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|Fri, December 14, 2018 at 3:12 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy-winning artist who was also known for being called a "song stylist," has died, her manager stated.She was 81 years of age.Wilson passed away peacefully Thursday at her home after a long illness, her manager, Devra Hall Levy, said.The vocalist from Chillicothe, Ohio, initially focused on R&B music but later excelled at jazz ballads and torch songs.She made her debut with her 1961's single, "Guess Who I Saw Today."Wilson's biggest hit came in 1964 with "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which rose through the charts to the #11 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 singles and earned her a Grammy Award for best R&B recording.She would win two more Grammy Awards, in 2005 and 2007.In the 1990s, Wilson became the host of National Public Radio's "Jazz Profiles," a documentary series featuring jazz legends and the music legacy.After a musical and acting career spanning more than six decades, she retired from live performances in 2011. She wanted "to spend all of her time with her family, especially her grandchildren," according to sources.
She will be missed and appreciated._______________________________________________
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|Tue, December 11, 2018 at 1:40 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Despite the drama they've gone through in recent years, Torrei Hart is standing by her ex husband after he was accused of being homophobic.The 40-year-old comedienne / entrepreneur set the record straight during a brief interview with Inside Edition. "He's not. He's a comedian and he was just making a joke," she explained.Going back to jokes her ex Kevin Hart made about the possibility of their son being gay in his 2010 stand up comedy show Seriously Funny, Torrei Hart added, "I don't think, of course, he wants a gay son of course, you want your son to be like you but I think definitely if our son was to turn up gay I don't think he would be homophobic about it. I think he would embrace him and love him the same."Shutting down requests and demands for her ex to apologize, Hart explained, "I stand with him, I don't think he should have apologized. I think they should still have him host. I mean, who are they going to get? Mother Thersea?"A mere 24-hours after Kevin Hart was announced as the host of the Academy Awards, old tweets of the comedian making anti-LGBTQ comments surfaced. After issuing a video explaining why he would not apologize, Hart announced his decision to step down from hosting the show, and issued an apology to the LGBTQ community.WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?? POST YOUR OPINIONS BELOW OR IN THE BLACKTOPIA FACEBOOK GROUP.https://www.facebook.com/groups/446575245495210/______________________________________________________________Advertise with Blacktopia by e-mailing BlacktopiaBusiness@gmail.com______________________________________________________________Kevin Hart's old tweets isn't the only thing stirring up controversy these days.... RAPPER DA MIND is also turning heads and widening eyes with his controversial and unconventional opinions! Get more updates on DA MIND at his official web blog at http://www.DaMindBlog.blogspot.com
|Sun, December 9, 2018 at 12:12 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Former NFL running back Ricky Williams announced on Thursday the "Freedom Football League". Williams, Terrell Owens and Simeon Rice are among the names associated with the league.According to Williams, there are about 100 stakeholders with 50 former players among them."It's a new spring football league," Williams said on ESPN on Thursday. "And it's for the fans and it's by the players. It all started with a bunch of guys sitting around a table, talking about the good old days and realizing 'you know? We have a lot of experience. We've been there before, we know how to do it, what if we started a league and really made it about developing young men?'"- Ricky Williams
Other names that have emerged as owners are Jeff Garcia and former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson.According to ESPN, games will be in the spring and summer (avoiding colliding with the behemoth that is the NFL) and there will initially be 10 teams. The Freedom Football League's mission statement is: "To attract football players at their highest level of athletic ability, including those defecting from the NFL, graduating college or high school or playing in international or alternative professional football leagues."One of the league's ultimate goals is to allow people to play football who are out of the NFL or even looking to get back into it. The league is to be funded both privately and publicly, so when Williams says it will be "partly owned by the players, partly owned by the fans, and partly owned by the operators," he really means it!Williams even delved a bit into the political side of the league."We're trying to develop young men," he said on "Outside the Lines." "You can't take away their voice and expect them to develop. ... When I grew up watching football, I really wanted to be like Jim Brown, not because of what he did on a field, but because he could take that platform and have a voice. And so, when I got to the NFL expecting that to be the case, anytime a big social issue came up we were told: 'Be quiet ... It's a distraction.' And so really [we're] changing the conversation."If anything, the league looks like the BIG3, in which former NBA players have been playing in 3v3 basketball. Players like Allen Iverson headline that league, which was founded by Ice Cube. While the rules of this league are likely nowhere near being released, it's likely we can expect the league to be some form of 7-on-7 in which the emphasis is on bigger plays and making sure the players are safe.
Also with a name like "FREEDOM" hopefully we can expect the players to stand up for what they believe in without suffering the same fate as Colin Kaepernick! Perhaps Colin will make his return to the sport by being offered a contract for one of the teams in the Freedom Football League!This is amazing news to see many former black NFL players separate from the NFL and starting their own league! Keep checking back with Blacktopia for more news, updates and additional information on the FREEDOM FOOTBALL LEAGUE!_____________________________Advertise your product, service or brand with Blacktopia! E-mail BlacktopiaBusiness@gmail.com for more information. ____________________________Get updates, information and new music from rising Georgia based rapper DA MIND at his official promo blog http://www.DaMindblog.blogspot.com
|Fri, December 7, 2018 at 9:58 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Renowned comedian and comedic actor Kevin Hart was recently announced as host of the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards, and Thursday evening he had stepped down.
The turn of events followed outcry over previous anti-gay tweets, and comments Hart made during stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago. Some of the tweets were feverishly deleted throughout the day on Thursday, leading to an Instagram video from the comedian in which he stated...
"My team calls me, 'Oh my God, Kevin, everyone's upset by tweets you did years ago,'" he said in that video. "Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify the past, do you. I'm the wrong guy, man."
Those words rang as a defiant non-apology for many in the LGBTQ community. Hours later, Hart resurfaced with another video stating that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum: Apologize or we'll find a new host.
"I chose to pass on the apology," the 39-year-old actor-comedian said in the video. "The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I've addressed it. I've spoken on it. I've said where the rights and wrongs were. I've said who I am now versus who I was then. I've done it. I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life."Less than two hours later, Hart announced via Twitter that he was removing himself from the gig, and he finally offered the apology everyone was looking for.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars," he wrote. "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I'm sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love and appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again."
Now the Academy finds itself in the unenviable position of casting a net once again to fill a role that clearly no one wanted in the first place; the Dec. 5 announcement of Hart as emcee was quite late in the game, and sources say the organization has had more trouble than usual finding someone to front their show.
The Academy has yet to respond to a request for comment.
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