Week of March 4 - March 10, 2012

1) Bobby Kristina inherits $20 Million / Scheduled to interview with Oprah Winfrey

On Wednesday, March 7, the contents of Whitney Houston's will were made public revealing that her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 19 years old, will inherit everything in her mother's possession.

The document was penned in 1993 to reflect the current contents. According to Associated Press, the will doesn't mention specific assets left behind by Houston but it leaves all of her furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewelry and cards to Bobbi Kristina. The money will be placed in a trust until Bobbi turns 21, she'll get more money when she turns 25 and the remainder when she turns 30.

Bobbi has remained out of the public eye since her mother's death in February but will break her silence on Sunday March 11th when she interviews with Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter" Here is a preview:




2) The New iPad

Now that the dust has settled from the announcement this past Wednesday about Apple's new iPad, we've got some of the most asked questions about it and some preliminary answers right here at a glance.  

Is it the iPad3? or… what? - Well, it's been confusing but it's actually Apple is just calling it "the New iPad".  That's it.  Seems like they're doing away with numbering and taking on the tactic that they use with their other products like the MacBook Pro or the iMac which don't have version numbers.

How is it different from the iPad 2?
At first blush - it doesn't' look different, but it's the inner workings that make the difference.  A higher quality screen with increasd pixels that make the device ideal for photo and video editing (as well as playing some video games).  There's an updated camera, a new chip in the tablet that has a quad-core graphics processing unit and also voice diction that brings the technology of Siri to the iPad.  Looks like they've integrated 4G for this model.  4G LTE capability will cost you, though, adding $130 to the price of the tablet PLUS the cost of a dataplan.

Learn more about the New iPad at the Apple website


3) KONY 2012

Last Monday non-profit organization Invisible Children released KONY 2012; a video that garnered over 40 million views in 3 days.
KONY 2012 is a movement to make Joseph Kony; the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group in Uganda, famous in hopes “to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”
The KONY 2012 sheds light on Joseph Kony’s heinous doings in Uganda and shows what Invisible Children has done and continues to do to put a stop to his power.
Although KONY 2012 has gone completely viral, with the video hitting millions of viewers, Invisible Children has received tons of criticism in regards to its tactics and intentions; calling the movement “slacktivism.”
Critics may bash Invisible Children for its “Hollywood-like” documentary, but is it wrong to create a campaign that may lead to the eradication of the international criminal courts most wanted man? You be the judge.




4) Rush Limbaugh blames Hip Hop

Here we go again! Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has made headlines once again after calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute.
After getting heat for his comments Limbaugh used Hip-Hop as a scapegoat for his words, stating on his website, “You talk about a double standard. One of the greatest illustrations of it is that rappers can practically say anything they want about women, and it's called art."



5) The Soccer Mom Madame

The life Anna Gristina once held as a stay at home mom came to a screeching halt when she was recently arrested for allegedly heading a multi- million dollar brothel in Manhattan. 44 year old Gristina was leading a double life as both a stay at home mom and the leader of a prostitution business that catered to some big name, high paying clientele. The 15 year, cash only business allegedly charged customers  between $800-$2,000 an hour. Many of Gristina's friends and neighbors were surprised to hear about her second life, but the biggest shock will be soon follow if Gristina turns over her infamous black book. Gristina isn't due back to court until May 3rd but she faces up to 7 years in jail. She is currently being held at Rikers Island on a $2 million bond and is considered to be an "extreme flight risk".


6) New Albums from Aaliyah and Jay-Z

It’s been eleven years after the 22 year-old Aaliyah Dana Haughton, died in a plane crash in 2001, but her music still lives on and is making way to a upcoming project. The late singer, whom worked with R&B producer J. Dub, is working on a few tracks her produced for the Aaliyah a few years ago. Also, her close friend Producer/Rapper Timbaland, stated he has only 15 songs out of his catalogue that will be featured to Aaliyah’s upcoming album

Read more over at The Urban Daily

Sometime ago, Jay-Z promised his fans that he will no longer work on another solo album, but as he stated “Can’t leave rap alone the game needs me!” is very true. His new album, which the title has not been released yet, states the “concept album” will “WOW” his fans, according to Young Guru. On the album Jay-Z will throw in a sequel to “Watch The Throne” along with his collaboration with Kanye West.

Read more over at The Boom Box



7) Sue Simmons to leave WNBC

News hit this past week that after 32 years - as a staple of WNBC News, the television executives have decided not to renew the contract with veteran Sue Simmons.  
Her contract will be up in June 2012 ending the longest running anchor team in history that is the legendary Sue Simmons and co-anchor Chuck Scarborough duo.

Scarborough will remain for at least three more years as per his contract.

The Awl eulogizes her career at WNBC quite perfectly:

Sue Simmons has been the face of local news here in New York for literally as long as I can remember. A hard-charging, swear-dropping, before-broadcast-drinking, poker-playing, fun-loving broad, she has been exactly what this city needs as a news anchor. Plus, there's that great urban legend about her mugging down with some gal at Shakespeare in the Park. For three decades now, Sue Simmons has been synonymous with the New York broadcast. I can't even imagine what local news will look like without her.

Her more than three decades of broadcasting saw some truly classic moments on TV, most memorable of them all (and also hilarious) includes her F-Bomb remark to Scarborough in 2008.   We will miss you Sue - See the video below (WARNING - cursing takes place in this video):




8) 12th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival

The 12th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival is here and this year will be the most exciting Soul Music Festival EVER!

Performing live center stage Grammy Award Winner R. Kelly, Multi-Grammy Award Winner LL Cool J and with Grammy Nominated Artist Melanie Fiona. Check out more information at www.soulbeach.net

Also, WBLS is giving our listeners a chance to win a trip to the 12th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival 2012. Don't miss out on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Aruba, 5 Nights of after parties and 4 days of beach parties and so much more. So sign up today!


9)  Massive Solar Flare Makes for Brighter Northern Lights

Our Sun's surface is getting pretty wild as of late.  The star of our solar system is nearing a pinnacle of it's 11 year cycle of solar activity which is scheduled to climax next year.  As the peak activity approaches, energetic flares - like the one depicted in the video above - are expected to increase in both frequency and intensity.

The video above is a graphical interpretation of  the solar flare captured by NASAs Solar Dynamics Laboratory shortly after 6PM ET this past Tuesday.  By Friday, the solar matieral that does make contact with the Earth's magnetic field is expiated to make for brighter than average Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).



10) Boondocks may return...

After a two year hiatus the controversial comic series turned TV show written by Aaron Mc Gruder might possibly be making its way back to TV this year. Cast members John Witherspoon and Regina King have both spoken out about the hit series making its return to Cartoon Network and the Adult Swim and a possible movie in the works. One of the most controversial episodes came from the third seasons episode  "Pause" where Gruder allegedly took a series of  shots at director/actor Tyler Perry's sexuality, on stage character Madea  and various other actors, religions and beliefs.

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