Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

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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.”

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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.

Lifetime Releases Trailer For Michael Jackson Biopic

Vlad Tv: Lifetime is bringing a biopic centered around the final years of Michael Jackson’s life to television.

michael-jackson-biopicThe A&E network station released a teaser for Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, in anticipation of its May 29 premiere, this week. The film will be based on a book co-authored by a group of bodyguards who protected Michael in his last days, and much of the promo shows actors Chad L. Coleman and Sam Adegoke facing interrogation by feds suspecting their involvement in his death. Fans can also expect to get a glimpse into how Michael’s relationship with his children [Prince, Blanket, and Paris] shaped up prior to the fatal 2009 overdose that claimed his life.

Immediate reactions to the trailer had to do the striking resemblance the actor selected to play Michael bears. That could very well have to do with the fact that they may have seen him before. Longtime MJ impersonator Navi fills the role. Navi worked alongside Michael for years, as his hand-picked body double and press decoy.

Tell us what you think about the trailer. We got our Fetty Wap eye on this project.

Erin Moran, ‘Happy Days’ actress, dead at 56

CNN reports- Popular actress Erin Moran, a mainstay on TV from the late ’60s to the mid-’80s and best known for her kid-sister role in the sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56.

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Authorities in Indiana found her body Saturday afternoon after getting a 911 call at 4:07 p.m. for “an unresponsive female,” the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said.

We want to thank Erin for all the years of sharing her great talent with us..
Rest in peace!

Aaron Hernandez found with Bible verse written on forehead, reports say

When corrections officers found Aaron Hernandez hanging from a bedsheet in his Massachusetts prison cell on Wednesday, the words “John 3:16” were written on his forehead and the wall, according to reports.

 

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The words were written with a red marker and a Bible was left open to the lines, sources told Fox 25 The verse says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

This story continues to become more bizarre daily.

We will keep you updated.