Robert Guillaume, ‘Benson’ star, dies at 89

(CNN)Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his title role in the TV series “Benson,” died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89.

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His wife Donna Guillaume told CNN he had battled prostate cancer in recent years.

“He kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep,” Guillaume said.
She added that her husband really loved making music, entertaining and making people laugh. He treasured his role as Rafiki in Disney’s 1994 animated film “The Lion King,” she said.
Guillaume starred as the level-headed butler Benson DuBois on the sitcom “Benson” from 1979 – 1986. He won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy for his performance in the role in 1985. Dozens of TV roles followed, including turns on “A Different World” and “Sports Night.”
Guillaume is survived by four children, all of whom had spent time visiting with their father in his final weeks, Donna Guillaume said.
“He was a good father and a good husband. He was a great, great person,” she said.
RIP to TV legend who opened the door for so many actors of color!

O.J. Simpson released from Nevada prison after nine years for robbery

Daily News- O.J. Simpson is out of prison — and an attorney for the family of Ronald Goldman is now looking to collect.

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California lawyer David Cook told CNN that he’s ready to resume the Goldmans’ efforts to collect their cut of a wrongful death civil judgment against Simpson now worth just under $70 million.

“The good news for me is he’s getting out. The bad news for him is I’m in good health. I’m good to go,” Cook said.

He added he was ready for “round two” with Simpson, 70, following the fallen NFL great’s release from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada around midnight local time.

Lovelock staff told Simpson the same thing they say during every farewell to a prisoner, “Don’t come back.”

“I don’t intend to,” he replied, according to DOC spokeswoman Brooke Keast.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murder charges in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman, who was her friend.

He was found civilly liable for the slayings in 1997 and ordered to pay the victims’ families $33.5 million — a sum that has more than doubled with interest.

Simpson served nine years behind bars — most of them at Lovelock in the northern Nevada — after robbing two memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel in 2007.

The disgraced running back signed his release papers and walked out to a waiting driver in a dark parking lot of the facility still wearing standard prison garb: blue jeans, a denim jacket and white tennis shoes.

Keast is heard saying, “Here you go, come out,” to Simpson in a brief clip on the Department of Correction’s Facebook page.

You got the juice now OJ!.Keep your butt out of trouble!

 

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!!!