Jewell Caples, known as “The First Lady of Death Row Records,” dead at 53
Caples, dubbed “The First Lady of Death Row Records,” died around 5 a.m., Reggie Wright Jr., the former head of Death Row security, told Vibe, which was the first outlet to report the singer’s death. Caples’ manager, Timothy Beal, confirmed Caples’ death in a statement to Entertainment Tonight on Saturday. Jewell Caples, Death Row Records Singer and Tupac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg Collaborator, Dead at 53 https://t.co/R5YrMgSgxM — People (@people) May 7, 2022“Jewell was a very special woman with a big heart. Goodbye to a great great friend and a very loving woman. Her solo career began after she signed with Death Row Records in 1992.wftv.com
Snoop Dogg buys Death Row Records, the label that launched his career
Label owner: Snoop Dogg has bought Death Row Records, the label that launched his career in the 1990s. (Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)Snoop Dogg has bought the record label that launched his career. Snoop Dogg Acquires Death Row Records, Label That Launched His Career https://t.co/bGt4C6UHWg — The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 9, 2022Death Row was founded in 1992 by Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, the D.O.C. “I am thrilled and appreciative of the opportunity to acquire the iconic and culturally significant Death Row Records brand, which has immense untapped future value,” Snoop Dogg, 50, said in a statement. “We are excited to put the Death Row Records brand back in the hands of a legend like Snoop Dogg,” Kestnbaum said in a statement.wftv.com
No. 24 Utah routs No. 4 Oregon, ending Ducks' CFP hopes
Britain Covey returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, giving Utah 14 points in 27 seconds and a 28-0 lead, and the No. 24 Utes ended No. 4 Oregon’s College Football Playoff hopes with a 38-7 victory Saturday night.
Tupac Shakur's life, legacy to be subject of massive exhibit
Music Tupacs Exhibit FILE - Rapper Tupac Shakur attends a voter registration event in South Central Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 1996. The Shakur Estate announced Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, that the "Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I'm Free" will open on Jan. 21, 2022, in Los Angeles. The Shakur Estate announced Tuesday that the " Tupac Shakur. The exhibit is described as a fully immersive, thought-provoking museum experience that explores the life and legacy of the late rapper.wftv.com
Rapper Shock G died from accidental overdose of drugs, report says
Rapper Shock G died from accidental overdose Shock G, left, shown with George Clinton, died of an accidental overdose, according to a medical examiner's report released Thursday, (Monica Morgan/WireImage)TAMPA, Fla. — Rapper Shock G, found dead in a Florida hotel in April, died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, alcohol and methamphetamine, officials said Thursday. >> ‘Humpty Dance’ rapper Shock G dead at 57Jacobs was staying at the Vista Inn and Suites in north Tampa and was due to check out on April 22, the Tampa Bay Times reported. First responders attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead, the Times reported. Shock G and Chopmaster J formed Digital Underground with Kenny K in the late 1980s, Variety reported. The group broke through in 1989 with singles “Doowhutchyalike” and “The Humpty Dance,” the video that featured Shock G in a blubbery, cartoonish voice performing with a fake nose and glasses.wftv.com
‘Humpty Dance’ rapper Shock G dead at 57
TAMPA, Fla. — Rapper Shock G, a producer and the frontman for the 1990s group Digital Underground, was found dead in a Florida hotel, his father said Thursday. Shock G’s death was confirmed by Digital Underground co-founder Chopmaster G in an Instagram post. “Our son, brother and friend, Gregory Jacobs, also known as Shock G, suddenly passed away today,” the rapper’s family said in a statement. Please keep us in your prayers at this very difficult time.”RIP Shock G. Can’t believe we lost another hip-hop icon. Oh No, Not Shock G (and his alter ego Humpty Hump).wftv.com
Prosecutor son seeks father's release in fatal Brink's heist
Andrew Cuomo for clemency for Gilbert, one of the oldest and longest held inmates in New York state. Four decades later, advocates for the 76-year-old inmate’s release include San Francisco’s chief prosecutor, the son left behind at 14 months old when both his parents were arrested. Boudin ran a progressive campaign in which he said visiting his parents Kathy Boudin and Gilbert in prison showed him the criminal justice system was broken. Hanchar contends Gilbert helped plan a crime that left a lasting hole in the lives of the slain men’s families. Shakur was convicted of leading a group responsible for a series of armed robberies in New York and Connecticut, including the Brink’s heist.
Viral and vital, college gymnasts finding their voice
The social justice movement in college athletics has popped up in most unusual place: gymnastics. From UCLA to Pittsburgh, Black gymnasts and the programs they represent are using their platform to empower and uplift. Her experience at Arkansas was simply reflective of the culture at large in the sport at the time. From Pittsburgh to California, female gymnasts are using their platform to empower, educate and bring light to causes they believe in. “Personally I would say (gymnastics) is a predominantly white sport,” Ward said.
Rapper Genesis Be's long battle versus the Confederate flag
Genesis Be helped ignite a nationwide conversation around the Confederate emblem as part of Mississippi's state flag until the flag was retired in June. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)NEW YORK The path that brought rapper and activist Genesis Be to a New York City stage, her body draped in a Confederate flag and a noose hung around her neck, was a long one. ___After her stage performance went viral, she gathered a group of high school friends and other Mississippians in 2017 to discuss the state flag. Shes not trying to disrespect anybodys ancestors, her childhood friend, Louis McFall, says in 'Should the Confederate Flag Still Fly in Mississippi?' "That symbol has been in our state flag for 120 years.
Rap at auction: Biggie's crown and Tupac Shakur letters
and Tupac Shakur are being united for an auction at Sothebys, the first-ever dedicated hip-hop auction at a major international auction house. Bidders will be able to vie for the crown worn and signed by the Notorious B.I.G. They'll also get to bid on an archive of 22 autographed love letters written by Shakur at the age of 15-17 to a high school sweetheart. Onetime friends who became rivals in a hype-fueled war between the East and West Coast rap scenes, Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. The crown has been in photographer Barron Claiborne's possession since he captured Biggie for the cover of Rap Pages magazine.
55 years after riots, Watts neighborhood still bears scars
Lorinda Lacy, 45, stands outside her party store painted with a mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. There was violence and looting in some places, including Los Angeles, but not in LAs Watts neighborhood, forever linked to an uprising that broke out in the segregated community 55 years ago and became known as the Watts riots. Black residents, people born here and those who work to make life better in Watts spoke to The Associated Press about the challenges they faced and those that remain. He said the legacy of the Watts riots is something he keeps in mind as he tries to make life better for residents. Were not the same California we were 55 years ago or the city of Los Angeles 55 years ago.
Man named Tupac Shakur arrested in Tennessee
(CNN) - Police in Tennessee arrested a man named Tupac A. Shakur, 40, after they say he pulled a knife on them and was found with methamphetamine. Officers attempted to arrest Shakur, but he pulled away and reached for his waistband, the release said. Shakur then turned toward officers with a knife before officers took him down. Officers found a syringe and baggies of meth on Shakur, the release said. Shakur shares the same name, even the same middle initial, as the late rapper Tupac Shakur who was killed in September 1996 at age 25.