Kanye Says His New Album is ‘Great Art’
Kanye West says he’s not concerned about whether his new album is a blockbuster, because he’s made “great art” — and he feels really good about it. West’s new CD, “808s & Heartbreak,” was released Monday. It’s a departure for the 31-year-old rapper because it mostly features him singing. West says he was ready to take a risk and he thinks it paid off. Says West: “You know people sometimes don’t understand great art when they first hear it, but I am very confident in it. Whether it sells as much as the last one, or way more, I feel like I am just successful in doing something I felt really good about.” (Continue Reading…)

Bob Johnson Sets Sights on New Urban Cable Network
Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, has asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve plans for a new “urban” television network that would cater to a multicultural audience interested in health, lifestyle, education and other issues, a spokeswoman for Johnson told Journal-isms on Tuesday. (Continue Reading…)

Vigil Marks 2nd Anniversary of Sean Bell Shooting
About 100 people gathered before dawn Tuesday for a candlelight vigil and prayer service on the second anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day that sparked outrage in the black community. The Rev. Al Sharpton and Sean Bell’s fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, led the memorial on the street in Queens where the 23-year-old black man was killed outside a strip club on Nov. 25, 2006 after leaving his bachelor’s party. (Continue Reading…)

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  • I wouldn’t call Kanye’s new album “great art.” Far from it! But I applaud him for taking some chances with it. It was a risky move that I don’t think will pay off for him financially – not like his previous albums have paid off.