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September 18, 2014

 

By DAVID BAUDER

Associated Press

 

 

 

CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL.

 

Ravens cut Ray Rice after domestic violence video is released.

 

The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane tweet about it.

 

A portion of Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday’s Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game because CBS was covering the controversy over Ravens running back Rice’s assault of his then-fiancee. CBS planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted, “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? ... Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.” She added an expletive.

 

CBS issued a statement saying that it was “moving in a different direction” with different theme music.

 

Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Company, which manages Rihanna and others, said that it had made the decision not to grant the song’s usage. Roc Nation said it felt CBS misled the public when it announced the song’s use for its telecasts, giving the impression Rihanna recorded specific music for the project. The company said it never saw or approved the news release issued by CBS.

 

The news release, issued Sept. 2, stated: “CBS Sports and NFL Network will open each game of Thursday Night Football in 2014 with Jay-Z’s Grammy Award-winning song ‘Run This Town,’ featuring megastar Rihanna.” It said the song would be paired with a narration by Don Cheadle.

 

The song was one of a handful of elements CBS cut out of its inaugural Thursday night football telecast. At the time, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said Rihanna’s own history as a victim of domestic violence was one part of the decision but not the overriding one. The song was to be featured in all six of the Thursday night games CBS was broadcasting this fall, plus eight more on the NFL network.

 

A spokesperson for Rihanna had no immediate comment on the CBS decision or her client’s tweet.

 

The decision means a significant loss of weekly exposure for Rihanna’s work: more than 10 million people watched the opening of the telecast last Thursday, according to the Nielsen company.

 

AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.

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September 18, 2014

 

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 19

 

You may be galvanized into action at the start of the week, ready to explore new ideas and opportunities. Good fortune shows up for you when you make the effort in the areas of romance and creative activity. Studying and travel may also be on your mind, which might entice you to look for more information. The weekend focus is one of dutiful activity, along with a chance to catch up with yourself. Drift, dream, and do things that nurture your soul.

 

 

 

Taurus Apr 20 – May 20

 

A passionate encounter might capture your imagination early in the week as thoughts about a certain person perhaps become obsessive. Being too premature here could result in embarrassment, so bide your time. Meanwhile, Mars in Sagittarius can make it competitive when it comes to business matters and entrepreneurial affairs. You'll want to explore the potential for increasing your earnings, and you're willing to move out of your comfort zone to do so. Later, try to avoid lending money - you may not get it back.

 

 

 

Gemini May 21 - Jun 20

 

Monday's Quarter Moon might inspire you to come up with creative ways to redecorate your home. The combination of borrowed ideas and natural genius could give your place a delightful makeover. When it comes to romance, an instant attraction might be tempting, but there's a chance it may not last. Later, issues associated with your job or career could divert your attention away from your partner. Give work a rest, and instead make a decision to spend quality time with your sweetheart.

 

 

 

Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22

 

Your intuition could conflict with the facts in a key situation, making it hard to choose the best path ahead. But if you can adopt a fresh perspective, you might find the right answer was there all along just waiting to be noticed. Mars in your health zone encourages you to explore ways to exercise without boredom. Consider dancing, swimming, or even martial arts if it will help you stay fit and feel fabulous. Enjoy a fun weekend and make time to relax.

 

 

 

Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22

 

Work and play conflict as the focus shifts. You may prefer pleasurable options to knuckling down to the daily grind. However, the offer of extra money might be enough to entice you to work long hours. The week unfolds in a relaxed way with romance high on the agenda. A love adventure may be just what you need to boost your mood and brighten current circumstances. Even online liaisons look very possible and could lead to something stronger. Watch your spending over the weekend. You could be tempted to splurge.

 

 

 

Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22

 

Will intense feelings tempt you to dive headlong into a romance? The current climate suggests it's possible even though deep down you know better. Meanwhile, you may zip into action on the home front, eager to get down to some DIY projects like redecorating or perhaps something bigger. If you're renting, this might be the time you decide to buy some property. Go easy over the weekend. You and your sweetheart may not see eye to eye, which could be unsettling unless you can be willing to compromise.

 

 

 

Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22

 

The more time you take to understand how you feel about a situation the better. Regular meditation and dream work can let you know how things sit with your subconscious and if your conscious mind is in alignment with it. With this inside information you should be able to make a more informed decision. Be careful when signing important documents or saving files on the computer. An edgy influence suggests you could lose out. You can save yourself a lot of trouble if you take a little extra care.

 

 

 

Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21

 

A very positive influence can make all the difference to your career situation. This is the time to put in the hard work that can lead to some jaw-dropping opportunities. With just a little effort you can reap big rewards over this week and next. What's more, if you don't succeed the first time, keep trying. This weekend a friendship or budding romance could show signs of growing more committed, but more trust may be needed before it can really blossom.

 

 

 

Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21

 

An opportunity to net a lucrative contract could be yours early on. Don't waste time wondering whether or not to take it, as it won't be around for long. In addition, if you're after action and adventure, you can have plenty of both. The offer of a trip could lead to some exciting opportunities if you can be willing to move outside your comfort zone. If you prefer working, you have some excellent chances to upgrade your skill set or find a job in an exotic location.

 

 

 

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19

 

Business talks and money transactions work in your favor as Jupiter continues its move through your zone of shared assets. Along with this, the presence of Mercury in Libra enhances your ability to negotiate with key people, giving you more leverage in crucial situations. The weekend brings a chance to collaborate on projects that may be hard work but also lucrative. Avoid giving away too much personal information, however, as you may regret it later (even though you might normally trust this person).

 

 

 

Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18

 

Everything is about attitude this week, so you might attract good things and people to you by keeping yours upbeat and cheerful. There is certainly a positive focus on your social sector, encouraging you to move in new circles that can bring positive opportunities your way. The cosmos is enticing you out of any rut you may have been in and pushing you to embrace a wider circle of friends and associates. Conserve your energy over the weekend - take the time to recharge.

 

 

 

Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20

 

A nice break from routine would do you a world of good and could quite possibly prove to be lucky. See what friends have on their agendas, and don't hesitate to join in if it sounds like fun. It's all systems go regarding a key ambition or important career goal. This is the time to plan for success and then take baby steps to achieve it. The only thing to watch out for is losing your focus. If you can remain true to your vision, you should do really well.

 

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September 11, 2014

 

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 19

 

Clashes this week are possible, particularly as the Full Moon in Pisces could heighten feelings and cause you to overreact. Though you may feel like being blunt or having words with someone, it might be best to tone things down and opt for a compromise if possible. However, a positive midweek transit encourages you to explore the potential for collaborating on a plan or project. Later, you'll be in your element and eager to explore new pastures as Mars enters Sagittarius.

 

 

 

Taurus Apr 20 – May 20

 

Watch out for too much red tape early in the week that could scuttle a plan and cause delays. The Full Moon in your social sector could make up for any frustration by providing the perfect atmosphere for a party or celebration. Dating? Remember midweek that all that glitters is not necessarily gold. You may feel a lot more positive about investing time and energy into schemes and projects when Mars hikes into Sagittarius and your zone of shared assets. In addition, your intimate life could improve dramatically

 

 

 

Gemini May 21 - Jun 20

 

You may be in the spotlight on Monday, which could provide an opportunity to showcase your skills and talents or make a presentation. However, should difficulties arise on Tuesday, try to avoid getting into arguments with others as it might not look good. A delightful link midweek can be perfect for closing a lucrative deal or expanding your social circle. The weekend looks positively vibrant as new friendships may show up, paving the way for some delightful new experiences. A love adventure could be on its way to you, too.

 

 

 

Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22

 

The Full Moon in your zone of travel and adventure hints at a fatal attraction with someone from another country or culture. Could this be "the one"? Go easy, and don't jump to conclusions too quickly. Give yourself time to make a decision. Later, the move of Mars into Sagittarius stirs up your health and work zone. You may be motivated to join a gym or explore new potential jobs. Anything too boring may be off the table as your need now is for something pleasantly challenging.

 

 

 

Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22

 

The early part of the week could be fractious as you and the folks around you may be feeling sensitive, so don't rock the boat. Take advantage of a midweek opportunity to expand your horizons, especially if it allows you to harness your creative abilities! Finances need special care midweek, particularly if you're set to purchase a big-ticket item. Keep receipts, as there's a chance you'll need a refund. Later, your zone of leisure and pleasure gets a visit from Mars, meaning it's time to relax and recharge.

 

 

 

Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22

 

You're in your element with the Sun and Venus in your sign to boost your confidence. However, the Full Moon on Monday could coincide with mixed signals concerning a key relationship. Rather than get stressed, consider meditation or quiet reflection as a way to get your bearings. Later, when things have calmed down, you'll know exactly what to do. However, be careful if closing a deal, and be sure to read the terms and conditions before you sign. The weekend can be perfect for a get-together or party.

 

 

 

Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22

 

Try to lighten your schedule early in the week, as you may be affected by the energy of the Full Moon. Short or frequent rests can make it easier to work through the day without any mishaps. A sociable midweek transit may be perfect for that first date or generally having fun with your pals. Business meetings can go well at this time, too. Later, as Mars jogs into Sagittarius it's time to get your message out to the world and advertise your goods and services.

 

 

 

Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21

 

The Full Moon can be very romantic, so tying this in with a special occasion can make for a sizzling evening. However, watch your words on Tuesday because it could be all too easy to fall out with someone over something trivial. Later, Mars stirs up your money zone, which might entice you to splurge. As you're quite a generous soul, you'll want to spend on friends and family as well as yourself. Don't take things to extremes!

 

 

 

Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21

 

While Monday's Full Moon could put you in the party mood, it could also lead to mixed signals. As feelings will be heightened, try not to overreact or do anything you might regret later. In addition, your family and career balance might need some attention, too. The weekend sparkles as new meetings connect you with like-minded folks. Plus, you'll feel more relaxed, easygoing, and energetic as Mars enters your sign. Perhaps it's time to sign up for a new adventure!

 

 

 

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19

 

Complications around communication and romance need sensitive handling early on. It's best not to jump to conclusions, as things may not be as they seem. Despite this, you do have an excellent opportunity to close a lucrative deal or zero in on new business ideas midweek. The wheels of commerce can turn in your favor if you're ready to sign on the dotted line. Later, Mars moves into your spiritual sector, so expect your intuitive awareness to play a bigger part in making key decisions.

 

 

 

Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18

 

Go easy at the start of the week, as the temptation to splurge could be overwhelming. The Full Moon might entice you to part with a lot more cash than you need to. Keep receipts so you can get a refund if necessary. Later, a delightful offer around the midweek mark might entice you to consider a collaboration or partnership. In this case, two heads really can be better than one. Your social life sizzles with promise on the weekend, so make the most of it.

 

 

 

Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20

 

The Full Moon in your sign on Monday could stir up feelings and encourage you to tell it like it is. Be careful, though, as there's a chance you might upset the apple cart. Opt for peaceful and harmonious ways to resolve an issue rather than rely on ultimatums or drama. Later, Mars moves into Sagittarius to revitalize your career sector. You may feel much more positive about pursuing a goal or career than you have in some time. Stick to a plan and you'll go far.

 

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September 11, 2014

 

City News Service

 

 

 

The Real Hip Hop Network (RHN) and Real Hip Hop Cares (non-profit initiative for “The Real Hip-Hop Network”) is planning a major concert and movement called “Real Hip Hop United.” The campaign will make a historic call to all rappers, community leaders and entertainers to come together and take a stand for Justice and peace in neighborhoods across the country.

 

The initiative will begin with Chicago to address the increasing murder rate among Chicago’s youth, inspiring the infamous name “CHIRAQ,” (a name given due to the excessive killings by gangs on Chicago streets surpassing the death toll of soldiers in IRAQ.)

 

“Real Hip-Hop Network believes in hip-hop’s power to heal and will be calling on fans and artists around the country to come to Ferguson to peacefully raise awareness and address the alarming spree of murders that have occurred of unarmed black men by Police around the nation,” said campaign organizers.

 

“From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, these events have gripped the conscious of the nation. The nightmare must end. The coalition's effort is to bring awareness to America about this crisis and create a coalition to address police misconduct and insure Justice.” 

 

“The Real Hip Hop United” album project will be executive ­produced by RHN Music Group. “The Real Hip-Hop United Move­ment” will unite the biggest stars in hip-hop to produce the title single “No More Tears.” Proceeds from the project will be donated to address the needs of cities like Ferguson and Chicago in crisis, giving aid to the victims and giving vocational training in the entertainment business, TV and Music Production.

 

“Hip Hop is an international phenomenon and its power should be used to help develop minds, not destroy them,” said Atonn Muham­mad, CEO/President of The Real Hip Hop Network. “It is time for Hip Hop to unite and demand peace and justice!”

 

“Hip Hop has been unjustly criticized as a source of America’s ills,” says RHN Music Group President Bernard Taft. “The time is now to demonstrate hip hop’s ability to inspire change.”

 

Details about the upcoming event and album release are in the works. More information will be released in the coming weeks.

 

For more details visit www.rhn.tv

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September 11, 2014

 

By MESFIN FEKADU

Associated Press

 

  

Nicki Minaj, who has recently dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look, says it’s because she’s more comfortable in her skin.

 

“I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I’m at home,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “I think there’s just a little bit more confidence and so I’m like, ‘It is what it is. I am who I am. I look like what I look like.’ I don’t really have to change much of it anymore.”

 

Minaj’s new look includes her natural black hair color versus the wild and bright wigs she’s worn that helped establish her name in pop culture. At the Fashion Rocks concert Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, where the rapper performed, she wore a blazer and skirt that came off like a little black dress.

 

“I just thought it was really, really sexy, but without being tight,” she said. “I thought it was different for me.”

 

Onstage, Minaj wore less when performing her rump-shaking hit “Anaconda,” which has peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her other single, “Bang Bang,” with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, is another massive hit, giving the performer two songs in the current Top 5.

 

The songs appear on her third album, “The Pinkprint,” to be released Nov. 24.

 

“The album is going to be my best body of work,” she said. “It’s diverse, but it’s not trying too hard.”

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