motors and Fleetwood RV, Lawson founded The Perfect Date in 2000. For more information, please visit