Posts Tagged ‘RIP’

Aaron Pryor Dies at 60

Posted: October 9, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Aaron Pryor, universally recognized as one of the best fighters ever at 140 pounds, was pronounced dead on Sunday morning from heart disease. He was 60 years old.

Nicknamed “The Hawk,” Pryor began his career in 1976. He earned his first title shot in 1980 against Hall of Famer Antonio Cervantes. As an underdog, Pryor dominated Cervantes and scored a fourth round TKO to win the WBA super lightweight title. Over the next two years, he would make eight successful defenses, all by stoppage, before facing fellow legend Alexis Arguello in two celebrated battles. Pryor would emerge victorious on both by scoring a 14th round TKO in 1982, and winning by KO in a 1983 rematch.

Struggles with cocaine started Pryor’s decline after the Arguello wins. He would fight just four times over the next four years. In 1987, he suffered his lone defeat, a knockout at the hands of Bobby Joe Young in Pryor’s welterweight debut. He fought last in 1990 and retired with a record of 39-1 (35 KOs).

Pryor’s son, Aaron Pryor Jr., turned pro in 2005 and continues to compete at super middleweight.



 

 

 

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Bill Nunn, known for his portrayals of Radio Raheem (Do the Right Thing) and the Duh Duh Duh Man (New Jack City), has died. He was 62.

Director Spike Lee, who collaborated with Nunnin several films, broke the news Saturday afternoon on social media.

“My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse brother – Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown of Pittsburgh (sic),” said Lee on Instagram. “Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.”

Nunn made his film debut in Spike Lee’s acclaimed 1988 drama School Daze. He would star in three more Lee films: Do the Right Thing, Mo  Better Blues and He Got Game. His performance in the former as the stoic Radio Raheem, who was killed in a confrontation with police, resonated with film goers and remains an iconic character in black cinema.

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Do the Right Thing and New Jack City would influence a generation of new rappers and entrepreneurs. Cash Money Records founders Bryan “Birdman” and Ronald “Slim”Williams named their label after the Cash Money Brothers (CMB) drug cartel in New Jack City. Lil Wayne would name his Carter series after Nino Brown’s apartment complex turned crackhouse.

“I take it as very complimentary that these guys still care about us,” Nunn told Eurweb in April. “It’s great to see people still enjoying your stuff that you did. We put a lot into it years ago and I’m glad that people still get some enjoyment out of it.”

Nunn’s other film credits include the The Last Seduction, Sister Act, Candyman, and the Spiderman trilogy.

At press time, a cause of death has not been released.


Shawty Lo Killed in Highway Car Crash

Posted: September 21, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Atlanta rapper Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker has been confirmed dead after a fatal single vehicle accident Wednesday morning.

The incident took place in Atlanta on I-285 southbound at Cascade Road.

Walker’s vehicle, a 2016 Audi, crashed through the highway guardrail and hit two trees before catching fire. Walker was ejected from the vehicle while two other passengers were transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

At press time, authorities have not determined the reason for the crash.

As Shawty Lo, Walker first reached national prominence as the lead member of the group D4L with members Fabo, Mook-b and Stoney. Their debut album, Down 4 Life, went gold via the hit singles “Betcha Can’t Do It Like” and “Laffy Taffy,” the latter being recognized as the most downloaded song in history by the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

His biggest solo record would be 2007’s “Dey Know,” which charted Top 40 on Billboard’s Top 100.

Walker was 40 years old and is survived by 11 children.


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On the 20th anniversary of his death, the second teaser video has dropped for the forthcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. The frenetic clip does an excellent job of highlighting the complicated aspects of Tupac’s life, including the cop shooting incident, sexual assault charge, relationship with Biggie, Death Row and his Black Panther roots.

Directed by Benny Boom, All Eyez On Me is expected to be released by year’s end.

Sean Price – “Rap Professor”

Posted: August 8, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Today marks the one year anniversary of Sean Price’s tragic passing. To commemorate, Duck Down has released the DJ Skizz produced “Rap Professor.” Look out for the posthumous Imperius Rex project dropping this year.

Kimbo Slice Dead from Heart Attack at 42

Posted: June 7, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, who rose to fame as bareknuckle fighter and influential MMA star, has died Monday night from a heart attack.

A spokesman for the Coral Springs Police Department stated the Bellator fighter was admitted on earlier today to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida. He had been scheduled to rematch James Thompson on July 16 at Bellator 158 in London. Company president Scott Coker released the following statement on Slice’s passing:

We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family.

One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.

Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.

After gaining a devoted following for his street fights in Miami, Slice became a pro MMA fighter in 2007. Despite never being a dominant in-ring force, Slice was a big ratings attraction and headlined the first MMA card on network television for the now defunct EliteXC. Later, he fought two fights for the UFC in 2009.

Slice made a brief foray into boxing where he compiled a 7-0 record before returning to MMA with an exclusive Bellator contract in 2015. His last fight, originally an TKO win over Dhafir “Dada5000” Harris at Bellator 148, was overturned to a no contest after Slice tested positive for an anabolic steroid and elevated testosterone levels.

Slice’s final MMA record stands at 6-2.

 

 

 

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Saturday night on Boxing After Dark, HBO ended their telecast by paying tribute to the sport’s greatest personality — Muhammad Ali. Credit to HBO for being the first mainstream outlet I’ve seen to mention the Nation of Islam by name and the huge importance race and religion played in shaping Ali’s life and worldview.