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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, November 23, 2004

    Violence in Entertainment: Vibe, Jay-Z & R. Kelly, Artest, and Clemson

    There's been a lot of violence in entertainment these days:

  • G-Unit's Young Buck turned himself in after allegedly stabbing Jimmy James Johnson. At the Vibe awards, Johnson came up to Dr. Dre, acting like he wanted to request an autograph, then punched the producer in the face, which led to his stabbing and an all-out brawl. (link to fight footage) YB's court date is Dec. 20th.

  • Also following the Jay-Z and R. Kelly disagreement (R. Kelly alleging he saw a gun in the audience, then being supposedly pepper-sprayed by a member of Jay-Z's entourage, leading to a break-up of the power duo's tour and subsequent suits.) - a number of " Jay-Z and friends" concerts have been canceled included Thanksgiving's concert at the Oakland Arena (along with Indianapolis, Sacramento, Las Vegas and Glendale). If you ordered through the refund is automatically credited to your card, and if you ordered through Ticketmaster, refunds will also be granted.

  • Indiana Pacers' player Ron Artest is suspended for a NBA season for going into the stands and fighting with fans after he got hit in the face with a drink. (link to slideshow of brawl)

  • There was a HUGE football fight between Clemson and South Carolina that delayed the game for 10 minutes and needed coaches, police and security officers to keep the peace. Both teams have decided to decline bowl invitations as punishment for the brawl.

  • Then, on dirty plays:

  • At the Big Game (Berkeley vs. Stanford) this past weekend, Stanford decided to play dirty. Full disclosure: I'm a Cal grad.) Even though Cal receiver Geoff McArthur was already out of bounds, Stanford cornerback Leigh Torrence judo-threw him. On another instance before Cal cornerback Tim Mixon even caught the ball, Torrence clobbered him and was subsequently ejected.

  • Any thoughts on any of these incidents?

    For tonight, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: The Wiki-Wiki Duva-Duva DJ Battle presented by Distortion 2 Static
    WHERE: The Depot (inside the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University)
    1600 Holloway Avenue
    San Francisco
    WHEN: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. tonight 11/20
    TIX: No cover; all ages
    WHY: Check out the Bay Area's up-and-coming DJ's


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good point about the violence...seems like it's been on televeision in one form or another recently, be it concerts or live sports (i.e. basketball, football, etc.) on the tube. Looks like violence on tv has now transcended the "fake" shows/dramas and unfortunately has become live events. As a sidenote, the Janet Jackson-Justin Timeberlake incident already soured last year's Super Bowl...are we going to end up putting everything on tape delay so that censors can catch and edit all this stuff going on? What has the would come to?!?! Let's hope it gets better very soon.

    3:52 PM  
    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    as long as there is jerry springer on television, there will be violence in our entertainment media. if theyre so hyped about fighting, send them to iraq. that'll change their minds

    9:11 AM  

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