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September 8, 1996: The Morning After

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September 8, 1996: 11AM: Suge Knight is released from the University Medical Center. 6:20PM: 2pac undergoes a second operation at UMC to repair damage from bullet wounds. Source: Las Vegas Sun, Cathy Scott.

Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace: (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

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Rodney King: 23 Years After……

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George Holliday videotaped from his balcony, Rodney King being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, on March 3, 1991.  King was struck by the officers 33 times with batons, kick 6 times, and hit with a taser twice.

Justin Bieber: Days Are Numbered…..

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Scott La Rock: 27th Anniversary

 

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Released in early 1987 (soon after Scott’s longtime girlfriend Deatema Brown gave birth to a child, Scott Sterling Jr.), Criminal Minded met with instant acclaim and sold roughly 300,000 copies in its first year of release. (Unfortunately, Rock Candy turned out to be less than the best business partners. Limited distribution and reportedly shady accounting practices have left the album’s true sales figures a mystery, and Scott and KRS never saw the amount of money they deserved.)

The record got the interest, though, of Warner Brothers A&R Benny Medina (who’d go on to manage Will Smith, P. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez among others). In August, Medina flew Scott and KRS out to LA and offered them $275,000 to sign to the major.

Kris and Scott returned to New York amped, ready to announce their power move later that week at Madison Square Garden, where they were scheduled to perform alongside Public Enemy and LL Cool J as part of the Dope Jam Tour. They even began pre-production of tracks like “My Philosophy,” “Stop the Violence” and “I’m Still #1” for an album that would become By All Means Necessary.

That Tuesday night, 16 year-old crewmember D Nice was caught in the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx fooling around with someone else’s girl. The angry boyfriend pulled a gun on D, and, with the help of some friends, roughed him up pretty good.

The following afternoon, Scott, Kris, Just Ice, their manager Scotty Morris and bodyguard, Darrel (a.k.a. “The Original Robocop”) were breaking bread at McDonalds on the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street. They had just finalized a deal for BDP to produce Just Ice’s Cool and Deadly album.

“I suggested to Kris that we go get some weed and celebrate in Brooklyn,” Just Ice remembers. “Scott never smoked like that, so he was like, ‘Nah, I’m not fuckin’ with y’all, you’re just gonna get high.’”

As the meal came to a close, Scott got a call on his antique-school, $2-a-minute cell phone. It was D-Nice, explaining his predicament. A father figure to D, Scott didn’t hesitate in offering to handle the situation.

“You can’t have someone doing that to the youngest member of Boogie Down Productions,” says Chris Lighty flatly. “That just don’t make no sense.”

Scott called Lighty and the Violators for muscle. The crews met at a rendezvous point in the South Bronx. Scott, Darrel and Scotty Morris drove to Highbridge in a red, drop-top jeep. D-Nice and the Violators rolled in a second car just behind them.

It was mid-evening by the time the two cars reached University Avenue, between 165th and 166th Street. Though D-Nice’s assailant was not to be found, his crew was hanging out on the block. Darrel jumped out of the jeep and grabbed up the first two kids he could reach, smacking them in the mouth. Playing good cop, Scott came over and calmed things down.

“It seemed like it was mellow,” says Lighty. “Well, as mellow as some kids that just got smacked up can be. Then [Scott and Darrel] were walking back to the car, and gunfire starts—from the ground level, and it seemed like from a couple of levels up too.”

The Violators leapt out of their car to return fire, giving Scott and Darrel the cover to reach the Jeep. Moments later, two .22 caliber bullets ripped through the Jeep’s ragtop. Sitting in the back seat, Scott was hit once in the neck and once behind the ear.

Scotty Morris and Darrel started the car immediately, but Highbridge’s narrow streets and the chaos of the incident made getting off the block nearly impossible. (“It kinda jams up the block when people are shooting at you,” says Lighty.) Finally, after winding their way through several back streets, they made it to Lincoln Memorial Hospital and carried Scott into the emergency room. He was admitted at 11:15 p.m., bleeding profusely and speaking incoherently.

N.W.A:Straight Outta Compton 25th Anniversary

imagesCAA69AW7Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, released August 8, 1988 on group member Eazy-E‘s record label Ruthless Records. Its title refers to the group’s native town, Compton, California. Production for the album was handled by Dr. Dre, with DJ Yella giving co-production. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap; with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics, it helped to give birth to this then-new sub-genre of hip hop. It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop.

Straight Outta Compton redefined the direction of hip hop, which resulted in lyricism concerning the gangster lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It was later re-released on September 24, 2002, remastered and containing four bonus tracks. An extended version of the album was released on December 4, 2007, the 20th anniversary of the original album.

album reached double platinum sales status, becoming the first album to reach platinum status with no airplay support and without any major tours.

As the hip hop community worldwide received the album with a high note, the members of N.W.A became the top stars for the emerging new era of gangsta rap while popularizing the lyrics of Ice Cube. The album also helped to spawn many young MCs and gangsta hip hop groups from areas such as Compton, California, and South Central Los Angeles, as many thought they had the same story to tell and the ability to pursue the career track that N.W.A had taken,hence groups such as Compton’s Most Wanted coming into being.

Because of the recurring violent and sexual lyrics and profanity, often specifically directed at governmental organizations such as the LAPD, N.W.A always enjoyed a particular reputation with U.S. Senators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This situation persisted over the years with the group’s visible head, Eazy-E. One of the reasons for this was “Fuck tha Police“, the highly controversial track from the album that resulted in the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service sending a letter to Ruthless Records informing the label of their displeasure with the song’s message, and N.W.A was banned from performing at several venues.

The FBI letter only helped further popularize the album and N.W.A  and in the group’s 1990 song “100 Miles and Runnin’, the follow-up to Straight Outta Compton, while the music video shows the crew running from the police, Dr. Dre raps “and now the FBI is all over my dick!” as a response to the FBI’s warnings. Also, in his 1990 song “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted”, Ice Cube mocks the FBI with the line “With a pay-off, cop gotta lay off, FBI on my dick, stay off.

The lyrics on the album were mainly written by Ice Cube and MC Ren. Some critics of the album expressed their view that the record glamorized Black-on-Black crime,[which?] but others stated that the group was simply showing the reality of living in the areas of Compton, California, and South Central Los Angeles. Steve Huey in a retrospective review for Allmusic feels that the lyrics are more about “raising hell” than social criticism, but also feels the album is “refreshingly uncalculated” due to its humor; something he feels is rare in hardcore rap.

Many critics feel that the albums’ lyrics glamorize gang violence. The Washington Post writer David Mills wrote: “The hard-core street rappers defend their violent lyrics as a reflection of ‘reality.’ But for all the gunshots they mix into their music, rappers rarely try to dramatize that reality — a young man flat on the ground, a knot of lead in his chest, pleading as death slowly takes him in. It’s easier for them to imagine themselves pulling the trigger”.[citation needed] However, Wichita Eagle-Beacon editor Bud Norman noted that “They [N.W.A] don’t make it sound like much fun… They describe it with the same nonjudgmental resignation that a Kansan might use about a tornado.”[7]

Production

The production on the album was generally seen as top-quality for the time, with Dr. Dre‘s production performing well with his instrumentals and drum machine beats, and DJ Yella‘s turntable scratches and overall co-production seen as proficient by hip hop critics. Some critics find it somewhat sparse and low-budget given the significance of the album and compared with other producers of the time such as Marley Marl.[1]

Content

The album’s most controversial track, “Fuck tha Police“, was partly responsible for the fame of N.W.A as the “World’s Most Dangerous Group”and it did not appear on the censored version of the album. The song “Gangsta Gangsta” talks about the danger and violence in South Central and Compton. “Express Yourself” speaks of the ideas of free expression and the constraints placed on performers by radio censorship.

Every N.W.A member except DJ Yella recorded a solo song. Dr. Dre, who mostly produced rather than performed, did a solo effort in the single “Express Yourself.” Ice Cube performed on “I Ain’t tha 1” and “A Bitch Iz a Bitch”. MC Ren made his solo performance in the songs “If It Ain’t Ruff” and “Quiet on tha Set”. Eazy-E‘s only solo recording was a remix of the song “8 Ball,” which appeared on N.W.A’s previous album N.W.A and the Posse. The only guests on the album were Ruthless Records ghostwriter the D.O.C., who appeared on “Parental Discretion Iz Advised,” rhyming the intro, and founding N.W.A member Arabian Prince, who contributed minor vocals on “Something 2 Dance 2.”

Seven tracks from the album were released on N.W.A’s Greatest Hits: “Gangsta Gangsta“, “Fuck tha Police“, “Straight Outta Compton (extended mix),” “If It Ain’t Ruff,” “I Ain’t tha 1,” “Express Yourself,” and a bonus track from the remastered version, “A Bitch Iz a Bitch”.

Commercial performance

The album first appeared on music charts in 1989, peaking on the US Billboard Top LPs chart at number 37, and peaking on Billboard‘s Top Soul LPs at number nine.[17] It re-entered the charts in 2003, peaking on the UK Albums Top 75 at number thirty-five, and on the Ireland Albums Top 75 at number twenty.[18]

The album has sold over three million copies[and was certified double Platinum on March 27, 1992. It was N.W.A‘s best selling album, as their debut, N.W.A and the Posse, was certified Gold. Their final album, Niggaz4Life, was certified platinum.[ According to Priority Records‘ calculations, 80% of sales were in the suburbs, beyond the boundaries of black neighborhoods.

Critical response

Upon its release, the album was generally well received by most music critics. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune gave Straight Outta Compton three and a half out of four stars and praised its production. The Richmond Times-Dispatch‘s Mark Holmberg described the album as “a preacher-provoking, mother-maddening, reality-stinks diatribe that wallows in gangs, doping, drive-by shootings, brutal sexism, cop slamming and racism”.

Newsweek noted that Straight Outta Compton “introduced some of the most grotesquely exciting music ever made”, and added that “Hinting at gang roots, and selling themselves on those hints, they project a gangster mystique that pays no attention where criminality begins and marketing lets off”.Following its 2002 re-release, Jon Caramanica of Rolling Stone magazine cited Straight Outta Compton as one of hip-hop’s most crucial albums, calling it a “bombastic, cacophonous car ride through Los Angeles’ burnt-out and ignored hoods.“cal response

“The lyrics on this record are unrelenting in their unpleasantness,” complained Peter Clarke in Hi-Fi News & Record Review, awarding the album a rock-bottom “D:4” rating. “The cumulative effect is like listening to an endless fight next door. The music on this record is without a hint of dynamics or melody.”[25]

Accolades

“It’s definitely the best rap record I’ve ever heard,” remarked Sinéad O’Connor. “Of course, I can see why people might be offended by the lyrics. But as a human being and not as a public figure, I’m not offended at all. I realise from reading interviews with people like Ice Cube, when they explain that they’re not talking about women in general but about particular women they know, it makes a lot of sense. I think the sound of the record is brilliant. I really like hardcore hip-hop and reggae stuff, so it’s right up my flight of stairs.”

“Rappers haven’t always referred to themselves as ‘niggers’ on record,” remarked Hip Hop Connection, placing it at No.3 on their countdown of rap’s best albums. “It came as something of a shock then that here were five politically astute black men calling themselves niggers and their women bitches at a time when Afrocentric rap was the current vogue… Straight Outta Compton sounded so exciting, insignificant details such as realism and integrity could be overlooked.”[27]

In 2003, the TV network VH1, named Straight Outta Compton the 62nd greatest album of all time.

It was ranked ten in Spin magazine’s “100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005”.

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums.

It is the group’s only album on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (ranked #144), and the first hip-hop album ever to get a 5-star rating from them in their initial review, and when comedian Chris Rock wrote an article for the magazine about the 25 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of all time in 2005, Straight Outta Compton was number one on his list.[28]

The album is ranked the 109th best of all time by Acclaimedmusic.net.[29]

In 2006, the album was listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The same year, Time magazine ranked it as one of the 100 greatest albums of all time.

Q magazine voted it one of the ‘Top 50 Titles Of 1989. Alternative Press (7/95, p. 88) ranked it #45 in AP’s list of the ‘Top 99 Of ’85–’95’. Vibe (12/99, p. 164) included it in Vibe’s 100 Essential Albums of the 20th century. In 2004, DigitaArts included the album’s cover in its list of the 25 Best Albums Covers.[32] In 2012, Slant listed the album at #18 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s” saying “The juxtaposition of midtempo, Cali-languid grooves and violent wordplay positioned Straight Outta Compton as the sound of the West Coast firing on New York’s Fort Sumpter in what would become ’90s culture’s biggest Uncivil War.”

The Gambino Family: Generations Of Criminals

 

Gambino Crime Family

 

  • Boss: Domenico “Italian Dom/Greaseball/Dom from 18th Avenue” Cefalu
  • Underboss: Arnold “Zeke” Squitieri (Jailed)
  • Consigliere: Bartolomeo “Bobby/Bobby Glasses” Vernace (Jailed, Under Indictment)
  • New Jersey Faction Boss: Alphonse “Funzi” Sisca
  • Estimated Membership: About 260 Made Members.
  • Operates out of:

    • Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island
    • Crews within the family:
      • Ozone Park Boys
        • Mainly in Queens and Long Island
      • DeMeo Crew
        • Mainly in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan
        • Activities:
          • Narcotics trafficking, loan-sharking, gambling, extortion, car theft, union corruption, construction, internet fraud

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Ciara & Future: Owed Hood Taxes?

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Paul Williams: Happy Birthday!

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Rick & Teena: Ebony & Ivory!

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Lil Snupe: Final Resting Place

 

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Hundreds packed the Jonesboro-Hodge High School auditorium Saturday to pay their final respects to slain rapper Lil’ Snupe.

The service was initially scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. but was pushed to 1 p.m. late in the week because of the family’s request.

Lil’ Snupe, whose real name is Addarren Ross, 18, was shot and killed June 20 in Winnfield. Police responded to a shots fired call in the Maplewood Apartments at 1901 S. Jones St. and found Ross with two bullet wounds to the torso. Paramedics responded, but Winn Parish coroner investigators pronounced Ross dead on the scene.

Mourners began to arrive three hours before the service, and rapper Meek Mill entered shortly prior to the service beginning

Clearly still shaken up, Mill sat dejected in the third row with dark sunglasses over his eyes for the majority of the service.

“I’m never one to talk (at funerals),” Mill said when presented with a resolution from Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson. “I saw something in him. His demo tape spoke to me. I saw myself in him.”

Perhaps the most emotional part of the service was when a letter was read from Ross’ biological father who is incarcerated.

It’s surprising how in such a short period of time, a rapper who was 18 for seven days and is from a town of fewer than 5,000 people could have an impact on such a wide group of people.

After news of Lil’ Snupe’s death, hip-hop legends sent Twitter into a frenzy. Celebrity fans took to the site to pay their respects.

“RIP @LilSnupe. Prayers to his family. Some of the saddest news you ever hear…rise up and be leaders for the future. Lives depend on it,” hip-hop mogul Diddy tweeted.

“This Is Crazy He Was A Talented Kid! May He RIP #LilSnupe,” rapper Trina tweeted.

Although Lil’ Snupe had made it to the top, he never forgot where he came from or the “little people.”

Grambling State senior Peter Dorsey has been an MC in North Louisiana for the past five years and reminisces on the time Lil’ Snupe spent “grinding” to make it to the top on campus.

“After putting him in a (rap) battle, he had every student on the campus captivated in less than two minutes,” Dorsey said. “Every time we saw each other, he said, ‘Keep grinding.’”

“He came from nothing,” Charlie Brown wrote. “He taught the young to never make excuses. When the doors open for me, the world will forever hear Lil’ Snupe!”

Ross, who is originally from Jonesboro, was signed to Mill’s DreamChasers record label hours after meeting him after Grambling State University’s homecoming concert in October.

“He was in a van, and I knocked on the window,” Ross said in a February interview with MTV. “They let the window down, grabbed the mix tape, and about 10 minutes or 20 minutes later, they called me.”

The moment Mill heard the struggle in Lil’ Snupe’s lyrics, he noticed somebody who reminded him of him.

“He was spitting so much pain,” Mill said of his protégé. “He’s from the South with a flow like an East Coast guy. He really can spit, and he was talking that talk that I can really relate to. I seen potential in him.”

Julianna Farrait: Mrs. Frank Lucas

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Frank Lucas, his wife Julianna, and daughter Francine. In the 2007 movie American Gangster, we were made to believe his wife had nothing to do with the business. Actually, she served 5 years in prison after being arrested in 1975, for her role in Lucas’ heroin operation and arrested May 19, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after she allegedly sold 2 kilos of cocaine to an informant and stating she had additional 8 kilos to be unloaded.

Frank Lucas: The Real American Gangster.

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Frank Lucas’ home was located at 933 Sheffield Road in Teaneck, New Jersey. This modest home looks nothing like the huge mansion that appeared in the 2007 film American Gangster. Hollywood takes

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Florence Ballard: Happy 70th Birthday!

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Mark Clark: Happy Birthday!

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Mark Clark (June 28, 1947 – December 4, 1969) was a member of the Black Panther Party. He was killed with Fred Hampton during a Chicago police raid on December 4, 1969.

Mark Clark was born on June 28, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois, to Elder William Clark and Fannie Bardley Clark. He became active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at an early age and joined in demonstrating against discrimination in employment, housing and education. According to John Gwynn, former President of state and local chapters of the NAACP, Mark Clark and his brothers played a vigorous role in helping keep other teenagers in line.

“He could call for order when older persons or adults could not,” he said of Clark in a December 1969 interview with the Chicago Tribune.[2] In that same Chicago Tribune article, family members are quoted as saying Mark Clark enjoyed reading and art and was good at drawing portraits. He attended Manual High School and Illinois Central Junior College in Peoria.

After reading their literature and the Ten Point Program, Clark joined the Black Panther Party and later decided to organize a local Peoria, Illinois chapter. He went from church to church in an effort to find a building to house a free breakfast program. He was eventually successful when Pastor Blaine Ramsey agreed to allow a free breakfast program. Church members later voted against continuing the breakfast program because of concerns of government monitoring of the Black Panther Party.

Some family members and friends say Mark Clark knew he would be murdered in Chicago.[2] In the pre-dawn hours of December 4, 1969, Chicago Police stormed into the apartment of BPP State Chairman Fred Hampton at 2337 W. Monroe Street, killing both Mark Clark and Fred Hampton, and causing serious bodily harm to Verlina Brewer, Ronald Satchel, Blair Anderson and Brenda Harris.

Fred Hampton and Deborah Johnson, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their child, were sleeping in the south bedroom. Ronald “Doc” Satchel, Blair Anderson and Verlina Brewer were asleep in the north bedroom.

Brenda Harris was sleeping on a bed by the south wall of the living room, and Harold Bell slept on a mattress on the floor in the middle of the room. Louis Truelock was also lying on the bed with Harris. Mark Clark was asleep in a chair in the living room. The first shot hit Mark Clark in the heart.

Clark’s gun went off as he fell, according to Brenda Harris, who watched from the bed in the corner. A federal grand jury determined that the police fired between 82 and 99 shots while most of the occupants lay sleeping. Only one shot was proven to have come from a Panther gun.[

George Zimmerman: GUILTY AS SIN…..

Day three: George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for the third day of his trial  in Seminole circuit court on June 26

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Shawn Carter: Magna Carta Holy Grail tracklist

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01. Picasso Baby
02. Heaven
03. Versus
04. Tom Ford
05. Beach Is Better
06. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt
07. Oceans
08. F.U.T.W.
09. Part II (On The Run)
10. BBC
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail
15. Open Letter

Meek Mills & Co : RIP LIL SNUPE

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The Game vs. Draya: Are They Still Sleeping Together?…….

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Helen Wooten: Female Boss part V

clarence_luddPendergrass went solo in 1977, releasing a string of platinum-selling LPs. His often aggressive love songs and steamy live shows (including his legendary “ladies only” concerts, which he guessed drew 80 percent women) established him as one of the top black sex symbols of the decade. His career lost much of its extraordinary momentum when he was paralyzed from the chest down in a 1982 auto accident, but he eventually resumed recording and charted with several more albums.

Wooten says she and Pendergrass had instant chemistry: “We were flirting around and we had a lot of things in common. I don’t know how to describe it . . . we became good friends. That was my secret, private boyfriend. Listen, he had keys to my house and keys to my car.”

 

Her loyalty to Pendergrass, she says, was a boon to the Blue Notes; she would help them with Chicago shows, and she remembers landing them good gigs in Memphis and Atlanta. She says Pendergrass would sometimes come to see her even when he didn’t have a show in the area. Though he doesn’t mention Wooten in his 1998 autobiography, Truly Blessed, and during those years he had a live-in Philadelphia girlfriend who would bear his son, Pendergrass writes: “I was, I admit, not always faithful on the road.”

Wooten says they eventually fell out over a disagreement about a piece of jewelry. But they maintained a cordial business relationship, and in mid-November 1975, Wooten paid a $3,000 advance to Harold Melvin to secure the Blue Notes for a big Valentine’s Day show at the High Chaparral.

Three days before the show, by Wooten’s account, she was working at the hospital when her boyfriend, Samuel Daniels, parked in front of her house on West Maxwell around 9 PM. Seeing the lights on and assuming she was home, he went inside and surprised three intruders in the upstairs bedroom. Daniels drew a .38 and forced them to lie down on the floor. “They got one of my new coats, they had my jewelry, and he saw they had my money bag,” Wooten says. “So he called the police and he called me and told me not to come home, because he caught some robbers in my house.”

 

Ignoring Daniels’s advice, Wooten left work midshift, and got home in five minutes—ahead of the police. She raced upstairs to see the cowering intruders. “They were frightened,” she recalls. “They were saying, ‘Miss, miss, he might kill us.’ I told them, ‘You all don’t even know who you’re messing with—this is a crazy man!'” Apparently spurred to action by her imprudent threat, the thieves jumped Daniels and grabbed his gun. They shot him several times and Wooten once, leaving her crumpled on the closet floor. They left the furs and cash but took the gun and a few pieces of jewelry.

 

When the police arrived they recognized Wooten—the cafeteria at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s was a police hangout, and her first cousin, Howard Saffold, was a prominent reform-minded police officer who would later serve Mayor Harold Washington as security chief. They called an ambulance to take her back to the hospital she’d just left. “I said, ‘Please don’t take me there,'” she says, “because I’d snuck away from work, and I needed my job. So they took me to Illinois Research,” now the UIC Medical Center.

Wooten had been shot at close range. The bullet had punctured her right lung and exited her back. She was taken to the intensive care unit, where doctors drained blood from her lungs. Daniels, who she calls her common-law husband (they were together from 1975 till ’82), survived the shooting as well, though he was in coma for three weeks.

Despite these dire conditions, Wooten’s thoughts kept returning to her investment in the upcoming Valentine’s Day show. “I had spent about $5,000 for advertisements on radio and had given [Melvin] a $3,000 deposit, so I was out about $8,000. All that was on my mind was that I have got to do my show and get my money back.”

 

On the day of the concert she called her friend Sandy Wilburn, best known as a songwriter for the Chi-Lites, and had him go to her house and bring her a dress. She ducked out of the ICU and into a private room, where she fixed her hair and makeup and donned the stylish ensemble Wilburn had delivered. “Just like the pictures you got in that book,” Wooten brags, “that’s the way I looked when I left the hospital.”

“When I checked out,” she says, “they said, ‘Mrs. Wooten, you have a bullet hole in you. You cannot leave intensive care.’ I told them, ‘What I got to do for Valentine’s Day is way more important than my health right now.'”

Wooten headed straight for the High Chaparral, but there was bad news waiting for her. “[Melvin] said they wouldn’t be there because they had broken up,” says Clarence Ludd, who owned the High Chaparral and today owns Artis’s Lounge at 1249 E. 87th with his wife, after whom it’s named. “Early that afternoon they called and canceled.”

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