Common Goes To The White House

Common Goes To The White House

The rapper Common was invited to take part in a White House poetry event on Wednesday, angering some GOP members who claim the hip-hop artist’s lyrics celebrate violence.

Last night’s “Evening of Poetry,” part of Michelle Obama’s White House Music Series, reportedly went smoothly, showcasing performers like singer Aimee Mann, comedian Steve Martin, and former poets laureate Billy Collins and Rita Dove.

But some right-wing pundits criticized Common’s participation in the event, pointing to controversial rhymes he recited on a 2007 episode of HBO’s “Def Poetry”: “Why they messing with Saddam? / burn a Bush cos’ for peace he push no button / killing over oil and grease / no weapons of destruction,” ABC News reports.

Karl Rove railed against the inclusion of Common on the radio program “The Sean Hannity Show” on Tuesday, calling the rapper “a thug.”

“Yes, let’s invite a misogynist to the White House, a guy who’s called for violence against police officers, and called for killing the former president of the United States George W. Bush,” Rove said, according to ABC.


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Malcolm Jamal Warner/Tracee Ross land new BET show



It was recently announced that Tracee Ellis Ross (”Girlfriends”) and Malcom Jamal Warner (”The Cosby Show”) have just signed on to do a new BET show. The series, “Reed Between the Lines” is scheduled to premiere October 2011, and will join “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together,” the popular comedies which have both been renewed for a second season.


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The Crossrhodes Reunites in DC May 18th

The Crossrhodes Reunites in DC May 18th

To me this has been a long time coming, I totally wish I lived in Dc for this reunion. These are two incredibly talented artists. W.Ellington Felton & Raheem Devaughn will perform songs from the Crossrhodes collaboration albums

  • 2004: Limited Budget, Unlimited Quality, Urban Ave Music/Art Hurts
  • 2005: The Invitation, Urban Ave Music/Art Hurts

Buy tickets here:



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Illvibe Releases First Compilation

Illvibe Releases First Compilation


Finally the  debut album by here. The cd entitled “All Together Now” is an incredible collabarative effort. You can get it now digitally and CDs are shipping to your favorite stores. Add this to your collection and I promise you will be very glad you did!


1. All Together Intro
2. Heavy Soul (feat. Replife & Cecilia Stalin)
3. 80 Days (feat. Ne’a Posey)
4. Certified (feat. Invincible, Bahamadia, & Finale)
5. Over Now (feat. Hezekiah & Conya Doss)
6. Pictures (feat. Aaron Livingston)
7. DJ Play (feat. Kokayi)
8. Everybody (feat. Rich Medina)
9. Ridin’ Slow (feat. Schoolz of Thought)
10. Authentic Raw (feat. Supastition & Reef The Lost Cauze)
11. Can’t Deny (feat. Ishe & Dave Ghetto)
12. Standard of Rhyme (feat. John Robinson & Fatin) [of Kindred The Family Soul]
13. Medicen Men (feat. A.R.M.) [African Rebel Movement]
14. Indigo Child


Hezekiah is one of the many artists to appear on our debut album coming out on March 29th. While he was at our new studio recently, we filmed him discussing his contributions to the project and well as his relationship with us and more. Pre-order All Together Now.

Filmed, edited, and directed by Mr. Sonny James for Illvibe Media


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Sade/John Legend Tour Info

Sade/John Legend Tour Info


Back in October 2010 when it was announced that Sade would tour North America in the summer of 2011, only 10 tour dates were confirmed. But as of today, not only have more cities been added to the schedule, the opening act has been confirmed, and it’s none other than smooth crooner John Legend. Legend, who just released an album of collaborations with The Roots called Wake Up!in 2010, is expected to eventually appear on as many as 50 shows as part of the tour. The current schedule’s listed below, but for the latest info, visit Sade’s official website or livenation.comUPDATE: 25 more shows were added on March 23, 2011. Here’s the current Sade/Legend 2011 tour schedule.

Sade/John Legend Summer 2011 Tour Schedule:

  1. June 16 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
  2. June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
  3. June 21 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
  4. June 24 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
  5. June 28 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  6. June 30 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  7. July 6 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
  8. July 15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BankAtlantic Center
  9. July 17 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
  10. July 24-Dallas, Tx-American Airlines Center
  11. Aug. 5 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  12. Aug. 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  13. Aug. 13 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
  14. Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  15. Aug. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  16. Aug. 25 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
  17. Aug. 27 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
  18. Aug. 30 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center


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