Quick News on Kanye West, Omilio Sparks and Atlanta’s Dress Code

kanye-west3.jpgKanye West and his mother, Dr. Donda West, will be appearing at the Borders bookstore in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, August 25 to sign copies of their new book Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar. Dr. West, a former professor of English at Chicago State University, started writing the book last October after she was approached by publishing house Simon & Schuster. Author and journalist Karen Hunter, who has worked on books with Ma$e and radio personality Wendy Williams, is the book’s co-author. Now retired, ‘Ye’s mom currently serves as CEO of Super Good, the parent company of Kanye West Enterprises. The mother and son will be available for signings at Borders on 830 N Michigan in Chicago at 4 p.m.

Former Roc-A-Fella Records and State Property member, Omillio Sparks, will release his debut film, Soulful, this holiday season through his own imprint, Colossal Films, and KOCH Records. The straight to DVD movie stars Try “Poot” Chaney and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson from HBO’s The Wire, and will be packaged as a bonus disc for Spark’s upcoming solo debut album, The Payback. In addition, Sparks and Colossal Films have started filming a second movie, Expendable, which will star Jim Jones, Tray Cheney and Lauren “Nu Nu” London from the movie ATL.

If Atlanta city councilman C.T. Martin has his way, baggy pants that show boxer shorts or thongs will be illegal under a newly proposed indecency law. According to the Associated Press, Martin is proposing an ordinance that would prohibit woman from showing the strap of a thong or wearing jogging bars in public places. “Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it’s the in thing,” says Martin, who calls sagging jeans an “epidemic” and “major concern.” “I don’t want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future.” While the penalty or fine for violators has not be determined, according to Debbie Seagraves, the executive direction of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the amendment will not survive a court challenge. “This is a racial profiling bill that promotes and establishes a framework for an additional type of racial profile,” Seagraves told the AP. Martin, however fired back at Seagraves, stating, “The purpose of the paper is to generate some conversation to see if we can find a solution,” he said. “It will be like all the discussions we’ve had around the value of the hip-hop culture. We know there are First Amendment rights…and some will say I’m just trying to put young Black men in jail, but it’s going to be fines.”

  • Incilin

    Oh snap, I know Karen Hunter. She’s my professor. Glad to see her continue to do her thing.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    Good those dummies need to pull up their pants. That has got to be the gayest trends ever. Ture enough I did it in middle school until I found out how it got started. These youngsters don’t even realize they’re advertising booty.

    PS if you got on jeans please don’t put on a tie you look like an idiot.

  • rashadlogic

    Pull up your pants and you won’t get fine. Seems simple enough.

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM DRE

    ITZ THA PARENTS THAT SHOULD SHOW THA KIDS WHATZ RIGHTAND WRONG NOT A MINDLESS LAW NUFF SAID

  • unknown

    yo i think u should pull your pants but also u should have the option to pull your pants up other people dont buy your clothes so u should be able to wear u want to but than again some people sag entirely to much but whateva am a do me and am a wear my clothes how i want an thats realtalk go a problem with holla at me……..GA is where am from 100

  • Unknown

    Willie Lynch theory, that is all I have to say. Pull your pants up, take your shirt size down a few sizes become a young man that you are. 3000 said it best. Please let kill the image that we give off all the time. Its not cool to be stupid anymore. OPERATION Corporate TAKEOVER!

  • Caine

    Naw shawty, I love seein dem hoes thongs. Stop da madness…

  • BIZZLE

    YOU CAN’T BE THE KING OF THE PARKING LOT FOREVER….THESE HOMO THUGS NEED TO LEARN A LESSON..THAT KANYE BOOK SOUNDS VERY WAAAAAAACK

  • http://xxlmag.com Albert

    wtf is up wit this shit man? who cares if sum1 wears baggy pants? if they look stupid thats their own damn fault. y shood we care. ppl should b able 2 dress how they wanna dress.

  • jdid

    DRE Says:

    August 24th, 2007 at 11:12 am

    ITZ THA PARENTS THAT SHOULD SHOW THA KIDS WHATZ RIGHTAND WRONG NOT A MINDLESS LAW NUFF SAID
    …………………………
    1,000% agree. Whether i think its offensive or not isnt the issue. The issue is do you need the government to regulate how your child is raised. ie: thier tryin to pass a law in NYC that states if your caught smoking a cigerette in the car w/ a child under 18 you get a fat ticket. Those who support the law say its great because 2nd hand smoke kills, which is true. But dont you think thats a bit 2 much government control? Whats next..if i curse in front of my child i should be slapped w/ a ticket bcuz the child would think thats acceptable language? Theres a saying that goes…”the road to hell is paved w/ great intension.” Do the math.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Omillio Sparks

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Keep doin yout thing Omillio Sparks. Dont wait for that cake to be baked, make it your damn self! Big ups and Good Luck

  • Unknown

    Oh, they are not regulating it at all, It just to see how many will stand up and protest something that stupid. You will have people open there mouth for things like this or Don Imus mess. But won’t say nothing about school education, poverty in black america because things like sagging pants matter more to us then those issues. Look at Sharpton he jump on hiphop and Imus like it was Civil Rights Movement. We got kids and Teens that can add or subtract. Just think about it. We talking about saggy pants and we are heading into a Recession and we worried about what bulls&^%. REal Talk.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    jdid Says:

    August 24th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
    DRE Says:

    August 24th, 2007 at 11:12 am

    ITZ THA PARENTS THAT SHOULD SHOW THA KIDS WHATZ RIGHTAND WRONG NOT A MINDLESS LAW NUFF SAID
    …………………………
    1,000% agree. Whether i think its offensive or not isnt the issue. The issue is do you need the government to regulate how your child is raised. ie: thier tryin to pass a law in NYC that states if your caught smoking a cigerette in the car w/ a child under 18 you get a fat ticket. Those who support the law say its great because 2nd hand smoke kills, which is true. But dont you think thats a bit 2 much government control? Whats next..if i curse in front of my child i should be slapped w/ a ticket bcuz the child would think thats acceptable language? Theres a saying that goes…”the road to hell is paved w/ great intension.” Do the math.”

    NEWSFLASH: The government is raising most of those kids who wear their pants around their ankles (food stamps, hud, free lunch). Either let the government deal with them now or they can deal with them later (prison).

  • BirdsFlySouth

    Unknown Says:

    August 24th, 2007 at 12:19 pm
    Oh, they are not regulating it at all, It just to see how many will stand up and protest something that stupid. You will have people open there mouth for things like this or Don Imus mess. But won’t say nothing about school education, poverty in black america because things like sagging pants matter more to us then those issues. Look at Sharpton he jump on hiphop and Imus like it was Civil Rights Movement. We got kids and Teens that can add or subtract. Just think about it. We talking about saggy pants and we are heading into a Recession and we worried about what bulls&^%. REal Talk.
    ^^^^^^
    You want to talk poverty and no education equal no opportunity. You got to be kidding me. This is the USA. Well explain this to me: how can a Mexican that doesn’t speak English walk to America with a gallon of water and in 2 weeks have a pocket full of cash? True enough it isn’t the best job, but if you got a 3rd grade education what should you expect?

    Look its plenty of opportunity in the US and its YOUR fault if YOU don’t take advantage of it. I’m done helping the bottom of the barrel. Let’s help the help that B & C student that wants to go to college before we waste resources on that drug-dealing dropout.

  • Unknown

    Hey, you got some point bfsouth but, peep game not everone got the mind set to think there is a way out. When you got parents who themselve can’t see pass there own mistakes and don’t want to inform there kids that you can get out so they are brought to think there is no other way. Not everyone can think there is more to life then section 8. I have my college education and finishing my M.B.A (bilingaul) raised in the hood but say light at the end of the tunnel. Not all kid have that thought. Now as far as a Mexican comment they hustle period they have NOTHING no opp. what so ever where they from that goes for a lot of third world countries. They come here and take advantage of all outlets. The are the poster child for poverty not taking nothing from them I thought the same way you did why help when they don’t want help. I have look at youth I mean kids 5-12 they have no clue of what’s going on they are like a sponge and all they need is a good source to feed them with Knowlegde and Understandin. SO think on that fam.

  • ATL

    Welcome to the land of the free, where you are told what to think, what oppinion to have, what party to vote for, how to look etc. Aint there more serious problems to discuss than what somebody looks like? Well, I dont like the either but I won’t force somebody to change just because I dont like it. Treat people right and you will be treated right…

  • BirdsFlySouth

    @UNKNOWN Congrats on the Masters. I got mine in computer engineering.

    I agree with everything you’re saying, but we can’t keep rewarding ignorance. I think we’re focusing too much on those who no matter how much they’re ‘given’ end up flushing it down the toilette anyway. I want to help the kids like us first. Let’s focus on the kids without the dope chargers that could go either way first. You know help the cats that see the bigger picture but don’t know how to get there. There are all kinds of programs and handouts for those who don’t want it. Instead of giving chicks more money for every fatherless baby they have, give it to the cats like you and me so we don’t graduate from college in debt.

    Kinda old school and corny but “Only the strong survive”. The ‘disenfranchised’ eventually have to stand on their own 2 feet.

  • Unknown

    You I understand the frustration I see everyday I watch the local news. I ride to moms house in the hood I grew up, I see the kids running in the street with no thought of the future. I think now the generation behind me don’t see that far they only see that day. Honestly they don’t think they will see 30. I am 27 and focus chasing my dreams creating wealth not rich there is a difference. You your reason I respect those reasons. I just don’t like how society want to blame music (hip-Hop) for everything, I listen to Jay-Z, Biggie Pacm, Nas. I took the stuggles that they spit about and relate to them and felt that if these dudes who did dirt and felt my pains I can make too, I play college ball to get me out then i handle the rest. That is what kids don’t have sound mind to push. As I write and post it there will be some dude who is typing somthing coonish to say and make think that these young dudes are our future. But here is the crazy part we are going backward with youth of color ( african americans) they don’t see nothing but Fast money. I am on the pace to become CEO of the corp. I work for So young dudes better catch up. I understand IPO reverse Merger. COPERATE TAKEOVER See you at the top.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TonyBee

    Believe me!I’ve seen more worse teen fad than pants saging.Just think,if black kids were walk with their hole face pierce, or walking around dressing like vampires(Gothic kids),If I had to choose between those three things believe me pants saging would be my choice.

  • Unknown

    Those Gothic kids was cool when I was in High school just smoke too much. But those kids was never a topic. Only time was Mason was singing, but that was the CHRISTIAN crusade. Anything that is black that influence CINDY and TOMMI will be shut down real fast. Hey look at the so called black leaders now, that got the green light on this subject of hip hop so they are running with it. As crazy as David Banner is he is right now black leader are out here just YES MEN. They can only talk about or address certain things. What i want for people of color to be more concious of is the economic problems of the U.S. get smarter to get into investments. I would say in Black communities but we hate on each other all the time. I mean I am making moves to make it and I got my own people hating on me, calling me names because i like to get suited, not knowing that alot of african americans are sitting in CEO positions. American express, Merill lynch, Time Warner etc.. we got the talent. Stop blaming white people they not saying nothing it’s our own who can’t except people on top. That is how Willie Lynch works they do nothing just show it to us we bite the bait.

  • me nigga!

    “…and some will say I’m just trying to put young Black men in jail, but it’s going to be fines.”

    in other words, just another way to get money. Damn, niggas already going thru enough when the cops don’t make their quota on giving traffic tickets.

  • BklynBandette

    This Is A Great Dialogue with a Hot Topic. Gotta chime in.

    The way I see it we are approaching a very exciting time in US History. For the first time we may be on the verge of electing an African-American President. At this point- to our people- Image should be everything. I’m not saying we should walk around looking like “them”, but we need to develop our own style consisting of Class and Decorum.

    Sagging Pants. When I was in HS in the early 90′s I followed TLC into that trend. Their jeans would sag just a bit to show the waist band of their boxers- they had endorsement deals. As the years went on the pants got lower. And NOW, dudes is just flat out showing their ass and it’s Nasty, Gay, and Disrespectful!
    Nasty because I don’t wanna see nobody’s ass all day everyday. And half the time dudes don’t (or chicks) even wash their funky drawers- or Ass- ‘fore they wanna go flashing. And I’m tired of having to explain to my mom and my eighty-year-old godmother that this is all a part of HipHop Culture. It’s NOT.
    Gay because the symbolism of “The Droopy Drawers” goes back further than prison culture- it goes back to slavery. Back during Trans-Atlantic Slave trade not only did Ol’ Massa tap our asses, he tapped our brother’s asses as well. Then he made them walk around with their pants sagging- exposing a bloody ass- so that it would signify who could be had. So, as a defense mechanism, dudes would cozy up to Ol’ Massa and began to pimp us to him, so that Ol’ Massa would stay out of their ass. So, the present day rift between Black Men & Women doesn’t surprise me. It’s deeply rooted in our psyche. Not saying it’s irreversible but … It Is What It Is.
    Disrespectful because … IT’S DISRESPECTFUL! Once again, why I gotta see your Ass? I don’t know about ATL, but here in Brooklyn not only are the pants saggin’, the drawers are slowly saggin’. And it seems to me as though they are NOT trying to make a “Fashion Statement”, they’re just trying to push the obsenity envelope.

    To: TonyBee & UnKnown-
    I feel y’all about the face piercings but let’s deal with the cold hard truth: those kids are White in America. And by that I mean they can remove those freak bells and whistles, and blend right in with Corporate America. They’ll make room for them. There will always be a place for them. US? Y’all know we always gotta work That much harder, That Much stronger, and THAT MUCH BETTER. So we do need to plan our movements wisely. For us, the margin for error is slim. It’s the Harsh Realities in which we live in Racist & Sexist America.

    Just A Woman’s Perspective.
    Holla If Ya Hear Me …

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TonyBee

    Don’t blame masta, where so hard on are self and light on other.I’m using white kids to make my point,like IMUS USE HIP-HOP and didn’t nobody say anything.Yall didn’t say stop blaming black youth,yall let him oke doke yall ass.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TonyBee

    It’s just funny how we have to just excuse their wrong doings,and put our wrongs on blast.For instance I thought the girl goin wild tape they show every night is worse than any rap video you could think of.But the mainstream media did’t bash their kids they rather expose your black ass and make you look inhuman.And the sad thing is our parent is believing the hype.Yall seen during Imus, the media was blasting are ass for about 2 week.So help me understand UNKNOWN and SWEETHEART,why when I tell the media to confront their kids f— up like they cover ours I’m wrong!!Don’t point out nothing bad about masta when he do wrong,but blast a rapper if you think he’s doing something out of line.

  • BklynBandette

    TONYBEE:

    Okay, I’m trying to follow you. First you said “Don’t Blame Masta”, then You said “We’re so hard on ourself and light on others”. Who are the others?
    Ol’ Massa set the tone by which we live in America. And today, they still reap the benefits as we suffer the consequences. We didn’t come here enslaved calling shots. We had to put up and shut up for survival.
    And I understand you using white kids to prove your point. What I’m trying to say is that we are not measured with the same rulers. Unfortunately, we are judged by different standards. And forgive me if you feel I’m too hard on “US”. But there’s a reason for that: I’m only concerned with us. I’m concerned about the future of the black man because when I marry, it will be a Black Man. My sons will be Black Men. And I don’t want them thinking a whole lot of negativity is synonymous with African American Culture.

    Imus used HipHop and Nobody Said Anything? It was the only time HipHop had something to say about the matter. No matter how these girls may have looked, or didin’t look, no one from the “HipHop” community had anything to say until their asses was under fire. Back in the day it would not have gone down like that. Our artist were vocal and political. And whether or not the attention would have been shifted on them, they would not have allowed a racist cracker like Imus to get away with disrespecting our sisters. No matter what their opinion was of them, Imus would not have enjoyed that free for all. However, Russell Simmons did speak out. Snoop spoke out. As did T.I., 50 Cent, Kevin Powell, Ed Lover and a host of others. I, as a woman of HipHop stood up as well. And although there are a lot of things I’d love to change, I still must stand with fam in unity as 1. Constantly I find myself explaining to folks the difference between HipHop Culture and The Rap Industry. HipHop is a movement with knowledge. The Rap Industry is what uses black folks to peddle coonish buffoonish images to our people, while trying to convince us this IS “Keepin’ It Real”. What pisses me off is that this is what camouflages itself as HipHop and has the masses fooled. And when folks don’t know any better they lump us all in together.
    “Y’all didn’t say stop blaming Black Youth?” YES WE DID. When Oprah set up that forum, people on both sides- Pro & Con- all agreed that the term “Nappy Headed Hoe” DID NOT originate in the Black Community.

    So, in all reality TONYBEE, I think you and I and the rest of the gang are saying the same thing. Just coming from different angles. Sorry if I sound harsh, but out of love I will tell it like it is. Because at the end of the day, if we allow our people to go on as is, we’re setting ourselves up for failure.

    Just A Woman’s Perspective.
    Holla If Ya Hear Me …

    P.S.- UNKNOWN & BIRDSFLYSOUTH: I’m Proud Of Y’all.

  • Durty

    IM FROM THE @TL AND STILL IN THA @TL, AND LET ME STATE THIS AINT NOTHIN BUT 2 PUT MO NIGGAZ IN JAIL. IF U RAN THE STREET OR FROM THE SOUTH THEN U KNOW ABOUT DC-6. (Disorderly Conduct Code 6)WHICH MEAN COPS CAN LOCK YO ASS UP AND SAY U WAS TRYIN TO BUY DRUGS EVEN IF U DON’T HAVE SHIT ON YA, REAL NIGGAZ KNOW WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT. ANYWAY THIS SHIT CAN GET YO ASS LOCK UP CUZ WITH 3 CITATIONS WITH ANY CRIME IN GA YO ASS IS GOING TO JAIL. EVEN IF U FEEL BLACK MEN NEED 2 PULL THEY PANTS UP, WHICH I FEEL WE NEED 2 DO, THIS WILL BE AIM AT BLACK MEN TO GET LOCK UP, THATS THE REAL AGENDA, DONT BELIEVE WHITE FOLKS WOULD GO THROUGH ALL THIS, READ ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN JENA, LOUISIANA.

  • kf

    yo BklynBandette i know americas racist and sexist so all you hot women over there need to come to the UK, we not acist or sexist, we just wana fuck… LMAO

    and good educated points btw serious refreshing to see someone on her thats not sayin fuck you or calling some1 a hoe. big up