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Here are the biggest stories for in 2013. Click “Next” above or below for the next story. Enjoy.

Spike Lee Goes Left on Insulting Reporter (vid)

It’s hard not to side with Spike Lee on this one. He was completely disrespected by this reporter before he said a word. If the video box does not show up the first time, refresh your browser. Also see Spike Lee Talks to Radio Facts interview

Chris “Mack Daddy” Found Dead, Kriss Kross Recently Performed at Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Anniversary

krisskrosschriskelly-2Recently, Jermaine Dupri held a 20th anniversary for So So Def   in Atlanta where many of the former label’s artists came together for a night of celebration. Rapper Chris Kelly from the group Kriss Kross was there and he performed. Today, Atlanta police found the former kid rapper dead in his home. He was 34. Kelly had suffered from Alopecia Areata and lost most of his hair some years ago. He was quite reclusive in the years since the group was active on So So Def/Columbia with their smash hit “Jump” in the early 90s. Radio Facts expresses condolences for the family of Kelly. Update: Authorities suspect Kelly died of a drug overdose.

 

Mister Cee Breaks Down While Talking to Ebro on Hot 97

Mister Cee shocked everyone at HOT 97 when he resigned from the station yesterday due to prostitution scandal with transexual. This morning Ebro had him on the HOT 97 Morning Show to talk about why he made the decision to leave.  Ebro tries to talk him out of leaving Hot 97.

Skip Murphy Replacing Michael Baisden

skipmurphyRadio Facts has confirmed that radio vet Skip Murphy will be replacing Michael Baisden. Cumulus was rushing to find a replacement over the last week and after several people turned it down Murphy accepted. This means that TWO of Radio Facts predictions have now come true This One and This One.   Murphy will be joined by Jasmine Saunders as his co-host. Congrats to Skip. The syndication company is testing Murphy’s show with previous Baisden affiliates. Personally, we would have let Murphy bring his own team but that’s just us. 

Jodeci Booed off Stage at Wembley Arena (vid

So unfortunate what has happened to these brothers. A sad case of too much too soon.  

Lil’ Wayne Near Death?

0315-lil-wayne-getty-3 UPDATE: TMZ has a very bad source. We’re not told Lil Wayne is fine. We’re told by sources someone handles Lil Wayne’s Twitter account so the tweet may not be from him… UPDATE: Lil Wayne of Someone from his account just tweeted:

“I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.” ————————– TMZ is reporting however that rapper Lil Wayne is in critical condition and near death in an LA hospital. This could explain his many recent outbursts, he may be suffering from some kind of brain issue. He is now stable. TMZ Statement Below: 5:16 PM PT — We’re told Wayne is being prepared for his last rites … with his family surrounding him to say their goodbyes. Wayne’s mother is currently on a plane flying to Los Angeles — and we’re told all major decisions about Wayne’s health (including the decision to discontinue life support) will not be made until she arrives.

 

Multiple Producers Resign from Tavis Smiley Show

 

tavis_smiley_25Three of Tavis Smiley’s producers purportedly resigned in unison this past Friday. Neal Kendall (executive producer), Luke Sader (talent producer) and Stephanie Storey (producer).   The production team was most recently responsible for Smiley’s “Visions for a New America” which aired live on C-Span January 17 from George Washington University.   It is not known whether the rather tepid media coverage prior to the broadcast or subsequent ratings impacted the departures. The alleged resignations ironically come during this, the tenth anniversary of the television program.

Former Employee Asks Al Sharpton to Return “Blood Money” to Books

Chef Carl Redding is very upset that his former boss and mentor the Rev Al Sharpton accepted a lucrative book deal from Cash Money Books (read below) 10660_10201127226596506_2074031147_n An Open Letter to Dear Reverend Sharpton, I remember you preaching a sermon many years ago entitled, “I’m Still Here.” Well guess what Rev. Sharpton, I’m still here. And from time to time we all need someone to sometimes give us a smack upside our heads to bring us back on track when we veer off track… Hopefully it is I who may be able to get you back on the right tracks of Social Justice. I recently read that you had penned a book deal with Cash Money, the very company that touts Lil Wayne as one its most recognized artists. Though I wish I could say that I was surprised by this move, I am not. As one who has spent years publicly crusading against the harmful effect of misogynistic lyrics on our young people, it’s clear that your decision to cut a lucrative financial deal with those who propagate such destructive images in our community, is the latest example of your failed leadership. Dr. Martin Luther King, who you claim to emulate, is doing somersaults in his grave. As you know, I was drawn to your social justice work when I came to work for you in 1990. Fresh out of the US Marines, I temporarily put my culinary ambitions on hold to serve as your personal driver and then later, chief of staff. Though you give me no credit, and have attempted to rewrite me out of the history books, it was I who was a founding member of National Action Network and I who even helped to name the social justice organization. Like the dozens of people who worked for you, I believed back then, in your mission and your calling. Sadly, you have lost your drive and have become disconnected to those who have supported you throughout the years (From the Tawana Brawley controversy, allegations that you were an FBI informant, the fire at Freddy’s in Harlem, just to name a couple of your life’s events). Those who were under your employ have been loyal to you even when you have not been loyal to them. They have remained silent in the face of your outrageous acts of self-aggrandizement. But I cannot and will not remain silent any longer. Your decision to join forces with those who seek to exploit and defame our community must be exposed. Your claims that we bury the “N” word is the ultimate measure of hypocrisy, since I’ve heard you on numerous occasions call many individuals including David Dinkins New York’s first black mayor, a nigger. Your decision to cooperate and do business with a record label that routinely calls black women outside of their name, is deeply problematic and begs the question: where is your commitment to the black community? I believe in my heart of heart that the Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have traded 30 pieces of silver to the likes of the Little Wayne’s of our world today as you have done by signing a piece of book deal paper with Cash Money… So Rev Sharpton, in conclusion of my Open Letter to you, I am publicly imploring you to end your business relationship with Cash Money and return the “blood money” that you have accepted from those very people who continue to have the highest disregard for our women and our community… Our community is in desperate need of real leadership to solve the issues such as mass incarceration, an alarming level of black on black crime, and high unemployment that continues to impact millions of blacks. Sadly, as you have personally climbed the corporate ladder securing a job at MSNBC you have forgotten about the countless number of your supporters who stood by you when you were deemed as a racial pariah and agitator. Yours truly, who endures the “real” struggle, Chef Carl Redding 

Jamie Foxx Subjected to Racist Tweets After Wearing Trayvon Martin Shirt at MTV

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Press RoomIf you needed a reminder that racism, ignorance, and a$$holes still exist in this country, take a look at these tweets about Jamie Foxx once he wore a Trayvon Martin t-shirt to accept this MTV Movie Awards. imageimageimageimage “This Trayvon Martin case is soooo annoying”¦now give me my MTV MOVIE AWARDS!” imageimageimage Props to the guy above who used a gun emoji to criticize a shirt condemning gun violence. Good work, dude. imageimageimage lmao @ the dude running to tattle to Anthony from Opie & Anthony and George Zimmerman’s brother. image Yeah, fuck Tavon! Who’s Tavon, again? imageimage And then there were people who could not possibly understand what Trayvon Martin and the Newtown victims, all children killed in the United States by gun violence, possibly had to do with one another. Basically what they’re trying to say, without saying it, is “why is that evil black thug sullying those poor innocent white children”¦” imageimageimageimage Yes, as you can see, white people were pretty pissed. And some were clamoring to know  WHAT ABOUT THE POOR WHITES: imageimageimage lmao. Yes, NO ONE cares when black people kill. The justice system totally doesn’t cater to whites. There’s like zero black people in prison. imageimage 

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Baisden Quitting Show

480600_10151615211086844_1118809646_nONLY Radio Facts , the industry’s ONLY radio resource for TODAY’s industry, brings you up to date radio news. We are told Baisden is frustrated over contract negotiations and has decided to exit his nationally syndicated show.   Read the EXCLUSIVE Radio Facts press release below… Our 2013 predictions that we did in Jan have almost all come true. We will post what has come true tomorrow.

Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Michael Baisden Bids Farewell to Radio

Dallas – Nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden announced a hiatus from his radio show today on his Facebook page this morning that will begin on (read more click “Next” below or above)April 1, 2013. Baisden, who commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners, states he is unable to discuss the particulars but concluded that a deal could not be made on mutually agreeable terms. Recognized as one of the most influential men in radio, his “” is one of the top rated afternoon drive radio programs heard in the top urban markets.  He is also a TV talk show  host,  film-maker and New York Times best-selling author with nearly two million books in print. Now in his tenth year on the air, Baisden wants his radio family to know he did everything in his power to continue his “” without interruption. “We’re already planning to return to the air  as soon as possible in a way that will give the  ‘’ a more direct relationship with  our affiliates, and most importantly, our listeners,” cites Pamela Exum, his . Baisden began his career as an author, self publishing several best selling books including “Never Satisfied,” “Men Cry In The Dark,” “The Maintenance Man I and II,” and “God’s Gift to Women.” Two of his books were adapted to stage plays, starring such renowned actors as Richard Roundtree and Billy Dee Williams. His radio highlights include one of his proudest moments when on September 20, 2007, he passionately and skillfully spearheaded the famous Jena 6 March in Jena, Louisiana. This historic and momentous occasion garnered tens of thousands of citizens of all races to peacefully march in support of six young men who had been unfairly treated by the justice system. Another historic year was 2008 when Michael Baisden endorsed Senator Barack Obama and went on to celebrate President Obama’s victory with over 4,000 fans at a watch party in Miami on election night. The Obama camp, along with millions of listeners, credited him with being one of the major forces behind this historic victory to elect the first African American to the Presidency of the United States and in his re-election in 2012. In December 2009, Baisden called for a National Mentor Training Day and announced his plans for a 2010 nationwide campaign. He pledged up to $350,000 of his own money to be donated in over 72 markets he would visit on a bus tour. The outreach was named “One Million Mentors National Campaign To Save Our Kids.” His work with the Free Clinics, Trayvon Martin, Black & Missing Foundation, and national ongoing partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Mentoring Brothers In Action are all a big part of what made the “Michael Baisden Show” so successful.  Baisden still vows to continue his Michael Baisden Live Tour with his co-host, comedian George Willborn. It’s a One Night Only event with seminars, networking, a comedy show, and an ‘old school’ after party. “If the affiliates still want us to come to town, we’ll be there,” says Baisden. “There’s no reason for our relationships to stop, in fact, this is our chance to get on the ground close to the people where we belong!” Baisden reflects, “It’s not about the job, it’s about the journey.   I have been grinding for over 10 years, fighting for the underdog, inspiring people daily on my Michael Baisden Live Page on Facebook and working my butt off to produce the best show on radio. I hope my fans miss me… because I’m definitely going to miss them,” Michael says. “But this is not the end, it’s the Next Chapter!”  

Stevie Wonder Offers Advice to Marvin Gaye’s Family on Blurred Lines Lawsuit

I used to work for Stevie Wonder at KJLH and he has never lied (watch video).  I was just telling someone the other day I felt sorry for him because so many former employees and others sued him all the time for some of the most outrageous things. He is a great guy and way too nice.

DL Hughley Says Black Men are Indirectly Responsible for Sharkeisha Incident

dl hughley3 Last week as I was driving, I happened to be tuned in to the DL Hughley Show. He and his crew were discussing the Sharkeisha incident and raised an interesting question. By the way, they seem to always raise good questions on his show but that is another story . They posed the question regarding the Sharkeisha incident as follows, “To those who saw the “Sharkeisha” video, do you think that’s who we are? Or do you believe it is a glitch in the matrix?” Many people called in and gave their perspective. Some said it was a one off incident while others said this is a direct example of how our community has fallen. DL Hughley, on the other hand raised an interesting perspective. He felt that this was a direct reflection of the absence of Black men in the community. Of course he didn’t say that there were no brothers in the community but he pointed out there were not enough to teach our young boys how to be men and teach our young girls how to be respected by boys and/or men. He also went on to say that all the problems in our community were a direct or indirect reflection of the absence of Black men in the community. He basically said until we stand up in our own community then we will continue to have these problems

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