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Sugarhill Gang's 'I Want My Name Back' Heads to DVD This June

Hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang were less than delighted when their former label Sugar Hill Records commandeered their group name.

Their ongoing dispute with the company became the subject of a documentary, which chronicled the origins of the group and their impact on hip-hop history. The founding group members -- Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Mister Gee -- and several rearranged acts would perform under the name during later years. The trio's meteoric rise through the industry was largely due to the success of their track "Rapper's Delight," the first hip-hop record to reach platinum status and gross close to $10 million in sales. Despite the iconic accomplishment, the gang fell from grace after their trusted label copyrighted The Sugarhill name along with their rap monikers.

In 2011, the film, directed by Roger Paradisco, brought to light the legal dispute the group had undergone, vying to receive credit for their contributions to the culture. With guest appearances from Naughty by Nature, Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mell from the Furious Five, the 85-minute production highlights the rise and fall and rise again of the original members of The Sugarhill Gang. The documentary will be available on DVD beginning June 11.

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Miley Cyrus Is Making Music With Mike Will Made It Again After Dissing Hip-Hop

Miley Cyrus recently revealed she’ll be reuniting with Mike Will Made It on her upcoming album, which could be considered a controversial move since shunning hip-hop last year. In a recent interview with the radio station 95.5 PLJ, Cyrus explained that her next album will feature a wide range of genres, one of being hip-hop.

“A song that [Mark Ronson] and I have done together is more rock driven, modern Debbie Harry or Joan Jett,” she said. “Then we've got songs with Mike Will [Made It] that lean more hip-hop and songs with Andrew Wyatt that lean more pop/alternative. I just have kind of everything."

This revelation comes a year after the former Hannah Montana star called out hip-hop and distanced herself from the genre in a interview with Billboard, which prompted many to label her as a culture vulture.

“But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [‘Humble’]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks,’” she said in the interview. “I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my d**k, suck on my c**k.’ I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c**k’ — I am so not that.”

For her fourth-album Bangerz, the former Hannah Montana star called on Mike Will to executive produce the effort. Pharrell Williams and will.i.am to work on the production. French Montana, Future, Nelly and Ludacris were also featured artists on the project.

Cyrus’s recent country-pop/rock effort, Younger Now, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 45,000 equivalent units sold in its first week. The project as a whole failed to garner any certification from the RIAA.

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Oprah Discusses Her Final Days With Her Mother In New Video

Oprah Winfrey opened up about her mother’s recent passing with People. The entertainment mogul recalled her final days with Vernita Lee, who died on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 83.

Winfrey reveals that her mother was in hospice care, and she attempted to find the words to say ‘thank you’ to her mother before she died.

“In hospice care they have a little book about the little conversations,” Winfrey revealed in an interview. “I thought, ‘Isn’t this strange? I am Oprah Winfrey, and I’m reading a hospice care book on what to say at the end.'”

Throughout those final days, Oprah revealed that she enjoyed watching the visiting nurses come in to keep her mother company, even when she didn’t need them.

“She would tear up when she saw them,” she explained. “You could see the appreciation and love she felt for them. Then, I said to her, ‘What a wonderful thing to be able to say goodbye,’ because she’s completely coherent and perfectly understanding everything.”

She also said that her last goodbye to her mother before she passed was very special. She was able to have her good friend, gospel singer Wintley Phipps, FaceTime in and sing the song “Precious Lord.” After the rendition ended, Oprah said her peace.

“What I said was, ‘Thank you. Thank you, because I know it’s been hard for you. It was hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills,’” she continued. “‘Seventeen, you get pregnant with this baby. Lots of people would have told you to give that baby away. Lots of people would’ve told you to abort that baby. You didn’t do that. I know that was hard. I want you to know that no matter what, I know that you always did the best you knew how to do. And look how it turned out.'”

“I feel complete,” she continued. “I feel really, really moved by all the people who’ve reached out to me… I feel like it was as sacred and as blessed as a passing can be.”

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