MIAMI – Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston has been stabilized and moved to the intensive care unit at a hospital after crashing his watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge, his publicist said Monday.
The publicist, Joseph Carozza, said Kingston’s family is grateful for everyone’s prayers and support.
Kingston and a female passenger were injured when the watercraft hit the Palm Island Bridge around 6 p.m. Sunday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said.
The Miami Herald reports that a passing boater saw the accident and took the two on board his vessel.
Both were hospitalized early Monday at Ryder Trauma Center, but Pino said he didn’t know their conditions.
Authorities are investigating the crash, and “nothing at this point would indicate that alcohol played a role,” Pino said. (more…)
Musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction, died Friday at age 62.
A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke’s Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a trip to Europe.
“We’re all sort of shattered,” she said.
Scott-Heron was known for work that reflected the fury of Black America in the post-civil rights era and also spoke to the social and political disparities in the country. His songs often had incendiary titles — “Home is Where the Hatred Is,” or “Whitey on the Moon,” and through spoken word and song, he tapped the frustration of the masses. (more…)
Bishop Eddie Long settles with accusers
By John Blake, CNN
Atlanta (CNN) – Bishop Eddie Long, the Atlanta-based megachurch leader, has reached an out-of-court settlement with four young men who accused him of sexual coercion, representatives for both sides said Thursday.
B.J. Bernstein, the attorney representing the men, said in a statement that the lawsuits against Long and his church have “been resolved.”
Bernstein’s two-paragraph statement said that neither she nor the accusers would talk about the lawsuits “now or in the future.”
Art Franklin, a Long spokesman, said Thursday that the pastor settled because it “is the most reasonable road for everyone to travel.”
“This decision was made to bring closure to this matter and to allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry,” Franklin said in a statement.
Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli was pummeled by ice onstage at his concert at Gramercy Theater Wednesday night for design brand Ben Sherman’s Very Important Plectrum initiative to raise money for LifeBeat. A 20-something, flannel-clad man in the audience threw ice at Kweli toward the end of his performance. An upset Kweli walked off, but the heckler hustled backstage to explain himself. According to Kweli’s rep, the ice-tosser told the rapper he was a fan of punk rock and was sorry if he offended Talib, but “that’s what we do on the punk rock scene, to show mad love, we throw things.” Kweli accepted the apology and later invited the heckler onstage with him. As Kweli kicked off his encore, the punk fan attempted to dance to the hip-hop music, but his moves were slightly wooden, described by one attendee as an “uncoordinated white-boy dance.” Joel Madden and DJ DL also performed
http://www.mediasanctuary.org Chris Hedges, whose book “Death of the Liberal Class” (Perseus) came out the day of this presentation, is also the best-selling author of “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.” Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. Produced by The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY, this event was co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.
JUNEAU, Alaska – A former member of Sarah Palin’s inner circle has written a scathing tell-all, saying Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she actually resigned and was eager to leave office when more lucrative opportunities came around.
“In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself,” Frank Bailey told The Associated Press.
Palin’s attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.
“Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years” is due out Tuesday and based on tens of thousands of emails that Bailey said he kept during his time with Palin. It began with working on her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and continued through her failed run for vice president in 2008 and her brief stint as governor. (more…)
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is back, and this time he’s got some excellent advice for Democrats: Take Medicare cuts off the table.
With the budget debate in Washington heating up, we know Republicans will try to muddy the waters to hide their own plan to abolish Medicare. That’s why it’s so important that Democrats are unequivocal in their opposition to Medicare cuts.
Check out Secretary Reich’s newest video and then pass it on so we make sure Medicare is protected:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the ability to stop Koch Industries, Inc. from profiting off a pipeline that would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth through six states, one of America’s most important aquifers and almost 2,000 miles of American homes and farmland. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 individuals telling Secretary Clinton to say No to the Kochs and Yes to protecting Americans at http://kochbrothersexposed.com/tellclintonno
While America celebrates the assassination of Osama bin Laden, Bucks wing Chris Douglas-Roberts has his own take on bin Laden’s death and the wars being fought in the Middle East. And he’s under intense, even threatening, scrutiny from many of his followers on Twitter for his stance.
“Is this a celebration??,” Douglas-Roberts tweeted after hearing the news of bin Laden’s death.
His next tweet: “Is this the beginning of a huge religious war? I hope not. (shaking my head).” (more…)