Saturday, September 11, 2010


Friday, August 20, 2010

New York Minute: No party as Queens girl in massive drug bust turns 13

A baby drug dealer from Queens turned 13 Thursday, a day after she was busted for selling crack to an undercover cop.

The girl, spending the first day of her teen years in custody, was one of 37 people arrested for selling crack, marijuana, OxyContin and powder cocaine out of two Far Rockaway housing complexes. Sources said the girl, whose name was withheld, hung out after school with some older girls at the Almeda Ave. apartment of one of the men in the drug crew.

The other girls smoked pot and had sex with the dealers in exchange for drugs and pocket money, sources said.

But while the 13-year-old - who looked older than her age - didn't have sex with the men, she was sent out to peddle drugs for them, sources said.

Cops didn't find out how old she was until her mom showed up at the precinct after the girl's arrest.
Terrence Jenkins, 21, of Far Rockaway, was charged under a 2006 law that makes it a felony to have a child sell drugs on an adult's behalf.

Also arrested was an airport security screener for the Transportation Security Administration, Joy Faulkenson, 32, of Queens.
News courtesy of The New York Daily News

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Buzz....
(keeping our ears to the streets)

Beyonce Steals Designs?
Iceland’s E-Label shop is accusing Mrs. Carter of ‘copy/pasting’ their style for Dereon. The designer was told that Beyonce purchased a pair of the silver studded leggings from a boutique in London. Owner, Heba Hallgrimsdottir, said, “This is naturally huge and I am still half in shock. I didn’t recognize straight away that this was her own label. I just thought she was wearing our leggings. It is practically a copy/paste”. As a result a lawsuit may be pending but the owner is unsure at this time because, ‘it is not copied if a certain number of things have been changed from the original design.
E-Label's Original Designs

New York Minute: War is over: Last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq

The last American combat troops left Iraq on Wednesday, battling no more than civilian traffic on potentially hostile desert roads en route to safe haven in Kuwait.

The last of the 14,000-member 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division - about 4,000 strong - began crossing the border in the predawn hours, almost two weeks ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline for the end of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Some 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in the country until the end of 2011 to advise and train Iraqi forces and protect U.S. interests.

The Pentagon issued no confirmation that the move marked an early end to combat operations. But State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley said U.S. involvement would be less intrusive and more civilian focused.
"We are ending the war ... but we are not ending our work in Iraq," he told MSNBC. "We have a long-term commitment to Iraq."

Yesterday's departure quietly closed the active combat phase of a 7-1/2-year war that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and thousands of Iraqis dead.

The last convoy, which began moving earlier in the week, rolled along a route carefully planned for nearly a month. Departing soldiers told MSNBC their biggest worry was Iraqi motorists who often sped past or cut in front of their slower moving vehicles.

Many of the troops arriving at the Khabari Crossing on the border said they were proud of their effort - but glad to be out of Iraq.

"I know that to my brothers in arms who fought and died, this day would probably mean a lot - to finally see us getting out of here," Spc. Luke Dill, 18, told The Associated Press

News courtesy of The New York Daily News

Goodbye Summer: ND's Top 5 Summer Concerts

My Top 5 Summer Concerts

As summer 2010 is winding down, here’s a recap of the Top 5 summer concerts that essentially rocked my world.

       1Jamie Lidell (electro soul, maybe?) | Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Jun 10th  | The only way to describe Jamie Lidell’s music is to NOT! Jamie is an experience to say the least. He’s funny, quirky and has fantastic energy. Mesh all that together with a wide array of musical influences --and you have one of my favorite shows EVER!

2.      Chromeo (80s electro) | The Trocadero, Philadelphia, Jul 27th | Because it sold out here in New York in a matter of hours, I literally drove out to Philly to catch the Canadian duo live --who by the way, slaughtered The Troc. Though it was an all ages crowd or maybe because of it, the energy of the place was through the roof. Dave 1 and P-Thugg showcased the essence of a live show: Give great energy and great music, and the audience will be adore you for it. That we did!

The Brand New Heavies feat. N'Dea Davenport

3.      The Brand New Heavies feat. N’Dea Davenport (acid jazz/funk/soul) | Highline Ballroom, New York City, Jun 7th | This show transported me back to high school --when I first became a fan of the group with “Dream On Dreamer” and “Never Stop” during their 90s heyday. Lead singer N’Dea Davenport is still energetic, fun and on point with her London-based band members.

4.      Dam-Funk with DJ Spinna (electro boogie/soulful house) | Ft. Greene Park, Brooklyn, Aug 10th | LA-based Dam-Funk brought his laid-back California electro funk, experimental sounds to a perfect Tuesday evening in the park. DJ Spinna set the stage with old school R&B and soulful house. Perfection!

5.      Maiysha (progressive soul/jazz/rock) | Joe’s Pub, New York City, Jun 24th | To round things off is Maiysha. This Brooklyn-based songtress amazes me each and every time I catch her performances --which I’ve caught several times over the last year or so. She’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of jazz, but always full of soul.

--ND McCray, Music Editor

What summer concerts blew you away? Let's Discuss!
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New York Minute: 'Last Stop for Hip-Hop' store Fat Beats to shutter due to poor vinyl sales

Photo Courtesy of Branch Price for the NY Daily News
Hip-hop fans with an affinity for wax are mourning the end of an era - the closing of Fat Beats record stores.

The intimate West Village shop, one of the last in the city that specializes in selling hip-hop vinyl, is closing its doors, the company announced Wednesday.

"The business is down. The rent is up," said store manager Eric (DJ Eclipse) Winn, 40. "We've slowly lost all of the retail end of the company. ... Between the Internet and Serato [a digital DJ program] that's what hurt the vinyl sales."

Inside the store, known as "The Last Stop for Hip-Hop," customers were devastated.

"Damn, I didn't know," said DJ Kase, 29, of Jersey City, a longtime customer at the Sixth Ave. store.

"The Internet messed it all up. This was like a cornerstone for hip-hop. This is where you get your [stuff]," he said.

He recalled when he saw Outkast inside the store and picked up Raekwon's album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..."

"It's something about putting your hands on wax and digging through records. It's something the Internet can't do for you," the deejay said. "I have a true love for vinyls."

Jorge Berrios, 34, of South Ozone Park, Queens, spent $13 on three vinyls - "Player's Anthem" by Junior M.A.F.I.A., "Candy Rain" by Soul for Real and Zhigge's "Rakin' in the Dough."

"You have no idea how sad I am," Berrios told the store owner. "It's almost like my second home."

The store was a haven for rap fans, and a top promotional stop for artists. The Fugees, Common and Kool G Rap were among the artists whose autographed photos covered the walls.

Veteran hip-hop producer DJ Spinna was deeply saddened by the closing of the store that boosted his career.

"It was definitely a landmark for the underground movement of the '90s," he said. "Young people who've never touched wax probably don't know what the closing of a store like this means."

In past years, once popular music stores like Tower Records, HMV and the Virgin Megastore have also been shuttered.

"It just means that we're heading to a place where music won't exist in a physical form anymore," the producer said.

The final day for the New York store, which first opened on W. Ninth St. in 1994, will be Sept. 4. The Los Angeles store will close on Sept. 18.

"We're losing stores that sell vinyl because of downloads and stuff like that," said veteran DJ Clark Kent. "It's a shame that deejays lose this place."

With Michael DiSilvestri

News courtesy of The NY Daily News

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

TV WATCH: The Bad Girls Club

She's So New York introduces their new series "TV Watch!" Insightful, funny, and down right snarky commentary from the minds of SSNY staff. We give you blow by blow details behinds some of the hottest shows on the boob tube. Wanna join in on the fun? Join our chat box and start talking!

Today, the minds behind "The XD Experience," (and He Say/She Say panelists) X.D. and Archer give you their take on last night's episode of "The Bad Girls Club Miami." Agree/Disagree? Comment!

 Episode 3: Where's the Money, Honey?

Brandi (b.k.a. Chippy B.)
Archer: Well well well, these bad girls are…kind of weak. There were a whole lot of tears splashing around.

XD: Chippy B didn’t need to be crying over a tattoo. If you can make one cheek freeze then a tattoo should be nothing.

Archer: All those girls were going in on Erica but for her to say that she’s intimidating…girl.

XD: Her jaw is intimidating

Archer: I love that Kristen expresses her feelings about Erica every chance she gets lol.

Iron Jaw Erica
XD: That was completely unnecessary. Erica was chillin…or her jaw was chillin minding her own business.

Archer: Well its all because Erica was blatantly rude during the first episode and Kristen had to put her in her place

XD: That was two episodes ago, get over it.

Archer: So... Kristen’s mom.

Kristen on the phone with Mom
XD: I love her. We should be friends’ she gives me “woman who lunch.” Kristen is a spoiled brat.

Archer: I love Kristen and all her spoiled glory, she’s still real. She reminds me of Anna Nicole.

XD: God rest her soul.

Archer: Moving on to Lea and the married man. Abrasive much?

Lea on the phone with her married guy
XD: He had some nerve trying to tell her to leave so that they could be together. Cat was right, men always know their self worth. Besides her other boo was cuter.

Archer: Jeff is a second rate Brody Jenner. More like forth rate.

XD: He looks like Chandler from “Friends”. He has that whole douche bag thing. His attitude is strong, Erica’s face is strong…it works I see why she’s attracted to him and Danielle is a whore.

Archer: Cat went all the way off over a few dollars.

XD: Cat did go a little overboard she didn’t know when to shut up. If Jeff did offer then that’s different but about Erica that’s none of her business.

Archer: She’s CRAZY lol.

XD: She held her ground., she held her own. You’re in the BGC you know what kind of women they are.

Archer: She spat on him!
XD: He spat on her!

Archer: And Danielle was STILL trying to get it in, literally.

XD: I appreciated her then. She’s still a whore but I appreciate her trying to get her boots knocked.

Archer: Then Brandi started breaking shit.

Brandi rallying the troops?
XD: Brandi just needed to shut the hell up. She wanted to be apart so bad. You’re not helping the situation.

Archer: What got me was that Erica was really blocking for him every time Cat attacked.

XD: Brandi trying to push Kristen to stop Erica was like *files nails*

Archer: Kristen really wanted Cat to hurt Erica

XD: Kristen plays prissy white girl. I’m going to let my black friend fight because she can take care of herself…because she’s black.

Archer: Cat regulates. She walks in “Lets discuss it” then walks out.

XD: Why was Danielle there? I didn’t get it. 

Archer: She was background noise.

XD: Danielle is an extra.

Archer: Zach not being able to pay for a bagel, I mean after the all the stuff that went on the night before did he not learn?

XD: I don’t know why she was complaining about him paying for a bagel when she said she only had 2 dollars to her name.

Archer: She said that? I missed that one.

XD: Mhm

Archer: Lea’s other man gave me douche appearance.

XD: Adam HESOFAHN I love him. He didn’t like it too much when she said she’s leaving Miami.

Archer: Danielle and Erica have an alliance.

XD: This aint Survivor or Big Brother!

Archer: LOL

XD: The too broke bitches are besties? O ok

Archer: Kristen loves to throw stuff.
Drunk Kristen crying after fight

XD: I think Kristen has some kind of psychological disorder. Erica was chillin being ugly and here come Kristen and her chunky self creating all this noise at an unchristian hour. Kristen didn’t have to break all there target d├ęcor like that.

Archer: Ahahahaha. Shut up!

XD: Next week is going to be a lot of yelling, I’m going to watch it on mute.

Archer: Wait! Can we talk about the Snuggie Macarena?

XD: Greatest commercial on tv today!

Tell us what you think: Was Catya wrong for fighting with Jeff over money? Let's discuss!

Be sure to follow Archer and X.D. on twitter!

The Bad Girls Club airs Tuesdays at 9PM on Oxygen!

The Trend Report: Handbags

Tiny of the Trend Report
Handbags like so many other things - come in all shape and sizes. And if you are anything like me, boy oh boy do I like a variety! I am a lil obsessed with handbags. Big ones, small ones, pink ones, black ones - the list is endless.

Here are a few bags worth your while and your money “wink”. 

DVF Brianna Tote
 Gianni Bini Olivia Satchel

Tiny Tip: Ladies: NO, NO, NO to totes in the club. There’s nothing like a clutch when going out. Please! Don’t be that one chick at the club with a big ass tote bag… 
Aldo Dispenza
Bur Bur Bag
Bur Bur Bag
Bur Bur Bag
Crystal Clutch
Jessica McClintock Clutch
Last but certainly not least…For all the fabulous moms out there, ya’ll better work and do it in style honey!!!!
Coach Audrey Bag
Elite Metallic Bag
Juicy Couture Diaper Bag
What are some of your favorite kinds of handbags? What are you looking forward to rockin' for fall? Let's discuss!