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Jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan dies at 51

January 15th, 2014 3:10am EST
The West Wing
Legendary jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan has died. He was 51.

The musician's death was confirmed on Facebook.com on Tuesday (14Jan14). No further details have been released.

His siblings Rickey and Denise shared the news with fans on the website, writing, "We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements."

Jordan was touted as one of the leading figures in the acid jazz movement of the 1980s and 1990s, a offshoot of the genre which incorporated elements of soul, disco, hip-hop...
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Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2013

January 2nd, 2013 1:37pm EST
Kate Beckinsale
What were you doing 40 years ago in 1973? Our guess is that many of you reading weren't even born yet? Taking a look back at history, here were a few things going on in the world that year.

The biggest story was then President Richard Nixon told the world he was "not a crook," as the Watergate hearings began. Also that year George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees for a mere $12 million from CBS. Popular films included The Exorcist, The Sting, Live and Let Die and Bobby squealed like a pig in Deliverance. Top TV shows in 73' included The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Columbo,...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'Just Let Go' (6.06)

November 6th, 2011 10:00pm EST
Dexter
This week's Dexter sees our hero make an important decision about his direction in life...while those around him continue to have no idea where they're headed.

Dex gets the news from Deb that Brother Sam has been shot, which forces him to abandon his stalking of Travis and makes him seriously angry. He quickly zeroes in on Leo Hernandez, a gang member who replaced the man Dex killed. He doesn't get a chance to exact justice, though, as Leo is shot and killed in a standoff with the cops.

All should be well, but Dexter finds himself not so convinced of Leo's guilt after all. The r...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'A Horse of a Different Color' (6.04)

October 23rd, 2011 9:08pm EDT
Dexter
If last week's Dexter was more of a standalone episode, this week's throws us right back into the season-long arc, inducing squirms and gasps in equal measure.

Dexter's decided to go to the baptism Brother Sam invited him to after all, even though the idea of religious faith goes right over his head. It's too bad that they don't have time to have a discussion, because it might've come in handy when Dex is called out to deal with the "wicked rodeo" we saw at the end of last week's episode. New guy Mike (Billy Brown) quickly points out to the Metro team that it has something to do w...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'Once Upon A Time' (6.02)

October 9th, 2011 10:00pm EDT
Dexter
He might be a serial killer, but this week's Dexter left me wanting to hug Dexter Morgan - after all, he's just realized that he may be his son's worst enemy.

Harrison's getting older now, and Dexter is disturbed to find out that his son has picked up on some of his father's habits, making repeated references to "daddy's box" of blood slides. Having previously stated that he doesn't want to pass his Dark Passenger on to the tot, Dex makes a painful decision at episode's end: that he can no longer show his son his real nature, only the one that everyone else believes to be true.

I...
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Previewing 'Dexter' Season 6 With Jennifer Carpenter

October 2nd, 2011 11:30am EDT
Dexter
Dexter Morgan has sliced his way into a bloody niche on TV. As it begins its sixth season tonight, Showtime's Dexter can boast both critical acclaim and an audience that's enraptured by the life of Miami's most loved serial killer. Dexter's biggest supporter - and also the largest threat to his lethal secret - is his sister, homicide detective Debra Morgan.

The show might be called Dexter, but Deb has been my favorite character on the series. She might have a smart mouth, but beyond that, she has an earnestness to bust the bad guys that I find admirable. She also displays a remarka...
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Mos Def To Change His Name To Yasiin In 2012

September 7th, 2011 8:32am EDT
Mos Def
Mos Def is retiring his famous name at the end of 2011.

The rapper/actor will start 2012 under the moniker Yasiin.

He tells MTV2's Sucker Free show, "Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years; it's a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on."

"Also, I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as."

The Italian Job star's birth name is Dante Terrel...
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Dexter Gets His Wings (Photo)

August 12th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Dexter | Photo Credits: Showtime
Producers promised Dexter would explore faith this season and in this first-look photo, it looks like he's earned his wings — in blood, at least.

Dexter Exclusive: In Season 6, Dexter finds... faith?

When "the avenging angel returns," Dexter (Michael C. Hall) will take on single parenting while hiding his secret hobby from his increasingly suspicious sister. The Showtime series will further the spirituality theme with the addition to the cast of Edward James Olmos as a renowned professor of religious history and Mos as an ex-con who found his mission in life by helping other cons. Colin H...
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RIP Soul Icon Gil Scott-Heron

May 28th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Gil Scot Heron
Legendary jazz and soul musician Gil Scott-Heron has died at the age of 62.

The iconic artist, poet and activist passed away in New York on Friday afternoon after falling sick following a trip to Europe.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to Jamaican soccer player Gilbert Heron and singer Bobbie Scott, the star spent his early years in Jackson, Tennessee before moving to the Big Apple with his mother following his parents' divorce.

He began his recording career in 1970 with his debut album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, a disc containing songs about social and political topics of the time, includ...
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Mos Def Scraps Tour Down Under

January 19th, 2011 8:35am EST
Mos Def
Rapper Mos Def has disappointed fans in Australasia by mysteriously axing his tour of the continent.

The hip-hop star was scheduled to kick off a series of gigs in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday, with subsequent dates scheduled for Australian cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

The start date had already been altered once before - a concert in Melbourne on Sunday was canceled at late notice too.

Mos Def has yet to comment on the cancellations.

New dates are expected to be announced within a week.
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Milla Jovovich Doesn't Look So Beautiful At 'Biutiful' Premiere

December 15th, 2010 11:00am EST
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich attended the Los Angeles premiere of "Biutiful" wearing an African-print dress. Despite being low cut, the very baggy dress does nothing for her figure. What do you think?

Milla stars in the upcoming film "Keep Coming Back" in which a sheltered teenager with a weak heart discovers that there is more to life than he ever imagined when he becomes smitten with a world-weary, alcoholic ex-stripper.

Milla stars as the exotic dancer who becomes charmed by the infatuated teen's naïveté, with Mos Def, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy rounding out the cast of this coming-of-age d...
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Sagittarius Celebrities: Happy Birthday To A-List Archers

November 24th, 2010 6:00pm EST
Scarlett Johansson, born November 22nd.
Sagittarius Celebrities are numerous, and as November 22nd marks the beginning of the Sun in Sagittarius now is the perfect time to spotlight some of the most famous—and stereotypical—Sag A-Listers. Whether you are a Sagittarius looking for more information on your Sun Sign, or you merely want to know more about the driving force behind your favorite Celebrities, here is nearly a month’s worth of famous Sagittarius Celebrities. Interested in wooing a Sagittarius? Click here to read about first date ideas for Sag and other Signs.

Sagittarians, symbolized by the Archer and Centaur, are born ...
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Milla Jovovich's Pumpkin-Colored Gown - Hot Or Not?

October 31st, 2010 12:00pm EDT
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich got into the Halloween spirit earlier this week with a bright orange gown at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills.

The actress/supermodel stars in the upcoming film "Keep Coming Back" about a sheltered teenager with a weak heart who discovers that there is more to life than he ever imagined when he becomes smitten with a world-weary, alcoholic ex-stripper.

Milla stars as the exotic dancer who becomes charmed by the infatuated teen's naïveté, with Mos Def, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy rounding out the cast of this coming-of-age drama that marks the d...
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Concert Promoters Sue Mos Def

August 28th, 2010 12:41pm EDT
Mos Def
Hip-hop star Mos Def is facing a lawsuit from concert promoters who allege he cancelled a show just 24 hours before his scheduled slot.

The rapper was due to perform at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada on February 24, according to papers filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday.

But Mos Def, real name Dante Smith, allegedly pulled out of the gig just one day before, despite taking a $12,500 deposit on the condition he would perform.

REMG Entertainment bosses claim he failed to return the money and they lost another $45,000 in "lost customers, sales, and goodwill", reports T...
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Will Smith Named Top Rapping Actor

August 19th, 2010 8:28am EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith has hammered the competition in a poll to find the best rapper-turned-actor.

The I Am Legend star, who enjoyed rap success with hits like Summertime and movie themes Wild Wild West and Men in Black, landed 58 per cent of the vote in the MovieTickets.com survey.

Mark Wahlberg came in second with 23 per cent and T.I. edged out Ludacris and Mos Def to land in third spot with seven per cent.

Crash star Ludacris and The Italian Job's Mos Def both garnered six per cent.

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Gorillaz Return With 'Plastic Beach'; Out March 9

January 21st, 2010 6:30pm EST
Gorillaz
Five years on from the release of "Demon Days", Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach. Gorillaz have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a 'Plastic Beach' HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This 'Plastic Beach' is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

The album is preceded by the first single, "Stylo" (featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack), which debuted on radio broadcasts last night and will be available for download on January 26.

Confirming ...
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Peas, Swift, Gaga & Beyonce Lead Grammy Award Nominations

December 3rd, 2009 8:43am EST
Grammy Award Nominations
Christmas came early for the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Beyonce on Wednesday night when they each received three major Grammy Awards nominations at the 2010 event's big reveal in Los Angeles.

Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Swift will fight for the Song of the Year prize in January, while the Black Eyed Peas, who opened the Grammy Nominations Concert at the Nokia Theater, will join the ladies to compete for both Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon scooped two nominations as the leading eight awards categories were announced - DMB w...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Mos Def Replaces Common At Hip-Hop Festival

July 6th, 2009 3:04pm EDT
Mos Def Replaces Common
Hip-hop star Mos Def saved the day at the Rock The Bells festival in Toronto, Canada on Sunday when he stepped in at the last minute to replace absent rapper Common.

Go hit-maker Common was forced to bow out of a headline slot at the event due to a scheduling conflict with his latest movie shoot.

However organizers at promoters Guerilla Union were able to keep fans entertained by landing Mos Def at late notice, flying the star in from Switzerland, where he had just performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Speaking before Sunday's concert, Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union said, "...
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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 4th, 2009 9:03am EDT
Star Trek
In the second week of our summer movie season, we have a lull in the number of films coming out. There are just three movies being released, and of those, two are premiering in mainstream theaters. Despite being a quiet week though, we have the release of "Star Trek," one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the summer, as well as "Next Day Air" and "Rudo y Cursi."

STAR TREK

In this re-imagination of the "Star Trek" franchise, the story chronicles the early adventures of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the other characters aboard the USS Enterprise from the original series. ...
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Mos Def Convinces Next Day Air Co-Stars To Ban 'N' Word

May 3rd, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Mos Def
Mos Def banned the use of the 'N' word on the set of his new movie Next Day Air in a bid to urge his co-stars to use less controversial terms to "express" themselves.

The rapper/actor stars alongside Donald Faison, Mike Epps and Wood Harris in the funny crime caper, about a drug shipment which is delivered to the wrong address.

And Mos Def convinced his African-American co-stars to make sure language in the film and on the set was respectful at all times - by outlawing the racially-charged word.

Harris says, "It was something that was very important to us. It was our way of m...
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'House' Recap: 'Locked In'

April 1st, 2009 9:43am EDT
House
One of the ways that "House" becomes more than just your average procedural is how, occasionally, the writers and directors like to be more surreal and artistic. Occasionally it does not work, but on the most part these episodes are a wide success and praised. The car crash last season with Amber's death is an example, or the second season with House being shot. This week's episode "Locked In" is about perspective and how people make their own prisons, and it guest stars Mos Def as the patient of the week. It is also somewhat based off the excellent movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
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Mos Def Sued By His Own Lawyers

December 12th, 2008 2:37pm EST
Mos Def
Rapper/actor Mos Def has been landed with a $60,000 lawsuit from his own attorney, after failing to pay for an expensive divorce from his ex-wife.

Bosses at legal firm Blank Rome claim the star - real name Dante Smith - owes them the sum in unpaid fees and retainers, after they helped untangle him from his marriage to Maria Yepes in 2006. A representative for the star failed to respond to requests for comment.

It's not the only legal mess Mos Def is in right now - he is facing charges of felony robbery and malicious destruction of private property after fashion photographer Volk...
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Opening December 5: Cadillac Records

December 3rd, 2008 9:59am EST
Cadillac Records
The story of the blues in 1950s Chicago is told in Sony BMG Film's Cadillac Records, a musical drama written and directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody as Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, with Jeffrey Wright portraying R&B legend Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, and Mos Def doing his best Chuck Berry.

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Police Explain Delay In Mos Def Arrest Warrants

November 9th, 2008 10:30am EST
Mos Def
Las Vegas authorities have defended the issue of a warrant for the arrest of rapper/actor Mos Def three months after an alleged attack - insisting they needed time to fully investigate the case before questioning the star.

Two warrants were issued for the star, real name Dante Smith, on Tuesday in connection to a clash with a fashion photographer in August. Mos Def faces charges of felony robbery and malicious destruction of private property after photographer Volker Corell claimed the rap star ripped a camera from his neck, smashed it to the ground and then took off with it. But loca...
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Warrant Issued For Mos Def's Arrest

November 6th, 2008 8:39am EST
Mos Def
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of rapper/actor Mos Def. Las Vegas authorities are on the hunt for the star, real name Dante Smith, following his alleged attack on a fashion photographer in August.

Mos Def faces charges of felony robbery and malicious destruction of private property, according to TMZ.com.

Photographer Volker Corell claims the rap star ripped a camera from his neck, smashed it to the ground and then took off with it.
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Filling TV's Black Hole: David Alan Grier's 'Chocolate News' Premieres Oct. 15

October 7th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with "Chocolate News," an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series debuting Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 p.m.

In Living Color alum and Tony® Award-nominee David Alan Grier is the creator, executive producer and host of "Chocolate News," a hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach.

An encore presentation of the debut episode of "Chocolate News" will air October 15 at 11:00 p.m. The ten-episode series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT)

"Ch...
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Slick Rick Among Honorees At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

October 6th, 2008 3:46pm EDT
Slick Rick
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though he's considered one of rap's all-time greats, when Slick Rick is asked about his most significant accomplishment, he doesn't mention having a platinum-selling record, classic hits like "Children's Story" or even his most recent accolade - getting saluted as a pioneer at the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors."

Instead, he cites: owning a home. "I guess my biggest accomplishment would be to purchase some real estate in the Bronx ... to have something to fall back on a rainy day," Slick Rick, who's now a landlord, said in a recent interview. While that may seem rather mundan...
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Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Hancock
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...
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