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|Thurs, September 14, 2017 at 12:55 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
CHICAGO -- Police investigating the death of a teen whose body was found in a hotel freezer say they have interviewed 12 people who were "involved in some way."
Kenneka Jenkins, 19, was found dead in a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois, at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. She had been reported missing by family members about 24 hours before.
After mounting public pressure, police on Wednesday released a statement on the status of their investigation. The Rosemont Public Safety Department said police are conducting "an active death investigation" and detectives have been in daily contact with Tereasa Martin, Jenkins' mother.
Dozens of protesters demanded police provide more information about Jenkins' death on Wednesday, CBS Chicago reports.
Police are analyzing video from 47 hotel cameras as well as "certain videos related to this investigation." On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that police are examining a Facebook Live video that appeared to show Jenkins sitting on a hotel bed with other people in a 9th-floor room.
Police have "located and interviewed" 12 people as part of the investigation, the department said, eight of whom were at the hotel Friday night or early Saturday morning. Police are trying to locate and interview four others who were present that night.
Jenkins' family said she went to a party at the hotel with friends Friday night. Her friends called her family at 4:30 a.m. Saturday saying Jenkins was missing.
After Jenkins' mother filed a police report, hotel staff conducted an 11-hour search and found Jenkins' body in the freezer.
Police said Wednesday that the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office had conducted an autopsy and results are pending.
"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kenneka Jenkins," the department said
|Fri, July 28, 2017 at 6:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Queen Latifah is mostly now known for starring in Hollywood movies like Girls Trip, but she is also one of the most successful female rappers in history.The musician/actress was a recent guest on Ebro In The Morning, and at one point the radio show conversation turned to modern rap. "To me, Hip Hop is back," declared Latifah.The "U.N.I.T.Y." performer shouted out Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. However, she also had some critiques for contemporary Hip Hop music."I feel like a lot of rappers lost their balls. They got soft. When things are going on in the world, like with [Donald] Trump or elections, this was the stuff we chewed on," stated Latifah. She continued, "Where's the flip side to Molly, Percocet? Well, the flip side is that you're missing out on life, you're sleep, you crashed your car. I'm not judging either way. I'm just saying it's always good to have both those sides. Ebro also asked Queen Latifah about being part of the historic moment at 2017 Summer Jam when Remy Ma brought out several femcees.Some fans and pundits took the performance as a diss toward Remy's rival Minaj."I didn't know it was all of us, so I didn't even really think about that," said Latifah about the feud. "People can think and say whatever they wanna say. This wasn't really a moment for all of that. This was a moment for us and for Hip Hop."She also spoke about wanting to hear more female voices in the culture
|Fri, July 28, 2017 at 6:01 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Whenever N.O.R.E. sits down for an interview, the audience knows they are about to get some great content.The emcee-turned-podcaster stopped by The Breakfast Club once again, and the nearly 50-minute discussion covered a bunch of topics. At one point, N.O.R.E talked about getting a chance to speak with his formal rival Prodigy the day before he passed away in Las Vegas.The "Superthug" rapper was also asked about the reasoning behind the Mobb Deep member's commemoration mural repeatedly being defaced. "It came from a big homie that's in jail that don't have nothing," N.O.R.E. explained. "Prodigy's book hurt a lot of people - dead, in jail, alive. The guy that's up north, he's a respectable guy. He sent the word, and it's official."Later in the interview, the conversation turned to DAMN creator Kendrick Lamar and his relationship with certain media outlets. "The first time I ever felt part of the media is when Kendrick Lamar's album came out. It was a secret email going around: 'Kendrick's sh-t is the sh-t. Let's promote Kendrick.' And then his first interview he did was with Zane Lowe, said the Drink Champs host. "We get it, but what we got to think is we got to start supporting us. That first interview should have been with somebody black-related, Hip Hop-related. N.O.R.E. acknowledged Lowe's race should not prevent him from doing an interview with Lamar, but he added, "Everybody in black media was a little turned off because Zane Lowe - that's not the person you think of. You think of Breakfast Club, Power 105, Hot 97, Big Boy, Sway, Drink Champs. Then for it to go to Zane Lowe, I seen the anger
|Thurs, July 20, 2017 at 4:31 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Leave it to Jay Z to break his own record - or at the very least, hold fast to his title, as he remains the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums to his name after the release of his latest full-length effort. The first week of sales numbers are in, and 4:44 - Jay-Z's hugely personal, 13th studio album - came in first on the Billboard 200. It's his 14th album to do so, taking his collaborative efforts with Kanye West(2011's Watch the Throne), Linkin Park, and R. Kelly into consideration. That means that every single Hov album save hist first two - 1996's Reasonable Doubt, and 1997's In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 - has come out a winner within days of its initial drop.4:44 moved 262,000 units, and that discounts the streaming via Tidal and promotional giveaways courtesy of Sprint that were available to fans before July 7, when the album hit digital retailers and other streaming services (except for Spotify). Compared to his 2017 competition, Jay-Z's latest is now officially the fourth best debut of the year. Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is the reigning champ, having sold 603,000 units; Drake followed that up with More Life(505,000), and Ed Sheeran comes in third with ÷ (451,000).Mr. Carter is likely celebrating this massive achievement with his gorgeous family today, so go do the same and stream 4:44 while you're at it
|Thurs, July 20, 2017 at 4:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with an ever-changing mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday. He was 41.Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities are investigating Bennington''''s death as an apparent suicide at Palos Verdes Estates, a small coastal city near Los Angeles but no additional details are available.Band co-founder and producer Mike Shinoda said on Twitter he was "shocked and saddened.""Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends," Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement.The Grammy Award-winning group sold 10 million copies of their 2000 debut, "Hybrid Theory," and then another 4 million with 2003''''s multiplatinum "Meteora." Both albums explored feelings of frustration and fury.Bennington''''s voice could soar with piercing strength or descend to a whisper. Rolling Stone once called it a "shrapnel-laced howl that sounds like it comes from someone twice his size."The band also sold millions with its remix album, "Reanimation," and its mash-up record with Jay-Z, "Collision Course." They won Grammys for best hard rock performance in 2001 for "Crawling" and best rap/sung collaboration for "Numb/Encore" in 2005. Linkin Park was on tour and had a show at New York''''s Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He said he had been sexually abused as a child and was homeless for months before the band found fame.Linkin Park released their most recent album, "One More Light," in May. It was a CD that divided critics and fans alike for its embrace of moody pop. One song on the album, "Heavy," opens with the words: "I don''''t like my mind right now."Although the band had always experimented with different sounds, some claimed Linkin Park had sold out, which Bennington denied. "One More Light" became the band''''s fifth No. 1 album debut on the Billboard 200."If you like the music, fantastic. If you don''''t like it, that''''s your opinion too. Fantastic. If you''''re saying we''''re doing what we''''re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula. then stab yourself in the face!" he told NME magazine.Bennington was close friends with Chris Cornell, who died by hanging earlier this year, and performed Leonard Cohen''''s "Hallelujah" at the Soundgarden singer''''s memorial in late May.