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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.”

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