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“NEWS FOR YOU THAT’S HOT FOR REVIEW”

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher @HHSYC

Hip-Hop Stars Working Super Hard During Super Bowl Weekend

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Seattle and Denver are the two teams that will battle it out at the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014.  Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Diddy, Robin Thicke, Busta Rhymes, Run DMC, the Roots, Janelle Monae and DJ Funk Flex have been tapped to perform at various Super Bowl weekend events around New York City which include: Time Warner Cable’s Pre-Game parties; Bud Light Hotel’s Concert Showcase; and ESPN’s Super Bowl Party at Pier 36 to name a few.  This year Bruno Mars will be performing during half-time at the Super Bowl.  Jay Z is set to headline DirecTV’s Super Bowl event, Super Sunday Night.

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Police May Have Recovered Body Parts Of Autistic Boy Avonte Oquendo

Body parts have washed up on a New York beach sparking fears the skeletal remains belong to missing 14-year-old autistic boy Avonte Oquendo.  A teenage girl found a torso, left arm, legs and a sneaker on Thursday night on a beach at Hermon A. MacNeil Park in College Point, Queens, police said.  Recovered clothing matched what the missing teenager was wearing when he wandered away from School.  Family lawyer David Perecman also confirmed the pant and shoe sizes matched what he was wearing the day he went missing.  The remains have been taken to the Morgue and the family will be notified Wednesday of DNA results.  The family has been searching for months and posted a $95,000 reward.

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NJ Governor Chris Christie And Bridge-Gate Scandal Update

In another controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Sunday that Christie directly ordered the withholding of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds unless she backed a redevelopment plan he favored.  On Aug. 13, 2013, Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff, and David Wildstein, the powerful Christie high school friend and director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority, set “bridge-gate” into motion.  At 7:34 a.m., Kelly wrote: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”  At 7:35 a.m. Wildstein responded: “Got it.”  All because the mayor of Fort Lee wouldn’t endorse Christie in his reelection bid last year.  17 people have been subpoenaed so far in the case.

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Cast of “American Hustle.”

Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards 2014

“American Hustle,” which stars the likes of Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, took home the biggest award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  “Breaking Bad” also won big in the television categories, winning Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for the show’s lead, Bryan Cranston.  In addition, Broadway veteran and “West Side Story” and “Oz” actress Rita Moreno received the SAG Life Achievement Award.  Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”; Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”; Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years A Slave.”

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Michelle Obama’s Star-Studded 50th Birthday Bash A Royal Success

Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday rocked the White House with a “Who’s Who” star-studded, late-night dance party. President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha joined family friends, elected officials, entertainers, athletes, business executives and big donors at the gala, which kicked off Saturday.  The event was closed to the press.  VIP guests included Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, national security adviser Susan Rice, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic National Committee official Donna Brazile, Sir Paul McCartney, Magic Johnson, Sam Jackson, Jay Z, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Chicago-born actress/singer Jennifer Hudson, singer Janelle Monae, actor Kal Penn, TV personality Al Roker, actress Ashley Judd and tennis great Billie Jean King.  Singers John Legend, Beyonce, and Stevie Wonder all sang to the First Lady.

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Marvin Gaye’s Children Settle With Robin Thicke Over The ‘Blurred Lines’ Dispute

Marvin Gaye’s children have settled claims against a music company owned by Sony over Robin Thicke‘s Grammy-nominated hit song “Blurred Lines.”  The Gayes had accused EMI of not pursuing a copyright infringement case against Thicke because “Blurred Lines” has similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”  Gaye’s children accused Thicke and his collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams in October of copying elements of his music for “Blurred Lines.”  Their lawsuit sought to block Thicke from using elements of their father’s music in other songs and claimed Thicke improperly used Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his No. 1 R&B hit “Love After War.”  “Blurred Lines,” was nominated for record of the year and other awards at the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards.  The song has sold 6.6 million tracks and was last year’s biggest hit.  It spent 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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President Obama Believes Marijuana Is Not As Dangerous As Alcohol

President Obama believes that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol and that the ban in most states unfairly targets the poor and minorities.  Though he wouldn’t suggest it for his daughters or anyone else, prohibition has become a problem for the U.S.  “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life.  I don’t think it is more dangerous,” President Obama said.  However he says legalization in Colorado and Washington will be a ‘challenge.’  If legalized on the national level, he says it could lead to a slippery slope with harder drugs.  It is time to have some heavy strong debate on the subject as it relates to the justice system.

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‘SNL’ Returns With Drake As Host Introducing Black Female Cast Member Sasheer Zamata 

The 2014 edition of “Saturday Night Live” got off to a rousing start with Drake as host and musical guest.  It was also the debut of Sasheer Zamata, 27, as the first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph’s 2007 exit.  Drake was self-effacing and charming and his acting skills were solid.  Both of them were great.  Sasheer appeared in a sketch introduced by BET personality Sway (Kenan Thompson).  Zamata came out dancing as teen Rihanna.  She also starred in a pop-themed music video, “Resolution Revolution,” mocking New Year’s resolutions along with Drake, Jay Pharoah, and Taran Killam.  She played a typical teen at a sleepover, embarrassed by her friend (Aidy Bryant), who was uncomfortably attracted to Zamata’s dad, Drake.  She played Drake’s proud aunt in the opening monologue that included a flash back of the artist’s Bar Mitzvah.  Drake performed his hit songs, “Started from the Bottom,” “Hold On We’re Going Home,” and “From Time,” featuring Jhene Aiko.  This week’s show hit the ground running with a BET show sketch about what hip-hop stars did before they were famous.  Drake as Lil’ Wayne playing Steve Urkel on the early years of “Family Matters” was a crowd pleaser, as was “That’s So 2 Chainz,” which apparently holds the record for the most bleeps on a Disney Channel show.  Drake killed it as Katt Williams.

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“Ride Along” Starring. Kevin Hart And Ice Cube Debuted #1 With $41.2 Million

The Universal buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted #1 with $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.  The strong opening for “Ride Along” marks the biggest debut for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and puts it on track to top the $40.1 million record set by the 2008 monster movie “Cloverfield” for the biggest opening of January.  “It certainly appears with business at this level and with a CinemaScore of A and our exit polls supporting that, it’s safe to say we’ll break a few records,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal.  The film is the first starring role for Hart, whose box-office status has been on the rise since the success of his 2013 stand-up film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” and memorable stints in such movies as “Think Like a Man,” “’This Is the End” and “Grudge Match.”

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Martin Luther King III Appears at Historic Riverside Church to Celebrate his Father’s Legacy and Birthday

Martin Luther King III & others celebrated his father’s legacy at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem where his father delivered the groundbreaking speech: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy at the Church in New York City.  MLK III stated that “We have made a lot of progress but my father would not be happy today, there is a lot of work that still needs to be done.”  Excerpts from the 1967 speech include: (1) “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” (2) “War is not the answer. Communism will never be defeated by the use of atomic bombs or nuclear weapons. Let us not join those who shout war and, through their misguided passions, urge the United States to relinquish its participation in the United Nations.” (3) “We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate”.  He was gunned down a year later on April 4, 1968.  Some say it was his tough position on war in Vietnam that may have lead to his assassination.  Go to: http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/MLKapr67.html for the entire speech.

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