Famed Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dies at 80

Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd, one of the most well-known jazz trumpeters of the 1950s, died Feb. 4 at a hospital in Delaware, The Washington Post reports. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield, Mich., confirmed the death, but no cause was given. Reports of Byrd's death had been circulating on the Internet for the last week. Alex Bugnon, a... read more

Nicki Minaj Feuding with Radio Station After Pulling Out of Concert

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Nicki Minaj's "Starships"  may be one of the top songs in the country, but don't expect to hear it on New York hip-hop station Hot 97 anytime soon.

Minaj is embroiled in a feud with the radio station after she pulled out of Hot 97's annual Summer Jam concert on Sunday. The rapper bailed on the event after one of the station's DJs made a snide comment about her song, Billboard reports... read more

Rapper Nas Raps on "Race-Baiting" Fox News

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Rap star Nas served up the rhyme, "Watch what you watchin'/Fox keeps feeding us toxin" on Wednesday, as part of a protest outside Fox News.Two activist groups, Color of Change and Move On, led the gathering, citing questionable practices by the news outlet, including a reference to presidential candidate Barack Obama as a "halfrican," terming his and his wife's fist bumps as "terrorist fist jabs," and the famous on-screen graphic which labeled Michelle Obama as "Obama's Baby Mama." Placards on display read, "Fox News: Your Source for Racist Smears" and "Fair and Balanced? Fairly Racist."Said Nas, "Fox's pattern of race-baiting and fear-mongering regularly focuses on black leaders, black institutions and ordinary black people."A Fox News rep responded by saying the cabler "believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech — including Nas, who has an album [Untitled] to promote."What's your take? Do Nas and the protesters have a valid point? — Matt Mitovich read more

All-star Lineup Announced for Virginia Tech Back-to-school Concert

Hoping to help start the new school year right for the students of Virginia Tech, where a psycho killed 32 people in April, the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Phil Vassar and Nas will perform at the university's Lane Stadium on Sept. 6. Moreover, tix will be free to all coeds, faculty and staff. And if they're lucky, Mayer will leave off his set list that song they played, like, 100 times on So You Think You Can Dance last week. read more


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