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What’s up fam? To quote the prophet Rakim “It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you!” Hope everyone is well and good during these strange days. Brother Cage.

Sports Talk / Junior Seau dead at 43
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:52:06 pm »
Junior Seau dead, former NFL linebacker found at California home

New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau warms

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Former NFL star Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43.

Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. A gun was found near him, McCoy said.

Seau's mother appeared before reporters, weeping uncontrollably.
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"I don't understand ... I'm shocked," Luisa Seau cried out.

Her son gave no indication of a problem when she spoke to him by phone earlier this week, she said.

"He's joking to me, he called me a 'homegirl,' " she said.

Seau was a standout linebacker with the University of Southern California before going to the San Diego Chargers -- his hometown team -- whom he led to the Super Bowl following the 1994 season.

"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family," the team said in a statement.

Seau's death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest.

Seau remained with the Chargers until 2003 and went on to play with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before retiring after the 2009 season.

"Junior was a fierce competitor whose passion and work ethic lifted his teammates to greater heights. His enthusiasm for the game was infectious and he passed that on to everyone who was around him. He loved the game so much, and no one played with more sheer joy," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said in a statement.

"Junior was one-of-a-kind. The league will never see anyone like him again," Dee said.

The Patriots also issued a statement expressing grief over Seau's death.

"This is a sad day for the entire Patriots organization, our coaches and his many Patriots teammates," the statement said.

In October 2010, Seau survived a 100-foot plunge down a seaside cliff in his SUV, hours after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the Oceanside home he shared with his girlfriend. The woman had told authorities that Seau assaulted her during an argument.

There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in the crash and Seau told authorities he fell asleep while driving. He sustained minor injuries.

Seau spent parts of 20 seasons in the NFL, including his 1990-2002 stint with his hometown Chargers. He helped them to their only Super Bowl appearance, was voted to a team-record 12 straight Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro six times.

He amassed 545 tackles, 56 1/2 sacks and 18 interceptions in his career.

"Twenty years, to be part of this kind of fraternity, to be able to go out and play the game that you love, and all the lessons and the friends and acquaintances which you meet along the way, you can't be in a better arena," Seau said last August after the Chargers announced he would be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

Seau was the fifth pick overall in the 1990 draft out of Southern California, and stayed with the Charges until being traded to the Dolphins. He came out of retirement a few times to play with the Patriots in search of a Super Bowl ring and was with the team when they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, which ended New England's quest for a perfect season.

More than 100 people gathered outside of Seau's home, only hours after he was found dead. Families showed up with flowers and fans wearing Chargers jerseys waited to get more news.

Seau was beloved in San Diego, where he created a foundation and had a popular restaurant that bore his name.

Louie Lieras, 54, of Oceanside was driving through the area when he saw a number of cars parked outside Seau's house. Once Lieras heard the news about Seau's death, he went home and put on an old Chargers jersey with Seau's name on the back.

"I don't know how you could give this up. This was his backyard. He's never going to see it again," said Lieras, gesturing toward the Pacific Ocean just yards from Seau's front door. "I feel for the family and his children."

Producing / Idea for a Hudlin Movie
« on: January 13, 2011, 01:33:19 pm »
Don't know if this is the right pace on the forum but I was watching the Blind Side last night and had an idea for Reggie: The Luther Vandross Story starring Quinton Aaron. The question is is there an audience for this? I know I would see it, but I miss Luther EVERY DAY. I couldn't find any good Luther comparison shots but watching this kid I couldn't get it out of my head.

Hudlin TV / The Peacemaker LA Gang Wars
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:36:51 am »
Anyone watch this?  Just saw it for the first time last night on A&E. I guess its only five episodes and I watched four last night. Kind of intense and I had to keep watching.  Bad enough I'm hooked on the First 48 this one could be a keeper if they do more episodes.

Black Panther / Did anyone else see/miss this?
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:52:40 am »

I didn't even know about this until two days ago!  I had to get on the wait list. Hopefully I will get one.

General Discussion / This Time
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:18:26 pm »
Well my Brethren.  Your boy is about to do it again tomorrow.  After six years of dating, two years of owning a house together and eleven years of friendship we are getting married.  A stark contrast from my last trip down this road.  The first time I ended a three year Law school relationship for the wrong reasons: Race & Religion.  Basically, both of mine were wrong.  Apparently a Black Christian was unacceptable to this particular set of Palestinian/Muslim parents.  To this day I have nothing but warm feelings and love for that woman but not seeing her for thirteen years has softened the blow considerably. I was determined to be with a black Christian woman and that is what I found about a week after it ended.  We dated a month (our first date was at church and we swore the pastor was preaching to us out of Jeremiah: "Build ye houses, take ye wives....") got engaged, then married a year later.  I realized three months before hand that it was a mistake but did it anyway (had I any courage at all I would have called it off).  The great thing about that marriage is my daughter.   I posted here some time ago that it was difficult because of the distance both literally and figuratively, but we have been working on it and she recently spent three weeks with me and we had a great time together. The problem with it is that we built a (figurative) house on a foundation of nothing.  We didn't know each other or even ourselves.  We dated for that month and then spent the next year planning a wedding in two different states (Mass and NC).  So now I turn the page on a new chapter.  My wife to be is Haitian and that presents a new set of experiences and personal growth opportunities.  For example, after the rehearsal events I spent the past few hours with her father who just arrived from  Canada.  He speaks French primarily and is able to communicate with me in English.  I speak no French, no Haitian Creole and nothing of the other two languages he speaks. Yet he is warm and we have a great relationship and hung out just me and him for two hours (and we enjoyed a bottle of Barbancourt together!)  As I mentioned earlier, we are friends and have been for eleven years.  We have built a literal home on the foundation of our friendship, relationship and ups and downs.  I'm not foolish enough to say I know that this is perfect and will be forever.  But I am confident enough to say that we have been planning a marriage for the past six years even when we had no idea that we would still be together.  Its been built on trust, friendship, respect and admiration.  I'm sharing this because I've been a little distant from the forum, but i can't help but feel like this place is like the dining room table.  No matter how long I've been gone I can sit down with my family, break bread, be myself and put my thing down.  So if you are near a drink Thursday the 19th  of August at about 6:00 pm.  Throw one down for your boy, send me some love and a good wish.  Your boy, Cage. 

In The News / 7-year-old shot by police was asleep
« on: May 17, 2010, 06:40:11 am »

Family: 7-year-old shot by police was asleep

DETROIT – Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was asleep on the living room sofa in her family's apartment when Detroit police searching for a homicide suspect burst in and an officer's gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members say.

Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite Disney princess blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter's blood.

"I'll never be the same. That's my only daughter," Jones told WXYZ-TV.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said officers set off the flash grenade as they entered the apartment with their guns drawn about 12:40 a.m. Sunday with a warrant to look for a suspect in the Friday slaying of a 17-year-old boy. The lead officer's gun went off after he encountered a 46-year-old woman inside the front room of the home and "some level of physical contact" ensued. Police do not believe the gun was fired intentionally.

"This is any parent's worst nightmare. It also is any police officer's worst nightmare," Godbee said.

Family members identified the woman as the child's grandmother and Charles Jones' mother, Mertilla Jones, who has said she was not involved in a struggle with the officer. Police later said the officer may have just collided with the woman.

The officer was put on paid administrative leave and police are investigating, Godbee said.

"This is a tragedy of unspeakable magnitude to Aiyana's parents, family and all those who loved her," Godbee said. "It is a tragedy we also feel very deeply throughout the ranks of the Detroit Police Department."

Charles Jones said he had to wait for hours to find out what happened to his daughter.

"Her blood was everywhere and I was trying to stay calm, but nobody would talk to me. None of them even tried to console me," Jones told The Detroit News.

The officers had a search warrant and were looking for a 34-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of Jarean Blake. Officers arrested the suspect during a search of the building, Godbee said.

Godbee would not comment on newspaper reports that neighbors told police there were children in the house and showed them toys in the front yard. The girl's father said three other children besides Aiyana were in the home when the raid happened.

Charles Jones said he was trying not to be angry but wanted the story to be told. He said Aiyana was a lively child who loved to sing and had recently developed an interest in Hannah Montana and the Justin Bieber song "Baby."

"She was just figuring out what she liked, what she wanted to do with her life," her father said. "I want this story to be heard. This was a wrongful death."

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Feel The Funk / Playlists
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:01:35 am »
I don't think we have a playlist thread, so post some of your (actual) MP3 playlists.

My Public Enemy "Workout" Playlist:

Playlist Title: Black Steel in The Hour Of Chaos

1. Rebel Without a Pause
2. Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
3. Contract On The World Love Jam
4. Welcome To The Terrordome
5. Can't Truss It
6. Shut Em Down
7. Fight The Power
8. Bring The Noise
9. Burn Hollywood Burn
10. By The Time I get to Arizona (Yeah, I've Been feelin this one a lot lately)
11. Brothers gonna Work It Out
12. Pollywanacraka
13. Fear of A Black Planet
14. Anti-Nigger Machine
15. Terminator X to The Edge Of Panic
16. Security of The First World
17. Meet The G That Killed Me
18. Lost At Birth

Feel The Funk / My brother, Gang Starr’s Guru
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:42:12 pm »
 This is a really nice article/tribute.  Very touching.
My brother, Gang Starr’s Guru
By Harry J. Elam Jr.  |  April 23, 2010

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Boston-born Keith Elam, who rose to fame as Guru, founder of the rap group Gang Starr and a person who sought to merge rap and jazz, died earlier this week. His brother, Harry, a distinguished professor of drama at Stanford, has written this remembrance).

“Positivity, that’s how I’m livin..’” So goes the lyric from my brother’s early hip-hop song, “Positivity.” My brother Keith Elam, the hip-hop artist known as GURU—Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal—died this week at the too-young age of 48 because of complications from cancer. ‘Positivity’ was what he sought to bring to the music and to his life, and for me that will be a large part of his legacy.

In February of this year, my brother went into a coma, and I traveled across the country from my home in California to see him. At his bedside, I stood and stared at his overly frail frame, his head that he had kept clean-shaven for the last 20 years uncommonly covered with hair, his body connected to a sea of tubes and wires. I listened to the whirl of machines around us and took his hand. As I did, my mind flashed back to now-distant times, so many memories. And I saw us as teenagers at the beach on Cape Cod playing in the water together. And I saw us as boys, driving to school. My brother was five years younger than me, so we attended the same school only for one year -- my senior year, his seventh-grade year -- at Noble and Greenough School, and I would often drive us both to school. Invariably, I made us late, yet my brother, never as stressed as me, was always impressively calm. At school he endured the jests and teasing from the other boys about being my “little brother.” I was president of the school and had charted a certain path at Nobles. But my brother found his own creative route at school, as he would throughout his life. His journey was never easy, never direct, but inventive. Through it all he remained fiercely determined with a clear and strong sense of self.

Over the years I had proudly watched my brother perform in a wide variety of contexts. While at Nobles, we had a black theatre troupe known as “the Family.” In 1973, we put on a play entitled ''A Medal for Willie,'' by William Branch, and because he was only in the seventh grade, Keith played only a small role, but even then you could see his flair for performance, his comfort on the stage. At home, our older sister Patricia would teach him the latest dances, and he would execute them with verve as I watched from the sidelines, impressed with his moves, and not without a few twinges of jealousy since I’ve always had two left feet. As a teenager he raced as a speed skater. I do not remember how he became involved in the sport; I only remember traveling with my family to watch his meets in the suburbs of Boston. I do not remember if he won or lost, I do know that he always competed with great ferocity and commitment.

When he announced to me that he was dropping out of graduate school at the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue a career in rap, I thought he was making a grave mistake and warned him against it. But as always he was determined, and in the end he would succeed beyond perhaps what even he had imagined. Early on in his rap journey, he visited me in Washington., D.C., over a Thanksgiving weekend. I was teaching at the University of Maryland then, and we went to what was perhaps the most dreadful party we had ever attended. As we hastened out the door, I apologized for bringing him to this party. My brother replied “let’s write a rap song about it,” and we did. The lyrics made us laugh as we collaborated on the rhyme scheme and rode off into the D.C. night. It is one of my fondest memories, this spontaneous brotherly moment of collaboration and play.

Keith’s big break came with Spike Lee’s film ''Mo’ Better Blues,'' with his song “A Jazz Thing” underscoring the credits. I watched that film over and over again just to hear my brother at its end. Soon he was on to creating his first Jazzmatazz album with others to follow, and he became credited for creating a fusion between jazz and hip hop. To be sure, that fusion owes something to our grandfather Edward Clark and Keith’s godfather, George Johnson, who introduced Keith to jazz by playing their favorite albums for him. He credits them both on his first Jazzmatazz. That first Jazzmatazz album featured musical heroes of my youth, Roy Ayers, and Donald Byrd, and here was my brother featuring them on his album. And with this success, came tours. I have seen him perform all over the world, and each time he would give a shout out from the stage to his brother and my wife, Michele. And I was so proud. It sometimes struck me with awe that all these people were there to see my brother. I watched him deal out magic; he was in his element feeling the crowd, and them responding to his groove. This was my baby brother, the kid with whom I once shared a room. The kid whose asthma would cause him to hack and cough and wheeze at night keeping me up. But when I would complain, my parents would send me out of the room. The message was clear: Love your siblings, whatever their frailties. Shorter than me and slighter of build, my brother suffered from asthma and allergies his whole life, but he was always a survivor

Back in 1993, when he played at Stanford University, I was in perhaps my third year as a professor there. As I walked into the auditorium that night, the assembled audience of students looked at me with a new awareness, “that’s the Guru’s brother,” not that’s Professor Elam, but the Guru’s brother.

And I was, and am, the Guru’s brother. I admired and loved him deeply, my little brother. And I was and am so proud of him, and how he made his dreams reality . And with the outpouring of love that has crowded my e-mail with his passing, I know that he touched so many with his music. My brother cared deeply about family. He raps of my parents in more than one song. They are featured on his video “Ex girl to next girl.” It was one thing seeing my brother on MTV; it was another seeing my parents. His son K.C. was the joy of his life.

The doctors told me back in February that there was not much chance of my brother recovering from the coma. But my brother has always been a fighter, always been one to overcome surprising adversities, so this seemed just one more. We prayed that he would again prevail. But it was not to be. Still his drive, his spirit, his energy, his positivity will live on, and so will his music. “that’s how I’m livin…”

Harry J. Elam Jr. is the chairman of the drama department at Stanford University and the author of several books, including "The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson.''

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Latest Flicks / Actor Corey Haim Dead at 38
« on: March 10, 2010, 06:43:07 am »

 'Lost Boys' actor
Corey Haim dead in
Burbank at 38

Posted 26m ago

 BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles coroner's
office says The Lost Boys actor Corey Haim is dead at

Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said Wednesday that
Haim died at 2:15 a.m. at Providence St. Joseph
Medical Center in Burbank. She said an autopsy will
determine the cause of death and there are no other

Canadian-born Haim became a teen heartthrob with
the 1986 film Lucas and 1987's The Lost Boys.

His first role was in the 1984 hit Firstborn, in which
 he played a young child caught up in a family war. He
then appeared in the 1985 television movie A Time to

In recent years, he appeared in the A&E reality TV
show The Two Coreys with his friend Corey Feldman.
It was canceled in 2008 after two seasons.

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reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Corey Haim was last seen on TV doing a reality show with "the other Corey" for A&E. He died overnight in Burbank. 


Other Comics / Global Comic Events
« on: March 04, 2010, 09:31:56 am »
Do we simply have to accept that comics will forever be one global event after another?  I'm kind of tired of it.  House of M, Civil War, Invasion etc..... Is there an end to it or do I just have to suck it up and continue to NOT buy comics because that is pretty much what it has come to.  I used to drop about $70 a week now I have a lame ass digital comics subscription that doesn't give me current titles or complete runs on older titles, and quite frankly reading it on a computer just doesn't compare to holding a comic. Now I buy a title here and there and stopped with BP after RH finished. I don't know.

Anyway, I guess I'm just ranting. 

Randy Bowen has a new Black Panther Full Sized statue available for pre-order on his web site.  Here is the link.


Thursday, August 20, 2009
Burress pleads guilty on felony charge

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- news services

NEW YORK -- Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty Thursday to a weapons charge and agreed to a two-year prison term for accidentally shooting himself at a Manhattan nightclub.

Burress pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a lesser charge than he initially faced. Under a plea agreement, he agreed to a two-year prison sentence and two years of supervised release.

Burress was indicted earlier this month on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. He faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if convicted at a trial.

The guilty plea ends months of haggling between Burress' attorney and the Manhattan district attorney's office. The case went to a grand jury earlier this month after negotiations broke down, apparently because District Attorney Robert Morgenthau was insisting that Burress serve at least two years in prison.

This was not an intentional criminal act. In my judgment, a two-year prison sentence is a very severe punishment.

” -- Benjamin Brafman, Plaxico Burress' attorney

Assistant District Attorney Mark Dwyer said it is standard policy to request a two-year sentence as part of a plea bargain on such serious charges. Sentencing was set for Sept. 22.

In a Manhattan state Supreme Court room on Thursday, the soft-spoken Burress, wearing a dark blue suit, first entered a not-guilty plea to the initial charges against him. After attorneys on both sides conferred, Burress said, "guilty" to the new attempted weapons possession charge.

His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in court that the 31-year-old Burress was thinking of his family in taking the plea, although he questioned the recommended prison sentence.

"This was not an intentional criminal act," Brafman said. "In my judgment, a two-year prison sentence is a very severe punishment."

With time off for good behavior, the sentence could be reduced to 20 months.

Burress and former teammate Antonio Pierce were at the Latin Quarter nightclub in late November 2008 when a gun tucked into Burress' waistband slipped down his leg and fired, shooting him in the right thigh. The bullet narrowly missed a nightclub security guard who was standing inches away, prosecutors said, lodged in the floor and was recovered by a bartender.

The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived, prosecutors said. His license to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida had expired in May 2008.

Prosecutors said Pierce drove Burress to a hospital, then took the gun to his own home in New Jersey, where it was later delivered to Burress' home.

Pierce was not indicted. The grand jury also did not indict the nightclub security guard who carried the gun to Pierce's car or the hospital staff members who failed to notify police that Burress had been shot.

Burress, who caught the winning touchdown for the Giants against the New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl, also could face disciplinary action by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reported that Goodell and Burress had met last week.

The Giants released Burress in April; he had yet to sign with another team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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