Meet the student accepted into all eight Ivy League schools

 

A Nassau County whiz kid was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools — a year after another Long Island teen hit the rare academic jackpot.

Elmont Memorial High School senior Harold Ekeh boasts a grade-point average of 100.5 percent, an SAT score of 2270 and was a semifinalist for the national Intel Science Talent Search.

“My parents’ hard work and my hard work finally paid off,” Ekeh, 17, told The Post. Continue reading

Man Claims Rapper DMX Robbed Him at Newark Gas Station

Man Claims Rapper DMX Robbed Him at Newark Gas Station: Police | NBC New York

 

Police are investigating after a man said he was robbed at gunpoint by a man who identified himself as DMX and his entourage at a gas station early Sunday.

The man, a 21-year-old Newark resident, told police that he encountered a man who he identified as the rapper at about 12:30 a.m. at an Exxon station on U.S. Highway 21 in Newark, according to the Newark Police Department. He told police he had a brief conversation with the DMX about rap music when a member of the rapper’s entourage allegedly flashed a gun and demanded cash. Continue reading

The Full Transcript Of Jay Z’s Tidal Q&A At The Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music

Wednesday afternoon, Jay Z, along with Tidal executive Vania Schlogel, discussed his new streaming venture with a group of students at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. In a Q&A, the rap mogul answered questions delivered by NYU professor Errol Kolosine and prepared by students about everything from the company’s equity structure, the contents of the documents signed during Tidal’s press conference, and whether or not Jay believes that one day there will only be one streaming service. Read a transcript of the event below.
How will Tidal change the industry with regards to artists’ bottom line? Spotify has received much criticism for the portion of revenue that the artists receive through their music being streamed there. Is Tidal a direct response to this criticism? JAY Z: Not a direct response. You don’t want to single anyone out, per se — but currently we pay the highest royalty percentage. And there is no free tier service. If you have five people paying for music, and ten people consuming it, then the artist starts at -5. We start at 1. There is no free tier and we’ll pay the highest royalty percentage. That’s how we’ll change the industry, as well as through a number of other things which I’m sure you guys are gonna ask about, so, I don’t want to go too into it on the first question.
What’s the most difficult part about balancing being an artist yourself, staying true to your artistry, and also being a producer that needs to stay conscious about record sales? JAY Z: When you’re in the studio, you’re just making music from your heart. For me, I’ve always been that way. I was an artist, I was executive producer on my first album so, I’ve always had to manage both. I couldn’t get a record deal. It wasn’t by choice — I couldn’t get a record deal, so I had to figure it out. We started by selling records out of the trunks of our cars. We went to some stores in Brooklyn and some other places and then we spread from there. I guess the short answer is: When you’re in the studio you’re an artist, and when you’re outside of that you’ve got to figure out how to get your music heard.
Will Tidal offer a student discount for subscriptions like Spotify does in the near future? JAY Z: Oh. Okay, well I’m going to let Vania answer that one. SCHLOGEL: Yes. When we look at the data, the data says that students don’t really care about paying for streaming. I actually don’t believe that, necessarily — I think that this demographic here, sitting in the room, cares very deeply about music. I think in fact that a lot of you have a deeper emotional connection with music than any data says. And so the short answer for that is, absolutely yes, because we want you all to be Team Tidal and to be a part of this.

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John Singleton On Ja Rule ‘Fast N Furious’

“Ja got too big for himself. He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars. He got 15 grand to be in the first movie. He was really big at that time. I guess Murder Inc. was throwing out hits and were making money hand over foot. He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn’t return calls. I went to the studio to go see him — that’s just my mantra, I deal with a lot of music people. He was kinda playing me to the side and I was like, ‘What? What is this shit?’ This was all initiated by me. I then made a call. I called Ludacris. I said, ‘Hey, Luda, I haven’t met you before, but I like what you’re doing right now.’ Luda was all humble, excited to meet me. I said, ‘I’m doing this movie and I’m wondering if you want to be a part of it.’ He goes, ‘What? Yeah! Anything you do I want to be a part of.’ That’s how Ludacris got in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the rest is history.”

via John Singleton On Ja Rule ‘Fast N Furious’ | Rap Radar.

Wale Says He “Put [His] Best Foot Forward” With “The Album About Nothing”

“I won’t put it out until I know it’s better than the last,” Wale says.

With his new album being touted by some as the best of his career up to this point, Wale says The Album About Nothing is another case of him putting his best foot forward.

Speaking with HipHopDX’s Ural Garrett, Wale spoke about his thoughts on the album’s reception and the type of pressure he puts on himself every time he drops a new project.

“I always put my best foot forward,” he said in a clip that debuted as a part of today’s DX Daily. “I won’t put it out until I know it’s better than the last…It’s always a pleasure when your album drop and it’s being received as well as it is.”

Asked whether Jerry Seinfeld has heard the project, Wale reminded fans that the whole album was put together with iconic the comedian.

“I mean he made it with me so he pretty much heard all of it,” Wale said.

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Prison Culture Exposed Through Cell Phone Extortion

Prison gangs have found a new revenue stream to finance their criminal activities behind the walls of America’s toughest prisons. Gang members are using cell phones to extort other prisoners and their families. Officials at Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth, Ga., have identified the prisoner seen in a photo taken behind bars by a contraband cell phone. 18-year-old Cortez Berry is seen squatting in a submissive posture to a gang member in a prison bathroom. His left eye and face is swollen as the result of a savage beating. A leash fashioned out of available material is wound around Berry’s neck. Continue reading

Troubled teen who received controversial heart transplant 2 years ago dies in high-speed police chase

A 17-year-old boy who received a heart transplant after he was kept off a national transplant list due to his behavioral problems, died Tuesday following a high-speed chase with Roswell police.

Anthony Stokes, of Decatur, was a suspect in a burglary and a carjacking, which police said led to the fatal crash of the stolen black Honda Accord on Ga 9. Continue reading

Unarmed, Unconscious Man Dies in Police Custody

Another unarmed black man is dead at the hands of cops whose motto is to protect and serve.
Police in Vineland, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, allegedly beat Phillip White to death while he was unconscious and handcuffed on the ground.
Ricardo Garcia, who witnessed the incident, described what he saw to a reporter.

“They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car,” said Ricardo Garcia. “The dog bit him on his face and around his body. There’s no call for that. Once a man is handcuffed and unconscious, you should have stuck him in the patrol car and take him to the police station. Instead they decided to beat him right here.”
Another witness, Agustin Ayala of Ayala Towing, told a reporter he was driving a tow truck when he saw two police officers beating an apparently unconscious man.
Ayala said he asked the officers to stop because he was concerned for the man’s welfare.
A dog is heard barking hysterically in the background of the police dispatch audio.

“118 West Grape,” a dispatcher says in the recording. “Subject… hyperventilating. Officers out.”
One of the officers can be heard rehearsing his defense.
“Subject under…tried disarming me,” he said breathlessly.
News of White’s death spread quickly through the New Jersey neighborhood.

Vineland Police Chief Timothy Codispoti was swift to respond to the growing scandal.
“As many of you have already heard, earlier today a tragedy occurred involving Officers and a citizen,” said Codispoti on Tuesday.

“Sadly, this call for service resulted in an “in–custody, non-shooting death” which is being investigated by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office”
Police didn’t clarify why White was arrested at his home.
White’s aunt, Valerie White, told NBC10 she wanted answers.
“Why, what he was doing, I don’t know,” she said. “I’m trying to get answers and closure now. He lived a street life but he was a human being. Bottom line.”
White is the 290th person to be killed by police in America in the 1st 90 days of 2015.

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Kendrick Lamar #GetPumped Show In L.A.

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is now at #1 on the Billboard charts. As part of his release, K.Dot partnered with Reebok’s #GetPumped campaign last night for a free concert in L.A. On board a truck moving through Hollywood, above is a compilation of clips from the evening.

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Lil Twist Charged With Beating Up Nickelodeon Star, Could Face 25 Years

It looks as if the Lil Twist-Chris Massey incident from last November will not be swept under the rug. According to TMZ, the rapper has been charged with six felonies. The Los Angeles County District Attorney has hit Twist with burglary, making criminal threats, grand theft, battery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Allegedly, the young artist beat up Nickelodeon star Chris Massey at his brother, Kyle’s apartment. Kyle himself is a former Disney Channel star, having been on That’s So Raven. Twist has previously been in trouble with the law, catching a DUI charge for racing his friend Justin Bieber’s Ferrari through Los Angeles. He faces up to 25 years if convicted on all charges.

Twist, a former XXL Freshman, was first prominent in his hometown of Dallas, where he had a local #1 single (“The Texas Twist”) when he was only 10 years old. Two years later, he caught the hear of Lil Wayne and his manager, Cortez Bryant, who took an interest in and eventually signed him to Young Money/Cash Money. His long-delayed debut album, Bad Decisions, is still awaiting a release date. In addition to his own mixtapes, he has contributed to both of his label’s compilations, including last year’s Young Money: Rise of an Empire. His relationship with Justin Bieber has made Lil Twist something of a minor tabloid fixture.

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