While Michelle Obama Delivers a Powerful Look in the Stands
Earlier today, President Obama was among the world leaders who spoke in front of the world in honor of the late Nelson Mandela. His speech was broadcast worldwide live from South Africa in the wee hours of the morning here on the West Coast. For those of you who missed it or just want to watch Obama‘s stirring 19 minute speech again, you can watch it in full above. Then, click below to see a couple photos of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sitting in the stands during the memorial service. Trust me, they’re photos you’re not going to want to miss.
Last week we saw the beginnings of a makeshift memorial for the late Paul Walker and Roger Rodas on the site where they were killed in a fiery car accident last weekend. Walker‘s friends and co-stars paid tribute to him in the past few days and yesterday, a legion of fans gathered at the memorial site to memorialize the two men in grand fashion. Cars from the various Fast and the Furious movies were brought out for the memorial which, I understand, saw attendance swell into thousands. Over head, messages of love were flown by airplane — including a message from Paris Hilton (who, apparently, took time out of planning revenge on Lindsay Lohan for the assault of her brother to pay homage to Paul Walker). Click thru the gallery to see some photos from yesterday’s public memorial. A more private funeral has yet to take place but for fans, yesterday’s event was their chance to say their goodbyes.
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Posted under: Paul Walker, Roger Rodas
"We were just reminded what an extraordinary & inspiring man Nelson Mandela was"
Yesterday the world learned the sad news of Nelson Mandela‘s passing at the age of 95 after he was struck will illness 6 months earlier. As news spread of Mandela’s death, tributes and memorials to the man’s life and legacy began to flourish all around the globe. In London, the biopic film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (which is based on Mandela‘s autobiography) was screened at a premiere event that was attended by the film’s stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris along with Prince William and Kate Middelton and others. Click thru the gallery presented here to see these folks on the red carpet of the Long Walk to Freedom premiere in London last night and then click below to read some of the tribute paid to the late freedom fighter-turned-president-turned-legend Nelson Mandela. More »
Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated, it appears
Remember last week when the world was so shocked to learn that Brian Griffin, a main character on the long running animated Fox series Family Guy, was killed off on the show that folks started rallying in order to try and get the character back on the series? Well, either those efforts have worked extremely well OR the Family Guy producers have been effing with us all along because today we learn from Entertainment Weekly that Brian will reportedly return to the show later this month. Even more telling that Brian‘s death was never meant to stick comes the revelation that a major comedic actress has already been hired to appear on Family Guy NEXT YEAR as a love interest for Brian Griffin. HMMMMM. It sounds like we’ve all been bamboozled, y’all. More »
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The Former South African President Was 95 Years Old
As a writer I’m not supposed to say this, but I’m really having trouble finding the right words for this post. I’ll just say that we gave my new baby Josev the middle name ‘Grayson’ because I lost my Aunt Grace last year. Among many awesome things my aunt (who was also my mother’s twin) was an activist and she spent a good deal of time in South Africa during the early 90s working with the ANC (African National Congress) to get Nelson Mandela elected to the South African presidency. Both of my parents taught African history and African American history and they took me to South Africa when I was 10, so they could conduct research for future projects. All of that to say, since I was a child Nelson Mandela was always much more than an icon. He was, maybe, just short of being a deity. So I feel the loss, and I feel at a loss for words in light of his passing.
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In Loving Memory
The cast and crew of The Fast and the Furious put together a short video montage of scenes from the various films in the FF franchise in memory of their late friend and co-star Paul Walker. The clip pieces together special moments from the various films in an attempt to showcase just how close the cast is in real life, as a way of honoring their fallen friend. Fans of the films will recognize the scenes from the movies and should be reminded of how important Paul Walker is to his friends. The video comes with a message, which you can read in full below. More »
Funeral Arrangements Take Shape
On Monday we learned that the autopsies of Paul Walker and his longtime friend Roger Rodas, both killed in a fiery car accident last Saturday, were delayed due to the extreme nature of said accident but today we learn that the coroner’s office has successfully completed the autopsies and have officially issued their cause of death. I have to be frank, the details from the coroner’s report are extremely upsetting to read. It should come as no surprise to learn the grim details of the way the men died but … it may be very upsetting to read nonetheless. As tragic as this cause of death determination is, I hope that at the very least this can provide some closure for the family so that they can begin to heal. Honestly, tho, it’s really difficult to try and spin this report in any positive light :( More »
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Peace the Spork Out
And so … the end of an era has come and gone. Last night at 10 PM ET, the music site turntable.fm shut down completely for good. Some of you might remember that I spent quite a LOT of time playing around on Turntable a couple of years ago when the site had newly launched. Occasional usage turned into bona fide obsession as I would spend hours on the site for weeks on end playing music as a virtual DJ (I even lived a short time as Deadmau5) with friends and strangers who would eventually become friends themselves. For various reasons, I didn’t spend much time on the site in the past year or so but I would pop in from time to time to say hello to my online friends who hung out there daily. I learned a few days ago that Turntable was shutting down for good and, well, I had to go back to play a couple of songs and say my goodbyes before the site went away forever. More »
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"I will always love you"
As people continue to mourn the death of actor Paul Walker more and more of his co-stars and friends have released statements and tributes to their late friend. Yesterday we heard that Tyrese had to say about Paul‘s tragic death and today we get to hear from his fellow The Fast and the Furious co-stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. Vin made his way last night to the memorial site that sprung up where Paul‘s deadly accident took place this past Saturday and he had very nice sentiments to share with the fans who had gathered there to mourn. He also posted a short message on his official Facebook profile in tribute to his late friend. Michelle posted a tribute of her own on her official Twitter profile. Click below to watch video of Vin Diesel speaking at Paul‘s memorial site and read the statements he and Michelle have shared with the world. More »
Tyrese Says Goodbye :(
It has been a couple of days since actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were tragically killed in a fiery car accident Saturday afternoon and we are no closer to knowing the cause of the fatal accident. There is much speculation about what may have caused the accident … from vehicle malfunction to possible recklessness due to street racing. As discussion grows over the possible cause (or causes) of the accident, the impromptu memorial at the crash site continues to grow as friends and fans alike make their way to the memorial site to pay their respects. Nothing will ever be able to bring back Paul and Roger but hopefully once the cause of the accident is determined, the healing process can begin for the guys’s loved ones. More »