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Rap-A-Lot CEO, J-Prince, Donates 100k & Sues Apple, Viacom & BET

Posted By on December 18, 2007

J-Prince (James Prince), the founder of Houston’s Rap-A-Lot Records, gave $100,000 to the Bread of Life Inc.’s “Meals That Heal Program,”  that provides meals to local families and individuals who are in need. The organization, in response officially renamed the kitchen at their Gray St. facility to the “J. Prince Kitchen.” The event was kicked off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and also served to launch the charity’s new monthly “Celebrity Chef Night.” On the third Monday of each month, a Bread of Life will highlight the talents of an individual chef from the city of Houston.

The news with Mr Prince doesn't end there… the CEO recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, BET and Viacom for defamation, according to Information Week. The suit claims that Apple (via iTunes download service) made available an episode of the BET series "American Gangster" that falsely portrays him as a murderer. The lawsuit names Viacom and BET as defendants in the case as well, as they produced and aired the program.

Prince and Thomas Randle (one of his employees), are claiming that
their pictures were shown on promotional spots for "American Gangster"
with the word "murderers" stamped over the photos. The two men also
allege that an episode of the show that aired on October 10 falsely
linked them to the Chicago street gang, The Gangster Disciples. Prince
says that the show has damaged a reputation that he says he built
through positive ventures in the Houston area and is seeking an
unspecified amount in damages.