NEWSLETTER

Updated:  November 7, 2002

 

WELCOME TO NOVEMBER!  Love that brisk air out there but not looking forward to the white stuff!  This has been an incredibly busy week for me – trying to get out to see more weekly gigs and maintain at my “real” job.  I’m sure many of you can relate!  This week’s highlights include the Canadian Content scoop in the movie I SPY, recap of the MUSIQ concert, details of the MYBINDI AWARDS tonight, upcoming WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK, more on JAM MASTER JAY, coverage of SKITZ’S CD release, scoop on EMINEM’S 8 MILE, JENNIFER LOPEZ, ANGIE MARTINEZ and much, much more!

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THE SCOOP

 

I SPY’S CANADIAN CONTENT

I Spy opened in Toronto this past Friday.  CIA super-agent Owen Wilson plays straight man to ex-pro boxer and recent CIA recruit Eddie Murphy in this espionage farce. What’s really unique about this fast-moving film, though, is that there’s some Canadian Content in it.  Viv Leacock is featured in the film in the character of T.J. (Eddie Murphy’s corner man in the boxing ring).  Viv is also Richard Leacock’s brother, co-star on “Doc” as Nate Jackson.  Viv has even played Richard’s brother, Tommy Jackson, on the hit series Doc.  The inside scoop is that Eddie Murphy  told Viv that he came across great on-screen in this action flick!  Richard flew down to LA just for the night to attend the star-studded premiere before coming back to do shooting for Doc here in Toronto.  Talk about family loyalty!  Also in the film as Lunchbox is Vancouverite, Keith Dallas.  So, you just never know where Canadians are doing their thing!  Congrats to both Viv and Keith for this excellent Canadian representation! 

Here’s the film’s synopsis – go check it out!  Fists fly and the fighting gets down and dirty when undefeated middle-weight champion Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy) finally meets his match, Bureau of National Security super-agent Alex Scott (Owen Wilson), in the hilarious adventure "I Spy".   It's hate at first sight when Scott is unwittingly paired up with Robinson to track down the Air Force's missing stealth bomber, the country's new top secret weapon. The fate of the free world is in their hands. Now if they can only stop fighting with one another long enough to track down the real enemy.  Check out more photos in my
PHOTO GALLERY!

 

 

RECAP

 

MUSIQ IN CONCERT REPRESENTS!

All I can really say is that
MUSIQ, although sick with a nasty cold, fully represented at his packed concert at Guvernment.  The room was definitely feelin’ this soulful artist as hands were in the air and his lyrics were sung just as much by the audience as by the artist himself.  Props go to Musiq’s background singers and band too as they were wicked musicians – each holding their own jusfine!  As well, Glenn Lewis and Kardinal Offishall were both in the house to check out this hot musical talent.  Musiq has returned with his stunning sophomore album JUSLISIN. He originated from the brotherly love streets of Philadelphia, whose roots from jazz to hip hop runs deep. Musiq best expresses the sweetback vibe of his hometown with his magical first single "Half Crazy".  Musiq, brought to Def Soul by his management team, Mama’s Boys, comprised of Jerome Hipps and Michael McArthur, has performed at Philly showcases like The Five Spot and Wilhemina’s, where he worked hard to perfect his skills. He says, "I'm still experimenting, because I don't believe soul is something you can fake. I’m trying to make my music as real as possible, because I feel this is my form of communicating with the world."  No doubt!

 

HOT EVENTS TO CHECK OUT!

 

TONIGHT!  MYBINDI CELEBRATES TALENT SPIRIT AND STYLE IN THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY

Tonight, Thursday, November 7, MyBindi.com, Canada's leading on-line South Asian destination brings back the 2nd Annual MyBindi Awards Show. This gala event will take place at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.  The aim of the MyBindi Awards Show is to recognize the talents and contributions of South Asians in Canada.  This is a people's choice forum, and winners will be selected based on the results of on-line voting. Thousands of people have voted online to select their favourite artists, entertainers, media personalities and community leaders.   Tonight’s festivities will be hosted by Karen Johnson.  Toronto's talented film-maker Deepa Mehta will be honoured with a Special Achievement Award which will be presented by the crew of her latest film, Bollywood/Hollywood.

This red-carpet affair includes appearances and presentations by Raptor's greatest fan Nav Bhatia, former mayor Barbara Hall, City TV's George Lagogenis and Harold Hosein, Rapper Maestro, musical legend Apache Indian, Global's Robin Gill and many more.  Says organizor Sandeep Bawa, "This event is about showcasing the contributions of South Asians within our own community as well as to the mainstream.  Several of the nominees have been recognized as Gemini and Juno-nominees.  It's time our own community recognized our own achievement in these arenas." 

The 2nd Annual MyBindi Awards Show is sponsored by Royal Bank, Daniels Homes, Telus Mobility, OMNI, Flow 93.5 and the Weekly Voice amongst
others. The event is produced by Magic Feet Canada.

For more information, visit www.mybindi.com/awards and contact Manisha Bawa, Co-Founder,Tel. 416-564-1534, info@mybindi.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
MYBINDI AWARDS
Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street (Sherbourne and Wellesley)
8:00 pm Awards Show

10:00 pm After Party

 

 

ADVANCE NOTICE – WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK

Mark your calendars!!  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - When Brothers Speak This is the 4th annual international spoken word concert, featuring NYC's Jamaal St. John and Osagyefo, DC's Komplex, New Jersey's Faraji Salim, and Toronto's own Dwayne MorganUp From The Roots is Toronto's premiere entertainment company that seeks opportunities to uplift through entertainment. By providing opportunities to participate in the community, and expressing oneself using their skills and abilities in all artistic genres, we aim to better our society through entertainment.  For all details, go to www.upfromtheroots.ca.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Jane Mallet Theatre
27 Front Street (east of Yonge)
$21.00-$26.00
Purchase Tickets
Info:  (416) 822-1465

Sunday, December 15, 2002
Up From the Roots say “Thanks”. This will be a night of partying, networking, and great entertainment, inside of the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. This show will be free for everyone who comes with their When Brothers Speak ticket stub, and $7 for those who missed the show. We will have performers from both sides of the border, as we showcase hip hop, dance, soul, and poetry as only we can. Check out www.upfromtheroots.ca for more info on confirmed artists.

 

 

NEW CD RELEASES

 

Tuesday November 12, 2002

DRU HILL Dru Hill Order (Def Soul)
FAT JOE Loyalty (Atlantic)
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Justified (Jive)
MS DYNAMITE A Little Deeper (Polydor)
NEXT TBA (NEXT) (J Records)
PHIL COLLINS Testify (Atlantic)
TLC 3D (Arista)

Tuesday November 19, 2002
BLACKSTREET Level II (DreamWorks)
DEFTONES TBA (Deftones) (Warner)
KENNY LATTIMORE & CHANTE MOORE Things That Lovers Do (Arista)
MATCHBOX TWENTY More Than You Think You Are (Atlantic)
TALIB KWELI Quality (MCA)
TYRESE TBA (Tyrese) (J Records)
VARIOUS ARTISTS MuchDance 2003 (BMG)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Now! Christmas (Universal)

 

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

ADIDAS, DO RIGHT BY JAM MASTER JAY: The Adidas College Fund for Jam Master Jay's kids?

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

By yasmin shiraz / SignalsLLC@aol.com

One of New York's most prominent radio station's told people, young and old, to show their love for Jam Master Jay by proudly wearing their Adidas sneakers last week. Droves of supporters mourned Jam Master Jay's passing and wore their Adidas sweat suits as well as their shell toes. I'm sure even some fans went out and purchased new Adidas with the black stripes to show solidarity to Jay, his family and Run-DMC. But, as a lover of hip-hop, a supporter of Run-DMC, and a businesswoman, I want more than the stock of Adidas to rise because of their affiliation with Run-DMC.   In this sad time, I urge Adidas, corporately, to do something bold in appreciation for Jam Master Jay's contributions to hip-hop. I think Adidas Incorporated should set up college funds for all three of Jay's kids who are undoubtedly missing their father. 

I'm tired of hip-hop's soldiers dying while their families are left wondering about future financial support. A career in hip-hop doesn't really offer a retirement plan, sick leave, disability or death benefits to the surviving family members. Yet enough corporations from Adidas to Versace to Nike to Gucci have profited off of the lyrics and lifestyle of the hip-hop community. It's time for these corporations and specifically Adidas to do the right thing. Give Jason Mizell's family one less thing to think about.   Fans, readers, community members: If you are in support of the Adidas college fund for Jam Master Jay's kids, please email me at SignalsLLC@aol.com. I'll forward your emails to Adidas, Jam Master Jay's publicist, Run-DMC's management, Arista Records, and whoever else is needed to make sure his life gets more than a blip on the radar screen.   Today, I lace up my shell toes for a legend who died much too early. I'll keep you posted to see if it's the last time that I'll lace them up period.
Yasmin Shiraz is the author of The Blueprint for My Girls and former publisher of the college entertainment magazine Mad Rhythms. Her website is: www.yasminshiraz.net.

 

 

REPORT ON RACIAL PROFILING

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

by Tamara Smith [simplymagic@rogers.com]

Last week’s report on “Bowling for Columbine,” continues to inspire political thought. Coincidentally enough, the events of the following week in Toronto fall directly in the path of gun violence, race relations, the media and politics. These events both contradict and solidify the peachy Canada displayed in the film and bear to further comparison between the United States and Canada.   For the second time in as many weeks, shootings have overshadowed the weekend. Despite the positive figures presented in “Bowling for Columbine,” in the last week, 6 people have died in Toronto in unrelated shootings. The shootings have bypassed the stereotypical locations of poverty-stricken or “bad” areas, and have occurred all over the city from the trendy downtown club core to banquet halls to the unsuspecting streets. Suspects in the murders are just as varied with as many police descriptions of white males as black.   All of this on the heels of a scathing report by the Toronto Star on racial profiling by the police. The Star obtained, for the first time ever, the database of arrests and charges in Toronto since 1996, through a freedom of information request. The data included information from over 480,000 arrests and almost 800,000 criminal charges. The report targets the higher incidence for black citizens to be stopped, charged and treated unfairly by police over their white counterparts.

Coincidentally, the report follows the police force accepting an international award as one of the leading policing agencies for promoting civil rights and enhancing relationships with the cities communities at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Minneapolis last week. Toronto Police Chief, Julian Fantino, denies the tendencies outlined in the report, despite the evaluation of a noteworthy outside source, confirming the conclusions drawn by The Star.   Racial profiling has now been acknowledged and confirmed by the media, but it’s not news to Toronto’s black community. What is noteworthy is the response to the report. Surprisingly enough, the community appears to be eager to rectify the apparent problem. Ontario Premier Ernie Eves (equivalent to a State Governor) has even stepped in alongside community leaders to call for discussion on the issue with all parties involved. A small initial meeting of key people from the government, police, the black police officers' association and some community leaders is currently being scheduled.

So maybe Michael Moore’s vision of Canada was not all that far off. Although the chief of police has denounced The Star’s findings, higher powers appear ready to take action and Canada’s media seems intent on breeding positive change instead of fear. There is a positive outlook in hopes that the police force will eventually pursue real diverse criminals and prevent growing Canadian gun violence, instead of blindly focussing on minor offences by the black population. Only time will tell if real action will be taken and if the United States will follow this lead.

 

 

ARTIST UPDATE - TANK

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

by Jawn Murray (Washington, DC)

He’s a chiseled-chested R&B heartthrob that made a tremendous mark on the music industry with his debut album “Force Of Nature.” Sensual ballads like “Maybe I Deserve” and “Slowly” helped to secure the album’s platinum status. It also made industry notables take note that Tank (born Durrell Babbs) was more than just another pretty stud with a decent voice, but a consummate vocalist, an experienced musician, and one heck-of-a-songwriter – having penned hits for Dave Hollister, Aaliyah, Sharissa, and Ideal.   This week, Tank releases his sophomore effort “One Man,” a collection of moving love stories, mixed with some street-smart hip-hop numbers to balance things out. Recently, I spent a couple of days in New York City with the R&B singer, who was in the Big Apple to preview his new set. It definitely has to be exciting for the Washington, D.C. native to be dropping his second album, after many years of striving to break into the business. "Looking at the business from the outside in, seeing people working on their second or third album, and you think that it’s just a formality, that the contracts say that, so that’s kind of what happens,” explained Tank. “But all in all, it has to do with success and how you really do on your first outing. I was blessed to have some success [with my first album], we were definitely striving for more, but it was enough success to get me to the second album. I think that’s what made it a harder road, trying to outdo the first [album]."

Part of trying to surpass the first album was finding out what worked initially, what did not, and perfecting that which did. His first single “Freaky” from “Force of Nature” was an up tempo hip-hop number that had a shirtless, greased up Tank dancing and looking slightly out-of-place in the accompanying music video. The song was so poorly received that it never made the final track list for “Force of Nature.” “We were happy with our effort, but we were still kind of trying to find who Tank was, and who Tank would be in this whole R&B thing,” said Tank.   It wasn’t until the second single “Maybe I Deserve” was serviced to radio, and the music video featuring Tank clad in white boxer shorts hit the television, did the star begin to see his album impact the music charts. “’Maybe I Deserve’ kind of set the tone for who I would be, and I didn’t really realize what kind record that was,” admitted the singer. “I knew ladies would feel it because the ladies are sentimental like that. But a lot of guys were like, ‘That’s my record, know what I saying, I feel that.’ Irv Gotti [CEO of Murder Inc. Records] was like, ‘Word to the mother son, that’s it!’ People who never thought would like this record, like [deejay] Kid Capri and people like that, were like, ‘I love where you are going.’”

The self-contained talent has established a formula for future recordings. "I think for me now my blueprint is I always start with ballads,” said Tank. “I can get those out of the way real quick. I like to start with the ballads and keep it real in all of the ballads. All of the ballads tell something that everybody or somebody has been through or is going through. I think that is going to be my signature from this point out, people just being able to relate to my records. The hardest thing for me is to do is an up-tempo and that’s because I am a singer, and up tempos require less singing. It’s kind of hard for me to find a track and really find a record that really compliments what I do," he admitted.   Not only have fellow musicians and industry tastemakers taken note of Tank, but the musician has built an enormous following of female fans who label the singer a sex symbol. "I’m normally the aggressor and I’m normally on my p’s and q’s as far as being strong and standing up. But when women start complimenting me too much, it kind of makes me a little shy. I’m like, all right everybody is staring at me. So you know, I am comfortable with it, but the thing is not to abuse it and there are ways to abuse it. I try to stay away from the effects of being a sex-symbol," he explained.   Though Tank has fun with the whole sex symbol thing on some occasions. As we rode in our S.U.V. through the streets of Manhattan, the singer rolled down his window and attempted to flirt with a female pedestrian walking down the street. “Hey girl, you over there,” he yelled from the vehicle. The attractive young lady turned and looked at who was calling her, and then continued to talk on her cell phone. “Why are you going to ignore me like that,” laughed the singer. But he remembered, “This is New York City, they could care less about who I am.” Maybe, but I bet that girl went home and turned on BET, saw Tank’s new video, and kicked herself for rolling her eyes at the man yelling from the black S.U.V.  

The heartthrob thing is not too new to Tank. Women pant over him now as an R&B singer, just as teenage girls and older women in church did when he was a regular on the D.C. gospel circuit. The only difference is now, women do more than just sit in their pews and pray that God forgive them for lusting after Tank. Instead, fans expose body parts, throw undergarments at him, and tear down barricades all in an effort to rub his chest. “It’s not really my thing,” said the modest entertainer. “People appreciating me is one thing, but people chasing me down the hallway is a whole other thing. I just pray to stay me. My mother helps me with that. My grandmother helps me with that as well. I still have to clean the dishes and take out the trash. All of the people around me, even you, you know me from back in the day, you all keep me reminded of who I am, what all of this is really about. The celebrity thing is taking some adjusting to.”   Being reared on gospel music and remaining a diehard fan of Kim Burrell and John P. Kee, it surprises most that Tank doesn’t include the token gospel song on any of his CD’s. "I don’t think a gospel song really has a place on a R&B album,” conveyed Tank. “I know there are things I shouldn’t do, and there are things I shouldn’t say, and I to be quite honest, some of those things I am doing and some of those things I am saying. It’s kind of hard to put a record like "Jesus, You’re The Center Of My Joy" right after "Slowly." Like, where does that come in the show? What message am I sending? Am I confused within myself or am I trying to confuse everybody else? I promised God that when it was time for me to do [a gospel album], I would do just that. It wouldn’t be no half effort. Right now I am doing R&B and He’s blessed that door to open for me and he’s blessed me to have success in that genre of music."   Though he doesn’t know when he will record a gospel album, he has thought about it. “[Me and] Dave Hollister have talked about doing a gospel album together,” shared the Blackground recording artist. He went on to share his admiration of Hollister. “Dave is one of the kings out here as far as I am concerned. He’s like one of those cats that I always work with because we share a mutual respect for singing itself, for the art of it, not just the commercialism of it. We’ll do a record that everybody won’t receive but people like us, so they’ll play the record on the radio. That’s, like, my dude, one of the cats I look up to in the business who I’ll work with forever."

For now, the focus for Tank is on “One Man.” With production from Rodney Jerkins, Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha, and appearances by Sparkle, newcomers Mowett, and the Cash Money Millionaires, the album certainly has star appeal. If the response it received at the listening party at Sabu in New York City was indicative of how the buying public will receive the album, Tank will definitely steer clear of the sophomore jinx. Though for him, the goal is simple. "I hope that this album shows people who I really am, and what I can really do as far as a singer and a songwriter,” he concluded.”  
“One Man” is in stores this week!

 

 

EMINEM RETURNS TO EIGHT MILE IN STYLE: Story is kinda like rapper's life...but not really

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

by Ricardo Hazell

Sadly, American cities are among the most segregated areas in the country, especially northern cities. These places come off as being a land of opportunity for all, but you have to look closer. Look real close. For people living in New York, 96th street separates the blacks and Puerto Ricans from the more affluent citizens to the South, for New Jersey's capital Trenton, the barrier is called Hamilton Ave and in Los Angeles that barrier is -- more or less -- considered to be Wilshire Blvd.   For the metro dwellers in Detroit the barrier is called "8 Mile." That is where Aftermath/Interscope Recording artist Eminem got the inspiration for the new film by the same name.   "Eight Mile is like basically the borderline for Detroit," said Eminem. "And, especially when I was growing up, the color line. You know, it was literally black on one side, white on the other."   Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers III, has been celebrating his star status for around 5 years now as the protege of Dr. Dre. He has ripped up stages, traveled the world and seen sights light-years away from Eight Mile. But everything is a cipher and, no matter how hard you try, you always end up right back where you started from. Be the return mental, spiritual or physical, you always go back home. Em returned on the cinematic tip.   "When I first started doing videos and this and that, people were coming at me with different little movie offers and stuff. And seeing if maybe I could act a little bit. Basically we wanted to do a movie. But I've always felt that, if I do a movie, I wanted it to be authentic and I wanted to have a reason to do it. Not just to bank off my own success or anything like that."

Though he did not do the film to purposefully bank off his own stellar success, Eminem will, nevertheless, bank off the success of "8 Mile." Though the concept was panned at first, some critics have gone so far as to call it a modern day "Rocky" ... picture that? Eminem helped screenwriter Scott Silver to picture it as well.   "When we took Scott around (Detroit), we showed him what the hip-hop scene was about four or five years prior to when we was coming up, and what it was about. Different spots, different locations. Detroit's different from New York and Los Angeles. You know, we get to take in (all the influences) from East and the West coasts. So there was a little mixture of both."   Though the aesthetic nuances and inspirations of the lakeside burg are different from the hip-hop of Los Angeles and New York City, one thing is not ... you gotta battle baby! For those that know, battling is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes, even audience members can't bear to look, so imagine how the lyricist must feel?   "Battling was and still is so intense to an underground emcee," said Mathers. "Especially an underground emcee who has no name and is trying to get rep, battling is everything. When you battle it's like being in a basketball game and winning the championship ... it's that intense. I remember battling, if I lost the battle, I felt like my world was crumbling. Like, oh my God, I just got defeated. You know, it's like Ali getting knocked out for the first time or something. Anything can be used against you in a battle. And especially Eight Mile. If you live on the warring side, and you're downtown Detroit and you're battling at the Shelter and living with your mother in a trailer park, that's going to be thrown against you."

Though "8 Mile" was initially billed as being loosely based on the life of Marshall Maters, the script's constant rewrites took the project in a completely different direction than Em's actual life.   "8 Mile" opens in theaters on this Friday, November 8. The film stars Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Britney Murphy, Eugene Byrd, Kim Basinger and Omar Benson Miller, among others who round out a great cast. We'll have more from the principle players in future EURs.

 

 

TIDBITS

 

SKITZ ROCKS THE HOUSE AT CD RELEASE JAM

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

October’s hot “Work Wednesday” urban events held at Toronto’s Holy Joe’s culminated this week, with a CD release party for Sandbox Entertainment artist Skitz. Skitz dropped skills in usual form for the packed house with an assortment of old tracks and selections from his new EP.  Skitz combines hip-hop flavour with a dose of funk and rock to create his own distinct style of urban music. Backed up by a DJ and live band including a guitar, drums and keyboard, Skitz’s show offered a welcome change to the traditional hip-hop show. He performed the old favourites “What”, “Understanding” and “Oasis” (from previously released singles), as well as “Hot S**t”, “If You Knew…” and more from the upcoming EP.   The show also marked the debut of Sandbox’s next artist Jotwice. Opening the show for Skitz, he got the audience eager with anticipation for more. For now, fans can purchase a copy of Skitz’s new EP via the www.mp3.com web site (link below) or wait until it hits shelves in December. If Wednesday’s show was any indication of things to come from Sandbox Entertainment, these guys are going to be a force to be reckoned with in Canadian urban music.  http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/364/skitz.html

 

 

HALLE'S "OCTOBER"-FEST: Berry signs on for another film

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

It may be November, but October is still happening for Halle Berry.   No, the Oscar-winning star isn't stuck in a time warp, but rather starring in a new film called "October Squall."   Berry plays a rape victim who decides to raise her attacker's child.   While that seems all well and good, trouble comes when the child becomes a teen and Berry's character starts to notice some violent tendencies.   Whoa.   The film is based on a true story, and is scheduled to begin filming next year.

 

 

WALT WILLIAMS - 'INSIGHT OF A WIZZARD'

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:


By
TeJai Maxwell

If you thought that a hooper could never be a serious rapper and be good at it too, think again. From the basketball court to the recording studio, Walt Williams, AKA The Wizzard, has managed to succeed in not one, but two professions.   Williams teamed up with long-time friend and business partner, Dave Jordan, to form Big Waad Records, from which he was the first act to drop. Appropriately titled "The Insight of a Wizzard," Williams' highly anticipated album is 16 tracks of well thought out lyrics that speak nothing but the truth about his life experiences. Whether Williams is rapping about the experiences that he had in the NBA or on the streets of Washington DC, his flow in genuine and original.   Having already determined that Williams' lyrics and flow are "Just Too Much" (the title of his first single), there's nothing left to mention but how tight the beats are. Some are full of soul and others are as funky as they want to be, but all of them will force you to bob your head.  The album "Insight of a Wizzard" features guest appearances by Chyna, Stretch and Trina (the baddest chick), plus more. All of which add their own touch, but not too much (no pun intended), to their respective songs.
So don't let any past experiences with ballers-turned-rappers that didn't quite make the grade ruin your judgment about this one. Walt Williams' "Insight of a Wizzard" is definitely an album you will want to add to your music collection.

 

 

LOPEZ SIGNS WITH NEW MANAGEMENT FIRM: Endeavor Agency also represents her new thang, Ben Affleck

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

J.Lo is set to go once again. She has recently signed with Endeavor Agency for representation.  Lopez, along with her new Columbia Pictures-based production company, Nuyorican Productions, will be represented by Handprint Entertainment's Benny Medina and attorney Barry Hirsch.   Lopez previously was repped by ICM, but the two parted ways earlier this month after working together for four years. In signing with Endeavor, Lopez joins the same agency that represents her current beau, Ben Affleck, with whom she recently completed the Revolution Studios comedy "Gigli," and the Kevin Smith-directed Miramax Films comedy "Jersey Girl."

 

 

ANGIE AN "IDOL" MEMORY: New York DJ calls it quits after three days

Looks like Angie Martinez just couldn't withstand the Simon-ize. The New York radio personality and rapper decided not to remain a judge for "American Idol 2."   She was announced as the fourth judge for the second installment of the talent contest just last Friday. It only took three days for co-judge Simon Cowell to scare her away.   "Being asked to join 'American Idol' as their newest panelist was an honor," she says in a Fox -issued statement. "However, after judging the first few auditions, I've decided to leave the show because it became too uncomfortable for me to tell someone else to give up on their dream, especially when I realized that many of them have supported my musical career," she said in a statement.   That's probably a good call on her part. And quite noble on her part, too. She never quite calls out Simon, though he threw some heavy jabs at the panel newbie.   At the New York tryouts, Cowell reportedly said, "What's good about Angie is that she's subservient. Didn't you clean our shoes when we were in Detroit?"   Dayum.   Fox has decided not to replace Martinez at this time and will just roll with the three original judges - Simon, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.   Right now the "American Idol" crew are heading to Miami this Saturday, then Austin, Texas on November 6 and closes out in Los Angeles on November 17. The show is expected to launch early next year.

 

 

OL' IKE HASN'T LOST HIS MUSICAL APPETITE: Ike Turner to take part in East Coast Blues and Roots Fest

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com:

The original Ike Dirty will host the 2003 edition of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival. We're talking about rock pioneer Ike Turner. He will be featured alongside Angelique Kidjo, Kasey Chambers, Michelle Shocked and Eric Burdon and the Animals on the bill. Roy Ayers, Marva Wright and the BMWs, Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Lang, Terence Simien, Davell Crawford, Harry Manx, Sam Carr's Delta Dukes and Bob Broznan will also appear at the festival.   Turner, the one time husband of Tina Turner, is best known for his work 'Nutbush City Limits', 'River Deep, Mountain High' and 'Proud Mary.' The soul legend has been recording since 1951 when he made his first record at Sam Phillips Sun Studios in Nashville.  
The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival is on over the Easter weekend in Byron Bay April 17-20. Tickets are now on sale and a limited number of discounted 'early bird' tickets are available before December 1. Grab some more details at www.bluesfest.com.

 

 


WEEKEND EVENTS
NOVEMBER 7 - 10, 2002


 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
MYBINDI AWARDS
Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street (Sherbourne and Wellesley)
8:00 pm Awards Show

10:00 pm After Party
For more information, visit www.mybindi.com/awards and contact Manisha Bawa, Co-Founder,Tel. 416-564-1534, info@mybindi.com. 

EVENT PROFILE:  The aim of the MyBindi Awards Show is to recognize the talents and contributions of South Asians in Canada.  This is a people's choice forum, and winners will be selected based on the results of on-line voting. Tonight’s festivities will be hosted by Karen Johnson.  Toronto's talented film-maker Deepa Mehta will be honoured with a Special Achievement Award which will be presented by the crew of her latest film, Bollywood/Hollywood.   This red-carpet affair includes appearances and presentations by Raptor's greatest fan Nav Bhatia, former mayor Barbara Hall, City TV's George Lagogenis and Harold Hosein, Rapper Maestro, musical legend Apache Indian, Global's Robin Gill and many more.  Says organizor Sandeep Bawa, "This event is about showcasing the contributions of South Asians within our own community as well as to the mainstream.  Several of the nominees have been recognized as Gemini and Juno-nominees.  It's time our own community recognized our own achievement in these arenas." 

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Kenny Moran, Rohan Staton/Trust, Roger Williams, Neil Brathwaite, Deryck Roche

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 


NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS
NOVEMBER 11 - 17, 2002


 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
VIP JAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Revival Bar
783 College Street (at Shaw)
10:00 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Rich Brown, Andrew Craig and Shamakah Ali with various local artists.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
JAZZ TUESDAYS AT MUSE
Muse Bistro
369 King Street W.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

EVENT PROFILE
: The ever-popular and hip Muse Bistro is beginning a new jazz night after work on Tuesdays!  Every Tuesday evening, join us at Muse between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm for some of the finest jazz Toronto has to offer.  It’s going to be a very cool vibe and remember that Muse has some of the best food in town!  Join us in filling this night with smiling faces and wonderful music.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
JAM SESSION
Lava Lounge
507 College Street (west of Bathurst)
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Calvin Beale, Michael Shand, Joe Bowden, Thomas Reynolds and various local artists.

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Mackie Langford, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 

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