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Marilyn by Frank Powolny in 1952.

ThE MiDnIgHt CoOl - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:32

Marilyn by Frank Powolny in 1952.

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Man guns down pregnant burglar after she told him 'I'm going to have a baby'

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:49

80 year old pensioner Tom Greer (pictured right) shot and killed Andrea Miller, 28 (pictured left), as she ran away from him after burgling his home with another man.

Mr Greer, who was not arrested for the killing, said he shot the woman twice in the back after she told him she was pregnant.

"She says 'don't shoot me, I'm pregnant - I'm going to have a baby'. And I shot her anyway. The lady didn't run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice. She's dead, but he got away." Mr Greer told news channel NBC4 without remorse.
Miller and another man identified as 26 year old Gus Adams burgled the man's home in Long Beach, Los Angeles earlier this week. Greer said he caught them in his house in the middle of the night.

"When I went in there, they tackled me. Both of them jumped up on top of me."
Greer said while they were ransacking his house, he found his gun and fired it making them both run from the house empty handed. But as the lady was running away from the scene, she pleaded with him not to shoot her that she was pregnant, Greer still went ahead and killed her, justifying his actions as self-defense.

But shouldn't he have had mercy on her? Seeing that she was running and hadn't stolen anything, didn't harm him and claimed to be pregnant? Opinions vary on this. What do you think?

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This may not be news but...:-)

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:29

I'm outta here! Over to y'all :-)

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CyHi The Prynce – Mandela Remix Featuring Reason & Well$

25 to lyf - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:11
Madela RemixIn the last 2 years South Africa has hosted some of the USA’s most popular Hip Hop acts.  These performances have either been stops on their global tours (Eminem) or standalone concerts sponsored by alcoholic beverage companies (2 Chainz, Kanye West, Nas, Timbaland, Kendrick Lamar)   Whenever I have had the chance to attend the press conferences for these events I have always asked the representative of these companies (usually the brand manager) if these concerts would lead to any actual collaborations between South African artists and the international acts they had brought in or if this was just a once off thing to create brand goodwill and turn a profit.   Every time this question was raised I was met with the same generic response “Yes we are working on that, please watch this space… blah blah & so on”   2 years later and we still await those collaborations. With the exception of Anatii’s collaboration with DJ Khaled (which he secured on his own), cross continental Hip Hop ties between Southern Africa and America have been almost none existent.   Last week , on July 18th (Nelson Mandela’s birthday) CyHi The Prynce released a remix to his song Nelson Mandela taken off the Black Hystori Project Mixtape he released earlier in the year.  The remix features South African lyricist Reason and Well$.   The song kicks off with a the familiar sample borrowed from the Shaka Zulu miniseries of the 90’s where the chorus sung by Margaret Singana has been replaced with the repetitive chant of Nelson Mandela’s name.  Reason delivers an impressive first verse that will certainly get the attention of a few international fans that follow CyHi’s music.   What disappointed me was that even though this remix was commissioned by CyHi’s team, the second verse that he delivers is the very same second verse from the original song. That aside the song is still impressive and will introduce both artists to a new audience  

I got hold of Reason ’s manager – DJ ID to get some background info on the collaboration.

  AHHB: How did this collaboration come about?   DJ  ID: CyHi’s Manager hit us up. Wanted to do a remix and wanted a South African rapper on it. He had checked out some of Reason’s work and thought he would be a good person to collab with.   AHHB: Was there a pre-existing relationship with CyHi’s manager?  What has the response to the song been so far?   DJ No ID: Nope. They reached out to us.  We had no relationship with them. It’s been a really good response, ChHi got like 6,000 listens on his Soundcloud.  Not sure how many [plays] Reason got.  It’s been pretty big here though.  Set a pretty big precedent.   The precedent has been set. Though I feel like we are still to see that ”home run” collaboration, we are certainly getting there. This has been a standout year for South African Hip Hop and it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world takes notice Reason has opened up for several of international acts when they have performed in South Africa.  Last month at the Extra Col Music Concert he received a big co-sign from Timbaland during his set.  Was this collaboration a result of the impression he set on the platinum selling producer?  In an indirect way has the small fortune spent on getting artists to perform to South Africa aided the local industry?  Even if it wasn’t directly facilitated by those brands? We can only speculate…   Preview The Mandela Remix below and download it here on Reason’s blog

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Tribal marks! At what point does it go from culture to child abuse?

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:48

When we look at this pic, there's nothing traditionally or culturally wrong with it. Tribal marking has been happening for centuries and it's accepted. But there are those who believe that when it's done on a child who has no say in the matter, its a clear case of child abuse. They've tried to kick against it ...with of luck! What do you think of tribal marks on children? Let's discuss!

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Nigeria is on the verge of a break up - Bishop Oyedepo says

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:06

Speaking recently on the spate of bombings and attacks in the country, GO of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo said that Nigeria is on the verge of a break up.

"I hope that we are willing to find solution to it. I would be the last person in this world to believe that government has not discovered those who are behind Boko Haram. Otherwise, we don’t have any intelligence service in our country. Are they sacred cows that cannot be brought to book? Until we cut the source of their supplies and get those who are involved, we cannot stop them. But the danger is this, and I must say it here, we are at the verge of a break up. That is the truth. It’s unfortunate. The Nigerian nation is too intelligent to claim not to have discovered those who are behind this. So, I really believe it’s all in the hands of the authorities to decide whether they want to confront the issue headlong or to keep watching it until Nigeria breaks up......All that the church can do is to pray. The church is not in power, it has no political power. And when invited, we give advice, when required or called upon. You can’t call someone and say can I advise you?" - Bishop David Oyedepo

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Monarch, 15 others killed in Borno state

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:50

Suspected members of Boko Haram yesterday July 24th, invaded and attacked Garubula village in Biu LGA of Borno State, killing the District Head, Alhaji Ibrahim Dawi, and 11 others, the Nation reports. The sect members also invaded the homes of two members of the local vigilante group, dragged them out and took them to a river bank in Gamboru Ngala, a border town with Cameroon Republic and killed them.

There are also reports that two people suspected to be a motorist and a passenger were ambushed and shot dead along the Maiduguri – Gamboru Ngala road. The Maiduguri – Gamboru Ngala road came under attack on Tuesday July 22nd by terrorists with the blowing of the bridge linking the town with Cameroon Republic.

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GZE – Rusambo Featuring Alkanemo & Sister Flame (Official Video)

25 to lyf - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:30

One uniquely African tradition, that is rarely covered in African Hip Hop is the process undertaken in a traditional marriage. When I first heard Rusambo I was struck by the concept and impressed by the way GZE, Alkanemo and Cuttybeats delivered it.

At times, especially in Hip Hop it seems that African youth would rather shun their own cultural ideals and adopt those of the stereotypical caricatures that are meant to symbolize hip hop. Rusambo was a refreshing break from that and embodied a song that even older Zimbabweans who would normally dismiss local hip hop music would be willing to lend a receptive ear to.

The African Hip Hop Blog has partnered with GZE to give you the premier of the video for Rusambo.  The video offers the perfect visual accompaniment to the song as it narrates the tale of GZE arriving at the home of his soon to be wife to pay respects to her family and offer her bride price (rusambo).

The video was directed by Cuttybeats (Cuthbert Mucheche) and Anthony Mutambirwa (JJ) for Legendary Africa Film.

Get the audio for Rusambo here

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Shots were fired yesterday...but not at Wizkid! :-)

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:52

Davido fired shots at 'some' artist yesterday on Twitter (see that here) and many of you thought it was at Wizkid. But nah, it was not him! Davido and Wizkid pictured above at JFK airport in New York yesterday. They are both in the city to perform at different shows. I actually found out who he was referring to and why but since he didn't mention names, I won't either..:-)

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Molemi – A Sia [Video]

25 to lyf - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:46
Molemi – A Sia [Video]

Mo Molemi recently dropped the visuals for the title track from his album A Sia- the second video released after Pelonomi and in all honesty, it’s quite lackluster.

I’ve come to expect certain things from Molemi, despite the fact that I am not an avid follower of his music, I pay attention. He’s carved his own space in the music industry and established himself as a serious artist – a wordsmith – with his own image that doesn’t involve gold chains and Jordans.

For the most part he has stuck with who he’s established himself as – lyrically and when it comes to visual representations of his work.

So when the video starts off and he’s there chilling in a bucket hat in the wilderness I wasn’t taken aback – It’s Mo Molemi, so it’s cool. Then he takes a nap and I guess in what’s supposed to be a dream sequence, wakes up on a bed surrounded by kneeling women holding luxurious things and begins to rap.

I understand where they were trying to take the idea – but the execution was terrible. For an artist like Mo, who’s been around for a very long time and whose name holds weight, to still be putting out videos that look like they were shot by a Varsity  team isn’t okay. The studio scenes are terrible, it’s evident those women don’t really have any previous set experience because they can;t sit still, no less avoid unnecessarily looking into the camera. It all comes off as really… amateurish.

I liked the travelling scenes and the random dance scenes – I realize they were shot in and around Gaborone so that’s nice. I think it was mainly the studio vibe that put me off. It seemed uncomfortable, to say the least. The video girls are stiff and off cue, it seems like the video set lacked a stylist and if there was one, they definitely didn’t do their job well. Some of those scenes could have passed as bloopers instead of actual used footage.

The Tuks Senganga cameo was seen and noted and it seems like they had fun together on set – so that’s nice.

Overall though, the video did the song no justice, for the most part. It could have been better, so much better.  It’s still a lovely song, it’s just that this time, the visual execution of it’s message fell far below expectations.



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Ex-MBGN Isabella Ayuk and her man booed (photos)

RoisKiDGh Talks - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:22

Ex-Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Isabella Ayuk, pictured above with her man. There were rumours that he'd already popped the question but Isabella has since denied that they are engaged, saying they are only happily dating but we shouldn't rule out any happy announcement in the near future. Isabella was MBGN in 2012 and is currently the organizer of the Cross River Most Beautiful Girl pageant.

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Politicians buy human parts from me, says suspect (photo)

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:03

The Kwara state Police command yesterday July 23rd paraded two men who they said are involved in trading of human parts.

The men whose names were given as Amos Kareem and Abubakar Ladan were arrested with human head, leg and hand in Tabira village, Okuta in Baruten LGA of the state, according to a report by Vanguard.

When interviewed, one of the suspects, Abubakar Ladan said Amos Kareem promised to give him a motorcycle if he could find him human head, hand and leg. His desire to own a motorcycle made him go to a cemetery where he exhumed bodies and cut off their heads, hands and legs (pictured above).

When asked what he wanted to do with the human parts, Amos Kareem said he sold them to politicians. He however refused to disclose the identities of the politicians.

The police also paraded a man said to be an accomplice, having accommodated the suspects in Tabira village, though the man denied knowledge of the business Kareem and Ladan were involved in.

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Update on the Ebola Virus case in Lagos

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:52

Briefing newsmen today, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Public Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina said the Liberian man being tested for the Ebola Virus is currently at a private hospital in Obalende, Lagos. She said the man has been isolated and the hospital vicinity cordoned off and that 30 other people are also being tested for possible contact with the deadly virus.

Dr Adeshina warned residents to;
“keep personal and environmental hygiene” and urged those who notice “strange feeling or symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus, which ranges from fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and joint pains, which are all symptoms of other ailments, to visit competent health facilities”.
In the absence of such facilities, she said residents should call the following numbers - 08023169485, 08033086660, 08033065303, 08055281442, 08055329229.

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5 people confirmed dead from today's blast + pics from the scene

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:34

5 people have so far been confirmed dead from the explosion that occurred today at New Road Motor Park in Sabongari, Kano. See pics from the blast after the cut...

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New Music: Hitrane - Ready Made

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:18

Pedro Obasuyi Esosa popularly known as "Hitrane" is an Afro pop Nigeria artist from Edo state. He spent most of his life in Holland after completing his basic education here in Nigeria and picked up music as a career at a tender age. Listen to his new single titled Ready Made below...

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Governor Oshiomhole sacks two new Perm Secs over lateness

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:49

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole today July 24th reversed the appointments of two Permanent Secretaries for coming late to their swearing-in ceremony.

According to Channels TV, the two appointees along with 18 other would-be Perm Secs were expected to have been seated at 12 noon for the swearing-in ceremony which was billed for 1pm but when the Governor arrived at 12.23pm, the two men were not there.

Oshiomhole started the ceremony immediately and went ahead to swear in the 18 Perm Secs present. When the other two eventually showed up, Oshiomhole refused to swear them in, reversing their appointments. Appeals from the men and others around fell on deaf ears.

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Chris Brown and Rihanna ready to hook-up again?

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:18

Last night Rihanna's bff Melissa Forde sent Chris Brown and Rihanna fans into a frenzy after she posted a throwback pic of Rihanna and Chris Brown at an amusement park together…

Chris Brown and his on-again off-again girlfriend Karruche Tran are currently off, so is Melissa trying to tell us something? We dey watch!!

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Shots fired!

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:33

Wonder who he's referring to...:-)

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Photos: Python swallows Antelope then spews out its dead body

RoisKiDGh Talks - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:20

The jaw dropping moment a giant Python swallowed a baby Antelope was captured on camera by animal rescuer Nitish Bambhaniya in the village of Billa in Gujarat, India.

"I got a call in the morning for an Indian rock python. When we reached the spot, we saw this massive python. The python had hunted a baby blue bull and had already eaten 80% of the bull's body. It is on the edge of an open field, so lots of locals start gathering there." Nitish said
As people gathered, with many saying the snake should be killed as it could be a danger to them, the snake known as the Indian Rock Python stopped swallowing the antelope & let go of its lifeless body

"Pythons do it so that they can shed body weight and escape faster. Meanwhile, we convinced the villagers not to kill the python and they agreed. Later we caught the python and handed it over to the forest department officials." Nitish said

The python was released by the officials in a nearby forest, before slithering away to freedom. See pics of the action after the cut...

Source: UK Mirror

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