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Singer Joe Cocker Passes

(CNN) — Joe Cocker, the British blues-rock singer whose raspy voice brought plaintive soul to such hits as “You Are So Beautiful” and the duet “Up Where We Belong,” died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

Cocker’s performing career spanned some 50 years, from Woodstock, where he sang the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” to the digital-music era. He had tour dates scheduled well into 2015.

“Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love,” tweeted Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

Cocker began as a singer in England at the same time as the Beatles, with whom he was often linked. He played pubs across the country in a series of rock bands before he and his Grease Band recorded “With a Little Help From My Friends” in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and others.

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The song became a No. 1 hit in England and propelled him to Woodstock, where his passionate live version was a festival highlight and launched his U.S. career.

Cocker scored another major success in the early 1970s with “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” a live album and concert film.

“Up Where We Belong,” his duet with Jennifer Warnes from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” was Cocker’s biggest U.S. hit, topping the Billboard singles charts in 1982. It also won him a Grammy, and the Oscar for best original song.

Cocker was known for his spasmodic movements on stage, where he often flailed his arms as he sang. His distinctive moves, he said, were almost accidental.

“I never played organ or piano or guitar, so it was more out of frustration and me just trying to impersonate in a way,” Cocker told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times in 2012. “I did it subconsciously. People mistook for me being ill, like I had palsy. I’m not nearly so demonstrative now, but I still have my own way of feeling the rhythm.”

Cocker also had lesser hits with covers of torch classic “Cry Me a River,” Traffic’s “Feeling Alright,” the Boxtops’ “The Letter” and the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.”

In the 1980s his witty cover of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” was featured in the erotic drama “9 1/2 Weeks” and became a strip-tease anthem.

The singer told the Daily Mail in 2013 that by the 1970s his descent into drugs and alcohol had become so severe that he sometimes forgot the lyrics to songs.

“If I’d been stronger mentally, I could have turned away from temptation,” Cocker said. “But there was no rehab back in those days. Drugs were readily available, and I dived in head first. And once you get into that downward spiral, it’s hard to pull out of it. It took me years to get straight.”

He credited his wife, Pam, with helping him get sober.

“It was Pam who helped me get myself back together,” he said. “She made me think positively. I was very down on myself. She made me realize people still wanted to hear me sing, and convinced me I could escape the downward spiral.”

In 2012 he released the album, “Hard Knocks.” That year he talked to NPR about the project and his love of his life in Colorado — despite the harsh winters.

“I embrace the winter these days,” he said in the interview. “The best thing to do is get a big house. If you are going to have cabin fever, have a big cabin. I walk on a regular basis, I have a couple of dogs. The house tucks right into the mountains. I literally feel I have become a mountain man over these past couple of years.”

Musicians of all ages and genres took to Twitter to pay tribute.

“So sad to hear about Joe Cocker. What an entertainer. One of a kind voice. Rock won’t ever sound the same,” tweeted “Glee’s” Kevin McHale.

Source:CNN

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over drug trafficking.

Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, was ordered held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, failed to convince a judge that his client should be released without bail because he was framed and had no reason to run.

“He is a legitimate entertainer,” Greenberg said. “He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour.”

The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song “Hot Boy.” He also put out a music video that popularized a dance craze called the “Shmoney dance,” and reportedly signed a lucrative record deal with Epic Records.

Greenberg claimed Epic had agreed to help Pollard make bail. A spokesman for the label declined to comment.

Police arrested Pollard on conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession on Wednesday after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall. Police found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car in which he was riding, authorities said.

An indictment naming Pollard charges more than 15 defendants with a variety of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. The gang’s gun play left one rival dead, injured an innocent bystander sitting on folding chair outside a Brooklyn home and caused pandemonium outside a nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida, authorities said.

Police seized 21 guns during the investigation, 10 of them while making arrests on Wednesday.

The case carries some “deeply disturbing themes: The gang members’ enthrallment with guns, and a cavalier disregard for human life,” Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said at a news conference.

The hip-hop artist’s songs and videos were “almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street,” added James Essig, head of a New York Police Department unit that made the arrests.

The court papers allege that Pollard fired a gun toward a crowd of people outside a barbershop in Brooklyn earlier this year. They also say he was present last year during a confrontation between rival drug gangs outside a Brooklyn courthouse where shots were fired.

The evidence includes several recorded phone conversations, including some between Pollard and gang members serving time on Rikers Island, the indictment says. The gang used code words, referring to firearms as “tone,” ”socks” or “CDs,” narcotics as “crills,” and shootings as “sun tans,” it says.

During a conversation on April 28, Pollard bragged, “I am two socks Bobby right now,” the indictment says. Another defendant commented, “Bobby out here with two CDs on him like in the wild wild west or something.”

A “Hot Boy” video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“My music is straight facts,” Pollard recently told New York Magazine. “There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.”

Pollard’s criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said. If convicted of conspiracy, he faces a maximum sentence of 8 to 25 years in prison.

 

SOURCE: Associated Press

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NY Rapper Bobby Shmurda Charged With Conspiracy Of Second Degree Murder, Assault, Weapons, and Narcotics

 

NY Rapper Bobby Shmurda Indicted On Multiple Criminal Charges

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night in New York outside Quad Recording Studios which is the same studio Tupac was robbed and shot at back in 1994.  This is the outcome of a long term investigation by police into murder, gun and drug trafficking.

Thirteen people were arrested The rapper is due back in court on January 29th for arraignment. A two million dollar insurance bail has been set. Charges include: conspiracy of second degree murder, assault, weapons and narcotics charges.

Shmurda was born in Florida to a Jamaican Father and Trinidadian Mother. He relocated to Brooklyn New York. This is not Bobby’s first run in with the law. he has spent 14 months in Juvenile Detention and has most recently been charged with criminal possession of a weapon back in June.  Bobby became a hit in his rough neighborhood of East Flatbush, NY with his hit single ‘Hot Boy’ along with many other underground songs He has with his GS9 rap crew. Bobby Shmurda grew popularity in New York for his hot beats, abrasive lyrics, and most notably the truth behind many of his rap lyrics. Street credibility has not been an issue with this rapper as this young artist has rapped about the life he has lived, however this may also be his downfall.

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Nicki Minaj Has Emotional Interview With Angie Martinez

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50 Cent Inks $78 Million Underwear Deal

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Frigo RevolutionWear is an underwear brand that 50 Cent has been supporting for a while now; 50 hosted their launch party earlier this year.  Fellow New York celebrities Derek Jeter and Carmelo Anthony reportedly have stakes in Frigo as part owners. The brand announced a partnership with 50, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, and Timbaland on its Facebook page a few days ago. Frigo has not confirmed the monetary amount of the deal with 50, or what the deal exactly entails as of yet.

In an interview with Seth Meyers last night (Dec. 15), 50 Cent says that since women “spend so much on lingerie, [Frigo underwear] is the right project for men.” 50 Cent says that the underwear was designed before his involvement, and that they haven’t had to do any promotions for the underwear until now.

Frigo, which sells underwear for $100 a pair, seeks to “revolutionize the underwear industry by offering men optimal comfort, moisture control and support, with style and practicality in mind,” according to its website.

SOURCE: XXL Magazine

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Man gets $50,000 settlement after NYPD cops ruin his Christmas

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It’s going to be a merrier Christmas for a Brooklyn man who sued the NYPD for ruining his family’s holiday.

And a Grinch-like cop will be getting a lump of coal in his stocking.

The city Law Department is paying $50,000 to Yahnick Martin to settle his federal lawsuit, according to court papers filed last week.

Martin claimed in the suit that he was hauled off in handcuffs and that his Chrysler van, packed with Christmas gifts, was stolen after cold-hearted cops left the vehicle unattended and with the engine running on a Brooklyn street.

“My family, we have to deal with this the rest of our lives, and there’s no amount of money that can take back what we missed out on that Christmas holiday,” Martin told the Daily News.

“I lost two aunts that following year who never got a chance to meet my children because we weren’t there for Christmas . . . It’s a tradition to go to South Carolina, (and) that was the only time I’ve ever missed Christmas at home.”

Officer Roman Goris learned a painful lesson, too: He was forced to kick in $500 toward the settlement and docked eight vacation days by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for improperly searching through Martin’s pockets during the initial stop-and-frisk in Bedford-Stuyvesant, The News has learned.

Martin’s suit reads like a Charles Dickens tale.

He was sitting in a rented van Dec. 23, 2011, while his wife dropped off a Christmas present to a friend.

Martin, a father of three, was smoking a cigar. That apparently aroused the suspicion of Goris and colleagues, who pulled up in a police van and claimed they smelled marijuana, according to the suit.

Goris patted down Martin, an action that was found, after the departmental trial, to be justified.

But after not feeling anything that might be a weapon, he still reached into the man’s pocket and removed his wallet and lighter, which a trial judge found was unjustified.

Martin mouthed off about the treatment and was handcuffed.

As police took Martin away, he implored them to secure the van, which was still running and contained his children’s car seats, clothing, his wife’s pocketbook, two cell phones and the Christmas gifts.

Predictably, someone drove off with the van.

It was recovered later — damaged and stripped of the valuables.

“That’s too bad. You should have thought of that before being a smartass,” a cop retorted, according to the court records.

Police gave Martin summonses for disorderly conduct, which were later dismissed.

Goris’ lawyer declined to comment.

Source:NY DAILY NEWS

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Star Cooks And Eats Ex-Girlfriends Pet

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Professional bad guy Dimitri Diatchenko faces felony counts of animal cruelty and making threats after he allegedly ate his ex-girlfriend’s bunny and sent her threatening step-by-step photos of the sick meal. The North Hollywood-based actor’s filmography spans nearly two decades, and includes a small part on ‘Two Broke Girls’ and a fight scene with Chuck Norris on ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ which he lost.

 

His feud with his ex turned into a fatal attraction.

A TV actor who once shared a fight scene with Chuck Norris and played a Russian gangster on “Sons of Anarchy” skinned, cooked and ate his ex-girlfriend’s pet bunny — and then threatened to do the same to her, police said.

Professional bad guy Dimitri Diatchenko was charged Tuesday in Los Angeles with felony counts of animal cruelty and making criminal threats.

The North Hollywood-based actor played small roles on a slew of TV shows. In a 1999 episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” he sucker punched Chuck Norris, although Norris ultimately won the fight. Most recently, he appeared in an episode of “2 Broke Girls.”

Diatchenko, 46, still lived with his ex, although they broke up months ago. She recently told him they should no longer room together.

It’s unclear if Miss Ella was the bunny he allegedly cooked. Facebook It’s unclear if Miss Ella was the bunny he allegedly cooked.

On Sunday, while she was out of the house, he killed her rabbit and documented it on camera, police said.

The crime mimicked a famous scene from the 1987 film “Fatal Attraction,” where Glenn Close’s character boils her lover’s daughter’s pet rabbit.”

Diatchenko skinned the pet, cooked it and ate half of it while sending her step-by-step pictures of what he did,” according to a statement from the district attorney’s office.

When the horrified woman came home, he allegedly threatened her, too.

“When she returned the defendant allegedly told her he would do the same to her,” the statement said.

Diatchenko frequently posted photos of a rabbit named Miss Ella on his Facebook page, although it’s unclear if she was the animal he allegedly killed and ate.

Diatchenko is out of a Los Angeles jail on bail. He faces four years and eight months in prison if convicted.

The San Francisco-born actor studied music at Stetson University in Florida and acting at Florida State University. His filmographyspans nearly two decades, and includes small parts in “How I Met Your Mother,” “Family Guy,” “The Wild Thornberrys” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”

He also appeared in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and provided voice for video games, such as Call of Duty.

SOURCE: NY DAILY NEWS

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Swedish Police Raid Pirate Bay

Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.

For many years The Pirate Bay has been sailing by the seat of its pants so any downtime is met with concern from its millions of users.

This morning, for the first time in months, The Pirate Bay disappeared offline. A number of concerned users emailed TF for information but at that point technical issues seemed the most likely culprit.

However, over in Sweden authorities have just confirmed that local police carried out a raid in Stockholm this morning as part of an operation to protect intellectual property.

“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement.

Police are staying quiet on the exact location of the operation and the targets involved but the fact that the national police IP chief is involved at this early stage suggests something sizable.

In addition, expert file-sharing case prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad has commented on the raid, further adding weight to the incident.

“There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized, but I cannot say exactly how many,” Ingblad told SR.

Ingblad would not be drawn on any arrests during the operation but TorrentFreak has learned that police may have detained at least one man connected to the site.

While it seems certain that The Pirate Bay has been targeted today, it was not the only casualty. Several other torrent related sites including EZTV, Zoink, Torrage and the Istole tracker are also down.

Update: The Pirate BayÂ’s forum Suprbay.org is also offline. The same goes for Bayimg.com and Pastebay.net.

Breaking news story, more as we have it.

Source: https://torrentfreak.com/swedish-pol…ffline-141209/

 

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Rev. Sharpton & Brown Family Address Media

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- “This process should be indicted. We could foresee what the outcome was going to be. And that’s exactly what occured last night.”

Reverend Al Sharpton along with Brown family attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray, held a press conference Tuesday morning to address the grand jury’s decision. Members of the National Action Network and Michael Brown Sr. were also in attendance.

Michael Brown’s mother Leslie McSpadden did not attend the conference that took place at the Greater St. Mark Family Church located at 9950 Glen Owen Drive in Ferguson.

Sharpton and the attorneys argue that this process was “supposed to give clarity.” Sharpton says he has never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit the victim.

“A first year law student would’ve done a better job.”

The group has publicly objected to this process because “all across America young people are being killed by police officers.” They argue that their acts are not insane. “We know that our children deserve equal justice,” said Crump.

“For the sake of public trust, we pray that prosecutors will say we want people to believe in the system.”

The group argued that Michael Brown will not be remembered for ashes of buildings burned in Ferguson. “Let the record be clear, you have broken our hearts, but you have not broken our backs. We will continue to pursue justice,” said Sharpton.

Although the group was not surprised at the outcome it was their hope to be “in a different place.”

Brown’s parents released a statement after the grand jury decision was announced that read:

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”

-The Brown Family

Rev. Sharpton thinks that it was irresponsible and unnecessary to release the announcement at night. He told the crowd that those who acted in a destructive manner do not represent the spirit of Michael Brown. “If you’re on Michael Brown’s side, you walk with dignity. Don’t lower your standards.”

Sharpton explained that the job of the grand jury is to decide if there’s enough evidence to move forward. He along with the attorneys do not believe that the case was presented in a fair and balanced manner. “This is not about all of us liking each other. This is about all of us being bonded with a common goal,” said Sharpton.

The group believes that Michael Brown’s death has lit a new energy for police accountability.

Attorney Crump ended the press conference by letting everyone in attendance know, “We condemn the violent acts from last night but we also condemn the violent acts from August 9th that killed Michael Brown Jr.”

SOURCE: http://fox2now.com/2014/11/25/brown-family-to-speak-at-press-conference-tuesday-morning-in-ferguson/

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THIS WEEK ON THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER BY CC LOVECHILD

Blessha bones cousins!!!!  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood now that spring is showing its warm face.  Now is the time to get them feet worked on, if you neglected them during this brutal winter season…..don’t let ’em catch you with ya work undone. *gigglin*

I wouldn’t be a true BROOKLYNITE if I didn’t pay homage to my good friend, the best herbologist I ever knew, and the man LIL KIM wished was her babydaddy CHRISTOPHER “BIGGIE SMALLS” WALLACE, gone but you will never, never be forgotten…R.I.P. Love you….

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CONGRATULATIONS to my boi Mr. Trafficaaaaaaaaa himself, Mr. Tony J on the 7th Annual Traffic Music Awards held in St. Louis last Sunday.  S/O to all the nominees, & especially the winners and artists that showcased their skills!  Its the Grammys & BET awards all wrapped in 1.  Next year #teamepic will make the nominee’s list fasho!!!

And here is the latest in SPORTS: Iverson is broke…& KOBE still sucks.

Soooo MICHAEL JACKSON and MIKI HOWARD had a son together?  LMAO @ MJ sleeping with a black woman. LMAO @ Blanket got another brother or uncle… LMAO @ them Joe’s lips tho…welp, I guess Billy Jean was his lover, she’s just a girl that claims that he was the one…n DNA says that’s his son *grabs crotch n stands on tippy toes*

I went to see SON OF GOD, no I didn’t fall asleep…but I didn’t get crunk about it till I heard my boo CEELO GREEN as the credits rolled….the scriptures were OFF…and the story improperly told, not to mention they failed to show the GOD in the SON….that grieved my spirit…I hope GOD’S NOT DEAD makes up for it…I’ll keep you posted!!

NEW MUSIC!!!!  From who?  Glad you asked….The Ill side’s greatest TBABY!!!!  OOOhhh Weeee!  I’m still bangin’ my favorite joint from ’08 LIKE A GIANT, now I got another one to add…it’s called Say Sum, check it out and let me know what y’all think…

I used to really be surprised that black women would get on TV and clown the way they do, until I saw the ‘QUEEN OF SOUL’ straight throw shade on PATTI LABELLE *gasp*….now if their old tails are actin’ like this at the WHITE HOUSE  there really might not be any hope for unity amongst the sisters….and did I say at the WHITE HOUSE?! During the WOMEN OF SOUL event….this double chinned heffa had the audacity to sing in a fur coat…WHO IS HER PUBLICIST?   I’m super sick of not being able to tell the difference between her stomach and her breasts….#learnhowtobuyabra

DON’T LET THE HEARSE BEAT YOU TO THE CHURCH!!!: RANCE ALLEN is still touring after 50 years of ministry!  His hair is a ministry all its own, I love it; it always looks so soft, and flows with every note he sings!!!!

Ok, ok, ok….@Mrcoreybarrett has a new joint SAVIOR, that is a EPIC track!  St.Louis has more than hip hop and R&B, I’m super proud of this brother…his live performance is an EPIC move of God….

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I lost my mommy as a teenager, but God never let me go without good sound motherly advice & stern looks during church, thanks to ASSISTANT PASTOR ELAINE “YEYE” JACKSON of A.C.E. Ministries Inc, of Kansas City MO who will be marrying her boo REV. THOMAS RICE!!!  I’m so happy for the both of you.  Yeye you encouraged me when I felt like I was un-encouragable, unlovable, & just down right rebellious.  It was a privilege being groomed for ministry under you and BISHOP L.W & EFFIE BOLTON…you deserve all the happiness and joy marriage will bring you!  Love you both!

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NEXT TIME…New Music coming from TechSupreme, TefPoe, & L7!!!!!!!….

Miracle & Blessings….

CC Lovechild
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