Posts Tagged ‘ATL’

Future Just Being Honest About His Baby Mama Drama

In MAGAZINE on November 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Atlanta rapper Future has stepped forward to clear the air on what’s going down with his baby mothers and explain why Ciara appeared to be photographed with one of them recently. After mounted speculation, Future detailed just how many baby mothers and kids he really has.

With Marriage On Deck, Future Clears Up Ciara & Baby Mama Drama Rumors

Reports Sohh:

“My sister, she took a picture with my kid’s mother. My sister was in the picture and [they said], ‘It’s one of his five baby mamas.’ Everybody thinks I got five baby mamas. [I have] three,” Future explained in an interview. “I have three kids. My son, he’s eleven. My little girl, she’s four. I have a one-year-old. My boy Prince.” (Streetz 94.5)

Gossip and buzz behind Future’s personal life and former girlfriends recently heated up the ‘net.

When you are a woman who chooses to date a man with multiple kids, there comes a time when you may have to play nice with his kids’ mothers for the sake of your relationship. Now that Ciara has an engagement ring and is rumored to be carrying Future’s seed, there wasn’t a better time for her to make peace with the mothers of Future’s kids than this weekend during his tour stop in Atlanta. Earlier this year, the ladies engaged in some subliminal shade throwing, however, it was all smiles between Cici and Brittni Mealy, the mother of Future’s 1-year-old son, as they posed it up for pics which they captioned, “#familyaffair.” (Necole Bitchie)

Recently, Future’s soon-to-be wife Ciara admitted she would like to build a big family with him.

“Absolutely, you gotta go one step at a time. You know, that’s what I live for. My mother and father were married for 30 years, and my grandparents 50 years, so it’s only right. I’m an only child. I want to build a big family because it’s me, my mother and father, and I’m the only child. My mom has three brothers and they have two kids, and my dad has five sisters and they have no kids. So, imagine how small [my family is.] I definitely want to do that. I want a big house and big family.” (E! News)

Atlanta Rapper Andre 3000 receives support in lieu of mothers passing

In MAGAZINE on May 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Andre “3000” Benjamin is suffering the loss of his mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, who passed away earlier this week.

ImageThe cause and time of death are both unconfirmed, but received confirmation of Benjamin-Hodo’s passing from a representative for the rapper, actor and music producer. According to unconfirmed reports, she died at her Atlanta home on Monday, Andre’s 38th birthday.

Benjamin-Hodo founded the Starlight Camp for underprivileged children, an organization that she ran out of the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Georgia. The Benjamin family respectfully asks that well-wishers support the Starlight Camp instead of sending flowers.

Andre began his career in rap as a teenager when he and his partner Antwan “Big Boi” Patton formed the group OutKast and released their 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. His mom played an role as one of the duo’s managers early on. Together they’ve released five multiplatinum group albums, plus a soundtrack to their film “Idlewild.” In the seven years since the Idlewild soundtrack was released, Andre has done a number of solo musical appearances and has also starred in a number of films like “Be Cool,” “Four Brothers” and “Semi-Pro” with Will Ferrell.

A number of hip-hop figures logged on to Twitter to send their condolences to Andre 300 and the Benjamin-Hodo family. “My condolences go out to Dre, and the entire Benjamin-Hodo family,” Jermaine Dupri wrote Tuesday morning.

Is Kenya crazy or what?

In MAGAZINE on April 1, 2013 at 2:51 am


Atlanta Falcon Dunta Robinson accepted at the University Of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

In Events, MAGAZINE on February 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm


Atlanta Falcon CornerBack Dunta Robinson has been accepted into the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School: Transitioning for Success & Exploring Real Estate Investments. The Wharton program is designed to support NFL players in making preparations for life after football by providing the fundamentals for success in business and teaching players ways to build a solid financial foundation for long-term stability.


So So Def Celebrates 20 YEARS of excellence with Re Union Concert Feb 23

In MAGAZINE on January 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm




Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Family Announce Anniversary Events at Press Conference Today


Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the So So Def Family point to the “real” Mayor of ATL – Jermaine Dupri 


So So Def Recordings – home to platinum-selling acts such as Jermaine Dupri, Xscape, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge and Da Brat – will celebrate 20 years of hit-making music at an All-Star Anniversary Concert on February 23 at the Fox Theater, announced founder/CEO Dupri at a press conference today at City Hall.


Flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Jagged Edge, Da Brat, Kris Kross, Dem Franchize Boyz, Bonecrusher, Xscape, Dondria and veteran music executive Michael Mauldin, Dupri explained that the reunion concert will be a “rare moment in music” when various past and present So So Def artists and music contributors will come together on one stage for one night only.


“Not only is it an honor to be able to stand here 20 years after our very first release in 1993 — Xscape’s #1 single ‘Just Kickin It‘ – but it’s truly an achievement that we can bring everyone back together to celebrate over two decades of music excellence. We alsoacknowledge 1992 as the year when So So Def Productions introduced to the world Kris Kross, who had everyone JUMPING,” said Dupri.


“Atlanta has a thriving music industry, and So So Def Recordings has been an important part of that legacy for the past two decades,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This milestone is another example of why Atlanta is the entertainment capital of the Southeast. I am pleased that So So Def has called our great city home for 20 years, and I wish the company continued success for many more years to come.”


“As we acknowledge Jermaine Dupri’s many years of excellence in the music and entertainment business, I am so proud of him, his So So Def Recordings label and all the So So Def artists for their individual dedication, history making and record book status,” said Michael Mauldin. “So So Def Recordings will forever and a day be recognized as a prominent leader and contributor to the music and entertainment business throughout the world and we are grateful to have done so in our home city of Atlanta, Georgia. We are proud to call Atlanta the home of So So Def.”


The Anniversary Concert will be preceded by a series of events, including a private VIP dinner, a star-studded Anniversary party and a pre-concert reception. A 20-song “Best of So So Def” compilation CD is also in the works for a June release.


Concert tickets go on sale Saturday, January 19th and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster. The Concert is produced by So So Def and Mauldin Brand Atlanta and promoted by AEG Live.


Official sponsors of the So So Def 20th Anniversary are VIBE Media, Ciroc, Crown Royal, and Brand Jordan.


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      Jermaine Dupri and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

JD and the So So Def Family pose in the Mayor’s Office. 



  JD holds the same phone Mayor Reed uses to call Pres.Obama

Chris Kelly and Chris Smith of Kris Kross                                                                                                       


Jagged Edge with Pastor Troy



Latocha Scott, Dondria and Tamika Scott

Da Brat 

 DJ Nabs and Michael Mauldin 



    Jamal “Pimpin” Willingham of Dem Franchize Boyz

Press attendees clamor for interviews with the artists 



 Mayor Kasim Reed and Bonecrusher

Atlanta City Hall (Atrium)  



In MAGAZINE on June 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm


It appears that Baton Rouge rap artist Lil Phat has been shot and killed in a town outside of Atlanta, Ga. The incident happened earlier today, Thursday, and his name was recently released as Melvin Vernell, III. Now unless there is another guy with the exact same name who has the exact same inner circle of people who are tweeting “RIP Lil Phat”, we can deem this story as true. It’s very unfortunate and our condolences go out to his family and friends. Check out the full news report below.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Early Friday morning police released the name of the man shot and killed outside Northside Hospital Thursday evening.

“The victim of the shooting has been identified as 19-year old Melvin Vernell, III, of Corbin Lake Court in Sandy Springs,” said Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department, in an email to 11Alive News at 12:30 am Friday. “Detectives have not determined a motive as yet.”

An intense search continues for the person — or possibly two people — who shot and killed Vernell.

Police had initially said the victim appeared to be in his 40s. They have not yet released descriptions of the shooter or shooters.

At about 6:40 pm Wednesday, Vernell was shot several times in the parking deck a short walk from the entrance to the Women’s Center at Northside Hospital.

He was pronounced dead later that night in Northside Hospital’s E.R.

Police said witnesses saw possibly two men running away from the shooting.

The hospital went on lockdown for two hours.

Police searched the entire hospital complex.

They are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance camera video as they try to establish who shot Vernell, and why.

One of the patients inside the Women’s Center is Kristin Dooley, there to have a baby.

“I was in my hospital bed and I heard what I thought were gunshots. So I mentioned to my husband that that’s what I thought it was. People were running in all different directions. There were nurses running out and there were cops running. At that point they put the hospital on lockdown.”

“He was shot multiple times next to his car in the parking deck,” Rose said Wednesday night. “It’s a hot scene, now. We want to work as much and get as much as we can while we’re here to develop at least an idea of maybe who this was or what the motive was.”

“Not what you expect when you go in to have a baby,” Dooley said.