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Title                              Weekend Gross

1. Hangover 2                   $86 Million

2. Kung Fu Panda            $47.8 Million

3. Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides     $39.5 Million

4. Brides Maid                  $16.5 Million

5. Thor                               $9.4 Million

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Hip hop newcomer Kreayshawn is a million dollars richer  after Sony inked her to a recording contract, Miss Info reports.

The Oakland rapper/filmmaker and self proclaimed “rap beast” first gained some local attention by filming music videos for Bay Area artists, most notably Lil B. It wasn’t long before she went into the booth herself to record the mixtape ‘Kittys X Choppas‘ which spawned the local hit and video ‘Bumpin Bumpin.’ But it wasn’t until she released the video for “Gucci Gucci” did major labels start scrambling to sign her.

With a label deal now secured, Kreayshawn and her White Girl Mob crew (Kreayshawn, her sister V-Nasty and DJ Lil Debbie) are ready to take on the hip hop world.

Lil Wayne, Drake and Lil Twist made it rain at King of Diamonds strip club in Miami.  Sources say YMCMB dropped $250k on strippers.  #GWOP

spotted:  GLOBALGRIND

Atlanta (CNN) – Bishop Eddie Long, the Atlanta-based megachurch leader, has reached an out-of-court settlement with four young men who accused him of sexual coercion, according to representatives for both sides.

Long is an internationally known televangelist who crusaded against gay marriage, and the lawsuits against him drew national attention.

The settlement comes eight months after Long, the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Georgia, said from the pulpit of his 25,000 member megachurch that he vowed to fight the accusations against him, with the congregation cheering in response.

Long entered into mediation talks in February. According to news reports, the sessions between Long and his four accusers – Anthony Flagg,  Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande – were tense.

The suits accused Long of using his position to coerce the men into having sexual relationships with him while they were teenage members of his congregation.

The lawsuits say Long engaged in intimate sexual acts with the young men, such as massages, masturbation and oral sex.

Long took the young men on trips including to Kenya, according to the suits. He allegedly enticed the young men with gifts including cars, clothes, jewelry and electronic items.

Long’s attorneys deny those allegations and maintain that the pastor was attempting to be a father figure to the youths by providing them with financial assistance and encouragement.

Though no trial will now take place, Long may face the judgment of his congregation and fans worldwide.  According to sources Bishop Eddie Long settled for $15 million out of court, therefore each kid would receive roughly $3.6 million a piece.

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Watch Bishop Eddie Long in video below:

“The Revolution will Not be Televised”

via: NYTimes

Gil Scott-Heron, the poet and recording artist whose syncopated spoken style and mordant critiques of politics, racism and mass media in pieces like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” made him a notable voice of black protest culture in the 1970s and an important early influence on hip-hop, died on Friday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. He was 62 and had been a longtime resident of Harlem. Checkout a few Hip Hop tweets for Gil Scott-Heron below:

 

Directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry have put together a powerful new documentary titled ‘Dark Girls‘ that takes a look at the “deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color…particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.


spotted: Thisis50

Billboard projects that Lady Gaga’sBorn This Way” will debut with first-week sales of at least 1.15 million units, far outpacing earlier projections, thanks to explosive sales at Amazon, which priced the album at 99 cents for two days this week.

According to sources, “Born This Way,” scanned 330,000 units at Amazon on Monday, even though the unprecedented traffic derailed the Amazon servers. While the Amazon experience left some consumers in a sour mood, the news on the technical glitch helped heighten awareness about the album (not that Interscope and Lady Gaga needed any help.

As a make-good for customers who experienced difficulty in downloading “Born This Way” on Monday, May 23, the merchant priced the album again at 99 cents on Thursday (May 26). Industry sources told Billboard.biz that the second-day availability of 99-cent prices generated approximately 110,000 scans, nearly all of which were the 99-cent version.

But even without a second day of 99-cent pricing, “Born This Way” was on its way to a million-unit debut week, sources told Billboard. On the first day alone, the album moved at least 500,000 units, with sources saying that first day sales at

iTunes totaled 104,000 units;
Best Buy, 45,000 units;
Target, 35,000 units
&
Starbucks, 10,000 units.

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