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Will there be a part 4 to Beverly Hills Cop Tags: beverly hills cop ressurection word life production entertainment news

EXCLUSIVE: Though it recently looked like the Beverly Hills Cop saga would continue on television, Paramount Pictures has begun moving fast on another movie. The studio has enlisted Eddie Murphy to reprise his role as Axel Foley, and they’ve set Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to write that script. That duo has done very well at the studio, with recent script credits that include Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake.

The series began in 1984, tailor made for Murphy as the tough talking Detroit cop who was an outsider and excoriated by authority, but who was the smartest cop on the block. Martin Brest directed the first one, Tony Scott helmed the second, and the last one was directed by John Landis in 1994, back when Murphy was one of the studio’s biggest stars. The series grossed near $750 million collectively. Paramount adds that to another retro project that originated in the ’80s, a sequel to 1986′s Top Gun, which has been in limbo since the film’s director, Scott, committed suicide. Tom Cruise was ready to star at that point.

We hear the newest installment in the film franchise was fueled by the interest sparked by the Beverly Hills Cop pilot this past season. The project, written by Shawn Ryan and executive produced by Murphy and Ryan, ignited a bidding war before landing at CBS last fall where it went to a pilot starring Brandon T. Jackson as Axel’s son. Murphy reprised his role in a scene-stealing turn that had people talking. It showed that the character and Murphy’s portrayal are still pretty potent. The pilot was produced by Sony Pictures TV, with Paramount, as rights holder, coming on board after the pilot green light for what the company billed as its re-entry into television. (Paramount is restarting a TV production operation.) For whatever reason, Paramount-CBS politics or pilot testing depending who you ask, the project shockingly did not go to series. But it drew enough attention to the franchise to spawn a new movie.

Appelbaum, Nemec and Murphy are all repped by WME.

Check out some of Eddie Murphy's other features:  

In Memory Of Nate Dogg-RIP Tags: memory nate dog rest peace word life production news

 Veteran Hip-Hop singer Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dwayne Hale) passed away Tuesday (March 15) night, according to sources close to the performer.

The cause of death is currently unknown but the West Coast legend’s health has been declining for the past few years. He suffered two strokes; one in 2007 and another in 2008.

Well known for his distinct voice, Nate Dogg first gained mainstream attention after appearing on Dr. Dre’s classic album The Chronic. The 41-year-old Long Beach, California native then went on to make numerous guest appearances on tracks, which most notably includes fellow West Coast artist and oft-times collaborator Warren G’s hit single Regulate, before releasing his own solo albums.

Snoop Doggreacted to the news of Nate Dogg’s death via his Twitter account, writing, “We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B. One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at Poly High where we met I love you buddy luv.”

“You will always be with me forever in a day you put the G in G-funk, you put the 1 in 213, and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with.  I miss you cuzz. I am so sad but so happy I got to grow up with you and I will see you again in heaven cuz you know da slogan: All dogs go to heaven. Yo homie and baby brotha big snoopdogg!!”

- By Kim Taylor

 


 

Ted Williams, homeless man with a golden voice, reunites with mom after being apart 20 years Tags: ted williams homless man golden voice word life production news

The Brooklyn-born panhandler with the "golden radio voice" embraced his mother for the first time in 20 years Thursday afternoon - after two network news shows made peace and allowed the reunion to happen.

A tearful Ted Williams hugged his 90-year-old mother, Julia Williams, as NBC's "The Today Show" and CBS' "The Early Show" taped the emotional moment, theColumbus Dispatch reported.

"My prodigal son has finally come home," the overjoyed mother said.

The newspaper reported that Williams told his mom that he had straightened out his life and wouldn't mess up the second chance.

The mother also chided her son about getting her age wrong on national TV. Williams said she was 92 during an "Early Show" interview on Wednesday.

The touching reunion is scheduled to air tomorrow on both morning shows, but until yesterday afternoon there had been a standoff over which network would show it.

Williams, who rose to web stardom after a Columbus Dispatch video went viral, did the lead in for Thursday's "The Today Show" and was later interviewed by Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera.

"It's delightful, just delightful," Williams said of his instant celebrity. "I'm just happy to meet Matt Lauer, see my mom and be back in New York!"

The new star sported an old wardrobe: A green camouflage jacket, green T-shirt and jeans. He sipped from a coffee in one hand and a water bottle in the other.

At the same time, Williams' mother appeared on "The Early Show" to talk about her son.

"I'm so proud," she said. "I want him to do well and I live to see him do well."

"The Early Show," who scored an interview with Williams' on Wednesday, had taken his mother to LaGuardia AirportWednesday night to see him when he landed. But "The Today Show" whisked Williams away, scuttling a mother-son reunion.

In an unusual move, the networks brokered a deal Thursday to show the reunion at the same time.

Williams' luck turned when a local newspaper video of the one-time radio announcer's striking vocal talent went viral three days ago. It produced a whirlwind of media attention and a pile of voice-over opportunities, including one to work for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In between sifting through job offers on Wednesday, a tearful Williams told CBS' "The Early Show" the best gift of his newfound fame was the chance to visit his mom.

"I apologize. I'm getting a little emotional. I haven't seen my mom in a great deal of time," said Williams.

"One of my biggest prayers that I sent out was that she would live long enough for me to see me rebound or whatever, and I guess God kept her around and kept my pipes around to maybe just have one more shot," he said.

 

Williams' ex-wife, Patricia Kirtley, told the Daily News that she called his mom - who still lives in the East Flatbush apartment where she raised her kids - to explain her son's stunning reversal of fortune.

"She didn't believe it until I called her. She is so overwhelmed," said Kirtley, 58, who had five children with Williams. "I think she does not want him to mess it up. She said this is an opportunity and a second chance."

Their reunion was delayed after Williams was turned away from a flight because he lacked proper identification, according to TMZ.

Kirtley met Williams when he was 18 - and even then he had dreams of becoming a radio personality.

"I was about to melt," she said of first hearing his voice. "He does have a God-given gift. He was always the entertainer. He always played music. He was like the deejay."

Kirtley said Williams had a promising radio career in the 1980s - first as an overnight deejay in JohnstownOhio, and later on a morning show in Columbus, where he nicknamed himself Teddy Bear.

Aside from his radio gigs, Williams would act as an emcee for entertainers who came through Columbus. Kirtley said her ex didn't handle fame well and got caught up with women, booze and drugs.

"He started messing up," she said. "He had a lot of groupies. I think it was a whole lot for him to try and handle that. A lot of things were going wrong in his life."

Williams' career and marriage collapsed. His addiction led to a string of arrests for forgery and theft, records show.

That all turned around when a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch found Williams begging for money with a sign saying he had a "God-given gift of a great voice." In the video, he does pitch-perfect station identifications.

Williams told the "Early Show" he hoped someone might spot his talents, but he never expected the outpouring of job offers and media attention.

"It's like almost winning the Mega Ball lottery or something. It's just phenomenal."

With Christian Red and Edgar Sandoval 


 

After 16 years, the scott sisters are finally released from prison Tags: scott sisters pearl mississippi word life news

 

PEARL, MS (WLBT) - A victory Friday morning for Gladys and Jamie Scott as the two sisters walked out of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl.
The pair had been convicted in 1994 of an armed robbery and received double life sentences. Last week, Governor Haley Barbour suspended those sentences, provided that Gladys Scott donates a kidney to her sister Jamie.
 At about 8:00 Friday morning, the sisters were released from the Pearl facility.
"We're free, we're free!" they shouted as they were driven from the facility in a silver SUV -- the sisters' first public comments since their release.
It was a long-awaited victory for their attorney, Chokwe Lumumba.
"I love it, because it's a vindication of the people's spirit and the people's will to fight," he said Friday morning.
Even one of the victims of the sisters' alleged armed robbery believes the two have served enough time.
"I believe they (are) welcome to go," said the victim, who asked to be called Charles, last week. "They served enough time for the things they were trying to do to commit a robbery. The guys they had with them did the robbery. The girls just thought it up."
Just before the Scotts departed the prison, State Senator John Horhn (D-Jackson) and two citizens met one-on-one with the sisters.
"We talked about what their future plans are going to be, we talked about what kind of food they wanted their mom to cook for their arrival," he told WLBT News.
Senator Horhn says even though the past 16 years have been filled with challenges for the women, they are using their experience to help others.
"Gladys wants to become a counselor and go on speaking tours and speak to young children, young people, about staying in school and doing the right thing," Horhn said.
Those who have been supporting the Scott sisters say this case has been a true grassroots effort and illustrates what a difference willpower and determination can make.
"We've seen young people across the country getting outraged and getting involved in this case," said Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the National NAACP. "But it goes back to a family and a mom and two sisters who really believed their in their own right to be treated fairly by the justice system."
The sisters were scheduled to address the media at a press conference with their attorneys in Jackson Friday afternoon. At the end of the day, they are expected to drive to their mother's home in Florida to be reunited with her and their children.
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WORD ON THE STREET:  The day that the black man takes an uncompromising step and realizes that he's within his rights, when his own freedom is being jeopardized, to use any means necessary to bring about his freedom or put a halt to that injustice, I don't think he'll be by himself.~~Malcolm X 

 

 

There will be collard greens for Jamie and homemade macaroni and cheese for Gladys.

 

Evelyn Rasco is preparing a simple, perfect homecoming for her daughters, who have been eating prison food for 16 years.

"I can't afford a party," Rasco said from her home of Pensacola, Fla., "so I'll probably cook them a dinner."

Those are the dishes the women liked years ago, says Rasco, who has been raising their combined five children. "God knows what else I'll cook."

Imprisoned for their involvement in a 1993 robbery, her daughters will go home to their children in Florida thanks to two orders that Gov. Haley Barbour issued Wednesday indefinitely suspending their sentences.

In doing so, Barbour cited the high price tag on Jamie Scott's regular dialysis treatment, which cost the state about $190,000. Both of Jamie's kidneys failed in January, a source of contention with Rasco.

"The prison contributed to everything that has happened to Jamie's health," Rasco said. "They could have prevented kidney failure."

The sisters have always maintained their innocence, though prosecutors said at trial they were masterminds in the armed robbery in rural Scott County.

According to court testimony, the sisters lured two acquaintances on Dec. 24, 1993, to a secluded area near Forest where three teens robbed them.

The assailants hit both men in their heads with a shotgun and took their wallets, according to the court record. The accomplices testified that the sisters planned the robbery and persuaded them to assist.

The estimated take from the robbery ranges from $11 to $200, but advocates of the Scott sisters have touted the $11 figure and many have questioned their involvement in the crime at all.

The sisters were not eligible for parole until 2014.

Rasco credited her daughters' planned release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections with the five-year Internet campaigns she waged on their behalf with the help of then-Loyola Chicago School of Law student Nancy Lockhart.

"I feel strong and I feel blessed because they are coming home," Rasco said.

 

Prisons chief Chris Epps said never in his 30 years in corrections has he known inmates whose supporters were as insistent and widespread.

 

"I've never received as many calls, e-mails, letters from all over the world as I have in this case," Epps said, noting the pleas poured in from the United Kingdom, Africa and Australia and everywhere in between.

Rasco said the sisters' children are anxious for their arrival. Jamie Scott, 38, has three children, ages 23, 20 and 17, and two grandchildren, ages 3 and 5. Gladys Scott, 36, has two children, ages 22 and 15 and two grandchildren, ages 7 and 4.

During a radio interview Wednesday night, Barbour said he believed there is "hardly anybody, or anybody" who is in prison who doesn't deserve to be there, but there are many, the governor said, who do not pose a threat to society.

On the heels of issuing the orders, Barbour said he has asked Epps to look at all inmates receiving dialysis to determine whether they are fit for release. Epps said he would begin that process next week. There are 16 inmates - 15 males and one female - who are receiving dialysis, Epps said.

"The ones who are not threats to society, I don't think the Mississippi taxpayers ought to bear that cost," Barbour told civil rights activist and businessman Charles Evers on Evers' political talk radio show.

The governor conditioned Gladys' release on her donating a kidney to Jamie, something she had already volunteered to do.

Political author Jere Nash said it seemed like a strange stipulation for Barbour to make.

"The guy just can't catch a break," Nash said. "The focus becomes not Barbour's generosity, but Barbour's stipulation that one sister had to donate a kidney to the other sister."

In a statement, Barbour said Gladys "asked for the opportunity to give her sister a kidney and we're making that opportunity available to her."

"All of the 'What if' questions at this point are purely hypothetical. We'll deal with those situations if they happen," Barbour said.

City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, the sisters' attorney, said Barbour's attorney informed him that Gladys would not go back to prison if the operation cannot proceed for medical reasons.

 

The sisters originally had petitioned for a pardon, and Lumumba said he would continue to push for that with Barbour or the next governor.

 

During the radio interview, Barbour said pardons are reserved for people who are "truly remorseful and sorry for what they did."

"That's why we don't ever consider anybody for a pardon who doesn't even admit they did the crime," Barbour said.

The Parole Board recommended to Barbour that he neither pardon nor commute their sentences. Chairwoman Shannon Warnock said it is the policy of the Parole Board not to discuss the reasons behind recommendations made to the governor.

At the Capitol Thursday, more than a dozen advocates gathered for a news conference to celebrate the decision.

It was a lively pep rally. Supporters chimed in with "Yes, yes!" and "That's right!" as speaker after speaker tied into a system they believe erroneously handed the sisters back-to-back life sentences for their role in the heist.

"They treat animals better than they treat the Scott sisters," said activist Clarence Bolls Sr.

Jaribu Hill, an attorney and executive director of the Greenville-based Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights, said, "The voices of thousands of outraged people were raised in protest."

But Lockhart, the law school student who spearheaded a worldwide Internet campaign on behalf of the Scott sisters, said Mississippians were among the last to join the chorus.

"It was very, very hard to get people in Mississippi to assist with this," she said.

In 2005, Lockhart said she was working at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to pay for school when she received a letter from Rasco, the sisters' mother, via the office of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.

In the letter, Rasco said she had been pleading with the organization for 11 years to help her daughters with no answer. Touched by the story, but short on cash, Lockhart set out to build a global network of supporters using Facebook and local radio stations.

That network eventually grew to more than 15,000, she said, and includes people from France, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Africa, the Netherlands and Canada. Hundreds of them participated in various letter-writing campaigns throughout the last five years, she said.

"I feel very strongly that this is what did it, the support, the phone, the mailed letters, e-mails, coming from all over the world," said Lockhart, of New York.

To comment on this story, call Molly Parker at (601) 961-7075 or Elizabeth Crisp (601) 961-7303.

 
The Precariousness of our Condition Tags: precariousness condition president obama word lifeproduction news
 
 
As an NAACP Representative for the entire Northwestern Region of Oklahoma, the position carries a great responsibility to its members who are presently under siege by what may be an intersection of our country’s hot-button issues, mixed with and experienced by an oppressed populace that seems somewhat incapable of pulling itself up, out and away from all that ails them without very adept leadership.
The difficulty in extraction being that assailment comes from so many directions that it is hard to tackle the most serious thing first, because they are all equally devastating.
 
My Region is filled with persons having Dual (or even Multiple) Citizenships and in today’s voting climate we must understand how important it is for these people to take their oath to both Countries (even multiple countries or territories) very seriously. 
The truth being that most are tempted to simply “opt-out” or to skip the voting season in America altogether. However, I want to appeal to that part of you that deplores what you see or makes you want to retreat without helping. For everyone of you that doesn’t honor your commitment to uphold the rights of suffrage in this “country” there are other equally determined parties that will replace you by dragging out anyone that can hold onto an ink pen to vote against your interests.
 
One year (while living on California’s Central Coast) I saw elderly people that could not even feed themselves being taken out of Multi-Million Dollar Nursing Homes, loaded onto vans and taken to the polls to vote with the assistance of teams of van attendants and healthcare workers…Democrats were in shock! Republicans were mobilized and coordinated. That was the controversial year when Gore and Lieberman were haunted by hanging chads.
 
We dwell in “America” under two types of conditions;
1. Our Political Condition
2. Our Real-time Condition
There are many situations that causes our Political Condition to overlap and affect our Real-time Condition.
 
This discussion centers on consideration of what is being bandied about as “Obamacare”, which is really enactment of a Federal Entitlement Primary Care Directive that is set to benefit Americans, including African Ancestored Ethnic Minorities. This program mirrors what has been successfully practiced by Bermudians “Bermudians First”, Canadians, by Indians on or near Reservations in America and many other Nations around the world. Of the above-mentioned groups, it pains me to say that some Indian groups in America (particularly Nations of the former 5 Civilized Tribes) have angrily protested against caring for poor, vulnerable minority populations that they have exiled. 
They claim to have done so because they have not been provided sufficient infrastructure or funding to take on masses of Black Indians descended from Ethnic Native Americans.
 
Essentially, that is among the main reasons why Black Indians are advocating for their own Funding and Infrastructure. Meanwhile until that happens for all of us, it is in your best interest to protect Obamacare, National Healthcare and the Politicians that support it.
But we do this against a backdrop or backlash from politicians, judges, industries, businesses and wealthy persons well-insured with lavish healthcare insurance of their own. Meanwhile, out in the cold are minority elders, infants or the middle group of caretakers of the elderly and infants who must remain healthy enough to work and care for their charges. My Regional Representation and Black Indian Advocacy, as well as outreach program administration allows me to state that uninsured people in Oklahoma includes Elders, Educated Persons with Advanced Degrees, honest individuals trying to care for their families, as well as criminalized populations, persons with Felonies that can’t find jobs or homes and women with children. None of these people feel sorry for themselves, they are simply afraid of getting sick while they have no coverage. Obamacare, such as it is, for them (people who have paid taxes in America), is a step in the right direction. We need to reject any talk that characterizes potential Obamacare beneficiaries as interlopers or undesirable non-deserving populations, that is simply an unfair and untrue characterization.
 
As a former California Healthcare Worker and In-service Education Provider whose husband was also a Peace Officer, I must say that it bothered me to move back to Oklahoma only to learn that Policemen were underpaid and barely surviving, Ambulance workers were underpaid, Teachers were underpaid and parents were being asked to outfit public schools with all the supplies necessary to aid our children, as well as the children of others.
 
As a person that was used to hiring people, I learned that the closer people are paid to the actual value of their services and the more supplies people are given to perform their chosen jobs, the better caliber of Employee you will attract, especially in terms of motivation and experience. The philosophy of the top always influences the attitude of those nearest the bottom.
 
It also seems that the children in Oklahoma were receiving substandard Education and actively being set-up for a new pipeline to prison. I feel like a Whistleblower, but know full-well that someone has got to address the fact that Oklahoma’s people have failed to thrive! Not businesses, not Enterprises but the actual everyday people are barely making it. Some of the Wealthiest People in the Nation live or run Natural Resources Utility Enterprises and businesses here in the State of Oklahoma. Despite all that they have grabbed for themselves, claims of substandard education for the inhabitants of this state are confirmed by the reality of our children ranking 49th in terms of Educational Standing and that record was made on the watch of a Rebellious Red State.
 
The math is fuzzy and the numbers are really unacceptable. Yet there is an oppressive pall over the state which causes the loudest voices heard to continue stating that an increase in salaries will not make things better and an investment in the Education of the children is not the answer. Only a lack of understanding and distraction from the real issues by meaningless busywork would cause people to vote against their own best interests.
Regional Federal agencies are staffed by lacks civil servants left-over from the Bush years, we need to stay the course to root them out. Its happening but we need more time.
 
To this same end in Oklahoma, we find that agencies which are supposed to help Black and minority businesses with Federal Programs and/or State Funding are top-heavy with long-favored pet organizations, or weighed down by a long-line of usual agencies that are funded year after year without change. Newer entities never quite attain “favor”, can’t get to the front of the line or have not been blessed by the “good ole boys” holding onto the purse strings (unless lucky enough to be one of “their” young people).
 
This talk centers on Oklahoma, but it really covers the umbrella portion of Indian Country that extends from California to Oklahoma, from there through Texas and down to Mexico. I want to make it clear that we are talking about Indians with International connections to Mexico, the Pacific Islands and other countries beyond that. I happen to be acquainted with Black Indians that have been granted their own territory in Mexico by the Central Government (since the 1850s) who are very affected by U.S. Political restrictions upon seeking medical care, medications or treatment across the border. Again, we are talking about Political Conditions overlapping with Real-time Conditions. These Dual Citizens have a duty to vote to protect their interests in America, while considering what also affects them as Mexican Nationals. As a matter of fact this population is much larger than one might imagine and the Black Indians are intrinsically tied to Black America.
 
In terms of our Oklahoma or Indian Country Condition, here is what Politicians need to understand about who these Dual Citizens are; first of all there are Black Indians and friendly Tribes, many of whom are the very embodiment of people who are supposed (Politically) to have healthcare or adequate access to healthcare. However in (Real-time) the non-Black Indians have overrun inadequate Clinics, which end up sending them to far away Indian Hospitals, which are places that deny entry to Black Indians. 
The Black Indian population are sent to large White institutions for major services where they are treated like pariahs. Those without healthcare insurance altogether are simply out of luck. That is the Political-Real-time Condition experienced by Oklahomans having Dual Citizenship.
 
My Region is also filled with Marshall Islanders and Mexicans. They will also comprise a portion of the population affected by healthcare needs.
 
As an Advocate for Sovereign Black Tribes, I run into many leaders that are opting out of the U.S. system altogether because they have been so neglected by America, but I cannot help but to remember how important it was for Black Seminoles to vote when non-Black Seminoles were considering a voting referendum to legally exile them from their own Nation. Eligible voting age Seminoles needed to have their votes reflected in order to even show that they cared whether or not they were considered legal citizens.
What’s more they had to rely upon U.S. Government Stewards to negotiate their situation. That could not have happened if their constitutional rights as Dual Citizens did not apply to cover them as a protected group. The same happened to Cherokees, Choctaw, Chickasaws and Creeks. The United States has a duty to act on behalf of our people for actions affecting them on U.S. Soil, that much can be ascertained by the 1866 Treaties.
By the same token, as Ethnic Citizens of another Country (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole, Mexico, etc.) you are obligated to speak out against the wrongs committed against the oppressed populace of Indigenous People in America. 
That is a privilege of Dual Citizenship that embodies the notion that “one hand washes the other.” If the system is broke we have the power, from our unique position, to fix it.
 
By All Means, if you are empowered with the authority to Vote, do so!
 
Sincerely,
Angela Molette (Tuscaloosa Ohoyo) Black Warrior Woman 


 

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