Bernie Casey, Football Star Turned Actor, Poet and Painter, Dies at 78

Actor Bernie Casey, who appeared in such films asBoxcar Bertha, Never Say Never Again and Revenge of the Nerds after a career as a standout NFL wide receiver, has died. He was 78.

First Anniversary Celebration of Artpeace Gallery - ArrivalsCasey, who also starred in Cleopatra Jones and several other blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, died Tuesday after a brief illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

In the Warner Bros. drama Brothers (1977), Casey distinguished himself by portraying a thinly veiled version of George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who was killed in what officials described as an escape attempt from San Quentin in 1971. His writings had inspired oppressed people around the world, and Bob Dylan recorded a song as a tribute to Jackson in 1971.

Casey also wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Dinner (1997), centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, homophobia, etc. while sitting around the dinner table.

Casey played a heroic former slave and train robber in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha (1972), was CIA agent Felix Leiter (a recurring character in Bond films) in Never Say Never Again (1983) and portrayed U.N. Jefferson, the president of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, in Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and two follow-up telefilms. Continue reading

Winning ticket sold in Massachusetts for $758.7 million Powerball jackpot

Yahoo- The winning ticket for Wednesday’s $758.7 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Massachusetts, lottery officials have confirmed.

DH-IbYBXsAEDeefThe ticket was sold at Handy Variety in Watertown, located about 20 minutes west of Boston.

“There was one Powerball jackpot winner Wednesday and 9,397,723 additional players won prizes totaling more than $135 million,” according to the Powerball website. “The estimated jackpot will be reset to $40 million.”

The numbers for the jackpot — the second-largest Powerball jackpot in history — were drawn Wednesday night.

The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26. The Powerball was 4.

The $758.7 million jackpot is second only to a $1.6 billion prize shared by three people in January 2016.

The current jackpot refers to the annuity option, doled out in 30 payments over 29 years, increasing 5 percent annually. Nearly all winners favor the cash option, which would now be $443.3 million.

As ABC new reported Wednesday morning, Powerball officials told ABC News they expected to sell 170 million tickets between last Saturday and tonight’s drawing.

The odds of matching all six numbers are only one in 292.2 million — but the odds of winning another prize are a bit more encouraging.

Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington DC., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of which collectively oversee the game.

 

Congrats to the winner! Just know we are hatin’ big time over here! We were hoping to cash out so we could shut this site down and move Jamaica never to be heard from again!

Bay Area Rapper Keak Da Sneak in Critical Condition After Being Shot

Vlad Tv-  Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak was shot this morning (Aug. 20) in Richmond, CA and is now in critical condition after being shot multiple times.

Keak, born Charles Williams was found in front of a 76 Gas Station at Carlson Boulevard and Imperial Way. Cops responded to a call that shots were fired around 5:30 am. The police say the rapper is hanging in there.

57f205405d1dea446fe65be57b0594bb0b5e478602d24d6a52d905db359ab793_largeFellow Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B. posted a video message on Instagram saying that his big homie Keak had made it through surgery and was now in recovery. In the video the rapper said: “We need to stop waiting ’til we hear news of something to show our appreciation for someone,” said F.A.B. in the vid, adding, “We gotta start loving each other while we here, man. Giving each other roses while we here, man.”

Keak was also shot back in January and was limited to crutches.

We are praying for you Keak!!!

Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

NPR-

Dick Gregory, the comedian and civil rights crusader, died Saturday. He was 84.

His family announced the news on his public Facebook page.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC,” his son Christian Gregory said in the post. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days.”

gettyimages-148996290_custom-a75c9fa5e41ddd57d6d994b21033648c76d5be91-s800-c85According to The Associated Press, Gregory, who was recently in and out of the hospital, died following a severe bacterial infection. NPR has not independently confirmed the cause of death.

Gregory gained attention as a comedian in the early 1960s, and was the first black comedian to widely win plaudits from white audiences. Darryl Littleton, author of the book Black Comedians on Black Comedy, told NPR in 2009 that Gregory broke barriers with his appearances on television, just by sitting down:

“Dick Gregory is the first to recognized — and he’ll say it — the first black comedian to be able to stand flat-footed, and just delivered comedy. You had other comedians back then but they always had to do a little song or a dance or whatever, Sammy Davis had to dance and sing, and then tell jokes. Same with Pearl Bailey and some of the other comedians. But Dick Gregory was able to grow on television, sit down on the Jack Paar show — and sit on the couch and actually have a discussion, and that it never happened in the history of television.”

Gregory “opened the door” for Bill Cosby to rise to fame, Littleton said.

He was noted for his political and social activism, beginning in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He attended the historic 1963 March on Washington. Forty years later, Gregory told Tavis Smiley on NPR about his experience at the march, describing it as “joy. It was festivity, and as far as the human eye could see.”

Gregory talked in 2003 about his experience trying to integrate a restaurant in Mississippi before the march, showing he could inject some humor into a serious story:

Gregory was married for more than 50 years and had 10 children. His daughter Ayanna Gregory released a song called “A Ballad For My Father” in 2007. She told NPR that her father was gone from home often, but it was because “human rights became his life.”

She sang: “As a little girl, I didn’t know what you meant to this world. If I had a dime for every time somebody told me it’s to save their lives and changed their minds. You planted seeds so long ago deep in me so I would grow.”

Gregory mused about death in 2006, when talking with Ed Gordon about the passing at the time of Coretta Scott King:

“Let me just say this, whenever you die from this planet, I feel you go some place, and my trip going to be so long to wherever I go, I got instructions from my wife to put on a couple of backpacks.”

 

RIP to a LEGEND

PRODIGY FROM MOBB DEEP DEAD AT 42

Tmz reports-

Prodigy one half of the rap group Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas.

His publicist says he was hospitalized “a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.”

The publicist added … “the exact cause of death has not been determined.”

maxresdefaultProdigy was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the Art of Rap tour … with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T … to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.

Prodigy and his partner, Havoc, formed Mobb Deep in NYC in the early ’90s. Their biggest hits include “Quiet Storm” and “Shook Ones.”

RIP to Prodigy and prayers go out to his family.