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Singer Jody Watley is 56 today

Singer Jody Watley is 56 today

*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Jan. 30: Horn player William King of The Commodores is 66. Actor Charles S. Dutton (“Roc”) is 64. Singer Jody Watley is 56.

BLACK HISTORY

Jan. 30, 1927: Harlem Globetrotters formed.

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Anthony Mackie Says Past Costars Tried to Turn Down His Performances

Actor Anthony Mackie attends "Black or White" red carpet screening at Regal Atlantic Station on January 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia

Actor Anthony Mackie attends “Black or White” red carpet screening at Regal Atlantic Station on January 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia

*In praising his co-stars of the film “Black or White,” Anthony Mackie has revealed a rather dubious practice that happened to him on a past film set.

The 36-year-old actor and veteran of close to 50 films says that some of his award winning co-stars in the past have pulled him to the side and told him to temper his performances, fearing he may inadvertently “show them up” in a scene.

However, the set of writer-director Mike Binder’s “Black or White” had no such behavior from its Oscar winning stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.

Listen below:

In the film, opening Friday (Jan. 30), Mackie plays the attorney for Spencer’s character Rowena, who is attempting to wrench custody of her biracial grandchild from his white grandfather Elliot (Kevin Costner).

Mackie’s character goes all out to paint Elliot as a racist to win the case.

Watch the trailer below:

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Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep in Danger of Losing its Charter

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*The school that Deion Sanders founded in 2012 is in danger of losing its charter.

Prime Prep Academy is said to be in serious financial crisis, according to members of the former administration. According to The Dallas Morning News, it’s not certain if the school can survive until the end of this school year.

The school couldn’t make the December payroll and had to pay employees about a week and a half late. Prime Prep also missed paying employee health insurance premiums, Teacher Retirement System of Texas contributions and unemployment insurance.

The reported financial crisis is just the latest in a rocky existence for the school. Sanders was fired — then rehired the next day — after choking the school’s chief financial officer. Just last year, Prime Prep lost its eligibility to be part of the National School Lunch Program.

In a Facebook status posted to his page Monday, it appeared Sanders had given up.

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Per KERA News, managers installed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) have called a meeting Friday to discuss when they might shut down the school for good.

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LAPD Rushes to Home of Diddy’s Kids in Probable ‘Swatting’ Prank

Sean 'P Diddy' Combs' girlfriend sporting a nasty swollen cut on her nose

*LAPD rushed to the Los Angeles-area home of Diddy’s baby mama Kim Porter in response to a death threat and gunfire call, but it may just be another incident of “swatting,” reports TMZ.

According to law enforcement sources, cops got a call early Thursday that a disturbing letter threatening to kill everybody in the house was left on the doorstep of Porter’s home.

When officers arrived on scene, no one was home, nor was there a letter.

Six minutes after cops left, another call came in reporting multiple shots were fired, and the house was engulfed in flames. Police rushed back, but again … nothing.

We’re told cops are investigating to see if the calls are connected to a rash of “swatting” back in 2013 … when celebs like Diddy, Magic Johnson, Khloe Kardashian, Clint Eastwood, and Rihanna were victimized.

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Marvin Gaye’s Heirs Now Allowed to Play his Music in ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial

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*A judge in New York City has reversed a ruling banning Marvin Gaye’s heirs from playing the late star’s music in court as part of a copyright battle over Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines.”

Thicke and his collaborator Pharrell Williams are currently locked in a legal battle with Gaye’s children over claims their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” features elements of the crooner’s 1977 tune “Got to Give It Up.”

The case is set to go to trial in February, and a judge recently dealt Gaye’s heirs a blow by ruling they cannot play the star’s original song in court because they do not own the performance or recording rights.
The decision meant they would have been forced to book a musician to play only certain elements of the track in court, but the ruling has now been reversed. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt has overturned his previous decision in court papers filed on Wednesday, Jan 28.

In the documents, he states, “This (new) order represents a change from this earlier view based on the court’s further consideration of the proof required… To avoid prejudice to (Thicke and Williams), these recordings would need to be edited to remove all unprotected elements such as percussion and backup vocals… Any potential prejudice to (Thicke and Williams) caused the by the airing of Gaye’s voice, which is not protected, is something that could perhaps be addressed by a limiting instruction.”

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Marshawn Lynch Lectures Media, Shouts Out ‘Real Africans’ (Watch)

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 29, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 29, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona

*Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took a different approach to his non-answers today during his mandatory Super Bowl media availability.

Instead of choosing a line to repeat as the answer to every question, he opened up his five minutes by chastising the press for gathering to interview him every day, when they know he won’t answer any questions.

“Hey look, I mean, all week I told y’all what’s up,” Lynch said. “And for some reason y’all continue to come back and do the same thing that y’all did. I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out of me. I don’t know what image y’all trying to portray of me. But it don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me.

“When I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face — my family that I love. That’s all that really matter to me. So y’all can go make up whatever y’all want to make up because I don’t say enough for y’all to go and put anything out on me.

“I’ll come to y’all event. Y’all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. But when I’m at home in my environment, I don’t see y’all, but y’all mad at me. And if you ain’t mad at me, then what y’all here for? I ain’t got nothing for y’all, though. I told y’all that. Y’all should know that. But y’all will sit here like right now and continue to do the same thing.

“I’m here preparing for a game,” Lynch continued. “And y’all want to ask me these questions, which is understandable. I could get down with that. But I told y’all. I’m not about to say nothing. So for the reminder of my, what’s that, 3 minutes? Because I’m here I’m available for y’all. I’m here, I’m available for y’all. I talked. All of my requirements are fulfilled. For the next 3 minutes, I’ll just be looking at y’all the way that y’all looking at me. Thank you.”

With that, Lynch stared back at the media and waited for the rest of his mandatory five minutes to expire, saying little else.

A journalist who said he once played with the New York Jets and interviewed Tupac Shakur, asked him about walking the inner cities while doing his charity work. Lynch told the man to come down to the inner cities at his next event and ask him the same question there.

He occasionally offered shoutouts …”to my real Africans out there,” to his hometown of Oakland, to his teammates and to the Family First Foundation. He also responded to a question about the Seahawks’ best player, saying, “All of them.”

Lynch, again, wore a hat from his own Beast Mode clothing line despite the potential fine for violating the NFL’s apparel policy…in addition to its media policy.

Personnel from the league office, as is custom at Super Bowl media availabilities, were on hand each day with the Seahawks, including Thursday.

Watch Lynch’s full Thursday “press conference” below: