August 1, 2016 |
"Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," by Steven Hyden. Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Ace rock scribe Hyden, host of the weekly Celebration Rock podcast, explores how what we feel about the music we love reveals about who we are. Back Bay Books $16.99. White Lung. Canadian punk quartet fronted by Mish Barber-Way makes its move toward the mainstream with the excellent new Paradise without watering down its bracing sound.
May 5, 2016
Afeni Shakur Late rapper's mother, 69 Afeni Shakur, 69, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy after he was slain in a 1996 drive-by shooting, died Monday at her home in Sausalito, Calif., of an apparent heart attack. Born Alice Faye Williams, Ms. Shakur changed her name when she became politically active in the 1960s and joined the Black Panther movement. By 1971, she was pregnant and behind bars, accused of conspiring to bomb New York City landmarks.
August 29, 2012
I WAS CHATTING with Charlie Mack Alston when he called a local up-and-coming filmmaker "the LeBron James of the film game. " Come again? That was my initial reaction, at least. Sure, this was Charlie Mack I was talking to, the former Will Smith bodyguard and longtime assistant and close friend to the Hollywood powerhouse. Given his work on various films over the years, Alston is about as much of an insider as you can be without walking the red carpet yourself, which is why so many stars flock to his Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend each summer.
April 17, 2012 |
Art transcended death Sunday at the Coachella Music Festival when the late, great Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in '96 at age 25, joined Snoop Dogg onstage for a duet on "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted. " Shirtless, with his tats in perfect view, the hologram of Shakur said, "What the is up, Coachella?!" and moved about the stage. The lifelike mirage was commissioned from a Hollywood effects studio by Dr. Dre. The three-day festival, in Indio, Calif., about 120 miles east of L.A., drew boldfacers galore, incuding Lindsay Lohan, Lea Michele, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.
March 5, 2012 |
IF ALL GOES WELL, the Great White Way may soon be a little less white. TMZ.com reports that producers of "Holler If You Hear Me," a show loosely based on the music of Tupac Shakur, have obtained an enthusiastic go-ahead from his mother, Afeni Shakur. The show is expected to be directed by Kenny Leon ("Stick Fly," "The Mountaintop," "Driving Miss Daisy") and is a fictional story about two friends who grow up in the Midwest. Casting starts soon. Las Vegas sees Green If you were going to bet on which "Voice" judge would land a gig in Las Vegas, you'd pick Christina Aguilera , right?
October 4, 2011 |
EVEN THOUGH Tupac has been dead 15 years, a sex tape starring him is about to be released. And, no, it doesn't speak to the power of rigor mortis. According to TMZ.com, the five-minute tape shows Tupac at a house party while a woman pleasures him orally. In the tape, shot 20 years ago, Tupac enters a room of groupies with his pants down around his ankles. He pulls one of the women toward him, and she begins, you know, while he sings along and dances to one of his unreleased tracks.
October 4, 2011 |
In an explosive allegation, a former Los Angeles police detective who worked on the investigation into the '96 murder of Tupac Shakur claims the rapper was gunned down at the behest of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs . In excerpts cited in L.A. Weekly, Greg Kading writes in his book Murder Rap that a Southside Crips gang member named Duane "Keffe D" Davis claims he was paid $1 mil to kill Shakur and his friend, former...
July 12, 2011
ELTON BRAND won't accept failure. Even if it has the propensity to lighten his already deep pockets. That's probably why the Sixers forward is trying his luck in the movie industry again, this time signing on as a co-producer for the upcoming film "Tupac," a biopic on the life and death of the West Coast hip-hop artist. This isn't Brand's first venture into the movie game. While in Los Angeles as a Clipper, Brand co-founded a small production company called Gibraltar Entertainment.
December 22, 2010
YOU WILL LIKE "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. It's about an Olympic distance runner named Louie Zamperini who becomes an Air Force bombardier on a rickety B-24. Crash-lands in the Pacific, scrambles onto a life raft, the start of a grim nightmare, bedeviled by ruthless sharks, most of them human. Hillenbrand is the talented woman who wrote "Seabiscuit," a brilliant book about a charismatic racehorse. Her ear is keen, her writing crisp, the story memorable. You will like "Making Words Dance," reflections on Red Smith, the unforgettable choreographer/wordsmith.
September 3, 2004 |
Chris Rock has done all right for himself. A successful HBO talk show in the late '90s. An established acting career. A seven-year marriage and a little girl, too. Those are the kinds of things that can mellow a man. But not Rock. Last year's Black Ambition tour, Rock's first stand-up act in four years, saw the comedian rip everything from the war to affirmative-action foes to fatherhood (with a little Michael Jackson humor thrown in, of course). Never Scared brings this powerful yet crude act to the small screen.