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Goodbye, Kid: Gary Coleman (1968-2010)

The Kid: Actor Gary Coleman

Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .

Gary Coleman, a talented actor who became a child star while playing the lovable tyke Arnold Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes, died Friday (May 28) after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The 42-year-old actor severely injured his head on May 26 during a fall at his Utah home and was taken to a local hospital where he slipped into a coma and never recovered. Coleman was pulled off life support on Friday with his wife  Shannon Price and family members by his side. Coleman's manager John Alcantar released this following statement:

"We are very sad to have to report Mr. Gary Coleman has passed away as of 12:05 PM Mountain Time. He was removed from life support; soon thereafter, he passed quickly and peacefully. By Gary’s bedside were his wife and other close family members. Thanks to everyone for their well-wishing and support during this tragic time."

Coleman got his start in television with cameo appearances on Good Times and The Jeffersons before nabbing his first starring role at age 10 on the NBC sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. For eight seasons (1978-1986), he played Arnold Jackson whom he and his older brother Willis (played by Todd Bridges), were adopted by a rich white New York City businessman after their mother died. On the show, Gary made the words "What'choo talkin' 'bout" a national catchphrase. After hearing of Coleman's passing, Todd told E! Online: "It's unfortunate. "It's a sad day. It's sad that I'm the last kid alive from the show."

During his eight-season run on the show, Coleman also starred in a bunch of television movies, mostly with the word "Kid" in them. Among them were The Kid from Left Field (1979), The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982), The Kid with the 200 I.Q. (1983) and the feature-length film Jimmy the Kid (1982).

But success eluded Coleman in his adult life as he was plagued with financial issues (he filed for bankruptcy in 1999) and health problems (he suffered two seizures earlier this year).

In 2007, Coleman secretly married Shannon Price, who he met on the set of the 2006 movie Church Ball. A couple years later, Coleman's marriage becomes tabloid fodder after allegations of abuse on both sides came to light. In January 2010, Coleman was arrested on a separate domestic-violence warrant after he failed to attend a court date. A judge ordered the actor to pay a fine and attend a domestic violence class.

Coleman leaves behind his wife, Shannon. They have no children together. 

Rest Peacefully, Gary.


Journalist/critic Jimi Izrael says Gary Coleman is a Casualty of Popular Culture because fans wouldn't let him grow up.


Kanye West Is Rowland With "Power"

'Power' Man: Kanye West

We ain't got nothing to lose, muthaphucka, we rollin' . . .

Huh, muthafucka, we rollin' . . .

With some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands . . .

Kanye West -- "Power" (Featuring Dwele)

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Props: Kanye Live

Guess who's back?!

Just in time for the unofficial kick-off of the summer season, Kanye West drops a monstrous track called "Power." The song is expected to appear on his upcoming disc, tentatively titled Good Ass Job. The single also should be available via iTunes on June 8.

A relatively unknown studio maverick named S1 (aka Symbolyc One) co-produced the song with Kanye. This song will certainly make S1 a household name now. Good ass job, young man.

After a couple of spins, I like the song. There's a sprinkle of lyrical quips from Kanye that I like, including, "How 'Ye doin'? I'm survivin'."

As for the "21st Century Schizoid Man" sample you hear throughout the song, it's by British rock band King Crimson. Hmmm, schizoid man, kinda fitting, don't ya think? Ha! No shots at Kanye.

King Crimson -- "21st Century Schizoid Man"


Cut A Rug For Big Boi's "Shutterbugg"

'Bugg'-in Out: Rapper Big Boi

Big Boi -- "Shutterbugg" (Music Video)

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Big Boi's new video for "Shutterbugg" is visually stank-alicious (meaning great).

The OutKast rapper's new LP with the long-ass title is set to hit stores on July 6.

In the spirit of the "Shutterbugg," I took pictures of random screen captures from the video and posted them below:

What are you looking at?
Big Boi is losing his mind, err, I mean his head...

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Janet's "Nasty" Performance

'Nasty' As She Wanna Be: Janet Jackson

Beyoncé maybe the Queen of R&B, but she has nothing on Janet Jackson. The singer-actress gave a stellar performance on the season-nine finale of American Idol Wednesday night. Sporting a new shorter hairdo and wearing a flowing black dress, Jackson sung her latest single, "Nothing," as the audience obliged her with soft hand claps.

After singing "Nothing," the 44-year-old songbird switched momentum and turned it up for a rousing performance of "Nasty," her breakthrough song from her third LP, Control. Flanked by male dancers, Jackson returned to the stage in a skintight black bodysuit, which showed off her flawless curves, as she prowled the stage like a black panther. Near the end of the performance, the male dancers were without their shirts and Janet stood proud on the far left amid a light show of emerald-colored lasers.

For a woman her in mid-40's, Janet Jackson has the body of a 24-year-old Olympic gymnast.

Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley (eck!), Ciara, Beyonce . . . take notes.

Enough talk. For your viewing pleasure, Janet Jackson performing "Nasty."

Remote 'Control': Yardie


Drake Lights It Up With Jay-Z

Guiding 'Light': Drizzy Shining 'Light': Jigga

Drake -- "Light Up" (featuring Jay-Z)

I don't usually post songs with tags on them because they ARE FUCKING ANNOYING.

But this new Drake song is fantastic!

Drake's "Light Up" boasts a thunderous beat and an introspective rap from Jay-Z, himself.

This is clearly Jay-Z's song since he upstaged Drake lyrically on the track with his tenacious verses. Jigga sounds like the Jay-Z of yesteryear when he would have that weird umlaut ÿ attached to his rap moniker.

I love Hov's last verses:

And since no good deed go unpunished

I'm not as cool with niggas as I once was

I once was / Cool as the Fonz was

But these bright lights turn me into a monsta

Sorry mama, I promised it wouldn't change me

But I would have went insane had I remained the same me

Fuck niggas, bitches too

All I got is this money

This will do . . .

Jay-Z's terse words makes me want to dig into my old boxes and find that Reasonable Doubt CD.

In any case, this is the Hov I want to hear more of in the future and not that pop shit he brainwashed music critics with on his lackluster Blueprint 3 album. Yes, Blueprint 3 was wack, sans "Empire State of Mind."

I'll also thank Drake later when I download the song from his upcoming debut LP Thank Me Later, due out on June 15. I'm not entirely sold on copping his entire album, yet.

I'm not on the Drake train like those other blogs.