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Memphis grad at home at the ‘front of house’

AmandaDavis 600(PRWEB) – Amanda Davis, a 2010 graduate of SAE Institute Atlanta's Audio Technology Program, will be the front of house engineer for the U.K. concerts of Grammy-nominated vocalist Janelle Monae, which will take place in May '14 in Birmingham, London, and Manchester.

"My touring schedule with Janelle will fill up around 150 days this year, and I'm excited to be a part of her concerts in England," says Amanda. "She's really popular there, and she was nominated for a Brit Award as Best International Female Solo Artist, so I'm sure that the turnout will be huge and the shows will be a fantastic experience."

A native of Memphis, Davis loved all genres of music growing up and was especially drawn to classical. As a student at Memphis' Central High School, she performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra chorus, toured Europe with the Sounds of America Chorus and Band, and won the "Outstanding Vocal Student" award from the Memphis City Schools system.

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Here comes Ja'Dae Nicole!

JaDaeNicole 600(Fre$h Fruit is Kelvin Cowans' periodic look at upcoming and rising talent from Memphis and the surrounding areas.)

After a long wait for her to hit the stage and by the time she actually graced the microphone, hands were waving in unison as the crowd ushered in the first verse of Ja'Dae Nicole's song.

Writers, promoters, artists and fans showed up to support Nicole and the release of her second mixtape, "Improv 2." Their wait for the 2011 Kirby High School graduate and now Atlanta-living, did-you-hear-that-note singing artist was warranted.

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20 Years after ‘Illmatic,’ Nas says American gun culture needs a remix

Nas 600During the 20th-anniversary celebration of "Illmatic," Nas has been described as the hip-hop generation's Angela Davis. Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson declared that Nas' debut album should be studied alongside Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway, and in recognition of his 20-year career, Harvard University established the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Despite being only 39 minutes long and a commercial dud by 1994 standards, "Illmatic" even received a symphonic remix by the National Symphonic Orchestra.

Not bad for a kid from New York City's Queensbridge housing projects who dropped out of the eighth grade.

Nas is a thought-provoking artist, and he said something during a recent appearance on HBO's "Real Time" With Bill Maher that's worth further examination: When asked whether daily life in impoverished communities has improved during the 20 years since he began exploring the issue in "Illmatic," he responded, "Hell no. Things have changed, but not for the better ... the influx of guns is worse than it was in 1994."

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John Wayne Bobbitt, Wu-Tang Clan weigh in on alleged Andre Johnson severed-penis suicide attempt

AndreJohnson 600Rapper Andre Johnson, known by his stage name Christ Bearer, allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped from a second story balcony on Wednesday in a possible suicide attempt.

He is still currently being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where there was an attempt to reattach the rapper's penis but it was reportedly unsuccessful.

After news of the incident broke, FOX411 sat down with John Wayne Bobbitt, who is best known for an infamous 1993 case in which his wife cut off his member after an alleged sexual assault and threw it in a field.

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Shattering the NCAA exploitive business model

EverettGlenn 600The recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision granting Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if upheld, will shatter the NCAA's business model.

It is safe to say that we are at the dawn of a new era in college sports when we add these elements to the mix:

• The frontal attack launched a few days before by noted antitrust lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, accusing the NCAA of colluding to deprive athletes of the ability to earn more than the value of their scholarships.
• The pending lawsuit challenging the NCAA rule that bars players from earning money from the use of their images.

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