Wednesday, 12 September 2012 17:58 Written by Jasmine
Contract negotiations between striking teachers and public school administrators here were scheduled to begin late Wednesday morning, although as the strike enters its third day, there is no indication that a resolution is near. In the view of some here, the toxic relationship between Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whom Ms. Lewis has called a “bully” and a “liar,” has helped push the city’s teacher contract talks to the point of a crisis, forcing 350,000 students out of their classrooms in the nation’s third-largest school system not long after the new academic year began. [Read More]
Various sources have confirmed that pioneering hip-hop executive Chris Lighty has died. The native of the Bronx died today of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The powerhouse behind Violater Records and management guided the careers of hip-hop heavyweights like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot. Lighty began his career working for DJ Red Alert. He became a road manager for Boogie Down Productions and managed groups like The Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest. He was given the nickname “Baby Chris” for his good looks and to distinguish himself from his older friend Chris Ali.
A porn star has tested positive for syphilis, which has lead to the Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, to put the shooting of porn on hiatus while performers are tested. Last Friday, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced that they were investigating at least five possible cases of syphilis that were reported last week. Now the trade group wants more than 1,000 performers in the sex industry to be tested. [Read More]
For the cover of VMAN’s 2012 fall issue, NFL quarterback for the New England Patriots and Gisele Bundchen’s husband Tom Brady dons a Zegna tux, faces a snarling rottweiler, and bares his inner man to . In a remote interview with the fashion icon, Brady sheds some light on his style and sensitive side. Offered below is an excerpt of the piece, while the interview in its entirety can be viewed here. [Read More]
Angel Gonzalez of Sneaker Freaker Magazine has seen firsthand what addiction can do. But not the typical addictions to substance so commonly seen on the streets. Gonzalez likens the most extreme aspects of sneaker collecting to an addiction with similar symptoms — including withdrawal, where obtaining the newest and hottest sneakers at any cost is of the utmost importance, even if it resorts to violence. The threat of armed robbery, physical violence, even murder is a very real danger for those waiting in line at marquee releases. At what point does sneaker collecting become something more than a hobby? [Read More]
In a newly revealed interview with Rolling Stone, Rick Ross has finally opened up about his past life as a corrections officer. He said that he took the job as a way to "wash his hands" after his closest friend got a 10-year prison sentence for drug trafficking. Here's how Rozay described the situation: "This was my best friend, who I ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with, and pork and beans with, my buddy, my partner, my number-one dude. Suddenly I'm talking to him over federal phone calls. [Read More]
They started it! It was Chris Brown and Drake themselves - and not their posses - that set off a bottle throwing fracas at a Manhattan nightclub, a $16 million lawsuit claims. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Entertainment Enterprises says the two stars started mixing up it at the joint clubs Greenhouse and WiP on June 14th, and then ordered their crews to follow suit. Each man "shared a grudge against the other arising out of their romantic relationships with the same woman," Brown's former flame Rihanna, and when they "crossed paths," they "began to fight violently with each other," the suit says. [Read More]
After filming director Harmony Korine's upcoming dark comedy Spring Breakers, actress Selena Gomez is already moving onto her next mature indie role. The former Disney star has been cast in Tim Garrick's "Parental Guidence Suggested", a rock n' roll-centric coming-of-age film said to be based on the Ric Browde book "While I'm Dead...Feed the Dog". Gomez will be playing Nina Pennington, the crush of Ric Thibault, who will be played by Nat Wolff. Other cast member's include: Austin Stowell (Nina's boyfriend), Dylan McDermott and Cary Elwes.
This fall, when you see Tim Tebow before and after games, there's a good chance you will see the New York Jets quarterback rocking a pair of SOUL headphones.The former Denver Bronco has just signed a deal with SOUL Electronics to be their latest athlete partner. He'll join a team that already includes Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, Euro 2012 champion Cesc Fabregas, and the new most-hated player in the NBA, Dwight Howard. [See More]
Q: Is it a bad idea for a 79-year-old to invest in Wal-Mart and Berkshire Hathaway and make those the only stocks in the portfolio? A: Limiting yourself to two might make sense when it comes to cars, alcoholic beverages or aspirin pills. But with stocks, there's no advantage to limiting your holdings. It doesn't really matter what stocks you're looking at. Wal-Mart (WMT) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) are both well-known and very large-capitalization stocks. And Berkshire Hathaway has the added benefit of being somewhat diversified in different areas of business ranging from insurance to railroads. [See More]