Hip Hop Industry Insider Pens Novel for Young Adults



Femmixx.com Announces

Tachelle "Shamash" Wilkes pens a dope novel for young adults. She is the owner of one of the largest and oldest Hip Hop websites dedicated to women Femmixx.com

Tachelle "Shamash" Wilkes pens a dope novel for young adults. She is the owner of one of the largest and oldest Hip Hop websites dedicated to women Femmixx.com

What happens when you take a positive message for young girls and place it inside of a novel filled with a crack addicted mother, an unlikely role model, and a juvenile detention center?

Brooklyn, NY, July 2, 2009 – Author-Educator, Tachelle “Shamash” Wilkes tackles these questions and more in her debut novel Amanda’s Ray. This unique novel fills a void in hip-hop where uplifting messages for young girls are far and few in between.  Wilkes hopes to close this gap by using the backdrop of hip-hop while tackling issues of self esteem and identity in this Brooklyn coming-of-age story.

Narrator, Amanda Raye, is a sixteen year old aspiring rapper who is obsessed with her idol, Kendra Star-a female rap star who eventually catches a serious charge and is sent to prison. The turning point takes place when the budding young rapper gets in an altercation which lands her in the Albany Detention Center. While on lock down Amanda reaches out to her idol and Kendra Star shares how her tragic upbringing and poor choices landed her in prison. Ultimately the rapper tells Amanda that she isn’t one to follow and urges her to look within herself for positivity and strength.

As an accomplished publisher and hip-hop journalist, Wilkes combined the glitz and glamour that she has seen as a media insider, with the gritty truth that she has faced as a public school educator.

“I have seen so much in city schools-homelessness, abuse, serious self esteem issues- so I know first-hand that young people need something positive and tangible to hold on to,” Wilkes says.

Understanding the power of the pen, Wilkes wrote Amanda’s Ray to not merely entertain, but as an eye-opener intended to affect change, even if it’s one young mind at a time. Amanda’s Ray will be released on Enaz Publications July 20, 2009 and is currently available for pre-sale at: www.femmixx.com

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Hip Hop Congress National Convention Comes to Seattle



HipJHopCongressflierThis Year, Hip Hop Congress is proud to announce its 2009 National Conference to be held in SEATTLE, WA. With a bubbling hip-hop scene easing it’s way on to the national radar, Seattle provides a prime location. The conference will focus on practical “do it now” solutions to create social and business progress for the hip-hop community and the communities it was born from.

In the spirit of coalition building and community Support, Hip Hop Congress has partnered with such local groups as the Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Dope Emporium, Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council, 206 Zulu, Global Fam, Oseao Music Group, B-Girl Media, the Bassmeant, Mothers Outreach Movement, Reclaim the Media, Urban Teachers Network, Silicon Valley DeBug, Hip Hop Without Boarders, 2nd Nature and other local organizations and collectives. The conference will be hosted at a series of neighborhood institutions in the Central District of Seattle.

The conference will provide tools for independent artists and entrepreneurs to develop the hip-hop economy as well as harnessing hip-hop has an effective solution to education and youth development in the face of youth violence crisis and school closure featuring workshops and trainings in Digital Distribution, On Line Marketing and Promotion, Hip Hop and Education Programming and Civic Engagement.

Workshops include:
Artist Management
Digital Distribution
Urban Teachers
plus more

Film Screenings of
“The Muslim Cool”
“The Beat”

Registration is only $10 and can be done online at http://www.hiphopcongress.com. Scholarships and program collaboration is available for youth.

If you are interested in providing a workshop or being a sponsor, please contact shamako@hiphopcongress.com. If you are interested in performing please email berkowtiz@hiphopcongress.co m. All other inquires should be forwarded through the website.

Start Time:
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 10:00am
End Time:
Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 10:00pm
Seattle, WA

Jacob the Jeweler Forfeits $2 Million In Laundered Funds

Jacob the Jeweler Forfeits $2 Million In Laundered Funds
By Ismael AbduSalaam


I could never understand why so many rap stars saw a need to hook up and do business with Jacob..Personally I think he was ahuge detriment to Hip Hop

I could never understand why so many rap stars saw a need to hook up and do business with Jacob..Personally I think he was ahuge detriment to Hip Hop

Jacob Arabov has forfeited $2 million dollars in illegal proceeds, as a part of his plea agreement conviction for laundering the drug profits of a nationwide drug conspiracy network.

 Arabov, known affectionately to Hip-Hop stars as “Jacob the Jeweler,” was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for lying to federal authorities about the ownership of $5 million worth of jewelry seized from Terry Flenory, co-head of the notorious Black Mafia Family that operated throughout the United States from 1990-2005.

 Under law, drug forfeiture money appropriated by authorities can only be disbursed and used by law enforcement agencies.

 Of the $2 million seized, $1.6 million was distributed to seven law enforcement agencies in and around Detroit, the Black Mafia Family’s original base of operations.

 The Detroit, Groose Ile Township, Birmingham, and Livonia police departments received $267, 200, with the same amount going to the Livingston County Sheriff’s office.

 The River Rouge Police Department received $198,800, while the Waterford Police Department retained $67,200.

 The remaining $400,000 was kept by the federal government.

 The Black Mafia Family was founded by the Flenory brothers Demetrius (“Meech”) and Terry (“Southwest P”) in the early 90s.

 Their vast criminal empire drew extensive police attention when the group began publicly promoting themselves in Hip-Hop circles throughout Atlanta (Young Jeezy, Bleu DaVinci): throwing lavish parties, creating DVDs, and even erecting a prominent Billboard in the city.

 In 2005, a series of drug raids and turns of key members into informants effectively the dismantled the drug trafficking organization.

Last year, both Flenory brothers were sentenced to 30 years in prison under CCE (Continuing Criminal Enterprise Law) classification.

source: http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2009/07/09/21762855.aspx

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