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“Life’s ssentials with Ruby Dee,”:Documentary

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The documentary about the beloved artists-activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, will debut this weekend at The American Black Film Festival. The film is directed by their grandson, Muta’Ali. It will be shown on Sunday, June 22.

“Life’s ssentials with Ruby Dee,” part tribute, part history lesson and part coming-of-age story, will give viewers an intimate look into the remarkable lives of the couple many consider the all-time king and queen of black Hollywood.

 

“To admire and speak highly of my grandparents is easy, but to apply their principles in my own life has proven less so. There is self-discovery in the vast space between what I look up to—their 56 year marriage, their socially conscious career choices, and their bravery in the struggle—and what I may be willing to practice,” says Muta’Ali.

The documentary is produced by Jevon “NJ” Frank and features notables Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Hill Harper, Samuel Jackson, Spike Lee, Sonia Sanchez, and Dr. Cornel West. They all offer insights into and memories of the couple’s love, art, and activism.

“Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee” will be screened on Sunday, June 22 at 1:50 p.m. at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, 333 West 23 Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. (Take the A, C, E or 1 to 23rd Street.) Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased by visiting www.abff.com. For more information on the film, visithttp://rubydee.lifesessentialsdocs.com/.

by Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton 

Grace Jones: The Documentary

 

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Amazing Grace…London’s BFI Film Fund, in partnership with the Sheffield Doc/Fest, announce funding for a comprehensive biographical documentary: “Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life.”

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014)

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Poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work defied description under a simple label, has died, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.
She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brann said.

A professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
She spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out at age 14, instead becoming the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in
the mid-1950s in the opera production “Porgy and Bess.” In 1957, she recorded her first album, “Calypso Lady.” In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and also played a queen in “The Blacks,” an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.
Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
“I created myself,” she has said. “I have taught myself so much.”
Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially-segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas.
The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for years. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him.
“My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said. From the silence, a louder voice was born.
Her list of friends is as impressive as her illustrious career. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey referred to her as “sister friend.” She counted Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she worked during the Civil Rights movement, among her friends. King was assassinated on her birthday.
Angelou spoke at least six languages, and worked at one time as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. During that period, she wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” launching the first in a series of autobiographical books.
“I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine … before she realizes she’s reading,” Angelou said.
She was also one of the first black women film directors. Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards.
Before making it big, the 6-foot-tall wordsmith also worked as a cook and sang with a traveling road show. “Look where we’ve all come from … coming out of darkness, moving toward the light,” she once said. “It is a long journey, but a sweet one, bittersweet.”

Bill Duke:Light Girls

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Popular American actor and director, Bill Duke, a recent recipient of the Directors Guild of America Life Time Achievement award, is currently shooting parts of his latest film, Light Girls, in Johannesburg.

Produced and co-directed by local filmmaker Themba Sibeko, Light Girls is a follow-up to the award-winning documentary, Dark Girls, broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network last year June.

Sibeko, from White Heron Pictures, said in a statement: “Duke felt strongly that there needed to be a South African perspective on what it means to be light skinned and coloured in SA, 20 years into our new democracy.

“It gives the film a broader perspective on the subject matter of light- skinned black women and the societal and cultural perceptions; stereotypes and myths.”

He said: “Light Girls will hopefully spur further debate on ‘colourism’, the recent resurgence of skin-lightening products being used by African women, celebrities and the impact it has on race and identity.

“The film also touches on how media has played a role in influencing perceptions of what is deemed beautiful and what is not in today’s society.”

Apart from working with Duke, Sibeko is currently in development on his next project, a crime thriller Thatha Isithombe (Take a Picture) and the pilot will be filmed in June.

Expected to spark new debates about skin lightening/bleaching, a growing trend in countries throughout Africa, the documentary will again air on the Oprah Winfrey Network later this year.

zwelakhes@thenewage.co.za

Crime After Crime: The True Story

 

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“In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair of rookie land-use attorneys convinced that with the incontrovertible evidence that existed, they could free Deborah in a matter of months.

 

What they didn’t know was the depth of corruption and politically driven resistance they’d encounter, sending them down a nightmarish, bureaucratic rabbit hole of injustice. The outrageous twists and turns in this consummately crafted saga are enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, the spirit, fortitude, and love all three characters marshal in the face of this wrenching marathon is nothing short of miraculous. We fall in love with the remarkable triumvirate as they battle a warped criminal-justice system and test whether it’s beyond repair.”

Diana Ross: 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)

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Documentary celebrating the career of Motown legend Ms. Diana Ross 50th Anniversary in the music business!

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Big Daddy Kane:In The Studio

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20 Feet From Stardom: Oscar Winners!

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Legendary singers Dr. Mable John and Susay Green, picture holding there Oscars for the Documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Congratulation’s ladies!

I’m Rick James (2009) : Release Date?

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The Rick James Story comes to the screen with all same unstoppable energy and outrageous humor that made him famous. It’s a non-apologetic celebration of the man and his music. The songs drive the journey, with many never before heard tracks and Rick’s hits like “Give It To Me Baby,” “Mary Jane.”

“Party All The Time” and “Superfreak.” The documentary is told by the people who knew him, partied with him and slept with him –from club owners in Buffalo to Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. But there’s a twist. Rick narrates his own life story.

From existing on camera footage Rick literally appears in the film, providing his uncensored opinions and commentary. Quotes from magazine and newspaper interviews are his narrative voice. So when Supermodel, Janice Dickinson, claims to be the inspiration for “Superfreak,” we’ll give you Rick’s take on what really happened that night at Studio 54. “Cocaine is a hell of a drug!” This is an autobiographical chronicle from the grave.  – Written by Downtown Movies

Doris Payne:Professional Jewel Thief Part I

 

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How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the worlds most notorious jewel thieves? A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she’s stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat.

With Payne now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, filmmakers Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Stylish recreations, an extensive archive and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes.

 

This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies society’s prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream while she steals your heart.

Doris Payne (born 1930 in Slab Fork, West Virginia) is one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves.

 

Her modus operandi was to enter jewelry stores posing as a well-to-do woman, typically looking for a diamond ring. Using her natural grace and charm, she would engage the clerk, asking to see an assortment of items. Eventually, she would “cause the clerk to forget” just how many items were outside the case, and at some point she would leave with one or two pieces.

Her career spanned five decades, states, and even countries. She was arrested many times, but was generally more successful than not.

A feature length motion picture is currently being planned about her life, starring Halle Berry as Payne. The motion picture to be written and produced by veteran TV writer, Eunetta T. Boone in association with Jason Felts (Virgin Produced/Relativity Media). A documentary about her life – The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne – is also being produced by Matthew Pond & Kirk Marcolina of Treehouse Moving Images LLC.

On Friday, January 22, 2010 Payne was arrested in Costa Mesa, California for removing the tags from a $1,300 Burberry trench coat from a Saks Fifth Avenue store and subsequently leaving the store with the coat. In January 2011, at the age of 80, Doris was sentenced in a San Diego court to five years for stealing a 1 carat diamond ring

 

TLC:Behind The Music

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Crystal didn’t like how she was portrayed in the movie

Crystal and Ian Burke went on radio station, Ryan Cameron’s V103 morning show and revealed that she didn’t get kicked out of TLC because she couldn’t sing, but because she refused to sign the contract.

Crystal and her manager at the time, Ian Burke (@orca172) also revealed:

Ian Burke is really the creator of TLC

Jermaine Dupri had a big role in their career and he was the one who  suggested that T-boz sing in a low register

Several more interesting tidbits were revealed by Crystal and Ian that answers some of the “unknowns” many of us fans were wondering about.

Ian claimed at first he did not want to put Lisa in the group. He initially rejected Lisa from the group because she wore a dress to the audition. Ian was looking for a girl in baggy clothes. But once he made Lisa rap for him, he was sold. Also, Lisa didn’t like the dress either. She told him she normally wears baggy clothes. That sealed the deal.

Ian knew T-Boz was the one for the group after visiting her home at 2am. She had missed the auditions. So, he went to see her in person at her home. When she opened the front door, he immediately know she was “the one”.

Ian says one pivotal part in TLC’s journey that the movie didn’t capture was Jermaine Dupri’s involvement. JD was actually the person who had T-Boz sing in her lower register. Her tone eventually became TLC’s signature sound.

Ian expressed that TLC was actually SWV’s name. Since TLC hit scene first, SWV could no longer use it.

TLC was never supposed to be a singing group; instead a girl power “movement” of some sort.

Crystal says yes she has an issue with how she was portrayed during the audition scene. She insists that she can sing (but she didn’t take the opportunity on Ryan Cameron’s show to prove it to the world). *side eye*

Crystal claims Pebbles indeed gave her a contract as well. However, she didn’t sign it because she wanted her mother to look over it first.

Bobby Debarge:March 5, 1956 – August 16, 1995

 

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The very underrated Bobby DeBarge was one of the greatest falsettos of all time. His struggle with substance abuse often overshadowed his great talent.

He first recording was with his band Hot Ice (later Switch) in 1976, the album
Pall Mall Groove.

In 1977 Hot Ice signed with Motown and the bands name was changed to Switch due to their ability to switch instruments. They released their debut album, Switch, in 1978. The album reached gold status and included Quiet Storm classics I Wanna Be Closer(written by Jermaine Jackson) and There’ll Never Be (Bobby DeBarge writer).

Switch released their second Motown album in 1979, Switch II,  which included another r&b Quiet Storm classic I Call Your Name,  written by lovesick DeBarge for LaToya Jackson, and the party jam Best Beat In Town. This album also reached gold status.

They struck gold again in 1980 with This Is My Dream. The standout tunes were Love Over And Over Again, written by Bobby and sister Bunny, and another love song for LaToya, You And I.

Bobby left the band in 1981 when Motown offered him a solo deal. He also co-produced the debut album of his siblings, The DeBarges.

Bobby never recorded his solo album so joined his brothers, after El and Bunny left.

His career came to a halt in 1988 when he was arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to 5 years. He was released in 1993 and continued to perform while struggling with AIDS, contracted before his prison sentence.

DeBarge died in 1995, leaving behind his wife Terri with whom he had two children and three children from a previous relationship.

Amy Winehouse: Real Divas Don’t Live, They Die…..

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Light Skin: The Documentary

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The “Dark Girls” documentary that aired on OWN on Sunday rubbed viewers the wrong way for several reasons. The most prevalent argument was that it didn’t show enough dark-skinned women who are supremely confident, comfortable in their own skin and unfazed by attacks against their appearance by society. But there was a growing crop of people who felt the documentary’s biggest flaw was that it neglected the plight of the light-skinned woman.

Though some believe that women with lighter complexions delight in privilege and adulation because of their skin tone, they too have felt pain. Many light-skinned women and men grapple with the sting of having to constantly prove their blackness and the wrath of people who assume because they have less melanin, they think they’re superior. The question on some viewers minds was: could a light-skinned girl’s story ever be told?

Most people would answer negatively. There could be outrage and backlash stemming from the belief that the light-skinned struggle pales in comparison to that of dark-skinned people. But why does there need to be a comparison in the first place? Shouldn’t all our voices, experiences and struggles be heard?

The truth is colorism cuts both ways. Colorism is a real and prevalent issue for light-skinned women, and their plight shouldn’t be shrugged off or scoffed at. We must realize that we have all been hurt by colorism, everyone of us from the lightest beige to the deepest brown. Instead of competing about whose pain is worse, we should listen to each other and move together toward a solution.

Do you think there could be a “Light Girls” documentary? Should there be one?

Written By Raquel Wilkerson

 

Michael Jackson: 270 Hits!

 

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Nearly 270 Michael Jackson Tracks Packed Into New Anthologies The Indispensable Collection and The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection, Available Now Exclusively On iTunes
Most Comprehensive Collections Ever Include Iconic Tracks, Electrifying Live Performances, Early Demos, Creative Collaborations and Innovative Remixes!

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

  1. Rock with You
  2. Workin’ Day and Night
  3. Get on the Floor
  4. Off the Wall
  5. Girlfriend
  6. She’s out of My Life
  7. I Can’t Help It
  8. It’s the Falling in Love
  9. Burn This Disco Out

Thriller

  1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  2. Baby Be Mine
  3. The Girl Is Mine (featuring Paul McCartney)
  4. Thriller
  5. Beat It
  6. Billie Jean
  7. Human Nature
  8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  9. The Lady in My Life

Bad

  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Liberian Girl
  5. Just Good Friends
  6. Another Part of Me
  7. Man in the Mirror
  8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (featuring Siedah Garrett)
  9. Dirty Diana
  10. Smooth Criminal
  11. Leave Me Alone

Dangerous

  1. Jam
  2. Why You Wanna Trip on Me
  3. In the Closet
  4. She Drives Me Wild
  5. Remember the Time
  6. Can’t Let Her Get Away
  7. Heal the World
  8. Black or White
  9. Who Is It
  10. Give in to Me
  11. Will You Be There (featuring The Cleveland Orchestra)
  12. Keep the Faith
  13. Gone Too Soon
  14. Dangerous

HIStory – Past, Present and Future Book 1

  1. Scream
  2. They Don’t Care About Us
  3. Stranger in Moscow
  4. This Time Around
  5. Earth Song
  6. D.S.
  7. Money
  8. Come Together
  9. You Are Not Alone
  10. Childhood (Theme from “Free Willy 2”)
  11. Tabloid Junkie
  12. 2 Bad
  13. History
  14. Little Susie / Pie Jesu
  15. Smile

Blood On The Dance Floor/HIStory In The Mix

  1. Blood on the Dance Floor
  2. Morphine
  3. Superfly Sister
  4. Ghost
  5. Is It Scary
  6. Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)
  7. Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)
  8. 2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)
  9. Stranger in Moscow (Tee’s In-House Club Mix)
  10. This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix)
  11. Earth Song (Hani’s Extended Radio Experience)
  12. You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix)
  13. History (Tony Moran’s HIStory Lesson)

Invincible

  1. Unbreakable
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Invincible
  4. Break of Dawn
  5. Heaven Can Wait
  6. You Rock My World (with intro)
  7. Butterflies
  8. Speechless
  9. 2000 Watts
  10. You Are My Life
  11. Privacy
  12. Don’t Walk Away
  13. Cry
  14. The Lost Children
  15. Whatever Happens
  16. Threatened

Live At Wembley – July 16, 1988

  1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  2. This Place Hotel
  3. Another Part of Me
  4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  5. She’s Out of My Life
  6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There
  7. Rock with You
  8. Human Nature
  9. Smooth Criminal
  10. Dirty Diana
  11. Thriller
  12. Working Day and Night
  13. Beat It
  14. Billie Jean
  15. Bad
  16. Man in the Mirror
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The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection includes:
Off The Wall Extras

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Original Demo From 1978)
  2. Workin’ Day And Night (Original Demo From 1978)
  3. Rock with You (Single Version)
  4. Off the Wall (Single Version)
  5. She’s Out of My Life (Single Version)

Thriller Extras

  1. Billie Jean (Home Demo From 1981)
  2. Billie Jean (Single Version)
  3. Billie Jean (Long Version)
  4. Billie Jean (Underground Mix)
  5. Beat It (Single Version)
  6. Beat It 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix Featuring Fergie)
  7. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix)
  8. P.Y.T.2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix Featuring willi.i.am)
  9. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 with Akon (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix)
  10. For All Time (Previously unreleased track from the “Thriller” sessions)
  11. Got the Hots (Thriller 25th Anniversary)(and KOP Internationally)
  12. Someone in the Dark
  13. Carousel
  14. Thriller (Instrumental)

Bad Extras

  1. Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round
  2. I’m So Blue
  3. Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)
  4. Free
  5. Price of Fame
  6. Al Capone
  7. Streetwalker
  8. Fly Away
  9. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Spoken Intro)
  10. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You)(Spanish Version)
  11. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous(I Just Can’t Stop Loving You) (French Version)
  12. Bad (Remix by Afrojack Featuring Pitbull- DJ Buddha Edit)
  13. Speed Demon (Remix by Nero)
  14. Bad (Remix by Afrojack Featuring Pitbull- DJ Buddha)

The Ultimate Collection Extras

  1. Ease on Down the Road
  2. You Can’t Win
  3. Shake a Body (Early Demo)
  4. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)(Single Edit) (The Jacksons)
  5. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Demo Version)
  6. Sunset Driver (Demo)
  7. Scared of the Moon(Demo)
  8. State of Shock
  9. We Are the World (Demo)
  10. We Are Here to Change the World
  11. Cheater (Demo)
  12. Monkey Business
  13. Dangerous (Early Version)
  14. Who Is It (IHS Mix)
  15. Someone Put Your Hand Out
  16. On the Line
  17. Fall Again (Demo)
  18. In the Back
  19. Beautiful Girl (Demo)
  20. The Way You Love Me
  21. We’ve Had Enough
  22. You Rock My World (with intro)
  23. Enjoy Yourself (The Jacksons)
  24. Lovely One (The Jacksons)
  25. This Place Hotel (a/k/a Heartbreak Hotel) (The Jacksons)

This Is It Extras

  1. This Is It
  2. This Is It (Orchestra Version)
  3. She’s Out of My Life (Demo)
  4. Beat It (Demo)
  5. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Demo)
  6. Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit)
  7. Planet Earth (Poem)

Michael

  1. Hold My Hand
  2. Hollywood Tonight
  3. Keep Your Head Up
  4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
  5. Monster
  6. Best of Joy
  7. Breaking News
  8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day
  9. Behind the Mask
  10. Much Too Soon

Immortal

  1. Workin’ Day and Night (Immortal Version)
  2. The Immortal Intro (Immortal Version)
  3. Childhood (Immortal Version)
  4. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Immortal Version)
  5. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Immortal Version)
  6. Dancing Machine / Blame It on the Boogie (Immortal Version)
  7. Ben (Immortal Version)
  8. This Place Hotel (Immortal Version)
  9. Smooth Criminal (Immortal Version)
  10. Dangerous (Immortal Version)
  11. The Mime Segment:(I Like) the Way You Love Me / Speed Demon / Another Part of Me (Immortal Version)
  12. The Jackson 5 Medley (Immortal Version)
  13. Speechless/Human Nature (Immortal Version)
  14. Is It Scary/Threatened (Immortal Version)
  15. Thriller (Immortal Version)
  16. You Are Not Alone/I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Immortal Version)
  17. Beat It / State of Shock (Immortal Version)
  18. Jam (Immortal Version)
  19. Planet Earth/Earth Song (Immortal Version)
  20. Scream/Little Susie (Immortal Version)
  21. Gone Too Soon (Immortal Version)
  22. They Don’t Care About Us (Immortal Version)
  23. Will You Be There (Immortal Version)
  24. I’ll Be There (Immortal Version)
  25. Immortal Megamix
  26. Man in the Mirror (Immortal Version)
  27. Remember the Time / Bad (Immortal Version)

Remixes, Rarities & Gems

  1. Can You Feel It (The Jacksons)
  2. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Live from the 1981 U.S. Tour) (The Jacksons)
  3. Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough (Roger’s Underground Solution Mix)
  4. Rock with You (Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix)
  5. Rock with You (Frankie’s Favorite Club Mix)
  6. Rock with You (Masters at Work Remix)
  7. Rock with You (Live)(The Jacksons)
  8. Off the Wall (Live) (The Jacksons)
  9. She’s Out of My Life (Live) (The Jacksons)
  10. Working Day and Night (Live) (The Jacksons)
  11. Can’t Get Outta the Rain
  12. Say Say Say (featuring Paul McCartney)
  13. Beat It (Moby’s Sub Mix)
  14. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Brothers In Rhythm House Mix)
  15. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Instrumental)
  16. Thriller Megamix
  17. Bad (Dance Extended Mix includes ‘False Fade’)
  18. The Way You Make Me Feel (Dance Extended Mix)
  19. The Way You Make Me Feel (Instrumental)
  20. Man in the Mirror (Instrumental)
  21. Dirty Diana (Instrumental)
  22. Another Part of Me (Extended Dance Mix)
  23. Another Part of Me (Instrumental)
  24. Smooth Criminal (Dance Radio Edit)
  25. Smooth Criminal (Extended Dance Mix)
  26. Smooth Criminal (Instrumental)
  27. Liberian Girl (UK Edit)
  28. Black or White (The Clivilles & Cole Radio Mix)
  29. Black or White (The Clivilles & Cole House/Club Mix)
  30. Black or White (House With Guitar Radio Mix)
  31. Black or White (The Underground Club Mix)
  32. Black or White (Instrumental)
  33. Remember the Time (New Jack Radio Mix)
  34. Remember the Time (Silky Soul 7″)
  35. Remember the Time (12″ Main Mix)
  36. Remember the Time (Maurice’s Underground)
  37. Remember the Time (E-Smoove’s Late Nite Mix)
  38. In the Closet (Radio Edit)
  39. In the Closet (The Underground Mix)
  40. Jam (Silky 12″ Mix)
  41. Dangerous (Roger’s Dangerous Edit)
  42. Who Is It (Brothers in Rhythm House Mix)
  43. Will You Be There (Instrumental)
  44. Gone Too Soon (Instrumental)
  45. Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)
  46. Scream (Classic Club Mix)
  47. Earth Song (Radio Edit)
  48. Earth Song (Hani’s Extended Radio Experience)
  49. They Don’t Care About Us (Love To Infinity’s Walk In The Park Mix)
  50. Stranger in Moscow (Tee’s Radio Mix)
  51. Smile (Short Version)
  52. Is It Scary (Radio Edit)
  53. Is It Scary (Deep Dish Dark And Scary Radio Edit)
  54. Shout
  55. One More Chance
  56. One More Chance (Metro Remix)
  57. One More Chance (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
  58. One More Chance (Paul Oakenfold Urban Mix)
  59. One More Chance (Ron G Club Remix)
  60. Michael Jackson DMC Megamix

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Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

  1. Rock with You
  2. Workin’ Day and Night
  3. Get on the Floor
  4. Off the Wall
  5. Girlfriend
  6. She’s out of My Life
  7. I Can’t Help It
  8. It’s the Falling in Love
  9. Burn This Disco Out

Thriller

  1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  2. Baby Be Mine
  3. The Girl Is Mine (featuring Paul McCartney)
  4. Thriller
  5. Beat It
  6. Billie Jean
  7. Human Nature
  8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  9. The Lady in My Life

Bad

  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Liberian Girl
  5. Just Good Friends
  6. Another Part of Me
  7. Man in the Mirror
  8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (featuring Siedah Garrett)
  9. Dirty Diana
  10. Smooth Criminal
  11. Leave Me Alone

Dangerous

  1. Jam
  2. Why You Wanna Trip on Me
  3. In the Closet
  4. She Drives Me Wild
  5. Remember the Time
  6. Can’t Let Her Get Away
  7. Heal the World
  8. Black or White
  9. Who Is It
  10. Give in to Me
  11. Will You Be There (featuring The Cleveland Orchestra)
  12. Keep the Faith
  13. Gone Too Soon
  14. Dangerous

HIStory – Past, Present and Future Book 1

  1. Scream
  2. They Don’t Care About Us
  3. Stranger in Moscow
  4. This Time Around
  5. Earth Song
  6. D.S.
  7. Money
  8. Come Together
  9. You Are Not Alone
  10. Childhood (Theme from “Free Willy 2”)
  11. Tabloid Junkie
  12. 2 Bad
  13. History
  14. Little Susie / Pie Jesu
  15. Smile

Blood On The Dance Floor/HIStory In The Mix

  1. Blood on the Dance Floor
  2. Morphine
  3. Superfly Sister
  4. Ghost
  5. Is It Scary
  6. Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)
  7. Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)
  8. 2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)
  9. Stranger in Moscow (Tee’s In-House Club Mix)
  10. This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix)
  11. Earth Song (Hani’s Extended Radio Experience)
  12. You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix)
  13. History (Tony Moran’s HIStory Lesson)

Invincible

  1. Unbreakable
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Invincible
  4. Break of Dawn
  5. Heaven Can Wait
  6. You Rock My World (with intro)
  7. Butterflies
  8. Speechless
  9. 2000 Watts
  10. You Are My Life
  11. Privacy
  12. Don’t Walk Away
  13. Cry
  14. The Lost Children
  15. Whatever Happens
  16. Threatened

Live At Wembley – July 16, 1988

  1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  2. This Place Hotel
  3. Another Part of Me
  4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  5. She’s Out of My Life
  6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There
  7. Rock with You
  8. Human Nature
  9. Smooth Criminal
  10. Dirty Diana
  11. Thriller
  12. Working Day and Night
  13. Beat It
  14. Billie Jean
  15. Bad
  16. Man in the Mirror
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The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection includes:
Off The Wall Extras

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Original Demo From 1978)
  2. Workin’ Day And Night (Original Demo From 1978)
  3. Rock with You (Single Version)
  4. Off the Wall (Single Version)
  5. She’s Out of My Life (Single Version)

Thriller Extras

  1. Billie Jean (Home Demo From 1981)
  2. Billie Jean (Single Version)
  3. Billie Jean (Long Version)
  4. Billie Jean (Underground Mix)
  5. Beat It (Single Version)
  6. Beat It 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix Featuring Fergie)
  7. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix)
  8. P.Y.T.2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix Featuring willi.i.am)
  9. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 with Akon (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix)
  10. For All Time (Previously unreleased track from the “Thriller” sessions)
  11. Got the Hots (Thriller 25th Anniversary)(and KOP Internationally)
  12. Someone in the Dark
  13. Carousel
  14. Thriller (Instrumental)

Bad Extras

  1. Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round
  2. I’m So Blue
  3. Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)
  4. Free
  5. Price of Fame
  6. Al Capone
  7. Streetwalker
  8. Fly Away
  9. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Spoken Intro)
  10. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You)(Spanish Version)
  11. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous(I Just Can’t Stop Loving You) (French Version)
  12. Bad (Remix by Afrojack Featuring Pitbull- DJ Buddha Edit)
  13. Speed Demon (Remix by Nero)
  14. Bad (Remix by Afrojack Featuring Pitbull- DJ Buddha)

The Ultimate Collection Extras

  1. Ease on Down the Road
  2. You Can’t Win
  3. Shake a Body (Early Demo)
  4. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)(Single Edit) (The Jacksons)
  5. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Demo Version)
  6. Sunset Driver (Demo)
  7. Scared of the Moon(Demo)
  8. State of Shock
  9. We Are the World (Demo)
  10. We Are Here to Change the World
  11. Cheater (Demo)
  12. Monkey Business
  13. Dangerous (Early Version)
  14. Who Is It (IHS Mix)
  15. Someone Put Your Hand Out
  16. On the Line
  17. Fall Again (Demo)
  18. In the Back
  19. Beautiful Girl (Demo)
  20. The Way You Love Me
  21. We’ve Had Enough
  22. You Rock My World (with intro)
  23. Enjoy Yourself (The Jacksons)
  24. Lovely One (The Jacksons)
  25. This Place Hotel (a/k/a Heartbreak Hotel) (The Jacksons)

This Is It Extras

  1. This Is It
  2. This Is It (Orchestra Version)
  3. She’s Out of My Life (Demo)
  4. Beat It (Demo)
  5. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Demo)
  6. Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit)
  7. Planet Earth (Poem)

Michael

  1. Hold My Hand
  2. Hollywood Tonight
  3. Keep Your Head Up
  4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
  5. Monster
  6. Best of Joy
  7. Breaking News
  8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day
  9. Behind the Mask
  10. Much Too Soon

Immortal

  1. Workin’ Day and Night (Immortal Version)
  2. The Immortal Intro (Immortal Version)
  3. Childhood (Immortal Version)
  4. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Immortal Version)
  5. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Immortal Version)
  6. Dancing Machine / Blame It on the Boogie (Immortal Version)
  7. Ben (Immortal Version)
  8. This Place Hotel (Immortal Version)
  9. Smooth Criminal (Immortal Version)
  10. Dangerous (Immortal Version)
  11. The Mime Segment:(I Like) the Way You Love Me / Speed Demon / Another Part of Me (Immortal Version)
  12. The Jackson 5 Medley (Immortal Version)
  13. Speechless/Human Nature (Immortal Version)
  14. Is It Scary/Threatened (Immortal Version)
  15. Thriller (Immortal Version)
  16. You Are Not Alone/I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Immortal Version)
  17. Beat It / State of Shock (Immortal Version)
  18. Jam (Immortal Version)
  19. Planet Earth/Earth Song (Immortal Version)
  20. Scream/Little Susie (Immortal Version)
  21. Gone Too Soon (Immortal Version)
  22. They Don’t Care About Us (Immortal Version)
  23. Will You Be There (Immortal Version)
  24. I’ll Be There (Immortal Version)
  25. Immortal Megamix
  26. Man in the Mirror (Immortal Version)
  27. Remember the Time / Bad (Immortal Version)

Remixes, Rarities & Gems

  1. Can You Feel It (The Jacksons)
  2. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Live from the 1981 U.S. Tour) (The Jacksons)
  3. Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough (Roger’s Underground Solution Mix)
  4. Rock with You (Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix)
  5. Rock with You (Frankie’s Favorite Club Mix)
  6. Rock with You (Masters at Work Remix)
  7. Rock with You (Live)(The Jacksons)
  8. Off the Wall (Live) (The Jacksons)
  9. She’s Out of My Life (Live) (The Jacksons)
  10. Working Day and Night (Live) (The Jacksons)
  11. Can’t Get Outta the Rain
  12. Say Say Say (featuring Paul McCartney)
  13. Beat It (Moby’s Sub Mix)
  14. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Brothers In Rhythm House Mix)
  15. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Instrumental)
  16. Thriller Megamix
  17. Bad (Dance Extended Mix includes ‘False Fade’)
  18. The Way You Make Me Feel (Dance Extended Mix)
  19. The Way You Make Me Feel (Instrumental)
  20. Man in the Mirror (Instrumental)
  21. Dirty Diana (Instrumental)
  22. Another Part of Me (Extended Dance Mix)
  23. Another Part of Me (Instrumental)
  24. Smooth Criminal (Dance Radio Edit)
  25. Smooth Criminal (Extended Dance Mix)
  26. Smooth Criminal (Instrumental)
  27. Liberian Girl (UK Edit)
  28. Black or White (The Clivilles & Cole Radio Mix)
  29. Black or White (The Clivilles & Cole House/Club Mix)
  30. Black or White (House With Guitar Radio Mix)
  31. Black or White (The Underground Club Mix)
  32. Black or White (Instrumental)
  33. Remember the Time (New Jack Radio Mix)
  34. Remember the Time (Silky Soul 7″)
  35. Remember the Time (12″ Main Mix)
  36. Remember the Time (Maurice’s Underground)
  37. Remember the Time (E-Smoove’s Late Nite Mix)
  38. In the Closet (Radio Edit)
  39. In the Closet (The Underground Mix)
  40. Jam (Silky 12″ Mix)
  41. Dangerous (Roger’s Dangerous Edit)
  42. Who Is It (Brothers in Rhythm House Mix)
  43. Will You Be There (Instrumental)
  44. Gone Too Soon (Instrumental)
  45. Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)
  46. Scream (Classic Club Mix)
  47. Earth Song (Radio Edit)
  48. Earth Song (Hani’s Extended Radio Experience)
  49. They Don’t Care About Us (Love To Infinity’s Walk In The Park Mix)
  50. Stranger in Moscow (Tee’s Radio Mix)
  51. Smile (Short Version)
  52. Is It Scary (Radio Edit)
  53. Is It Scary (Deep Dish Dark And Scary Radio Edit)
  54. Shout
  55. One More Chance
  56. One More Chance (Metro Remix)
  57. One More Chance (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
  58. One More Chance (Paul Oakenfold Urban Mix)
  59. One More Chance (Ron G Club Remix)
  60. Michael Jackson DMC Megamix

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Bob Fosse: Happy Birthday!

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Parnell Steven ” Stacks Edwards”: Black Mafia Hitman

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Parnell Steven “Stacks Edwards” was played by Samuel Jackson in the 1990 film GoodFellas.

 

Parnell Steven “Stacks” Edwards (January 15, 1947 South Bronx – December 18, 1978 Morningside Heights, Manhattan) was an African-American musician and criminal who became associated with the infamous Jimmy Burke and the Vario crew in 1967. Edwards was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the film Goodfellas.

Edwards was born in the South Bronx, to parents from North Carolina and Northern Virginia. He was said to have been chubby at 5’8″, 285 pounds, but became muscular from his visits to prison. He claimed to have been a bodyguard to Muhammad Ali.

He met mobster Tommy DeSimone as a struggling blues-rock musician, singer and songwriter on Queens Boulevard sometime during 1967, earning money as a street performer. At the time DeSimone was selling stolen Rolex watches. DeSimone began to think of Edwards as a “brother” and the two became close friends.

 

Around this time, DeSimone adopted the same integrationist stance later adopted by Colombo crime family mobster Joe Gallo and Gallo associates, believing that Italian organized crime should work with black organized crime to increase power and profits.Edwards and DeSimone became involved in credit card fraud and carjacking with Henry Hill. Edwards later moved to East Harlem after becoming an associate of the Vario Crew. Edwards was a heavy drug user, smoking marijuana before moving on to heroin and cocaine.

 

As a child growing up he was a fan of jazz, jump blues and gospel. Growing up, his interest in music increased and he learned to play the acoustic guitar. As Edwards got older his tastes turned to Fats Domino, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Frankie Ford, Irma Thomas, The Neville Brothers and Dr. John.

 

When rhythm and blues became outdated he listened to Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and James Brown and started performing blues-rock. Edwards worked the nightclub circuit and was hired on occasion by Burke for performances at Robert’s Lounge from 1967 to 1978, and by Hill at his night club The Suite as a regular performer from 1967 to 1972.

Edwards formed a band called Grand Central Station in the early 1970s. He relied increasingly on organized crime rackets as a means of making money following his introduction to the Vario Crew by DeSimone.

 

Edwards earned a reputation within the Vario Crew as being an “under the limit” master in credit card fraud. He would go to a shopping center with a panel truck and purchase merchandise from the stores until he ran out of room on the truck. He would make $45 purchases on a card with a $50-expenditure limit every afternoon.

 

His rampant shopping sprees would consist of blenders, transistor radios, cigarettes, razor blades and within two hours of steady shopping, call it quits. He had a girl from South Ozone Park, Queens who worked for MasterCharge, delivering cards.

 

She would bring Edwards official office memos keeping him informed about security checkups and credit checks. Among his contacts Edwards included a female associate who worked at a local bank. She would give him duplicates of the cards and inform him of the amount of credit that was attached.

 

Before a card was put in an envelope for delivery to the cardholder, Edwards would have a duplicate. If a card had a $500 credit line he would go into stores where he and members of the Vario Crew were known, or visit places like The Suite, The Bamboo Lounge and Robert’s Lounge where he would punch out credit card slips.

 

The associates he knew in the stores would call the bank and get authorization for whatever merchandise he wanted. The cardholder waiting for his card would never receive it and Edwards usually had enough time to make purchases on the certain card for about a month before it would be reported stolen.

In 1978, Hill, working from a tipoff from bookmaker Martin Krugman, told Jimmy Burke of vast sums of cash being held overnight in a safe at the Lufthansa terminal at JFK airport in New York. Burke analyzed the possibilities and concluded that six men and two panel trucks would be needed to successfully steal the cash. This was the first stage of the heist.

 

Burke assembled a crew consisting of his son Frank James Burke, Edwards, Joe Manri, Robert McMahon, Louis Cafora, Tommy DeSimone, Paolo LiCastri and Angelo Sepe. During the robbery, Edwards slugged Lufthansa employee Kerry Whalen. His job was to take the panel truck used in the heist and drive it to a junkyard in New Jersey, where mafia contacts would compact it and the evidence would be destroyed.

 

Edwards’s ambition was to be a successful blues singer and he was a regular performer at Robert’s Lounge, in South Ozone Park, Queens. He was involved with various low level criminal enterprises with the Lucchese Family associates, paid in stolen goods. He would take the stolen goods and sell them to independent stores in Harlem and Jackson Heights or at flea markets in the area.

 

Shortly after the robbery, Edwards went into hiding in a South Ozone Park, Queens tenement after learning that the police identified him through fingerprints left in the getaway car. DeSimone and Sepe paid him a visit one early morning. After Edwards allowed DeSimone and Sepe to enter, DeSimone killed Edwards with a .32 silencer-equipped pistol. Even though DeSimone considered Parnell Edwards a friend, he understood that due to Parnell Edwards’ drug addiction, he could easily become an informant against the robbers.

 

Edwards’ girlfriend Shelly found his body after coming home from shopping. The next day a distraught DeSimone called Edwards’s mother, with whom DeSimone was acquainted, and said, “I’m so sorry, mom, about what happened to Stacks.”

Hill visited with Edwards’s distraught family briefly before Christmas 1978; DeSimone never attended the funeral

 

The heist worked out better than Burke could have imagined, but Edwards neglected his duty and used heroin, visited his girlfriend Shelly, and fell asleep at her house. The police found the panel truck, parked in a no parking zone, with a muddy boot print matching a pair of shoes owned by Edwards

 

Rosario Dawnson: Trance

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Floyd & Josie: The Aftermath

floyd kidsFloyd Mayweather, Josie Harris and their family. (Courtesy of Josie Harris)The example of Mike Tyson hangs over every successful athlete, proof that any amount of wealth can be squandered by fiscal foolery. “It is a scary thought,” Harris says. “Vegas – not a good place for him.

 

Every outskirt is only 15-20 minutes from The Strip, if not a casino right there he can run to.” Mayweather’s relationship with money is part of his paradox. He covets it, prioritizes it in his career decisions, yet clearly does not have much respect for what he earns. When Mayweather wooed Harris back in 2006, he bought her a $500,000, 25-carat diamond ring. After the attack in 2010, she sold it to finance her new life in California and start a business selling Nappiesaks, a baby shower gift.

 

He buys Jackson handbags by Birkin and diamonds worth a decade’s salary to many. Associates are rewarded with cars, watches, designer clothes, but easy money inevitably brings nefarious interest. “He has told me people have stolen from him, his house was robbed and they thought it was an inside job,” Harris says.

 

“The people who are just leeching on … I didn’t like that. I wanted Floyd to run his business like a company. “You [should] clock in and clock out and get a salary, not, ‘I’m going to buy you a Rolex or a car.’ Is it a charity? A very lucky-ass charity. They are getting an extreme donation.

 

“Floyd will give someone the benefit of the doubt, but as soon as he sees disloyalty or sneakiness, they are out, completely cut off,” she continues. “I have seen where if he would spot them a Rolex he wants it back.” Fame draws attention, but nothing serves as a people-magnet quite like money, especially a man loose with it.

 

Mayweather’s publicist fired off a toxic letter of disgust when his entourage was described as the equivalent to that of a military dictator. But the number of people around Mayweather is extraordinary, and few go unrewarded

Harris reveals she suffered depression and anxiety after the 2010 incident and that she and the children all had therapy.Time has healed, however, and having found peace and stability in California she is able to deal with Mayweather’s behavioral quirks as his friend, confidante and occasional romantic partner far better than she ever could while they were together.
“I honestly feel he deserves to do whatever he wants with his life. Floyd came from poverty, with his mom on drugs and his dad being abusive. We had kids young and he never had a chance to be successful, famous and single. I think he needs to experience that.”
Mayweather has the cars and the houses and all that jewelry. Harris believes he wanted a loving family life, too, yet with the added perks of girlfriends, mistresses, casual flings and strippers thrown in.Few things sting Harris more than
memories of Christmas Day, 2009. Having reconciled and living together in Las Vegas, Mayweather drove her and the children to a new home, already fully furnished and with the children’s bedrooms decorated. It was for them to live in while he remained at his main residence.
“I was like, ‘That’s not what I want; that’s not what I came back here for,’ ” she says, her voice quivering slightly. “That is where most of the problems began. It showed he was not committed to being a family man. It was not morally acceptable to me.”
Less than a year later, the new property was the scene for Mayweather’s attack

Karrine & Co: The Single Life!

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karrineandco My Russian  turn up. Celebrating my divorce with my nigga Rasputin.

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