As we get ready to ring in a new year, we look back at probably one of the greatest years in music....1994. All these albums turn 20 years old in 2014! Do you still have any of these on CD or cassette? (Buzzfeed.com)
K. Michelle posted this video on her Instagram after one of her shows. At least she can laugh at herself....
Rising rapper, Doe B, known for his role in Hustle Gang, and his recent Baby Jesus mixtape was killed in an Alabama club shooting early this morning. Not many details are known, but it has been reported that the act of violence took place at the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill (once known as Rose Supper Club) in Doe B's hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.
The rapper, real name Glenn Thomas, was 22 years old. He was reportedly not the only one hit in the shooting. More information to come as it arrives.
Thomas' management confirmed his death through the rapper's Twitter account. This was not the first time he's been the victim of a shooting, famously wearing an eye patch since suffering a gunshot wound to the face 3 years ago.
Many rappers have also taken the time to send their condolences, including Drake, Juicy J, and Hustle Gangleader T.I. Read their thoughts below.
Two families lost everything in a fire on Christmas Eve. Big shout out to Phresh Entertainment and Needgraphicsfast.com for putting ano this event to help the families get back on their feet. 100% of the proceeds go to the families.
There are always family squabbles ove the holidays. But nobody deserves to be stabbed over an apple fritter.
(NBCNews.com) A fight over apple fritters among sisters on Christmas night led one of the siblings to allegedly stab another in the chest in Akron, Ohio, police said Friday.
Contisha Hayes, 21, and Tamara Delaney, also, 21, were play fighting over the fried sweets when it became more serious and one pulled the other’s hair, according to a third sister at the scene who was making the fritters, police said.Hayes, of Callis Oval, then allegedly stabbed Delaney in the chest, officials said.Delaney was treated for non life-threatening injuries at a local hospital. Hayes was charged with felonious assault, police said.
Statigram launched this new “2013 Best Moments On Instagram” feature just in time for the new year.
It pulls your most popular Instagram photos into a short “highlight reel” video that you can then share via Instragram, email or other social networks. You can go to Statigram to make your own year in review highlight video with your Instagram photos. Statigram will send you the video shortly. Here are one's for Kirby Gwen and Don Black!!
Rising R&B star B Smyth -- who's worked with industry titans like Future and 2 Chainz -- has some serious balls, 'cause he told a police officer he was going to BANG HIS WIFE during a traffic stop ... this according an arrest report obtained by TMZ.
According to the documents, the 21-year-old "Leggo" singer was pulled over in Coral Springs, FL on Sunday for tailgating -- and when police started their traffic stop ... Smyth got a little heated.
Cops say B (real name Brandon Smith) refused to accept his traffic citations, claiming he was only pulled over because he's black.
The report says Brandon then WENT OFF on the officers at the scene ... cussing them out ... and (this is a real quote from the report) "stated that he was going to sleep with one of the officers wives."
B still could've gotten away with a ticket at that point ... but he refused to leave the gas station where he was stopped, and eventually police hauled him in for trespassing. (TMZ)
Beyoncé made a terminally ill girl’s dying wish to dance with the superstar come true at a recent Las Vegas concert.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged the moving moment for Taylon, a young cancer patient who has an inoperable brain tumor.
During the show, Beyoncé came over to her ailing fan as the crowd cheered. The two danced and sang “Survivor” together.
Her experience left Taylon crying and overjoyed.
The video might make you tear up, too.
(Rap-up.com) Elle Varner rolls into 2014 with her sultry new song “Rover” featuring Wale.
The 24-year-old songstress effortlessly rides the silky beat, while the MMG MC kicks it into high gear with his verse.“I’m gonna make you feel like you never touched a girl before/ When I come over tonight,” she coos over the Eric Hudson and Elijah Blake production.
Elle has been in the studio with Pop & Oak, Eric Hudson, DJ Dahi, Da Internz, and Hit-Boy working on her sophomore album.
“My new album is unbelievable. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s real,” she told Rap-Up TV of the follow-up to her 2012 debut Perfectly Imperfect.
“Everybody says to me, ‘Congratulations! Sophomore slump, what?’ and that’s all I gotta say about it. Get ready because it is unbelievable.”
Take her “Rover” for a spin below.
As of 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, there are approximately 4,400 customers without power in the Lansing Board of Water & Light service territory, down from 5,700 customer outages last night. Line crews are working today to restore power along circuits in areas reflected by the following street intersections:
Pleasant Grove / Mt Hope
Haslett / E. Saginaw
Willow / Waverly
Mt. Hope / MLK
Mt. Hope / Pleasant Grove
University / Grand River (E. Lansing)
Delta River / Grand River
Creyts / St. Joe
Tecumseh River / Grand River
Hundreds of downed power lines remain to be repaired. Residents are urged to stay 25 feet away from downed wires. Downed power lines are being prioritized for repair based on public health and safety facilities and circuits with the highest number of customers without power. BWL and other municipal utility crews will continue to work around the clock until all customer power has been restored.
The Board of Water & Light is aware of its outage areas.
Residents can report a down power line by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or by calling (517) 702-6006 or toll free at 877-295-5001. Residents may also post a downed line message on the BWL's Facebook page or on SeeClickFlix. Please note that due to high call volumes, you may experience a busy signal and/or long wait times.
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. Though many Americans don't know much about Kwanzaa, it's a beautiful holiday that all can share in. Click the link to find out more about this important celebration of African heritage and unity.
Just after midnight, the Michigan State football team announced a bombshell.
Coach Mark Dantonio announced that senior linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Rose Bowl on Wednesday against Stanford for violating team rules.
In a statement, Dantonio said "it is extremely disappointing for all parties involved" and that the team will "close ranks" in preparation for MSU's first Rose Bowl since 1988. "Max will forever remain a Spartan and a valued member in this team's achievements."
Back in 2011, Bullough and then-senior tight end Brian Linthicum were arrested after a disturbance at a bar in Aspen, Colo. Bullough, then 19, was charged with a misdemenor of a minor in possession of alcohol and got nine months of probation.
The Bullough family has a long history with Michigan State. Max's grandfather, Hank, and father, Shane, both played at MSU. Max's younger brother, Riley, is a redshirt freshman on this year's squad. (USA TODAY)
Nelson Mandela has died at age 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.
Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.
Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.
"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come," Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994.
"We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation."
In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, an honour he shared with F.W. de Klerk, the white Afrikaner leader who freed him from prison three years earlier and negotiated the end of apartheid.
Mandela went on to play a prominent role on the world stage as an advocate of human dignity in the face of challenges ranging from political repression to AIDS.
He formally left public life in June 2004 before his 86th birthday, telling his adoring countrymen: "Don't call me. I'll call you". But he remained one of the world's most revered public figures, combining celebrity sparkle with an unwavering message of freedom, respect and human rights.
Whether defending himself at his own treason trial in 1963 or addressing world leaders years later as a greying elder statesman, he radiated an image of moral rectitude expressed in measured tones, often leavened by a mischievous humour.
"He is at the epicentre of our time, ours in South Africa, and yours, wherever you are," Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer and Nobel Laureate for Literature, once remarked.
Mandela's years behind bars made him the world's most celebrated political prisoner and a leader of mythic stature for millions of black South Africans and other oppressed people far beyond his country's borders.
Charged with capital offences in the 1963 Rivonia Trial, his statement from the dock was his political testimony.
"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities," he told the court.
"It is an ideal I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
DESTINED TO LEAD
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, destined to lead as the son of the chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Thembu people in Transkei.
He chose to devote his life to the fight against white domination. He studied at Fort Hare University, an elite black college, but left in 1940 short of completing his studies and became involved with the African National Congress (ANC), founding its Youth League in 1944 with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.
Mandela worked as a law clerk then became a lawyer who ran one of the few practices that served blacks.
In 1952 he and others were charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act but their nine-month sentence was suspended for two years.
Mandela was among the first to advocate armed resistance to apartheid, going underground in 1961 to form the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto weSizwe, or 'Spear of the Nation' in Zulu.
He left South Africa and travelled the continent and Europe, studying guerrilla warfare and building support for the ANC.
After his return in 1962, Mandela was arrested and sentenced to five years for incitement and illegally leaving the country. While serving that sentence, he was charged with sabotage and plotting to overthrow the government along with other anti-apartheid leaders in the Rivonia Trial.
Branded a terrorist by his enemies, Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, isolated from millions of his countrymen as they suffered oppression, violence and forced resettlement under the apartheid regime of racial segregation.
He was incarcerated on Robben Island, a penal colony off Cape Town, where he would spend the next 18 years before being moved to mainland prisons.
He was behind bars when an uprising broke out in the huge township of Soweto in 1976 and when others erupted in violence in the 1980s. But when the regime realised it was time to negotiate, it was Mandela to whom it turned.
In his later years in prison, he met President P.W. Botha and his successor de Klerk.
When he was released on Feb. 11, 1990, walking away from the Victor Verster prison hand-in-hand with his wife Winnie, the event was watched live by television viewers across the world.
"As I finally walked through those gates ... I felt even at the age of 71 that my life was beginning anew. My 10,000 days of imprisonment were at last over," Mandela wrote of that day.
ELECTIONS AND RECONCILATION
In the next four years, thousands of people died in political violence. Most were blacks killed in fighting between ANC supporters and Zulus loyal to Mangosuthu Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party, although right-wing whites also staged violent actions to upset the moves towards democracy.
Mandela prevented a racial explosion after the murder of popular Communist Party leader Chris Hani by a white assassin in 1993, appealing for calm in a national television address. That same year, he and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Talks between the ANC and the government began in 1991, leading to South Africa's first all-race elections on April 27, 1994.
The run-up to the vote was marred by fighting, including gun battles in Johannesburg townships and virtual war in the Zulu stronghold of KwaZulu Natal.
But Mandela campaigned across the country, enthralling adoring crowds of blacks and wooing whites with assurances that there was a place for them in the new South Africa.
The election result was never in doubt and his inauguration in Pretoria on May 10, 1994, was a celebration of a peoples' freedom.
Mandela made reconciliation the theme of his presidency. He took tea with his former jailers and won over many whites when he donned the jersey of South Africa's national rugby team - once a symbol of white supremacy - at the final of the World Cup in 1995 at Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium.
The hallmark of Mandela's mission was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigated apartheid crimes on both sides and tried to heal the wounds. It also provided a model for other countries torn by civil strife.
In 1999, Mandela, often criticised for having a woolly grasp of economics, handed over to younger leaders - a voluntary departure from power cited as an example to long-ruling African leaders.
A restful retirement was not on the cards as Mandela shifted his energies to fighting South Africa's AIDS crisis.
He spoke against the stigma surrounding the infection, while successor Thabo Mbeki was accused of failing to comprehend the extent of the crisis.
The fight became personal in early 2005 when Mandela lost his only surviving son to the disease.
But the stress of his long struggle contributed to the break-up of his marriage to equally fierce anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie.
The country shared the pain of their divorce in 1996 before watching his courtship of Graca Machel, widow of Mozambican President Samora Machel, whom he married on his 80th birthday in 1998.
Friends adored "Madiba", the clan name by which he is known. People lauded his humanity, kindness, attention and dignity.
Unable to shake the habits of prison, Mandela rose daily between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. to exercise and read. He drank little and was a fervent anti-smoker.
An amateur boxer in his younger days, Mandela often said the discipline and tactics drawn from training helped him to endure prison and the political battles after his release.
But prison and old age took their toll on his health.
Mandela was treated in the 1980s for tuberculosis and later required an operation to repair damage to his eyes as well as treatment for prostate cancer in 2001. His spirit, however, remained strong.
"If cancer wins I will still be the better winner," he told reporters in September of that year. "When I go to the next world, the first thing I will do is look for an ANC office to renew my membership."
Most South Africans are proud of their post-apartheid multi-racial 'Rainbow Nation'.
But Mandela's legacy of tolerance and reconciliation has been threatened in recent years by squabbling between factions in the ANC and social tensions in a country that, despite its political liberation, still suffers great inequalities.
Mandela's last major appearance on the global stage came in 2010 when he donned a fur cap in the South African winter and rode on a golf cart, waving to an exuberant crowd of 90,000 at the soccer World Cup final, one of the biggest events in the country's post-apartheid history.
"I leave it to the public to decide how they should remember me," he said on South African television before his retirement.
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