Notorious B.I.G. and his Coogi fashion history

biggiecoogi-400Saturday marked the 16th anniversary of the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G., and Vibe took a look at the MC's relationship with the Coogi fashion brand and who wore it before him, like one of America's favorite dads.

During the mid-90s, Christopher Wallace undoubtedly made it a hood priority to rock the iconic knit pattern. However, he wasn't the first to put a generation of urban style seekers onto the COOGI brand.

Back in the 80s, another figure in African-American pop culture made COOGI—more importantly, their sweaters – a go-to for guaranteed freshness: Bill Cosby. Everyone's favorite TV dad made the COOGI sweater a staple on his timeless sitcom, "The Cosby Show" (1984 – 1992).


Michael Jordan to get hitched



By CNN Staff
March 8, 2013 -- Updated 1416 GMT (2216 HKT)

(CNN) -- Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan applied for a marriage license Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jordan, who just turned 50, is set to marry Yvette Prieto.

The marriage to the Cuban-American model would be the second for Jordan, now the majority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan played in the NBA for many years, most with the Chicago Bulls for 13 seasons beginning in 1984-85. He led the Bulls to six NBA championships.

His scoring feats have led many to regard him as the greatest player ever and led the Bulls to six NBA championships. He averaged 30.1 points per game, the highest in NBA history. He led the league in scoring a record 10 times. He ranks third on the NBA all-time scoring list with 32,292 points,

The All-Star played at the University of North Carolina before he went into the NBA. He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/07/2013

TH-Dead-Man-Down-600For movies opening March 8, 2013


"Dead Man Down" (R for sexuality, violence and pervasive profanity) Multilayered whodunit, set in NYC, about a couple of grieving neighbors (Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace) who flirt before bonding because of a mutual passion for revenge. A-list cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Isabelle Huppert, Terrance Howard, Dominic Cooper and Armand Assante.


Catching up with Anthony Hamilton

Anthony-Hamilton-600Contemporary soul and R&B star Anthony Hamilton recently gave me a message for Memphis and Mississippi.

"Memphis and Mississippi, I love you," said the ultra-cool Hamilton in an exclusive, backstage interview with The New Tri-State Defender after his performance at the Landers Center in DeSoto County last Sunday night (March 3).

That love, said Hamilton, goes beyond Memphis-area support for his music. It's a genuine affection that reflects his recognition that people here enjoy life and aren't afraid to go to a concert and have a good time.


‘American Idol’ ratings – don’t dump it all on Nicki Minaj

Myron-Mays-160"American Idol" is back in the news and this time it's not all Nicki Minaj...well, maybe just a little bit. Apparently ratings are at an all-time low, with reports that viewers are just not feeling Nicki.

Might be true, but I'll be fair. I don't think it's all Nicki. The show itself is partially at fault as well. It has stayed around too long and has been essentially forced upon us lately.

I'll put it this way, if "American Idol" is the houseguest who stayed too long, Nicki Minaj is like an extra houseguest the invitee brought along with getting an OK. They showed up in the same car.


Around the globe with Logan Westbrooks

LoganWestbrooks-2-600Logan H. Westbrooks kicked off Black History Month 2013 at Indiana University with his signature lecture titled "Bustin' Loose: Breaking Racial Barriers in the Music Industry." The subject matter was fitting because the Memphis native is a music industry pioneer.

"I decided to pursue a career in music while participating in a management training program at RCA Victor Distributing Corporation in Chicago in 1966," said Westbrooks, a Booker T. Washington High School graduate.


A special delivery from Mary J. Blige

Mary-J-Blige-600So, by now you know if you were not at the Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center) in Southaven, Miss. Last Sunday night (Mar. 3) you missed a fabulous show!

The long-awaited return of Mary J. Blige to the Mid-South has been the talk all over locals' Facebook pages, Instagram, Twitter, the workplace, and even at my son's school.

For sure we proved our admiration for her with the sold-out show. Days before the concert, seats were even made available behind the stage for those who wanted in on the jammin'.


Terrence Howard: The ‘Dead Man Down’ interview

Terrence Howard, Noomi Rapace and Colin FarrellTerrence Howard talks about his latest film, "Dead Man Down," where he plays crime boss Alphonse Hoyt opposite Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and F. Murray Abraham.

Kam Williams: Hi Terrence, thanks for the time. It's nice to have another opportunity to speak with you.

Terrence Howard: Thank you, Kam, for taking the time.


FBI opens Whitney Houston’s ‘crazy’ fan files

WhitneyHouston-600LOS ANGELES – Obsessed fans can be a downside of stardom. It's why Whitney Houston's character hired Kevin Costner to protect her in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard."

The real life Houston had the FBI helping to protect her more than two decades ago when a "loner" in Vermont warned in 1988 that he "might hurt someone with some crazy idea" if the singer did not acknowledge him.

Then there was the man in Holland who claimed to be the "President of Europe." An FBI agent based in Brussels paid him a visit in 1999 to talk about the cassette recordings and letters "of a threatening nature" that he sent to Houston.


Halle Berry happy to be back for ‘X-Men’ sequel

Storm-300Last week, director Bryan Singer hinted that Halle Berry could reprise her role as Storm in his upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and the Oscar-winning actress has since confirmed the news to CNN.

"I'm going to be there. I don't know how (much) of the old cast will be there, but I think we're pretty official," Berry said Saturday.

"I loved her and the people love Storm ... so I'm happy to come back," she continued. "And I love working with Hugh Jackman (who plays Wolverine). Bryan Singer is back directing ... so it'll be good. Ian McKellen is back and Patrick Stewart is back, so it's good."


Filmmaker: $100K for proof of aliens

4UFOs-240James Fox, who co-stars in the National Geographic Channel's Chasing UFOs, is a filmmaker who has made two documentaries about UFOs – including "Out of the Blue" and "I Know What I Saw."

"People say to me, 'Aren't you the guy that does the UFO stuff?'" he said. "And I say yeah. (They say), 'Why do you do that?' I say, well if Earth were being visited, would you like to know about it? They're like, 'Damn right I would.' Well, I'm convinced it's happening."


Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together; Why are you so mad about it?

rihanna-brown-500Back in November, right around Thanksgiving, Chris Brown and Rihanna were spotted together at a club in Berlin. It was Thanksgiving and they were both in the same city in Germany, but neither one was willing to say that they were there together.

I thought it was a little ridiculous at that point that neither RiRi or Breezy would just come out and admit they were a couple again, but apparently they knew something about you people that I had not yet realized. You have lost your collective minds.

We all saw what Brown did to Rihanna, thanks to TMZ, and, yes, it was horrifying. And I'm not saying I endorse the couple's reunion, but like the song says, it's none of your business and it's really just time for you to accept it and move on with life.


Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dead at 73

BobbyRogers-TheMiracles-600Bobby Rogers, an original member of Motown staple The Miracles, has died, the group's longtime front man Smokey Robinson announced Sunday.

Rogers was 73.

"Another soldier in my life has fallen," Robinson said in a statement to CNN. "Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much."