New Orleans legend and all-around funk pioneer Art Neville, of Neville Brothers fame, died on Monday at the age of 81. Continue reading New Orleans Funk Icon Art Neville of the Neville Brothers Dead at 81
A suspected arson attack on Japanese anime studio Kyoto Animation has left at least 33 dead and dozens injured. The Japan Times reports that a 41-year-old suspect has been arrested following the fire, which is the deadliest mass murder incident in Japan since the 2001 Myojo 56 building fire. Continue reading 33 Confirmed Dead in Suspected Arson Attack on Japanese Anime Studio Kyoto Animation
Eric Holder, the alleged murderer of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, has formally requested the prosecution to provide all evidence of past criminal investigations on Nip, The Blast reports. Holder’s attorney filed the request on Tuesday, hoping that the evidence will help the case of his defendant. Continue reading Nipsey Hussle’s Killer Reportedly Wants D.A. to Turn Over Past Criminal Investigations on Rapper
While I grew up a huge fan of movies and television, it was rare that I felt I could actually make either. Coming from Trenton, New Jersey, the closest I saw my town get to the mainstream was the video for Poor Righteous Teachers’ “Rock Dis Funky Joint.” Being black in America, especially as ’80s babies, we seldom witnessed realistic on-screen depictions of the areas we were from. But in 1991, John Singleton released his debut feature film, Boyz n the Hood. At the time, many outside of South Central Los Angeles had only heard about that area through N.W.A lyrics; being able to see Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy navigate those streets and come to grips with their realities? It was breathtaking. Having that film be nominated for two Academy Awards—including Best Director, making Singleton the youngest and first African-American to receive that nomination—was beautiful.
Nearly four months after Tom Petty died at the age 66, the Los Angeles County coroner has revealed the singer’s cause of the death.
TMZ is reporting that Thomas Mikal Ford, who is most fondly remembered for playing Tommy Strawn on Martin, has passed away. He was 52.