Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy may seem like they have absolutely nothing in common but actually they were quite good friends. Early in his career, Eddie used Mike as subject matter in his stand up, where he joked about Michael’s emotional performance of “She’s Outta My Life”, and as Eddie’s star rose, he and Mike gained a mutual respect for one another.
Check out a few choice videos of the two of them together below, beginning with Eddie’s 1983 Delirious roast of Jackson and ending with the two of them appearing in each other’s music videos: Continue Reading…
“This loss has deeply saddened me, with a heavy heart I composed this statement. May God cover you Michael. We all lift your name up in prayer. I pray for the entire JACKSON family particularly Michael’s mother and all his fans that loved him so much. I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael. I have great admiration and respect for Him and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to meet and perform with such a great entertainer In so many ways he transcended culture. He broke barriers, he changed radio formats! With music, he made it possible for people like Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama to impact the mainstream world. His legacy is unparalleled Michael Jackson will never be forgotten.” ~ Usher via Twitter
It’s no secret where Usher found the inspiration for his signature moves. Check out a flashback video of he and Mike in an onstage dance battle below with a funny surprise guest: Continue Reading…
The legendary Michael Jackson passed away today at the age of 50. Jackson suffered an apparent heart attack at his Bel-Air home and was rushed to UCLA Medical Center around 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. His death was confirmed by Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
I’m still speechless at this news and I’m walking round crying like I lost my big brother. I don’t know about you but regardless of how strange Micheal had grown over the years, he was still in my heart the “little Michael” below: Continue Reading…
Farrah Fawcett, 62, blonde-haired sex symbol of the late 1970s most remembered for her appearance on bedroom posters and as one of the original “Charlie’s Angels”, died today at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., of cancer. I saw Barbara Walters interviewing her boo Ryan O’Neal the other day and he emotionally proclaimed that they would get married in her final days. In the statement released about her death, he is identified as her companion, not her husband so I’m not sure he was able to carry out those wishes.
Of the passing, O’Neal told People magazine: “She’s gone. She now belongs to the ages. She’s now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She’s in a better place now. She was with her team when she passed … Her eyes were open, but she didn’t say anything. But you could see in her eyes that she recognized us.”
Fawcet was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2006, and though it went into remission, it reappeared last year. She wanted to keep her struggle private, but the National Enquirer published stories about her health, apparently gleaned from hospital employees who illegally pried in her records.
Her very public battle ended Tuesday morning at St. John’s Heath Center in Santa Monica, Calif.
Shakir Stewart, Executive Vice President of Def Jam Records died of an apparent suicide today. Details are sketchy, but WVEE DJ Greg Street, is currently dedicating his evening show to the fallen exec. Stewart, a graduate of Morehouse College, has been the go-to-guy for finding talent since his days at LaFace Records from 2000 to 2004, when he brought R&B siren Ciara to the company. He also played an integral role in bringing Beyonce to the firm.
He was last heard from around 2:00pm today. All of Atlanta is shocked by the news and my sincere condolences go out to the Stewart family.
Updated 1:00am ~ Def Jam Statement:
“LA Reid and all of us at Island Def Jam Music Group are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Shakir Stewart,” Def Jam said in a statement released to VIBE today. “Shakir was an amazing man, in every sense of the word. A truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.” Via Vibe.com