(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.
During 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."
Rapper 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.
The 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.
Jackie Robinson Day – celebrated this week – is the annual day when Major League Baseball celebrates the incredible change and integration Robinson helped usher into the sport, and society as a whole.
Robinson broke baseball's color barrier so that more African-American players would have the chance to play the "national pastime" at its highest level.
Sadly, 60-plus years later, potential black players aren't taking advantage of that opportunity.
Last month, the league released a report that said just 8.3 percent of players on 2014 opening day rosters identified themselves as black.
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