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Harvey Weinstein Hires Prison Consultant

(New York, NY-AP) – Harvey Weinstein is hiring a prison consultant to get him ready for jail. Page Six reports the life-behind-bars expert isn’t a psychologist, but someone who can help the disgraced movie mogul with logistics, including making sure he gets the proper medical care.

Weinstein, who was convicted of rape, is currently at Bellevue Hospital in New York City after complaining of chest pains, heart palpitations and blood pressure, while also suffering from diabetes. Once he leaves Bellevue, Weinstein is expected to be sent to a special medical facility at Rikers until his sentencing on March 11th.

He faces up-to-25-years in prison.

Vanessa Bryant Speaks For The First Time At Kobe And Gianna’s Memorial

(LOS ANGELES, Ca. (AP) – Kobe Bryant’s wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.

Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion to their family as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center to remember Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna.

”God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other,” Vanessa Bryant said. ”He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi.”

The service took place at the downtown arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the final 17 seasons of his two-decade NBA career. Thousands of Lakers fans, many wearing Bryant’s jersey or team colors, attended the tearful gathering to honor Los Angeles’ most popular athlete and a global basketball icon.

The ceremony began with Beyonce performing her songs ”XO” and ”Halo” with dozens of backup musicians. Alicia Keys performed Beethoven’s ”Moonlight Sonata” later in the program, and Christina Aguilera sang ”Ave Maria.”

The two-hour program concluded with ”Dear Basketball,” Bryant’s Academy Award-winning short film.

After Jimmy Kimmel welcomed the crowd, Vanessa Bryant remembered the family’s life with Gianna and her three siblings and then eulogized her husband. They had been together since 1999.

”He was the most amazing husband,” she said. ”Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. I was fire. He was ice. Vice versa at times. … He was my everything.”

The mourners included Lakers greats such as Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Pau Gasol. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver joined Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Phil Jackson and dozens of current NBA players, including Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles natives James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan. Celebrities such as Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez also attended.

Jordan, the Chicago Bulls great whose career was wrapping up as Bryant’s was starting in the late 1990s, praised Bryant as ”one of my dear friends. He was like a little brother. … As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”

O’Neal and Bryant joined the Lakers together in 1996, and they won three consecutive championships during eight tumultuous seasons in purple and gold. Although their relationship was often publicly rocky, Shaq said the two were always friendly in private, even comparing their dynamic to John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

”Kobe and I pushed each other to play some of the greatest basketball of all time,” O’Neal said. ”I’m proud nobody has accomplished what the threepeat Lakers have done since the Shaq and Kobe Lakers did it.”

O’Neal also got the biggest laugh in the somber service with a profane joke about an exchange in which Shaq told Kobe there was no ”I” in team, but Bryant responded by noting that there is an ”M-E.”

Vanessa Bryant was followed on the podium by basketball stars Diana Taurasi and Sabrina Ionescu. Kobe Bryant was a passionate advocate for women’s basketball, and Gigi Bryant was a promising young player.

”If I represented the present of the women’s game, Gigi represented the future, and Kobe knew it,” said Ionescu, the Oregon star who was mentored by Bryant.

Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s longtime agent before he became the Lakers’ general manager in 2017, referred to the day of the crash as ”when the axis of the world seemed to shift forever, for all of us.” Pelinka was also Gigi Bryant’s godfather, and the families were close.

He also revealed that Bryant had texted him only moments before the crash, asking for help in securing an internship with a baseball agent for teenager Alexis Altobelli, who lost her parents and younger sister in the crash moments later.

”Kobe lived to make other people’s lives better, all the way up to his final text,” Pelinka said.

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The Hawks Honor Kobe Bryant

(Atlanta, Ga) – The Atlanta Hawks  joined the basketball community in honoring and mourning NBA legend Kobe ‘Bean’ Bryant.
As the Hawks took to the court to face the Wizzards at State Farm Arena there was a moment of silence and a 24-second shot clock violation and an 8-second half-court violation in honor of the man who started the mamba mentality.
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The  future hall of famer and his 13-year-old daughter were among those who died in a helicopter crash in California yesterday. Fans all over the world are shocked and devastated.  John Collins said he almost didn’t want to play as the weight of the tragedy was so heavy.  But the game did go on with Trae Young leading the Hawks to a 152-133 victory.
Young had his average double double with 45 points on 24 shot attempts and 14 assists.  He wore #8 in honor of Bryant and post game said that Kobe was with him. In classic Kobe fashion, Trae nailed a 42-footer at the buzzer. To sum it up, Trae was the first NBA player to have a 45 point double-double with less than 25 attempts since Kobe did it on December 17th, 2006.
Turns out that Kobe’s daughter GiGi considered Trae to be her favorite player.  She had only been to 3 NBA games this year and two of those were Atlanta Hawks’ games to see Trae play.
De’Andre Hunter also chipped in 25 pts. Up next, the Hawks will head to Toronto Tuesday. They’re back home Thursday hosting the 76ers.

Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan Attend Atlanta Screening Of The Last Full Measure

(Atlanta, GA) – Roadside Attractions held an exclusive red carpet screening of the Atlanta-helmed film, The Last Full Measure at Scad on 14th Street.  The movie, which opens in select theaters on Friday, January 24th stars Samuel L. Jackson as Veteran Takoda and Sebastian Stan as Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman.

‘The Last Full Measure’ tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen medic who personally saved over 60 men.  During a rescue mission on April 11th, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war.

Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon Staffer Scott Huffman, on a career fast-track is tasked with investigation a congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and partner on the mission and his parents.

Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valor.  But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high level conspiracy behind the decades long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to see justice for the fallen airman.

The movie was shot in Atlanta and serves as the last project for actor, director and screenwriter Peter Fonda.

SNL Gets Long Awaited Visit From Eddie Murphy, Highest Rated Episode In Years

(New York, NY-AP) – Eddie Murphy is reviving some of his classic bits from Saturday Night Live. Murphy hosted SNL last night for the first time in over three decades.

The 58-year-old actor and comedian offered updates on several of the iconic characters and skits he made famous on the show in the 1980s. Murphy’s Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood character still lives in the same neighborhood, which has become greatly gentrified.

His Buckwheat character is back, competing in a singing contest dressed up as a corn cob, and Eddie Murphy as Gumby delivered the news on Weekend Update.

Tyler, The Creator, DaBaby, And More Make Forbes’ 2020 List

(AP) – The future of hip-hop is looking good and financially stable. Forbes magazine released the 2020 edition of their annual 30 Under 30 list Tuesday, which documents entertainers, athletes and more who’ve solidified themselves as entrepreneurs before the big 3-0.

This year’s edition includes Tyler, The Creator, DaBaby, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion and Tierra Whack. For his part, Tyler dropped Igor, a critically acclaimed LP that pushed his genre-bending-ways to new limits on its way to a Number One debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X pretty much conquered the world when his breakout single “Old Town Road” broke the Billboard Hot 100 chart record for most weeks at Number One. All five artists join the likes of Travis Scott, SZA, Young MA, and the Migos who have all been featured on the list in the past.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Not Guilty To New Charge

(New York, NY-AP) – Cuba Gooding Jr. is pleading not guilty to a new groping charge in his sexual misconduct case. His attorney criticized the lack of specific details in this third groping allegation.

Today’s arraignment comes as new video from TMZ appears to show the actor grabbing the backside of a waitress in a Manhattan restaurant. Prosecutors now say they’ve heard from at least a dozen additional women who say Gooding Jr. either sexually harassed or touched them.

He’s denying all allegations.

6ix9ine To Be Released From Prison Next Year

(AP) – Tekashi 6ix9ine is convinced that he’ll be out of federal custody at the top of the new year. While testifying against Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack last Thursday, 6ix9ine confirmed that he expected to be out of lockup by the beginning of 2020.

The rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, said in testimony that if he was granted time-served, he’d be released at the beginning of next year.

6ix9ine was originally facing a minimum of 47 years and a maximum of life in prison for nine federal charges if he didn’t cooperate with federal authorities.

Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” Breaks Records On Billboard Chart

(AP) – Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” is continuing to shatter records on the billboard charts. The Detroit-born artist’s single has become the longest-reigning number one song performed by a female rapper without any features in the chart’s history.

“Truth Hurts” surpasses Cardi B’s three-week reign with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” in October 2017 and Lauryn Hill’s two-week triumph in 1998 with “Doo Wop [That Thing].”

Originally released in 2017, the hit single has been in the chart’s coveted top spot for the past four weeks. It’s currently certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

R. Kelly Misses Minnesota Hearing, Arrest Warrant Issued

(Minneapolis, MN-AP) — A Minnesota judge is issuing an arrest warrant for R. Kelly after he failed to show up for a hearing to face child prostitution charges. The singer is accused of paying a 17-year-old to dance for him back in 2001 in Minneapolis.

During that interaction, Kelly is accused of taking off the girl’s clothes and touching her.

Kelly did not show up to Thursday’s hearing because he’s locked up in Chicago awaiting trial on federal sex crime charges. Federal authorities are refusing to make him available to Minnesota authorities until after his federal case wraps up.