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Vibe Magazine Shuts Down

Posted in Entertainment, Gossip, Hip Hop, Music, News & Politics, R&B with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by theblogunion

VIBE magazine has shut down. The magazine was launched in 1993 by music industry legend Quincy Jones and it served as as widely revered urban magazine. “On behalf the VIBE CONTENT staff (the best in this business), it is with great sadness, and with heads held high, that we leave the building today,” said Danyel Smith, former Chief Content Officer of Vibe Media Group and Editor in Chief of Vibe. “We were assigning and editing a Michael Jackson tribute issue when we got the news,” Smith said in a statement released to “It’s a tragic week in overall, but as the doors of VIBE Media Group close, on the eve of the magazine’s sixteenth anniversary, it’s a sad day for music, for hip hop in particular, and for the millions of readers and users who have loved and who continue to love the VIBE brand. We thank you, we have served you with joy, pride and excellence, and we will miss you.” In the 90’s, VIBE experienced meteoric success as a business and an outlet for urban journalism. It has ailed under the ownership of private equity firm Wicks Group of Companies, AOL reported.



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The Friday Hip Hop Report (June 26) Michael Jackson Tribute

Posted in Entertainment, Europe, Gossip, Hip Hop, International, Interview, Jump Off Tv, Music, Music Video's, News, News & Politics, R&B, UK, United Kingdom, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2009 by theblogunion

The Friday Hip Hop Report – (June 26th 2009) Michael Jackson Tribute. The best weekly online hip hop show reporting all the developments from news and new releases to album sales and charts. Hosted by Valerie Lora


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Charles Cosby : From Early Childhood to Cocaine And Hustlin’

Posted in Drugs, Entertainment, News & Politics with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by theblogunion

Cocaine Cowboys

My story began December 22, 1967 at the Fresno, California community hospital. Eight-months later my parents packed up the tiny house on Jensen Street and moved the family to Brookfield Village. Months thereafter I celebrateChildhoodd my first birthday. I was too young to remember but I’m sure it was a blast. I was the youngest child of four and from what I’ve been told by mother we were an idyllic family that attended church, went on camping trips and took family vacations. But with father’s homosexual affairs coming to light coupled with his increasing drug use, the marriage fell apart – and so did our lives. A year after my family and me settled into Brookfield my father walked out on his family with only the clothes on his back and photo’s of the men he dated. We became just another broken family in urban America raised by a single mother.

Growing up, I attended several schools. The first of which was Brookfield elementary, and then James Madison middle school. I was an above average student. From the time I was in 7th grade I dreamed of a career as a lawyer. Even then I knew basic law. But while enrolled at John C. Fremont High School, and while the crack cocaine epidemic swept across black America my career goals changed. I went from aspiring to defend criminals to becoming a criminal.


During the time crack-cocaine exploded onto the streets of Oakland creating wealth for many of my childhood friends, I hungered to be a part of this deadly new enterprise. It had a type of a magnetic Charlesallure that was inescapable. This was about the time I begun my career as a street hustler. With an ounce of consigned merchandise I not only learned the ropes quickly, but I ——} Click HERE TO FIND OUT HOW HE went from having $2,000 – $3,000 in bank deposits to having $2 m – $3 m stashed in suitcases



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Obama Refuses to Retreat on Closing Guantanamo

Posted in News & Politics, video with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2009 by theblogunion

President Barack Obama staunchly defended his decision to close the Guantanamo prison facility Thursday, calling it ‘a mess,’ and saying he won’t do anything to endanger the American people. (May 21)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration’s national security policies Thursday, saying they were rooted in a determination not to forget the terrible harm of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. (May 21)


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