Alicia Keys celebrated her 30th Birthday this week with an Egyptian Themed Birthday party (inspired by her son Egypt). The party included the likes of Gayle King, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Her husband Swizz Beatz and mother Terry were also on hand.
Mr. and Mrs Keys Dean hit up Madison Square Garden last night in matching Louboutin shoes to watch the New York Knicks take on the Miami Heat. Diggin’ the pants Swizzy!!
Music producer-turned-Internet entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri is making like Mark Zuckerberg and has created a new social network called Global 14 (or “G14″).
Dupri says he designed and developed it to be the “coolest, hippest city” on the Internet.
“Global 14 was created because of the increasing trend of ‘social notifying’ versus ‘social networking,’ says Dupri. “Social notifying is when people share information, such as in ‘Hey, check out this website.’ There’s no conversation or expectation of a response.”
However, Global 14 is about establishing dialogue and making connections.
“There’s no real social networking anymore,” maintains Dupri. “People just post updates without replying or engaging their followers. At G14, if you hit me up with a question, nine times out of ten, I’ll respond. I’m talking with people all day on there.”
In less than three months, the site has secured over 10,650 subscribers and receives about 100,000 unique visitors a month. Members “friend” and follow each other. They post conversations to their page which can be linked to other social media accounts.
“Unlike other sites, G14 is not about how many followers you can get,” says Dupri. “It’s about the relationships. ‘Friends’ should be your real friends.”
Celebrities who have already signed on to Global14 include Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Bow Wow, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, and Kevin Hart.
Additionally, the site features nearly 500 discussion groups with topics ranging from dating and relationships to cooking, education, music and sex.
“I’m trying to encourage young America to get more involved in what’s going on with social media and the tech world,” says Dupri. “I want to show them that we can use computers for more than just watching crazy videos, posting pictures and reading about celebrities.”
For more information on Global 14 or to join the movement, visit www.global14.com.
Juelz Santana’s new year isn’t kicking off on a positive note, as news spreaded that the Dipset rhymer’s New Jersey studio was raided by police last week on Thursday (Jan. 20).Officers entered the premises, dubbed “Santana’s World,” to find guns and drugs present. Two fully loaded 9mm handguns, several boxes of ammunition and marijuana were among the items confiscated. While the surprise visit turned up the illegal guns, Bergen County police were there to arrest Toby M. Raynor, also known as Hynief, an affiliate of the rapper’s Skull Gang set.
The 24-year-old was reportedly taken into custody after selling marijuana to undercover Gang Unit detectives. During a 10-month investigation, Raynor, 24, dealt the drugs on June 16 and July 1, 2010. Raynor is currently being held in the Bergen County Jail on $50,000 bail.
It seems like every week another rap titan is targeted by the IRS for some gigantic debt, but Nas, as usual, is doing it bigger than most. The legendary Queens MC has been tapped by the IRS for a mind-boggling $6 million owed in back taxes.
The back taxes are specifically tied to a mansion that Nas owns in Eagles Landing, Ga., but are also the next in a long history of money problems for the ‘Illmatic’ rapper. He has apparently filed liens for three years in a row and still owes a substantial sum of money for a condo that he recently purchased in New York City. Managers of that property are targeting Nas for late dues on a $420 assessment fee that he has neglected to pay since January 2010.
Michael Vick’s comeback continues — all the way to the bank. The Philadelphia Eagles QB has inked a two-year endorsement deal with Unequal Technologies, a producer of the protective pads worn in football games. The deal will be publicly announced today, according to the company.
“We’re real excited about it,” the company’s chief executive officer Rob Vito said. “Michael is good people. He paid his dues. President Obama reached out to him. He deserves an opportunity. This is what makes America so great. He’s moved forward. He’s a whole other person. “We believe it was worth it because of Michael Vick and how he can shed light on the technology of our products,” Vito said.
Vick said in a statement that “Unequal’s protective power gives me a whole new level of confidence in my game. It makes me feel invincible.” A large number of businesses, including Nike, had cut ties with the controversial athlete following his 2007 conviction for participating in a dog fighting ring, for which he served 18 months in federal prison. Vick, who made $5.2 million this past season with the Eagles, was a scoring machine in his comeback 2010 season, passing 22 touchdowns and running for another 10.