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Iconic Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at the age of 91

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“Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.” – Hugh M. Hefner

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has passed away peacefully at his home, the Playboy Mansion, at the age of 91 from natural causes. The iconic ladies’ man was surrounded by his loved ones. The tragic news of his death became an instant top trend on Twitter.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Hefner’s son Cooper said in a statement. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many.”

In an interview for Larry King’s 2004 book, Remember Me When I’m Gone, the original playboy Hugh Hefner shared his thoughts on his legacy at Playboy and beyond.

“I’d like to be remembered as someone who played some part in changing our hurtful and hypocritical views on sex ― and had a lot of fun doing it.”

Hugh Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, and his children Cooper, Christie, Marston and David. The most famous playboy in the world will be buried next to iconic sexy symbol Marilyn Monroe, Playboy’s first cover star.

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‘Goodfellas’ star Frank Vincent dead at 80

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Frank Vincent, famously known for  portraying mobsters and tough guys in film and TV died yesterday, on September 13, 2017, from heart surgery after a heart attack. He was 80 years old. The news of his sudden passing became a top trend on social media.

Vincent’s family issued a statement Thursday, obtained by CNN through his publicist Morgan Pesante.

“Legendary actor and accomplished musician Frank Vincent has passed away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by his family on September 13, 2017. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time,” the family’s statement read.

Born in North Adams, Massachusetts, and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Frank Vincent began his legendary acting career in 1976 when he co-starred in the crime film “The Death Collector” alongside with Joe Pesci. Then he appeared in Martin Scorsese’s classic film “Raging Bull” that sparked the first of many epic collaborations between him, Joe Pesci and Roberto De Niro, including “Casino” and Goodfellas”. He delivered the iconic line, “Go home and get your shine box!” as Billy Batts in “Goodfellas.” Frank Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films in 1989 and 1991 respectively: Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.

Frank Vincent was also known for portraying Phil Leotardo on the hit HBO TV series “The Sopranos”. The hip hop generation remembered him in rap artist Nas’ 1996 music video for “Street Dream” as his character from “Casino” and playing a mobster in “New York Undercover”. More recently, he starred in the movie “Chicago Overcoat” and made a cameo in an episode of “Stargate Atlantis”.

In addition to his film and TV career, he was an author that co-wrote the book “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man”.

R.I.P. Frank Vincent!

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The 40th Anniversary of the capture of ‘Son of Sam”

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Four decades ago today, on August 10, 1977, police arrested the gun-toting killer David Berkowitz famously known as the Son of Sam,  who shot six people dead and wounded seven others across New York City in the hot summer of 1977. The days of David Berkowitz playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with New Yorkers while taunting law enforcement and toying with news reporters were finally over.

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Happy 20th Anniversary, “No Way Out”

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Twenty years ago today, on July 22, 1997, hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs released his first studio album, No Way Out, which was an instant commercial success, particularly in the United States where it reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its first week, selling 561,000 copies. It also produced five commercially successful singles, the most successful of these being the worldwide hit “I’ll Be Missing You“, a tribute song aimed at the late great Notorious B.I.G., which became the first rap song ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained at the top of the chart for 11 consecutive weeks, whilst topping several other charts worldwide. The other four singles, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down“, “It’s All About the Benjamins“, “Been Around the World” and “Victory“, were also commercially successful. No Way Out not only made Puff Daddy the undisputed face of hip-hop, but also led him to be named as one of Forbes 40th highest-paid entertainers, along with fellow rapper Master P and Oprah Winfrey.

No Way Out earned Diddy five nominations at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The album would eventually be certified septuple platinum, selling over 7 million units in America. To date, it remains Sean “Diddy” Combs’ most commercially successful album.

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Happy 30th Anniversary, “Paid In Full”

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Three decades ago today, on July 7, 1987, Eric B. & Rakim released their epic debut album, Paid in Full. The album peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart and produced five singles, “Eric B. Is President”, “I Ain’t No Joke”, “I Know You Got Soul”, “Move the Crowd” and “Paid in Full”. At the time, Paid in Full was the soundtrack to the streets during the War on Drugs of the late 1980s and it inspired many street hustlers to get money.

Paid in Full is credited as a benchmark album of golden age hip hop. Rakim’s rapping, which pioneered the use of internal rhymes in hip hop, set a higher standard of lyricism in the genre and served as a template for future rappers. The album’s heavy sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production. The record has sold over a million copies and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it platinum in 1995. The album also paved the way for the East Coast sound of the 1990s rap music, especially in New York City.

Eric B. & Rakim reunite at the Apollo

“The time has come, New York, are you ready? Fans worldwide, prepare to book your flights. We are back, as promised, and you know that!”

Tonight, for the first time in more than two decades, hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim are going to perform together at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut rap album. The legendary duo have no plans to record new music, but they do hope to remaster all four of their studio albums and tour.

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Cavs/Warriors Triology

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Today, on June 1, 2017, for the first time in the NBA’s 71 years history, two of the league’s best teams (Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors) will clash at the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season. NBA fans finally get the opportunity to see three of the best basketball players not only in the league, but the world: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry compete for the NBA championship in the best of seven series. This 2017 NBA Finals promises to have star power, competitiveness, run and gun shooting, and revenge factor.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers win, they will repeat as champions and LeBron James will take another colossal step of becoming the greatest player in NBA history. If the Golden State Warriors win, they will get revenge of their last year lost, Kevin Durant will get his first NBA championship, and it will possibly be the start of a new NBA dynasty. There is so much to look forward to in this year’s NBA Finals.

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New York Yankees Immortalize Derek Jeter

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“I played here in New York for twenty years, I learned that time flies and memories fade, but family is forever, and I’ll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankee family.” – Derek Jeter

Yesterday, May 14, 2017, was “Jeter Night” at Yankee Stadium when “The Captain” Derek Jeter clad in a blue suit, got his baseball jersey number 2 retired. It was the final single-digit number to be retired by the New York Yankees, one through nine now all represented in Monument Park. Derek Jeter received a commemorative “#2” plaque and another plaque engraved with the name “Derek Sanderson Jeter.” Also, the five-time World Series champion was given another a ring: a “milestone” World Series ring with his number No. 2 in diamonds. Fans celebrated Derek Jeter and expressed how much they appreciate all the greatness he displayed during his 20-year tenure with the Yankees.

Derek Jeter will also be known as “The Captain” and it was such a great joy watching him play for the New York Yankees. Thank you, Jeter, for 20 years of greatness!

 

 

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