Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away Friday night at the age of 74. He was hospitalized this week with a respiratory condition that his family and doctors feared was being worsened by his existing Parkinson's Syndrome. He became a boxing champion after winning three heavyweight titles but was made legendary by his charismatic charm, quotes, and his work as a humanitarian.
Born in 1942 as Cassius Clay he famously opposed the Vietnam war and was arrested for draft evasion in 1967 citing his religious views and was stripped of his titles. He changed his name after converting to Islam and eventually regained his titles back after winning fights against George Foreman and Joe Frazier.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome in 1984, a result of repeated head trauma, but that never slowed down his work for civil rights or his contributions to the sports and entertainment world. His 2001 biopic Ali earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an Oscar nomination for Will Smith's portrayal. He was a role model for the African-American community and will always be remembered as 'The Greatest.'
Actor Wendell Pierce wasn't feeling the "Bern" in Atlanta Saturday night. The actor who is fresh off of portraying Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in HBO's Confirmation was arrested in the wee hours in the morning after getting into an altercation with a women and her boyfriend. It's reported that everything was fine during a friendly conversation between the three until they got onto the subject of politics. The couple returned to their hotel room where they called the police explaining that once she went into her Bernie rhetoric Pierce became enrage and smacked the women upside the head! Pierce is obviously Team Hillary. Pierce posted $1,000 bond after he was arrested and booked for battery. Wow! It's never a good-look to strangers and politics, especially after 3 AM!
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No, it's not a cruel joke. George Zimmerman listed the gun that took the life of Trayvon Martin for auction on GunBroker.com. Zimmerman describes the Kel- Tec PF-9 9mm on the site as an "American Firearm Icon." He started the biding at $5,000. "The Firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012."
The auction had been taken down but has again been re-listed. TMZ is reporting that it wasn't because the Martin family requested it to be pulled down and NOT because someone has brought it already. Seems like it received more that a few complaints to me, but end the end you can't tell people what to do with their property no matter how controversial. Zimmerman was acquitted for murdering 17 year old Martin, and why he would be trying to capitalize off his death escapes me. What's next, a book? "It Was Defense Not Murder....But If It Was?"
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The Osbourne's marriage hasn't been without it's fair share of rocky roads but this time it may be safe to say that after 33 years of marriage they're splitting for good. Sharon, 63, confirmed the break-up rumors this week on The Talk. She basically caught him cheating & kicked the 67 year old rocker out the family home. Even though he's back in the house Sharon confirmed she has left. She was honest during the taping sitting behind a tall glass of lemonade, an obvious nod to Beyonce's latest album that drips with themes of infidelity, explaining that she has no idea what the last chapter of her life looks like. So, it looks like the couple is headed for a "Grey Divorce", but what is that anyway? It's a new name for a rising trend in couples over 50 that are calling it quits. Sources say that she found out about her husband's latest infidelity by going through his emails and discovering an affair with celebrity hair stylist whom he's been supporting. Now, this isn't the first time they've separated but with celebrities like Halle Berry who gave birth to a son at age 47, Janet Jackson who will be 50 when she has her first child, and now actress Andra McDonald who just announced that she's expecting a baby at age 45, it seems that more and more women are realizing age 40 and beyond could also be the beginning. Not that the mother of three will be having any more children at her age but she obviously feels that this time she can end it with Ozzy and move on.
Here's to Sharon not being Sorry for kicking Ozzy to the curb, hopefully with the support from family she'll find the strength to move on and find her new beginning!
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Celebrity Publicist, Michelle Magee (known for working with acts such as Ludacris, Mr. Cheeks of the Lost Boyz, Waka Flocka and more) has great things to say about rising producer Beanz the Great! This is what she had to say.
"Beanz The Great is a dynamic Beat Maker. His versatile skills give him a library of iconic beats to suit any artists needs. From loud and powerful to melodic whatever your flavor, he's got it!" - Michelle Magee
Jeez Louise, Var Francis is a beast! The rapper from Queens and now in Albany released two music videos yesterday for singles off of his Pay To The Order Of EP he dropped in March. The videos are for "Why You Talking To Me" and "Celebrity" and filmed in NYC and Albany respectively.
The video for "Celebrity" is funny as hell, with the rapper posing as a homeless person for most of the video and then caught hanging out in someone's car they left unlocked. "Why You Talking To Me" is also badass, with Var posing as a geek for much of the footage, and rallying a team of other white collar yuppies working on Wall Street. The verses in the song hit especially hard, and it's clear that even though Var Francis left the streets of Astoria he took that hardcore rhyme style with him.
You can stream the whole Pay To The Order Of EP on the Var Francis SoundCloud and download the EP from iTunes.
Could there be a new album looming? I don't know but Usher seems to be surely leaving bread crumbs that lead straight down to his... Emoji! The R&B star was Snap Chatting some behind the scenes shots from his home and the last pic was of him from his steam-room, naked! He strategically placed the caption - Blowing off Steam- with an emoji in effortless attempt to cover up.
Click The Link Below To See The Steamy Pic! And Don't Forget To Take The Poll!- No pun intended.
Disbelief then shock rocked the world today when it was confirmed that Prince had passed away at age 57. His body was discovered this morning at his home in Paisley Park, MN. Iconic isn't descriptive enough for the life and career of this huge star with a short stature born Prince Roger Nelson.Celebrities and fans over the world are taking the news hard as Prince had just pulled though a health scare. Last week his private jet had to make an emergency landing of as his symptoms of the flu had worsened after a performance. Ironically he had surprised fans just days after the scare to assure the world he was still kicking telling the a crowd in Paisley Park "Wait a couple of days before wasting your prayers!"But with the release of a statement from his attorney fan's celebration has now turned to grief:"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson,has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," said his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.What's worse is that now sources are saying that his emergency landing was actually treatment for a drug overdose! Now, I think it's sad that people are going to automatically assume narcotics but the man was suffering through the flu, does Brittany Murphy ring a bell? The Rock N Roll Hall of Famer solidified his place in history with his release of 1999 in 1982. He went on to win seven Grammys and an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Purple Rain in 1985. His influence on the music industry stretches beyond generations and his absence will be felt forever. Leave Your Reaction Below In The Comments To The News Of Prince's Death & Your Favorite Prince Song!
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Look away Iyanla Vanzant, trust me, you don't want to see this! DMX was a guest on the Drink Champs podcast with N.O.R.E. & DJ EFN and believe me N.O.R.E.'s expressions says it all. X was talking about the street legend of how Diddy came crawling back to him after passing up on signing him. By the time Diddy recognized his talent, DMX was already signed to Def Jam and the rest is history. But you can barely pay attention to the story with all that squirming X is doing- and that voice! You have to watch the video for yourself!
Allen Iverson as a first-ballot Hall Of Fame inductee? Damn right. Things like that don't require much debate. No real revelation: A.I. is in! Changed the entire game - on and off the court. That said, what's very interesting though, is how Iverson spreads it around like a team player. "It" being praise and recognition... to Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook (his protégé), and LeBron James (the one he says has a competitor's heart most like his own). Great talk about career memories, NBA dress code then and now, and more.
Erykah Badu has a new Boo! We're not sure exactly when she and Boondocks creator Carl Jones started dating but you know its not real anyway until it hits social media! The singer re-tweeted Jones' cozy pic of the lovebirds so yeah, its real. Not much is known about Jones besides his producing credits for animated series Boondocks and Black Dynamite.What do you think? Cute couple or Nah? From Jones' caption it seems like these two are vibing on all planes!
"When she's your love, your best friend, your creative partner, your n***a, your...@fatbellybella"
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Quick! Name a soccer legend. Off top, that name you just blurted was Pelé (and if it was someone else's, you are ready to revise right now). Facts. And it looks like this biopic on the brother from Brasil was done right. Bravo! "Pelé: Birth of a Legend" hits theater screens May 13, 2016.
"... the miraculous story of the legendary soccer player's rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17 year old who scored the winning goal in Brazil's first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever."
We still cannot believe it. With great sadness but fondly cherished memories and thankfulness in our hearts, we at JayForce.com salute the recently departed Phife (aka Malik Boyce Taylor). Hip-Hop Nation stand up, salute and reminisce. You could just surf this site, imagine all the Phife-related posts removed, and get an idea of how deep the loss of the Phifer cuts. But you know what, the Tribe's Five-Footer is not 'lost' to us; nor will he ever be. Remember how he spoke to and spoke life to J Dilla and Baatin in the Hereafter in his "Dear Dilla" tribute track a while back? Family, you can do the same thing even now; to and for whomever you have lost. Through the tears that will eventually give way to joy from knowing him... in whatever way you see fit from now on, you can speak life to the Brother #SpeakLifeToPhife
Your 45-year struggle here is done: Rest In Peace, Phife.
(Think ESPN is the only network that can weave Hip-Hop into the broadcast ever so nicely? NO! Watch the dopest news-school tribute to our fallen, but forever fresh friend Phife Dawg. After the jump, there's all that and then some!)
Mic drop! WSB-TVs Mark Arum and Fred Blankenship paid tribute to the late A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg by brilliantly inserting lyrics into the traffic report.
The big-ups were heard 'round the Twitterverse #RIPPhifeDawg
Marshawn Lynch. He 'bout that action, boss!' And above you see a great way Beast Mode is taking action on the other side of the world - teaching American football to a full camp of eager attendees in Egypt. See more about this global sports education effort - American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) - after the jump.
The non-profit organization American Football Without Barriers (AWFBcamp.com & AFWBEgypt2016.com) landed in Cairo, Egypt in March 2016. Hosted by the Egyptian Federation of American Football (EFAF), AFWB taught folks from all ages the proper techniques and fundamentals to play the sport of American football.