DD172.TV brings you the first episode of “We Went to China” a film documenting Damon Dash and the DD172 crew on one of many trips to the far east . Co – Starring Raquel M. Horn, McKenzie Eddy and Shelly Pecot AKA “Mama China” as well Chinese artists DJ Wordy, Hedgehog , MC Yan as well as several other of China’s musical elite .
NEW YORK — A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting has set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York.
Christie’s says “Dustheads” sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday.
His “Untitled,” a painting of a black fisherman, held the previous record when it sold for $26.4 million last November.
Also breaking world auction prices for artists were works by Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock.
Lichtenstein’s “Woman With Flowered Hat” fetched $56 million. A classic example of pop art, the 1963 painting is based on Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar.
An important drip painting by Pollock, “Number 19,” realized a record $58.3 million.
Christie’s says Wednesday’s auction brought in $495 million, the highest total at any art auction.
SpinMedia, a group of music and pop culture Web sites that includes Spin magazine, has bought Vibe, the 21-year-old R&B and hip-hop magazine.
Vibe was founded in 1992 by Quincy Jones and Time Warner, with a focus on hip-hop and R&B music and the culture surrounding it, and it became one of the most influential publications of its kind. It was shut down abruptly in 2009 after advertising revenue plunged, but within months it was bought and revived by private equity investors.
Vibe had an average print circulation of 301,000 for the first six months of 2012, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, and SpinMedia said that each month Vibe’s sites have 1.4 million visitors and serve 1.6 million video streams.
Vibe will stop print publication and be available online only similar to GWOP.
Diddy launches new cable TV network: Revolt TV
Micro blogging site Twitter turns 7 years old today. “Just setting up my twttr,” Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, tweeted on March 21, 2006. That was the first Tweet made on Twitter and it barely made a buzz online because the service wasn’t officially launched until July 15, 2006. Twitter now has over 200 million active users and handles more than 400 million tweets a day!
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Independent movie by New York Beat Films starring famous graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and hip hop legend Fab 5 Freddy.
A new documentary film about the cassette tape and cassette culture by Zack Taylor and Seth Smoot. They are seeking funding through popular site: Kickstarter. So far they’ve raised just under $8k and are hoping to hit $25K.
Jewish Americans make up only 2% of the total U.S. population, yet 45% of the top Richest Americans are Jewish, and the majority are self made. One third of American multimillionaires are Jewish, 20% of professors at leading universities are Jewish, 40% of partners in America’s leading law firms are Jewish, and—perhaps most impressively—25% of all Nobel Prize winners are Jewish. GWOP Magazine staff has compiled a list of the most famous Jewish people throughout American history in celebration Hanukkah. Checkout the full list after the jump.