IHH Daily Update 5*30*07

Police Seek To Question Fat Joe As Witness To Double Homicide In Miami

Police seek to question Bronx, NY rapper Fat Joe as a witness to the fatal shooting of two people over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Miami, a holiday hot spot.

Miami Beach police arrested Jermaine “Wufgang” Chamberline who has confessed to the murders.

Police believe that Fat Joe may have seen what happened, according to the Miami Herald.

Jose ”Fat Joe” Cartagena could have been hanging out with Lessli Paz and Joey Navarro, the men that were slain early Monday morning.

According to the report, Fat Joe was slated to perform at a party with DJ Khaled, a staple in Miami’s DJ scene and member of Joe’s Terror Squad crew.

Paz, Navarro, and other men were sitting in a parked black Cadillac Escalade at David’s Café II, around 6 am.

Fat Joe could have been in the vehicle as well, according to the Herald.

A melee exploded and three men began to fight in front of the restaurant.

”As the two groups began punching and kicking each other, [ Jermaine ”Wufgang” Chamberline ] reached into his right front pocket and pulled out a 9mm handgun,” said an arrest report.

After pulling a weapon, Chamberline allegedly fired four times, slaying Paz and Navarro.

The Jamaican-born Chamberline was arrested by Detective Andrew Dohler of the Miami Beach police.

He eventually confessed to the crime after detectives were able to put him at the scene of the crime and present him with witness statements.

Men claiming to be friends of Paz and Navarro refused to work with the police, but Chamberline was seen and questioned near the murder scene.

”If it weren’t for that stop, we probably would never have solved this crime. We weren’t getting any cooperation from the victim’s so-called friends,” Miami Beach Sgt. Robert Hernandez said.

Chamberline was formally charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon.

Representatives for Fat Joe had no comment.

Counterfeit Condoms Being Sold in Harlem

News has surfaced in Harlem, NY, that local delis have been selling counterfeit Trojan Magnum condoms, according to local reports.

Packages of the Trojan Magnums in New York were tested and deemed counterfeit, after Trojan’s parent company, Church & Dwight, could not confirm their legitimacy.

After the condoms had been tested, it was revealed that the counterfeit condoms were actually smaller in size than tradition Trojan Magnums, and carried a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance.

In a statement, the company said that it “evaluated the suspect condoms received and…can confirm they are not authentic….” Church & Dwight also said “we cannot vouch for the safety and efficacy of counterfeit products….”

Similar reports have surfaced in New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan as well.

Also, the gold plastic packaging is a sign of counterfeit Trojans, where the actual condom packaging is made of heavy foil and bends easily when tampered with.

For more information, Church & Dwight can be reached at 800-575-2925.
The company advised people who might have used them to “consult a physician or a family planning clinic…”

Master P Releasing New Album The Same Day As 50 Cent

According to Master P he will release his first father and son Hip Hop album (featuring his son Romeo), titled Hip Hop Story September 4, the same day as 50 Cent releases his new album “Curtis”.

Master P stated that he did not pick the date to compete with 50 Cent but instead to create a market balance and giving the kids a freedom of choices.

He also made a statement saying “This record isn’t about making money; it’s about providing a choice, changing, and hopefully saving lives.”

Hip Hop Story will not content any explicit lyrics, and all the profits from the album will go towards foundations and scholarship for underprivileged children who like to gain college education. More shockingly, he admitted he was once the problem saying, “Before we condemn others for making a change, we should take a look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what we are doing? Are we a part of the problem or are we a part of the solution?”

Kanye, Lupe & Pharrell Form Supergroup???

“Chicago Runs Shit” is not just an opinion anymore.

Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell have joined up to form a new super-group named exactly that. Lupe and Kanye both call Chicago home while Pharrell is a Virginia Beach native himself. A more fitting group of Chicago artists might have been Common, Lupe and Kanye. Regardless, the group (which isn’t about fashion) is quite possibly the top secret project Lupe Fiasco referred to in an interview with Billboard magazine earlier this month.

In that interview, Lupe was said to be working on a “top secret project” with “another superstar rapper and someone who is a rapper/producer.” It was not revealed whether or not this would be for an entire album or just a few songs.
The ‘CRS’ group was revealed over the weekend when details surrounding the “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” mixtape were released.

The first song the group released is the track “Us Placers” which uses a sample off of Thom Yorke’s (of the group Radiohead) “The Erasers.”

Remy Ma Calls Sexually Explicit Voice Mail ‘Not Real’

Terror Squad’s former first lady, Remy Ma, is calling a sexually explicit voice mail — circulating the internet — message a fake.

Leaked by Miami-based celebrity crank caller, Ralphige (known for prank calling stars such as Michael Jackson, Scott Storch and Method Man, among others), the call has Remy allegedly leaving a voice message for an unknown individual, where she asks if he’d like to receive oral sex.

According to the rapper’s camp, “the voice message is not real” and was instead a skit intended for his next album.

“This is not a real voice message,” Remy’s publicist, Jennifer Turner, said in a statement. “Remy recorded this as a skit for her upcoming album, PunishHer, and the wrong person got a hold of it.

“[The person] is now trying to use it against her by fabricating this false story and then releasing it on the Internet. This is nothing more than a vicious attempt to slander Remy’s character and image,” added Turner.

There is no current release date for Remy’s sophomore album, PunishHer, but the first single is set to be “Fresh,” which has already leaked to the net.

Brandy Hit With 4th Lawsuit Stemming From Car Crash

Actress/singer Brandy Norwood was recently hit with a fourth lawsuit related to the fatal car accident she was involved in last December.

According to TMZ, motorist Mallory Ham filed a lawsuit on May 25 in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that Brandy “recklessly wantonly, unlawfully, and maliciously” operated the vehicle responsible for the accident, which occurred on L.A.’s 405 Freeway on December 30.

In the suit, Ham claims he was “severely injured” during the collision and demands that Brandy pay for unspecified medical bills and pain and suffering as well as for legal costs and punitive damages.

As previously reported, Ham was named along with Brandy for driving recklessly on the day of the accident, in a lawsuit filed by Marquane Hdidou — widower of Awatef Aboudihaj, who was killed in the December pileup.

Since the accident, Brandy has been hit with wrongful death suits filed against her from the husband, parents and children of the victim.

In an additional development to the incident, TMZ is reporting that on May 23 Brandy filed a response to one wrongful death suit against her saying she “denies each and every allegation in the complaint and further denies that plaintiffs have been damaged in any sum or sums whatsoever.” Additionally Brandy “alleges and asserts her Fifth Amendment privileges” requesting that the matter go to trial before a jury.

The former television star stepped down from her position on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this April, issuing a statement that she felt unable to give the new season the commitment and attention it deserved.

RIHANNA IS THE NEW FACE OF COVERGIRL

Pop/R&B star Rihanna has stepped out from under her “um-burelluh” long enough to announce her gig as the new face of CoverGirl cosmetics.

The singer, who is turning heads with her video for current hit “Umbrella” feat. Jay-Z, says the new post is a longtime dream come true.

“I always wanted to be a CoverGirl,” gushed the native of Barbados. “Every little girl wants to become one. CoverGirl has worked with other music artists and the brand itself is about make-up. What’s not to like? It’s a natural fit for me.”

Some of those “other music artists” that have received a check from CoverGirl are Queen Latifah, Brandy and Faith Hill.

Rihanna’s CoverGirl run is scheduled to launch in June. Meanwhile, the artist was just added to the performance roster of Live Earth, a 24-hour concert event scheduled for 07/07/07 on all seven continents. The effort is designed to raise awareness of global warming.

Dipset, Bad Boy & Ruff Ryders Take Their Game To The Blacktop in Harlem Tournament

Harlem’s legendary basketball tournament the “Kingdome Classic,” boasting basketball teams comprised of street hoop stars and NBA athletes, will kick off next month.

The event, which was founded in 1985 and rejuvenated in 2004 by Harlem native Damon Dash, attracts up to 5000 people and is free of charge.

“Kingdome is one of the things that shaped me and molded me as a man because of its swagger,” Dash told New York’s Daily News. “I thought it would be something good, being that I’m from Harlem, that I can come back to Harlem and help the people out. That could be my little gift.”

According to the Daily News, Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest, Houston Rockets’ guard Rafer Alston and New York Knicks forward David Lee are among the NBA stars expected to play. The tournament is sponsored by Dash’s sneaker line Pro-Keds and will feature teams supported by Diddy’s Bad Boy label, Jim Jones’ Diplomats and DMX’s Ruff Ryders.

“The atmosphere at the games is nuts,” Lee explained. “You really get the feel that it’s the coming together of the community in Harlem and the coming together of people who love basketball.”

The “Kingdome Classic Tournament” will kick off on June 23rd and will last for ten weeks. The games will take place at courts on 115th St. and Lenox Ave.

New Line Targets Urban Viewers With ‘The Crib’; ‘Set It Off’ Sequel

New Line Cinema is developing a new DVD movie called The Crib, which is being co-produced by Ice Cube’s production company, Cube Vision.

While details of the The Crib were not revealed, the partnership with Ice Cube’s company is part of a flurry of activity from New Line in the urban DVD world.

New Line is in the process of rewriting a script for a sequel to the 1996 movie Set It Off, which starred rapper Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise as female bank robbers.

The original script was written by Takashi Bufford and Kate Lanier.

While most of the movies will be straight-to-DVD releases, representatives for New Line said that theatrical premieres were not out of the question.

Each one of the movies will be shot with a budget of $5 million or less.

New Line Cinema has produced a number of influential movies, including House Party, Friday, Menace II Society, Boogie Nights, The Wedding Singer, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and numerous others.

Mariah Carey Plays Herself In Spike Lee Short

Mariah Carey aims to spoof herself and her life in the upcoming film short, Lovers & Haters.

The Spike Lee directed flick, to be produced by 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, is a spoof of the life of Carey, with the ‘lovers and haters’ that she encounters along the way, and how she overcomes those obstacles to still be one of the most talented and loved musical sensations in history.

Lee also directed similar vignettes that became video features during Carey’s 2006 tour The Adventures of Mimi.

Carey worked alongside Benny Medina as executive producer on the 15 minute, $5 million film short.

According to IMDb.com (Internet Movie Database), Lovers & Haters is slated for release on September 16 of this year.

As previously reported, in additional to filming the feature length film Tennessee due out later this year, Carey is also in the studio collaborating with super producer Jermaine Dupri on the follow-up to her hit CD The Emancipation of Mimi.

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