The Final Word (I Hope)
Early last month we learned the official cause of death of Paul Walker in the wake of his deadly car accident with friend Roger Rodas in November but today we learn that the LA County Coroner has released the final autopsy report that will bring, I hope, a final end to discussion of Walker‘s death. Speculation has been running wild as to what caused the accident that claimed the lives of these two men but the just-released coroner’s report puts that speculation to rest — speed was a factor. The details regarding Walker‘s death are grim but hopefully this final report will help spur the healing process now that the matter has been officially put to rest. More »
Posted under: Paul Walker, Roger Rodas
Rest Peacefully, Uncle Phil
Such sad news to open up with today. James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, has passed away at age 68. If you were a 90s kid, then I don’t have to explain how much of a big deal Uncle Phil was and still is. At the time, it probably never occurred to me that I was watching history take place when I watched the show. But if you think about, even today we don’t have many television shows featuring successful, black men who are strong fathers and strong father figures. I have such a huge appreciation for his role in media, and it was truly sad to wake up to this news. Click inside for more.
Posted under: James Avery
"For me, Cory was both the beginning & the ending of 'Glee'"
Back in July Glee creator Ryan Murphy talked a bit about how the show would be changed in the wake of Cory Monteith but today we learn the specifics that he had in mind for the way the series was originally going to end before Cory‘s death. Murphy shared this information when he eulogized Monteith at a private memorial service over the summer but Entertainment Weekly has published his comments in their latest issue. It’s an interesting read to learn what Ryan had planned for the series finale, which we now know will come at the conclusion of Season 6. More »
"He'd want you to know first…"
Ever since the tragic and sudden death of actor Paul Walker, fans have been wondering about the fate of the most recent installment of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise which he starred in. As I understand it, Paul filmed most of his scenes for The Fast and the Furious 7 before he died but up until now there has been no official information about the release status of the film. Vin Diesel, Walker‘s co-star and friend, posted an update on his official Facebook profile announcing the release date of FF7 along with a promo photo of the last scene the guys filmed together on the movie. Click below to see the photo and find out when The Fast and the Furious 7 will hit movie theaters. More »
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.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
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 »
Posted under: 'Family Guy'
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.
Posted under: Nelson Mandela
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 »