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Craig Mack, Bad Boy Records’ First Artist, Has Died At Age 46


“Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world. You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me and will continue to inspire us. We will always love you. RIP Craig Mack.” – Sean “Puffy” Combs

Craig Mack, the Long Island rapper who was the first artist Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs signed to his Bad Boy label, has died at age 46 from heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday. The news of his passing became a top trend on twitter and many of his fans expressed their feelings about his sudden death and music. According to DJ Scratch, Craig Mack was ill for some time before his passing and was prepared for a grim outcome.

Best known for his 1994 hit single, “Flava In Ya Ear”, which is considered a hip-hop classic, even appearing in a recent car ad as motivational music, Craig Mack helped put Bad Boy Entertainment on the map. He released his first and only studio album with the label called Project: Funk da World that reached Gold-RIAA sales thank to the singles “Flava In Your Ear,” “Get Down,” and “Making Moves With Puff”. Though commercially successful & acclaimed at the time of its release, the album was overshadowed by the massive success of label mate Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Craig Mack quickly lost public image, releasing only one other album, the commercially unsuccessful Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

After a few attempts to be successful in the early-2000s, Craig Mack disappeared from the music business and  resided in the Overcomer Ministry located in Walterboro, South Carolina. Craig Mack felt he was doing “wickedness” in New York, and “righteousness” in South Carolina.

In 2017, The Mack World Sessions was released, containing 18 tracks recorded between 2000 and 2006.

Rapper Eric Sermon twitted on Twitter that he was finishing work on Craig Mack’s new album.

Toney, who helped produce Project: Funk Da World, told the NY Daily News he was working on a documentary about Craig Mack. “Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney said. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”

R.I.P. Craig Mack! Now you are in heaven with Notorious B.I.G.




Last night, on March 11, 2018 at WWE Fastlane, Randy Orton made history be becoming a Grand Slam champion (winning all the major championships in WWE) by capturing the WWE U.S. championship when he defeated Bobby Roode. He is the eighteenth and most recent Grand Slam Champion, and also the first wrestler to complete the Grand Slam with one of the 2016 brand extension alternate titles(in this case the Smackdown Tag Team Championship).

Randy Orton has held the WWE Championship nine times and WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship four times. He was the final holder of the World Heavyweight Championship, which he unified with the WWE Championship at TLC 2013 to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton is recognized by WWE as having the fourth-most world championship victories in history behind only Triple HRic Flair, and John Cena.


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@RandyOrton completed the GRAND SLAM by capturing his first WWE U.S. Title at WWE Fastlane

short story

Neighbor Needs a Shower




It was too hot and humid outside to walk around Central Park. Hence, I stayed in my well air-conditioned penthouse. I was relaxing in my living room, watching one of my favorite TV shows that I saved on my DVR called Gangsters: America’s Most Evil.

The cool air made me doze off, but then I heard my doorbell rang. I was not expecting company, and I wondered whom it was. I put on my blue Nautica robe and went to the door.

“Who is it?” I shouted.


I opened my door, and it was my cute Ebony neighbor, Shay. Her straight, black hair was sticking up in complete disorder. She was wearing a neon yellow sports bra and black leggings. I smelled the perspiration oozing from her toned body. She was holding some clothes, Irish Spring body wash, and a towel.

“Hey, what’s up, Shay?” I said to her.

“Is it alright if I use your shower?” Shay asked. “My roommate and her boyfriend are using mine right now and I don’t have the patience to wait for them.”

“Sure,” I told her.

“Thanks!” Shay smiled. “If you don’t have any plans, do you want to go to the movies? I want to see Think Like a Man Too!”

“It’s a date!” I agreed. “Take your shower and let’s go!”

By Shamarie Knight, 12th Jul 2014

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Tumblr Love


It was another lonely, depressing night for Nasir. To cope with his boredom, he went on his tumblr, a microblogging platform, and social networking website. He enjoyed posting up pictures and GIFs of his favorite celebrities. Most of his tumblr followers liked and reblogged his epic photosets.

Maybe being single, was not that bad, Nasir tried to assure himself. He still has his independence and did not have to deal with nasty arguments, but deep down, he wanted a relationship with a nice woman. On top of his tumblr page, Nasir saw the number one on his inbox indicating he had a message.

Nasir clicked on the inbox. It was a message from one of his favorite people, Kaila. She was an Asian woman from the Upper East Side. They have been online friends for a few months. Nasir always wanted to meet her in person since they both live in New York City.

The message read, Do you have any plans on Labor Day weekend? If not, maybe we can hang out. Take care, Nasir! Hugs.

Kaila’s message put a smile on Nasir’s face. The cordial message definitely changed his mood to a good one. He was finally going to meet Kaila on Labor Day weekend. This could be the start of an amazing relationship, he thought.

“I’m free, Goddess!” Nasir shouted to the screen. “I don’t have any plans. We’ll definitely meet for Labor Day weekend.”

Nasir’s smile got bigger with hope as he typed his reply. When Nasir finished, he blew a kiss to Kaila’s avatar.

By Shamarie Knight, 11th Jul 2014


New York State of Mind Music

New York City

Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind” (2009) is the quintessential 21st century New York anthem. The song is energetic, catchy, and hip. Jay-Z raps about his rise from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects to living the American Dream. Alicia Keys does a great job on the chorus. “Empire State of Mind” is arguably the greatest New York anthem of all-time.

Cam’ron Featuring Jay-Z – “Welcome to New York City” (2002) is a great collaboration between these two rappers from New York. Harlem’s Cam’ron and Brooklyn’s favorite hustler Jay-Z captures the glamour and hardcore scene of New York City with this banging track. This song was also the theme song for popular video game True Crime: New York City.

Busta Rhymes – “New York Shit” (2006) was a club hit that represented New York City to the fullest at a time when the city needed it the most. Southern rap was dominating, and many felt the New York sound was gone. Busta Rhymes paid homage to not only all the great MCs from New York, but also its sport teams. The song really captured the emotions and excitement of New York City.

Ja Rule Featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss – “New York” (2004) was a great rap song for New York. This track made people feel like New Yorkers. The chorus resonated with many die-hard rap fans from New York City. “New York” also showed the camaraderie between popular rappers from Gotham.

Nas – “New York State of Mind” (1994) was one of the most beloved songs from his landmark debut album, Illmatic. Nas provides a clear depiction of ghetto life in his native Queensbridge projects during the 1980s and early 1990s. The combination of Nas’ incredible storytelling skills and DJ Premier’s eerie piano loop makes “New York State of Mind” a gem about New York.


The 30th Anniversary of “The Terminator”

The Terminator

Today, October 26, 2014, marks the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, which created a milestone science fiction franchise and helped launched the film careers of both director James Cameron and Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is Arnold’s signature role, and his “I’ll Be Back!” catchphrase has become one of the greatest quotes in American film history.

The 1984 science fiction action thriller takes place in Los Angeles in the spring of that year. Two nude beings from the future arrives in the city: one a cyborg assassin disguised as a human being called The Terminator T-800 Model 101 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) programmed to terminate a woman named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton); the other a human resistance fighter named Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) sent to protect her.

What I enjoyed most about The Terminator was the action, violence, special effects, and the rapid pacing. It was science fiction/horror at its best during that time. The Terminator was not only the first cyborg I remembered in film, but one of the scariest characters ever. He was unstoppable and did not care about anything. He murdered women and anything that tried to stop him from completing his mission. One of the most memorable scenes in the film was when The Terminator killed a punk by punching him through the chest, and held his bloody heart. It was hardcore! Also, who can forget about The Terminator gunning police officers, which has become synonymous to the Terminator films.

Today, The Terminator is one of the most influential science fiction action films of all time with its extraordinary action sequences, haunting synthesizer music, and fast pace motions. The Terminator character is one of the greatest movie villains ever. It holds a special place in pop culture.

By Shamarie Knight, 26th Oct 2014

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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Becomes First Sports Champion to Get an Oscar With ‘Dear Basketball’ Win


“This feels better than winning a championship.” – Kobe Bryant

Last night, on March 4, 2018, at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, 5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for best animated short film”Dear Basketball.” This milestone made him the first sports champion to win an Oscar. Now, he can add another prestigious trophy to his already impressive collection.

Kobe Bryant’s poem, “Dear Basketball,” was a love letter he penned for the game of basketball that was featured in the Players’ Tribune. However, it turned into a short animated film when he began collaborating with co-producer Greg Keane, who animated the short film. For Kobe Bryant, however, the validation as a writer means more to him than winning a championship.

“I heard a lot of people telling me when I started writing and they would ask me, ‘What are you going to do when you retire?'” Kobe Bryant told E!. “And I’d say, ‘Well, I want to be a writer; I want to be a storyteller,’ and I got a lot of, ‘That’s cute. That’s cute. You’ll be depressed when your career is over, and you’ll come back to playing… I got that a lot. And so, to be here right now and to have a sense of validation is … crazy.”

Congratulations Kobe Bryant. You prove to the world that you and so many talented basketball players can do more than dribble a basketball.