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GripShift(TM) Speeds Into Stores

- Published by Sony Online Entertainment's Platform Publishing Label, GripShift's Stunt Driving is a First for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) System -

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online Entertainment's Platform Publishing(TM), a cross-platform publishing, distribution and marketing label, invites you to get behind the wheel of exciting stunt driving as GripShift(TM) arrives now in stores. Available for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) system, GripShift is the first to combine high-flying stunt-driving and puzzle solving all to the beat of hip hop sounds from down under.

"GripShift is one of the most innovative videogames for the PSP(TM) system available this holiday season," said Chris Sturr, senior brand manager, Sony Online Entertainment. "Combining various elements of platform, puzzle, and driving action in a unique gaming experience, GripShift offers gamers pedal-to-the-metal driving action, unique puzzle-solving challenges, wireless multiplayer features, and off-the-wall bonus games geared for hours of fun."

Developed by Sidhe Interactive and co-published by Red Mile Entertainment, players in GripShift will race as one of six unique characters in suped-up vehicles as they stunt their way through insane twisting levels while collecting power-ups, avoiding traps, beating the clock and challenging friends.

"Red Mile Entertainment is thrilled to release its first PSP(TM) system title with Sony Online Entertainment," said Chester Aldridge, chief executive officer, Red Mile Entertainment. "GripShift is a unique combination of game genres that creates a one-of-a-kind handheld experience. It's a terrific title that will appeal to a wide range of gamers."

Featuring enhanced aerial physics with an intuitive control system, players will perform awesome aerial jumps for massive hang time in puzzle-like driving challenges with multiple routes, short-cuts, loops, jumps and power ups. Compete in single-player race mode against the CPU, or enjoy the action with your friends in head-to-head wireless multiplayer mode. Create and design custom levels to share with your friends, or play one of the eight bonus games for outrageous fun. It's an original break-thru combination of stunt driving, platform action and puzzle solving, designed exclusively for the PSP system.

GripShift is rated E for Everyone (with Comic Mischief) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, and has a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information, please visit or

Game Features

* Original Combination of Genres: Stunt Driving, Platform-Action and
Puzzle Solving genres combined offer the ultimate on-the-go driving

* Vibrant 3D Environments: Stunt through more than 100 diverse levels in
4 themed worlds (Desert, Jungle, Ice and Horror) that come alive with
brilliant 3D graphics, stunning lighting and dynamic visual effects.

* Puzzle-like Challenges: Multiple routes, short-cuts, loops, jumps,
ramps, power-ups and dangers to avoid will challenge the most skilled

* Exciting Race Mode: Additional racing circuits provide action for
players to race against the CPU or other drivers.

* 8 Bonus Games: Penguin Bowling, Bomb Pool, Soccer Crazy, Snaker, Ice
Hockey and more offer new challenges for you to conquer solo or with
up to 3 of your friends.

* Wireless Multiplayer Gameplay: Single player or multiplayer action for
up to 4 players through the PSP(TM) system's wireless feature.

* Customizable Levels: Create custom levels with the in-game Track
Editor and share them wirelessly with friends.

* Six Playable Characters: Play as one of 6 playable characters and
customize your vehicles for a unique look.

* Intuitive control system: Optimized gameplay and aerial physics allow
for awesome jumps with massive hang-time.

About Red Mile Entertainment

Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company is headquartered in Sausalito, California. More information about Red Mile and its products may be found at

About Sidhe Interactive

Sidhe Interactive develops games for the PC, PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(TM), and Microsoft Xbox(TM). You can find out more about Sidhe Interactive online at

About Platform Publishing(TM)

Based in San Diego, CA, Platform Publishing is a cross-platform publishing, distribution and marketing label, with an exciting library of interactive entertainment products from third-party developers and content providers for personal computers, game consoles and mobile devices. The label puts talented developers and publishers together with Platform Publishing's high caliber suite of services and support, including top-notch distribution, marketing and technology resources. Platform Publishing is a DBA of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. For more information, please visit

SOE and the SOE logo are registered trademarks and Platform Publishing is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Sony Online Entertainment

CONTACT: Katie Uhlman, PR Manager, +1-858-577-3167,, or April M. Jones, Sr. PR Manager,
+1-858-577-3387,, both of Platform Publishing,
for Sony Online Entertainment

Web site:

WHO?MAG DVD Magazine and is donating 100% of all of their profits from their online purchases

AND matching it to the Red Cross during the month of September. CEO Rob Schwartz has very close family in New Orleans and is trying to do all he can to help out with this horrible travesty.

WHO?MAG DVD Magazine contains over 3 hours for your viewing pleasure. It contains interviews and behind-the-scenes of many of your favorite events and celebrities including Eminems Shade 45 morning launch party for
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On Sept 30th, WHO?MAG is teaming up Ump Nightlife to bring you an
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GIC Public Relations is an urban entertainment pr firm dedicated to planning creative and strategic media plans and executing those plans utilizing the skills and knowledge obtained by many years of experience.

(PRWEB) September 16, 2005 -- Based out of Los Angeles, GIC is the innovation of Amy Malone the Girl In Charge of this pr firm. For many years she has been a significant force in the world of urban entertainment, working for such industry leaders as Capitol Records, Virgin Records, I.R.S. Records, CBS Entertainment, KKBT-100.3, and BRE Magazine. In order to utilize her persuasive communication skills, strong writing ability, and love for the hip-hop culture and R&B music, Amy decided to create a full service pr firm that specializes in catering to the needs of clients wishing to generate heightened awareness of themselves in the urban community.

The goal of GIC is to have a clear understanding of the wants and needs of our clients, ultimately providing them with maximum exposure and the elevation of their profile, said Malone.

GIC will set itself apart by being fierce in our loyalty to our clients and always putting their reputation and image first. Artists and projects Amy has worked on in the past include The Go Gos, Black Sabbath, Juvenile, Chingy, New Edition, Vida Guerra, Ed Lover & Dr. Dre, EPMD, T-Money, Michelle, Poor Righteous Teachers, Sting, Boys II Men, BD Freeman, Ken Taylor, Shemar Moore, Everybody Loves Raymond, Pato Banton, The Academy Awards, The Grammys, King of Queens, The Last Don, Cosby, Murphy Brown, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and The 1998 Nagano Olympics.

"All public appearances, interviews, and promotions will be handled by me personally, with a strict policy to never leave a client feeling unprepared or ill-informed. The hip-hop community is filled with intelligent individuals who are at times portrayed as illiterate or unintelligent, but this happens because their publicists haven't taken the time to properly prepare their clients," said Malone.

"GIC embodies the very soul of urban entertainment by being innovative and cutting edge, while still holding on to integrity and respect. This combination is not easily found in most of todays pr firms, but is definitely sought after by todays entertainers," said Malone.


Amy Malone

New York Finest bringing new flava to hip hop. Come Cross The Border and come Full Circle.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 16, 2005 -- There is a new hip-hop artist on the block and his name is "GQ Smoove". "GQ Smoove" is an artist whose rap style takes you back to why you fell in love with hip-hop. From his talent show days, "GQ Smoove" has marinated his skill and is moving forward with his own lyrical flow.

Check out Cross the Border Entertainment at and be a part of the next generation of hip hop. Come cross the border and come full circle.


Mutalib Salami


Los Angeles Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment Set for September 17, 2005

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Xzibit, Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony, Warren G, Mike Concepcion and Others to Participate

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's 2005 Financial Empowerment National Tour is set to land in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the Wiltern Theater, located at 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The Summit is open to the public and free vouchers to attend are available by going onto . Participants in the Los Angeles Summit include Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of HSAN, Chrysler Financial Vice President William F. Jones, Jr., hip-hop stars Xzibit, Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony and Warren G, Mike Concepcion, CEO of Grand Jury Productions, Inc, Platform Learning's Regional Manager Eli Kennedy and Chrysler Financial's James Whitlow and Gerrod Parchmon. Dr. Chavis will be moderating and Mike Concepcion will be co- hosting the Los Angeles Summit.

The evolution of hip-hop in Los Angeles is cause for special celebration and recognition. The talent and genius of West Coast hip-hop will be saluted at the Los Angeles Hip-Hop Summit. The Los Angeles Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is being endorsed and supported by LA Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and California State Representative Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Los Angeles Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment will be the seventh and final Summit of the tour, and is part of an unprecedented national campaign to raise awareness among millions of young adults 18-35 about the importance of financial literacy. 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."

The program agenda of the Los Angeles 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.

The title sponsor of the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment Tour is Chrysler Financial.

"Financial literacy is a hot and important topic for young people," declared Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN. "Through hip-hop artists, the generous support and vision of partners like Chrysler Financial, 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.

"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is pleased with the tremendous response from the hip-hop community in Los Angeles, as we prepare for the 'Get Your Money Right' Summit," emphasized Dr. Chavis. "The Los Angeles Urban League, Mother of Many, and other community organizations are working diligently to ensure the Summit's success."

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 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

CONTACT: Jody L. Miller,, Ellen Zoe Golden, , of JLM PR, Inc., +1-212-431-5227; or Jack Ferry of Chrysler
Financial, +1-248-427-3124,

Web site:


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - (VAKSEEN PRODUCTIONS) 09/15/05 - When you mix rewind-quality lyricism, clever wordplay, diverse content and a little southern seasoning what do you get? The Shaw Shanks provide the answer to that question with their debut CD, "WORDPLAY", which hit the streets August 9, 2005, and is available for purchase at

The Shaw Shanks, which is comprised of MCs Jaxx & I.V., has its roots in Jacksonville, Florida. With the release of "WORDPLAY" the duo officially steps in to the game as a new breed of artist, delivering hope to the current recession in quality that exists in hip hop music today.

Aided by exposure gained from their appearance in the "Battle 4 Da South" DVD, The Shaw Shanks highly anticipated first project has already been labeled a classic according to the underground street buzz. Showing by example that selling your soul is not always the way to go, it blends energetic, charismatic delivery with luminous verbal finesse laced over beats that would make any music lovers head nod. The albums producer, VAKSEEN (lyricist I.V.s alter ego), is the self-proclaimed bastard child of Dr. Dre, RZA and Organized Noize. And his production skills are definitely up to par with any major producer in the game today. He has four artists under VAKSEEN Productions, and has produced tracks for numerous others, including internationally acclaimed spoken word artist and slam champion, Lizz Straight.

This independent release includes the soulful, harmonic and soon-to-be radio hit "What a Crock!", and the orchestra-influenced single "Off Glass" which was featured on the Kid Antrim Music Compilation released in 2004. Other highlights include the mixtape smash "Get Hi" and the infectious ode to the ladies "Weak". The Shaw Shanks sound like no other artist out today, using their individuality and obvious hip hop scholarship to lure in pure hip hop heads, and the average radio listener alike. Just like Outkast, Wu-Tang, and The Roots, they are trend setters in their genre, proving them to be any record labels dream.

The Shaw Shanks is a name picked 8 years ago because, Jaxx & I.V. believe with conviction and adamantly declare, "Blow us up and this industry is on lockdown!!" Expect nothing but style and originality from Jaxx & I.V., outshining all others in this highly oversaturated music industry.

For booking information, photos, audio samples and to cop the debut album, WORDPLAY, visit or contact Otha Davis III of VAKSEEN Productions at (904) 881-1657. Enjoy the free album sampler found in the following link.
Otha III, Producer/Engineer
VAKSEEN Productions
Cop the streets-certified classic "WORDPLAY" from

Interactive Online Rap Music Trivia Game

Are You Curious To Know Why Hundreds of Hip Hop Fans Are Rushing To Get More Knowledgeable About Hip Hop Culture?

(PRWEB) September 15, 2005 -- will soon open its virtual doors as the first interactive online music trivia gaming website dedicated to hip-hop music. More that just an ordinary online gaming website, Raptrivia brings money to the table as online users compete against one another. With only a few seconds to answer each question there is no time to search for answers but instead strategize with new friends in the battle arena for weekly and annual cash prizes from $90 to $10,000

"I believe that this company will be the next big hit to the music industry since Napster" says customer Dan Nguyen. The heart of Raptrivia is a unique, interactive, and entertaining environment. To create a feeling that builds excitement in anticipation of weekly contests.

With close relation to the more familiar DVD game Scene It!, which brought excitement of the movie industry to the homes of millions of people, Raptrivia will bring the same excitement from the music industry to millions of music lovers online, who will finally get the chance to spill out their love for music in the form of cash.


Bogdan Epureanu

One Step Closer to the Box Office - New York's Dark Angles AKA Boogiemen with a Hip-Hop Twist

New York's Dark Angles, are sure to be a box office hit amongst the hip-hop fans.

(PRWEB) September 15, 2005 -- New York Flavor & Fashions LLC creates The North, South, and East & Westside Boogiemen. The Boogiemen are cartoon characters and they are very popular and based of the line of clothing. According to Harris, President and CEO of New York Flavor & Fashions LLC, (A.K.A. Mario, Luccioni), People are standing in line for hours just to get a T-shirts or poster with the Boogiemen on it. Many people are ordering on line. New York Flavor and Fashions LLC reports that they are having a hard time keeping Boogiemen products in stock due to high demand, according to Luccioni we are one step closer to finishing up the movie short for the upcoming film New York Dark Angles.

The movie takes place in the city of New York. The Boogiemen have a predilection for hip-hop music- a common ground for t he people, overwhelmingly men, who buy the gear.

The four cardinal characters possess all the abilities to be expected of supernatural hoodlums: telepathy, time and space travel, and infinite powers of destruction. All except North Side, who appears purely African-American, are racially and ethnically mixed with black overtones (a marketing tool to reach other sectors of the urban audience, Luccioni says). With a demonic air, the roam the streets trying up troupe, killing and fighting with one another. The whole essence is that these Boogiemen are taking over New York City, and the police are trying to destroy them, says Luccioni. The film will unify the black community with an overtly Catholic plot, including trips to the Vatican, A nun who sheds tears of blood who happens to be tow people capable of destroying the Boogiemen. The ultimate hero, though his closer to home for the target viewers; a young African-American boy whose father was killed in a gang shooting.

Luccioni notes that the Short was shoot this past summer and they are in the process of selecting music for the finishing touches. The short is expected to be completed the first of November and could reach film festivals around the world as early as December.

Luccioni is the mastermind behind the up and coming urban clothing company New York Flavor & Fashions llc. Which carries the lines of Zulu gear and A P & P Property. The film's Director is Tami Anderson, who has worked on the set of the "Crow."

The Boogiemen are quickly becoming popular among the hip-hop audience. The Boogiemen product can be seen at Atlantas AmericasMart and Vegas Magic this fall.

This movie short has all the makings of a good box office hit!

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New York Flavor & Fashions LLC

B-Rhaka's Music Cares benefit chooses a location and date.

The Music Cares benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which is
being organized by Rapper/ Singer/ Producer B-Rhaka, Maurice Woodson of
Nomad Entertainment and Danica Dow of Right On! And Black Beat
Magazines, have chosen the world famous Strata ( Metronome Hospitality Group) as the location for the event. The fundraiser, which will take place on Wednesday September 28th 2005, will be donating 100% of proceeds to The American Red Cross and other agencies that are helping to shelter, feed and clothe those down in the Gulf Coast that are in need..

Its mass hysteria down there. I have family and friends who I
haven't even heard from. I check the websites everyday and am relieved when someone pops up okay or I get a phone call from a family member saying that they heard from so and so and they are alive and well. But there are still so many that no ones heard from. Its crazy, the rapper/singer/producer said. I know that anything we can do up here will be greatly appreciated down there.

Invitations for people to volunteer their time and talent have been
and B-Rhaka hopes that Celebrity musical artists, producers, and DJs
jump at the chance to help those on the Gulf Coast.
We have to come together and do this, Miss B concluded.

B-Rhaka is a rapper/ singer/ songwriter/producer who has written and
produced songs for artists on numerous Major and Independent label as
as worked alongside such talents as Nisan Stewart (Tweet, Missy Elliot,
Nelly, Janet Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, etc) and J. Freeman (Snoop Dogg,
Deborah Cox, Ginuine, Montell Jordan, etc)

B-Rhaka's website:

For More Information contact:
Maurice Woodson by phone at (212) 865-8665/ E-mail at:
Danica Dow at
B-Rhaka at

NOMAD Public Relations/ 270 W 117th St 1T New York NY 10026/

Groove Mobile Announces the First Comprehensive Mobile Music Suite for m-Commerce

Complete Music Gateway to Include Streaming Radio, Music Subscriptions, Full Track Mobile Downloads, Peer-to-Peer Sharing, and Personalized Music Recommendations

ANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Groove Mobile, the world's leading mobile music download service, today announced an expansion of its products and services to include the first comprehensive mobile music suite for m-commerce. The Groove Mobile Complete Music Gateway will include Personalized and Programmed Streaming Radio, Music Subscriptions, and more in addition to its existing Full Track Mobile Downloads, Peer-to-Peer Sharing and Personalized Music Recommendations.

Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2005, Groove Mobile will roll out the expanded components of its m-commerce suite. When complete, the Groove Mobile Complete Music Gateway will provide its partners with a white label package of integrated music services for mobile phone subscribers using a highly intuitive User Interface.

"The Groove Mobile Complete music Gateway provides wireless carriers and music labels with an unparalleled suite of mobile music products and services," said Alex Maghen, Groove Mobile's Chief Technology Officer. "Our white label offering allows our partners to wrap their brand around the entire mobile music experience."

Groove Mobile is the world's leading mobile music provider, with over the air download services deployed in the UK, EU and Asia. Groove Mobile innovations include the features -- "Tell-a-Friend," a peer-to-peer sharing via text messaging, and "Discover HITS," a push technology updating fans on new releases and providing new music recommendations based on download histories. The Complete Music Gateway represents the latest innovation from Groove Mobile.

"Music fans across the globe can rely on Groove Mobile to continue meeting their needs with music direct to their mobile phones in both programmed and personalized formats," said Adam Sexton, Groove Mobile VP of Marketing and Product Management. "Groove Mobile is all about music -- discovering new artists, sharing songs, personalizing radio, and downloading tunes directly to the mobile phone."

About Groove Mobile

Groove Mobile is the world's leading provider of full track mobile music download services. Groove Mobile's turnkey solutions enable mobile operators to offer their customers a compelling music experience directly to their mobile phones. With an end-to-end software solution that fully integrates into each mobile network operator's billing system, Groove Mobile offers the opportunity for carriers to increase their average revenue per customer. Groove Mobile's direct download service is available in 6 countries and provides access to music from EMI, Warner Music International and V2 libraries. On the Internet, Groove Mobile is located at

Contact: Bennet Ratcliff or Billy Sind
Group SJR -- 310/806-6200

Source: Groove Mobile

CONTACT: Bennet Ratcliff,, or Billy Sind,, both of Group SJR, +1-310-806-6200, for Groove Mobile

Web site:

Rogue Pictures Acquires Worldwide Rights to Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Directed by Michel Gondry

TORONTO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Rogue Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Dave Chappelle's Block Party, directed by Michel Gondry. Rogue Pictures president David Linde, president of production Andrew Rona, and senior vice president of acquisitions Jason Resnick made the announcement today.

Rogue acquired the feature from Bob Yari Productions, a Yari Film Group company, and Dave Chappelle's Pilot Boy Productions.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle in all-new freestyle standup material, and also one-time-only performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, and The Roots, among others. The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location last year, as Mr. Chappelle threw a party in downtown Brooklyn, inviting local residents and cameras. The feature, a work-in-progress, was shown this week as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Mr. Gondry shared this year's Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Focus Features' Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and that film's cinematographer, Ellen Kuras, captured the exclusive performances for Dave Chappelle's Block Party.

Mr. Linde commented, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party will offer moviegoers front-row seats at an amazing and unique experience. These performers are a thrill to see and hear. We're delighted to be working with Michel again and of course, Dave Chappelle; they are both true visionaries. Rogue is actively seeking comedic material as part of our increased slate, so what better way to start than with Dave?"

Mr. Rona said, "This film played to a huge response in Toronto. Dave Chappelle is hilarious, and Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a real crowd-pleaser."

Rogue Pictures is devoted to producing and distributing high-quality suspense, action, thriller, comedy, and urban entertainment with mainstream appeal and franchise potential. Rogue's sibling company Focus Features markets and distributes and holds international sales and distribution rights to all Rogue movies.

In addition to Dave Chappelle's Block Party, upcoming Rogue Pictures releases include Jeff Wadlow's Cry_Wolf, starring Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, and Jared Padalecki; the untitled supernatural thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar for director Asif Kapadia; Altered, directed by Eduardo Sanchez, co-writer and co-director of The Blair Witch Project; and Vondie Curtis Hall's Waist Deep, starring Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, and The Game, which is currently in production in Los Angeles.

Rogue Pictures is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Source: Rogue Pictures

CONTACT: Harlan Gulko for ROGUE PICTURES, +1-818-777-7346

Little Brother Raises Curtain on "The Minstrel Show"; Acclaimed Label Debut Arrives Today

NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Sep 13, 2005 -- "THE MINSTREL SHOW," the eagerly anticipated new album from ABB/Atlantic recording group Little Brother, arrives in stores today, September 13th. The wildly imaginative collection follows the Durham, North Carolina-based hip-hop trio's critically acclaimed 2003 debut, "THE LISTENING." "THE MINSTREL SHOW" marks the group's Atlantic premiere.

ADVERTISEMENT"Lovin' It (feat. Joe Scudda)," the first single from "THE MINSTREL SHOW," recently arrived at Urban radio outlets nationwide. A companion video clip -- filmed in New York City -- is set to debut in the coming weeks.

Little Brother is currently heralding the release of "THE MINSTREL SHOW" with a major North American tour. The trek will wrap up in early October with a trio of home state shows in Asheville, Carrboro, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Equal parts soul and satire, "THE MINSTREL SHOW" is a darkly humorous concept album detailing the rise of fictional television network, UBN (U Black N*****s). When UBN purchases radio station WJLR (aka Justus League Radio, chronicled on "THE LISTENING"), the network scores a hit with the new series, "The Minstrel Show," starring Little Brother. Realized like a low-budget episode of "Saturday Night Live," complete with commercial breaks and musical guests, "THE MINSTREL SHOW" is a truly unique and powerful record, blending organic grooves and big ideas into an important work of hip-hop self-reflection.

"THE MINSTREL SHOW" has already begun to draw ecstatic critical praise. The album garnered a four-star rave review in today's USA Today, while XXL -- which called it one of the 10 Most-Anticipated Hip-Hop Albums of 2005 -- has awarded the collection an "XL" rating and Scratch has rated "THE MINSTREL SHOW" a 10-out-of-10.

Since officially coming together as a trio back in 2001, Little Brother has been hailed as among the hip-hop's most provocative and ingenious groups. They struck an instant chord within the rap community, garnering praise from the likes of Pete Rock and the Roots, as well as catching the ears of Jay-Z, who recruited 9th Wonder to craft tracks for both him and Destiny's Child. 9th Wonder has gone on to produce a wide array of artists, including Memphis Bleek, Jean Grae, Masta Ace, and Buckshot, among others.

With the ABB release of "THE LISTENING," Little Brother broke full on into the hip-hop mainstream. The group received rapturous coverage on MTV as well as in such publications as Vibe, XXL, Trace, Elemental, URB, and The Source, where "THE LISTENING" received 4-out-of-5 mics. Little Brother also earned praise for their live performances, sharing stages alongside such like-minded groups as Dilated Peoples, the Roots, Gang Starr, and Floetry.


Cara Donatto
Atlantic Records

Diane Payes
ABB Records

Source: Atlantic Records


David Banner, Dave Chappelle & Remy Ma Cut Out Middle Men to Support Katrina Survivors with NYC Hip Hop Benefit Concert

Some of the Hottest Hip Hop Recording Artists to Date Have Teamed up to Ensure that Hurricane Katrina Survivors in Mississippi Receive Direct Aid from Concert Proceeds.

(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) September 14, 2005 -- On Monday, September 19, 2005, some of the hottest artists in Hip Hop will descend upon Times Square for a star-studded Hip Hop benefit concert in support of the survivors of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

WHO: David Banner, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Remy Martin, Memphis Bleek, Dead Prez, The Last Poets, Q Tip, X-Ecutioners, The Beatnuts, Bazaar Royale, and Dave Chappelle.

WHAT: Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit Concert

WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2005

WHERE: B.B. King's Blues Club 237 West 42nd Street in NYC

TIME: 10:00 PM

Major recording artists David Banner, Remy Martin, Talib Kweli, Styles P, Memphis Bleek, the Last Poets, Q-Tip, the X-ecutioners, Bazaar Royale, and comedian Dave Chappelle will share their performances, compassion and care as a means to generate proceeds to benefit Hurricane Katrina survivors in Mississippi. "As artists we have a responsibility to organize and ensure that funds we raise for this cause are disseminated in a timely, fair and orderly fashion," says concert organizer and Sony recording artist M1 of Dead Prez. "This event is a direct action by the Hip Hop artistic community where we are cutting out the middle men and taking aid directly to the people who need it right now," he says.

Proceeds from the concert will equally go to David Banner's Heal the Hood Foundation and to the Jackson, Mississippi chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. "It's about helping ourselves and with these two organizations on board, Katrina survivors in Mississippi will receive direct aid and immediate assistance without an ounce of red tape or a shred or bureaucracy," says M1. "There's still people in Mississippi without power right now, says major recording artist and Mississippi native David Banner. "The water is still not drinkable from the faucets. There's no gas from Jackson down to the coast. There are lines for two miles to get gas and the gas prices are out of control. Then you've got places like the Red Cross using preferential treatment with the stuff people have donated. There's people who are coming city to city and can't get water or food from the Red Cross without a little arm band. We're having a national crisis. If people need food and supplies, you should give it to them," he concluded.

The event has garnered in-kind sponsorship support from Hot '97, J Sharpe Agency PR, and the Brooklyn Coalition.

Tickets for Monday's show are on sale now and may be purchased on For press inquiries, please contact Jennifer Williams of J Sharpe Agency PR at 718.774.6264. For general information on the concert, please contact the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement at 718.254.8800.


Jennifer Williams
J Sharpe Public Relations
718.774.6264 Enters Into Agreement With England-Based Fonedream For Distribution of 'Holy Hip Hop Mobile' Content Worldwide announced today that it has entered into an Exclusive Agreement with England-Based Mobile Content Provider, Fonedream, for Global Distribution of Holy Hip Hop Mobile content for digital devices including but not limited to cellphones.

Atlanta, Georgia/Lancaster, England (PRWEB) September 14, 2005 -- announced today that it has entered into an Exclusive Agreement with England-Based Mobile Content Provider, Fonedream, for Global Distribution of Holy Hip Hop Mobile content for digital devices including but not limited to cell phones. The terms of the Agreement provide that Fonedream is responsible for Content Distribution and Fulfillment of Holy Hip Hop Mobile content world-wide; and is responsible for marketing and promotion of Holy Hip Hop Mobile content world-wide.

Mobile Music Report Forecasts $11.6 Billion Market by 2010 Date: June, 2005 (62005). Just how big will the mobile music market be in 2010? Certainly, things will look a lot different than they do now, with a new market being shaped by beefier devices, faster delivery networks, surging interest and more robust batteries. That has most research groups asking just how high this market will rise, with Informa Telecoms and Media projecting an $11.3 billion market by 2010. Realtones will account for $6.8 billion of that total, outpacing polyphonic tones next year. Current ringtones sales, including both real and polyphonic tones, account for an estimated $4.9 billion this year according to the research.

"We have researched and watched the Holy Hip Hop movement surge within and outside of the United States over the past 24 months. The 14-34 prime Holy Hip Hop demographic is the same demographic of technology savvy heavy users of mobile devices and related digital technologies. The missing link is mobile content and that is where we believe that our exclusive partnership with, its multiple label and prominent alliance partners will serve to fill this void for customers who want music, text and video content that inspires and enlightens on a global scale," said Graham Baines, Managing Director of Fonedream.

"This strategic alliance with Fonedream sets the stage to complete an important step of an 8-year mission to globally proliferate Holy Hip Hop, as mobile devices rapidly become the primary personal communication and entertainment devices for individuals whether in Asia or Alabama, Australia or Alaska, London or Los Angeles, Nepal or New York to receive music, text and video content 24/7. The service will be marketed under the moniker 'Holy Hip Hop Mobile'; and only Holy Hip Hop Ministers of the Gospel will be eligible for consideration. With God All Things are Possible. remains focused and committed to the cause and advancing the Gospel worldwide by any means necessary," said Abe Manear, Webmaster, of FullEffects Digital Media.

Holy Hip Hop Mobile:
Holy Hip Hop Mobile is now accepting Sonicbids Electronic Press Kits for review and consideration to be a part of this global initiative. All Sonicbids EPK's can be emailed for consideration and review. For example of a Sonicbids Electronic Presskit, click here: For more information on how to get a personal Sonicbids EPK, go to: If you are an emcee or label currently without a Sonicbids EPK, please email your personal or organizational information. Due to the high volume of anticipated inquiries, all submissions will be reviewed and first-come/first-review basis. This is a limited offering and candidates will be contacted via email. Key Criteria include: (1) Ministry First, (2) Quality Music/Production, (3) 100% Ownership of All Music Tracks with the ability to License.

About Fonedream:
Fonedream is the leading provider of mobile content creation and provision for global mobile carriers, mobile marketing companies and entertainment companies. As a mobile content pioneer Fonedream have systematically brought new and richer media to the mobile market breaking new content into new territories and providing clients with the latest content first.

Fonedream pioneered:
Mobile SMS games
Polyphonic Ringtones in the European market
B/W Animation in the European market
Direct MMS delivery of rich content from the Foneport MMS platform
Mobile MMS games

The Fonedream content portfolio is carried across mobile networks in the five main continents, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia and supply mobile content directly and indirectly across Vodafone, Orange, Virgin Mobile, China Unicom, China Mobile, Motorola, Samsung Mobile, AOL, MSN, Tiscali and Opera Telecom.

Fonedream operates as a brand and is wholly owned by Thought Crystal Ltd, a private company registered in the UK. Fonedream was founded in 2000 and employs 13 full time staff and contracts with a further 48 content creators across the world.

For more information on FoneDream, log on to the internet at: For more information on the global movement to take the Gospel To the Streets, log on to the internet at:



Impact 210 and Grandmaster Caz Present A Sedgwick & Cedar Fashion Showcase;

During Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2006 in New York City, IMPACT 210 and Sedgwick & Cedar are proud to present an historic event: a one-of-a-kind Sedgwick & Cedar Fashion Showcase.

(PRWEB) September 14, 2005 -- During Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2006 in New York City, IMPACT 210 and Sedgwick & Cedar are proud to present an historic event: a one-of-a-kind Sedgwick & Cedar Fashion Showcase. The celebration will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2005 from 7-10PM at IMPACT 210, 447 Broadway, 4th Floor between Howard and Grand Streets in SOHO, NY. Grandmaster Caz will be live in person at IMPACT 210, in addition to other surprise celebrity guests.

On August 25, 2005, Grandmaster Caz stopped by IMPACT 210 for a fashion photo shoot for his clothing line, Sedgwick & Cedar with top fashion photographer Alex Norden and IMPACT 210 models. The shoot can be viewed at

Sedgwick & Cedar is proud to celebrate the pioneering spirit, creativity and the style where Hip Hop began in the Sedgwick Avenue & Cedar Park section, Bronx NYC in 1973. We are driven every day to represent the style of the original DJs, MCs, B-boy Crews and Grafitti Artists that laid the foundation of Hip Hop at the first house parties, block parties and park jams. We will come with much respect to honor those pioneers that paved the way for what has now emerged as the most popular cultural phenomenon of this century.

Newly launched in 2005, IMPACT 210 welcomes talent to visit our 5,000 square foot state of the art facility, conveniently located in SOHO, the fashion center of New York City, featuring both a spacious photo and casting studio, conference rooms, office space, a computer center with wi-fi internet access, full service caf, plasma TVs and a DJ booth, available for holding open calls, photo shoots, meetings, presentations and workshops.


Michael Fomkin

Merging of Disciplines Within Entertainment Law, Global Impact of Goods and Services Reflected in Programs at ABA Forum Annual Meeting

Chicago, Sept. 13, 2005 -- What legal issues -- and headaches -- are raised by the development, production and licensing of reality television programs? Does the Federal Communications Commission really know indecency and profanity when it sees and hears it? What opportunities exist for the talent, brands or other content providers within the video game industry, arguably the fastest growing segment of entertainment?

These and other cutting-edge legal topics will be explored when the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries holds its 2005 annual meeting, Oct. 6 - 8 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York.

With a goal of enhancing the professional development of lawyers in all facets of the entertainment and sports industries, the forum's annual meeting includes programs on cross-platform management of intellectual property; lawyers as advocates for social and business change; the intersection of sports marketing, sports media and digital technology; the future of designer drugs and gene doping in amateur and professional sports; and the legal and business issues that arise when full-text books are made available for search and display on the Internet.

Also, Henry S. Schleiff, chairman and CEO of Court TV, will be keynote speaker at the meeting's Friday, Oct. 7, luncheon.

To register or for more information and a complete list of annual meeting programs and times, visit

Registration fees are $650 for general attendees, $600 for ABA members, $550 for forum members, and $400 for law students.

The Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries works to educate lawyers in the legal principles and transactional aspects of entertainment and sports law, to provide a platform for the discussion of issues affecting these fields, and to foster excellence in the practice of law in these fields. The forum consists of nine divisions: Interactive Media and New Technologies; Literary Publishing; Merchandising and Licensing; Litigation; Motion Pictures, Television, Cable and Radio; Music and Personal Appearances; Sports; Visual Arts; and Theater and Performing Arts.

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

Note to Editors: Accredited reporters are welcome to attend the annual meeting for free. To register contact Dave Jaffe, ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services, 312/988-6139 or

Contact: Dave Jaffe
Phone: 312/988-6139

Source: American Bar Association

Web site:

Mediaguide and Almighty Retail Connect Radio and Retail Information

BERWYN, PA -- (Market Wire - Sep 13, 2005) -- Mediaguide announced today that it has expanded its relationship with The Almighty Institute of Music Retail to provide music industry professionals and artists the capability to easily connect their radio airplay with the retail stores affected by airplay on those stations. This landmark partnership combines Mediaguide's unique ability to electronically monitor college, non-commercial and commercial radio airplay across more than 2,500 stations with Almighty's extensive database of more than 16,000 U.S. music retail outlets, and marks the first time a radio monitoring service and a retail database have combined resources to provide interactive and accurate airplay data along with specific music retailers influenced by such airplay.

Mediaguide MusicMonitor(TM) and Almighty Retail subscribers can click on a link from a standard airplay report that will automatically take them to the Almighty database and find the stores affected by the airplay on the stations in the report. The user can even control the stores that are displayed by adjusting the minimum number of spins shown on the Mediaguide report.

This latest development marks the next stage of integration between Mediaguide and the Almighty Retail database. The first step -- implemented earlier this year -- allows Almighty Retail users to view the playlists of Mediaguide-monitored stations by simply clicking on the call letters listed under "Radio That Impacts Sales" on stores profiled in the Almighty database.

"We are psyched to have partnered with Mediaguide's excellent airplay monitoring service to create the first and only way to directly tie a song's airplay to the stores affected by it," said Clark Benson, Almighty founder/CEO.

"At Mediaguide, we are dedicated to delivering the best airplay data available anywhere, but we know that airplay information alone does not answer all of the business questions that our clients face," added Paul E. Wright, Vice President of Music Business Development for Mediaguide. "By connecting MusicMonitor to the powerful retail database of Almighty, we can provide clients with a single location to link their college, non-commercial or commercial radio resources directly to sales. We are very excited to work with Almighty to serve our clients' overall information needs."

About Almighty Retail

The Almighty Institute of Music Retail provides music industry professionals with the most extensive web-based database of U.S. music sellers available, with more than 50 searchable fields of information on more than 16,000 music retail outlets. In two years, the company has built a client list of more than 130 companies, ranging from the Warner Music Group to small, but influential independent labels. As a testament to Almighty's success, the company was recently named a finalist at 2005's National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers in the related products and services supplier of the year category, putting Almighty up against such music industry institutions as Billboard. The Almighty team has been operating since 1995 with the ISIS Listening Stations program, which helps record companies spread awareness on their releases in approximately 150 influential independent music stores. Two years later, Almighty Lighted Display, which highlights new rock and urban releases in lightboxes at more than 65 stores, was launched. Both are still operating today along with other such programs as Almighty's Buyer Blast email and Retail Marketing Services. Log on to for more information about Almighty's programs and services.

About Mediaguide

Mediaguide's proprietary digital fingerprinting technology monitors over 2,500 college, non-commercial and commercial radio stations across the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With that diverse network, Mediaguide's MusicMonitor(TM), ArtistMonitor(TM), and A&RMonitor(TM) information services can support the entire lifecycle of music promotion, artist discovery and development.

MusicMonitor(TM) addresses the fact that music industry participants from labels to retailers, distributors to promoters need credible, accurate data about market exposure for their artists and product. ArtistMonitor(TM) provides independent and DIY artists with airplay information, station contact information and tools to more effectively manage their own careers. A&RMonitor(TM) informs A&R professionals, music supervisors, distributors and others seeking new talent of self-released or small independent label songs and albums receiving radio airplay on any of the college, non-commercial or commercial radio stations electronically monitored by Mediaguide.

Based in Berwyn, PA, Mediaguide is a joint venture of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and ConneXus Corporation. Learn more about Mediaguide at

Pauline Stack


The only Urban Themed Film Festival in North Carolina

On the campus of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG), the Elliot University Center auditorium will become the festival screening location for the Urban Literary Film Festival. This years festival will take place on October 21-23, 2005 and will feature close to 40 submitted films from filmmakers and production studios from around the country. After the successful implementation of last years film festival, filmmakers and production studios from around the country have taken notice and responded to the call for entries of quality films for this year.

Loosely modeled after other landmark festivals such as Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival, the Urban Literary Film Festival seeks to encourage and empower the North Carolina film, technology and music industries through this platform that will both attract and develop our local urban talent. This festival will provide different businesses and aspiring individuals an official forum and outlet to showcase and network. With a focus on programs to strengthen and stimulate an interest in the film production infrastructure within the state, the ULFFs existence alone will promote cultural diversity within the film industry. Through the positive reception we enjoyed after last years festival, the increased number of venues and screenings, and the expanded coverage from media outlets, the Urban Literary Film Festival will be recognized as one of the top film festivals in the United States.

The goal of the ULFF is straightforward; to develop opportunity and exposure on all levels for the urban-independent filmmaker and organizational alliances, whose involvements will make a difference on a national and local level. These relationships will aid in regional arts and culture education, business development, as well as aiding in strengthening North Carolinas filmmaking infrastructure to help make it a magnet for new people and new jobs.

With that said, we are very proud to announce that Christopher Martin, internationally known to many Hiphop movie and music fans as Play from the rap and acting duo Kid n Play, not only serves as Executive Director of Amen Films, but also sits on the planning board for the ULFF. His film companies, Amen Films and HP4 Digital Works, has just negotiated a distribution deal with Maverick Entertainment to produce and or acquire up to 12 movies a year, which will be distributed by MEGs Spirit label.

Amen Films, LLC:
Amen Films, LLC, is an Atlanta-based Film and Entertainment company produces, distributes and markets Christian and Inspirational Films within and throughout the global Christian community via radio, television, magazine, special events and internet multi-media.

HP4 Digital Works:
Fueled with a new divine purpose and hope, Christopher Martin is Executive Director of Amen Films, and Founder and CEO of HP4 Digital Works and Solutions. Ready to use a 20 year plus experience in the entertainment business, HP4 Digital Works and Solutions is a production company that provides service for digital motion picture projects. From pre-production to post production for television, cable and, or theatrical presentations Hp4 Digital Works and Solutions can help an artist and, or company through consultation and hands-on service from A to Z.

Maverick Entertainment Group Inc. (MEG):
A leader in the domestic home video arena, MEG specializes in the production, acquisition and distribution of niche films. Founder and President Doug Schwab is a 26-year veteran in the film and distribution industry. He has cemented the eight -year-old company as the leading entity for these fast growing markets with over 400 films distributed in the U.S. under the labels Maverick Platinum, Latino, Creep FX, Fusion, Spirit and Maverick Entertainment.

The Maverick Entertainment Group is a leader in the domestic home video arena, MEG specializes in the production, acquisition and distribution of niche films. Founder and President Doug Schwab is a 26-year veteran in the film and distribution industry. He has cemented the eight -year-old company as the leading entity for these fast growing markets with over 400 films distributed in the U.S. under the labels Maverick Platinum, Latino, Creep FX, Fusion, Spirit and Maverick Entertainment. MEGs films can be found on the shelves of all of the major video stores and retail outlets such as Blockbuster, Wal-Mart, Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, Best Buy and Circuit City to name just a few. This relationship with Christopher Martin will now place the Urban Literary Film Festival as a real option for local filmmakers to attain distribution opportunities.

The Urban Literary Film Festival provides a great opportunity to expose the filmmakers creation to film buyers and the general public. The ULFF is constantly approached by filmmakers with completed projects with no resources of showing them to the public. For the aspiring filmmaker, the festival will provide you an education without spending tens of thousands of dollars. All screenings will be open to the public for an admission cost per screening.

The welcoming of the festival by the North Carolina Film Commission has been overwhelming. The entire staff at the ULFF is greatly appreciative of the support and is looking forward to October 2005. "Last year we experienced phenomenal growth and community support," recalls film festival co-founder, Joseph A. Wilkerson III. "North Carolina is a virtual abyss of talent that will be recognized as a place where urban-themed filmmakers, writers, actors, and soundtrack technicians can make their dreams a reality!

The Urban Literary Film Festival will be held October 21-23 in Greensboro, NC on the campus of UNCG in the EUC auditorium. Festival organizers may be contacted at and films should be sent to the Urban Literary Film Festival 2006, 825 Valley Oak Drive, Greensboro, NC 27406.

For all ULFF events and screening time, please visit the festival website for details and sponsorship information.
(336)379-7746 - Joseph A. Wilkerson III
(336)558-9018 - Leo L. Ballard

This is about 95% of the films that we have received for this years film festival (October 21-23, 2005). Screen shoots are available for these films, if requested. Please contact us at to process that request or if any press that would like to be in attendance.

The Man Who Wasn't There (Cha Wu Ci Ren), Chun-Han Chih
Narrative, 31 min.
It is a story about two men, searching the way out on the endless road and in an empty city respectively. The relation between the two men is going to appear at the end of story.

Closure, directed by JAYDEE
Narrative, 9 min.
Jess is an attractive, progressive, normal woman in her 30's, but her dating experiences have been far from that. Join her on ten of those dates in this self-affirming hilarious, urban comedy.

MC Sellouts Scandal, Domingo Martin
Mocumentary, 7 min.
MC Sellout is hip-hop's latest sensation who's rumored to be getting soft. Now, Sellout must meet with his Publicist and Manager to help come up with some very creative ideas to regain his credibility and sellout his upcoming album.

Finding My Precious Basquiat, Johnalynn Holland
Narrative, 30 min.
Mali Jones is a young artist who bears the pain of success. Secluded in a world of drugs, insecurity and art her only escape is conversations with her idol, artist Basquiat.

Tahara, Sara Rashad
Drama, 18 min., 2004
TAHARA is the story of Amina, an Egyptian housewife living in Los Angeles, who must decide if she will follow tradition and circumcise her daughter, Suha, or if she will abandon this age old practice and save Suha from circumcision. Despite it's illegality, Amina feels strongly that she must continue this tradition because of pressure she receives from her mother, Zeinab, when her husband is away on a business trip.

A Period Piece, Camille Holder-Brown
Narrative, 20 min.
Sionne, a sixth-grader at Maxiville Middle School is the only girl in her class that is not excited about getting or already having their menstrual cycle. If only Sionne could beam herself away to a world where young girls never got their periods, then she would be happy. Fat chance, defying the laws of nature is virtually impossible. Sionne will get her period, it's just a matter of when, where, and in front of whom. What will she do?

Rubber Soles, Christine F. Turner
Narrative, 10 min.
Francis is an eleven year-old record collector who's got a brand new bag.

5 lbs. of Damn Handsome, Molly Schwartz
Animation, 1 min.
A short introduction to Phlea.

Whose Children Are These?, Theresa Thanjan
Documentary, 27 min.
Whose Children Are These? gives an in depth and gripping view into the lives of three Muslim teenagers impacted by the Federal Policy of Special Registration and Prejudice. The film introduces us to Mohammad, a high school basketball player who was almost deported, Navila, a young woman who fought to have her father released from prison detention and Hager, a young woman who becomes a youth activist fighting bias crimes in the city.

Harmony in Red, Niki Yang
Animation, 8 min.
A raccoon dreams every night about home, but he lives in a deserted place with bizarre creatures. One day he gets a pinecone, which he plants, and his life begins to grow.

February One, Steven Channing
Documentary, 61 min.
The world can change in a day despite hard-fought gains in the fight for racial equality, segregation remained firmly entrenched in 1960 America. Black citizens in the South were still treated as second-class citizens and their calls for justice remained largely unheard by the nation. There had been some advances in the arena of civil rights with the Brown v. the Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision (1954), the Montgomery bus boycott (1955-1956) and the federally enforced desegregation of Little Rock (Ark.) High school (1957), but after that, strong defiance by ardent segregationists pushed the Movement into retreat.

BGirl, Emily Dell
Drama, 15 min.
B-Girl is a story of hip-hop, of what it means to be a breaker. Angel (Jules Urich) is a b-girl struggling in the six-step, a fundamental move. Her coach, Carlos (Ogie Banks III) and her all-male crew doubt her skill and with a huge competition coming up, Angel has to prove her place among them. She stays to practice late at night, working at home and building her strength. She doesnt just succeed; she blows the room away.

Glass Camouflage, Les Rivera
Drama, 8 min.
Glass Camouflage is a film about a young black kid who is the lead singer in a punk rock band. He feels isolated because there are not many black kids like him doing what hes doing and certain obstacles present themselves to him that white kids doing the same kind of music wouldn't have to necessarily deal with.

Black Russians, Kara Lynch
Documentary, 116 min.
'Black Russians' is a feature length documentary that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians aged 10 to 65, born and raised in Soviet Russia. Their experiences chronicle two ideological currents that have shaped major international events in the twentieth century: race and communism. Intimate interviews with a poet, a film producer, a reggae artist, a businessman and others, all Black and all Russian, guide us through this story of promise and non-discrimination. Archive images reveal rarely seen footage of Black political leaders in the Soviet Union, like Paul Robeson, Kwame Nkruma and Angela Davis. More than a decade after the 'fall of communism' a new Russia struggles to steady itself in the wave of nationalism from within and the pressures of global capitalism from without. 'Black Russians' constructs a deeply personal account of the effects of political issues such as migration, identity and loss on a minority community in the vast remains of the Soviet Union.

Night, Marlon Reid
Drama, 33 min
Omar Jaminson is man that has it all, a beautiful girlfriend and a good paying job, but yet he lives a dangerous double lifestyle by being sexual active with men and other women. Being HIV positive, he is enjoying a game of unprotected sexual roulette until one night his conscious begins to eat away at him.

Put the Needle on the Record, Jason Rem
Documentary, 83 min
A veritable head-spinning ride through dance music culture, history lessons and actual gigs included, Jason Rems Put the Needle on the Record was shot during one week in March 2003, during the Winter music conference in South Beach, Miami. Every genre of music conceivable within the dance music genre from big beat, ambient, breakbeat, downtempo, deep house, industrial, rave to industrial and trance come alive in this documentary. A treat for dance music lovers. Featuring DJs such as Christopher Lawrence, Roger Sanchez, Jesse Saunders, Dirty Vegas, DJ Colette, Marques Wyatt, The Crystal Method, Jason Bentley, Charles Feelgood amongst many others.

ON THE LOW, Luther Mace
Drama, 15 min.
An African American high school student comes to terms with his relationship with another boy.

Root Doctor, Emily Edwards
Drama, 53 minutes
Four women search rural North Carolina for the legendary root doctor, Onzi Jack, and a cure for all their sorrows.

Bullets In The Hood, Terrence Fisher
Documentary, 22 min
Terrence Fisher, a teen living in the Louis Armstrong housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has had seven of his friends shot and killed with guns. Terrence is not a gang member or a drug dealerjust a normal teenager who likes making hip-hop music with his friends. What could Terrence do to stop gun violence in Bed-Stuy before losing another friend, or his own life? Terrence and a fellow teen filmmaker, Daniel Howard, picked up a camera to tell the story about gun violence in Bed-Stuy.
Ironically, a few months into the production, Terrence lost another friend, Timothy, his best friend from elementary school, who was shot and killed by a police officer right in front of Terrence. The Bed-Stuy residents were outraged by the killing of an innocent teen. However, the Grand Jury decided that the shooting was merely a tragic accident and no indictment was issued against the officer, despite Police Commissioner Ray Kellys assessment that the killing was "unjustified."

#1, James Breen
Drama, 30 min
A blue collar morality tale, #1 tells the story of Leon, a struggling independent locksmith, who is tempted to use his skills for crime in order to help his family.

Harlem Fight Song, directed by Konrad Aderer
Drama, 11:41min.
A young Chinese-American in Harlem finds first hostility, then mutual respect in a martial arts challenge. Mirroring the current transformation of this historic African-American neighborhood, the music of Charles Mingus is the heartbeat driving this confrontation to its climax: a first-ever duel between the styles of kung-fu and capoeira. Winner: Cinevue International Film Festival Special Jury Award, Outstanding Narrative Short.

A Tale of Two Cities, directed by Abby Ginzberg
Documentary, 35 min.
When students who live in Bayview-Hunters Point and the Fillmore first walk through St. Francis Wood, it is an eye-opening experience for them, one that they turn into a moving piece of spoken word performance art in A Tale of Two Cities.

The Story of Breakout, Michael J. Dennis
Narrative, 26 min.
The Story of Breakout chronicles the life of Philadelphia's hottest mixtape emcee. Following the path of rap legends DMX, Eminem and 50 Cent, Breakout is known for his "diss records," which throw scathing insults at other rappers. having released nearly 80 albums in just over two years, is he living his dream or just a fantasy?

Hiphop Resurrection: From NY to NZ, Mike Deet
Documentary, 54 min.
"HIP-HOP RESURRECTION" features the hottest Hip-Hop from the Pacific
Island nation of New Zealand! Showcasing the true love, commitment
and loyalty to the original elements of this adopted musical culture.
This colorful documentary explores the distinct parallels of history,
socio-political issues, class systems, land rights and reparations
that exists between the conditions of Polynesians living in modern NZ
and of the ethnic & indigenous cultures of the USA.

Arthur! A Celebration of Life: The Life Story of Tennis Great Arthur Ashe,
Joseph H. James, Jr.
Docu-Drama, 80 min
A Docu-Drama about tennis legend Arthur Ashe

I Will, Donavan Lambert
Drama, 34 min.
William Johnson is an established writer who has everything. Hes young, handsome and successful, but he is dying. Instead of falling into depression and feeling sorry for himself, he decides to arrange a reunion.

Accidental Life, Robert W. DeOcampo
Drama, 18 min.
'Accidental Life' is a gripping urban drama about the love a single mother and son share for one another as they wade through the dangerous waters of poverty, loss and drug abuse.

Graffiti Verite 2, Bob Bryan
Documentary, 57 min.
GV2 follows in the footsteps of Graffiti Verite, the multi award-winning documentary that explored the worlds of hip-hop and graffiti. This second film also helps to unearth the truth about the historical relevance of the graffiti art movement, set against the backdrop of today's urban landscape.

Tajai & SupremeEx Present: Nuntype

Tajai of venerable hiphop group and crew Souls of Mischief /
Hieroglyphics, once again teams up with Philadelphia-based hiphop
producer, SupremeEx to drop, "Nuntype" on Rumble Pack Records.

"Nuntype" is the duo's second collaborative effort since 1999's
acclaimed EP, "Projecto: 2501" (Hiero Imperium). Praised for its use of
alternate forms of media such as web-delivered content and trading
to further extend its story-telling elements, "Projecto" served as an
excellent stepping stone for Tajai & SupremeEx to hone their talents
together. "Nuntype" is an all new full length album about chaos,
and change.

Dropping in October, Nuntpe's website has just launched and can be
accessed at Downloads, backstory and MP3s can
be downloaded, along with a regularly updated blog featuring news from
the road with Tajai and more.

Fillmore Street Brewery Announces Contest for College Intramural Jersey Giveaway!

Fillmore Street Brewery, Pimp Juice and PJ Tight promote sport competition

(Los Angeles, CA) Tuesday, August 30, 2005 Fillmore Street Brewery, the makers of Nellys Pimp Juice and PJ Tight, and Nelly are once again demonstrating their commitment to education especially where student athletes are concerned. In their efforts to promote the positive aspects of intramural sports and athletic competition, the company is launching a contest to give away 10 intramural jerseys with the Pimp Juice logo to 250 of the Pimpest and coolest sports team at every major college/university in the world.

To qualify for the free jerseys (a $200 value), teams must submit a half page essay (500 words or less) with or without a team picture about why they are the most Pimped Out team. Entries must be emailed to William Wooten at with a cc to Tatum Polk at by December 1st, 2005. Any and all college/university teams are encouraged to enter athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, student organizations, etc. In addition to the jersey giveaway, teams wearing the Pimp Juice jerseys while winning an intramural championship will score 2 cases of Pimp Juice, Pimp Juice merchandise and an autographed can of Pimp Juice from Nelly himself! Proof of the championship will be required from the college/university along with a picture.

For this exclusive promotion, Fillmore Street Brewery is working in conjunction with Stingray Worldwide (, a full service merchandise & marketing corporation and Collins Printing, a full service printing & promotional products company. If students would like to obtain extra uniforms, special numbers, or apply their names to the uniforms, they can go to to customize/personalize their Pimp Juice jerseys including larger sizes, ladies t-shirts, hoodies, caps, etc. They can also register for the companys monthly drawings for a chance to win $1000 worth of promotional product. These companies understand the importance of students participating in athletic competitions and believe that this promotion will only encourage students to become more involved in campus activities.

The Pimp Juice brand has seen much success since it hit the markets in 2003 and has continually given back to the community, and just recently awarded its first two P.I.M.P. Scholarships. The P.I.M.P. Scholarship recognizes students who have achieved success in leadership roles in the extracurricular activities of all genres and finally, academics. In addition, these students in their daily lives exhibit the attributes of a Positive Intellectual Motivated Person. Look for more P.I.M.P scholarships to be awarded to deserving students in the upcoming months!

Pimp Juice is the #1 hip hop energy drink on the market and is a healthy, non-carbonated drink possessing a tropical berry-apple flavor and neon green glow due to its content of 10% apple juice. The drink has 100% of vitamins the body needs such as C, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 providing the perfect energy amount for demanding sports and intense workouts with only 140 calories per serving! Pimp Juice also contains Taurine, a conditionally essential amino acid that aids the body in its absorption of nutrients needed for optimal mental and physical performance, 250 mg of D-Ribose and Guarana, the all-natural tropical ingredient, which provides that extra boost.

Drawing upon the success of Pimp Juice, Nelly launched PJ Tight this summer the low calorie, sugar-free version of Pimp Juice with only 20 calories. PJ Tight has the same great tropical berry-apple flavor as the original Pimp Juice and is perfect for active and health conscious consumers who are looking to cut out extra calories. Nelly has even added his signature to the sleek silver can to show his 100% commitment to the drink.

For more information please visit For photography, product samples and talent information please contact Juliette Harris of it girl public relations at or (310) 577 1122.

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Other it girl pr clients include:

Nellys PJ Tight, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Mario Winans, New Edition, Boyz II Men, Juvenile, and many more. Please visit for more information.


Fall 05 issue reexamines the legacy of the Million Man March in an
exclusive cover story with Min. Louis Farrakhan

New York The fall 05 edition of THE AVE features an exclusive
interview with one of the most controversial figures in modern American
history, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. With the 10-year
anniversary of the Million Man March fast approaching, the Nation of
leader discusses the legacy of the original march and the Millions More
Movement scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on October 15th,
The cover story also tackles the ministers views on anti-Semitism, the
war in Iraq, homosexuality, hip-hop and the need for unity in the
African-American community.

Dubbed the Hollywood Hustle Issue, the second cover features
multi-platinum rapper T.I., who explains his journey from A-Town to
Tinseltown. Currently working on a film being executive produced by
Smith, hip-hops reigning King of the South shares his thoughts on the
acting experience and taking his career to another level.

The Hollywood Hustle theme continues with a piece on producer Swizz
that details his transition from scoring hip-hop hits to scoring big
budget films. The New York beatsmith talks shop about his time in
Hollywood rubbing shoulders with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone.
Veteran actor/director Mario Van Peebles is also profiled in this issue
he discusses the difficulties in bringing the struggles of
African-Americans to the silver screen and his role in the upcoming
Carlitos Way: Rise to Power.

Other issue highlights include a serious look at the state of the
educational system; a tribute to comedy icon Richard Pryor; an
into the lack of affordable healthcare in the US; celebrities like
Ludacris, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Killer Mike raising awareness of the
economic problems in Africa; and the emergence of hip-hop in India.

From the biggest stars to relevant community issues, THE AVE is truly a
street movement in print. To read exclusive stories and subscribe, log

THE AVE magazine is a quarterly hip-hop publication that covers music,
fashion and entertainment, while addressing important social and
issues relevant to hip-hop culture. THE AVE is distributed nationally
newsstands and at all Tower Records, Virgin Mega Stores, Borders Books
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Malika from MTVs Making The Band 3 Hosts Workout DVD Casting Call

Oakland, Ca September 13th -- Malika, finalist of MTV's Making The Band 3 with P.Diddy is hosting an internet casting call for her workout DVD entitled Lets Get Physical set to be released this fall. Women of all ethnicities are welcome to apply by sending in a headshot and full body shot to or mail pictures to MPRINT MUSIC 1028 10th St. Ste. A Oakland, CA 94607 by Friday, September 16th 2005.

Lets Get Physical was inspired by fan response after Malika lost weight during the first season of Making The Band. Her weight loss during a 30 day hiatus from the show was a determining factor that caused Diddy to select her as one of three finalists who would return for the second season.

The DVD will be shot in Oakland, California by Rush Films and centers around the activities Malika did to lose weight and tone up.

Watch MTVs Making The Band 3 season 2 in October to see if Malika makes the band AGAIN!

You can find out more info on Malika and at and purchase her debut album You Dont Know at , Tower Record Store, and Rasputins. You Dont Know features an introduction by 106 KMEL DJ Chuy Gomez, production by The A-Team (Full Force), and collaborations with singer/songwriter Meilani and rapper T.Husle.

Melanie N. Lee
1028 10th Street Ste. A
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-224-1604


"I'm an entertainer, but I'm also a producer. So I don't like to be tagged. You can call me whatever you want. But you need to hear my music."

Louder Than Words
In Stores October 2005
ICED Records

Includes collaborations with Lil Jon, Lil' Flip, Deemi (Atlantic Records) and Campus Hills.

Features producers Megahertz (Nas, Puff Daddy, Jay- Z, 50 Cent), Midi Mafia (50 Cents 21 Questions) and Chris Styles and Osinachi Nwaneri for Dangerous LLC ("Disco Inferno").

Listen to "The Joint (Let's Go)" produced by Chris Styles and Osinachi Nwaneri for Dangerous LLC here: e_Joint_Full.ram

Adding his voice to the storied canon of the Dirty South is Durham, North Carolina native Twip. The young rapper/producer has long been a fixture on the Carolina rap circuit, opening up for such established talents as the Ruff Ryders, Pastor Troy and T.I. Now with the upcoming release of his buzz-heavy debut Louder Than Words, Twip is ready to bring his brand of anthemic hip-hop to a national stage. "When you hear my album you are going to hear that funk," explains the energetic MC, whose lyrical style is as disarmingly melodic, with its bluesy sing-song delivery, as it is sneeringly aggressive. The Durham MC says, "I'm an entertainer, but I'm also a producer. So I don't like to be tagged. You can call me whatever you want. But you need to hear my music."

Twip's diverse jack-of-all-trades production skills and lyrical showmanship are apparent throughout Louder Than Words. While the album finds the ambitious MC handling the majority of the board work, established producer Megahertz (Nas, Puff Daddy, Jay- Z, 50 Cent), Midi Mafia (50 Cents 21 Questions) and Chris Styles and Osinachi Nwaneri for Dangerous LLC ("Disco Inferno"), were recruited to flesh out the bruising release. "I got with with Megahertz through a mutual friend," Twip recalls of his introduction to the respected beat man. "His sound is so rugged and live. He saw what I was doing and heard my stuff and was like, 'Hey, that's something very different, right there.' The synergy between Twip and Midi Mafia front man Bruce Wayne is also immediately apparent.

On the Mega-produced horn-driven, battle track Got This, Twip wastes no time repping his Tar Heel clique Campus Hills. The Megahertz fueled "Stage Dive" is a frenzied bounce workout that exemplifies Twip's reputation as a charismatic live performer while the heartfelt "Crabs In A Barrel," takes on haters who "act so funny, when one out of us try to grow and build." "Oh Yes," a blazing sing-along romp, finds the MC flexing plenty of crunk/southern swagger while the self-produced cautionary tale "Fast Life," details the rewards and consequences of attaining more money and power over a relentless marching track that features hard boiled Campus Hills member Six 6. For Twip, the unified theme throughout songs like "Crabs In a Barrel," and "Fast Life" go beyond making songs. "That's kind of my thought process in general," he says of the real life tracks. "I try to keep shit positive...I hate negativity. Everybody is pulling each other down instead of doing what the hell they can do for themselves and others. My whole thing is I just want to open doors for my people."

To say that Twip proudly represents Durham, North Carolina would be an understatement. The confident MC embodies his hardworking hometown. Raised in a lower middle-class house, Twip was enamored by his parents' record collection which included such soul giants as Earth Wind & Fire and Frankie Beverly & Maze. By the mid-'80s, hip-hop music was beginning to penetrate young America's consciousness. Twip began listening to the groundbreaking albums by EPMD, Public Enemy and Ice Cube. It was a revolutionary middle-finger. Hip hop had officially taken over. "It was because my brother Tyrone listened to it, that's what got me on it," Twip fondly recalls. "He was in high school and he had a hip hop group. I was 10-years-old, writing then. I was just mimicking what I was hearing. Of course they were not the greatest songs in the world (laughs), but they were my songs."

By 10th grade, Twip had become a confident lyricist. Twip will simply tell you there's no pressure to live up to the hype. His Campus Hills family, which includes standout MC's Cavanaugh, Six 6, and Perfect Stranger have plans of taking over the rap game. And with Twip's star-making debut, Louder Than Words, leading the way, the south will no doubt continue to be heard. "When hip hop first started coming down this way everybody was rhyming like cats from New York," he remembers. "But by the '90s the South started to get its own voice. MC's were like, 'We can sound ourselves now.'"

Please contact me for reviews and interviews
Amina Elshahawi
ICED Media
phone: (212) 461-2188

S.A.S. News: Missing you feat S.A.S / Baby Blu / Bigz / Ill Millz / Young Pro

S.A.S. members Mega and Mayhem have come together with members of the UK hip hop fraternity to record the track 'Missing You' -a moving homage to those who lost their lives on the 7/7/2005.Mega explained why they came together; Basically our boy was on the train and it affected us all. It affected the whole city, the whole country! Mayhem continued, It was a wake up call, it made us realise that terrorism can happen anywhere and it doesnt discriminate about your religion or the colour of your skin.

The track features the reminiscences of Wale Akerele who was on the first carriage of the Kings Cross train and lucky enough to survive, unlike many others who were on the same train. The track emphasises how an event like this makes us all realise how precious life really is through the emotive raps of S.A.S members Mega and Mayhem, with MCsBaby Blu, Bigz,Ill Millz andYoung Pro. All money raised from the track will go to the London Bombing Releif Charitable Fund.

Sean Mega Williams and Melvin Mayhem Williams are the brothers from East Finchley who became S.A.S. Their early diet of basketball and hip hop influenced them both to put pen to paper and write raps of their own.

They moved to New York City to attend high school in 1997 on a basketball scholarship. Once they had got over the culture shock of moving the U.S. they got down to business as Mayhem explains; It started off through battling on the streets, we started of in Staten Island, then we went to Brooklyn then we ended in Harlem.

S.A.S. gained global press attention thanks to Roc-A-Fellas Damon Dash expressing an interest in them. However, S.A.S. were never formally signed to his label, but they have been signed to The Diplomats since 2003. We approached the Diplomats on the street level and we had mutual friends in Harlem Mayhem explained. They felt the way we were on a character level. When they realised we were talented on a music level we went and recorded three songs with them in a hotel and then we were on Top Of The Pops with them when they performed Hey Ma. It was crazy!

S.A.S. are due to release their album, Diplomats Present, Streets All Salute -The Prequel Album, which will be distributed through Diplomat Records Europe wide

If you would like to interview S.A.S or would like further information about the track Missing You, please Contact: Angharad Williams at Fire Media UK or 07946 035 789.


* Cited as One to Watch in the Metro August 15 2005.
* Don't Even Think About It and their collaboration with Haze Bad Boys is featured on the Westwood album Heat (July 2005).
* They appeared in the recently released movie State Property 2.
* They featured on 3 tracks on the Diplomatic Immunity 2 album (2004).
* S.A.S. have opened for Kanye Wests first UK concert and toured with Camron and The Diplomats in the States.
* Their Who Dares Wins mixtape has sold in excess of 10,000 copies to date.
* S.A.S. appeared on billboards worldwide as part of the Roc-A-Wear campaign (2004)
* They have been featured in The Source in the United States and France
* S.A.S. were never signed to Damon Dashs Roc-A-Fella records despite his claims to the press.

Angharad Williams
Fire Media UK
07946 035 789


Tickets to Channel U Best of British are now on sale at Ticket Web. You can book your ticket at Ticket Web or by calling 08700 600 100.

The Best of British urban music event will be launched by Channel U #467at Londons Shepherds Bush Empire 15th October 2005.

30 nominees have now been selected from the most popular played videos during the past year from September 2004 to August 2005.

The 30 nominations for the Channel U Best Of British Award are:

1. Lemar
2. Craig David
3. Akala
4. Bigz
5. Blak Twang
6. Bruza
7. Choong Family
8. Crazy Titch
9. Dizzee Rascal
10. Estelle
11. Fun-D-mental
12. Juggy D
13. Kano
14. Kevin Mark Trail
15. Lethal Bizzle
16. Mitchell Bros
17. Nathan
18. North Star
19. Nu Starr
20. Roll Deep
21. Rouge
22. Jay Sean
23. Sincere
24. SLK
25. Sway
26. Terri Walker
27. Lady Sovereign
28. L.O.C.
29. Craze 24
30. Christian Blaizer

Channel U viewers are now voting for their favourite artists and the top 15 will perform at the event and receive a Best of British Award in recognition of their talents. With a 100% pure UK line up of fifteen of the most popular artists which have performed for the Channel over the past year plus a guest DJ set from some of the best DJs in the country, the event will be more than just big. It will be massive!

Since the channels launch in 2003, Channel U has rapidly become synonymous with the raw cutting edge of the UK urban music scene. The plaudits have rained down from industry aficionados and artists alike with the likes of Mercury Music prize winner Dizzee Rascal publicly acknowledging the major contribution the channel has made to kick starting his career and Guy Moot (Head of UK and European publishing for EMI) recognizing the platform we have provided for new UK talent to break through.

Make no mistake, this event will be the only event showcasing purely British talent and is set to become the hottest ticket in the UK urban music calendar.

For all enquiries contact:

Angharad Williams
Fire Media UK
07946 035 789

The event is managed by Trinity Media Group.
+ 44 (0) 20 8728 0374

Blue Frog Mobile Completes $16 Million Series A Funding, Secures Leadership Position in Mobile Media and Entertainment Market

Canaan Partners and MK Capital to Back Mobile Media and Entertainment Leader

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Frog Mobile, Inc., a leading mobile media and entertainment provider announced it has completed a $16 million Series A financing led by Canaan Partners. The round also includes investor MK Capital. Rutberg & Company served as the exclusive financial advisor to Blue Frog Mobile on the financing.

The success of this round reaffirms Blue Frog Mobile's market strategy and its long-term potential in the mobile media and entertainment space. Blue Frog Mobile will use the new capital to expand its content offering, strengthen its marketing and advertising activities and continue to enhance its leading product suite.

"Blue Frog Mobile has established a strong leadership position in the mobile media and entertainment industry and is in a great position to capitalize on the growing consumer market for mobile entertainment and personalization," said Maha Ibrahim, partner at Canaan Partners. "We are pleased to become a part of the Blue Frog Mobile team and support its continued rapid growth."

"We invested in Blue Frog Mobile on the basis of its tremendous market position and potential," said Bret Maxwell, managing general partner at MK Capital. "We are excited to be able to play a key role in driving its continued success as a leader in mobile media and entertainment."

"The market for mobile media content and entertainment services is one of the fastest growing market segments today. Demand from consumers for exciting mobile entertainment and personalization is growing exponentially," said Ron Erickson, President and CEO of Blue Frog Mobile. "The support shown by our investors and their strong financial backing will enable us to accelerate our growth."

About Blue Frog Mobile

Blue Frog Mobile is a leading mobile entertainment company that creates, aggregates, and distributes mobile content. The company offers enhanced content including ringtones, images, games, voice services, SMS and MMS messaging, as well as white label mobile content and services for private branding. The company delivers its content and services through numerous brands including Ringtopia ( ), Edge Tones (, Mack Tones ( ), and Lemon Kiss ( ). Blue Frog Mobile is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices in Manila, Philippines.

About Canaan Partners

Canaan Partners ( ) is a national venture capital investment firm formed in 1987. Canaan specializes in startup and emerging- growth companies in information technology and services, as well as life sciences and medical technology. Canaan Partners was an early backer in Acme Packet, AdvancePCS (ADVP), Capstone Turbine (CPST), CommerceOne (CMRC), Concord Communications (CCRD), Copper Mountain Networks (CMTN), Esperion (ESPR), Genaissance Pharmaceuticals (GNSC), International Network Services (INSS), IntraWare (ITRA), Interact Commerce (IACT), Network Engines (NENG), ONI Systems (ONIS), Orapharma (OPHM), Pozen (POZN) and Praecis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (PRCS), Qovia Inc., along with dozens of other market-leading companies.

About MK Capital

MK Capital ( ) is a leading venture capital firm based in Northbrook, Illinois with a focus on companies in outsourced services and applied technology markets. The firm provides capital to help entrepreneurs in their quest to build successful businesses. MK Capital's team also recognizes that entrepreneurs are the essence of success. MK Capital's team has over 40 years of venture capital experience and a long history of investing and managing venture funds. Each team member has previously been both an entrepreneur and a manager.

Source: Blue Frog Mobile, Inc.

CONTACT: media, Judy Camasi of Blue Frog Mobile, Inc., +1-206-652-4481,

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Top Talent Lined Up for Film Life's 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future

ATLANTA, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ --

- Cedric "The Entertainer" to Host Gala Event

- Sidney Poitier to Receive Distinguished Career Achievement Award

- The Color Purple Inducted into Classic Cinema Hall of Fame

- Kimberly Elise to Receive Rising Star Award

- Nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture of the Year include Are We
There Yet?, Coach Carter, Crash, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and
Hustle & Flow

- Jeff Friday and Suzanne de Passe to Executive-Produce Event Airing
October 19

- Complete List of Nominations Attached

A distinguished list of high-profile talent will be on hand for Film Life's 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future, presented by Turner Network Television (TNT). Cedric "The Entertainer" (Madagascar) will host the gala awards show that recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience. This year's top award nominees include Crash, and Diary of a Mad Black Woman, each of which received six nominations, Hustle & Flow; which received four; and Coach Carter, with three nominations.

Film Life's 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS, executive-produced by Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life, Inc., and Suzanne de Passe, CEO of de Passe Entertainment, will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TNT.

Legendary actor/director/producer Sidney Poitier will receive the Distinguished Career Achievement Award, recognizing his trailblazing work as actor/writer/director for such films as Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, Stir Crazy, For Love of Ivy and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. And Kimberly Elise, a nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, will receive the Rising Star award.

The 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple will become the first film inducted into the Black Movie Awards Classic Cinema Hall of Fame. Producer Quincy Jones is the first member of the creative team to confirm his appearance on the program.

In addition to serving as host, Cedric "The Entertainer" is also a nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his work in The Honeymooners. Also nominated in that category are Don Cheadle (Crash), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Samuel L. Jackson (Coach Carter) and Will Smith (Hitch). Nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role include Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Meagan Good (D.E.B.S) and Queen Latifah (Beauty Shop).

The 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS will also honor made-for-television movies, with Lackawanna Blues, starring S. Epatha Merkerson and Terrence Howard and executive-produced by Halle Berry, Vince Cirrincione, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Shelby Stone; Sometimes in April, starring Idris Elba and Oris Erheuro and executive-produced by Raoul Peck and Joel Stillerman; and Their Eyes Were Watching God, starring Halle Berry, Michael Ealy and Ruben Santiago-Hudson and executive-produced by Kate Forte, Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. The ceremony will honor an up-and-coming director with the HBO Director to Watch Award. Nominees this year are Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother), Frank E. Flowers (Haven) and Rob Hardy (Trois, Pandora's Box).

The 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS will be taped at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 9. A prominent committee of film critics, entertainment editors and prestigious members of the artistic committee choose nominees and recipients of the awards from a list of eligible films released in the U.S. between January 1 and July 31, 2005.

Press credentials for the 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS can be obtained through the following link:

Cedric "The Entertainer" is best known for his crowd-pleasing roles in such films as The Honeymooners, Madagascar, Johnson Family Vacation, Barbershop, Intolerable Cruelty, The Original Kings of Comedy and Be Cool. His other big-screen credits include Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Man of the House and Big Momma's House. He lent his voice to Dr. Dolittle 2 and Ice Age and is currently working on The Cleaner with Lucy Liu and Mr. Lucky with Bruce Willis.

His award-winning career spans television, live performances and film. Among Cedric's many accolades are the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his series "Cedric 'The Entertainer' Presents" and a record- setting four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for The Steve Harvey Show. In 1994, he received the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from BET for his work as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comic View. Now helming his own production company, A Bird and A Bear Entertainment, Cedric develops and produces feature films. Johnson Family Vacation was the first under the company's banner, which grossed over $30 million. The name "Cedric" is fast joining the ranks of other one-name celebrities as an iconic symbol of high caliber performance.

Since 1997, Jeff Friday, founder of the Black Movie Awards and the American Black Film Festival, has made a name in the film industry by providing opportunities for independent Black filmmakers to showcase their work to an ever-broadening audience through the Acapulco Black Film Festival, which relocated to Miami and expanded to become the American Black Film Festival in 2002. The Festival will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2006 as it continues to spearhead the global distribution of quality Black films as the leading American brand marketing and distributing Black movies and related entertainment content.

Oscar(R) nominee Suzanne de Passe's long list of award-winning, high- profile shows and specials includes the Emmy(R)-winning Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and Motown Returns to the Apollo. Additionally, she executive- produced The Essence Awards in 2002 and 2003, as well as the annual NAACP Image Awards over a three-year period, concluding in 2003. She has also executive-produced such memorable television miniseries as Lonesome Dove, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Buffalo Girls, Small Sacrifices and The Temptations. Her Academy Award(R) nomination came for co-writing the screenplay for Lady Sings the Blues.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of cable's top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including Into the West, an epic six-week television event from DreamWorks Television and master storyteller and executive producer Steven Spielberg; the detective drama series The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, and the action- packed crime series Wanted, with Gary Cole; powerful one-hour dramas, such as Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed, Judging Amy and Angel, with Alias and Las Vegas joining the line-up in September and Cold Case coming in October; broadcast premiere movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.


Are We There Yet? (Producers Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube, Dan Kolsrud),
Columbia Pictures
Coach Carter (Producers David Gale, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin),
Paramount Pictures
Crash (Producers Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis, Mark R. Harris, Robert
Moresco, Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari), Lions Gate Films
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Producers Reuben Cannon, Tyler Perry), Lions
Gate Films
Hustle & Flow (Producers Stephanie Allain, John Singleton), Paramount

Lackawanna Blues (Executive producers Halle Berry, Vince Cirrincione,
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Shelby Stone. Producer Nellie Rachel Nugiel),
Sometimes in April (Executive Producers Raoul Peck, Joel Stillerman.
Producer Daniel Delume), HBO
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Executive producers Kate Forte, Quincy
Jones, Oprah Winfrey. Producer Matthew Carlisle), ABC

Don Cheadle (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Cedric "The Entertainer" (The Honeymooners), Paramount Pictures
Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Paramount Pictures
Samuel Jackson (Coach Carter), Paramount Pictures
Will Smith (Hitch), Paramount Pictures

Anthony Anderson (Hustle & Flow), Paramount Pictures
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Morgan Freeman (Batman Begins), Warner Bros.
Steve Harris (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
Terrence Howard (Crash), Lions Gate Films

Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
Meagan Good (D.E.B.S.), Screen Gems
Queen Latifah (Beauty Shop), Screen Gems

Loretta Devine (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow), Paramount Pictures
Thandie Newton (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Zoe Saldana (Guess Who), Columbia Pictures
Cicely Tyson (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films

Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Screen Gems
Norman Vance, Jr. Kate Lanier (Beauty Shop), Screen Gems

Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), Paramount Pictures
Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
F. Gary Gray (Be Cool), MGM
Tim Story (Fantastic Four), Twentieth Century Fox
Kevin Rodney Sullivan (Guess Who), Columbia Pictures

HBO DIRECTOR TO WATCH (Independent Filmmakers)
Rodney Evans
Frank E. Flowers
Rob Hardy

Source: TNT, Inc.

CONTACT: Pam Golum, +1-323-965-1990, or, or
Lauren Kelcher, +1-323-965-1990, or, both of The
Lippin Group, Inc.; or Brandee Brooks of TNT, Inc., +1-404-885-4379, or

Web site:

NOTE TO EDITORS: This information can also be accessed on TBS, Inc.'s press site at http://


Latin Rap Conference Showcase With Lil Rob, Tru Life and Voltio on September 20 to Benefit Katrina Hurricane Victims

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Latin Rap Conference organizers, today announced that the LRC's showcase will be dedicated to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Latin rap, hip hop and reggaeton's top artists Lil Rob, Tru Life and Voltio will headline the event on Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 PM ET at Latin Quarter, located on 511 Lexington Avenue in New York City, New York. The line-up, promises to be one of the hottest music showcases as it integrates hip hop from the East Coast and West Coast with reggaeton from Puerto Rico.

Prior to the showcase on September 20, the Latin Rap Conference will conduct an action-packed agenda with industry executives, record labels and media insiders participating in four exciting panels on the new Hispanic urban format and the growth of Latin rap and reggaeton.

Executives from all major record labels, radio stations and media outlets participating in the conference include: Gus Lopez (Machete Records), Jose Tillan (MTV), Ebro Darden (Hot 97), DJ Kazzanova, (La Kalle), Flavio Morales (Mun 2), and Leila Cobo (Billboard Magazine).

"Based on the tremendous response from sponsors, we are confident the LRC will become the premier forum for music industry executives, record labels, media insiders and aspiring artists who continue to define this vibrant genre of music," said Rich Isaacson, the Fuerte Group, an LRC member and Conference organizer.

One of the most anticipated panels at the conference will be the Youth Town Hall Meeting, where 10-15 young Latino adults will interact with top industry executives to discuss their views on the music industry, their preferences and the role of electronic media in shaping consumer behavior. FUSE TV VJ Marianela will host the Youth panel which promises to be an insightful and entertaining event.

The Latin Rap Conference expects over 350 to attend the panels and best practices workshops, setting the stage for up-and-coming artists and music veterans to collaborate and lead the fastest growing segment in the music industry.

For Media and Sponsorship Inquiries: Fran Del Valle 212.717.5499/ 917.922.5653 or Frances Ryan 847.924.4766

For Conference Registration: Audrey Diaz 212.219.2525 or

Source: Fuerte Group

CONTACT: For Media and Sponsorship Inquiries: Fran Del Valle
+1-212-717-5499, or +1-917-922-5653, or Frances Ryan +1-847-924-4766; For
Conference Registration - Audrey Diaz, +1-212-219-2525, or

Web site:

Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Common, Pussycat Dolls, Young Jeezy, Redman, Method Man to Appear Live

At RPM's 8th Annual Power Summit

Russell Simmons to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Jamie Foxx to Headline the "J Records Extravaganza"; Kanye West to Present His New Record Label at the World's Most Influential Music Conference Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 in the Bahamas

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005-- RPM Marketing & Promotions announced today that Academy® Award-winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx and Grammy®-winner Kanye West, along with Busta Rhymes, Common, Shaggy, Pussycat Dolls, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Black Sheep, Young Jeezy, Lil' Flip, Sean Paul, Jazze Pha are slated to showcase at the 8th annual Power Summit, the influential hip-hop convention which brings together tastemakers ranging from DJs to recording industry titans and major brands. Additionally, legendary hip-hop industry luminary Russell Simmons will be presented with a lifetime achievement award. Rene McLean, Founder of The Power Summit, made the announcement.

Foxx will headline the "J Records Extravaganza" concert before an audience of DJs, executives, fellow recording artists, business leaders and culture mavens. Kanye West will host a listening session where he will launch his new record label "Good Music." The Power Summit will honor Russell Simmons with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented by Jay-Z at the Annual Power Summit Awards Dinner. Russell Simmons, Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, has been instrumental in bringing hip-hop to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s, from co-founding of the immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings to the red-hot Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Run Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; to producing films, TV series including "The Def Comedy Jam" and "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry"; on Broadway with the Tony Award winning stage production "Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway"; and many other industries utilizing the internationally recognize Def Jam brand. He is active in the community with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the hip-hop Summit Action Network.

"This is turning out to be the most powerful Power Summit yet, with the biggest lineup of today's most influential and talented performers ever. The Power Summit is the perfect place for artists like Jamie Foxx, Sean Paul and Busta Rhymes to premiere their new material to the DJ community and it is the perfect entertainment branding environment," said McLean. "We are thrilled to showcase artists of such a high caliber at this year's event."

This year's four-day Power Summit takes place September 28 - October 1 at Our Lucaya, on Grand Bahama Island, and provides a rare and intimate opportunity to reach the most influential DJs, artists, trendsetters, tastemakers and brands - the leaders in music and entertainment.

"J Records has been a huge supporter and fan of this event every year since its inception. We have used The Power Summit as a platform to showcase artists like Wyclef, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beats and more. This year will be no different as J Records is proud to bring this year's Grand Finale, "The J Records Extravaganza" featuring Jamie Foxx and a host of J Records stars," stated Stephanie Lopez, Senior National Director of J Records.

After having received an Academy Award and critical acclaim for his performance as Ray Charles in Ray, Foxx is now poised to conquer the music industry. The multi-talented actor/singer will perform music from his upcoming solo album at the Power Summit in his first-ever private performance in support of the project. Kanye West will perform songs from his new record, Late Registration, in addition to hosting his "Good Music" listening session.

Al Branch, General Manager of Hip Hop Since 1978, said, "The Power Summit is one of the most important factors in the success of Superstar Kanye West's career period. There's no denying the power of this tremendous Hip Hop movement!"

"If you're not at the Power Summit, you're nothing! Matter of fact, you're even less than nothing because the Power Summit is the biggest and hottest place to be every year! Everyone in the music industry starts salivating in September, this is the place where everything happens; with DJs in place, the execs making it happen, the trends jumping off, it's off the hook!" states Executive Vice President of Interscope Rap Department, Kevin Black.


Headquartered in New York City, The RPM Group was founded by Rene McLean in 1997. McLean observed a vacuum in the multicultural marketing space and decided to promote products that use the youth and lifestyle markets as an entry point for broader market penetration. The RPM Group's unrivaled relationships with the key players in the entertainment community have made it the natural choice for companies looking for an entry into the youth and lifestyle market, establishing RPM as an innovator in these fields.

RPM Marketing & Promotions
Deborah Schonfeld, 212-375-6211 x26
mPRm Public Relations
Alan Amman,
Taffy Miller,

Source: RPM Marketing & Promotions

EA's In-Game Music Powers Players Down the Mountain in SSX On Tour

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) today revealed the 41 songs that will propel players through SSX(TM) On Tour. The in-game soundtrack delivers a fast-paced and energetic mix of music that builds on the popularity of the SSX(TM) 3 soundtrack which was adored by fans worldwide and won the coveted Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) award for Best Soundtrack. The diverse mix of music in the new title boasts old school metal hits from Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Def Leppard, hip hop tracks from J5, Paul Wall, Blackalicious and Perceptionists as well as rock hits from Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives and Louis XIV.

Breakout remix artist and internet music icon DJ Z-Trip commented on the significance of being on the SSX On Tour soundtrack, "It's dope to be in any EA game, but especially SSX. Because of SSX, I can snowboard even when I'm on tour, snowboarding backstage is ill!"

The full SSX On Tour song list features:

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Avenged Sevenfold Bat Country
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Billy Talent Red Flag
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Blackalicious Rhythm Sticks
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Bloc Party Banquet
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Bonobo Pick up
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Bonobo Flutter
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Chali2Na International feat. Beenie Man
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C-Rayz Walz Street Reppin
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Death From Above 1979 Romantic Rights
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Def Leppard Let It Go
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Dio Stand Up And Shout
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Diplo Big Lost
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Diplo Indian Thick Jawns feat. P.E.A.C.E.
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Diva International Nothing to Do
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DJ Spooky And Dave Lombardo B-Side Wins Again feat. Chuck D
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Fu Manchu I Can't Hear You
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Goldfinger My Everything
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Hot Hot Heat Pickin' It Up
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Iron Maiden Run To The Hills
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Jurassic 5 Red Hot
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LCD Soundsystem Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
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Louis XIV God Killed The Queen
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Maximo Park Apply Some Pressure
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Morningwood Nu Rock
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Motorhead Overkill
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Nine Black Alps Shot Down
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OK Go Here It Goes Again
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Paul Wall feat. Big Pokey of the Sittin' Sidewayz
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Pennywise Competition Song
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Queens Of The Stone Age Medication
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Rock 'N' Roll Soldiers Flag Song
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Scorpions Dynamite
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Sweatshop Union Come Back
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The Faint I Disappear
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The Herbaliser Lord, Lord feat. Roots Manuva
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The Herbaliser Gadget Funk
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The Hives No Pun Intended
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The Perceptionists People 4 Prez
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Vatican DC Antisocial
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We Are Scientists Lousy Reputation
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Z-Trip All About The Music featuring
Whipper Whip
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SSX On Tour's in-game music soundtrack is a part of the EA SPORTS(TM) TRAX music initiative that EA debuted in 2001. The program is dedicated to bringing gamers the hottest music through EA's videogames.

Building on the critically acclaimed gameplay of the SSX(TM) franchise, SSX On Tour features all-new player customization that gives you the chance to join The Tour. SSX On Tour is packed with all-new highly detailed tracks, new stylish player customization options, new monster tricks, and multiplayer options. In SSX On Tour, players will reach breakneck speeds, catch huge air, and become an icon as they storm down the mountain as either a snowboarder or a skier. Players will pull off jaw-dropping monster tricks to out-style your competitors while hurtling down the slopes at supersonic speeds. Build a career as you progress from a slope-side wannabe to a black-diamond-dominating rock star. Compete for medals or just tear up the massive new mountain, but make sure you look good doing it because your reputation is always on the line. You create the hype -- the hype creates a legend in SSX On Tour.

Developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, SSX On Tour will be available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and PSP(TM) portable entertainment system this Fall. For more information about the game, please visit:

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA(TM), EA SPORTS BIG(TM) and POGO(TM). In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, POGO and SSX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. PlayStation is a registered trademark and PSP is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft and Xbox are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Nintendo GameCube is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Tammy Schachter, 650-628-7223
For SSX On Tour
Amanda Hatton, 604-456-4386

Sexy-Book Diva-Publisher: Follows Blue-Print To Success In Hip-Hop Fiction

African-American architect turns into sexy best-selling book publisher -- gets books into WAL-MART (1st Independent Af-Am Publisher To Enter Wal-Mart Without Using A Major-Publisher For Distribution)

(PRWEB) September 12, 2005 -- Felicia Hurst, President of Atlanta-based Black Pearl Books (, is the hottest new literary diva in the publishing industry.

Ms. Hurst has managed to get her company's 17 Hot-Selling books on shelves at Borders, Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Hudson News,, 100's of Independent African-American Bookstores and most-recently Wal-Mart!

Black Pearl Books has four Essence Magazine Best-Sellers to its credit (Caught Up, Slick, Sex A Baller, and Wild Thangz).

Blue-print of success

With all of Ms. Hurst's success, one would assume that she has a literary background. Is she an author? No. A former book-editor? No. College degree in English or Literature? No, though she does have 3-college degrees in Architecture-related studies (B.S Architectural Studies U of Illinois; B.A. Architecture U of Minnesota & a Master's in Management Technology U of Wisconsin-Stout)

Architecture? That's correct. Hurst left an extremely lucrative career as an Architect, which included owning her own firm, to pursue her passion.

The decision wasn't hard at all. Though I love architecture too, I've always enjoyed reading. Especially, gritty, hot & steamy books, she admits shamelessly. Often, I'd find myself rushing to finish architectural drawings quickly, just so that I could get back to a book that had me captivated.

Getting 'props' from vibe magazine & other urban publications

Gritty Urban Realism At Its Best! is how VIBE Magazine describes Legit Baller by Jerry Blackshear.

This Joint Is So Hot!...Ghetto-Fab!....Game Has to Be Recognized! says Rolling out Urban Style Weekly Magazine of Hustlers by Ronald Quincy.

Hurst and Black Pearl Books authors have also garnered mega-attention from the nation's hottest media including features in Philadelphia Daily News.

Giving 'props' to the queen

In an industry, where authors and publishers are often, all too willing to cloak themselves with nicknames, it's refreshing to listen to the 30-something publisher give credit to whom she dubs 'The REAL Queen of Urban Fiction' Teri Woods (Best-Selling Author & Publisher).

I think anyone that's in the urban fiction publishing game, owes a huge 'Thank You' to Teri Woods, says Hurst. This genre would still be ignored had Teri not trail-blazed a path for publishers like myself to follow. Anyone that tells you different is lying!

Ms. Hurst is a pioneer in her own right, as the 1st Independent African-American Publisher to enter Wal-Mart without needing the assistance of a Major-publisher for distribution.

They sell so fast! (Black Pearl Books Titles)

Neferetiti Steward, owner of The Truth Bookstore (Detroit) says, Felicia definitely has her finger on the pulse of this genre of books! They sell so fast for me, it seems like I'm constantly ordering Black Pearl titles!

I signed-up to Black Pearl's e-mail list, so that I can be notified when the books are released, because if you don't get to Borders or Waldenbooks early, they'll be sold-out. And I can't stand having to wait by back-ordering them," adds Suzette Brown (Baltimore), veteran book reader/Black Pearl Books fan.

Hurst's latest 2-New Releases, Legit Baller by Jerry Blackshear & Hustlers by Ronald Quincy are no exception to the extraordinary sales occurring at chain stores.

Designing best-sellers

With titles like Legit Baller, Hustlers, Shakedown, Busted, Hustlin' Backwards, Nasty, Street Games, Hyped, Twisted, Wild Thangz, Crunk, Slick, Dyme Hit List, Caught Up! & Sex a Baller, it appears that Black Pearl Books has all facets of the urban fiction market covered.

My main focus is true-to-life urban stories, whether it be gritty street-life or sex-filled drama, Hurst divulges what she seeks out from the dozen-manuscripts that she receives per week. In most cases, books that I publish combine these two elements, while adding a touch of mystery.

A bright future!

In 2006, Ms. Hurst's Black Pearl Books plans to release 30-New Novels!

Press contact:
Black Pearl Books: 404-735-3553
For More Info, Visit:
Full PR-Packet: (case-sensitive)


Felicia Hurst

Courvoisier(R) Launches ``The House of Courvoisier,'' a One-of-a-Kind Urban Style and Luxury Oasis

Premier Experience Venue to be Unveiled During New York Fashion Week

WESTPORT, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005--Style and luxury have found a new home! Courvoisier® cognac, one of the world's most-luxurious cognacs, announced today the launch of "The House of Courvoisier" - an exclusive venue for experiencing the finest in entertainment, fashion and art. Debuting during two days of activities at New York Fashion Week, the highly anticipated The House of Courvoisier will appear at major events across the country, including the NBA All Star Game and the BET Awards, heralding the arrival of the best of the best, including the favored cognac of Napoleon himself.

The House of Courvoisier will be unveiled to the world on Sept 13 and 14 in New York at the Sky Studios - a multi-million dollar two story ultra-luxury Manhattan penthouse which once housed a hat factory. Furnished to reflect the decadent nature of the brand, The House of Courvoisier will serve host to a series of co-sponsored events, highlighting a broad spectrum of the finest in urban culture. It is conceived as a home to not only the most exclusive cognac in the world, but also the entre for the most discerning individuals in America to experience the luxury and style that has been associated with the Cognac of Napoleon for hundreds of years.

"The House of Courvoisier was created to be a completely unique experience - a symbol of good taste, sophisticated style and pure distinction for the Courvoisier connoisseur," said Barbara Jackson, Vice President of Marketing for Courvoisier. "We are pleased to be premiering The House of Courvoisier in association with some of the most unique parties during New York Fashion Week. It sets the stage perfectly for the launch of a year-long program that will bring consumers closer to the brand and the experience that is Courvoisier."

The House of Courvoisier will be hosted by Courvoisier Ambassadrice Nina Shay, who just wrapped up the first leg of her nationwide "Earn It Tour," which introduced Courvoisier and the finer points of cognac to consumers and such celebrities as The Ying Yang Twins, Wendy Williams, Gerald Levert, NBA great Chris Webber and radio legend Donnie Simpson. The House of Courvoisier private events scheduled for New York Fashion Week include:

* Tuesday, September 13, early evening: Random House/Doubleday will sponsor the launch event for its debut African American Fall release "HUNG" by former VIBE executive editor Scott Poulson-Bryant. This cocktail event promises to bring out the top literary and cultural icons in New York. In addition to VIBE, Poulson-Bryant has written for Source magazine, New York magazine, Spin, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, New York and Los Angeles Times and appears regularly on television as a critic of both popular and urban culture. He has profiled several of the top icons of the era including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Quincy Jones to name a few. "HUNG" is his first novel and looks to be a runaway hit.
* Tuesday, September 13, late evening: Trace magazine celebrates their Styles Ahead issue "The Outsiders" with The House of Courvoisier. Trace is one of the world's edgiest fashion books addressing a truly hip multicultural consumer. Its pages are shot by the world's top photographers and feature a rainbow of the most sought-after models on the international stage. Trace is, from cover to cover, a celebration of the world's top models of color! Trace magazine covers have featured such greats as Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Lauren Hill, Shakara and Erykah Badu, to name a few. During the evening there will be live musical performances in the drawing room and dancing in the main upper penthouse featuring music by D-Nice.
* Wednesday, September 14, early evening: Courvoisier teams with VIBE Magazine for a celebrity fundraiser for the American Red Cross. All proceeds from this private event will go to benefit Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.
* Wednesday, September 14, late evening: Courvoisier has exclusively commissioned a special edition of America magazine featuring a 42 page photo essay featuring Penelope Cruz and Sean "Diddy" Combs shot by world-renown photographer Peter Lindberg. We will unveil the special edition at a celebration at the House of Courvoisier. The musical director for this special evening will be the remarkable Biz Markie.

"Vibe is honored to partner with Courvoisier in helping to raise much needed funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and we're extremely thankful to our colleagues and friends for their support in this effort," said Len Burnett, publisher, Vibe Magazine. "The House of Courvoisier was conceived as a lifestyle haven that exemplifies the finest in our culture and the act of giving is singularly the most important distinction of character and refinement."

Courvoisier Ambassadrice Nina Shay

The Ambassadrice of Courvoisier, Nina Shay, will be on hand to instruct consumers about the accoutrements of the lifestyle and behavior that accompany the exceptional cognac that found a home in the famed Imperial Court of Napoleon. Through the power of knowledge, Nina will demonstrate why only the most sophisticated of palates have earned the right to enjoy Courvoisier cognac.

An accomplished model-actress-TV host, Shay is a host of ABC's "Main Floor" and has had recurring roles on Charmed and Just Shoot Me. Shay's formal cognac training at the Chateau Courvoisier located in the heart of the Cognac region of France complements her myriad of accomplishments in acting, modeling, journalism, and entertainment reporting.

Note: All The House of Courvoisier events are invitation-only for those 21 and older.

About Courvoisier ®

Courvoisier is one of the four leading cognac houses in the world and continues to excel in the spirits category with its renowned blends including VS, VSOP, Napoleon, X.O., Initiale Extra, Millennium and Courvoisier Succession J.S. L'Esprit de Courvoisier is the world's most-exclusive cognac, containing a masterful blend of vintages, including some dating back to the nineteenth century - the same used to apply to the court of Napoleon and Edward VII. Courvoisier cognac, 40% alc./vol. (80 proof), Allied Domecq Spirits, USA, Westport, CT. Courvoisier reminds consumers to "Sip Responsibly."

Nike Communications
Brooke Travis, 646-654-3430

Source: Courvoisier

Bling Bling and Hip Hop Jewelry no Longer out of Reach for the Average Hip Hop Fan

3 young entrepreneurs in Los Angeles make hip hop bling accessible to every one on the internet and across stores throughout the nation. Those who can't spend $40,000 on a diamond chain, now find that they can achieve the same look with hip hop jewelry manufactured by

(PRWEB) September 12, 2005 -- By now you've probably heard the term bling bling which refers to flashy, iced out jewelry such as crosses, belt buckles, pendants and rings.

The term was originally coined by New Orleans rapper Juvenile and has since become so mainstream that it was recently added to the Oxford English dictionary. Proudly displaying expensive hip hop jewelry has always been seen as a way for rappers and young hip hop fans to display achievement of success from hard beginnings. The problem was that until now, most of this jewelry was inaccessible to everyday members of the hip hop generation. Most hip hop fans can't afford to spend $40,000 on a diamond chain or cross, so the bling bling phenomenon was mostly out of reach for the majority of the hip hop generation.

Now, a group of three young entrepreneurs are making it possible for every day hip hop fans to dress themselves in the same type of hip hop jewelry as their favorite rappers by manufacturing an inexpensive line of iced out jewelry using cubic zirconia stones and high quality silver plated metals. The company was created four years ago by the original founder David Levich, who was then joined by two highschool friends Dan Gershon and Eric Liberman.

The line of hip hop jewelry they created has stirred such a buzz that it has been featured on MTV, BET as well as numerous music videos and television movies. For last year's release of the new G Unit (Interscope) record, titled Beg for Mercy, the company was contracted to create promotional pendants replicating the famous G Unit Spinner Pendant made famous by 50 Cent. High profile rapper 50 Cent and his G Unit crew used the pendants as promotional giveaways during their tours, radio and personal appearances and as prizes.

So who are the real people that purchase this type of hip hop jewelry and bling bling accessories? Our customers are wise enough to understand both the importance of conveying an image of success and at the same time investing their money wisely.- says Eric Liberman, one of the three owners of Icedoutgear - The hip hop generation has really grown up with business on their mind and they see the value in paying only $80 for a chain that looks identical to a $200,000 diamond chain.

This year Iced Out Gear is gearing up for the newest craze the incredible popularity of their newest creation The Pimp Cups. These cups were originally made famous by rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Don Juan, and have now become the must have accessory at clubs and parties. Along with now legendary scrolling LED buckles these cups are now considered an integral part of any Halloween pimp costume.

Due to the immense popularity of their hip hop jewelry, Icedoutgear has also expanded into the wholesale market and offers their jewelry to retail stores, kiosks and distributors throughout the country. For wholesale jewelry please visit

For press inquiries you may contact Eric Liberman at (818)407-0094 ext. 310.


Eric Liberman
Iced Out Gear - Hip Hop Jewelry

Music Unlimited Records' Debut Single- "I'll Be There"

NEW YORK, NY, Tuesday, September 13, 2005, -- Music Unlimited Records brings the rap underground to light. Founder/CEO A.V. Hodge releases Music Unlimited Records debut single, Ill Be There by Chase. The M.U. label is a unique one that concentrates its efforts on compilation albums featuring underground artists. First to shine is Chase. The Bronx, NY bred MC has been compared to both DMX and Fat Joe. Thats a wicked combination.

-Ill Be There- is the first single off of the eighteen (18) track compilation album titled -American Street Dreams-. Chase delivers a look into having a friends back and holding down his family while hes away no matter what because he knows the friend would do the same for him. His delivery and word play is necessary in a game where artists come in roaring like lions and leave silent like lambs.

We all know that Michael Jordan was the best in the game, but how many street ball legends that never got a real shot would beg to differ? Ask that same question of Hip Hop. We all know about Jay-Z, Nas, DMX, and Jada, but what about the names that have yet to be discovered. Is there an artist out there that will one day be considered the best? Chase throws his hat into the ring and lets the platinum albums fall where they may.

Alvito Hodge

Film Music Media Group to Launch Film Music Radio on September 13

Internet Radio Station Will Broadcast Soundtrack Recordings and Exclusive Original Programming

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Music Media Group announces the September 13, 2005 launch of Film Music Radio (, an internet-based radio station which will play a 24-hour stream of soundtrack recordings. The station will feature genre-based block programs and DJ-hosted specialty shows. Film Music Radio joins other Film Music Media Group ventures, including Film Music Magazine, the Film Music Network, and the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Young Composers Competition which Film Music co-sponsors.

The Film Music Radio schedule will be broken into two-hour genre-based segments including Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy and Family, Action, and Songs. The website will include a searchable database of reviews of these recordings, edited by author/producer Didier C. Deutsch, with links to purchase CDs, via affiliations with and CD Universe. During the 7AM and 7PM blocks (PDT) the station will broadcast exclusive original programs, including:

"On The Score", featuring composer interviews with film music journalist
Daniel Schweiger
"Theme and Variations", hosted by CineMedia Promotions President Beth
"Soundtrack Cinema", hosted by Ford A. Thaxton (formerly aired on KING-FM
in Seattle)
"Clef Notes from Tinseltown", a news and review show, hosted by Dan
Goldwasser, SoundtrackNet
"Foreign Focus", featuring international soundtracks, hosted by Didier C.
"The Stars of Sci-Fi", featuring new cosmic soundscapes, hosted by Neil

"We're thrilled to bring people who enjoy instrumental music a new way to enjoy the best of film and television music," says Film Music Media Group founder Mark Northam. "We've combined the best of music from visual media, from the classics to the latest hits, with an incredible line-up of exclusive shows that explore the world of film music with composer interviews, insightful commentary, and new perspectives on today's new 'classical' music."

Film Music Radio is the first direct-to-consumer-oriented property of Film Music Media Group, a company specializing in providing key resources for film and television composers. The recently re-launched Film Music Magazine is the only trade magazine specializing in this industry. The Film Music Network, with locations in Los Angeles and New York, hosts monthly networking meetings and provides job leads for composers. The Film Music Institute offers professional education courses and seminars around the country, and books on the craft and business of scoring for visual media. Since 1999, Film Music Magazine has co-sponsored the annual Turner Classic Movies Young Composers Competition, which provides young composers the opportunity to compose a new score for a restored silent film that premieres on TCM.

"Film Music Radio is an exciting addition to our family of media properties that focus on music for visual media," says Northam. "We look forward to expanding our offerings for everyone who enjoys music for film and television."

Source: Film Music Media Group

CONTACT: Beth Krakower of CineMedia Promotions, +1-212-533-6864, or

Web site:


PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) Creates a Fashion Sensation With an Exclusive Designer Accessories Show

Gwen Stefani, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Helena Christensen and Naomi Campbell Celebrate the Hottest Lifestyle Accessory of the Year and View Signature Accessories by L.A.M.B., Calvin Klein, Fendi, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui, and More

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate the success of the hottest lifestyle accessory of the year, the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Sony Computer Entertainment America brought the biggest names in fashion together for the unprecedented fashion accessories show called Pret a PSP on September 10. Acclaimed designers such as L.A.M.B., Fendi, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui, Christian Louboutin, J. Mendel, Earnest Sewn, Lulu Guinness, adidas Respect M.E. by Missy Elliott, Maharishi and Martine Sitbon, showed off custom-designed PSP accessories to a front row filled with A-list stars including Gwen Stefani, and Lindsay Lohan during New York's biggest week in fashion.

(Photo: NewsCom: )

"I'm happy to have L.A.M.B. participate in the PSP accessories show as I've always loved designing bags and accessories," said Gwen Stefani, famed musician and acclaimed designer of L.A.M.B., set to debut its highly anticipated Spring 2006 collection in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment America on September 16. "It's all about creativity at the end of the day, whether you're talking about fashion, technology or music, and that's what my L.A.M.B. bags are about."

On behalf of the designers, models and attendees of Pret a PSP, Sony Computer Entertainment America will be donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund benefiting those affected by Hurricane Katrina. This is only a portion of donations Sony Computer Entertainment America has committed to, as the company will also match any and all personal contributions made by employees to organizations assisting with the relief effort.

Additionally, on behalf of Sony Corporation worldwide, Sony Corporation of America and its U.S. operating companies made an immediate cash contribution totaling $500,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund/Hurricane Katrina. In addition, they are also running a U.S. company matching gift program with a cap for the entire contribution initiative of $1 million dollars.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina.

To complement the sleek and sexy lines of PSP, top models such as Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Theodora Richards, Alexandra Richards, Kirsty Hume, Anouck, Jacquetta and Alec Wek strutted on the runway with hair fashioned by Prive and make-up designed by Stila. For the show, admired celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe paired the hottest looks, including new designs by all the designers with the exclusive PSP cases that were inspired by the device's unparalleled integration of cutting edge design and technology.

Celebrated designers such as Christian Louboutin created a leather leg holster. Renaissance woman Gwen Stefani, renowned for her eclectic and funky style, created three L.A.M.B. accessories, including a gold embossed leather case with antique brass hardware and leather tassels. Tommy Hilfiger unveiled a fitted case featuring his signature Ithaca Stripe fabric, red piping and natural leather backing.

"Saturday's show demonstrated how PSP is the must-have accessory for today's mobile lifestyle," said Molly Smith, senior director, communications and brand development, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The showcase of cutting-edge designs from fashion's top talent illustrated the merging of fashion and technology on a new level."

Following the show Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Jesse Metcalf hit the exclusive after-party, where they were able to explore the wide range of entertainment capabilities of PSP, including playing games with graphics rendering comparable to that of the leading in-home console, PlayStation(R)2, viewing videos and photos on the dazzling widescreen LCD, and listening to digital music.

After putting on the hottest runway show this year, SCEA will host the PSP Access Boutique at the Bryant Park Hotel. Guests of the Access Boutique will have the change to relax and interact with PSP, take a closer look at accessories featured in the show, as well as accessories by Fendi, Burberry Prorsum, Emilio Pucci, Goyard, Miu Miu, and Jeremy Scott that are part of a special collection made exclusively for colette in Paris to celebrate the launch of PSP in Europe. colette asked designers to create the cases and with their relentless search for new inspiration and creations, the designers enthusiastically responded to the idea. These cases, and more, will be available online at and at the Rue Saint-Honore store in October.

Additionally, the Access Boutique will allow guests to get front row fabulous with luxury treatments such as styling from Prive, makeup application from Stila, lip plumping from LipFusion, manicures from Essie, jewelry styling by Alex and Ani, mini glycolic renewal treatments from Skinklinic, premium water from glaceau smartwater and naturally flavored vodka martinis from Cocktails by Jenn.

Following a record-setting launch in March, PSP is fast becoming a cultural icon and has proven to be a market altering force with close to 2 million units sold in North America in just five short months. The PSP is available for a suggested retail price of $249.99 (USD) in a PSP Value Pack. There are currently more than 35 games available for PSP on its custom-designed format, Universal Media Disc, and more than 125 feature films, TV programs and videos from major studios, combining to create an unmatched library of entertainment content.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(TM) game console, the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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Guardian Presents Sixth Annual Girls Going Places(R) Entrepreneurship Award Program

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) announced today the launch of the 2006 Girls Going Places(R) Entrepreneurship Award Program, a national competition that recognizes and rewards teen-aged girls who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurship.

Guardian and Girls Going Places(R) will award 15 girls a total of $30,000 to be used toward furthering their education and supporting their entrepreneurial pursuits. Three top prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 and 12 finalist prizes of $1,000 each will be granted. Adults are asked to nominate girls - who could be their daughter, niece, neighbor or student - by submitting a 750 to 1,000-word essay on why the nominee deserves a Girls Going Places(R) award. A panel of judges will review the essays and pick finalists that:

* Demonstrate budding entrepreneurship and/or financial acumen;
* Have taken the first steps toward financial independence;
* Make a difference in their school or community;
* Show potential for future success by initiating a new business.

"There are more than nine million women business owners in the United States today, who are contributing $3.6 trillion to the economy," said Emily Viner, Field Vice President, Individual Markets, Guardian, New York. "Guardian created Girls Going Places to educate young women about the financial and entrepreneurial opportunities available to them. We want to recognize their accomplishments and help prepare them for the future."

The nomination period begins in September and entries will be accepted through February 24, 2006. Awards will be presented to each winner within their respective communities.

During the 2005 Program, Guardian received more than 4,600 nominations. The National First Place winner in the 2005 competition, Chauncey Holloman, founded Harlem Lyrics Enterprises, Inc., a greeting card and merchandising business. The company's cards, hats, t-shirts, stationary and other merchandise feature Hip Hop slang and target young adults between the ages of 13 and 24. Chauncey's products are sold in two national chains, Kroger and Walgreens, and in florists, book stores and gift shops across the United States.

The Girls Going Places(R) Entrepreneurship Award Program anchors Guardian's Women's Initiative, which was established to help women create, invest and protect wealth. As part of this effort, Guardian is a National Patron of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which partially underwrites the Girls Going Places(R) awards. Additional information about the program and nomination forms for the competition can be found at

About Guardian

Founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, NY (Guardian) is the fourth largest mutual life insurance company in the United States. As of December 31, 2004, Guardian and its subsidiaries had $39.5 billion in assets. With more than 5,000 employees and 2,900 financial representatives, as well as over 80 agencies nationwide, Guardian and its subsidiaries protect individuals, businesses and their employees with life, disability, health and dental insurance products, and offer 401(k), financial products and trust services. More information about Guardian can be obtained at:

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NEWSWEEK COVER: Poverty, Race & Katrina Lessons of a National Shame

For the Moment, Americans Ready to Fix Gaze on Problems of Poverty, Race and Class; Katrina May Offer Chance to 'Start a Skirmish' on Poverty

During Meeting With Bush, Rep. Bobby Jindal Tells Story of Sheriff, Whose District Was Underwater, Who Called FEMA For Help, Was Told to Send an E-Mail Request

Frist: Unsatisfied With Where Things Are Now Because 'I Cannot Be Assured Now That if a Similar Event Were to Happen Today That Anything Would Be Different'

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- For the moment, at least, Americans are ready to fix their restless gaze on enduring problems of poverty, race and class that have escaped their attention, writes Senior Editor Jonathan Alter in the current issue of Newsweek. While it may not mean a new war on poverty, Alter writes that this disaster, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, may offer a chance to start a skirmish, or at least make Washington think harder about why part of the richest country on earth looks like the Third World. "Americans tend to think of poor people as being responsible for their own economic woes," sociologist Andrew Cherlin of Johns Hopkins University tells Newsweek. "But this was a case where the poor were clearly not at fault. It was a reminder that we have a moral obligation to provide every American with a decent life."

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In the last four decades, part of that obligation has been met, thanks to Social Security and Medicare, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which supplements the puny wages of the working poor, helping to lift millions into the lower middle class. But, Alter writes, after a decade of improvement in the 1990s, poverty in America is actually getting worse. A rising tide of economic growth is no longer lifting all boats. For the first time in half a century, the third year of a recovery (2004) also saw an increase in poverty. Alter examines America's poor, the role that poverty and race played in the Katrina disaster, what lessons can be learned from it and what realistic strategies might work to alleviate it in the September 19 Newsweek cover story, "Poverty, Race & Katrina: Lessons of A National Shame" (on newsstands Monday, September 12).

Also in the cover package, Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas and a team of Newsweek correspondents from Washington and others who were on location in the Gulf region, reconstruct the government's response to the storm, and examine why officials at every level were so ill prepared for the storm. They report that at the White House it's a standing joke among the president's top aides: who gets to deliver the bad news? The bad news on Tuesday, Aug. 30, some 24 hours after Hurricane Katrina had ripped through New Orleans, was that the president would have to cut short his five-week vacation by a couple of days and return to Washington. The president's chief of staff, Andrew Card; his deputy chief of staff, Joe Hagin; his counselor, Dan Bartlett, and his spokesman, Scott McClellan, held a conference call to discuss the question of the president's early return and the delicate task of telling him. Hagin, it was decided, as senior aide on the ground, would do the deed.

Newsweek also reports that as the week went on, denial and frustration finally collided aboard Air Force One on Friday. As the president's plane sat on the tarmac at New Orleans airport, a confrontation occurred that was described by one participant as "as blunt as you can get without the Secret Service getting involved." One by one, the lawmakers listed their grievances as Bush listened. Rep. Bobby Jindal, whose district encompasses New Orleans, told of a sheriff who had called FEMA for assistance. According to Jindal, the sheriff was told to email his request, "and the guy was sitting in a district underwater and with no electricity," Jindal said, incredulously. "How does that make any sense?" According to Sen. David Vitter, a Republican ally of Bush's, the meeting came to a head when Mayor Nagin blew up during a fraught discussion of "who's in charge?" Nagin slammed his hand down on the table and told Bush, "We just need to cut through this and do what it takes to have a more controlled command structure. If that means federalizing it, let's do it."

Late last week, Bush was, by some accounts, down and angry, Newsweek reports. But another Bush aide described the atmosphere inside the White House as "strangely surreal and almost detached." At one meeting described by this insider, officials were oddly self-congratulatory, perhaps in an effort to buck each other up. Also in the cover package:

* Senior Editor Barbara Kantrowitz and San Francisco Bureau Chief Karen
Breslau look at the littlest victims of Hurricane Katrina, exemplified
by the story of one family waiting in their attic who almost starved to
death-and then were ripped apart by the disaster, the children
temporarily parentless, forced to fend for themselves and miraculously
reunited one week later. New Orleans alone was previously home to over
130,000 children, the majority of which are now displaced or reported as
missing, their fate still unclear. Health experts predict the children
of the hurricane could suffer for years from physical and emotional
effects of their trauma. "Kids have lost their homes, their schools,
their neighborhoods, connections with friends," says David Fassler, a
psychiatrist at the University of Vermont who studies children and
disasters. "I would expect to see an increase in anxiety, sleep
difficulties, fears."

* Chief Political Correspondent Howard Fineman reports that Katrina's
winds have unspun the spin of the Bush machine, particularly the crucial
idea that he is a commanding commander in chief. In the latest Newsweek
Poll, for the first time, less than a majority -- 49 percent -- say he
has "strong leadership qualities," down from 63 percent last year. "I'm
unsatisfied with where we are right now," Republican Senate Leader Bill
Frist told Newsweek, "because I cannot be assured now that if a similar
event were to happen today, that anything would be different."

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Montral, September 7th 2005 From September 14th 18th, Vancouver
will unroll the red carpet to
welcome a brochette of films and documentaries from around the world
during the second edition of
VIHF, the Vancouver International Hip Hop Film Festival.

The Hip Hop Film genre, though very much representative of global
social, economical, political and
artistic realities, is still struggling to find podiums. VIHFs
objective is to give these film
jewels, a niche in Canada as they have found in such cities as Sydney,
Melbourne, New York and
Atlanta where International Hip Hop Film festivals are also held.

This year, films & documentaries from Japan, Cuba, the United States
and Israel, amongst others,
will go beyond the music and use Hip Hop Culture as the vehicle for
messages & points of views.
Canada will be represented with such documentaries as 4Real:Kenya by
Vancouvers Sol Guy. The
30-minute documentary follows fellow Canadian KNaan on a return trip
to Africa.

Other goodies at this years Event include the presence of film
Lisandro PeresRey (from Cubas "La Fabri_K"),
Sharmin MacKay (from South Africas "Definition of Freedom") & Kevin
Fitzgerald (from the USAs
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme)

The VIHF Organizers are also responsible for the Montral edition of
the festival. Last Mays
International du Cinma Hip Hop de Montral had its first edition and
also presented the
critically acclaimed accompanying compilation album, featuring an
all-Canadian guest list of Hip
Hop influenced musical artists, merging the genre to Latin, Electro,
Rap and R n b beats. The
album, already available in stores, will also be for sale at the
Vancouver Festival site.

All screenings will be held at Video Monster, 36 Powell Street and
tickets will be available on site
and at Vinyl Records, 319 West Hasting, Vancouver.

A complete list of films & documentaries as well as info for members of
the media can be found on
the Festivals website:

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Asamov's And Now In-Stores 10-18-05

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (6 Hole Records)---6 Hole Records proudly presents the long-awaited debut album from Jacksonville's native sons Asamov "And Now" dropping on October 18th, 2005.

"And Now" follows the success of Asamov's lead single "Supa Dynamite" (feat Mr. Lif) which is currently being serviced to college/independent radio through out the US and Canada. Asamov's full-length effort "And Now " features Jay-Z/Destiny's Child super-producer 9th Wonder, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, J-Live, Wordsworth and Cassidy. Asamov, a group comprised of Therapy (who also doubles as the tour DJ for Mr. Lif and The Perceptionists), Willie Eva Jr., Basic and J-Wonda deliver 15 choice cuts of unadulterated Hiphop that injects crisp beats and wordplay back into the veins of an urban music world infected with false bravado, unoriginality and soft-hop crossover radio jingles.

Originating from Jacksonville, Florida Asamov centers around MCs Therapy, Basic, J-Wonda and Willie Evans, Jr. Each member of Asamov is at least a triple threat referring to the fact that each member either rhymes, produces, or DJs making them an abnormality on the Hip-Hop scene. Asamov's diversity is evident at their live shows which have become legendary for the way they "Wow" the crowd by changing up roles on stage and behind the turntables showcasing their Golden Era Hiphop skills.

In 2003, Asamov was signed to Major League Baseball player Desi Relaford's (Colorado Rockies) 6 Hole Records (the same label that earlier this year released the debut efforts from Little Brothers Hall Of Justus artists Big Pooh, Away Team, L.E.G.A.C.Y. and will shortly be releasing the official debut from Little Brothers 9th Wonder) as the label's first act. Asamov's name is from the 21st century science fiction writer Isaac Asimov who wrote about technology and different worlds to inspire and challenge the reader to seek more in their creativity; and the group strives to do the same thing musically.
Tracklisting and credits for Asamovs And Now:

1. Intro
2. Past Futures
3. Hookslide
4. Bad News
5. Fem Fems
6. Real Good (Produced by 9th Wonder)
7. Suckas
8. Supa Dynamite f/Mr. Lif
9. Boombox
10. Gon Ehead
11. Git Loose f/Akrobatik
12. Seven
13. Say Somethin
14. Help Me Sing
15. Standing Room Only f/J-Live, Wordsworth & Cassidy


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The world famous Hieroglyphics Imperium is set to release a new compilation album entitled THE CORNER, hitting streets September 20th.

The album features exclusive and unreleased tracks from Hiero Imperium artists Hieroglyphics, OC, Casual, Opio, Tajai, Del The Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, and Shake Da Mayor. The cd will also includes 4 bonus videos from Opio, Shake Da Mayor and the Hieroglyphics Full Circle Tour.

Previous releases from the Hieroglyphics have collectively sold over 1 million units.

The Hiero crew is currently on the Live and Direct tour with O.C. and Non-Phixon.


Fresh off the success of his latest album Pigeon John Signs The Blues, the multi-talented artist known as Pigeon John is hitting the road with Lyrics Born (Quannam Records).

Check out the dates below!!

Sep 18 2005


Richards on Richards | Lyrics Born Tour

Vancouver, BC

Sep 19 2005


Neumo's | Lyrics Born Tour

Seattle, WA

Sep 21 2005


Zebra | Lyrics Born Tour

Bozeman, MT

Sep 22 2005


Mangy Moose | Lyrics Born Tour

Jackson Hole, WY

Sep 23 2005


Ego's | Lyrics Born Tour

Salt Lake City, UT

Sep 24 2005


Cervante's | Lyrics Born Tour

Denver, CO

Sep 25 2005


Aggie Theater | Lyrics Born Tour

Fort Collins, CO

Sep 27 2005


Great Dane Pub | Lyrics Born Tour

Madison, WI

Sep 28 2005


Patio | Lyrics Born Tour

Indianapolis, IN

Sep 29 2005


Southgate House | Lyrics Born Tour

Newport, KY

Sep 30 2005


Abbey Pub | Lyrics Born Tour

Chicago, IL

Oct 1 2005


Magic Stick | Lyrics Born Tour

Detroit, MI

Oct 2 2005


Lees's Palace | Lyrics Born Tour

Toronto, ON

Oct 3 2005


Soundlab | Lyrics Born Tour

Buffalo, NY

Oct 5 2005


Living Room | Lyrics Born Tour

Providence, RI

Oct 6 2005


Paradise | Lyrics Born Tour

Boston, MA

Oct 7 2005


TBA | Lyrics Born Tour

Philadelphia, PA

Oct 8 2005


Bowery Ballroom | Lyrics Born Tour

New York, NY

Oct 10 2005


Sonar | Lyrics Born Tour

Baltimore, MD

Oct 11 2005


Satellite Ballroom | Lyrics Born Tour

Charlottesville, VA

Oct 12 2005


MJQ | Lyrics Born Tour

Atlanta, GA

Oct 13 2005


Parish @ House of Blues | Lyrics Born Tour

New Orleans, LA

Oct 14 2005


Rhythm Room | Lyrics Born Tour

Houston, TX

Oct 15 2005


Parish | Lyrics Born Tour

Austin, TX

Oct 17 2005


Hailey's | Lyrics Born Tour

denton, TX

Oct 19 2005


Marquee Theatre | Lyrics Born Tour

Tempe, AZ

Oct 20 2005


Casbah | Lyrics Born Tour

San Diego, CA

Oct 21 2005


Knitting Factory | Lyrics Born Tour

Hollywood , CA

Oct 22 2005


DNA Lounge | Lyrics Born Tour

San Francisco, CA

Dec 31 2005


See You At The Party

B-Rhaka plans to give support to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area thru a Music Cares benefit concert.

September 12, 2005
Being of southern roots, the petite music prodigy known as Miss B-Rhaka
feeling the pain of those in the Gulf Coast area, especially New
and as a result has begun the process of organizing a benefit event to
give financial support to those in need. B-Rhaka, along with Maurice
Woodson, CEO of Nomad Entertainment and Danica Dow, Senior Editor of
On! and Black Beat magazines, has begun to reach out to friends,
and anyone in the music industry who may be interested in participating
in a
benefit concert event whereas 100% of proceeds will be donated to the
American Red Cross and other agencies helping to shelter, feed and
the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Its mass hysteria down there. I have family and friends who I
even heard from. I check the websites everyday and am relieved when
pops up okay or I get a phone call from a family member saying that
heard from so and so and they are alive and well. But there are still
many that no ones heard from. Its crazy, the rapper/singer/producer
said. I know that anything we can do up here will be greatly
down there,
As of today, negotiations for a concert venue have begun and
invitations for
people to volunteer their time and talent have been extended. B-Rhaka
that New York based musical artists, producers, and DJs will jump at
chance to help those on the Gulf Coast. She also extends the invite to
artists throughout the US - Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Rock, Gospel.
Its about coming together and making it happen, Miss B concluded.

B-Rhaka is a rapper/ singer/ songwriter/producer who has written and
produced songs for artists on numerous Major and Independent label as
as worked alongside such talents as Nisan Stewart (Tweet, Missy Elliot,
Nelly, Janet Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, etc) and J. Freeman (Snoop Dogg,
Deborah Cox, Ginuine, Montell Jordan, etc)

B-Rhakas website:

For More Information contact:
Maurice Woodson by phone at (212) 865-8665/ E-mail at:
Danica Dow at
B-Rhaka at

NOMAD Public Relations/ 270 W 117th St 1T New York NY 10026/

Trillville - Reloaded in stores SEPTEMBER 27

Songs about keepin' it real, staying true to the game, bar-b-q'n versus mildewin', and opting to ride or die, always seem to find themselves laced throughout a rapper's lyrics to prove his or her value and credibility. So much so it's gotten harder and harder to tell who's who and what's what. The alternative? Keeping' it trill. At least that's what Atlanta's own Trillville believes. Instead of keepin' it real, Don P., Dirty Mouth, and Lil LA, AKA Lil Atlanta, keep it trill: a culmination of what's truth and what's real.

"Trillville started because everybody else was being real, so we decided to be three times as real," which is trill, says Don P. That's all fine and dandy, but where in the hell is Trillville? "Trillville is any city, any hood, [and] any state that's trill about representin'," he continues. "And we fa'trill about representin' the A-town." As a matter of fact, Trillville kept things so persistently trill, they convinced BME Recordings, Atlanta's premier indie label, owned by and responsible for the success of artists such as Lil John & The East Side Boyz, to attend one of their packed-out shows. Soon after the i's were dotted, the t's were crossed and Trillville had a deal with the power-team that has crunk music eating from the palms of their hands. "They are a movement," describes Lil Jon. "Sorta how Cypress Hill was a voice for weed, Trillville is a voice for anarchy and rebellion. Their focus is on the movement of young people in high school and college. Like heavy metal."

Speaking in the lobby of BME's offices, Don P. explains. "We are going to continue what Lil Jon has established as the King of Crunk. We are goin' to keep the movement going and the energy moving. As the heirs to the throne we will be known as the Gods of Crunk." Like most rappers and producers, Trillville began their music careers in 1997 within the confines of the public school system. As 9th grade homies Don P., Dirty Mouth, and LA learned of each other's talents and decided to become a group.

Dirty Mouth, the school's section leader of the snare drumline, had an innate musical talent that lead to writing and spitting rhymes. "I got my name from spittin' dirty rhymes," Dirty claims. "Music has always been a part of what I do. Even in [Morris Brown] college I majored in music production." This caught the attention of Don P. who already owned a keyboard and was making beats to add to his repertoire of being an MC. "Dirty Mouth was writing raps in the 9th grade and I liked his raps," further explains the former Clark-Atlanta University Mass Communications major. "They were pretty cool. I met LA in the 9th grade too. He was a promoter, at first promoting for me and Dirty Mouth. One day he told me he could rap. He got on the mic, we liked it and ever since then we been Trillville." Each concert featured Don P. and Dirty Mouth performing and also showed the savvy promo skills of LA. "I always guaranteed a packed house wherever I promoted," LA boasts. With the trio's rhyme skills cross-pollinated with the production of Don P., the lyrics of Dirty Mouth, and the promotional skills of LA, Trillville could not be stopped. It was this entrepreneurial spirit that caught the eye of BME.

Trillville is tagged as "that young crunk," representing a new revolution in Hip-Hop's movement. Trillville counts among their musical influences such classic artists as The O'Jays and Earth, Wind, & Fire, along with contemporary artists such as Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz and Three 6 Mafia. "Neva Eva," produced by Lil Jon and Don P. was the lead and hit single from their already gold album, The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present Trillville & Lil Scrappy shared with Crunk comrade, Lil Scrappy.

Trillville's performances on The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present Trillville & Lil Scrappy, has proven to be one of the most groundbreaking debuts in rap music of 2004, which has served as a launch pad for their highly anticipated debut album. Their current TOP 10 single, "Some Cut", has bullied its way into heavy rotation at BET and MTV alike, and has continued to catapult their record sales upward. In addition, their single "Some Cut" has displayed the musical diversity and individuality of Trillville within the crunk movement.

The music of Trillville not only introduced Don P., Dirty Mouth, and LA to a new fan base, but it highlights a movement that has long since been a part of the ATL-style for over two decades. They are the next generation of crunk and feel that their debut release The King Of Crunk & BME Recordings Present Trillville & Lil Scrappy has not only enhanced the budding crunk movement, or further established Southern hip-hop as its own entity, but has also spawned a valued fanbase of true "Trillvillains".

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Sony Media Software's Expanded Line of Consumer Software Products Makes At-Home Media Creation Easier Than Ever

New Products Include ACID XMC and Vegas Movie Studio + DVD Platinum Edition

New Updates of Vegas Movie Studio, ACID Music Studio, and Sound Forge Audio Studio Provide the Ultimate Content Creation Experience

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Media Software announced today that two new consumer products, ACID XMC(TM) and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition, along with the newest versions of its Vegas(R) Movie Studio(TM)+DVD, ACID(R) Music Studio(TM), Sound Forge(R) Audio Studio(TM) are now available.

The breadth of new features within the new and updated product suite provides consumers unparalleled access to powerful but cost-effective media tools that transform the PC into a complete home-media studio. The new products will be available at consumer software retail stores nationwide and also worldwide from international retail partners.

Amateur videographers and budding directors alike can now take advantage of Sony Media Software's professional-quality, award-winning video editing tools in the comfort of their own homes. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition software allow consumers to edit home movies or create entire videos using a simple Windows drag-and-drop interface. New product features also include support for a variety of software and hardware formats, and the ability to import video files from Sony DVD Handycam(R) camcorders. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition software now also offers HDV (high-definition video) support for users who are looking for a way to get started editing this new and exciting format, while still providing an excellent platform for DV support. The Platinum Edition of Movie Studio+DVD software offers the same robust features that the regular version does, but provides over 400 bonus special effects and transitions from Pixelan a 126 page handbook that provides valuable information for editing and delivering HDV, and ACID XMC for music creation.

In addition to their video application upgrades, composing new music or creating remixes is a snap with Sony Media Software's audio editing and music creation products. ACID Music Studio, Sound Forge Audio Studio and ACID XMC software provide everything DJs, remixers, audio efficianados and music fans need to develop a sound that is all their own. With these tools, users can easily compose original songs, export audio in a variety of formats, quickly burn CDs, create MP3s and share their musical creativity. The complete line of Sony audio and video software products works seamlessly together and enables a wider variety of at home projects - perfect for media center PC production.

"Our products provide consumers with a unique and powerful combination of easy-to-use tools to edit video, author DVD's, compose music, and manipulate audio. Consumers are now able to make memorable movies, explore their musical talents, and truly take control of their entertainment creation experience," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of marketing for Sony Media Software. "With the upgraded versions of Vegas Movie Studio+DVD, ACID Music Studio, Sound Forge Audio Studio, and the new ACID XMC and Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition software, PC users now have access to a complete personal media creation suite of products that will transform their videos and still images into lasting memories."

Product Descriptions and Features

Vegas Movie Studio+DVD : (MSRP: $89.95)

Creating stunning movies and picture slideshows is easy and fun with Vegas Movie Studio+DVD video editing and DVD creation software. Drag and drop to add transitions, effects, titles, and more. Powerful tools let consumers design and burn professional-looking DVDs to share with friends and family. Exclusive Show Me How tutorials are built right into the software so they can learn as they go, without leaving the application.

New features Include:
-- Import and editing support for Sony DVD Handycam camcorders
-- Real-time video and audio event reverse
-- DirectX(R) audio plug-in support
-- VST effect support
-- ASIO driver support
-- Multiprocessor support
-- ACID loop properties support
-- Editing enhancements, including ripple editing improvements
-- Audio/Video synchronization tools
-- Enhanced video compositing (picture-in-picture, opacity envelopes,

Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition: (MSRP: $129.95)

The new Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum software is perfect for the consumer or prosumer who wants to create professional-looking movies in DV or HDV, and produce DVDs. Users can even create their own music and score videos with the included ACID XMC software. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum software now offers DirectX support and includes over 20 effects such as EQ, Reverb, Compressor and more. The package also includes over 400 customizable effects and transitions from Pixelan Software, one of the industry leaders in video effects and transition plug-ins.

New features Include:
-- Everything found in Movie Studio+DVD plus:
-- HDV capture and editing
-- 3-wheel primary color correction
-- DirectX plug-in support; includes over 20 DirectX effects
-- Sony Pictures Sound Effects sampler; plus 1,001 Bonus FX
-- SpiceMASTER(TM) 2.5 TFX from Pixlan Software
-- DV/HDV video handbook
-- ACID XMC music creation software

ACID Music Studio: (MSRP: $69.95)

ACID Music Studio software is the perfect tool for original song creation, live recording, studio-quality mixing, and effects processing. Consumers can share songs any way they want - burn their own CDs, upload to the Web, or export to a MP3 player. ACID Music Studio 6 software includes over 1,700 royalty-free music loops, unlimited tracks for audio and MIDI, studio-quality audio effects, and more.

New features Include:
-- DirectX plug-in support
-- Tempo-based DirectX effects
-- VST instrument support
-- VST effect support
-- ASIO driver support
-- User-definable project media folders
-- Edit source project
-- Drop one-shots in real time via keyboard commands
-- Enhanced audio timestretching and beat detection

Sound Forge Audio Studio: (MSRP: $69.95)

Sound Forge Audio Studio software is everything a consumer needs to produce professional-quality audio on a home computer. Record just about anything, edit and restore audio, burn CDs, create streaming media, and convert audio files - all using simple commands such as cut, copy, and paste.

New features Include:
-- Built-in Show Me How interactive tutorials
-- DirectX plug-in support
-- VST Effect support
-- ASIO driver support
-- Flash(TM) (.swf) format import
-- Updated Regions List window
-- Edit source project
-- Customizable UI, Windows(R) XP theme support

ACID XMC: (MSRP: $69.95)

The brand-new ACID XMC software, built off of the legendary ACID Pro music creation technology, offers a quick and easy way for anyone to create their own music. Using the Beatmapper(TM) tool, users can import their own favorite songs, arrange with other music loops and create mashupsremixes and MP3's. Integrated disc-at-once CD burning even allows users to share their mixes with others. ACID XMC software comes with over 600 music loops in multiple genres such as Dance, Hip-Hop, Rock and more

New features Include:
-- Unlimited tracks of audio
-- Automatic Key and Tempo matching
-- Built-in Show Me How interactive tutorials
-- MP3 format open and save, unlimited bitrates
-- Beatmapper remixing tool
-- DAO/TAO CD burning
-- CD audio extraction
-- Multiple file format support and export, including .wav export
-- WMA and QuickTime format import/export

Additional information on each of the new products and the rest of the Sony consumer and professional product lines can be found at .

About Sony Media Software

Sony Media Software manages the following media creation software titles: Sound Forge(R) software, Vegas(R) software, CD Architect(TM) software, DVD Architect(TM) software, ACID(R) Pro software, Sony Sound Series(TM) music and sound effects libraries, Sony Vision Series(TM) graphics, animations and stock footage libraries, Noise Reduction(TM) plug-in, Vegas Movie Studio(TM) software, ACID Music Studio(TM) software, Sound Forge Audio Studio(TM) software, Vegas Movie Studio+DVD software, Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum Edition, ACID XMC, Super Duper Music Looper and Jam Trax software. The team also runs the ACIDplanet(R) online service (, a worldwide community for progressive musicians. For additional product information, please visit .

ACID, Sound Forge, Vegas, CD Architect, DVD Architect, Noise Reduction, Sound Series, Vision Series, Music Studio, Audio Studio, Movie Studio, Jam Trax, Super Duper Music Looper, and LooperVision are trademarks or registered trademarks of Madison Media Software, Inc., a Sony Corporation of America subsidiary, or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners in the United States and other countries.

Source: Sony Media Software

CONTACT: Kristen Tarnol of Sony Pictures Digital, +1-310-840-8234,; or Brent Marcus of Bender/Helper Impact for Sony
Pictures Digital Networks, +1-310-477-4647 ext. 2245,

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Latino Hip-Hop Radio, Chicano Radio Network, Offers Unique Way to Help Katrina Survivors

The Chicano Radio Network is extending a unique invitation to the hip -hop community and to the entire community as a whole. A unique unselfish opportunity to help aid the survivors of Katrina and to gain free advertising for your artist or business.

Chicano Radio Network Press Release -- (ArriveNet - Sep 10, 2005) --The Chicano Radio Network is extending a unique invitation to the hip hop community and to the entire community as a whole. A unique unselfish opportunity to help aid the survivors of Katrina and to gain free advertising for your artist or business.

The Chicano Radio Network, the original radio stations bringing you the best in Latin music since 1995, are most widely known as a source for todays hip-hop, rap, and R&B from underground and unsigned artists.

We at CRN were deeply touched by the losses endured by the good people of New Orleans and surrounding communities. Till the end of November we will be donating all of the proceeds for advertising to the relief efforts, said Frank Miranda CRN Live owner.

If you are a current advertiser of the Chicano Radio Network or are thinking of advertising on CRN between now and November, please visit the Network for Good web site -

Select a charitable organization from the list. Make your donation to that organization (Min: $100.00) then fax a copy of your donation receipt to (815) 352-3883 or mail to the address below and Chicano Radio Network will run commercial spots in the amount of your donation.

The receipt for your donation from your chosen charity will serve as a tax write off making your donation work for you two fold.

If you need additional information feel free to call the Chicano Radio Network at (866) 887-3405. Thank you in advance for your donations and generosity.

Chicano Radio Network (Advertising)
P.O. Box 8776
Mesa, Arizona 85214-8776
Phone (480) 636-8853 Fax (815) 352-3883

Please visit Chicano Radio Network at

Hip Hop Clothing, Urban Clothes Now Easily Accessible Online

Hip Hop Gear Shop has partnered with Dr. Jay's to bring hip hop clothing online and make it easier to find on the web.

(PRWEB) September 11, 2005 -- Hip hop clothing has been in the mainstream of fashion trends for over the past ten years. For years now, famous rappers have been seeking to capitalize on their popularity and success by launching clothing lines and entering the fashion world. Some have failed miserably while a select few have experienced immense success.

Available at malls and retail chains nation wide, top brands such as Sean John, by P.Diddy, G Unit Clothing, by 50 Cent, Phat Farm, by Russel Simmons, and Akademiks have become very popular with the young, hip hop generation. Several retailers have been at the forefront of this hip hop gear revolution in fashion and leader at the head of the back has always been Dr. Jay's.

The urban clothing market has grown to incredible proportions with so many brands and styles available that regular retails stores simply can not keep all the variations in stock. It's known however, that this generation of hip hop fashion fans likes to be individuals rather than follow the pack and therefore they are always seeking out the newest styles before they become too mainstream. This key factor explains the success of Dr.Jays which stocks over four thousand items of urban clothing. One can browse their numerous selection of urban clothes brands, styles and sizes including jeans, shirts, sweaters, shorts, t-shirts and even accessories such as handbags and jewelry.

By partnering with DrJays, is entering a partnership of huge benefit for both parties, combining the high traffic domain name with the complete hip hop clothing catalog that DrJays has to offer to today's urban consumer. Many brands carried by Hip Hop Gear Shop appeal to an even wider consumer base than the every day hip hop or rap fan.

Brands such as LRG clothing, Kangol, and Enyce have gained a huge following among a various cross section of young people, including those in the more rural or upscale areas. Hip hop clothing is no longer bound by geographical, political or musical boundaries which is also demonstrated so effectively by the success of women's brands, mainly Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, and Ecko Red.

Every day, hip hop fashion gains more and more exposure as more celebrities are seen wearing the clothes at award shows, in music videos and during every day life. The high popularity of the rappers and hip hop leaders like 50 Cent, Jay Z, LL Cool J and Nelly helps increase awareness of this new cultural revolution in fashion. Urban clothing is bold, fresh and truly expressive of the hunger and fearlessness of the hip hop generation. While many swap meets and stores try to add a wide selection of gear to their chains, it's very hard to match the great variety of brands, styles and sizes that is available online at Hiphopgearshop.

For more information visit: Hip Hop Gear Shop - Urban Clothing.


Alex Keyan
Hip Hop Gear Shop

I-66 Entertainment Releases the First all Holy Hip Hop Remix CD

Atlanta, GA based gospel record company I-66 Entertainment has just released the first never-to-be-done before all remix Holy Hip Hop Compilation CD.

ATLANTA (PRWEB) September 11, 2005 -- This all-star eclectic blend of sounds consists of both national and underground recording artists in Holy Hip Hop & Contemporary Gospel music. It also features the likes of Holy Hip Hop Award recipients; Urban D., Street Sweepers, Carriers of the Cross, Tragedy, Elle R.O.C., and J-Silas.

This CD also includes a specially enhanced music video performed by the very talented and anointed Virtuous Sistaz. This project doesn't fall short on tight beats either; Holy Hit Makerz, Lamp Mode Production and Sonrise Production make up just some of the hottest production on this project. I-66 Entertainments front man Gary W. Coleman states, Ive been patiently waiting for someone to release an all remix Holy Hip Hop CD but it never happened so Im very excited to be the first to do it and I must admit, its a must have.

Portions of the proceeds are being used to support the I Shine-U Shine Foundation.

"Our mission: To provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships to youth who aspire to become great musicians. The I Shine-U Shine Foundation believes that such funding opportunities are essential to the creative development of our youth interested in pursuing careers in music. Our goal is to provide resources needed to ensure the benefit of a music education; enhance creative development; and ultimately aid in the achievement of goals and dreams of our youth. The benefits of such opportunities are two-fold as it can also help Society by establishing a level of high-caliber music programs in schools."

About I-66 Entertainment:
I-66 Entertainment founded in July 1998, is an independent gospel record company formed to provide a positive alternative in music. Our goal is to not only give you good music but to give you good music with a purpose through the teaching knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I-66 Entertainment is quickly becoming one of the most sought after gospel record companies in the music industry. The record company produces everything from Holy Hip Hop to Contemporary Gospel.


Gary W. Coleman