It is sad – but im not sure anyone cares?

The boss of US hip-hop music label Def Jam has shot himself dead.

Shakir Stewart

Stewart had been responsible for day-to-day running of Def Jam

Shakir Stewart, 34, was found on Saturday afternoon in the bathroom of his home in the suburb of Marietta, Cobb County, Atlanta police spokeswoman Cassie Reece said.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police described the shooting as self-inflicted.

Stewart had replaced Jay-Z as executive vice president of the New York-based company in June.

Def Jam, whose artists include Rihanna, LL Cool J and Ne-Yo, issued a statement on behalf of Stewart’s fiancee, Michelle Rivers, and his family.

“Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behaviour was inconsistent with the man we all know and love,” it said.

“As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence.”

Jay-Z Reveals His Love For London

Stewart replaced Jay-Z

The label described Stewart as “a truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend”.

Stewart signed artists including Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to Def Jam before being promoted to an executive role.

He previously worked with the Hitco publishing company, where he signed Beyonce, and Arista Records, where he signed &B star Ciara.

Christopher Hicks, a fellow music executive and Stewart’s friend for 18 years, said he was “one of a kind”.

“Whatever happened over the past 24 hours is not a testament to who we all know,” Hicks said.

Its new – its crazy – its malemaphobia!!

Johannesburg – The ANC Youth League wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to stop breakaway leader Mosiuoa Lekota from referring to its president Julius Malema’s controversial “kill for Zuma” comments, saying it violated the league’s integrity.

“We believe that the continued allegations and utterances by Mr Lekota that the ANCYL or any of its members are potential murderers and/or assassins violate our rights to integrity as individual members of the ANCYL and as an organisation,” the league said in a statement on Monday.

Lekota, and other speakers at this weekend’s SA National Convention, which set a date for the formation of a new political party, honed in on Malema’s statement at a Youth Day rally on June 16 as behaviour that they found unacceptable within the ANC.

The SAHRC had to deal with complaints after Malema made the comment, and more complaints came when Congress of SA Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi appeared to use similar words at the funeral of a political associate.

The commission was seen to lose some of its punch when it accepted Malema’s assurance that he would not use the word kill again, and Vavi’s explanation that he had been selectively quoted as he expressed unwavering support for ANC comrades.

Continued reference to Malema’s statement has been described as “Malemaphobia” by the ANC, which said it had discussed and settled the matter with Malema.

Some people you just dont annoy – no matter who you support!

Nelson Mandela, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Michael Schumacher etc etc.

There are some people in this world who you cannot question in their area of expertise – dont get me wrong im not comparing Nelson to Tiger in any way other than they have both achieved a certain level of ‘Holiness’ in their respective arenas. This level allows them to do and say pretty much whatever they want without STUPID IGNORANT PEASANTS from questioning them!

Alex Furgeson is one of these people – no matter who your team is and which part of the world you hail from you must agree that Sir Alex is the greatest club coach of all time!



Manchester – Sir Alex Ferguson’s dispute with Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon escalated on Friday as the Manchester United manager responded to the latest insult to come from Spain.

Calderon used a Madrid-based newspaper sympathetic to his club to describe Ferguson as “senile”, after the United manager referred to Real’s historic links with former Spanish dictator Franco.

Relations between what are, arguably, the two biggest football clubs in the world have been strained in the wake of Real’s summer pursuit of United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

And while Ferguson claimed he did not want to become embroiled in a war of words with his bitter rival on Friday, he could not resist a short, sharp response.

“He has a few strange things to say every week,” said Ferguson of Calderon.

“There is a lot of hot air comes out of that man and I’m not going to get involved in it.

“I think he is very disappointed not to get Ronaldo and I’m delighted to say he is still here. I’ll keep saying that.”

The fastest way to get your ass kicked – be NAIVE!


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Zuma: Remain steadfast
31/10/2008 17:10  – (SA)

Cape Town – ANC president Jacob Zuma urged ANC members on Friday to remain steadfast in the principles and traditions of the movement.

“The ANC will never stray from the culture and traditions of our movement,” he said in a newsletter on the ANC website. “We confirm that we will continue to draw inspiration from the lessons gained from the lives of Comrades Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Joe Slovo, Beyers Naude, Braam Fischer, Chris Hani, Dorothy Nyembe, Florence Mophosho, Billy Nair and many others,” Zuma said. “In memory of these heroes of our struggle, we urge all ANC members to remain steadfast in the principles and traditions of the movement.”

Zuma said party members should not be swayed into “negative action by the anger arising out of the new phenomenon” of some ANC members who were calling a convention to discuss the formation of a new political party.

“We wish the adventurists luck, and are pleased that many are coming out and are resigning from the ANC. We expect the convention to unmask many others who will hopefully also leave the ANC in peace without any further delay,” Zuma said.

“The ANC lives, it leads, it is strong, and it will lead this country for decades to come, depending on the will of the people as expressed in the Freedom Charter.”

The ANC remained unfazed by the occurrences of the past few weeks.

The ANC was not for the faint-hearted. If it were, it would not have had leaders of the calibre of Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela, Zuma said.


Jules – seriously man – stay out of the spotlight!

When you behave like a spoilt brat - you get BEATEN!!
When you behave like a spoilt brat - you get BEATEN!!

You can call ANC Youth League president Julius Malema many things, but law student isn’t one of them.

The University of South Africa on Tuesday, without any request to do so, categorically denied that Malema had ever been registered for a Unisa law degree, despite his publicised claims to the contrary.

According to Unisa spokesperson Doreen Gough, Malema had registered for two non-formal “access courses” in law and arts at the university but had “not made any further progress” in them.

Access courses are specifically aimed at students who fail to obtain a matric exemption and hope in the future to get access to the university to get a degree.

“These two courses consist of three or four modules, and Malema didn’t complete either,” said Gough.

“He is currently not a student at Unisa and he has definitely not passed anything here.”

This guy has to be my best politician ever!!! I dont think he will even graduate to the big boys ANC!


ANC Youth League President Julius Malema scraped through matric with an H in maths and a G in woodwork, both on the Standard Grade (SG).

While the league has branded the emailed list of Malema’s lacklustre results as a “faked” attempt to discredit him, Independent Newspapers has established that the results are real.

A senior source at the department of education this week confirmed that a digital copy of Malema’s results is “genuine”.

The email reveals that Malema, 27, passed matric with Es in Sepedi HG and second language Afrikaans HG, an F in geography HG, D in history SG and a C in second language English HG, the latter being his highest mark.

When initially approached for comment on Malema’s results, which he reportedly obtained at the age of 21, youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was adamant that they were “fake”.

“We as the youth league became aware of this (email) early last week and we regard it as not being a reflection of reality that is designed to discredit our leadership.

“You can see from how these results were written that they are not real.”

He added that the youth league had considered consulting computer experts about establishing the source of the email, which he said he believed was someone “with an agenda”.

He, however, declined to reveal what Malema’s “real” results were, stating that the youth league was “not focused on the individual, but the collective”.

Contacted by Independent Newspapers on Thursday, after the education department confirmed the authenticity of the results, Shivambu reiterated that “as far as we’re concerned, these results are not a reflection of reality”.

Besides, he said, “we are not preoccupied with personal achievements in the ANC Youth League… we don’t want to look at personal achievements”.

“This really is not much of a crisis for us; it won’t keep us awake at night.”

Malema, who could not be reached for comment, has previously admitted that he failed both Grades 8 and 9, but said this was because he could not contain his excitement about joining Cosas (Congress of South African Students).

He reportedly never achieved more than 60 percent in any of his school subjects during this time.

Despite his poor results, Malema successfully registered for a law degree at Unisa.