Happy birthday to George Lopez who is 53 today
RZA Speaks On Raekwon Disagreement - RZA sat down for an interview to discuss Raekwon's recent comments about him not appearing on the 20th anniversary Wu Tang album "A Better Tomorrow." Raekwon has said that the quality of the music is being compromised and that he doesn't want to be involved in giving his fans sub par material. RZA is also doing press and promoting his new film “Brick Mansions” and has responded and said that the rift between them is like "a rift between brothers" and really boils down to a lack of communication. Apparently the communication has broken down and they are not calling each other to convey their concerns and thoughts to each other and they are expressing their views via different interviews. It seems like the real issue here is money. Certain members of Wu Tang are worth more than others when you think about it because some have had independent success outside of the group. Apparently (it seems like) Raekwon wants a sum of money for stepping in the booth that Wu Tang Productions can’t sustain. To a smaller degree it seems like there is an issue with the sound of the album. We all know Wu Tang’s sound. It’s hard, rugged, and grimy. There seems to be an issue with working with new producers with new sounds vs producers that can crank out that classic Wu Tang sound. RZA did say that he is ready to resolve the disagreement, "We need him there. I want him there. I came up with the idea to do another album to celebrate our 20th year. [Call it] Better Tomorrow because I feel our world needs a better tomorrow. I want to bring that spirit back. To celebrate ourselves. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate yourselves?"
Supreme Court Stikes Down Affirmative Action in Michigan - Yesterday Michigan became the eighth state to legally ban affirmative action. In a 6-2 decision the Supreme Court upheld the right of the state to ban the practice of admitting students to universities based on race. Also banning affirmative action are California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire. One justice said, "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race...is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination."
Engineer Trying To Extort Jay Z Says He Helped Him - The engineer accused of trying to extort $100K from Jay Z be reselling mastered recordings back to Roc Nation, has spoken out to say that he was actually helping Jigga. Chauncey Mahan reached out to TMZ to say that at the time the recordings were made Jay Z was "a stupid kid smoking blunts." He said if it weren't for him than the music would have been lost or destroyed. He also said that over the past 10 years he has repeatedly reached out to Hov's camp only to be ignored. Mahan claims he only asked for the money when he couldn't afford to keep the masters in storage anymore. Chauncey describes the tapes as "horrible". Horrible or not they are worth millions of dollars and are currently in police custody.
Prep School Students Arrested In Drug Ring -
Neil Scott, 25 and Timothy Brooks, 18 have been arrested and charged with running a huge drug ring throughout high schools and colleges in Pennsylvania. Officials claim Scott was the boss of this operation, which included shipping large amounts of marijuana from California to Pennsylvania. The two graduated from Haverford and hired several high school students to be "sub dealers" throughout the affluent schools. One of the guys ever went to the University of Richmond in 2013 on a lacrosse scholarship. The drug were being pushed to the high schools of Conestoga, Radnor, Harriton and Lower Merion, each of which have some of the highest SAT scores in Pennsylvania. They allegedly sold weed, cocaine, ecstasy and hash oil. The Montgomery County District Attorney said, "They were using very traditional business principles...They were trying to identify and incentivize their dealers. They were trying to create a market...You're dealing with kids with one of the finest institutions probably in the country. To take those skills and turn it into this kind of an illegal enterprise is very distressing." Eight people have been arrested so far. Scott, Brooks and their 2 sub dealers have been charged with felony drug offenses.
Michelle Obama Reveals Some Parenting Tactics - Just because they are the leaders of the free world does not mean that Michelle and Barack Obama don't have some secret parenting weapons up their sleeves. During an interview with Kelly and Michael during the White House Easter egg roll, Michelle Obama revealed how she makes sure Sasha and Malia are on their best behavior at big events. She said, "If they're looking a little, you know, uninvolved in an event, I'll just lean over and be like 'If you don't smile I'm gonna start dancing.' And it's like 'No mom, please. Whatever you do, just don't move." The POTUS has a similar tactic and tells the girls that he will burst out into song.
Big Sean Performs At White House - On Monday during the annual White House Easter egg roll, Big Sean took the stage. He joined Ariana Grande for a performance of "Right There". Other than Common reciting poetry back in 2011, no other rapper has performed at the event!
Teen Hides In Plane Wheel Well To See His Mom - A 15 year old boy hopped an airport fence, spent 6 hours on the ground and then flew from California to Hawaii in an airplane wheel well. He jumped the fence around 1AM for the flight that took off at 7:55AM. The teen, who has not yet been identified, said that he was trying to get to Somalia to see his mother but investigators don't think he even knew where the plane was going. Against the odds, he survived the 5+ hour flight in subzero temperatures at oxygen deprived heights. He told police that he lost consciousness when he climbed into the well. He's currently in the custody of child welfare services while he is in the hospital recovering.
Fast Food CEO’s Earn How Much An Hour? - Fast Food CEOs are also making fast money. According to reports, fast food CEOs rack in about $28 million a year or $11,400 an hour. The CEO of Mcdonald's makes about $5,240 an hour. Groups have been protesting considering the average fast food worker makes about $19,000 a year- that's if they work for $9 an hour and full time. One protestor said, "This study is important because it goes to the heart of opponents’ arguments that a meager, incremental increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would somehow be unaffordable." PA democrats are working to get the minimum wage raised from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. Fast food workers are among the lowest paid in the nation while those at the top make more in a few hours than they'll see in a few years.