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Roc Cayard Presents Hood Certified DVD Vol. 1: The Fight for Brooklyn

Hood Certified DVD and Mixtapes featuring rap celebritiesand also the top unsigned talents in the urban rap music industry. Film, Music and interviews is what you'll find on the hoodcertified Web site.

(PRWEB) November 18, 2005 -- Industry insiders have all placed their bets that The Hood Certified DVD will soon be the most sought-after dvd and mixtape series. The series is headed up by one of the music industries most sought after promotional and marketing-wizkid Roc Cayard. After working on countless successful marketing projects for an array of major labels, Roc has decided to branch out on his own to launch this anticipated series. The series promises to feature the most talented and most marketable unsigned acts with street credibility in the urban rap music industry. Each DVD series will also include rap celebrities within the industry. Roc's relationships with countless music executives and staffs ranging from Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons all the way down to members of promotional street teams will prove to be the perfect formula that will guarantee that a feature on the Hood Certified DVD series will be a huge step for unsigned artists who wants to get the attention of the industry's top decision makers.

Each Hood Certified DVD will also be accompanied by a copy of Hood Certified Mixtape. Each mixtape volume will feature a solo artist or a group that Roc has personally co-signed to be the complete package (Talent/Marketability/dedication), that is worthy of a record deal. More importantly these featured artists all have multi media talents which Roc Cayard thinks is extremely important for survival in an industry were record companies find themselves having to merge with film studios. For a glimpse, Please log on to to see a 30 second DVD trailer,a free online interview with one of the industries most accomplished producer D.R Period and also listen to Hood Certified Mixtape Volume 1 for free. Also, Don't forget to add your name to the email list to be updated with new releases and opportunities.


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CANIBUS Gets Back To His Hardcore Roots On 'Def Con Zero'

Renowned For Leading The Mix Tape Market In The 90's And For A Legendary Feud With LL Cool J, Canibus Debuts With Collaborator Phoenix Orion As 'Cloak N Dagga'

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2005--Back in the mid-90s, the talented upstart street poet and performer Canibus made a monstrous impact on the East Coast rap world in two very different ways--as a budding new star on the underground mix tape market scene, and as the lightning rod of controversy in a misunderstanding with superstar LL Cool J which led to a longstanding feud.

After inviting Canibus to appear on one of his "posse" tracks, "4321," LL dissed him in an improvised rap on the track--all for making a seemingly harmless comment about a microphone tattoo on LL's arm. Canibus was subsequently cut out of the song's video, and the resulting firestorm simmered for years and changed the course of the young rapper's budding career.

Now, ten years later--after a handful of indie releases, a year and a half as part of the U.S. Army's Stryker Brigade and an intense amount of soul searching--Canibus is back with Def Con Zero, a revolutionary CD/DVD music and video package whose in your face, street savvy hardcore style harkens back to the days before he hit the mainstream with his MCA/Universal hit albums.

Def Con Zero marks Canibus' debut recording for Head Trauma Records in association with First Kut, the rap subsidiary of Kent Entertainment, which also houses the blues label Kent Records. Joining a growing migration of the music industry from Los Angeles to dynamic Las Vegas, Kent Entertainment is owned by 48-year industry veteran, producer-manager Morey Alexander, the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap" who launched the careers of genre pioneers N.W.A., Easy-E, Mellow Man Ace, and Kid Frost.

Canibus explains that the title of the album is a term that describes a nation's Defense Readiness Condition, very much appropriate in our post 9/11 world. In real life terms, the Zero indicates an imminent nuclear, biological or chemical danger, that something has been detonated.

Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. for Canibus
Guy McCain, 310-860-9170


November 17th, 2005 (Jacksonville, FL) - 6 Hole Records and Resonated Radio proudly presents "The Hook Slide Remix Contest" for Jacksonville's native sons Asamov who's debut album "And Now. . ." dropped on October 18th, 2005 to rave reviews. The contest is an excellent opportunity for aspiring producers to have their work showcased for 6 Hole Records CEO Desi Relaford and a chance to win some great prizes.

"HookSlide" is one of the tracks off "And Now...", the debut album from Resonated Radio's current featured artists, Asamov. "HookSlide" is also available on Asamov 12" single for "Supa Dynamite" featuring Mr. Lif. The acapella of "HookSlide" as well as the original track is being made available for downlaod to be remixed in the Resonated Radio Download section of the Resonated Forum. For those that are not currently members of the Resonated Forum, you will have to register to be able to view the files. Visit to do so.

Desi Relaford will be one of the guest judges giving up and coming producers a chance to let the CEO of 6 Hole Records (home of Asamov, 9th Wonder, Rapper Big Pooh, The Away Team & L.E.G.A.C.Y.) hear what they are capable of producing. Producers will want to be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to pitch their work straight to an established label's CEO!

The winning song will receive a 6 Hole Records prize pack containing CDs, mixtapes, T-shirts, and more surprises! Plus, they will receive a package for duplication of 100 CDs courtesy of Disc Copy, Inc. (

Official Rules

1. Entries must be received by December 2, 2005 (midnight Eastern Standard Time)
2. Contestants may enter up to a maximum of 3 remixes
3. All entries must be emailed in mp3 form to
4. Entries will be judged by Asamov, Desi Relaford and Resonated Radio Staff


Asamov is without a doubt one of the most creative and refreshing groups on the underground urban music scene. With four gifted MCs and two genius producers, they tell down-to-earth, authentic stories laid over brilliant soundscapes.

Originating from Jacksonville, Florida Asamov centers around MCs Therapy, Basic, J-One-Da, 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 of Hip-Hop music skills. High energy, innovative, memorable, and "Fresh!" are perfect adjectives to describe what an Asamov live show is like!

6 Hole Records

Founded in 2003 by Major-League Baseball player Desi Relaford, 6 Hole Records is one of the most prolific indie Hip-Hop labels in the under-ground scene. Focused on artist development and remaining true to Hip-Hop music's roots, 6 Hole has released 4 full-length albums and multiple 12" singles to date including the debut solo album from Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh - Sleepers in February '05. 6 Hole Records is also the home to Little Brother's 9 th Wonder, Rapper Big Pooh, and Hall of Justus crew The Away Team and L.E.G.A.C.Y.

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Fan Bids $7100 on EBay to Spend a Day with a New Artist Chamillionaire

'Chamillionaire is the next supersoldier in Houston's hip-hop takeover ... ' Rolling Stone

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Music Fans from around the world have been bidding on EBay to spend a full day with Houston rapper Chamillionaire. Through EBay and the Universal Music Store, the auction went up on Friday, November 11th, and has received bids from as far away as the UK to as near as Arkansas. The highest bidder and a guest will attend 2 autograph signing sessions with Chamillionaire, as well as have lunch and attend Chamillionaire's album release party as VIP's on Tuesday, November 22nd in Houston. The auction closes on Friday, November 18th. As of 3:00 p.m. today, the bid is at $7100.00. THIS IS PRETTY AMAZING CONSIDERING HIS CD WILL COST BETWEEN $12.99 and $18.99. It's also interesting when you put it into context with the off-the-wall marketing strategies other Houston-based rappers like Mike Jones came up with (putting his phone number in his song) -- real grass roots marketing that is NOT coming from the label, but the artist.

Chamillionaire aka The Mix Tape Messiah a name he was crowned after independently selling over 100,000 copies of the "Get Your Mind Correct" album and by selling thousands of his numerous mix-tapes. Chamillionaire created a record label bidding war in 2004 when he sold over 150,000 units of "The Mix Tape Messiah" CD independently. With his major label debut "The Sound Of Revenge" set for release on Universal Records, Chamillionaire is poised to take his place among Houston's current generation of hip-hop elite, including Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Lil' Flip, who appears on Chamillionaire's first single "Turn It Up." Chamillionaire, the confident, determined kid from the North Side of Houston, TX will no longer be denied.

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Vickie Charles, +1-212-373-0783,, or
Wendy Washington, +1-212-373-0702,, both of
Universal Records

Web site:

R. Prophet and Nappy Roots Join McDonald's Restaurants in World Children's Day Efforts

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy nominated Hip Hop artists R. Prophet and Nappy Roots are supporting their Kentucky roots with McDonald's Restaurants during World Children's Day this November.

On Saturday, November 19th, R. Prophet and Nappy Roots along with Miss Black Kentucky Shakoala Blackburn and local R&B station B96, will all 'Give a Hand' to support the Louisville Ronald McDonald House by selling paper hands at the McDonald's Restaurant located at 28th and Broadway in Louisville. R. Prophet and Nappy Roots will step behind the counter as official McDonald's crewmembers at 2pm.

World Children's Day is a McDonald's Restaurant fundraiser that takes place in over 30,000 restaurants worldwide, supporting children in more than 100 countries each November. Globally, the corporation raised in excess of $23 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities last year. Locally, $60,365 was raised through World Children's Day activities including the 'Give a Hand' sales for Ronald McDonald House Charities. A portion of the money raised did benefit the Louisville Ronald McDonald House, located at 550 S. First Street.

The Ronald McDonald House of Louisville provides a home away from home for families of hospitalized seriously ill children since 1984. To date, more than 18,000 families have been served from 119 counties across Kentucky, 25 states nationwide, and more than 20 countries.

Charitable work is nothing new to R. Prophet and Nappy Roots. Their passionate and exclusive outreach has earned them an official day named in their honor. September 16 will always be remembered as Nappy Roots day in Louisville, KY. The group also gave back to their fans and the community, completing a television PSA in support of the PAX organization's "SPEAK UP" campaign against weapon-related school violence. In June 2003, Nappy Roots were invited by the U.S. Government to perform for the American troops in the Persian Gulf as part of the USO's Project Salute 2003, the first large-scale entertainment tour to the region since Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Ronald McDonald House provides care and comfort to families whose children are hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical treatment in the Louisville area. It is a place where parents can break away from the hospital environment, have the support of other families, and ease some of the stress associated with a child's illness. It is a place where families can feel at home, cook their meals, watch TV, read, do their laundry and enjoy the comfort of a warm and friendly environment.

Source: McDonald's Restaurants of Kentuckiana

CONTACT: Lindsey Lauck of Bandy Carroll Hellige, +1-502-589-7711, or
mobile, +1-317-919-2836, for

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Cash Money Founders Ronald and Bryan Williams Give Back to New Orleans

Event To Feed 2000 Evacuees At Baton Rouge's Southern University on Tuesday, November 22nd

Rap Icons Host Sit-Down Thanksgiving Dinner For Survivors Of Hurricane Katrina

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Cash Money Records founders Ronald 'Slim' Williams and Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, Crescent City natives who are still overcoming the personal devastation of Hurricane Katrina in their own lives, are not letting the after-effects of the catastrophe prevent them from continuing their annual holiday tradition of providing a memorable Thanksgiving to those less fortunate. This year they'll be dedicating their annual Turkey Giveaway to more than 2000 evacuees of the terrible Hurricane, providing survivors and displaced residents of the crisis with a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with all the holiday trimmings.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA., from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with the event being co- sponsored by SU.

"So many of our friends and family were devastated by this terrible tragedy, we wanted to do something a little more elaborate this year to address the needs of the people who have lost so much and might not have the resources to remember the holiday," stated Ronald Williams. "We want to show our love and support for these courageous survivors who never, ever give up." Williams' own home and offices were destroyed by Katrina, as his were brother's, Lil Wayne's, and other members of the Cash Money family. "We're just happy we are still able to provide our annual blessing this holiday," stated Birdman. "It's in that spirit that we want to show our friends and neighbors how much the Cash Money family cares about nurturing this community and rebuilding New Orleans."

This is the Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Charity event for the Cash Money entrepreneurs, who have been on-hand for each holiday giveaway, personally handing out 25 lb. turkeys with a myriad of New Orleans celebrities, political figures, and hip- hop stars in tow to support the cause, just one of the many philanthropic endeavors founded by the compassionate Williams Brothers. The resourceful duo created the Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation in 1998 in memory of their deceased parents. The foundation is dedicated to creating a wider net of opportunities for local youth, as well as the disenfranchised of the community. Their Cash Money For Kids' program co-sponsored by the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, rewards local students for stellar academic achievement with tickets for NBA basketball games.

Cash Money Records Thanksgiving Dinner

WHAT: Cash Money Records CEO's Ronald and Bryan
Williams and Platinum Artist Lil Wayne Host
Dinner For Families Displaced by Hurricane

From 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Smith Brown Memorial Union Building
Harding Boulevard

WHO: Cash Money Artists/Executives &
Local Louisiana Luminaries

CONTACT: Kia Selby, 646-382-1487 or
Vickie Charles, 917-627-9271

Please call if you wish to send a camera crew.

Source: Cash Money/Universal

CONTACT: Vickie Charles, Universal Motown Records, +1-212-373-0783,; Kia Selby, K&K Public Relations, +1-770-786-6658,

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RuffNation Films LLC Announces Feature Film Release

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TriMedia Entertainment Group's film division, RuffNation Films, a producer and distributor of urban, youth and music genre films and DVD content, announced today that it has slated the release of the feature film "Money Power Respect" for the first quarter of 2006. "Money Power Respect" is an urban crime drama inspired by such neo-classic gangster films as "Scarface" and "Belly." The film was recently awarded "Best Picture" at the 2005 Philadelphia Underground Film Festival and marks the feature film directorial debut of music video director, Jamal Hill. RuffNation Films acquired the rights for the film earlier this year.

Founded in 1999, RuffNation Films is committed to creating cutting-edge urban, youth and music-oriented films for both the theatrical and DVD markets. Originally an extension of world-renowned RuffHouse Records, RuffNation Films became part of TriMedia Entertainment Group in 2002. TriMedia is an international multimedia entertainment company with a focus on developing entertainment content. The company will primarily produce films and recorded music on the DVD and CD formats. TriMedia is one of the pioneers in combining CDs and DVDs in one product. In addition, it provides services related to music and artists.

About TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc.

TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: TMEG) is a multimedia entertainment company. The Company develops, produces and distributes a broad range of music, motion picture and other filmed entertainment content through its following operating subsidiaries: RuffNation Music, Inc., Metropolitan Recording Inc., RuffNation Films LLC, and Snipes Production LLC. Chris Schwartz, TriMedia's chief executive officer, is one of the pioneers of the hip-hop music industry. As a co-founder of RuffHouse Records, he achieved success and fame with groups such as Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, Lauryn Hill and the Fugees. TriMedia's RuffNation Films has established a unique worldwide joint venture with Sony for the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of its products.

TriMedia is a Delaware corporation whose common stock is traded on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board Trading System under the symbol "TMEG". The company has offices in Philadelphia and London.

This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about TriMedia that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any other future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "continue," or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, risks associated with TriMedia's future growth and operating results, the uncertainty associated with obtaining sufficient financing, the uncertainty of market acceptance of TriMedia's products, technological change, competitive factors and general economic conditions, along with those issues identified from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other public documents. Except as otherwise required to be disclosed in current and periodic reports required to be filed by companies registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, TriMedia has no duty and undertakes no obligation to update such statements after the date hereof.

Source: TriMedia Entertainment Group

CONTACT: Richard Murray, President of RuffNation Films, +1-215-426-5536

Web site:

Ashanti to Make Appearance at Pop Starz Hip Hop Dance Workshop to Benefit the New 'Hurricane Bank Relief Fund'

MIAMI, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Ashanti (Inc. Records) will be "showing some love" to South Florida, with an appearance at the Pop Starz Hip Hop Dance Workshop to help raise money for the new program The Hurricane Bank Relief Fund, created by Pop Starz founder and President Michelle Tucker.

"We are so excited to get started in raising money for such a needed cause. Being a native Floridian myself, and seeing the devastation since I was little that hurricanes can cause, and then the 'panic mode' that the state goes into to raise money on an emergency basis, made me come up with the idea for The Hurricane Bank Relief Fund," Tucker said. "Like the old-fashioned blood bank, where blood is kept in reserve if the donor chooses, eliminating the panic of not having a blood type when needed, reduces the last-minute rush of finding that blood type for the needed victim. Pop Starz is creating something similar, a 'Hurricane Bank' -- money set aside only to be used for hurricane-related needs. This we hope in the future will help reduce the emergency and panic of money needed at the last minute for hurricane victims. We are going to donate 20% of all profits made at our events throughout the year so come next hurricane season, if needed, there will be plenty of money set aside in the Hurricane Bank Relief Fund, designated only to be used for helping Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county hurricane victims."

Teaching at this Sunday's workshop will be Pop Starz Artistic Director Brice Vick, who has been Ashanti's exclusive choreographer for the last four years and Remmi Martin's (Fat Joe's Terror Squad) choreographer. Shane Sparks, winner of the prestigious "Choreographer of the Year Award," who also choreographed the hit dance movie, "You Got Served," starring Omarion and the hip hop choreographer on the hit FOX TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," will teach. Also teaching those famous hip hop dance moves is Shotyme, presently the choreographer for Gwen Stefani's World Tour (Gwen will be performing in South Florida December 20), who became a famous choreographer after he choreographed most of R&B/Pop artist Mya's trademarked dance moves.

The dance workshop is for dancers from beginners to professional ages 8 to adults.

Pre-registration forms can be found on or by calling Pop Starz at 305-531-7224.

Pop Starz, a South Florida hip hop company with classes throughout Miami- Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, has had much fame from their Production Company Dancers, made up of kids and teens ages 8 to 17. They have opened for many top artists' concerts and celebrity events, such as *NSYNC's "Challenge for the Children" Event, B2K's Scream III Tour, Hilary Duff, Brian McKnight, Aaron Carter and Nick Cannon. They have appeared already on several MTV music videos, national commercials, and continue to achieve national attention while being featured on such TV shows as Extra, Inside Edition, as well as appeared locally numerous times on NBC, ABC, Fox and Telemundo.

Source: Pop Starz

CONTACT: Viviana Garcia, Media Relations, Pop Starz, +1-305-531-7224

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(November 11, 2005) ---- Atlanta, GA --- Grown Man Success is set to release the new album by Dough boy and G-Lo during the 1st quarter of 06. Big Thangz features Teck Money
(Real World), Gia Jai, & Preacher Boy.

This album follows on the heels of GMS extremely-successful underground mix-tape The Best Kept Secret: Straight Out The Vault. Speaking in his baritone voice, G-Lo and swift rhyme slaying partner, Dough Boy are bursting on the scene with their album single Big Thangz which is the tentative title for the album. Dough Boy reps hard for all street soldiers while lacing such tracks as Covered In Ice with its hardcore beat and hustlers hook anthem. G-Lo delivers strong lyrics expressing his artistic merits and authentic vocal range while Dough Boy proves his production skills are on par with his lyricism.

GMS consist of rapper/producer Dough boy and rapper G-Lo, the highly anticipated album is being released in conjunction with the street mixtape. All production are handled in house by Dough Freezey, an umbrella enterprise that produces the heat for the duo and other artist who pass through the GMS Studio

With lyrics that range from the braggadocios Big Thangz to the emotionally charged Don't Stress Me Out GMS is bringing what the game is missing. Already highly respected by industry peers it will not be long before listeners declare the new album among their favorite.

The track listing (Subject to change):

1. Big Thangz 7. Getting My Pay
2. Cut N 8. Real Girl (feat. Teck Money)
3. Gettn Dough (feat. Gia Jai) 9. Everyday in GA (feat. Gia Jai)
4. G Did it 10. Blaze Da Green
5. Don't Stress Me Out (feat. Sharlon) 11. We Gonna Hit Cha (feat. Gia Jai)
6. Bustas Run 12. Covered In Ice (feat. Dough Boy)

For information, contact: Rahiem Shabazz 404-484-2706

Hierocast Episode II: A Call To Arms

Tajai Helms Latest Hiero Podcast, Features Exclusive Casual Freestyle Inspired by Hurricane Katrina

(Brooklyn, NY- November 17, 2005) In the latest edition of The Hierocast, Souls of Mischief MC Tajai takes the reins. Episode II features an exclusive Casual freestyle track, tracks from the East and West Coast Hiero crew, and a track from Central Cali's rising star Shake Da Mayor.

Casual's freestyle provides a window into the talented MC's mind. The seed for "From the Town to Liberty City" sprouted as Casual pondered the disaster wrought by hurricane Katrina and how people affected by it were forced into survival mode. With the prospect of a similar disaster in the Bay Area not unlikely, Casual had this to say, "If a similar state of lawlessness occurred in Oakland, I'd do whatever it takes to protect myself and my family. It's called "doing your Grand Theft Auto thang".

Tajai feels the podcast is further evidence that the music industry is being changed quickly as a result of new forms of digital distribution. While commercial radio may not be very Hiero-friendly, the Hierocast allows the crew to reach their audience in a more personal way. "I think it's a great way to connect with our fans old and new... And Radio better watch out!" Episode II also showcases tracks from O.C., Pep Love, Tajai, and Shake Da Mayor.

The podcast can be downloaded from the following sources:

iTunes Podcast subscription link:

Direct link to Normal MP3 version:

Direct link to Enhanced version: (Requires iTunes 5.0 or Higher)

XML/RSS link:

Hierocast picture link:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gavin Rhodes
(718) 768-7275

BET Unveils World AIDS Day Programming Lineup as Part of the Rap-It-Up HIV/AIDS Public Education Initiative

The Network Rounds Out 8th Year of Quality HIV/AIDS Programming with Premiere of 2005 Rap-It-Up/BASS Film 'MULTITUDE OF MERCIES' on December 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

[Corrected Release]

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BET and the Kaiser Family Foundation today announced a line up of special HIV-themed programming to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1, 2005 as part their Rap-It-Up HIV/AIDS public awareness initiative. New interactive content will also be available on both and websites. Launched in 1998, the initiative has sought to inform and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately impacts African Americans.

On Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, BET will premiere the 2005 Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject Film Competition winner, MULTITUDE OF MERCIES written and produced by a Washington, DC-based writing team made up of Drew Anderson, Justin Follin, Charneice Fox and Michelle Sewell. MULTITUDE OF MERCIES depicts the poignant story of a young Black minister's struggle with HIV/AIDS-related issues within his church and his Washington, DC neighborhood. Veteran actor Malcolm Jamal Warner plays an HIV/AIDS counselor and R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn plays himself in featured cameos throughout the film, which also challenges the issues of community activism and leadership as it relates to HIV/AIDS. The Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Film Subject Screenplay Competition is a partnership of BET, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Black AIDS Institute, and the YWCA.

Preceding the premiere of MULTITUDE OF MERCIES and kicking off the World AIDS Day lineup will be special HIV-themed episodes of sitcoms THE PARKERS entitled "She's Positive"; and the GIRLFRIENDS episode "The Pact" which will air on Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively. Throughout the day on December 1, BET NEWS will also televise special news briefs that examine the impact of HIV/AIDS in African-American communities.

In addition to HIV-related programming, will provide new Rap-It-Up interactive content on, including a hosted online chat at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT with "Tha Hip Hop Doc" Dr. Rani Whitfield.

On Sunday, December 4, the cable network continues its dedicated World AIDS Day programming with an HIV-themed movie block. The set will kickoff with an encore broadcast of MULTITUDE OF MERCIES at 1:00 p.m., followed by the critically-acclaimed Rap-It-Up films WALKING ON SUNSHINE and TANGY'S SONG! airing at 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively.

Wrapping up the HIV/AIDS-focused programming will be a special two-part series of JEFF JOHNSON CHRONICLES: RAP-IT-UP/SEX IT UP. BET's Jeff Johnson hosts the public affairs special that explores the relationship between hip hop music and its audience, specifically looking at issues of sexuality and health through conversations with hip hop artists Sean Paul, Twista, Lil Scrappy an MC Lyte: authors and cultural critics Michael Eric Dyson and Joan Morgan, health officials and young people. The first show entitled, "Hip Hop and Sexuality," airs on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. and focuses on the cultural questions about Hip Hop and sexuality and encourages viewers to question how depictions in hip hop media impact the choices they may make about their health and relationships. On Monday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m., part two of the series titled "Hip Hop Fantasy and Reality" touches on the fantasized depiction of hip hop and its impact on the Hip Hop generation.

Since 1998, BET has partnered with the Kaiser Family Foundation on Rap-It- Up. To date, the initiative has helped to test over 8,000 people nationwide for HIV; received over one million calls to its toll-free hotline; distributed over 360,000 HIV/AIDS information brochures, and hosted community teen forums in over 29 cities for over 9,000 young adults.


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


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health issues to policymakers, the media, and the general public. It is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries. Information on HIV/AIDS is available at, and a daily news summary report on developments in HIV/AIDS is available on, the Foundation's free health information service.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Lyntina Townsend of BET, +1-202-608-2745,; or Rob Graham of KFF, +1-650-854-9400,

Web site:



New York, NY - November 16, 2005 - Throughout the month of December, the viewers of MTV HITS and today's hottest artists takeover the channel with My HitList Month. MTV Hits Viewers will be able to submit their top song lists all throughout November by logging on to! Viewers will be able to share their favorite videos, vote for the Best 2005 HitList and some lucky viewers' hitlists will air on MTV Hits along side the hit list selections of today's top artists including Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Cabrera, Ricky Martin, Ashlee Simpson, Sean Paul, All-American Rejects, Click 5, Hillary Duff, Chris Brown, Mario, Jennifer Lopez, Frankie J., Nicole Richie, Nelly, and more!

Starting on December 1st,, viewers will be able to check out lots of cool stuff like behind-the-scenes footage with the My HitList featured artists, buddy icons, ring tones, screensavers, wallpaper, artists' hit lists, an online game called "Who Matches Your HitList?" that matches viewer's hitlists to other viewers and artists and more! Also, viewers will also be able to send their hitlists to a friend through the My HitList community and download exclusive, specially produced My HitList podcasts. Finally, on December 1st, viewers will find out who's hitlists made it on-air to get included on the tons of My HitList video music blocks featured during the month!

In addition, MTV Hits will be driving viewers to *MTV on their Virgin Mobile phones to submit their hitlists via the Virgin Mobile handsets, check out an IVR "show" hosted by Ryan Cabrera, listen to podcasts from My HitList featured artists, as well as browse through the My HitList boutiques on Virgin Mobile and at

MTV HITS is MTV's only all "Hits" driven digital music video channel on-air 24 hours / 7 days a week. The video channel features the hottest artists in popular music today such as Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Good Charlotte, Usher, Avril Lavigne and more.

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, mtvU, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, Comedy Central, and Spike TV, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

For more information contact:

Staci Brooks
3201 W. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90068


H3+125 = Harlem's HipHopHome

H3's HipHopSodaShop Signs Agreement to Lease on Historic 125th Street

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- H3Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: "HTRE") has announced the signing of an Agreement to lease with an option to purchase a large commercial building on Harlem's booming 125th Street to house its flagship HipHopSodaShop as well as its new corporate offices. Located less than a block from the legendary Apollo Theater, this Company owned location will showcase H3's "community conscious" approach to Hip Hop, starting with a breakthrough "good4u" menu with price points suitable for every age and income group, along with the latest and greatest in Hip Hop entertainment, media, apparel, merchandise, and competitive CyberSports action (for details visit

H3's Harlem site, along with the units expected to open second quarter in Times Square and on Las Vegas' "Strip", will likely be the only HipHopSodaShops owned by HTRE, with the focus for growth squarely on H3's Area Development and Master Franchising programs. Some of the biggest names in Hip Hop and the NBA (both past and present) have already signed on to become Area Developers of the HipHopSodaShops in their home market, with many more celebrity deals being negotiated.

The first Las Vegas location will be opened in partnership with former NBA Champion and Las Vegas legend Jackie Robinson, who is also H3's Area Developer for Las Vegas. Jackie is currently in the process of coordinating H3's inaugural WorldSeries of CyberSports, where "H3Players" the world over will be converging on Vegas in January 2007 to compete for millions in cash and prizes.

ODBN ( and Video Visions ( have recently signed on with HTRE to bring cutting edge plasma, LED, LCD, and HD screen technology, as well as multi-media broadband applications to the SodaShops. ODBN's Digital Narrowcasting Network technology will be utilized to create "Channel H3", a unique promotional, entertainment and information resource for the SodaShops and other H3 enterprises. TheSyphonGroup ( and Galaxy Visions ( have also joined TeamH3 to provide complete IT support for the HipHopSodaShops and H3 websites, including Point of Sale systems, data tracking and replication systems, and "Smart Card" technology for H3CyberSports competitive play, both in-store and online.

H3Enterprises is the first publicly traded company devoted to the Hip Hop culture and community. Despite being in business for less than a year, the Company has made significant charitable donations to Jim Brown's Amer-I-Can, Kurk Lee's Children Charity, and Greg Marius' EBC Children's Foundation, among others. H3's HipHopSodaShops are expected to create thousands of jobs and scholarship opportunities throughout communities across America.

H3 has recently created the RE-JUVE-NATION "Home-Aid" Hip Hop tour along with New Orleans rap legend and H3 Area Developer, Juvenile, in an effort to raise funds for the "Adopt-a-Family" program. This unique charity gives donors the opportunity to interact with and give their funds directly to the people they choose to "adopt". The development of the HipHopSodaShops across the South will become a further extension of H3 and Juve's ongoing relief, rebuilding, and rejuvenation efforts for the people and places devastated by Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Certain information included herein may contain statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results

Contact: Heather Elliot

cjonesconsulting 727 785 5397

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The Princess Diaries' ANNE HATHAWAY Stars in the Shockingly Raw Drama HAVOC Available in Both Unrated and R-Rated DVD Editions on November 29

Directed by Two-Time Academy Award(R)-Winning Filmmaker Barbara Kopple & Written by Academy Award(R)-Winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic)


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Princess Diaries star Anne Hathaway takes a gritty turn in award-winning director Barbara Kopple's electrifying new drama Havoc. Available on DVD in both unrated and R-rated versions from New Line Home Entertainment, Havoc is an edgy look at a group of rich teens who, so bored with their privileged existences, adopt an urban street lifestyle that ultimately results in harrowing tragedy. Written by Academy Award(R)-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), Havoc features a strong ensemble that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin, 10 Things I Hate About You), Bijou Phillips (The Door in the Floor, Bully), Freddy Rodriguez (HBO's Six Feet Under) and Mike Vogel (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Unrated and R-rated DVD editions are each available at a $19.97 SRP.

Also featured in Havoc's standout cast are Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator), Laura San Giacomo (TV's Just Shoot Me, Pretty Woman), Shiri Appleby (Undertow, TV's Roswell), Matt O'Leary (Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Domestic Disturbance) and Channing Tatum (Supercross, Coach Carter).


Two affluent girls (Hathaway and Phillips) from Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades suburb, fascinated with hip-hop culture and bored with their everyday lives, are inspired to imitate the "gangsta lifestyle." They quickly run into trouble when they befriend an East LA gang, spiraling their lives of luxury into a dark storm of violence and desperation.


- Widescreen 16x9 (1.85:1) Unrated or R-rated version of the film
- Theatrical trailer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Stereo Surround Sound 2.0 (English)
- English and Spanish subtitles
- Closed captions

*DVD special features subject to change.

Source: New Line Home Entertainment

CONTACT: Sue Procko or Mariakay Chakos, both of Sue Procko Public
Relations, +1-323-653-5153, for New Line Home Entertainment

NOTE TO EDITORS: To download Havoc DVD box images and production artwork, visit New Line's web site at For screeners or artwork, please email your request to or fax your request to (323) 653-5013. Two-Time Academy Award(R)-Winning Filmmaker Barbara Kopple is also available for limited interviews, please call Sue Procko Public Relations for more information.

Activision Hits the Gritty Streets of Manhattan With the Debut of True Crime(R): New York City

Best-Selling Action Franchise Delivers the Most Accurate Video Game Recreation of NYC

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gamers can now wield the ultimate power on New York's city streets with the release of Activision, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ATVI) True Crime(R): New York City. The game puts players into the role of Marcus Reed, a former gang member turned cop who confronts four of New York's most deadly crime syndicates as he hunts down the murderer of his mentor, all while cleaning up neighborhoods from Chinatown to Harlem to Times Square. Mastering five fighting styles, advanced weaponry, special driving maneuvers and all-new interrogation tactics, gamers choose to walk the straight line and move up the police ranks or cross the limits of their authority.

"True Crime: New York City is the first game to deliver the ultimate urban drama set against a realistic version of Manhattan," said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management for Activision Publishing. "The game's deep and diverse gameplay takes players into the city's neighborhoods, buildings and subways and lets them virtually experience the city in a way that has never been possible in a videogame."

In True Crime: New York City players turn in or take out shady informants, cold-blooded killers and ruthless criminals as they navigate an authentic recreation of a dynamic, free-roaming present-day Manhattan, which includes landmarks, subways, interiors, GPS-accurate streets and real neighborhoods. If players allow crime to go unchecked in any of Manhattan's dynamically changing neighborhoods, the crime rate will soar, the streets will fill with trash, potholes and unsavory characters, and buildings and foliage will visibly deteriorate. Alternately, if players clamp down on crime in a neighborhood, crime rates fall and visual improvements will indicate their progress as well.

The game features a voiceover cast of seasoned actors who lent their distinct voice talents to the game's main characters. The cast includes Christopher Walken as FBI field agent Gabriel Whitting; Laurence Fishburne as drug kingpin Isaiah "The King" Reed; Mariska Hargitay as New York Police Lieutenant Deena Dixon; Mickey Rourke as New York Police Detective Terrence Higgins; Esai Morales as New York Police Organized Crime Unit Chief Victor Navarro; Traci Lords as madam Cassandra Hartz; Beetlejuice as himself; and up and coming actor Avery Waddell as former gangster turned cop Marcus Reed, the game's main character and Isaiah Reed's son.

Also appearing in the game is hip hop artist Redman as a secret character in his own unlockable level called "Red Gone Wild." Redman created two original tracks for the True Crime: New York City in-game soundtrack which features over 80 eclectic songs from NYC raised or transplanted bands, spanning such diverse genres as punk, hip hop, hardcore and rock, bringing a true East Coast sound to the game.

True Crime: New York City was developed by Luxoflux for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM) for a suggested retail price of $49.99. A Collector's Edition is also available for the Xbox for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and includes a behind the scenes feature, level walkthroughs, voiceover talent featurette, Redman level overview, gameplay trailer, crime families dossier and city guide trailers. The game is rated "M" ("Mature" -- Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, and Use of Drugs) by the ESRB.

Brady Games' True Crime: New York City official strategy guide is available at electronics, book, and software retailers nationwide, and online at

About Luxoflux

Located in Santa Monica, CA, Luxoflux is a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. The company is comprised of 90 of the industry's most talented programmers, designers and artists and is responsible for creating several successful videogame titles, among them True Crime(R): Streets of L.A.(R) the number one best-selling new intellectual property of 2003.

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

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

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities. These important factors and other factors that potentially could affect the Company's financial results are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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In His New Book, Cadinze Breaks Down The Trade Secrets To Being a Hip Hop Producer

Black Collar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of The Hip Hop Producer's Bible, a book for anyone with an interest in hip hop production written by artist/producer Cadinze. Available in either e-Book or print formats, this book has all the necessary knowledge to advance your career as a hip hop producer. It presents this information in a clear, concise, and easy to follow way that will provide the reader with the ability to produce music from conception to master recording.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 16, 2005 -- Black Collar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of The Hip Hop Producer's Bible, a book for anyone with an interest in hip hop production. The book was written by artist/producer Cadinze.

As Cadinze explains, I had a difficult time explaining to engineers how to get the sound I was expecting to hear. I learned how to make tracks, how to track those tracks, and how to engineer. You work better when you are in control. Now I want to give that control to the readers of this book.

To assist aspiring producers on their path to success and further promote the book, Cadinze is sponsoring a giveaway of many of the products referred to in the Hip Hop Producer's Bible to buyers of the book. The winner will be determined on December 2, 2005.

Available in either e-Book or print formats, this book has all the necessary knowledge to advance your career as a hip hop producer. It presents this information in a clear, concise, and easy to follow way that will provide the reader with the ability to produce music from conception to master recording.

Cadinze is regarded by many in the know as one of the hottest new producers in the music industry and in his book he breaks down the production process in a way that is helpful to anyone with an interest in production. More details and ordering information can be found at

Earle Holder, a world renowned mastering engineer had this to say about The Hip Hop Producers Bible, As the current mastering engineer for the world famous Public Enemy I can tell you that Cadinze has accurately spelled out the entire production process from start to finish in his book "The Hip Hop Producer's Bible". It is obvious that he put in a lot of research. If you are serious about your career, this book is a blueprint for your success. A well written book from a passionate engineer.

About Cadinze:
Cadinze is an artist, producer and record label owner. He signed his first record deal as an artist and producer at age seventeen. His highly technical background fit perfectly in the new age of computer based digital music production. The production team he manages boasts producers (internal and freelance) that have worked with Roc-a-fella Records (Def Jam), The Clipse and many others. The board of directors for his record label boasts major label executives and a grammy award winning producer and song writer. He is an active member of the Recording Academy as well as the Audio Engineering Society.

About Black Collar Entertainment:
Black Collar Entertainment is an independent, nationally distributed record label and production company specializing in Hip Hop, R & B, Soulful House, Techno, and Rock music. For information please visit the website:

Black Collar Entertainment, Inc

For more information contact:
Andrew Dudek
Vice President - Marketing
Phone: 888-541-6467 Ext. 3

Black Collar Entertainment
Empire State Building
350 5th Ave
New York, NY
Voice 877.541.6467.
Fax 877.541.6467


Andrew Dudek

'Who I Am' is the First Music Video Release from Gemstar of Dubplanet Records

"The video will sure to bring back the essence of true hip-hop" showing the grind and realism of the game.

(PRWEB) November 16, 2005 -- Announcing the debut of the highly anticipated single "Who i am" the first music video release from Gemstar of Dubplanet Records the video was shot on location in NYC and Long Island. The huge and crazy video was directed by K. Vincent in association with Picture Perfect /1st ave productions.

"Who I am" the debut video will on launched on the internet on 11/16/2005, "the video will sure to bring back the essence of true hip-hop" showing the grind and realism of the game. Gemstar and Dubplanet are already making a lot of strides in the music industry and with this video release and the grand re-opening of Dubplanet Records website they are sure to gain some new inhabitants on planet of Dubplanet the video will be available for viewing on the following website check out the interview with Tommy Danger with Danger Vision TV at

Phone: NY (516) 603-1719
FL (813) 469-0394

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Hip-Hop Heavyweights Dilated Peoples Are 'Back Again'

Innovative Video For New Single Features Cameos From B-Real, The Alchemist, Los Angeles Lakers Forward Lamar Odom And Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Stars The Gracie Family; New Album 20/20 In Stores February 2006

Los Angeles, CA -- (ArriveNet - Nov 15, 2005) --Dilated Peoples return with Back Again, the hard-hitting new single from their fourth album, 20/20, which is due in stores February 2006. The innovative video for Back Again follows Rakaa, Evidence and DJ Babu as they travel around a Los Angeles rooftop evading chemical agents, confessing their sins and donning bulletproof vests. The energetic clip features cameos from B-Real, The Alchemist, Defari, DJ Rhettmatic, Los Angeles Lakers Forward Lamar Odom and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Stars the Gracie Family, among others.

After scoring the biggest hit of their career last year with the Kanye West-produced This Way, Dilated Peoples return to their artistic roots on Back Again and 20/20. Weve done a lot of experimentation, worked with a lot of different people and tried a lot of different things, Rakaa explains. With this record, we wanted to really get back to a real, uncut pure vision and get back to the pure, boom-bap sound that really made us all get together as people and want to make music together.

Since emerging in 1997 on ABB Records (also home to Little Brother and Defari), Dilated Peoples has been among the most respected rap groups. The success of the 1997 single Third Degree b/w Confidence and Global Dynamics made the Los Angeles-based trio a fixture on the tour circuit. Their shows, typified by brilliant tag-team rhyming between Rakaa and Evidence and turntable supremacy from DJ Babu, demonstrated that hip-hop shows can be entertaining and prominently feature a DJ.

Dilated Peoples first three albums -- 2000s The Platform, 2001s Expansion Team and 2004s Neighborhood Watch -- are hailed as exemplary examples of quality hip-hop. The same can be said for 20/20.

For more information on Dilated Peoples, please contact:

Richie Abbott at 323-871-5723 or

Bobbie Gale at 323-871-5118 or
Diane Payes at 510-419-0396 or

Hip Hop Colony Wins two awards at the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival in New York.

New York , NY - Emerge Media Films - Hip Hop Colony scooped two major Odyssey Awards at the closing ceremony for the 4 th annual H2O International Film Festival in New York , which is the largest Hip-Hop film festival in the world. The first Award presented was to Hip Hop Colony for Best Feature Documentary and both the writer Russell Kenya and director Michael Wanguhu were present to receive the Award. The nights climax was the prestigious Heineken Emerging Filmmaker Award that came with a cash prize of $2,500 presented to director Michael Wanguhu at the close of the ceremony. Other Honorees included Kid-n-Play; The Last Poets; as well as brothers, and filmmaking duo Reginald and Warrington Hudlin who are best known for the House Party film franchise. Awards were presented in over 9 categories, including: Documentary Shorts; Best Documentary Feature; Freestyle Award; Freshest Youth Award; Under the Influence Award; Best Narrative Feature; Legend Award; Memorial Award; and the Trailblazer Award.

The Awards ceremony was held at the historic Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and was hosted by muMs & Toni Blackman.

About H2O [ Hip-Hop Odyssey ]
Promoting social awareness and youth empowerment through media, the H2O media program works with aspiring and experienced filmmakers, encouraging them to develop and create new work that showcases positive images of Hip-Hop culture. Through our annual H2O International Film Festival we increase awareness of the filmmakers and understanding of the Hip-Hop community.

Murda Mamis Ent & Corporate Hustle Present: "The Battle of the Runway"

New York- Murda Mamis Ent & Corporate Hustle Present: Battle of the Runway

Sunday, November 20, 2005 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark New Jersey.

Hosted by Hot97/Sirius Satellite Radio host DJ Envy and Power 105.1's Cherry Martinez, this runway battle puts over 80 of the tri-state area's hottest models in competition for a $3000 cash prize, a Trip for 2 to Miami for a Bacardi Liquor Photo Shoot and a fashion layout in the spring
2006 issue of The Ave Magazine for Azzure Denim along with other prizes.

Judging the event are Tiffany Hasbourne of Brat Styling (Clients
Amerie, Busta Rhymes, & G-Unit); Hanif Sumner, Head of Publicity for
Ave Magazine; Rah Digga, 1st lady of FlipMode Squad/Murda Mamis
Artist/Actress; Susan Hampstead, Senior Editor at Don Diva Magazine;
DaMarko GianCarlo, Editor in Chief of the

Doors open 6pm. Show starts @ 7pm. Tickets $40 in Advance.
The Robert Tree Hotel is located at 50 Park Place in Newark, New

For Tickets & VIP information please contact: Elvia (201-954-0760)
or log on to

Hanif Sumner, Publicity
| 172 5th Ave, #3
| Brooklyn, NY 11217
"the ave magazine" - a street movement in print"

Universal Music Publishing Group Launches New Division - Universal Music Production Library

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has formed a new division, Universal Music Production Library (UMPL), it was officially announced today by David Renzer, Chairman and CEO, UMPG.

Universal's Music Production Library will encompass high quality production music by some of the hottest names in contemporary music responsible for some of the biggest releases today. The Universal Music Production Library will be unique in that it will be the first library to cull many of its tracks from Universal Music Publishing Group's top roster of contemporary talent as well as top names in the Film/TV and Trailer world. UMPL Composers have worked with an impressive and diverse roster of popular artists, from 50 Cent, G-Unit and KISS, to John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, and many more.

UMPL will also offer Music Supervision, Recording Studio services and immediate access to UMPL composers, producers, mix and master engineers with Composer's Custom Lab. Additionally, a new UMPL web site has been launched at with a user friendly search engine and integrated with links to, UMPG's popular music licensing destination.

Emmy-winning composer/music supervisor, Jonathan Firstenberg has been recruited to lead the new initiative as the Creative Director. His background includes extensive experience in the production music library industry including roles at Zomba and other major music production companies, as well as experience in music supervision, and composing for TV and Daytime Dramas. Firstenberg has received Emmy awards for "Santa Barbara", "Guiding Light", and "General Hospital." In this new role, Firstenberg will oversee the acquisition of content for the library and promote the general business development of the company. Firstenberg will report to Scott James, SVP Film/TV and New Technologies.

The division will serve production and broadcasting entities, production companies, post-production houses, music supervisors, editors, advertising agencies, ringtone and call back applications, video games, studio music departments, and more.

David Renzer, Chairman, Universal Music Publishing Group, commented: "The Universal Music Production Library and related services that we are launching will offer exciting opportunities to both our writer/artists, as well as service the growing music needs of various production outlets with music they wouldn't find in any other Production Music Library."

Firstenberg added: "I am thrilled to begin this new venture with Universal and look forward to breaking new ground for the company."

About Universal Music Publishing Group

With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG's writers and catalogs include: U2, Elton John, Ludacris, Shania Twain, 50 Cent, Dave Grohl, Prince, Diana Krall, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, The Corrs, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, No Doubt, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, the catalog of Henry Mancini, among many others. For more information, visit:

Media Contact: Heather Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications

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Chi-Rock Takes Next Step in Trademark Dispute with "Twista"

Despite efforts to get another hip-hop artist from using his trademark, the South Chicago musician Faheem Shabazz (BigFa), has retained the Law Offices of John R. Mugno, a New York City Intellectual Property law firm to forward a cease-and-desist letter to Twista and Chi-Roc Entertainment, Inc., the corporation that was recently formed by Twista.

(PRWEB) November 15, 2005 -- Despite efforts to get another hip-hop artist from using his trademark, the South Chicago musician Faheem Shabazz (BigFa), has "retained the Law Offices of John R. Mugno, a New York City Intellectual Property law firm to forward a cease-and-desist letter to Twista and Chi-Roc Entertainment, Inc., the corporation that was recently formed by Twista.

BigFa claims he has used the Chi-Rock name since 1985 to identify his own brand of music and objects to Twista using the name "Chi Rock"

Faheem said about Mitchell: "I am not surprised that Twista is portraying himself as the victim here. He has a reputation in the music industry for breaking legal agreements at will"

In a statement issued over the website, Mitchell said, "Many thought of it [my company named 'Chi-Roc'] as an honor and a tribute to the original Chi-Rock Hip Hop Nation members and the hip hop movement in Chicago."

But Faheem has countered, "He's acting like we should be honored because he has stolen our name to make a profit. If I paid tribute to Mickey D's by opening one, what would "Ronald" do? I've tried to communicate with him for two years but to no avail."

"The reason he wanted Chi-Roc/k was because he thought that he was going to sign with the ROC, ["Roc"afella Records] but the deal didn't go through," Faheem says.

"We have always supported Twista because he is one of Chicago's own, but now we have no other choice than to defend our treasured name which is at stake within the hip-hop community," Faheem says.

A federal trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been filed under United States Trademark Serial Application No. 78/751,401 for the mark CHI-ROCK.

Editors: high-resolution digital photographs are available upon request.


Faheem Shabazz
Chi-Roc Entertainment

Introducing The Hip-Hop Therapy Project - Using Hip-Hop Music and Culture to Engage, Understand, Heal, & Unite!

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) November 1st, 2005

The Hip-Hop Therapy Project is a social and educational venture that uses Hip-Hop music & culture to engage youth and young adults in educational and therapeutic environments, also in community capacity building work.

The project advances the concept of Hip-Hop Therapy. Hip-Hop Therapy (HHT) is a innovative and culturally sensitive approach that incorporates traditional therapies, such as music therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy fostered around the inclusion of Hip-Hop music and culture. While utilizing the formats of the traditional approaches, Hip-Hop Therapy introduces and analyzes Hip-Hop music, its lyrics, and culture as it relates to the person in therapy or community development. Analyzing Hip-Hop music, lyrics, and culture engages participants, creates discussion, and critically analyzes life issues and struggles, while exploring and testing their own reality, self-concept, decision-making skills, attitude, behaviors, and emotional state before the onset of a crisis or serious situation.

Nakeyshaey M. Tillie Allen, affectionately known as "The Hip-Hop Therapist ", founded the project in 2004. Ms. Tillie Allen has recognized how in the last 30 years, Hip-Hop music and culture has become a pervasive part of our overall mainstream society. Hip-Hop is often viewed as the "voice of a generation". Recognizing Hip-Hop's value, mass appeal, and staying power, mostly known for its connection with Rap Musicians, the Project connects that component of Hip-Hop and its influence amongst everyday people - with everyday life issues and struggles, and engages them to learn how to address those life issues and struggles. It also employs the support of qualified helping professionals who utilize the approach Hip-Hop Therapy with said populations.

Under Ms. Tillie Allen's leadership, the project has facilitated educational and therapeutic groups in schools, group homes, and youth organizations in and around Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. The project is currently expanding its operations and services by interacting and collaborating with Youth, Social Service, Mental Health, and Hip-Hop organizations all over the country, with the most recent efforts taking place in Los Angeles, California.

Besides educational and therapeutic groups sessions for youth and young adults, the project also offers keynote speaking, consultations, coaching, and training services for helping professionals and organizations that are interested in the Hip-Hop Therapy model.

For more information about The Hip-Hop Therapy Project or to schedule one of our services, please contact Ms. Tillie Allen at 1-866-862-2921 or visit us

About The Hip-Hop Therapy Project:

The Hip-Hop Therapy Project is a social and educational venture that collaborates with a variety or organizations to utilize Hip-Hop Music and Culture, along with therapeutic concepts, to serve as a culturally sensitive catalyst for personal and collective change by Engaging, Understanding, Healing, and Uniting those who are most affected by, embody, and enjoy Hip-Hop, as well as those who disregard Hip-Hop music and culture as the powerful force that it is in our global society. The Project also serves as a mental, emotional, and social resource and supports for agencies and organizations that services and engage high-risk populations.

The Hip-Hop Therapist
Nakeyshaey M. Tillie Allen, Founder and Director
The Hip-Hop Therapy Project
PO Box 06822
Milwaukee, WI 53206


2005 Fall Issue Cover Story on Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige with Features of Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon and Actor Hill Harper

UPTOWN Magazine Puts Twist on Niche Focused Publishing as It Expands Into Washington DC, Atlanta and Chicago
NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- UPTOWN magazine marks its expansion into three new markets -- Washington DC, Atlanta, and Chicago with the installment of its Fall 2005 issue. The magazine, which this year celebrated its first anniversary, currently reaches more than 100,000 readers. As periodicals face the impending challenge of topical currency and retention of loyal readers, UPTOWN has enjoyed a steady rise in awareness among key targets since its initial Harlem launch. Targeting affluent African American men and women ages 25-44, UPTOWN's highly stylized editorial pages celebrate the "good life" and all of its attendant trappings.

The magazine offers up a rich tapestry of the African American experience covering a wide range of content that includes fashion, entertainment, travel, dining, arts & culture, and architecture. "In the widening media landscape and with numerous outlets targeting urban consumers, it's becoming increasingly more important to deliver personalized content to our readers," says Brett Wright, chief creative officer, UPTOWN magazine. "Although our focus and subject matter is universal we're taking a hometown approach to our expansion by plugging our readers into local events and profiling indigenous Uptowners," adds Wright. The editors hope to strike a balance between accessibility and appealing to the aspirations of its readers. The business model is somewhat an inverse of successful publications like Ocean Drive and Gotham magazine whose scope is regional but worldly in appeal.

The quarterly publication now includes region-specific directories and local event coverage that differentiate one market edition from the next. The multi-market expansion issue features a Mary J. Blige cover story that positions the R&B goddess as the voice of consciousness for a new generation. Poignantly covered by publishing veteran Emil Wilbekin, the piece examines this new phase of Ms. Blige's spiritual and musical evolution.

True to form, UPTOWN pays homage to prolific urbanites by offering readers a window into the hearts and minds of a rarefied mix of tastemakers and cultural icons like Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon and actor Hill Harper.

Acclaimed author and "Life Stylist" Harriette Cole serves as editorial director and leads a staff of preeminent writers and contributing editors to provide the magazine's diverse content. Visually stimulating photo layouts establish a context for the magazine's seamlessly interwoven ad pages. "UPTOWN is the magazine we've all been longing for. It reaches beyond the litany of African American staples in chronicling the lives, lifestyles, travels, hobbies and idiosyncrasies that reflect the "UPTOWN" mindset," says Cole. Current in-book advertisers include Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Courvoisier, Cole Haan, Nicole Miller, Macy's, Sean John, Phat Farm, Ciroc, W Hotels, and Marquis Jets among other premium brands.

Additionally, UPTOWN is distributed to high-end residential buildings, galleries, salons, health clubs, retail stores, spas, nightclubs and lounges as well as at special events that reach an UPTOWN audience. The magazine can also be found at select bookstores and newsstands including Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, Hastings, Hudson News, et al.

Go to for previews of upcoming issues, rate cards, events updates and high-resolution photographs.

Contact: Deryck Thompson

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International Hip-Hop Now Available 24x7 on WorldSpace's 'Flava'

Channel Offers Freshest Hip Hop and Urban Music From Around the World

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WorldSpace, Inc., (NASDAQ:WRSP) , one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, today announced that it has officially launched Flava, the first 24- hour, commercial-free channel delivering the hottest globally focused hip hop and urban music, entertainment and top celebrity news on the planet.

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Available to WorldSpace subscribers at no additional cost, Flava is the first satellite-radio channel of its kind to celebrate hip hop's universal appeal while bringing the latest in U.S. hits to international hip hop and urban music lovers around the world.

"Flava is a first of its kind," said Billy Sabatini, vice president of global content, WorldSpace. "We are not just giving our subscribers premiere access to international hip hop-flavored music, we are combining it with the freshest and latest in U.S.-based music of the genre and offering it to the world."

In addition to hip hop, Flava features other urban international musical genres such as Bhangra, Reggaetone, Dancehall and Kwaito music, and gives subscribers exclusive access to live call-in shows and special celebrity appearances from leading artists, including Kanye West, Juggy D, Rishie Rich, Panjabi MC, Missy Elliot, Mandoza, Dizzee Rascal, Don Omar, Bow Wow, Daddy Yankee, Daara J, Estelle, M.I.A. and Jay-Z.

"We are extremely excited about Flava and hope it will become a catalyst for an international hip hop movement, creating a sense of hip hop community across the globe," said WorldSpace's Shawna Odour, Flava's programming director.

In addition to Flava, WorldSpace's wide variety of musical channels provide subscribers with the best of jazz, rock, pop, classical, country, and other genres.

About WorldSpace, Inc.

WorldSpace (NASDAQ:WRSP) is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WorldSpace delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner. WorldSpace subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WorldSpace content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio UK, NDTV and RFI. WorldSpace's satellites cover two-thirds of the globe with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage areas. WorldSpace is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, visit

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Vail Mountain's Eagle's Nest to Be Official 2006 Studio Headquarters for 'MHD', MTV Networks Music Group's HDTV Music Channel Launching January 2006

Colorado's George Oliphant and Jeremy Bloom to Serve as MHD VJs

VAIL, Colo., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With majestic vistas of snow-capped peaks and acres of evergreens in the Colorado Rockies, MTV Networks Music Group, a division of Viacom Inc., announced today that Vail Mountain would become the 2006 official studio headquarters of its new music HDTV channel, MHD. A custom-built studio will be located on top of Vail Mountain's Eagle's Nest at 10,350 feet above sea level and will be home to all original programming created specifically for the HDTV network, which is scheduled for launch January 16, 2006.

MHD will embrace the musical sensibilities of MTV Networks Music Group's MTV, VH1 and CMT brands and feature multiple genres -- hip hop, rock, country, pop, reggaeton, soul and more -- to cover the full spectrum of music enthusiasts. The channel will feature original music based programming as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from the MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services including popular series such as MTV Unplugged, MTV2 $2 Bill concerts, VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads, as well as network specials including the MTV Video Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards. Distribution details for MHD and a full programming schedule will be announced closer to launch.

MHD's state-of-the-art glass-walled studio on Vail Mountain will provide a home base for Colorado native and current mtvU on-air personality George Oliphant, who will host new and original shows such as "MHD Top Ten" and "MHD Video Stew," live in-studio events and interviews with artists from the top of Vail Mountain as the VJ of MHD. Later in 2006, US Team freestyle skier and former University of Colorado wide receiver Jeremy Bloom will join George as an on-air VJ when he returns from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy. MHD will be in production at the studio throughout the peak ski season, starting December 15 and continuing through April 15, 2006.

"Early on, we identified a strong demand for a music channel presented in HDTV," said Tony Dunaif, Sr. Vice President of Business Development, MTV Networks Music Group. "Part of creating a channel that lives up to this technology is finding a studio location that showcases the programming in the most visually compelling way. I don't think we could have found a better locale to give viewers a spectacular backdrop for MHD than Vail and the Colorado Rockies," Dunaif added.

"Vail Mountain is proud to be selected as the official studio headquarters for MTV Networks Music Group's new HDTV channel, MHD," says Bill Jensen, COO and Senior Vice President of Vail Resorts. "This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, and we truly appreciate being selected as the backdrop to launch MHD."

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: Music Television, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL, and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these brands are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connect with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 90 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc. is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, Heavenly in California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:MTN) . The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

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CONTACT: Jennifer MacLure of Vail Resorts, Inc., +1-970-845-5721,; or Todd Phillips of MTV Networks Music Group,

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BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces the 2005 Hot List: America's Most Powerful Players Under 40

December's BLACK ENTERPRISE Profiles Bold, Young Innovators Who Are Transforming the Worlds of Business, Entertainment, Media, Sports, Science and Politics

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) today announced "The Hot List: America's Most Powerful Players Under 40" as featured in December's cover feature. The 2005 Hot List roster includes extraordinary professionals, entrepreneurs and moguls whose influence, talent and business prowess have produced billions of dollars in revenues. Members of this year's list range from BE100s CEOs and financiers to innovative scientists, politicians, entertainment moguls and hip-hop entrepreneurs.

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BE's 2005 Hot List includes:

Shawn D. Baldwin, 39, CEO, Capital Management Group Securities
Tyra Banks, 32, Supermodel, Producer, Bankable Productions
Halle Berry, 39, Actress, Producer, Spokeswoman
D. Steve Boland, 37, President & Managing Director, Landsafe Inc.,
Countrywide Financial Corp.
Cory Booker, 36, Mayoral Candidate, Newark, NJ
Nicole E. Brown, 28, Project Engineer, Malcolm Pirnie Inc.
Nick Cannon, 25, Actor & Producer
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, 36, President & CEO, Def Jam Recordings
Susan Chapman, 37, Global Head of Operations, Citigroup Realty Services
Toure Claiborne, 33, Director of Specialty Marketing, Sears
Sean "Diddy" Combs, 36, Chairman & CEO, Bad Boy Entertainment
Lisa Ellis, 35, General Manager, Acting President, Sony Urban Music
Damon Evans, 36, Director of Athletics, University of Georgia
Kenneth H. Fearn, Jr., 39, Founder & Managing Partner, Integrated Capital,
Harold Ford, Jr., 35, U.S. Representative (D-Tenn.), Candidate for U.S.
Njema Frazier, 35, Physicist, National Nuclear Security Administration
Antoine Fuqua, 39, Film Director, Producer, Fuqua Films
Richard C. Gay, 37, Senior VP, Strategy & Business Operations, VH1 and CMT
(Country Music TV)
Ralph V. Gilles, 35, Product Design Director, Truck Studio,
DaimlerChrysler Corp.
Gregg A. Gonsalves, 37, Partner & Managing Director, Industrial & Natural
Resources Group, Goldman Sachs
F. Gary Gray, 36, Film Director, Producer
Jason Hall, 34, Senior VP/Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Corey Harwell, 27, Neuroscience Ph.D. Student, MIT
Mellody Hobson, 36, President, Ariel Capital Management, L.L.C.
Dr. Kevin Holcomb, 38, Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Beth Israel
Medical Center, NY
Phil Ivey, 29, Professional Poker Player
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, 30, Rapper, Entrepreneur, G-Unit
Dr. David C. Johnson, 36, Orthopedic Surgeon, Mt. Vernon Orthopedics and
Sports Medicine
Paul Judge, Ph.D., 27, Chief Technology Officer, CipherTrust
Charles King, 38, Vice President, Agent, William Morris Agency L.L.C.
Beyonce Knowles, 24, Singer, Actress
Dale LeFebvre, 34, CEO, CEO & Chairman, Pharos Capital Group; Converge
Global Trading
Derek R. Lewis, 38, Vice President of Retail Sales, Great West Business
Unit, The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc.
Kevin Liles, 37, Executive VP, Warner Music Group
Elliott J. Lyons, 39, Director, Severe Service Truck Product Center &
Global Defense & Export, International Truck & Engine Corp.
Suzanne Malveaux, 39, White House Correspondent, CNN
Sam Martin, 37, Vice President, HBO Films
James Mason & Wendell McCain, 36 & 35, Managing Partners, Parish Capital
Anna-Maria McGowan, 36, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center
Aaron McGruder, 31, Comic Strip Creator, The Boondocks
Andrea Nelson Meigs, 37, Motion Picture Talent Agent, Creative Artists
Scott Mills, 37, Executive Vice President & CFO, Black Entertainment
Jada Miranda, 28, Vice President, Comedy Programming, HBO Entertainment
Vanessa Morrison Murchison, 36, Senior Vice President, Production, 20th
Century Fox
Bernard Muir, 36, Director of Athletics, Georgetown University
David L. Nichols, 36, Executive Partner; Practice Lead, Global SOA,
Soledad O'Brien, 39, Anchor/Reporter, American Morning, CNN
Tyler Perry, 36, Playwright, Actor, Producer
Adrian D. Parker, 26, Advertising Manager, Foot Locker Inc. USA
Brian Parker, 30, VP, Emerging Markets & New Business Development, Choice
Hotels International
Donald M. Remy, 38, Senior VP & Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae
H. Philip Salmon, 39, VP, Corporate Treasurer, MetLife
Jeffrey Scott, 35, Managing Director, Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street
Corporate Partners
J. Marshall Shepherd, 36, Meteorologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight
John Singleton, 38, Executive Producer & Filmmaker
Stephen A. Smith, 38, NBA Analyst, ESPN
Will Smith, 37, Producer, Actor, Overbrook Entertainment
Stephen Stoute, 36, Founder & CEO, Translation Consulting and Brand
Raven-Symone, 20, Actor, Singer, Producer
James L. Tanner, Jr., 36, Lawyer, Agent, Williams & Connolly L.L.P.
Kanye West, 28, Producer, Hip-Hop Artist, Roc-A-Fella Records
Pamela M. Wheeler, 38, Director of Operations, Women's National Basketball
Players Association
Pharrell Williams, 32, Producer, Star Trak Entertainment
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, 30, Professional Golf Player
Russell T. Wright, Jr., 38, Chairman & CEO, Dimensions International Inc.
Wyclef, 33, Hip-Hop Artist, Producer
William Young, Jr., 36, Military Strategist, U.S. Air Force School of
Advanced Air and Space Studies.

The December issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE, including full profiles of the 2005 Hot List, is available on newsstands November 22.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate guide to financial empowerment, is the premier business and investment resource for African Americans. Since 1970, be has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. The publication provides 3.8 million readers with monthly information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, be is the authority for business news and trends. The magazine is published by Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., New York.

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Latin Hip Hop and Reggaeton 15 Song Collection In Stores November 15, 2005

Includes Bonus DVD

Los Angeles, November 15, 2005 -- As the Latin Hip-Hop and its offshoot Reggaeton continue to break out of urban markets across the country at a blistering pace, the hybrids are quickly reaching phenomenon status, earning critical acclaim and consistently landing chart busting hits and platinum sales. Bringing together Latin musics best underground artists with iconic performers, Immergent Recordsreleases Latin Hip-Hop Nights (Noches De Hip-Hop) today, a collection of 15 acts from around the globe that embody the vast nature and appeal of the movement.

Noches De Hip-Hop? (Latin Hip-Hop Nights) showcases cutting edge artists from not only the United States and Puerto Rico, but England and Spain as well, all who are rapidly gaining international acclaim. Alongside these upstarts are old school legends, many of whom first ushered Latin hip-hop culture to the mainstream over a decade ago.

The album features a number of artists on the rise or at the height of their careers, such as Reggaetons Bimbo, who was featured recently in Billboard magazine and has collaborated extensively with renowned recording artists such as Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Marc Anthony, India and the late Celia Cruz. Rising star Malverde just inked a major recording contract and will be releasing his highly anticipated album early next year. Southern Californias Crooked Stilo, whose musical origins from El Salvador, Central America, have earned widespread popularity not only in the U.S. but in Spain as well, showcase their unique brand of Hip-Hop tinged with cumbia, tropical and Reggaeton sounds. And Midwest-based Hip-Hop group Kinto Sol, have carved out a niche for themselves in the underground market by taking Latin Hip-Hop back to the beginning.

Established recording artists such as Son Doobie (front man for Funkdoobiest), Kemo the Blaxican (former member of the Delinquent Habits), and Mellow Man Ace round up this incredible compilation. Their exceptional performances combine elements of the original Latin La Raza? movement that began in the late 1980s with todays rhythms, grooves and electrifying spirit.

This special edition album includes a bonus DVD that includes four videos, exclusive artist interviews, a photo gallery and more.

About 5.1 Entertainment Group:

5.1 Entertainment Group is a vertically integrated music company which owns the Silverline, immergent and Myutopia record labels, as well as 5.1 Production Services and 5.1 Music Publishing. The company is a recognized leader in the audio/visual production, release and marketing of music in the DualDisc and DVD formats. In addition to having released the largest catalog of DVD music worldwide with well over 250 albums, 5.1 Entertainment Group has mixed and produced projects for Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Usher, Janet Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, Eminem, Ben Harper, Herbie Hancock, Dishwalla, Alice Cooper, Everclear, Hanson, Sarah Brightman, Yanni, Aaron Neville, Outkast and more.



1. Mellow Man Ace (featuring Big Chill)/ Mujeres-benzes
2. Kemo The Blaxican/ La Receta
3. Malverde / Oye Mami
4. Flow Click / Do Wit Me (Porque Estas Aqui)
5. Son Doobie / Por Amor
6. Malverde / Oyelo
7. Bimbo / Si Tu Quieres,Yo Quiero
8. Adicto / Oye Mamacita
9. Spirit (featuring Kamoflawge of Locura Terminal)/ Baila, Baila
10. Bimbo / A Lo Mariachi
11. Crooked Stilo (feat. Kinto Sol) / Sigo
12. Detane / Coast To Coast
13. Cultura Londres / Good Times
14. Kemo The Blaxican (featuring Sicko)/ Ruido
15. Decal / Baila

Contact: L.A. Lucy Vesper Public Relations

Legit Ballin Records Partners With KOCH on Exclusive Distribution Deal

Legit Ballin Records signs exclusive distribution deal with KOCH Entertainment. One of Chicagos premiere labels and the original home of Chicago talent TWISTA, Legit Ballin Records will once again supply eager fans and the industry with bangin beats and razor sharp rhymes doing it with a Chi-Town flair.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 15, 2005 -- Legit Ballin Records, the number 1 independent Midwest label whose claim to fame includes close to 700k records sold with 3 titles (Legit Ballin Vol 1, 2, & 3) has inked a deal with world renown KOCH Entertainment Distribution for future projects including the upcoming Legit Ballin Vol. 4 Tha Truth which is scheduled for release January 2006. One of Chicagos premiere labels and the original home of Chicago talent TWISTA, Legit Ballin Records will once again supply eager fans and the industry with bangin beats and razor sharp rhymes doing it with a Chi-Town flair. The Group is comprised of Eryka Kane, Jus Ruthless and CEO turned rapper White Boy James. New comer Benda aka Illinois Boyd rounds out the group.

The new release will contain features and production from Crucial Conflict, Vudu, Bobby Wooten, Dave Hollister, Hula & Dejion, and Qwiet Storm in addition to some surprises that will delight fans and are sure to boost sales and increase air-play. By purposely combining the hottest sound in the industry right now (Chicago music) with some of the Citys most premier producers, the upcoming release is sure to please both old school hip-hop heads as well as new the new jacks that may not be as familiar with Legit Ballaz and their unique styling and renditions.

Under the Leadership of White Boy James Frazier the label was recognized by Billboard Magazine as #9 for the top ten Independent Labels in the Nation. The Label Team has a history of creating a music movement with street anthems that generate corporate-like statistics. They are in the forefront of delivering Chicago culture to mainstream America.

The executive team of Legit Ballin Records is unsurpassed in their knowledge of not only the Chicago underground market but they have a proven track record when it comes to using unique marketing tactics with a grassroots appeal on a national level. Label COO Burundi Bun P Partlows previous working relationships include Kanye West, Nelly, Swizz Beatz and Malik Yusef to name a few. Both the CEO and COO have strong industry working relationships and will use those relationships, experience, and connects to present Legit Ballin Vol. 4 Tha Truth and make it a strong contender in the rap game. Both label executives are excited about this new deal and the opportunities that it presents for the future of the label.

CEO James Frasier states This was an opportunity for two strong independent entities to come together and create a major force in the industry. Our partnership with KOCH is just the beginning of great things to come. LB has come to prime time with a prime situation and we will present ourselves as the prime rap label to contend with.

Were very pleased to welcome Legit Ballin to our strong family of independent urban labels, comments Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution. Legit Ballin has a great roster of artists and titles and we look forward to working with them and further strengthening our dominant presence in the rap/urban world.

Legit Ballaz is sure to create a dynamic impression on not only the music climate in Chicago but on a national level as well.
With the release of Volume IV the group will take its place among the elites in the urban entertainment industry. The release is scheduled for the 1st quarter on January 10, 2006. LEGITBALLINRECORDS.COM

KOCH Entertainment is the leading and fastest-growing independent music and video company in the U.S. and its operations encompass record and video labels and distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2003/2004. For more information please go to

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All Music Guide Adds over 7,000 Music Videos from Partnership with

HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The most comprehensive music reference source on the planet, the All Music Guide ( gets even more comprehensive by adding 7,000 music videos to its website from partnership with

All Media Guide's flagship website,, was created in 1995 as a place for music fans to indulge their passion. Users can find not only meta- data such as album titles, tracks, genres, labels, etc. but relational information that recommends other artists with similar styles.

As broadband connections continues to proliferate, AMG chose as a partner to power music videos on its site since they both share a mission of building comprehensive catalogs. Music fans can now find everything they want to know about a particular artist as well as experience their videos.

"We are pleased to work with Singing Fool to bring music videos to our community. has been helping people explore music for 10 years. Music videos add a unique visual dimension to the discovery of artists and music," said Greg Smith, Vice President of Technologies, All Media Guide.'s managing partner Jed Horovitz says, "Like any person who digs deeper to get to know more about the music they enjoy, I use All Music Guide extensively. Adding Singingfool's extensive catalog of over 7,000 music videos solidifies AMG as the one true place to find everything you want to know about music." is currently live featuring's catalog and new music videos are being added daily.

About All Media Guide (AMG)

All Media Guide is the world's foremost authority on the history of Music, Movies, and Games. Since 1991, the company has been dedicated to helping people explore the Arts and discover the recordings and films which inspire their lives. AMG content and technologies are licensed by leading consumer electronics manufacturers, major retailers, and Internet sites. They are also available through its public websites (,, and published works.


Launched in 1999, it has become a destination for music fans to find new and classic music videos of all genres. The ease of use and the ability for users to create their own playlists of videos and share them with their friends has made it a favorite.


CONTACT: Rhodes Mason for, +1-856-310-1981, or; or Matt Rogers for All Media Guide, +1-734-887-8166,

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Essence Music Festival Relocation

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As ESSENCE continues to work closely with city and state officials to rebuild the city of New Orleans, The 2006 Essence Music Festival will be temporarily relocated to Houston, Texas. Plans are underway for the annual event, which will be held on July 1, 2, and 3, 2006 at Reliant Park. A component of the 2006 Festival will be devoted to helping those affected by Hurricane Katrina. More details will be announced in the weeks ahead, and tickets will go on sale December 1.

Known as "the party with a purpose," The Essence Music Festival is the nation's largest annual African-American event and gathering of musical talent in the world. The three-day multigenerational extravaganza offers free Empowerment Seminars during the day, and exciting performances at night where Festivalgoers dance and sing along with the biggest names in entertainment. The Festival is produced by Essence Festival LLC, a subsidiary of Essence Communications Inc. The company also publishes ESSENCE magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for more than seven million African-Americans.

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CONTACT: Sonya McNair, +1-212-642-0672,, or Rhonda
Evans, +1-212-642-0676,, both of ESSENCE

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XM Satellite Radio Announces Marketing and Programming Partnership With the GRAMMY(R) Awards

Partnership With The Recording Academy(R) to Provide Exclusive Satellite Radio Coverage of Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards and Original Programming

WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) , the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, today announced a broad marketing and programming partnership with the GRAMMY(R) Awards starting with the 48th GRAMMYs on Feb. 8, 2006. XM has entered into an exclusive, multi-year deal with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. (The Recording Academy(R)) to become the official satellite radio network for the GRAMMYs, which will provide XM's subscribers with unparalleled broadcast coverage of the annual telecast, as well as unique GRAMMY special programming throughout the year.

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"XM subscribers are some of the most passionate music fans anywhere. Our multi-year agreement with The Recording Academy provides our subscribers with the closest thing to red-carpet access and front-row seats at the most important music awards show in the world," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming, XM Satellite Radio. "We are delighted to support The Academy's family of artists who are at the heart of what makes our programming so compelling to music fans and we look forward to sharing the magic of the GRAMMYs with the millions of XM subscribers."

"XM's reach to music fans across genres and its reputation for delivering the best in live music events makes it a great partnership with the GRAMMY Awards," said Neil Portnow, President, The Recording Academy. "The Academy is very excited about this new opportunity to highlight our programs and initiatives, as well as to bring Music's Biggest Night(TM) to music fans everywhere."

XM's broadcast coverage of the annual GRAMMY Awards will be featured on multiple channels in the days leading up to the awards show and will include XM original specials focusing on past GRAMMY winners, as well as features and interviews with current GRAMMY-nominated artists. In addition to broadcast coverage, XM and The Recording Academy will create a monthly show to air on XM dedicated to GRAMMY-winning artists and legends in the music industry. XM's year-round programming also will include coverage of events for The Academy's charitable affiliates: the GRAMMY Foundation(R), (which is dedicated to keeping music and arts education in the schools and preserving the nation's rich cultural legacy), and the MusiCares(R) Foundation (providing a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need).

About XM Satellite Radio

XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs -- including the creation of the national public education campaign What's The Download(R) ( For more information about The Academy, please visit

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-7-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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CONTACT: Nathaniel Brown of XM Satellite Radio, +1-646-443-8932,; or Barb Dehgan of The Recording Academy,

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MobiTV Banks on Mobile Music - Hires Music Industry Veteran, Nancy Levin

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MobiTV, Inc. the global leader in mobile television and digital radio services, today announced the strategic hire of longtime music industry executive Nancy Levin as its Executive Producer of Music Television. Levin's talents will be instrumental in building momentum in music content and music industry related media available through MobiTV's global service.

Levin brings over 15 years of experience in senior management roles at several major record labels -- including Warner Bros., Priority/EMI and MCI/Universal/Vivendi -- where she was known for her creativity, energy and ability to connect with popular culture to create valuable and lucrative business relationships. Levin has always pushed the envelope, and most recently, she served as President of (a division of American Greetings), where she helped create the biggest music greeting card company in the world by working with music artists and labels.

"Nancy has the experience, the vision and the respected relationships to help make MobiTV the premier service provider of mobile music entertainment," said Philip Alvelda, Chairman and CEO of MobiTV. "Her talent and depth in the music business, coupled with our mobile technology and wireless partners, positions MobiTV to offer the best mobile music and music video services on the market."

Music videos are already one of the most popular forms of content available on MobiTV, and with the Levin hire, MobiTV is stepping up the focus on music and music videos. MobiTV recently launched MobiRadio(TM) on Cingular which offers subscribers more than 44 stations of on-demand digital music, all wrapped up in a user interface that enables you to see album art, artist and song information.

With such a talented team and an incredible service offering, this opportunity is ideally suited to my experience and interests," said Levin. "I intend to cut through the complexities of the music industry and take MobiTV and the mobile music business to a whole new level."

MobiTV is committed to the delivery of the music industry's top content and hottest artists to its mobile music customers. MobiTV's commitment, beyond the hire of Levin, is further demonstrated following the recent appointment of Jarl Mohn, also known as Lee Masters, to its Board of Directors. Mohn is an industry legend who has spent the past 19 years leading some of the most recognized brands and companies in media and music. Mohn was the founding President and CEO of Liberty Digital, creator, President and CEO of "E! Entertainment Television," and Executive Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1. Prior to his career in television, Mohn enjoyed a successful 19 year career in radio.

About MobiTV

MobiTV, Inc. (formerly known as Idetic, Inc.) is the first global mobile television and radio service provider for the 2 billion mobile phone users worldwide. The MobiTV(R) service is available in the US through Sprint, Cingular and several regional carriers; in the United Kingdom through 3 and Orange UK; and is now available to Canadian customers through Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS Mobility. The Emmy(R) Award winning service now reaches more than half a million subscribers and offers many popular TV channels from content providers such as MSNBC, ABC News Now, CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN 3GTV, MLB, NBC Mobile, CNBC, CSPAN, The Discovery Channel, TLC, The Weather Channel and others that deliver cartoons, music videos and comedy. MobiTV also has a full line up of geographically specific channels. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately-held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA. For more information on the company, its products or technology, please visit

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October 29, 2005 (Queens, NY) -- DL, a MC that likes to refer to himself as "a business man that happens to rap", will release his debut CD Notice Me on November 15 off his upstart label Triplebeam Entertainment. The next "independent" major movement in hip hop is what insiders close to the project are calling it. Its no secret that this star is on the rise. He is focused and knows what he has to do to be on top. We can expect big things from him, Tamala Baines of Rap Fanatic Magazine writes.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, DL hopes to be next in a long line of rappers who
were able to triumph over personal hardships and adversities endured while growing up. But to also use them as positive attributes to help inspire and motivate those in similar circumstances. "I am a product of my environment and I'm not ashamed of that. Without the events that occurred this CD doesnt exist". "Its the soundtrack to my life, first hand accounts of the negative and the positives about a lifestyle I chose to live". "The positives being the homes purchased, the cars, jewelry, women etc., and the negatives being run-ins with the law, senseless loss of life, being robbed at gunpoint, jealousy, fear for my safety, and fear for my family's safety I feel blessed and at the same time obligated to give a genuine perspective on all these things so the impressionable youth listening will understand that while there are rewards, there are also consequences to what we do".

Through his record label, Triplebeam Entertainment, DL has created a movement that is taking on a life of its own. It has all the indications of being the next big thing in tradition of Bad Boy Records, Roc-A- Fella Records, G-Unit Entertainment etc. Though independent, all efforts, strategies, and marketing tactics have been on the same caliber of a major music label.

I view my music as a stepping stone and an outlet to help me evolve as a person and as an entrepreneur, DL explains. Music will always be my therapy so to speak. But I expect it to open a lot of doors for me in the corporate world where I will be able to exercise all the talents and skills I have come to develop and hone from the time I started to understand what life is about.

In hindsight, there isnt much that DL would change about the decisions in his life. They have helped him to build character and made him stronger in preparation for his climb to the top. In todays entertainment industry, focus, determination and consistency are all tools of the trade. DL encompasses all of these tools as an artist and all of the qualities of a wonderful human being. All things considered, success is not a choice, its eminent.

For more information and review copies of "Notice Me", please contact Triplebeam Entertainment at 718.360.1955 or


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Kandokid Creates and Produces Image Branding Films for Maybelline New York

The latest Film features model Erin Wasson

Films follow up 'Troy Surratt' TV spot

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff Kennedy of KanDoKid Films, a full- service media company based in New York, has created a series of image branding films for Maybelline that currently run in their flagship stores, mall kiosks and other alternative outlets worldwide. The latest film, which can be viewed at, features top model Erin Wasson as a DJ dropping beats in a NYC club while different brand images appear on a screen behind her.

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"So often we know the face of today's models, but never connect with them beyond their countless layouts," said Kennedy. "These films allow me to reveal fun, candid moments of the Maybelline models. We devised the concepts together so the scenarios capture their true personalities."

The project comes on the heels of a :30 TV spot directed by Kennedy for Maybelline New York, "Troy Surratt." Created by the global cosmetics company's advertising agency, Gotham, Inc., and KanDoKid, "Troy Surratt" spotlights Maybelline New York's Global Consulting Makeup Artist. Shot on the streets of New York City, the spot cuts between scenes of Surratt working on shoots with the brand's models Adriana Lima, Erin Wasson and Josie Moran. Surratt also offers his professional philosophy about beauty and makeup. "We had to communicate Troy's personality and message in an intimate way along with the hip, urban attitude of the city," said Kennedy. "Our creative concept was to use inventive imagery in a new style that reflects the New York lifestyle while maintaining strong beauty and fashion sensibilities." The spot is currently airing nationally on NBC, CBS, MTV, Vh-1, E!, Bravo, Lifetime and BET.

Kennedy's directing credits in the fashion genre include commercials for Levi's, TRESemme', Lycra, and Maxim. He has also helmed spot projects for clients as varied as ESPN, McDonald's, and Time Warner. His extensive music video roster includes De La Soul, Tyra Banks, Wyclef Jean, and Snoop Dogg.

KanDoKid was founded in 2004 by Executive Producer Tony Harding and Director Jeff Kennedy. The pair has produced commercial projects for Coca- Cola, ESPN, Calvin Klein, Heineken, Ford, Saab, BMW, Showtime, HBO, USA Networks, Kenner, Hasbro, Mattel, Parker Brothers, and Mobil. On the music video front, Kennedy and Harding have worked with artists such as Paul McCartney, Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, and with record labels Atlantic, Elektra, Tommy Boy, Priority, Epic, Warner Bros., Big Beat, Select, Island, Hidden Beach, Universal, Sony, and more. KanDoKid's long form work spans live concerts, reality television projects, and image branding for Maybelline, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, and Samsung. Director Jim Tozzi, whose recent credits include MTV's Wonder Showzen, rounds out the KanDoKid roster.

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XM Satellite Radio Launches 'Listen Large(TM),' XM's Largest Holiday Marketing Campaign

Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Derek Jeter, David Bowie and Martina McBride Featured in Star-Studded Campaign that Brings to Life the Wide Variety of XM's Industry-Leading Content

WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than 5 million subscribers, has launched "Listen Large(TM)," the company's largest holiday marketing campaign, featuring television, print, radio, online and outdoor advertising to promote XM's wide variety of programming and best-in-class satellite radios.

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Headlining XM's "Listen Large" campaign are two TV spots with superstars Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Derek Jeter, David Bowie and Martina McBride to showcase the enormous number of choices that XM offers consumers across its 150-plus channels, including the largest music playlist in satellite radio, the most live sports content, exclusive live concerts, and premier news and talk radio, whenever and wherever a subscriber wants to listen.

"XM Satellite Radio leads the industry with seventy percent of satellite radio customers, who are won over by XM's unprecedented programming choices and star power, as well as the cutting-edge technology that allows them to listen anytime, anywhere," said Hugh Panero, President and CEO, XM Satellite Radio. "By showcasing the diversity of our programming, including our commercial-free music channels, the 'Listen Large' campaign appeals to millions of consumers who demand the high-quality listening experience that has made XM number one."

The "Listen Large" TV spots with DeGeneres, Snoop, Jeter, Bowie and McBride will appear during prime time on broadcast network television and cable TV beginning today. The two 30-second spots take a light-hearted look behind the scenes at XM as Snoop roams through the XM studios and meets up with other personalities who appear on XM. XM offers satellite radio broadcasts of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show;" Snoop hosts an exclusive XM music show; Jeter's New York Yankees are part of XM's comprehensive coverage of Major League Baseball; Bowie and McBride represent the diversity of XM's critically-acclaimed music channels. The spot was produced by Mullen and directed by Cannes and Emmy Award-winning commercial director Baker Smith of Harvest Films.

Among the prime-time network TV shows to feature the "Listen Large" spot will be the November 17 episode of NBC's "The Apprentice." XM will also be the featured company during the "Apprentice" episode, in which XM's music programmers judge the two teams of candidates as they find, develop, and market a new music artist. In a recent survey by the media buying firm Magna Global, "The Apprentice" was ranked as the top TV series with the highest concentration of 25-to-54-year-old viewers and households with an annual income of $100,000 or more.

In addition to the TV spot, the "Listen Large" campaign includes special holiday pricing on XM radios, as well as national and local radio spots, national magazine ads and inserts aimed at key target audiences, newspaper advertising in major markets nationwide, online ad banners, outdoor billboards that target commuters, and other elements.

"The 'Listen Large' marketing campaign shows how XM Satellite Radio offers something for everyone, making it the perfect holiday gift," said Steve Cook, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Operations, XM Satellite Radio. "The campaign highlights the industry-leading programming and radios offered by XM, and it complements the competitive pricing of XM radios for the holiday shopping season."

XM offers the most choices in satellite radio, including the most commercial-free music channels, ranging from rock to reggae, country to classical, hip hop to jazz; the most live sports with more than 5000 events a year, including Major League Baseball, NASCAR, NHL, PGA TOUR, IndyCar Series, college football and basketball, World Cup Soccer, and ESPN Radio's live play- by-play coverage of NBA games and other sports; premier talk radio content such as Take Five, the brand-new XM talk channel produced by and for women, which features "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Tyra Banks Show;" and 24- hour news, traffic, and weather information.

Listeners can tune into XM Satellite Radio from coast to coast on radio receivers for the vehicle, home, and portable use, as well as online. XM's award-winning product portfolio includes portable XM2go radios, the first and only wearable satellite radios that receive live programming "on the go." For more information about XM Satellite Radio, visit

About XM Satellite Radio

XM (NASDAQ:XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-07-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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Video Games Explode onto MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.COM, MTV NEWS, mtvU UBER and MTV Overdrive During First Ever 'GameORZ' Week

Gamers Takeover MTV On-Air, Online and On-Campus in an Unprecedented Multiplatform Assault of Video Game Related Programming During Week of November 20th

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV: Music Television today announced that video games would takeover MTV's various on-air and online platforms during the week of November 20th for the network's first ever "GameORZ Week." This unprecedented week of special programming dedicated to the world of video games will highlight the hottest in video game culture via gaming themed programming across MTV, MTV2, mtvU, mtvU Uber,, and MTV Overdrive. Programming will focus on the latest hardware, hottest new games, behind the scenes access into gaming development, the stars behind the games, the lifestyle, the fiercest competitions, and much more.

"Video games are at the forefront of our audience's daily lives just like music, fashion and movies," said Christina Norman, President, MTV. "'GameORZ Week' will be a multiplatform entertainment experience for gamers that will showcase the touch points where music, stars, and video games intersect with youth culture."


TRL - Monday - Wednesday, 11/21 - 11/23, 5PM - 6PM

Throughout the week of November 20th, TRL will bring the latest and greatest in the video game world directly to the audience by showcasing the hottest games and gamers. TRL kicks off "GameORZ Week" by teaming up with Microsoft for the launch of the XBOX 360 which will be available in stores, November 22nd and put gamers right in the middle of all the action by going live to Microsoft's "Gamers Paradise". In addition, TRL will be giving away a fully customized 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI courtesy of MTV's L.A. RUSH(TM) Watch 'n' Win sweepstakes, give the viewers a look at the latest, must-have mobile devices, as well as put the spotlight on some the hottest new games on Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PSP, and PC including: Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Kameo: Elements of Power(TM), NBA Live 06, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Aeon Flux, From Russia With Love, Call of Duty(R) 2, X-Men(TM) Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Ultimate Spider-Man, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, The Movies(TM), Star Wars: Battlefront II, King Kong (TM), Guitar Hero and much, much more.


MTV has partnered with the Cyberathlete Professional League(R) (CPL), pioneers of professional gaming, to cover the fast growing, international sport of computer game competitions. Beginning Sunday, November 20th, MTV Overdrive, the new broadband video channel from, will be featuring CPL player introductions and profiles, the world standings, and providing live coverage of the CPL World Tour semi-finals from the web2zone cyber center in New York City. The MTV Overdrive webcast will be powered by TsN, Team Sportscast Network. The CPL Final Match will take place on November 22nd from the NOKIA Theatre in Times Square and will be aired live on MTV Overdrive and MTV 44 1/2. In addition, MTV will feature highlights of the tournament and create a half-hour special of the World Tour Finals to air on MTV on Saturday, November 26th during "GameORZ Week". Featuring "Painkiller" as the primary game for the competitors, the CPL World Tour finals television special will give viewers an inside look at the journey to the finals, a recap of the World Tour, the game play, and culminate with the winner going home with a grand prize of $150,000.


True life: I'm a Professional Gamer features three young professional gamers who are challenging themselves and their teams to play and win major pro tournaments around the world. MTV follows them as they balance their lives with their desired careers as professional video gamers. ** Airs on MTV & MTV2

"THIS SIMS LIFE" Monday, 11/21 at 6PM

"This Sims Life" is an investigation into the real stories of people who live part of their lives in this world and part in another world, a virtual reality fantasy world, called the Sims. These people all have unique stories of how playing the SIMS affects their life in and out of the game. This tale about hope and dreams and empowerment will give the audience a behind the scenes look at this world, its denizens and their creators. In addition to the on-air special that will run on both MTV and MTV2, shorts from the show and bonus content will also be featured on Overdrive. ** Special will air on MTV & MTV2

DFX - Monday - Wednesday, 11/21 - 11/23, 7PM

Check out Direct Effect on MTV for GameORZ Week November 21st-23rd for a "Freak Peak" look into the video game world. We're raising the roof off this underground crowd to bring you the hottest video games blazin' GameORZ brains! All week long Direct Effect will give viewers at home a unique look into some of the hottest video games around like; NBA Live '06, L.A. Rush, Ultimate Spiderman, Mario Kart DS, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Def Jam Fight for NY and many more. Plus celebrity guest appearances, top gamer tips, exclusive game trailers & soundtracks, gaming news and tons of giveaways. This will be a GameORZ dream and it's all poppin' off at MTV's Times Square studios.

MTV NEWS - Monday - Wednesday, 11/21 - 11/23

MTV News will be featuring game related news programming all throughout GameORZ Week including:


While the anonymity of online gaming can be liberating, it can also create a forum that allows for the sharing of extremely racist views. MTV News talks to gamers who have turned away from online gaming because of the abuse that they have suffered, and meet a group of non-white gamers who have gathered together to fight back.


This program profiles high-school students who are being taught in a thoroughly modern way. MTV News goes to one high school class where text books have been replaced with video games. Civilization is fair game but what about Halo?


MTV News heads to Kansas State, where the school has recognized the student club: "Girlfriends Against Video Games" and students say that excessive gaming is often the number one issue in relationships.


"NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED" - Friday, 11/25 at 12 PM Need For Speed: Most Wanted is a half-hour show that celebrates the thrill and excitement surrounding car culture and the gaming culture surrounding one of the hottest, street racing games this Fall. This show is where the rubber meets the road capturing the renegade feel of the game as gamers step outside their virtual world where they are masters of the road and test their mettle first hand on the track in a battle for the grand prize: a 2005 Ford Mustang Coup. Buckle up, this show is going to blow your ass away! ** Special will premiere on MTV2 with repeats on MTV

XBOX 360: A GAMER'S PARADISE Sunday, 11/20 at 5PM

XBOX 360: A Gamer's Paradise will follow the lives of several contestants as they craft bizarre submissions for the XBOX 360 Hex168 contest. Along the way, we'll learn more about this radical, underground promotion while experiencing the contestants' passion for Xbox and its next-gen Xbox 360 console. In the end, we'll discover which (if any) of the contestants will be among the 360 winners chosen to enter this ultimate Xbox 360 oasis, where they will be among the first people in the world to experience the new console before its worldwide launch on November 22nd.


Making the Video Game: True Crime(R): New York City follows Redman as he introduces viewers to the hot, new action game from Activision. We'll meet the various actors featured as voice talent in the game Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Walken, and Laurence Fishburne (among many others), learn about the epic storyline True Crime's main character, gangster turned cop Marcus Reed, needs to endure in order to avenge the murder of his mentor, marvel at the authenticity of the massive, free-roaming NYC featured in the game, as well explore the intense police action on display in the game. Redman will then take the audience into the studio, where he'll perform the title track from the game, "True Crime" before settling down to play the game himself. The audience will also learn how to unlock a special bonus level in which they can actually play a portion of the game as Redman himself. The show concludes with the world premiere of a brand new trailer for True Crime(R): New York City. ** Special will premiere on MTV2 with repeats on MTV

"ARE YOU GAME?" Friday, 11/25 at 12:30PM

MTV2 gives hard core gamers the chance to put down their controllers and stop playing the game to actually live it. Competitors will select their video game of choice and then face off against each other in a real life version of the video games: NBA 2K6 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

VIDEO MODS - Monday, 11/21 at 8PM

By mixing some of today's most popular video games and characters with the latest music videos and artists, each episode of Video Mods represents a breakthrough in entertainment by providing an entirely new experience for music and video game fans alike. MTV2 will be airing episodes of Video Mods throughout the week of November 20th in support of "GameORZ Week as well as a brand new episode premiering on 11/21 that includes Weezer's Beverly Hills remade with The Sims 2: Nightlife," Sum 41's Fat Lip featured with Guitar Hero, T.I.'s Do Your Thang combined with Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Avenged Sevenfold's Bat Country is united with EverQuest II, and Fat Joe and Nelly's Get It Poppin' reconstructed with True Crime(R): New York City.

MTV2 HIP-HOP Hosted by 50 Cent - Monday - Wednesday, 11/21 - 11/23 50 Cent is set to host MTV2 Hip-Hop during "GameORZ Week." Throughout the week, 50 Cent discusses video games and gives viewers an inside look into the ultimate 50 Cent experience - his upcoming video game, 50 Cent: Bulletproof.


The best new Fall games will be featured in short new vignettes on MTV as well as MTV2.

VIDEO GAME WEEK ON mtvU and Broadband Channel mtvU Uber at

Leading up to the GameORZ Week on MTV, MTV2, and MTV OVERDRIVE, Video Game Week on mtvU will be featuring its own lineup of gaming programming. All of mtvU's programming will also be broadcast on mtvU's popular new broadband channel, mtvU Uber, the first MTVNetworks channel to be distributed in its entirety via broadband.

15 MINUTES WITH... FATAL1TY" -- Wednesday, 11/16 at 12PM "15 Minutes with Fatal1ty" features Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, one of the first tournament gamers to go professional. A three-time World Cyberathlete Professional Gaming League (CPL) champion, "Fatal1ty" has been labeled a World Champion Pro Gamer and earns an average of $150,000 a year, not counting perks such as free travel to the top tournaments and increasingly lucrative endorsements. In this episode, mtvU's own national Best Gamer on Campus winner, sophomore C.R. Thomas, shadows the cyber super-star to get a taste of the life he seeks as a professional gamer.

"BACKSTAGE PASS: We Are Scientists" -- Monday, 11/14 at 1PM This episode of "Backstage Pass" features indie band We Are Scientists as they discuss creating music for the upcoming game, True Crime(R): New York City. The game takes place on the streets of a virtual New York. We Are Scientists talk about working on the project and the different NYC locations featured in the game, using gameplay footage.

GAMERS' BALL: mtvU 2005 Fall Road Trip - Saturday, 11/19 at 10 AM & 2PM mtvU's ongoing dedication to gaming is also featured as part of "mtvU Gamers' Ball" tour. This fall tour has been traveling to college campuses across the country to challenge students of all gaming skill levels -- from hard-core to casual gamers -- to battle it out in gaming tournaments or just enjoy the hottest console and PC games available. Viewers can see footage from the "mtvU Gamers' Ball" tour on mtvU and mtvU Uber, mtvU's broadband network available at

"VIDEO GAMEFIX: Eye Toy Kinetic" -- Monday, 11/14 at 11AM

In the series "Video GameFix," college students utilize video games to help solve their problems -- from learning how to drive to helping them get good enough to make the school golf team. In this episode of "Video GameFix," a student who is totally uncoordinated and can't keep up in her dance aerobics class uses "Eye Toy Kinetic," a fitness video game, to help solve her coordination issues. VJ Sarah shows up with the game -- the student plays it using a USB Camera connected to a PlayStation 2 which superimposes her image into the game -- and it helps her practice her moves. Sarah accompanies the student back to class. She overcomes her coordination challenged ways, becomes a pro and rocks it!


Beginning week of November 14th, Video games on and the Overdrive Videogames "channel" will launch new and exclusive gaming content. and Overdrive are fast becoming premier destinations for gamers to obtain exclusive gaming news, debuts, features and content. Highlights of the coverage on Video Games on and Overdrive for gaming Week include: Extended coverage, footage and interviews from the LA Rush Preview Special, True life: I'm a Professional Gamer, XBOX 360 Special, TRL, MTV2's Video Mods, MTV News, and Exclusive Behind the scenes look at Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Video Games on and MTV Overdrive will also be running information and full length trailers of all the games featured on DFX and TRL during GameORZ Week. In addition, MTV Overdrive will be featuring an extensive and exclusive on-camera interview from the Nintendo World store with video game industry icon, Shigeru Miyamoto, and answers questions such as how Mario got his name, to Miyamoto's thoughts on Nintendogs and Revolution, to what he would be doing if he hadn't become a game designer.

In addition, Overdrive will also launch several new and original franchises dedicated to gaming including Heads Up, Obsessed, The Dime, and The G-Hole. Each of theses new franchises will give gamers a unique look at the world of video games and create an Overdrive hub for aggregating gaming news stories and programming.

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Sponsors for GameORZ Week include Taco Bell, Burger King, Toyota Scion, Verizon DSL, Game Tap, LG, Atari, X-Box, and Nintendo.

Marvel, Ultimate Spider-Man, X-Men Legends and all related character names and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. (C) 2005 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved.

"50 Cent: Bulletproof" interactive game (C)2005 Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Ten Top HBCU Marching Bands Prepare to Put the Moves on, at the Fourth Annual Honda Battle of the Bands

Crowd-Pleasing Show Promises Fans Will Be on Their Feet; Two First-Time Bands Bring Fresh New Show

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Crowd-pleasing dance teams, high-stepping drum majors, precision drumlines and roaring brass sections. These are among the many facets of black college marching band culture, and fans of all ages are sure to be rocking the south as the 2006 Honda Battle of the Bands rolls into Atlanta's Georgia Dome, January 28th.

A bevy of surprises are in store as the acclaimed annual showcase promises to bring down the house for its fourth consecutive year. Ten show-stopping Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands, including 2 first-time bands, nominated from a field of 41 participating HBCUs during the fall Celebration Tour, have now been selected and are preparing to perform at the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.

As they take the field, these top bands will bring fresh routines, riveting choreography and contemporary song selections ranging from the best in R&B, funk, Hip-Hop, classical and jazz -- something for every generation. The lineup of colleges now set to march on the Dome in the largest and only national scholarship program showcasing the pageantry, heritage and showmanship of black college bands is:

-- Jackson State University (1st time participant) and Prairie View A&M
University, representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC);

-- North Carolina Central University and Virginia State University,
representing the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA);

-- Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman College, representing the
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC);

-- Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee University, representing the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); and

-- Central State University (1st time participant) and Langston
University, both independents.

HBCU commissioners, presidents, band directors and fans judged the 41 participating bands on showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction during the Celebration Tour, which took place during the college football season. School officials were not permitted to vote for their own school.

As sponsor of the Honda Battle of the Bands, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will award $141,000 in grants to the HBCU bands. Each of the participating Invitational Showcase schools will earn a $10,000 grant for their music programs. The 10 institutions also earned a $1,000 grant for their performances during the Celebration Tour.

General admission to the Honda Battle of the Bands is $10 for reserved seating, and tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster or the Georgia Dome box-office. Interested high school students and their parents are also welcomed to visit the Honda Battle Of the Bands recruitment fair, taking place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. the day of the event at the Georgia World Congress Center, to learn more about the nation's black colleges, their music programs, scholarships and admissions requirements.

"It is a tremendous honor for the Mighty Marching Panthers of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to be invited to the Honda showcase for the fourth consecutive year," said CAU President Walter "The Transformer" Broadnax. "This is testimony to the commitment of our student-musicians and their leadership, and a reflection of the spirit of CAU among our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university."

"For the past three years, the Honda Battle of the Bands has been the hottest ticket in town," said Barbara Ponce, manager of Emerging Markets National Advertising for Honda. "Each year it's a unique show, and the 2006 event will be no exception with a new mix of musical talent from Mississippi and Ohio, including two bands that are appearing for the first time. Honda is proud to present a unique event that reinforces the important contributions that HBCUs have made to all facets of our society."

Honda's long-term commitment to HBCUs was established 16 years ago when the company introduced the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts of HBCU students.

For more information about the Honda Battle of the Bands, visit .

Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

CONTACT: Ronald E. Childs for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.,

Web site:

MSpot Gains Momentum as a Leader in Mobile Music Industry

Growing Customer Subscriptions, New Content Programming and Improved Encoding Technology Give Mobile Entertainment Pioneer Edge in Mobile Radio.

PALO ALTO, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) November 14, 2005 -- MSpot, a pioneer in premium mobile entertainment, continues to build momentum as a leader in the fast-growing mobile radio industry with a steady increase in total subscriptions, new content from popular brands in radio such as Public Radio International (PRI) and Sporting H, edgy podcasts and improved encoding technologies. MSpot currently has two mobile radio offerings – MSpot Radio, a subscription service with live and on-demand music, news, sports, finance, weather and talk channels - and MSpot Music, an interactive streaming audio service for Java-enabled mobile phones with 25 channels of commercial-free streaming music.

Leading analysts predict that mobile music will be the fastest growing content segment in 2006. As the demand for mobile music and entertainment grows, MSpot will offer additional on-demand services tailored to what consumers are most interested in. The company plans to introduce additional mobile entertainment services in the coming months, including major motion pictures, premium video programming and mobile-exclusive original programming.

MSpot: Paving the Way
MSpots high-quality exclusive premium music and radio programming turns ordinary cell phones into mobile entertainment centers. Numbers from the companys internal data and surveys show that early adopters of MSpots music services are between the ages of 18 to 44 and the peak traffic time is between 12 PM and 5 PM PST which indicates that users are most likely listening while commuting or otherwise mobile. Since the launch of its flagship service MSpot Radio in April 2005, the company has seen a steady growth in subscription rates due to improved user experience and additional programming.

MSpot recently added stereo audio and improved streaming quality using the latest AAC-Plus encoding technology. The company has also expanded MSpot Radios content with the addition of popular podcasts, new shows from PRI and Sporting News, and music videos from labels and independent artists. MSpot is also piloting new radio shows on the service including Music Artist Profile and Square Circle from CRW, a popular wrestling segment. The company plans to have more than 50 music and talk channels by the end of 2005.

MSpot Radio is one of the fastest growing multi-media services on Sprint, said Daren Tsui, CEO and co-founder of MSpot. Were seeing great interest from domestic and international carriers as they realize mobile multi-media content has tremendous revenue potential.

Tsui added, What sets us apart from the competition is our ability to understand mobile network and handset limitations and still deliver a sophisticated interactive user interface and well continue to partner with entertainment leaders to offer the widest range of premium entertainment programming for mobile phone users.

About MSpot Radio
MSpot Radio is a live and on-demand streaming radio service delivered directly to mobile phones. Currently available on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, MSpot Radio features 20 channels of commercial-free music spanning several genres, such as Todays Top Hits, Pop, Hip Hop or classics from the 70s and 80s. In addition, the service delivers news, sports, finance and weather programming from trusted names such as NPR, Sporting News, MarketWatch and AccuWeather. MSpots mobile radio services feature three programming formats: LIVE live radio and video programming; ON-DEMAND frequently updated clips and stories that users can select and play anytime; and PRE-RECORDED long format shows and programs that loop continuously. All programming formats are streamed directly to the mobile handset - MSpot does not store any content on the device.

About MSpot
MSpot, a pioneer in mobile multimedia entertainment, was founded in 2004 to help movie studios, music labels and media corporations produce and deliver exciting, high-quality audio and video programming for mobile phones. MSpot currently offers two premium music services for US mobile phone subscribers: MSpot Radio, 20 channels of live and on-demand streaming music, news, sports, finance, entertainment and talk radio; and MSpot Music, interactive streaming radio that features commercial-free music, videos, exclusive shows and interviews, and one-click music purchasing. As consumer demand for compelling mobile entertainment grows, MSpot will continue to partner with mobile carriers and entertainment industry leaders to introduce mobile music, video and movie programming as well as mobile-exclusive original entertainment. MSpot is a privately held company headquartered in Palo Alto, California and on the Web at

Leah Bibbo
Kulesa Public Relations for MSpot

DJ Vibe to Launch New Year with Delicious Karma & Ian Shreager's Clift Hotel

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 14, 2005 - World Famous DJ Vibe will celebrate
the arrival of 2006 in San Francisco at a New Year's Eve Bash hosted by Delicious Karma and Ian Shraeger's Clift Hotel. Delicious Karma is
best known for launching the hottest restaurants, lounges and new venues in
the city today and continually produces the most innovative events seen in
San Francisco. For DJ Vibe, this event is one of the most exclusive Vibe
has spun at this year; most recently The Party in Pink in New York City, sponsored by the Junior Host Committee of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

From interning in the promotions department at Island/Def Jam to
releasing and selling his own mixtapes across the nation, DJ Vibe became a
popular face in a world flooded with hideous tapes that duplicated their competitors. He began to release old school mix CDs to the various distributors from Canal Street and Fulton Street to Jamaica Avenue and Fordham Road. "No one had ever just made exclusively old school CDs and people kept buying mine. I carved out a niche for myself even though I
knew I could never be a best seller," said Vibe. " It was the only way I
was able to stay competitive." Nevertheless, Vibe has continued launching
his career from spinning at The Star Room in the Hamptons to DJing at the
Polo Match in Bridgehampton.

For more information, touring & sponsorship, interviews and press kits
on DJ VIBE, please contact HYPURSUIT INC: Keetria Garner-Chambers at
(214) 677-6518 or send email to


Contact: Keetria Garner-Chambers
phone: (214) 677-6518

7th Annual "B.O.B." Festival - More Bands, More Shows!!!

Blam! Some of the hottest and coolest bands
representing all genres and styles of music from
across the Western U.S.are competing for cash and
prizes in Worldfolk's (the folk stands for people) 7th Annual "B.O.B."
Battle Of the Bands Festival!

The Festival continues through December at various
venues around the Western U.S. Shows are scheduled for
Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Agoura Hills, San
Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, San Jose, Sacramento,
Portland, Boulder, San Francisco, and Denver.

Next Shows!

Saturday, November 12th.
Lost & Found Saloon
San Francisco, CA
Time: 8 P.M.
Bands: Not My Hero, Goldmind, Katie Jay, The Flesh Hammers, Out Damned
Spot, 9 Red Sun, Cuesta Drive

Saturday, November 26th.
The Jumping Turtle
San Diego, CA
Time: TBA
Bands: Off Track, Building A Better Spaceship, Conjob, 7K, The
Ellipses, The Downtown Money Wasters, Innocent Noice, The White Mexicans,
Something To Burn, Hydroplane, Light Of Doom

Saturday, December 3rd.
Beverly Hills, CA
Time: TBA
Bands: TBA

This year's "B.O.B." sponsors include: Remo Inc, Orbit
Audio, Sam Ash Music, Hot Topic, Rock Hard Road Cases
Inc., Moonlight Mastering, Viper Drum Company,, Dean Markley Strings, Chipotle,
Buffalo Exchange, Dino M-4,, Kurt Jon
Photography, Sonic, WB Las Vegas, Trimordial Studio
Vegas, The Faro Web Hosting, Anna Michelson
Photography, and Affordable Sound and CD Duplication.

To register your band, be a sponsor, venue, volunteer
or judge, contact us via email:
or call: 702-353-8178. Visit the offical "B.O.B."
website at: Bands can also register
through Sonicbids at:

The 7th Annual "B.O.B." Festival is being presented by
the Worldfolk Foundation, celebrating its 10th year, is a non-profit,
grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting
people, music and culture in the world!


Video Game Programmer, DJ and rapper Judge M had everything positive
for him Experience as a childhood video game programming prodigy, a
reputation for awesome mix tapes produced under his pseudonym DJ Wigga
to make everything positively complete, a new rap CD release under the
M name: Ghetto Quality.

Judge M was at the top of all of his games and should have been
to step into the role as Master Video Programmer and the go-to man for
Hop stars video game creation. But professional betrayal derailed the
that would have made Judge M the Lead Programmer on 50 Cents brand new
video game. The 50 Cent video game comes out on November 15th, timed to
coincide with his new film and movie soundtrack and Judge M was left
out of
the project.

Now Judge M, who is a huge 50 Cent fan and Ice T devotee, doesnt have
beef with 50. His issue is with being so close to his dream project
major Hip Hop artists video game and having it slip away with former
colleagues and coworkers absconding it. Judge M allows that there is no
legal opportunity to prosecute a missed opportunity. And Judge M
taking the fact that people and situations kept him from working on
game this injustice sitting down. But, Judge M isnt going criminal
his enemies. Judge M, the first video game
programmer/developer/designer/producer/director to have his own rap
is taking it to a place where he can really compete: His own flash game

Genuine LIARZ.

Judge M, the game-programming, DJ-ing, rapping phenom, whose own music
hardcore not geeky and who had his first album Ghetto Quality in
is directing his attentions to the sights, sounds and action of his
game Genuine LIARZ. That game, coincidentally, alludes to some of the
that first angered him, then convinced him, that the next 50 Cent, Ice
T or
other major rap artists video game would be created only under his

And the next time that Judge M works on a video game programming team,
ll be watching his back and keeping an eye on people who hone their
with his expertise, then head for the closest exit. Next time, hell
remember those fateful warnings written on the walls in his very own
LIARZ game: "Note To Workers: Please Cover Up All Code. Do Not Say
Name Judge M Ever, etc.

But, despite the fact that the guys who got the 50 Cent contract opened
in Judge Ms own hometown, Judge isnt bitter. Asked if he had a
message for
the perpetrators, he answered: Tell them this, payback my paycheck
now or
pay the pied piper in the future. Oh yeah, and if you want to get the
on the story, check out (his) flash game Genuine LIARZ.

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NOTE: To find the Genuine LIARZ game, go directly to: and enjoy and remember!
ATTENTION EDITORS: Judge M is available for in person or phone
photos provided upon request.

Play the game now at !
Contact: Katherine Aldrich
(818) 359-7314

Official 1 Records Scores the NBA D-League Champion Arkansas Rim Rocker Anthem

November 10, 2005
(PRLEAP.COM) Little Rock, AR - Official 1 Records creates hot new anthem for the NBA Developmental League champion Arkansas Rim Rockers. "Every champion needs a theme song", suggests Official 1 Records CEO and chief producer, Dameon-1. The Rim Rockers hope to repeat in the 2005-2006 season after ending last years season with a stellar 32-5 victory record.

Dameon-1, a vibrant supporter of his native state of Arkansas, knows first-hand what it takes to be a champion. "It takes hard work and determination to be the best in any arena. Whether its politics, sports, entertainment, or everyday surviving - success and making it is built on hard work. Im in my studio bending speakers everyday, building soundtracks to our lives. Everybodys included when I say ours. I merely take what I see, feel, and hear and set it to music. Its hard work, but I love it.", says Dameon-1.

The Rim Rocker Anthem was co-produced by Little Rocks famed producer, "Shorty-P", whos unique and creative style has been utilized by such platinum-selling artists, as Lil Flip, David Banner, Devon the Dude, Skinny Pimp, and many more. "Little Rock is a hot place for music for sure. We are inspired by all genres - country, blues, gospel, rock, jazz, R&B, classical, hip-hop, reggae, and now Latin music. It all blends and its going down in Little Rock. Our time is coming real soon!", affirms Shorty-P.

Official 1 Records has great aspirations for the upcoming year. With many projects in the works, a televison show, a non-profit program, and more hit music to be made, there is no time for complacency. When asked about the 2005-2006 Rim Rocker season, "It is my vision to see Alltel Arena filled to the ceiling with Rim Rocker fans screaming ROOOHH-RHEEEE - with the court, the walls, and scoreboard shaking as the Rim Rocker Cheerleaders perform to the Rim Rocker Anthem", exclaims Minthone Washington of Official 1 Records.

The Arkansas Rim Rockers will make their Little Rock home court debut against the Austin Toros on November 25, 2005 at 7:30 pm. in the Alltel Arena. For tickets, contact The Rim Rocker ticket office at (501) 975-HOOP (4667).

For more information on Official 1 Records up and coming projects, contact Minthone Washington at (501) 219-9169 or by email


Minthone Washington
Inter-Media Marketing, Inc.
Email Inter-Media Marketing, Inc.
(501) 219-9169


Fashion Week 2006 Designer Michael Wesetly Raps with M1 of Dead Prez

Koch Records hosted the album listening party for M1 of dead prez's debut solo project, Confidential due in stores early 2006. Immediately preceding the listening session was a photo shoot featuring M1 wearing the Spring 2006 collection from Olympus Fashion Week 2006 designer Michael Wesetly.

(PRWEB) November 12, 2005 -- On November 8 the worlds of hip hop and high fashion collided at the offices of Impact210. Koch Records hosted the album listening party for M1 of dead prez's debut solo project, Confidential due in stores early 2006. Immediately preceding the listening session was a photo shoot featuring M1 wearing the Spring 2006 collection from Olympus Fashion Week 2006 designer Michael Wesetly. This never before fashion collaboration was caught on camera by Bruce Lemler and will be featured in the December issue of

Recently launching his mens line of suits and classic designs, Michael Wesetly was excited about dressing one of hip hops most prolific and political artists. When dead prez first came on the scene in 1997, they were educating listeners about the inner city and state of affairs in America. After 8 years in the business, group member M1 is set to release his solo project, Confidential on Koch Records, featuring Bun B, Styles P, Ghostface, Q-Tip, Cassandra Wilson and dead prez partner stic man.

Michael Wesetly Clothing brand is noted for quality, craftsmanship and style. Michael Wesetly Clothing is one of the few designer labels in the world where all of the clothing and accessories are MADE IN USA, making the Michael Wesetly Clothing brand even more unique. In 2005, Fashion and Runway Shows were held in Moscow, New York, Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg.

Were proud to bring together the world of hip hop and high fashion. Michael Wesetly and M1 are both tremendously talented individuals and were excited about showcasing both of them, states Impact210 CEO Michael Fomkin.

For more information on Michael Wesetly, log onto and for M1, check out

Newly launched in 2005, IMPACT210 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.

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Michael Fomkin
212-334-5325 has Arrived

Innovative urban music supersite has officially opened.

(PRWEB) November 13, 2005 --Rick From Chicago, Music Director of The 3XGP Countdown, has officially announced that his highly anticipated website, is now open for all urban music fans around the world.

Rick From Chicago's brand new site features The 3XGP Countdown, the most advanced music chart system circulating the world wide web. In an affiliate partnership with iTunes, every song posted will be available for preview and purchase. Brand new content sections including record reviews, brand new music releases and mixtape releases will give music fans access to the most up to date content on their favourite music artists.

The media section is now available with streaming videos of Freshlink TV and 3XGP TV, which promises to showcase Rick From Chicago and his humourous associates. New videos will be posted on a weekly basis. Visitors also now have access to current and future exclusive audio mixes from The 3XGP's talented up and coming turntablist, DJ GLEW.

Another informative section is the web links area. This list contains the most in depth, industry depended resources, which is a great start for anyone who would like to know more about the culture of urban music from a business, entertainment and educational standpoint. is officially open. Go tell your friends. Go tell your bosses. If you're a fan of music and would like to know the latest inside scoop, look no more.'s ultimate goal is to provide fans of urban and hip hop music with a new direction led by the creative vision of Rick From Chicago.

About Rick From Chicago
Rick From Chicago is the founder and Music Director of He has a historic track record of calling the next big record. Time after time he has distinguished himself by selecting hit songs prior to public release, building a popular online following. Born in Chicago and now residing in Toronto, Richard F. Holla is a York University graduate, with a double major honours degree in Communications Studies and Sociology. He is currently studying for his Masters in Nonsense at Degrassi.

Rick From Chicago
Motorola RAZR V3: 416.835.1904
T-Mobile Sidekick II: 416.404.1938
Fax: 416.748.6574


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Local Bands Get Reviewed for Free on and and are now reviewing local up and coming bands.

(PRWEB) November 13, 2005 -- and offer users an outlet to the music industry's hottest acts and rising stars
Long Island, NY-Exploring today's music scene can sometimes feel like navigating a crowded club on opening night. It's congested, it's loud, and it's ultimately a crapshoot when trying to decide which artists are worth lending a listen to. Fortunately, the founders of, the web's longest running entertainment website, have launched two new sites to help sort out the new faces of music from the crowd. and provide visitors with hundreds of CD reviews and leave no stone unturned in covering a laundry list of music genres, including spoken word and comedy.

Both and provide short reviews of hundreds of artists works, sparing readers the eye-rolling monotony associated with rival sites' long-winded reviews. Each site offers unique benefits to its visitors, making the experience as interactive as it is informative. provides forums to visitors where they can discuss today's music and suggest titles to one another, while rewards its visitors with a contest where one lucky participant will win 60 free CD's. and weren't launched to feed the egomania entrenched in today's music scene, but simply to promote music for music lovers. They may not be able to play bouncer in the crowded club that is the music industry today, but they can certainly unlatch the velvet rope to the VIP lounge for visitors who are just looking for a nice tune.

For additional information, contact:
Michael Buckley, Communications Specialist
Work: 516-812-8611

Find out more about your favorite artists and the exciting new up-and-comers in the music scene by visiting and


Kim Helk

Detroit Emcee and Producer Big Tone Gets Picked Up by Music Choice!

Five Songs from Debut Release The Drought Will Begin Airing on the Rap Uncensored Channel Starting November 11th

Oakland, CA -- (ArriveNet - Nov 11, 2005) --ABB Records recording artist Big Tone has just been added not once, not twice but five times to Music Choices Uncensored Rap Channel starting today.

Five songs from Big Tones recent debut The Drought were picked up by Music Choice for their audio channel including lead single Come My Way, a sentimental song about the reality and hardships of growing up in Detroit while trying to realize your dream. Im honored that Music Choice would take a chance on me and my music and add so many of my songs on their Rap Channel states Big Tone. Its nice to know cats are out there supporting what I do.

Big Tones music will begin airing today. Below is a schedule of dates and times:

Song: Respect
Sat Nov. 12th within the 7am hour.
Mon Nov. 14th within the 12pm hour.
Wed Nov. 16th within the 5pm hour.
Friday Nov. 18th within the 11am hour.
Monday Nov. 21st within the 12am hour.

Song: Watch Me
Sat Nov. 12th within the 2pm hour.
Mon Nov. 14th within the 7am hour.
Wed Nov. 16th within the 6am hour.
Fri Nov 18th within the 4pm hour.
Sun Nov. 20th within the 8pm hour.

Song: Come My Way
Sat, Nov. 12th within the 1pm hour.
Mon, Nov. 14th within the 5pm hour.
Wed, Nov 16th within the 9am hour.
Friday, Nov 18th within the 11pm hour.

Song: Good Ole Days
Plays Sat, Nov 12th within the 1am hour.
Tues, Nov 15th within the 7pm hour.
Sat, Nov 19th within the 4pm hour.

Song: Get Up
Sun, Nov 13th within the 4pm hour.
Thurs, Nov 17th within the 6pm hour.
Mon, Nov 21st within the 11pm hour.

For interviews or for a review copies, please contact Diane Payes at (510) 419-0396 or Hi-res images and bio are available at www.abbrecords/Press

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About Big Tone:
While the success of artists like Eminem, Royce Da 59, Jay Dee and Slum Village have helped put Detroit on the hip-hop map; most of Motor Citys talent remain largely unheard. Enter Big Tone; the latest recording artist to join the ABB Records family (also home to Little Brother and Dilated Peoples). The young emcee/ producer is looking to go beyond the regional acclaim hes built off of a series of 12 releases and guest appearances with his debut effort The Drought available now. Big Tone has been recently featured in the Detroit Free Press and the cover of Real Detroit Weekly (alongside Dwele and John Arnold).

About ABB Records:
Since its inception in 1997, ABB Records has established itself as an independent force to be reckoned with in the world of hip-hop. Major labels, in particular, have certainly taken the ABB quality standard seriously: several ABB artists have gone on to ink major record deals. ABBs worldwide rep has been built on a solid foundation of consistency and musical excellencenot always a given when dealing with the music industry. Current roster includes Dilated Peoples, Little Brother, Defari, The Sound Providers, and many more. To learn more about ABB and its artists visit

About Music Choice:
Music Choice is the premier multi-platform music network that reaches millions of consumers nationwide through their TVs, PCs, and cell phones. Music Choice programs both video and audio music channels, produces exclusive music shows, films in-studio artist performances and interviews, and distributes daily entertainment news. Headquartered in Horsham, PA, Music Choice is a partnership among subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Sony
Corporation of America, EMI Music and several leading U.S. cable providers: Adelphia Cable Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. MUSIC CHOICE is a registered trademark of Music Choice. Visit the Music Choice website at

CD Baby Brings 100,000+ Independent Music Albums to

Best Buy is launching an independent music catalog at that will give shoppers access to the largest online library of independent music. Through an alliance with CD Baby, Best Buy customers can access and purchase more than 100,000 hard-to-find albums sold direct from the artist.

(PRWEB) November 12, 2005 -- Best Buy is launching an independent music catalog at that will give shoppers access to the largest online library of independent music. Through an alliance with CD Baby, Best Buy customers can access and purchase more than 100,000 hard-to-find albums sold direct from the artist.

CD Baby handles online sales and distribution for independent artists and labels. More than 75,000 artists sell their music through CD Baby, making it the largest seller of independent music on the Web.

"Best Buy believes the future of music depends on consumers exploring new music and connecting with new artists," said Gary Arnold, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. "As the link between the artist and the consumer, Best Buy is in a unique position to help generate excitement by exposing people to talented independent artists. It's a responsibility we take seriously, and that's why this agreement with CD Baby is so important."

The alliance with CD Baby is part of Best Buy's overall commitment to provide consumers with as many entertainment choices as possible. Best Buy stocks a deep catalog of music that goes well beyond simply carrying new releases. Offering the CD Baby catalog online will provide an even more diverse selection of music to Best Buy customers.

"Best Buy selling deep catalog directly from independent musicians like this is the beginning of a 'long tail' revolution," said Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby. "This will highlight the most amazing musicians in all genres of music, that are bypassing the record labels to sell directly from musician to fan."

The CD Baby alliance will be featured on front page of the music section on A link will take customers to a searchable library of independent and unsigned artists. Consumers can browse by style of music, check out the top selling albums on the site, and can even search by location to discover talent from their part of the country.

About Best Buy Co., Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is an innovative Fortune 100 growth company that continually strives to create superior customer experiences. Through more than 840 retail stores across the United States and in Canada, our employees connect customers with technology and entertainment products and services that make life easier and more fun. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services. A Minneapolis-based company, our operations include: Best Buy ( and, Future Shop (, Geek Squad ( and and Magnolia Audio Video ( We support our communities through employee volunteerism and grants from The Best Buy Children's Foundation.

CD Baby ( was started as a hobby by musician Derek Sivers in 1998 as a way to help some friends sell their CDs online. CD Baby's democratic service gives any musician worldwide distribution for their music. Through word-of-mouth among musicians, CD Baby grew into the largest seller of independent CDs on the web, paying over $20 million directly to over 75,000 artists. Apple iTunes invited CD Baby to be one of their backend digital distributors, and now CD Baby's digital distribution catalog provides over 600,000 songs to digital music services like Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music, Yahoo Music, and more. Esquire Magazine's annual "Best and Brightest" cover story said, "Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold... one of the last music-business folk heroes." Sivers is Winner of the 2003 World Technology Award.


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New Study Concludes Arts Education Improves Overall School Performance

Art Fosters Student Achievement, Improves Teaching and Builds Communities

On November 15, 2005 the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) will release Third Space: When Learning Matters, the result of a three-year study of how and why the arts transform learning and teaching and foster community involvement. Third Space explores the impact of the arts as revealed in 10 schools from across the country that serve economically disadvantaged communities.

Richard J. Deasy, Director, Arts Education Partnership and co-author

Margarita Nell, District Administrator former Principal P.S. 130

Roberta Puzon, Dance Teacher at Sheridan School (Minneapolis)

Nina Rees, Assistant Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Education

Lauren Stevenson, Researcher, Arts Education Partnership and co-author

Joseph Villani, Deputy Executive Director, National School Board

John Wilson, Executive Director, National Education Association

November 15, 2005 10:00 a.m. Eastern

National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Third Space: When Learning Matters showcases a selection of schools in disadvantaged communities that have made the arts central to their curriculum and reveals the powerful impacts that comprehensive arts education has on students, teachers and the entire school community. The book adopts the term "third space" as a metaphor to capture the new contexts and conditions the arts create in the schools and the new possibilities for teaching, learning and community building these environments foster. The research suggests that educational reform can emerge from the bottom up, when the student becomes the epicenter of school transformation. The new collaborative teacher-student relationships, created when arts are integrated into the curriculum, produce a dynamic that can transform an entire school.

CONTACT: Cliff Mintz, +1-202-416-6116, for Arts Education Partnership

This company's web site