“BOYZ N THE HOOD” DIRECTOR JOHN SINGLETON PASSES AWAY AT 51

LOS ANGELES , CA

 

 

 

John Singleton passed away on Monday after being removed from life-support following a massive stroke. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was 51-years old. Singleton was reportedly rushed to the hospital on April 17th due to a stroke. Singleton’s condition quickly declined and he reportedly slipped into a coma. The Los Angeles Times (@latimes) reported, Singleton passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital inside the intensive care unit.

 

 

 

John Singleton may have been known by many for directing and creating “Boyz N The Hood”, but Singleton’s legacy goes well beyond that one movie. (Even though it is one of my all-time favorites.) John Singleton also directed

  • Poetic Justice
  • Higher Learning
  • Baby Boy
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious
  • Shaft
  • Rosewood
  • Four Brothers
  • Abduction
  • Hustle & Flow
  • Woo

 

and I’m sure I’m probably leaving out a few others. John Singleton became the first African American to be nominated for an Oscar. That nomination came for Boyz’ N The Hood. Singleton was 24-years old at the time. More importantly, Singleton created a platform to employ African-American actors in Hollywood at a time when not too many people were casting African Americans in lead roles in major movies. Singleton’s work has surely inspired countless others to believe that they too can do this. His legacy will definitely leave an impact, and the work he has done will surely live on for future generations to see and enjoy as much as we have. R.I.P John Singleton…..gone, but will never be forgotten. Thank you for the movies that became the theme to my life as a young man, and also my inspiration in a lot of ways.

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MY THOUGHTS ON SEASON 8 EPISODE 3 OF GAME OF THRONES

KAREEM RAHMAN

 

 

 

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???  Man, I’m still trying to process everything I saw (and didn’t see) last night. I say didn’t see because the night was dark and full of terrors….literally! There were times that I couldn’t see shit on the screen during last night’s episode. Especially when the blizzard or whatever came. At times, watching last night’s ep. reminded me of watching one of those bootleg DVD’s you used to buy on the Ave. back in the day. I blamed the cable company. Thought they were on some bullshit! But, even though I will probably have to call the cable company this morning and apologize to them for accusing them of purposely trying to sabotage “Thrones Night” and threatening to switch cable providers because of it, last night’s episode was still easily one of the best I’ve seen thus far.

 

 

 

Episode 3 brought so many characters together in one place at the same time. I don’t think there has ever been an episode like this. Some people on social media said it would’ve been better if all of the characters were in one place fighting against each other instead of fight the dead. And they wished more people would’ve perished in last night’s battle vs. the dead. Good theory, I suppose. But I ask one question. If more people would’ve died in the battle against the dead, who would’ve been left to fight the final battle against Sersei Lannister? You do realize that people like the Hound and Jaime Lannister stayed alive for a reason right? It’s for the drama of the final battle. The Hound vs. The Mountain. Jaime and Terion Lannister vs. Sersei Lannister. Yara Greyjoy vs. Euron Greyjoy. And so on and so on. The battle versus the dead was always built up to be a big battle. But the final battle has always been The Battle For The Iron Throne. Have we forgot? I expected some death last night, but I was pretty sure that quite a few key characters would remain among the living. One death that was surprising to me was Theon Greyjoy.

 

 

 

Theon’s character did a complete 360 didn’t he? Theon didn’t start off as a terrible person. He was actually a pretty good dude. Theon took a trip over to the dark side, got his dumb ass tortured for what seemed like forever, turned into a yellow bellied coward, and now seemed to be on the road to redemption. Full circle. I thought Theon would get to complete the circle. Killing his uncle Euron would’ve completed the circle for Theon…in my eyes. I guess the writers had something else in mind. At least Theon did die having peace of mind. The Starks forgave him for the wrong he’d done to them over these past seasons. Theon also took a lot of the dead to the grave with him. Great effort, but still, Theon’s watch has ended.

 

R.I.P Theon Greyjoy

 

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One of the other deaths that threw me for a loop was the death of House Mormont. The Mormont’s didn’t just loose two family members last night, the entire Mormont name was wiped out by the end of last night’s battle. Everybody knew little Lyanna Mormont was a goner last night, right? You didn’t? What purpose would her character have served after the battle vs. the dead? Her whole purpose was rallying the troops during the weeks of preparation leading up to the battle. She was a great motivator, but she was never meant to be a soldier. Her making the decision to stay out there on the battlefield with her troops last week, had pretty much already sealed her fate in my eyes. She’s about 11-years old with no battle experience. Things played out exactly how I thought they would for Lyanna. But, the little girl with big heart, went out fighting. She managed to take one of the giants to the afterlife with her. Jorah Mormont’s death was more surprising to me. Jorah’s father disowned him a long time ago. The dad was killed, and even before last night’s episode, I was certain that Lyanna would be killed, and I believed that would leave Jorah as the last living Mormont. And that would be ironic considering his dad had disowned him and barred him from using the family’s name. Didn’t happen. Jorah died the same way he lived his life ever since he met Danarys…..protecting her. Jorah protected Dany all the way up to his last breath. Jorah was always in love with Dany, and even as he lay there dying, it seemed like his last wish was for a kiss from Dany…..or either a quick hand-job or something. Jorah got neither. Which made his death even sadder to me. The whole Mormont family died fighting for Westeros, but now their watch has ended.

 

R.I.P Mormonts

 

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Episode 3 of season 8 took us all on an emotional rollercoaster as we watched some of our faves rumble with the dead. It took the viewer from a feeling of hopelessness to hopeful and back to hopelessness again, before Arya came through and saved the night. Even though I knew this wasn’t the last episode, there were a few times when I thought everyone was going to die. Especially when Jon Snow chased the Night King down and he revived the dead. I yelled at the tv “just get it over with already!” I’m happy Greyworm survived, but I could’ve sworn I saw him die at least twice last night. Jaime, Brienne, and Sam too. I blame it on the dark screen. But the battle versus the dead is over and now it’s time to move forward to the final battle for the Throne versus Cersei Lannister and her army, which is completely rested, while the army back in Winterfell has just finished up a hard fought seven-game series versus the dead. These final three episodes should definitely be very interesting to say the least! Oh yeah, I think another dragon died last night too. That leaves only one healthy dragon left for the fight versus Cersei, and she now has a weapon that can take dragons out! My prediction: Winterfell wins the series in 6 games. 4-2. Cersie just doesn’t have enough shooters to win 4 games versus Winterfell. Even with all of her sneaky, underhanded tactics.

DOMESTIC TERRORIST SUSPECT IN POWAY SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING LINKED TO ARSON AT MOSQUE

SAN DIEGO, CA

 

 

 

19-year old John Earnest, who is the suspect in the shooting at a San Diego Synagogue on Saturday, is also the author of a manifesto, who claimed to have set a nearby Mosque on fire last month. In the manifesto, Earnest wrote that his inspiration for the crime came from the gunman who killed 50 people at two Mosque in New Zealand.

 

 

 

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SUSPECT JOHN EARNEST PICTURED IN PHOTO (NO MUGSHOT PHOTO AVAILABLE)

 

 

Reuters (@reuters) reported, Earnest turned himself in to police shortly after carrying out the deadly shooting at the San Diego Synagogue that was filled with Sabbath worshippers at the time of the assault. Earnest walked into the suburban San Diego Synagogue late Saturday morning, the last day of Passover, and opened fire with an Ar-15 assault-style rifle. One woman was killed and three other people were injured in the act of domestic terrorism including the Rabbi. Earnest then sped away in a car, and eluded an off-duty border patrol agent, who managed to get off a couple of shots at Earnest before he fled. A short time later, Earnest pulled the car over and surrendered to police officers.

HARVARD SAYS BLAC CHYNA HAS NOT BEEN ACCEPTED TO BUSINESS SCHOOL AND HER ADMITTANCE LETTER IS A FAKE

Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

There was news last week that Blac Chyna was heading to Harvard business school as she said she wanted to better herself and show that there was more to her than the negative things that were always shown publicly. Chyna even posted her letter of Admittance from Harvard “online” business school. Turns out, Harvard never accepted her, and the admittance letter she showed off was a fake. But, the crazy part of this story is that neither one of those things are the biggest story here.

 

 

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TMZ (@tmz) reported, Chyna has apparently purchased a package from a PR firm who reportedly will do all the work to get you a certificate from a prestigious school for the low price of $3250. Sound familiar? Yeah, this is something like the scam that Lori Loughlin and a bunch of other rich parents are on trial for right now. TMZ said the name of the guy who allegedly runs the “firm” is Christian Emiliano. The email sent out to possible clients states “Our team will complete all the course work for you, all you have to do is take one test (we will provide you the study guide) and then take credit for the program.” The email from the firm also states “You can go on the Harvard campus and take a picture with a Harvard hoodie on/ you can post updates on your SnapChat and Instagram stories.” TMZ reported that after breaking the story about Chyna, another unnamed celebrity came to them and also stated they were using Christian’s services. The big story here might not be Blac Chyna. The big story here may be the uncovering of another college related con. Stay tuned, I’m sure there will be more to this.