(Hollywood, CA) — The show business community is reacting to the death of Rock and Roll pioneer Little Richard. The Macon, Georgia native born Richard Penniman passed away today in Nashville at the age of 87.
Little Richard was a member of the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Richard reportedly had bone cancer.
Music Executive Andre Harrell Dies at 59
He founded the influential label Uptown Records and gave a first break to Sean Combs, who would go on to become one of hip-hop’s signature moguls. Reportedly, Harrell passed away from heart failure.
Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy duo dies of coronavirus
Roy Horn, one-half of the popular Las Vegas animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus, according to his publicist. He was 75.
(AP) – The 10-part documentary series that chronicles Michael Jordan’s last championship with the Bulls is set to begin on ESPN with two hour-long episodes. ”
The Last Dance” was scheduled to run in June, but with the NBA shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic the decision was made to move up its release.
The series is a look at the 1997-98 season, when the Bulls won their sixth championship in an eight-year span. ESPN will air two episodes each Sunday night through May 17.
(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.
(Los Angeles, CA) – When Jay Z struck a deal with the NFL to have a hand in urban relations and entertainment, he was called everything in the book. Both music and sports’ fans questioned how he could sign up to do business with a league that was effectively black-balling Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest against racial injustices.
Instead of waiting to see what Jay Z would do with this seat at the table, the criticisms flew left and right until Colin Kaepernick was invited to tryout for the NFL in Atlanta. The narrative changed slightly with fans wondering if Jay Z had anything to do with it or not but with Sean Carter staying mute, no one knew for sure.
Well, sports analyst Stephen A. Smith who has been very vocal about Kap’s approach to that tryout (He switched the location, brought his own receivers, wore a Kunta Kinte shirt and challenged the NFL to man up and stop running in a press conference afterwards) is now explaining why he was so upset with how Colin executed the and blew the opportunity.
Sitting down with the NBA’s Matt Barnes, Smith said part of his disgust was centered around knowing how hard Jay Z worked behind the scenes to get Colin that tryout with the NFL. Check out the clip at 50:53!
(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.
(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.
(Atlanta, Ga) – Sytonnia ‘Toni’ Moore has joined Atlanta’s top rated station KISS 104.1 as the morning show co-host and News and Entertainment announcer.
She joins award winning morning man and Atlanta legend Art Terrell, comedian Corey ‘Zooman’ Miller and Neiko Flowers (Producer). The team operates under program director Terri Avery who has taken the station to #1 in the market in a short time.
Moore says it’s one of the best teams she’s been a part of and she couldn’t be happier. She’s excited for the opportunity and dived right in as you can imagine. Moore says, “It’s a dream come true. KISS 104.1 has been on my vision board for a couple of years; so to see that come to fruition is beyond thrilling. And working under the tutelage of Terry Avery and Chris Eagan is an invaluable experience.”
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – A controversial Michael Jackson documentary has won an Emmy award. Leaving Neverland was named Best Documentary during last night’s 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards event in Los Angeles.
RuPaul won his fourth Emmy as Best Reality Host for RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Simpsons won for Best Animated Series, and posthumous honors were given to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
Other winners last night included James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, Springsteen on Broadway, Queer Eye, and the rock-climbing documentary Free Solo. The main Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sept. 22nd.
(New York, NY-AP) – Taylor Swift is the highest paid woman in music. The Me! singer takes the top spot on Forbes list, after earning 185-million-dollars before taxes last year.
Beyonce is in second place, earning 81-million-dollars, while Rihanna comes in third with 62-million-dollars. The 29-year-old Swift earned most of her money from her Reputation stadium tour, which grossed 266-million-dollars, a U.S.-record.
She also has a nine-figure deal with Republic Records.
(New York, NY-AP) — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a 44-million dollar settlement with women who accused him of sexual assault.
The Wall Street Journal says board members of his former film studio and the New York Attorney General’s office have reached an agreement.
The deal will reportedly include 30-million dollars in cash for the alleged victims as well as former company employees, creditors and lawyers. Weinstein still faces criminal charges in connection with two alleged attacks in 2013 and 2006.