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Life of Sugar Hill Records’ Sylvia Heading to Big Screen


Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson records in a studio circa 1958 in New York City

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Sylvia Robinson was considered the mother of hip-hop.

Paula Wagner, the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson.

Sylvia’s son, Joey Robinson, will executive produce and consult on the project, which will cover Robinson’s life as a singer and owner of Sugar Hill Records that, in 1979, had the first rap hit with “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang.

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Melle Mel, lead rapper of the group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, will consult Robinson. Music executive Robert Kraft will co-produce the film.

The film will feature music owned by Sylvia Robinson’s family and administered by Universal Music Publishing Group. (Rhino Records acquired the label’s master recordings in 1995 while the Robinsons retained publishing). Rights to her life story were acquired directly from the family.

In the 1950s, Robinson — born Sylvia Vanderpool — was a blues singer who recorded as Little Sylvia for Columbia and Savoy Records. She was also half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia, who hit No. 11 on the Hot 100 in 1957 with “Love Is Strange.”

Her solo career started in 1973, hitting No. 3 with “Pillow Talk” on the Vibration label owned by her husband, Joe Robinson, which would eventually become Sugar Hill. Sylvia Robinson died in 2011 at the age of 75.

With “Rapper’s Delight,” the Englewood, N.J.-based Sugar Hill was able to claim it had the first rap hit in history. The label would later release landmark records by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, Spoonie Gee and Melle Mel, among them “The Message,” “White Lines” and “Scorpio.”

Gisele Bündchen Tops Forbes List of Highest Paid Models in 2014

Topping this year’s list of Highest Paid Models by a gap big enough to build a new mansion in is Brazilian queen Gisele Bündchen, whose bank-busting $47 million not only outstripped husband Tom Brady’s $31m New England Patriots paycheck, but was nearly five times the earnings of her nearest competitor, Dutchwoman Doutzen Kroes, on $8 million. Highsnob favourite Kate Upton is the list’s highest ranking newcomer, having made $7m in her first year of modelling, outstripping more established talents like Karlie KlossJourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne, who made $4m, $4m and $3.5m respectively. The list itself was calculated by taking into account contracts for advertising, licensing and brand representation, with each figure quoted prior to the deduction of tax and other management fees.

Bow Wow To Co-Star In CBS’ ‘CSI: Cyber’



Hip-hop artist and actor Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, will co-star opposite Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek in CBS‘ midseason series CSI: Cyber. Inspired by the work of real-life cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, the CSI spinoff centers on Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette), who heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. Moss will play Brody “Baby Face” Nelson, a top hacker ordered by a judge to work with Ryan “on loan” to assist with a cyber case or go to prison. Nineteen going on 20, CSICyberNelson is a savant with cyber intrusions. Growing up without any parental guidance, he joined “hacktivist” groups for his extended family. His dilemma will be working for the feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world. “Bow Wow is a gifted young actor who will have the responsibility, through his character, to set an example for young people who watch the show to ‘do what’s right’ even when you know ‘nothing but wrong,’” said CSIfranchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker, who co-created CSI: Cyber with CSI veterans Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn. “It will be a redemption story and a cautionary tale all wrapped into one. The role of Nelson required someone with deep acting chops and off the charts smarts. Shad Moss is a unique talent that possesses both.” Zuiker, Mendelsohn and Donague executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman.

CBS has had success bringing rapper-actors into spinoffs of its top crime procedural franchises — CBS‘ NCIS: LA is toplined by LL Cool J. Currently, Moss, repped by Resolution and BW Management, hosts the BET show 106 & Park.


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