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1. Kanye West is grieving the loss of his close friend, Virgil Abloh, and it seems he's deleted every post on his Instagram page in response the Abloh's death.
2. DJ Khaled and Drake have more new music on the way..
3. Ernie Hudson feared that 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' would never happen.The 75-year-old star reprises the role of Winston Zeddemore in the latest movie in the 'Ghostbusters' franchise but admits that he suspected it would never reach the screen.
1. There's also a rumor that a black male celebrity can give himself fellatio and he likes to demonstrate this talent at private Hollywood parties.
2. This imprisoned black male celebrity allegedly got involved with church choirs in bad neighborhoods as a way to get access to young girls. He always picked poor neighborhoods because it was easier to pay their parents off. People are wondering why the pastors and other elders weren't put on trial. They were also paid off to look the other way. And why weren't the make shift dog kennels (that he kept his victims in) labeled as evidence?
3. A blackout drunk (has been) White actor who's not too fond of Blacks has pissed on himself in public and is also known for scamming his cult fans for money or s*x? Hint: Beach?
There's a drug dealer in Hollywood who charges double and sometimes triple what a regular dealer would charge, simply because he knows celebrities are not going to compare prices.
They want someone they can trust and honestly, most of them have no idea how much what they are buying is supposed to cost.
This dealer makes nearly $10 million a year profit and really has no fear of ever getting busted by the law.
However, there is one thing he does fear and he is spreading the word to his clients about that fear and they are starting to get involved. There is currently a lawsuit out there that involves two very high profile people. One is an A list actor and the other is an A- list actress. The A- list actress is by far the best client the dealer has. Nearly 75% of his business came through her referrals.
One of those referrals is a celebrity CEO who will most assuredly be brought into this lawsuit at some point.
There will be questions about drug use.
Once that happens, the dealer knows it is highly likely that his name will be brought up. This is a civil trial, and not criminal, however our dealer knows he will then probably be asked to give a deposition and he won't be able to answer the questions without leaving himself open to criminal charges down the road.
1. We all know that Sammy Davis Jr., was into satanism but it wasn't known until recently that he got introduced to satanism at an or*y. Sammy Davis, Jr., was known as the kind of person who wanted to have every kind of experience he possibly could, and he would rarely turn down anything offered to him.
2. Daryl Hall may be famously known as half of the Philadelphia pop rock duo Hall & Oates, but what not a lot of people know is that he spent years dabbling in the dark arts. He spent over half of the '70s immersed in various traditions while trying to "transform his inner universe." Around that time he also decided he came from an entire line of black magic practitioners and was descended from famous 19th century occultist Aleister Crowley.
While it's hard to imagine a man half responsible for some of the most benign and catchy soft rock songs of all time secretly dabbling in the dark arts, Hall spent almost a decade obsessed with Crowley and the occult.
3. This androgynous white male pop superstar was one of the most influential rock musicians of all time. He was known for his experimentation in sound, style, and persona.
However, things got a little weird for him in the '70s. He became swallowed by cocaine use, alcoholism, paranoia, and magic. He became obsessed with using magic to attain success and protect and defend himself from demonic forces. He would draw pentagrams on every surface he possibly could.
He would go on strange rants that no one could follow, refused to go above the third floor in any building, took part in strange rituals, and believed that witches were trying to steal his seed to create a demon baby.
Eventually he even called a white witch to lift the curse and exorcise his house.
by: Adam P. White
Forty years ago, Motown Records needed what Rick James delivered.
With his album Street Songs, the punk-funk star generated around $10 million for the company in 1981 – which may have been as much as 20 percent of its U.S. revenues that year. The income helped to offset the firm’s financial deficit from the late 1970s, which was Jay Lasker’s challenge as its new president. Not only was Street Songs certified platinum for one million copies moved within three months of release, but also its biggest hit single, “Super Freak,” sold some 900,000 units domestically, despite not cracking the Top 10 of the pop charts.
Perhaps more than money, James’ success was a morale-booster for all at Motown: evidence that it could adapt and prosper in a new decade, amid a music industry quite different to the one it had conquered and reshaped 15 years earlier. And the Buffalo cowboy did so with his look as much as his music – a creative asset which Motown understood and had shrewdly exploited with its earlier stars.
Nothing captured James’ devil-may-care image and attitude – not to mention his lasciviousness – more than the promotional videoclips for the Street Songs singles. That they still have currency today is confirmed by YouTube stats: 94 million views to date for “Super Freak” (recently upgraded to HD quality) and 31 million for “Give It To Me Baby.”
That visual appeal is undoubtedly why there have been several attempts to capture the late musician’s turbulent life on film, including screenwriter Sheldon Turner’s Super Freak, announced in 2006, and filmmaker Addison Henderson’s My Brother’s Keeper, revealed last autumn. The former was never made, the latter is said to begin production this year, with the involvement of James’ brother, LeRoi Johnson. In addition, a new TV documentary about the Motown star is due soon from the Showtime network.
So far, the 40th anniversary of Street Songs (it was released on April 7, 1981) hasn’t yielded much media attention, aside from this PopMatters essay. That Rick James died as the result of his own addictions, rather than, say, by a father’s hand, may have something to do with it. That the album’s biggest hits were unashamedly about sex, rather than the woes of mankind as woven into What’s Going On, may also explain it. But those YouTube numbers…
The videoclips for “Super Freak” and “Give It To Me Baby” were made in 1981 under the jurisdiction of Nancy Leiviska, when she was Motown’s vice president of video production. So was the filming of James’ high-voltage concert at California’s Long Beach Arena in July 1981, originally intended for home video release and/or broadcast via cable television. Leiviska was one of the record industry’s pioneering music video executives, finding her way – and Motown’s – as the medium became important, then mandatory, as a means of marketing music. She did this despite Jay Lasker’s lack of enthusiasm for videoclips, as she recalled for me earlier this month. “Jay was telling me, ‘We’ve got to put you somewhere else [in the company], Nancy.’ He didn’t want to spend the money, he’d rather buy full-page ads in the radio trades. He was old school, believing that radio sold records.”
Motown had another problem in navigating the new landscape. The primary music video platform in the U.S. during the 1980s was MTV, and its self-proclaimed format was rock, a disingenuous programming decision which effectively shut out black artists, including Rick James – who had with Street Songs the third biggest-selling album in the nation on the day that MTV began broadcasting: August 1, 1981.
Three months later, during a Billboard music video conference, Leiviska was asked about MTV’s impact on Motown’s sales. “How would I know?” she said. “Rick James has sold six million albums and MTV won’t accept his promotion films, or those of superstars like Diana Ross or Lionel Richie, either.” Today, she vividly recalls James’ reaction. “Rick would start calling me, ‘You’ve got to get me on MTV!’ He was screaming and shouting.”
What helped Leiviska to calm the star was prior acquaintance. “I’d known Rick since 1969,” she says. “I knew him as James Johnson, then as Ricky Matthews with White Cane. He wrote in two of his books that he was a secret fan of mine. In ‘Ghetto Life,’ he mentions my name – but I never had a romantic relationship with him.”
At the time of his first R&B chart-topper, “You And I,” Motown’s video department didn’t exist. It was created in early ’79 with Leiviska in charge, although James’ sole R&B Top 10 hit that year, “Bustin’ Out,” was outsourced to Videography Studios, a local production firm. She also remembers voicing a radio commercial for the album. “Rick didn’t like any of the male voices they used, he wanted a girl. That’s why you hear me in the national spot saying that Prince will be opening up for Rick on tour. And I had to join the voiceovers’ AFTRA union.”
The first clip that Leiviska recalls directing was for “Don’t Look Back” by Teena Marie. “We went down to the beach at Santa Monica. Teena showed up with a broken leg, so I had to use Jill Jones, Fuller Gordy’s stepdaughter, to shoot the bottom of her leg, walking through the sand.”
By the time of Street Songs, director Nick Saxton was working with Motown, and he handled the clips for “Give It To Me Baby” and “Super Freak.” Leiviska says, “We rented a house in Trousdale for the first of those. We made a living room look like it was a club scene, and then there was the jacuzzi.” The second clip was filmed at A&M Records. “I’m in ‘Super Freak,’ because we had to have a bunch of our own people do the choruses. Rick was so high that we had to let the extras go. ‘Get them out of here!’ Terry Gordy and his wife, attorney Desiree Gordy, are in the video, too.”
James’ drug habit also afflicted the clip made for the Temptations’ “Standing On The Top,” which he wrote and produced. “I had to call Berry, because Rick was really out of control. He would complain that artists at all the other record companies had cocaine budgets, how come he didn’t? I had to tell him that wasn’t our policy. I remember him yelling, ‘You’re just that little flower girl I knew in the ’60s, you don’t tell me what to do.’ ” Back then, he was this cool guy who didn’t really get high, but now I’m elevated to a different position, and so is he – but we still think of ourselves as these ’60s kids. That was a problem with us. I had no time for his shenanigans.”
The call to Gordy saw the boss come to the shoot. “We’re videotaping the Temptations, we’ve got the truck outside. We went into the truck, there were a couple of people there. Rick lit up his joint in front of Berry, and we were all going, ‘What is he doing?’ He’s trying to pass it to someone, and Berry whispers in his ear. All of a sudden, Rick starts laughing.
“It was this great little lesson Berry taught me about a problem like that: when you’re with the artist, take them aside, keep it private, especially if they’re high. Rick put the joint out. We thought they were telling jokes. What Berry really said to him was, ‘If you don’t put that fucking joint out and show me some respect…’ ”
The summer before, the shoot of James’ two-night concert in Long Beach had gone without incident. Motown executive Lee Young was in charge of the budget, by Leiviska’s account, but it was only approved the night before. “I said, ‘I can get us a laserdisc deal, but we’ve got to show them we can do it. We had a crew, a truck, five cameras – everything for $30,000. Filming was done on the second night, and it was a great concert, but it seemed that Rick never really wanted to go in for the video release.” The post-production never took place – and the film tapes were subsequently, and inexplicably, lost.
Rick James never regained the heights achieved with Street Songs and its attendant concert tour in 1981, which was seen by more than 250,000 fans and grossed in excess of $2 million in ticket sales (equivalent to more than $6 million today). “What happened to him was a tragedy,” says Leiviska. “He was very astute, very smart – he could have run the company’s A&R department, or have been its president one day. I used to say to him: ‘What happened to the dream that you were going to run Motown? No one believes you now.’ When he got on drugs…” Leiviska doesn’t finish the sentence.
“He was a fighter, and he really loved Motown,” declared Jay Lasker, years later. “He had more of a feeling for helping the perpetuation and success of Motown than any of the [other] artists.” James himself, speaking to Billboard as Street Songs was hitting its sales stride, cited the company’s heritage. “One of the great things about Motown,” he said, “was the family relationships between the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and the other acts. We’re trying to get that back.”
That there was depth to the extrovert James, thoughtfulness as well as outrageousness, may be why his story continues to attract filmmakers. Actually, movie producer Jerry Weintraub was interested during the ’80s: there was a quasi-autobiographical project, The Spice of Life, touted in the media, with the singer claiming that screenwriter Richard (Let’s Do It Again) Wesley was involved, together with Motown Productions. It came to naught.
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York this June will see the premiere of B*tchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, co-written and directed by a former music editor of Vibe magazine, Sacha Jenkins, and produced by Steve Rivo.
Thereafter, the documentary about this “complicated and rebellious soul” will be seen on Showtime. Naturally enough, Nancy Leiviska was interviewed, as was another rebellious soul of music and film, Ice Cube. “Street Songs is kind of like the first gangster record,” the rapper/actor said a while back. “I felt like he was talking to me. It was the most hard-core record you could get at the time.”
Judging by those words, it wasn’t just Motown that needed what Rick James delivered 40 years ago.
Regina Elaine Belle (born July 17, 1963) is a singer-songwriter who started her career in the mid-1980s. Known for her singles "Baby Come to Me" (1989) and "Make It Like It Was" (1990), Belle's most notable for two hit duets, both with Peabo Bryson: "Without You", the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, recorded in 1987 and "A Whole New World", the main theme of the Disney's animated feature film Aladdin, recorded in 1992, with which Belle and Bryson won the Grammy award. The theme song "Far Longer than Forever" from the animated movie The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne, was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song.
Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood's Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson's Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle's uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities.
She attended Rutgers University and became the first female vocalist with the school's jazz ensemble. Belle's musical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Shirley Caesar, Patti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson. She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet "Where Did We Go Wrong" with the group on their Back to Basics album, which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records.
In 1987, she released her debut album All by Myself.It includes her first hits "So Many Tears" and "Show Me the Way".
Later in 1993, she released her Platinum selling third album, Passion. The album featured the Disney hit, "A Whole New World". The theme song "Far Longer than Forever" from the animated movie The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song.
In 2001, her cover of "Just the Two of Us" from the tribute album To Grover, With Love made a surprising return to the Billboard charts. Within months Belle would sign with the jazz-oriented independent label Peak-Concord Jazz.
Belle has appeared in concert with many other performers, including Ray Charles, Boney James, Paul Taylor, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Maze, Frankie Beverly, Phil Perry, Al Jarreau, and Stephanie Mills.
Belle has been married twice. Her first marriage was to saxophonist and flute player Horace Alexander Young from 1985 until 1990, and together they adopted daughter named Tiy (born 1989). Belle married former NBA basketball player John Battle on June 25, 1991. The couple has four children together, two of which are adopted: daughter Winter, and son Jayln. After suffering miscarriages of two sets of twin boys, the couple had daughter Sydni (born 1994) and Nyla (born November 10, 1995). Belle has two grandchildren from Winter, Thea and Joshua.
Belle successfully battled a brain tumor in 2009. However, she is now deaf in her left ear. Belle and her husband reside in Atlanta, Georgia. John is a pastor of a church in Atlanta.
Patti Austin (born August 10, 1950) is a R&B, pop, and jazz singer and songwriter.
Austin was born in Harlem, New York, to Gordon Austin, a jazz trombonist. She was raised in Bay Shore, New York on Long Island. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have referred to themselves as her godparents.
When Austin was four years old, she performed at the Apollo Theater. As a teenager she recorded commercial jingles and worked as a session singer in soul and R&B. She had an R&B hit in 1969 with "Family Tree". She sang backing vocals on Paul Simon's 1975 number-one hit "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover". The jazz label CTI released her debut album, End of a Rainbow, in 1976.
She sang "The Closer I Get to You" for Tom Browne's album Browne Sugar, a duet with Michael Jackson for his album Off the Wall, and a duet with George Benson on "Moody's Mood for Love". After singing on Quincy Jones's album The Dude, she signed a contract with his record label, Qwest, which released Every Home Should Have One with "Baby, Come to Me", a duet with James Ingram that became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine pop chart. A second duet with Ingram, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing", appeared on soundtrack to the film Best Friends (1982).
Austin was booked for United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, but because her mother suffered a stroke days before, she cancelled her ticket and flew at a different time.
During a 2007 interview, Austin spoke of reluctantly attending as a teenager one of Judy Garland's last concerts and how the experience helped focus her career. "She ripped my heart out. I wanted to interpret a lyric like that, to present who I was at the moment through the lyric."
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Ronald Joseph DeFeo Jr. (September 26, 1951 – March 12, 2021) was an American mass murderer who was tried and convicted for the 1974 killings of his father, mother, two brothers, and two sisters in Amityville, Long Island, New York. Condemned to six sentences of 25 years to life, DeFeo died in custody in 2021.
The case inspired the book and film versions of The Amityville Horror.
Around 6:30 p.m. on November 13, 1974, 23-year-old DeFeo entered Henry's Bar in Amityville, Long Island, New York, and declared: "You got to help me! I think my mother and father are shot!" DeFeo and a small group of people went to 112 Ocean Avenue, which was located near the bar, and found that DeFeo's parents were dead inside the house. One of the group, DeFeo's friend Joe Yeswit, made an emergency call to the Suffolk County Police Department, who searched the house and found that six members of the family were dead in their beds.
The victims were Ronald Jr.'s parents: Ronald DeFeo Sr. (43) and Louise DeFeo (née Brigante, 43); and his four siblings: Dawn (18), Allison (13), Marc (12), and John Matthew (9). All of the victims had been shot with a .35 caliber lever action Marlin 336C rifle around three o'clock in the morning of that day. The DeFeo parents had both been shot twice, while the children had all been killed with single shots. Physical evidence suggests that Louise DeFeo and her daughter Allison were both awake at the time of their deaths. According to Suffolk County Police, the victims were all found lying face down in bed. The DeFeo family had occupied 112 Ocean Avenue since purchasing it in 1965. The six victims were later buried in nearby Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Ronald DeFeo Jr., also known as "Butch", was the eldest son of the family and its lone surviving member. He was taken to the local police station for his own protection after suggesting to police officers at the scene of the crime that the killings had been carried out by a mob hit man, Louis Falini.
However, an interview at the station soon exposed serious inconsistencies in his version of events. The following day, he confessed to carrying out the killings himself; and Falini, the alleged hitman, had an alibi proving he was out of state at the time of the killings. DeFeo told detectives: "Once I started, I just couldn't stop. It went so fast". He admitted that he had taken a bath and redressed, and detailed where he had discarded crucial evidence such as blood־stained clothes, the Marlin rifle and cartridges before going to work as usual.
DeFeo's trial began on October 14, 1975. He and his defense lawyer, William Weber, mounted an affirmative defense of insanity, with DeFeo claiming that he killed his family in self־defense because he heard their voices plotting against him. The insanity plea was supported by the psychiatrist for the defense, Daniel Schwartz. The psychiatrist for the prosecution, Dr. Harold Zolan, maintained that, although DeFeo was a user of heroin and LSD, he had antisocial personality disorder and was aware of his actions at the time of the crime. The trial's judge, Thomas Stark, declared that DeFeo's crimes were "the most heinous murders committed in Suffolk County since its founding."
On November 21, 1975, DeFeo was found guilty on six counts of second-degree murder.
On December 4, 1975, Judge Thomas Stark sentenced DeFeo to six sentences of 25 years to life.
DeFeo was held at the Sullivan Correctional Facilityin the town of Fallsburg, New York, and until his death all of his appeals and requests to the parole board had been denied.
All six of the victims were found face down in their beds with no signs of a struggle. The police investigation concluded that the rifle had not been fitted with a sound suppressor and found evidence of sedatives having been administered. DeFeo admitted during his interrogation that he had drugged his family. However, the autopsy report indicated otherwise, per the doctor, "We did extensive toxicology not only on the blood and urine but on all of the organs that we removed and it turned up zero that there wasn’t anything in their body," Dr. Adelman explained. Neighbors did not report hearing any gunshots being fired, and those who were awake at the time of the murders simply heard the family's sheep dog, Shaggy, barking.
DeFeo had a volatile relationship with his father, but the motive for the killings remains unclear. He asked police what he had to do in order to collect on his father's life insurance, which prompted the prosecution to suggest at trial that his motive was to collect on the life insurance policies of his parents.
After his conviction, DeFeo gave several varying accounts of how the killings were carried out. In a 1986 interview for Newsday, DeFeo claimed his sister Dawn killed their father and then their distraught mother killed all of his siblings, apparently with a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, before he killed his mother. He stated that he took the blame because he was afraid to say anything negative about his mother to her father, Michael Brigante Sr., and his father's uncle, out of fear that they would kill him. His father's uncle was Peter DeFeo, a caporegime in the Genovese crime family. In this interview, DeFeo also asserted he was married at the time of the murders to a woman named Geraldine Gates, with whom he was living in New Jersey, and that his mother phoned to ask him to return to Amityville to break up a fight between Dawn and their father. Subsequently, he drove to Amityville with Geraldine's brother, Richard Romondoe, who was with him at the time of the murders and could verify his story completely.
In 1990, DeFeo filed a 440 motion, a proceeding to have his conviction vacated. In support of his motion, DeFeo asserted that Dawn and an unknown assailant, who fled the house before he could get a good look at him, killed their parents and Dawn subsequently killed their siblings. He said the only person he killed was Dawn and that it was by accident as they struggled over the rifle. Again, he asserted he was married to Geraldine and that her brother was with him at the time of the murders. An affidavit from Richard Romondoe was submitted to the court and it was asserted he could not be located to testify in person. Evidence was submitted to the court by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office suggesting that Richard Romondoe did not exist and that Geraldine Gates was living in upstate New York married to someone else at the time of the murders. Geraldine Gates did not testify at this hearing because the authorities had already confronted her about the false claims and in 1992 secured a statement under oath where she admitted Romondoe was fictitious and that she did not actually marry DeFeo until 1989 in anticipation of the filing of the 440 motion.
Judge Stark denied the motion, writing, "I find the testimony of the defendant overall to be false and fabricated. His testimony that during the fall of 1974 he was married and lived with his wife and child at Long Branch, New Jersey is incredible and not worthy of belief. He produced no corroborating evidence in this regard... another reason for my disbelief of defendant's testimony is demonstrated by consideration of several portions of the trial testimony... he signed a lengthy written statement describing in detail his activities... in this statement he said that he lived with his family at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville and that he worked for his father... that he usually went to and from work with his father; that he was ill and stayed home from work on November 12, 1974; that he was on probation for having stolen an outboard engine and had an appointment to see his probation officer in Amityville on that very afternoon... defendant's girlfriend, Mindy Weiss, testified that she began dating the defendant in June 1974, and was with him frequently that summer and fall". Stark further declared, "Defendant's testimony that he did not shoot and kill the members of his family is likewise incredible and not worthy of belief".
DeFeo died aged 69 on March 12, 2021, at the Albany Medical Center. Official cause of death is yet to be determined.