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After almost a decade of false starts, super-producer Dr. Dre is finally in the lab bringing Detox to life.
But does the Good Doctor have the prescription hip-hop has been waiting for?

Words: Jerry L. Barrow II Photos: Scott Council

JIMMY IOVINE’S GOT his game face on. The Interscope Records co-founder has had a long and prosperous relationship with Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre, hip hop’s foremost sonic architect. From Death Row to the Aftermath, Shady and G Unit imprints, Jimmy and Dre have left an indelible mark on the last two decades of popular music, moving more than 50 million albums together. But time is running short, and it’s clear in Iovine’s expression. He has been waiting for more than a decade for Dr. Dre to turn in his near-mythical album Detox—the follow-up to Dr. Dre 2001, which dropped in late 1999.


Andre Young—a founding member of N.W.A and the sonic mastermind who introduced the world to Snoop Doggy  Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and The Game—has never done things the usual way. Between rumors, missed release dates and side projects (Beats By Dr. Dre headphones are reportedly up to a million units sold, with estimated revenues of $50 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 alone), his fans have had their loyalty tested time and again. “You can’t rush Dre,” says fellow N.W.A alum Ice Cube. “He’s changed music twice already.” But that is small consolation for folks who haven’t had a new Dr. Dre album since President Clinton was in office.


Relief may finally be on the way. Several days after being honored at the 2010 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards by his artist and friend Eminem, a smile is etched across Dr. Dre’s chiseled 45-year-old face. On an unseasonably cold June day in Santa Monica, he’s dressed in a long-sleeved white T-shirt and jeans, and his 215 pounds of muscle have him looking more like a superhero than a record producer. A mini-vacation with his wife of 14 years, Nicole, and the news that Eminem’s Recovery has debuted with more than 700,000 copies sold have the Aftermath CEO “feeling better than most days.”


It’s quiet in the sanctuary of his studio/nightclub across the street from the Interscope offices. This is where Dre tests out new music during private parties for friends. But today it’s all business.


An unfinished leak of the Jay-Z collab “Under Pressure” has lived up to its namesake, and the man who once rhymed “fuck rap, you can have it back” knows that it’s time to make his impression felt again. Sit back, relax and strap on your seatbelt.


VIBE: You were dismantling component systems as a kid. What’s it like having your own brand of headphones?

Dr. Dre: It felt so organic. It’s not something I just put my name on. We designed this thing from the ground up. It took like two years to put this together. We were tweaking it the entire time ‘til we got the sound exactly the way we want it. I got to do a side-by-side comparison between the Beats and Bose . . . I feel like hands down we got ’em beat as far as style and fashion goes and as far as the sound. We got ‘em beat because guys that actually make music get the sound on these. Nobody’s gonna be able to compete with us as far as headphones.


Diddy has Diddybeats and Lady Gaga has Heartbeats—both of which you helped set up—then Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has a headphone deal with Skull Candy, which also did a line with Snoop. How do you feel about the competition?

It’ a compliment on the one hand but on the other hand it’s like “Yo, this is my thing here. What’s going on?” [Laughs.] It’s all good. I’m not trying to knock anybody’s hustle. But like I said, nobody is going to be able to beat us at this game.


You also have a laptop complement to the headphones, correct?

The HP Envy. We’re trying to improve the sound in computers and laptops. These guys aren’t thinking about sound when they build these computers and the majority of people are listening to music on computers. So you might as well hear it the right way.


Why headphones as opposed to, say, a beat-making program?

That’s something I want to get into and the headphones were a good start. I want to get into putting out my own drum sounds and maybe a beat machine. We’re talking about iPod docks, car stereos and an entire line. We’re also doing a headphone with LeBron James called PowerBeats. They’re earbuds but they wrap around the ear. Each bud has two drivers so it sounds a little louder. You can hear the 808 in these. I’ve been wearing the prototype every day to work out.


So will Detox be streamed wirelessly into the Beats headphones?

In a perfect word, yes. Me and Jimmy talk about this all the time. It was supposed to be my album promoting the headphones, but it’s gonna be the other way around now. It’s gonna be a two-for-one thing. As soon as we finish this interview I’m going into the studio and get it on. I know it’s taking a long time but it’s not 100 percent work on my album that I’m doing every day. That’s why it’s taking so long. It’s been almost ten years since my last album [It’s actually been more than 10 years. —Ed.] but I haven’t been sitting on my hands. Keeping it real with you, I just started really getting involved in it and really feeling it this year. Around January or February. Before now I was kind of doing it more out of obligation, but now I really feel it inside and it’s pouring out right now. Music comes out much better when you’re in that frame of mind.

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2019 Bronx Book Festival Unveils Exciting Schedule

Beginning June 8, literary supporters will be able to indulge in a series of diverse panels that'll highlight books and passages essential to everyday life. The Bronx Book Festival's series of events, scheduled to take place at Fordham Plaza & Fordham University, features authors from different genres gathering in one area to discuss publishing, mental health in writing, and young adult novels.

Take a look at the festival's schedule below and register for the free event here.


Panel: Publishing Debunked Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Location: Fordham Plaza Main Stage Panelists: Norma Perez-Hernandez (Assistant Editor at Kensington), Joshunda Sanders (I Can Write The World), Queressa Robinson (Literary Agent at Nelson Literary Agency), Alexis Daria (Take the Lead) Moderator: Saraciea J. Fennell, founder of The Bronx is Reading Description: Join editors, agents, and authors from the Bronx as they debunk the publishing industry for Bronxites. Signing: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel: Indie Power Hour Time: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Main Stage Description: Join three Bronx-based indie authors as they read from their current works. Readers include Joshunda Sanders (I Can Write The World), Josue Caceres (Bronx Stories & Heartbreak), Yajaira Eduardo (If at First You Don’t Succeed)

Panel: Seeds & Roots: Community (re)Building in Fiction Time: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Main Stage Panelists: Wayétu Moore (She Would Be King), K Arsenault Rivera (The Phoenix Empress), Darnell L. Moore (No Ashes in the Fire) Moderator: Stephanie Jimenez (They Could Have Named Her Anything) Description: How do we reconcile the injustices of our world with our fears, hopes, and dreams? The notion of planting seeds and putting down roots constantly emerges in fiction but which themes require a new perspective and which themes are everlasting? Writers will come together to talk about how their work exposes the ways that we build community - whether through heartbreak and healing in relationships, spiritual awakening, or retelling the births of our nations. Signing: 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: Monsters and Transformation in SFF Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Main Stage Panelists: Wayétu Moore (She Would Be King), Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby), Katharine Duckett (Miranda in Milan), K Arsenault Rivera (The Phoenix Empress) Moderator: Ruoxi Chen, Assistant Editor at Tor.com Publishing Description: From the creature from the Black Lagoon to Dracula, monsters have been a core part of science fiction & fantasy since the inception of the genre. But what makes a monster? Is it magic, science-gone-wrong, or something else entirely? What transforms something—or someone—into a terrifying entity? Is it possible that one person's monster is another person's miracle? Join authors Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby and War Girls), Katharine Duckett (Miranda in Milan), K. Arsenault Rivera (The Tiger's Daughter), and Wayétu Moore (She Who Would Be King) as they discuss all things monstrous—and geek out over their favorite monsters from SFF literature. Moderated by Ruoxi Chen, part of Tor.com Publishing editorial staff. Signing: 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Panel: Romance 101 Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Main Stage Panelists: Adriana Herrera (American Dreamer), Alexis Daria (Take the Lead), Tia Williams (The Perfect Find) Moderator: Norma Perez-Hernandez, Assistant Editor at Kensington Description: Why love? Writers discuss why they're drawn to stories of love and romance, particularly in a political climate of hate and violence. How do writers let their guards down so that their characters and their readers experience the ups and downs of love? Signing: 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Panel: Your Block, My Block: Setting the Stage in Literature Time: 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Main Stage Panelists: Richie Narvarro (Hipster Death Rattle), Sarina Prabasi (The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times), Lisa Ko (The Leavers) Moderator: Angie Cruz (Dominicana) Description: The "city" is often synonymous with Manhattan, 42nd Street, Herald Square. But what other spaces in NYC open up new conceptions of what it means to survive and thrive in "the city that never sleeps." Writers will convene to discuss the significance of essential city moments in their works. What are some of the joys and challenges of writing about NYC? What do authors fear they may get wrong? What are the payoffs of getting it right? How does setting connect readers to the works' fictional characters? Signing: 5:45 AM – 6:15 PM


Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Location: Young Readers Stage Activity Hour / Scholastic Giveaways & Photo Op w/ Dog Man

Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Location: Young Readers Stage Author/Illustrator: Alvin Arby (Gross Greg) Description: Join Alvin Arby, founder and Chief Reading Inspirer of Barbershop Books, and winner of the National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading Prize as he reads from his picture book Gross Greg. Signing: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Location: Young Readers Stage Author/Illustrator: Sulma Arzu-Brown (Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe) Description: Join Bronx-based Garifuna author, Sulma Arzu-Brown as she reads from her picture book Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe in English and in Spanish. Signing: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Time: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Location: Young Readers Stage Author/Illustrator: Anika Aldamuy Denise (Planting Stories / Sembrando Historias) Description: Join Anika Aldamuy Denise as she reads from her picture book Planting Stories in English and in Spanish. Signing: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel: Battle of the Cartoonist Time: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Location: Young Readers Stage Panelists: Booki Vivat (Frazzled #3), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends), Jerry Craft (New Kid), Mike Cavallaro (Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades) Description: Join illustrators and cartoonists as they team up and battle it out to see which cartoonist is the best. Signing: 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Location: Young Readers Stage Activity Hour / Scholastic Giveaways & Photo Op w/ Dog Man

Panel: Las Musas Presents: Expanding The Face of Latinx Kid Lit Time: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Young Readers Stage Panelists: Emma Otheguy (Silver Meadows), Sulma Arzu-Brown (Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe), NoNieqa Ramos (The Truth Is, and Disturbed Girls Dictionary), Mia Garcia (The Resolutions) Moderator: Torrey Maldonado (Tight) Description: The Latinx community spans over 52 million people in the US alone, but in 2017 only 5.8% of the children's books published featured Latinx characters. Las Musas was formed as a way to uplift debut Latinx voices writing in the fields of picture book, middle grade and YA. Join these authors as they discuss their voice, Latinx literature, and what’s next. Signing: 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: I Got This: Believing in Yourself and Overcoming Adversity Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Young Readers Stage Panelists: Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends), Booki Vivat (Frazzled#3: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties), Jerry Craft (New Kid), Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis and Hero Next Door) Moderator: Ellen Oh (Founder, We Need Diverse Books) Description: Standing up for yourself, navigating new friends, and never giving up hope in yourself and others are all important aspects of growing up. The struggles of these characters are both written and illustrated for readers. Join as these authors discuss the importance of bravery, self-confidence, friendships, and more. Signing: 2:45 PM – 3: 15 PM

Panel: Sketch, Draw, Ink, Repeat. Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Young Readers Stage Panelists: Mike Cavallaro (Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades), George O’Connor (Hephaistos), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends), Booki Vivat (Frazzled#3: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties) Moderator: Alex Rivera, The Bronxer Description: Join graphic novelists and illustrators as they discuss the ins and outs of graphic novel publishing, sketch techniques, and what it’s really like being an artist. Signing: 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Panel: Journeys That Change Us Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Location: Fordham Plaza Young Readers Stage Panelists: Kheryn Callender (Hurricane Child), Torrey Maldonado (Tight), Carlos Hernandez (Sal & Gabi Break The Universe), Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Two Naomis) Moderator: Natasha Diaz (Color Me In) Description: The characters in these middle-grade books are embarking on journeys filled with new challenges, tough choices, and even harder obstacles whether fantastical or realistic. Join as as these authors discuss their latest books and their own journeys. Signing: 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM


MORNING KEYNOTE Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Speaker: To Be Announced Signing: 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Panel: Swoon Reads Presents: Finding Your Voice in Contemporary YA Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Panelists: Kristina Forest (I Wanna Be Where You Are), Claire Kann (If It Makes You Happy), Colleen AF Venable (Kiss Number 8), Sandy Hall (A Prom to Remember) Moderator: Ashley Woodfolk Description: Sometimes the hardest part of writing is nailing the many facets of a novel’s voice. In this panel, four contemporary YA authors discuss the best ways to discover and create a realistic teen experience through dialogue, narration, and a character’s most intimate thoughts. From small town stardom, to a series of messy kisses, to teen milestones (like prom and unforgettable road trips), these authors are experts at bringing their characters to life on the page. Signing: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Activity Hour / NIKE Sponsored event

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE Time: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Speaker: Lilliam Rivera (Dealing in Dreams) Description: Lilliam Rivera will be in conversation with Founder, Saraciea J. Fennell Signing: 1:45 PM – 2:20 PM

Panel: #SquadGoals: Radical Friendships, Love and Belonging Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Panelists: Mia Garcia (The Resolutions), Nic Stone (Odd One Out), Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always), Kheryn Callender (This Kind of an Epic Love Story), Claire Kann (If It Makes You Happy) Moderator: Mark Oshiro (Anger is a Gift) Description: In these YA novels, writing and reading about intimacy and friendship for marginalized communities is a radical act. Join as the authors, discuss how love, friendship, and belonging are so clearly intertwined during some of the most tumultuous years of teens’ lives. Signing: 2:45 PM – 3: 15 PM

Panel: Reclaiming Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Imagining New Worlds Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Panelists: Tochi Onyebuchi (Crown of Thunder), Ellen Oh (A Thousand Beginnings and Endings), K Arsenault Rivera (The Phoenix Empress) Moderator: Kat Cho (Wicked Fox) Description: While the space of young adult fantasy and science-fiction has long been dominated by predominantly white authors, there has been an incredible shift thanks to diverse voices being lifted up. In this panel, you’ll meet some of the amazing authors who are reclaiming the genres and infusing them with their own cultures that create new, exciting, and magical worlds. Signing: 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Panel: Mapping Mental Health Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Panelists: Mark Oshiro (Anger is a Gift), Emily X. R. Pan (The Astonishing Color of After), Erika Sanchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter), Ashley Woodfolk (The Beauty that Remains), Moderator: Alex Villasante (The Grief Keeper) Description: Grief and trauma affect us all in ways we might never have imagined, appearing in ways that can be confusing to pin down. So what does it mean to put it on the page? From depression and anxiety to panic attacks and suicide, these writers pen characters that work their way through, and live with, experiences still shrouded in stigma. Join them as they discuss how their approach to writing about mental health and honoring their characters’ journeys with it confronts that stigma. Signing: 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel: #ItsComplicated: Tackling Social & Family Issues in YA Time: 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Panelists: Sara Farizan (Here I Stay), Alex Villasante (The Grief Keeper), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming, Let Me Hear a Rhyme), Nic Stone (Dear Martin, Odd One Out) Moderator: Kay Blake, Founder of Bookish Brown Girls Description: These young adult novels tackle the complexities of social and familial issues of diverse teens. From the quickly-evolving gentrification of neighborhoods, to the lack of attention to missing Black girls, and Islamophobia. Join as these three authors discuss the teen protagonists in their novels and the issues they, and real teens of color, face. Signing: 5:45 AM – 6:15 PM

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: Fordham University Young Adult Stage Activity Hour / NIKE Sponsored event

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Atlanta Man Who Scammed Woman For $80K After Meeting On Dating Site Arrested In Tennessee

A seasoned schemer who scammed a woman out of $80,000 after a week of dating has been arrested.

CBS46 reports John Martin Hill was arrested on Tuesday night (May 21) in Tennessee. Hill, who had a history of grifting, met a woman on dating website Match.com. Hill reportedly told the unidentified woman that he was a millionaire and within a week of their first meeting, the two had agreed to get married.

They went house-hunting together and the victim provided Hill with more than $80,000 to purchase the house and furniture to accompany it. Once she sent the money, the victim says that Hill never reached out to her again.

Authorities discovered the 35-year-old suspect changed his name more than five times in less than three years, and that he resides in Duluth, GA in an apartment with a woman and a child.

John Martin Hill was arrested yesterday in Franklin, TN. He is at the Williamson County Jail.

We are thankful that the victim in our case came forward & reported this crime. Any other victims should contact their local police department.

Details: https://t.co/z1jZ9v8DYO pic.twitter.com/svatgLMA9v

— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) May 22, 2019

As was reported by Fox 32 Chicago, the police also believe this isn't the first time Hill has committed a crime of this nature. His name has been thrown around in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia for committing similar acts.

Hill was reportedly charged with felony theft by deception.

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Justice For Junior: Testifying Witness Says Hit Has Been Placed On His Life

Kevin Alvarez, one of several Trinitarios gang members responsible for the barbarous June 2018 murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, was indicted on murder charges.

However, after striking a deal with the prosecution, which involves flipping on his co-conspirators, Alvarez pled guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy and faces 25 years in prison. According to the 20-year-old, a death sentence has been placed on him for "doing something bad" like snitching to cops.

“They go out and look for you in groups until they find you and kill you,” he said. Alvarez said for "doing something bad

In a packed courtroom, Monday (May 21) he nervously identified the five others responsible for the vicious stabbing death of the Bronx teen. Alvarez said he drove one of the four cars to chase Junior and revealed the 15-year-old tried to run into nearby St. Barnabas Hospital for help, but blocked him, which is why Junior then ran into a bodega.

Alvarez said he assumed Junior was in another gang and involved in a rival shooting.

He then explained that he was the one who pushed the bodega door open, helped to drag Junior out and repeatedly punched and kicked Junior in the head while he was down. Junior tried to tell him he wasn't the person they were looking for, but Alvarez and co. didn't listen.

Video of Junior’s murder played again in court in slow motion. Junior’s mom with their heads between her knees, cried quietly throughout. #JusticeForJunior pic.twitter.com/APqZ2k8Odh

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 21, 2019

The prosecution then played the heartwrenching footage from the bodega. Reportedly, Junior's mother turned away and kept her head between her knees crying.

If all members of the Trinitarios gang are convicted, they face life in prison.

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