Willie James Matthews Jr. was born March 11 1968 in Brunswick,Georgia to Brenda Faye Matthews and Willie James Matthews Sr. he passed away August 23 2011 from a Brain Anyreusm at the age of 43 in Savannah,Georgia.Willie is survived by his two loving and beautiful children Willie James Matthews III 18 years old and Makhayla Jackson 14 years old. He is survived by both parents Brenda Faye Pasco and Willie Mathhews Sr. He is also survived by two Brothers William E. Muhammad Jr. A.K.A. THA-CHILL-ONE and Tyrone Speakman A.K.A. King Ody "O".Willie is survived by a host of family and friends whom will forever Love and Honor his memories including his God-Father N.O.I.Southern Regional Minister A.Sharrief Muhammad who has always served as an inspiration and motivation to Willie as of a young age.Willie will always be apart of the Royal Entertainment/Street-Wize Muzikworkz and Promotions Family. He was indeed a man of many talents and he had genuine love and concern for everyone he came into contact with no matter the circumstances. He was a multi-talented street grafitti artist,breakdancer,rapper,and comedian. He was well-versed in the Bible and other Scriptures and he had a heart of Gold and he will forever be remembered for that always. Willie also had the pleasure of learning and taking part in the F.O.I. Manhood Training for several years as well as being a dedicated Church supporter for several years as well.Wherever he could learn knowledge and wisdom from he wasn't afraid to get it by no means.He was a sincere and genuine individual to all of those that knew him and he continued to fellowship with and hang with his two childhood and adulthood bestfriends Dwayne"ESKI"Sharpe Sr. and Lloyd"L.J."Mullino both of Brunswick,Georgia. Willie had the honor of providing security services at various award shows (Soul Train Awards,Budweiser Superfests,Source Awards,and Summer Jams) throughout several years.He was a well-respected streetball player in the South and had major basketball talent which he passed on to his two multi-talented children Willie III and Makhayla.R.I.P. Willie....To "GOD" Be The Glory....We Love You Brother..."ALLAH-U-AKBAR"
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. ...
Rap veteran Uncle Luke recently gave his take on hip-hop stars Jay-Z and Eminem along with provided suggestions for what select rappers need to do to reach their level of achievement.
Luke feels Jay and Em clearly display their own unique prowess on each record they put out.
"H*ll, Forbes magazine just named Hova the highest-earning rap star. Others on the list include P. Diddy, Kanye, Lil Wayne, and Eminem, another guy I think is right up there with Jay-Z. Eminem raps his a** off on every album he's put out," Luke said in a blog posting. "In fact, aside from Jay-Z and Eminem, there are very few hip-hop artists who can really claim the title. In the '90s, you knew Tupac and Biggie Smalls were the absolute best in the game. Those guys dropped verse after verse without their buddies rapping on their tracks. Nowadays you have too many hip-hop male performers doing collaborations with guest rappers. A Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, or Drake album will almost always have some other artist showing up to rap every five minutes." (Miami New Times)
In Luke's mind, Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne still need to prove they can stand on their own feet.
"Carol City native Ross has certainly evolved into a h*lluva lyricist. But he needs to do a song on his own that will stand the test of time like Biggie's "Juicy" or Tupac's "Dear Mama." The same can be said of Lil Wayne and Drake. I'd like to hear those two cats produce an album without a guest appearing on songs," Luke added. "Don't get me wrong -- Lil Wayne's lyrics are out of this world. But you can't just do one verse per song and then call yourself the greatest. That's bullsh*t...If Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Drake want to take that title from Jay-Z and Eminem, they need to carry albums on their own." (Miami New Times)
After Eminem got labeled the King of Hip-Hop by Rolling Stone magazine last month, rap veteran Cormega shared his input.
"Time and time again, Eminem has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with," Cormega told Mikey T The Movie Star. "Eminem is an incredible artist. His last album, Recovery, was just proof of his power and his impact as an artist. It's not very often, rarely if ever or never, does an artist put out an album and that album comes back to the charts. His album was a strong seller and then other albums came out that were number one -- and then Eminem's album came back to the top charts. That's historical. People's albums don't do that. Eminem has proven himself to be one of the greatest rappers." (Mikey T The Movie Star)
Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Forbes staff writer and author of the Jay-Z biography "Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office," said Jay has become the "gold standard" to which hip-hop artists aspire when it comes to mixing business and music. "I'd put Diddy and Birdman up there too, but Jay is always at the top of the Cash Kings list because he makes brilliant business moves but keeps putting out relevant music," he told MTV News. "OthE \
[on the list] are more one or the other, but he keeps doing both." (MTV
A 22-year-old Dallas mother is in police custody after authorities say she unmercifully tortured her daughter for a potty-training incident.
Police report that Elizabeth Escalona, dragged her daughter, Joselyn Cedillo, by her feet across her apartment, glued her hands and stuck them to a wall until they bled because the 2-year-old soiled her pants.
She then reportedly beat the little girl with a shoe and a belt, kicked her, and pounded her in the stomach with a jug of milk.
According to police, the young mother later made a hysterical phone call to her mother after she noticed that something was wrong with the child.
When the mother arrived Joselyn was unconscious and rushed to the hospital where she remains in critical condition with broken bones and head injuries.
Escalona was arrested for causing an injury to a child; she is being held on $500,000 bond
A 16-year-old boy in Brazil was pronounced dead after masturbating 42 times without stopping in Rubiato town, in Goiás region, Brazil.
His mother told a local newspaper that she already knew about her son's addiction and although she planned on him to get special help, her decision came too late.
At midnight, the young man began to masturbate and because of his addiction could not stop, continuing to do it 42 individual times.
At school, his classmates commented on the boy's problem and some said he asked them to connect to the webcam so they could observe him.
They further said that his attraction to women was extreme; he was attracted to all kind of women, regardless of texture physics, color and age.
In his room a great amount of pornography was found, including photographs and videos of nude women that were saved on his PC.
The things we’re finding out about our beloved historical figures nowadays…
Apparently, during one of his trips to Washington for a Civil Rights march, MLK tried to get some freakiness poppin’. And that cost him the support of Mrs. JFK for a while.
In explosive tapes to be revealed later this month, the former first lady also tells how she could barely look at images of the iconic leader after he apparently also made derogatory remarks at JFK’s funeral.
Jackie Kennedy’s relationship with Dr King Jr became strained as a result of wire taps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
The taps allegedly caught Martin Luther King trying to arrange a sex party in Washington, although this has been dismissed by some material concocted by Hoover to damage Dr King Jr.
Nonetheless, Jacqueline Kennedy branded Martin Luther King ‘tricky’ and a ‘phoney’ after hearing of the FBI tapes.
In one of the interviews to be broadcast on September 13, she said: ‘I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible.’
She said King had mocked her husband’s funeral and Cardinal Richard Cushing, who celebrated Mass at the funeral.
‘He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said that he was drunk at it,’ she said. ‘And things about they almost dropped the coffin.’
But per Mrs. Kennedy-Onassis’ memory, MLK wasn’t the only hero who liked to talk that yang after work with his friends.
The Jackie Kennedy interview tapes also reveal that President Kennedy saw U.S. participation in Vietnam as ‘hopeless’ and scorned the idea of Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office.
The explosive never-before-heard memoirs of the former first lady reveal that JFK was highly skeptical about victory in Vietnam.
The memoirs, to be released later this month on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s first year in office, also describe how Kennedy feared what would happen if rival Johnson took office.
Kennedy chose Johnson, a Texas senator and former political rival, as his running mate in 1960 but later fretted about a Johnson presidency.
In a previously unaired 1964 interview with historian and former JFK aide Arthur Schlesinger, Jackie Kennedy said: ‘Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, ‘Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon were president?”
She also told how her husband and his brother, then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy even discussed ways to prevent Johnson from winning the Democratic nomination in a future contest.
Jacqueline Kennedy added in the interview: ‘He didn’t like that idea that Lyndon would go on and be president because he was worried for the country,” she said.
‘Bobby told me that he’d had some discussions with him.
‘I forget exactly how they were planning or who they had in mind. It wasn’t Bobby, but somebody. Do something to name someone else in ’68.’
Well damn. Who knew our political heroes were this imperfect.
Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy referred to Dr. Martin Luther King as “phony” and “tricky” during a 1964 interview about the life of her husband John F. Kennedy. The revelations were laid out in a new book about the couple’s time in the White House.
The interview was one of seven sessions with former JFK aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., where Kennedy said that King mocked her husband’s funeral, namely Cardinal Richard Cushing, who served as the celebrant for the service. In Catholicism, the celebrant is the person who offers the mass.
“He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said he was drunk at it,” Kennedy said. “And things about they almost dropped the coffin. I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, ‘That man’s terrible.’”
The book is called “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.”
Mrs. Kennedy also revealed that her husband was petrified at the idea of Lyndon B. Johnson taking over as president.
“Jack said it to me sometimes,” she said. “He said, ‘Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon were president? And Bobby (Kennedy) told me that he’d had some discussion with him … (to) do something to name someone else in 1968.”
CNN) -- Jay-Z's sixth album, "The Blueprint," hit record stores on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001.
Despite the horrible coincidence, the New York rapper's album -- featuring the hit track "Izzo (H.O.V.A)" - sold more than 420,000 copies in the first week.
That's an impressive feat for any musician in a time of declining sales -- let alone while Americans were still reeling from the worst terror attack on U.S. soil in modern history. The album went on to sell more than 2 million copies, earning a multi-platinum certification, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, which tracks music sales.
So why did "The Blueprint" do so well amid the chaos of 9/11?
Music experts say that music sales that day and week were at least partially driven by a group of youthful consumers, who were somehow and incredulously untroubled -- or at least not paralyzed -- by the events of 9/11.
Jay Z.'s classic masterpiece "The Blueprint" the first installment of the classic trilogy of Blueprint albums by Jay Z. gave hiphop fans an escape from all that was taking place in our country at the time. Music has a way of defining moments in time historically. 9/11 and The Blueprint will live on forever embedded in modern folklore, I purchased the album on 9/11 and it became the soundtrack to what all took place that day and that year. One of the best hiphop albums ever made dropped the same day as the worst act of terrorism hit our beloved country and it still managed to sell over 425,000 units the first week on its way to over 2 million sold.
"Young people not directly affected are always more removed from the onset of national tragedy," said Tricia Rose, a professor at Brown University and author of "The Hip Hop Wars."
To be fair, Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" -- considered to be a masterpiece by many music reviewers -- was not a particularly socially conscious work.
A hodge-podge of musings on street life, the album's most endearing quality may be its soulful production (crafted in part by a then-young Kanye West), featuring music samples from the likes of David Bowie and the Doors.
A handful of other significant albums were also released on 9/11, including Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft" and Mariah Carey's "Glitter." But no one had record sales that approached what Jay-Z did that week.
Rose said a confluence of factors, not unlike the catalyst for 9/11 itself, help explain Jay-Z's sales that week.
"While the much older fans of Mariah Carey or Bob Dylan would likely be too busy and worried about terrorist attacks to rush out and purchase a CD the week of 9/11, Jay-Z's teen and early 20s fans, already hyped up about this release long beforehand, remained focused on their idol," Rose said. "And many probably never left the comfort of their bedrooms to download the release."
"The Blueprint" was heavily downloaded upon its release. Indeed, digital downloads took off in 2001 with the advent of iTunes earlier in the year.
Yet on September 11, 2001, people were still shopping in music stores in New York City -- even a short distance from the attacks. "There was a lot of confusion and definitely an unsettled feeling, but New York, at least this area, was still functioning," said Daniel Givens, a buyer for Other Music, a Brooklyn record store located about a mile from where the World Trade Center stood.
Givens was at work on September 11, 2001.
"There was a foreboding atmosphere about the day overall, but people were still trying to get to work, get to where they were going, they were still functioning," Givens said.
That ability to function, to keep going, is what no doubt kept the city and nation together during one of the darkest times in the nation's history. Food had to be purchased. Things had to be done. Even something as seemingly inconsequential as hot music, had to be listened to.
According to media professor Aaron Sachs another factor in the sales of "The Blueprint" is the type of audience that Jay-Z appeals to.
"Hip-hop heads (fans) have a different kind of relationship to music than fans of other genre," said Sachs, an assistant professor of media technologies and culture at St. Mary's College of California. "Hip-hop is not just music, it's a culture, and that mentality permeates many aspects of the lives of hip-hop heads."
Regardless of the circumstances or situation, Sachs says the hip-hop fan uses the music as a soundtrack to life in a way that goes beyond the relationship of a casual listener.
"Being a hip-hop head means purchasing albums no matter what else is going on in your life or the world, especially an album as hot and highly anticipated as 'The Blueprint' was," he said.
(CNN) -- A church called the Phoenix Goddess Temple has been accused of being a house of prostitution, and a six-month undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 20 women and men who worked there, Phoenix police said Friday.
Authorities are still searching for 17 more people -- all of whom have been indicted -- in connection with the prostitution enterprise, said Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman. The 20 people arrested so far have been charged with prostitution or other offenses, police said.
During a Wednesday search of the Phoenix temple and two church-related sites in nearby Sedona, police seized evidence showing that "male and female 'practitioners' working a t the Temple were performing sexual acts in exchange for monetary 'donations,' all on the pretense of providing 'neo tantric' healing therapies," Phoenix police said.
The alleged brothel generated tens of thousands of dollars a month, Martos told CNN.
A history of neighbor complaints, a recent Phoenix newspaper article, and the temple's website were among the factors prompting authorities to conduct the undercover investigation, Martos said.
"What's unusual is that they were trying to hide behind religion or church, and under the guise of religious freedom, they were committing acts of prostitution," Martos said.
"We certainly respect First Amendment rights. However, religious freedom does not allow for criminal acts," Martos said.
Regarding the Goddess Temple's website, he said: "What they would talk about would seem to be religion. At the same time, they were implying or intimating that they were giving sex therapy."
The website says at one point: "Sex is a holy, sacred and divine healing force at the core (of) our beings. Once we embrace this force instead of deny it, we become successful, happy and powerful manifestors."
The website also features unclothed women, listed as residing in several states, under a "Goddesses" section.
The investigation focused on the alleged crimes, said acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery added in a statement: "Freedom of religion does not allow individuals to trade sex for money, no matter how the transaction is portrayed."
The alleged madam, Tracy Elise, who is in her 50s, was arrested and charged with prostitution, illegal control of an enterprise, pandering, and operating a house of prostitution, police said.
Elise was allegedly involved in a similar suspected brothel in Seattle, Washington, which authorities shut down in 2009, Phoenix police said.
Elise or her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.
Others named in the indictment face charges including conspiracy, working in a house of prostitution, and massaging without a license. A total of 33 people have been indicted, but during Wednesday's search of the Phoenix temple, police arrested four more people not named in the indictment, Martos said.
Four of the 20 people arrested are men, and two of the four are alleged prostitutes, Martos said. The other two men are a website operator and a school director-teacher at the temple, he said.
The other people arrested are women, he added.
The church is near downtown Phoenix, and the temple also had an office and a house in Sedona, both of which investigators also searched with warrants and where police made three of the arrests, Martos said.
The temple practitioners probably used the Sedona house for rest and sleep, Martos said.
What is this world coming to where people are using Religion to shield there dirty and unethical practices misleading and misguiding thousands of people under the false institution of Christianity when Christianity has nothing to do with those sick ideologies whatsoever.......(THACHILLONE)
The rapper known as the "GAME" who burst onto the scene with a scorching classic debut album "The Documentary" Executive Produced by DR.DRE AND 50 Cent that went double platinum is selling 98,000 in his first weeks sales of his new album "RED" that earned him the Number 1. slot atop the Billboard Charts.He barely beat out the throne album in its third week it did 95,000 and stands at 700,000 plus sold already. The GAME will be hard pressed to sale 700,000 units altogether with this album when its said and done. So what is it why only certain rappers like Jay Z,Kanye West,Eminem,LiL Wayne,Drake, and Nikki Minaj are going Platinum and everybody else are jocking to sale whatever it is they sale. They may even have big singles,big videos, and big buzzes behind them on the streets but its not equating to record sales like you think they are. As big of an artist as Rick Ross is right now he doesn't sell platinum inside the United States not even any of your Atlanta Rappers anymore the closest two are Ludacris and T.I. Only the true Superstar rappers with a cult-like following are moving major units even in an age where everything is digital. The Carter 1V will sale major units on top of units but it is not Waynes best work to date by far but he has a cult-like following right now that supports everything he does. 50 Cent no longer moves platinum units with his albums so what does that tell you about the state of the industry as far as hiphop sales are concerned. Its time for a new infusion of fresh against the grain content in the music business especially hiphop. To me Jay Z. and Eminem should do one more album a piece and gracefully bow out and retire from making albums not music.They have both had succesful runs especially Jay Z. 12 Number 1. albums on the billboard charts thats crazy unto itself. But artist like The GAME who hates on everybody but only moves under a 100,000 his first week sales need to do some self evaluating and look in the mirror cause where I come from with a name and ego as big as his thats a major flop. The label will never recoup their money off of his album by far. So is it safe to say "GAME OVER"??? SAFE TO SAY THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND ITS CRYSTAL CLEAR>>>>>