BROWARD COUNTY, FL
Bill K. Kapri is a free man. I know you’re asking, “who the hell is Bill Kapri?” That’s your boy Kodak, who legally changed his name while he was in the bing.
Florida local news station, WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) reported, Kodak Black walked out of jail early Saturday morning and hopped into a black Bentley sport utility vehicle without saying much to the hordes of media that awaited him outside the jail.
“I don’t really talk too much” was all Kodak had to say to the press before he jumped in the Bentley truck and reportedly made his way to his mothers’ house to see his son.
Kodak Black pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He reportedly used his time behind bars wisely, earning his G.E.D and participating in other programs. While this chapter of his legal battles are over, Kodak still has a pending case in South Carolina. That one is for an alleged sexual assault. No word yet on when he will be headed to the studio, but fans of the 21-year old rap star is hoping it will be soon.
Ms. Aretha Franklin, who was known as the queen of soul passed away on Thursday morning.
CNN (@cnn) reported, the official cause of death was due to pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Aretha Franklin was surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit home at the time of her passing.
The Queen of soul was born, Aretha Louise Franklin, on March 25th, 1942. Her singing career began at the New Bethel Baptist Church as a child singing in the choir. By age 18 she was recording songs for Columbia Records. Aretha Franklin went on to sign with Atlantic Records in 1967, where she received her first taste of commercial success with songs like RESPECT and NATURAL WOMAN. By the end of the 1960’s, Aretha was crowned The Queen Of Soul. Aretha Franklin went on to record a string of chart-topping songs. Way too many to list, but here are a few you may have heard before:
- Never Loved A Man (1967)
- Respect (1967)
- Think (1968)
- Call Me (1970)
- Until You Come Back To Me (1973)
- Something He Can Feel (1976)
- Jump To It (1982)
- Freeway Of Love (1985)
Aretha Franklin also made appearances in multiple movies and documentaries throughout her career. Including:
- Black Rodeo (1972)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- The Zen Of Bennett (2012)
- Muscle Shoals (2013)
There will never be another Queen Of Soul. Ms Franklin will always be the sole owner of that honor and title. Rest In Peace Ms Aretha “Queen Of Soul” Franklin. You will be missed.
50 Cent, Tekashi69, and a few other big names in rap found themselves in harm’s way when someone drove by the set of the video they were filming in Brooklyn, and licked off at least 11 shots before they sped off and disappeared into the night.
TMZ (@tmz) reported, the shooting happened around 10:30 pm in Brooklyn as the rappers were filming a video. Rappers Casanova and Uncle Murda were also on set to make an appearance in the video. A white Porsche that allegedly had New Jersey license plates rolled up, and at least one shooter began letting off shots from the vehicle. No one was hit in the shooting. Police found at least 11 shell casings at the scene and said the shooter likely used a 9mm semi-automatic in the shooting. Police are reviewing surveillance video from the scene. So far, there are no suspects or motives. No word on if one of the rappers were the target of the shooter, or someone else at the video shoot.
BET has cancelled its only late-night talk show after just one season. The Rundown with Robin Thede was a mix of politics, news, and comedy all wrapped into one, and more importantly, hosted by a black woman. Something BET claims to want more of as they push shows like “Black Girls Rock.”
Thede’s Rundown was the only late-night show currently on television hosted by a black woman. Variety Magazine (@variety) reported, that the show started off strong and drew rave reviews, but somewhere along the lines ratings must’ve dropped off, leading to BET’S decision not to renew the show. Even though this Robin Thede show is coming to an end at BET, the network says that they will continue to work with her in the future.
“At this time BET Networks has decided not to renew ‘The Rundown with Robin Thede.’ We have so much love and respect for our Unicorn and look forward to finding ways to continue in partnership with Robin.” BET said in a statement.
I can’t lie. If it were me, I’d be salty. One season is not really enough time to know what a show is going to be. I understand the ratings game, but the cancellation after just one season seems a little premature to me. Thede is clearly a better person than I am. She wasn’t salty about the cancellation. Thede seemed to be more thankful for the opportunity.
“I’m thankful that BET took a chance on me and the show. I’m already in development on several other projects and I’m looking forward to hosting the TCA Awards on August 4th.” Thede told Variety Magazine in a recent interview.