Hip Hop collective The Roots have been named the new house band for NBC’s “Late Night” when former “Saturday Night Live” actor Jimmy Fallon replaces Conan O’Brien as host in March 2009, reports allhiphop.com. O’Brien will be moved to “The Tonight Show,” where he will replace Jay Leno. Last week, Fallon and The Roots shot a “Late Night” promo clip at the Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia’s Fishtown section.
*A man is in critical condition after being stabbed during a brawl at the 6th annual Urban Music Awards, which took place Saturday at London’s O2 Arena. One other person was treated at a local hospital for minor wounds, reports the Associated Press. Witnesses said chairs and champagne bottles were tossed around during the melee. Estelle, Adele, Leona Lewis, Dizzee Rascal and Duffy were among the performers nominated for awards, but organizers called off the ceremony after the violence.
*Madonna is following in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey in attempting to build a school for underprivileged girls in Africa. The pop icon wants fans to donate money for a school in Malawi, where she adopted her son David Banda in May. “There are very few girls in Africa in general who are encouraged or allowed to go to secondary school, so after spending a lot of time there I realized that one of the ways I could help is to build a girls’ school,” Madonna said in a video on her Web site (http://www.madonna.com/raisingmalawi/). “I would really be grateful if you would get involved and help me in any way that you can, with donations, spreading the word, visiting my Web site, reading about the progress that we’ve made so far.”
*Fila and The Wu-Tang Brand, Ltd. announce their latest product collaboration: the Wu-Tang Weathertech boot, inspired by the classic Fila boot silhouette. The winter boot features an oiled suede upper, molded rubberized vamp, d-ring lacing system and padded ankle collars. It’s emblazoned with the legendary group’s insignia on both the side and the heel tab as well as with signature Wu-Tang yellow highlights. The Wu-Tang boot retails for $100. For a list of retailers, please visit www.fila.com/wutang. In 2007, Fila and the Wu-Tang Brand, Ltd. released a special edition of Fila’s classic Original Tennis Shoe entitled the “C.R.E.A.M.”
*Natalie Cole’s scheduled concert at Spotlight 29 Casino has been moved up one week earlier than previously announced. The concert will now be staged on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009. Tickets purchased for the previous date will be honored for the new date. Cole is back on the road in support of her September release, “Still Unforgettable.” Tickets are available at www.Spotlight29.com, at the Spotlight 29 Casino Gift Shop or by calling Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737. Show time is 8 p.m.