Monthly Archives: June 2011

Books: 50 Cent’s Upcoing Teen Novel Playground Will Focus on Bullying

50 Cent

50 Cent, arguably the biggest bully in hip-hop, is writing a teen novel with a focus on bullying.

According to USA Today, the book will be titled Playground and be published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. The first-person narrative “will tell the story of a 13-year-old schoolyard bully who finds redemption as he faces what he’s done.”

Penguin released a statement from Fiddy, in which he says, “I had a strong desire to write Playground because I wanted to explore how a kid becomes a bully. I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life. This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers.”

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Event: Run it Back! Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Tournament & Hip-Hop Showcase (June 23)

Marvel vs. Capcom 3

On Thursday, June 23rd, head on over to the Galapagos Art Space for The Run It Back! Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Tournament & Hip-Hop Showcase. The brainchild of MC/radio personality Varyus Waise, this unique fundraiser features a tournament for the recently released, long-awaited video game Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and will include live musical performances from the best MCs in New York City’s underground hip-hop scene.

Run It Back! aims to raise awareness and support for Homes for the Homeless, who provide homeless families with the opportunities and support necessary to move out of shelters and live independently.

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New Music: E.R. – “MY-Ami”

My homeboy E.R., one-half of Miami rap outfit The Vagabonds, decided to lay down a little solo joint to, as he puts it, “get your mind off the Miami Heat’s loss in the recent finals.” While I’m not sure if it’s us, the listeners, or him, the ultra-Heat fan, that needs to be comforted, one thing is certain: E.R.’s blessed us with another banger.

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Event: Color Tattoo Art Book Release Party

Event: Color Tattoo Art Book Release PartyOn Saturday, June 25, my homegirl, Beyoncé stan and Needles and Sins editrix Marisa Kakoulas, hosts the release party for her latest book, Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon, Comics, Pin-Up, Manga, New School at NYC’s Sacred Tattoo Gallery.

Published by Edition Reuss, the hardcover Color Tattoo Art is a doorstopper of the first order—10lbs. and nearly 500 pages of coverage and photographs celebrating “color bombs around the world by stellar international tattooists.” As Marisa further puts it:

Dragons mutated and infused with psychedelic colors in trippy tableaus. Preening pin-ups with the luscious, highly exaggerated proportions of adolescent fantasy. Creepy cute children inhabiting dark freakscapes. Political satire played out in anthropomorphic caricature. Kittens and rainbows.

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Photo: My Father and I (Happy Father’s Day)

J.J. Sr. & J.J. Jr.

This is one of the few pictures I have of my father and I together. It makes me laugh because I remember when it was taken. I was maybe 13 or 14 and I’d just gotten off work from my job at the main branch of the Memphis Public Library. (The shirt I have on has the MIFA logo on it; I was part of the organization’s “Teen Job Services” program and had to wear the shirt while at work.)

Instead of going home, I went to my father’s job, which was downtown. He was a civil engineer for the Memphis Corps of Engineers and worked in the Federal Building. He asked me to meet him after I’d gotten off work because the COE wanted to feature me in their company newsletter. I’d written a poem about a racially charged experience I had while biking around a (then) relatively all-white neighborhood, and the poem had gone on to win several awards, get published in a national literary magazine, and even earned me a Congressional commendation. Needless to say, my father was proud.

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