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Old 07-24-2017, 05:21 PM
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:53 PM
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Vivian Lee Smallwood (June 18, 1933 - July 22nd, 2017), known by her stage name Rappin' Granny, was an American grandmother who performed hip-hop music.
Rappin' Granny - Wikipedia

The date of death is 2 days ago, but I don't see any news stories about it. Scooped!

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Oh, here she is:

'Wedding Singer's Rapping Granny, Ellen Albertini Dow, Dead at 101 - Rolling Stone

Totally different name! I'm so confused.

(I think someone edited the wrong wikipedia page)
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:13 PM
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R.I.P. to June Foray, unquestionably the best and most influential voice actor of all time. Chuck Jones said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc; Mel Blanc is the male June Foray." This is 100% accurate. She was 99.

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Old 07-31-2017, 05:30 PM
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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 - NYTimes.com

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One of the most important and influential early writers in the Off Broadway movement, Mr. Shepard captured and chronicled the darker sides of American family life in plays like “Buried Child,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979, and “Curse of the Starving Class” and “A Lie of the Mind.”

He was widely regarded as one of the most original voices of his generation, winning praise from critics for his searing portraits of spouses, siblings and lovers struggling with issues of identity, failure and the fleeting nature of the American dream. He was nominated for two other Pulitzers, for “True West” and “Fool for Love,” which both received Broadway productions.

Mr. Shepard was also an accomplished actor, nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in “The Right Stuff.” His most recent work was in the Netflix show “Bloodline,” where he appeared as the character of Robert Rayburn. He also appeared on New York stages, winning strong reviews for his performance in the Off Broadway production of Caryl Churchill’s “A Number” in 2004.
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Country Music Star Glen Campbell dies aged 81.

Country star Glen Campbell dies at 81 - BBC News

His guitar playing abilities were better than lots of people realize.

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Old 08-09-2017, 12:07 AM
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"and the Wichita Lineman is still on the line" :cry:

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Old 08-09-2017, 03:55 AM
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TIL he was a member of the famed group of studio musicians The Wrecking Crew and also a touring member of the Beach Boys in 1964-65. I also didn't know about his Alzheimer's advocacy. I suspect a lot of people rediscovered him after James Gunn used "Southern Nights" in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2, and I suspect a lot will rediscover him now as well. R.I.P.
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:08 AM
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It wasn't necessarily unexpected. He stopped touring because of Alzheimers. But it's still sad, obviously.

In addition to many of his other songs, this was a favorite of mine when I was a wee bort.

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Old 08-20-2017, 05:45 AM
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R.I.P. Dick Gregory.

Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84 - The Washington Post

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More than a comedian, Mr. Gregory was driven by an unwavering commitment to front-line activism. He marched in Selma, Ala., was jailed in Birmingham, Ala., was shot in the leg during the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles, and had counted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X — all slain campaigning for their cause — among his confidants. At one protest, Mr. Gregory said, his pregnant wife was kicked in the stomach by a white sheriff.

Mr. Gregory’s entertainment career increasingly took a back seat to his activism.

Protesting de facto school segregation, Mr. Gregory led a march in 1965 from Chicago’s City Hall to the home of Mayor Richard J. Daley. He and several dozen peaceful protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct — they had refused to obey police orders to disperse, and hundreds of hecklers began pelting them with rocks and eggs.

In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed those convictions, saying there was no evidence they were responsible for the violence.

Amid that legal case, Mr. Gregory ran for mayor against Daley in 1967 and for U.S. president in 1968 as a write-in candidate with the left-wing Freedom and Peace Party, campaigning against what he saw as rampant political corruption in the two major parties.

Mr. Gregory said he was appalled that the Democratic Party would host its national convention that year in Chicago, a city where black demonstrators were regularly brutalized by the police. The convention drew a large contingent of white anti-Vietnam protesters, and the outbreak of violence that ensued prompted Mr. Gregory to take mordant glee in the melee.

“I was at home watching it on TV, and I fell on the floor and laughed,” he told GQ magazine in 2008. “My wife said, ‘What’s funny?’ And I said, ‘The whole world is gonna change. White folks are gonna see white folks beating white folks.’ ”
He may have become something of a crackpot in his older years, but that doesn't erase how crucial his civil rights activism during the '60s was or how influential his comedy once was.
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US comedian Jerry Lewis 'dies aged 91' - BBC News



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Lewis kept a low political profile for many years, having taken advice given to him by his friend, President John F. Kennedy, who told him "Don't get into anything political. Don't do that because they will usurp your energy". [...] In a December 2015 interview on EWTN's World Over with Raymond Arroyo ... he criticized President Barack Obama for not being prepared for ISIS, while expressing support for Donald Trump, saying he would make a good president because he was a good "showman". He also added that he admired Ronald Reagan's presidency.
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Lewis apparently gave The Day the Clown Cried to the Library of Congress a couple of years back, on condition that it stay under wraps until at least 2024.

Here, Patton Oswalt describes a live reading of the script that was supposed to take place at a Santa Monica, CA theater in 1997, featuring "not only Toby Huss but also David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Laura Milligan, Scott Aukerman, and Dave Foley from The Kids in the Hall." Oswalt received a cease-and-desist letter shortly before showtime, which led to the following:

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The lights went down and I stepped out onstage with the cease-and-desist letter in my hand. I explained to the audience what had happened. Boos. Groans. And then, piece by piece, we all improvised an evening around the fact that we’d been canceled. Bob and David improvised their interpretation of exactly what happened when the producer found out about the reading in L.A. Weekly (“How the fuck will anyone go see our movie in Kansas if eight people watch a script reading for free in Santa Monica?”). Paul F. Tompkins did a flawless phone call between the producer of the film and Peter O’Toole, trying to snake the role of the clown away from Jerry Lewis. Toby Huss played a concerned white supremacist who took issue with the screenplay’s “negative” depiction of the Third Reich. And then everyone did a massive, free-form, back-and-forth “interpretive dance/pantomime/ musical” version of the screenplay. Sloppy, hilarious, and impossible to sue. What else could you ask for in an evening of theater?
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