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Fri
25
Aug
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SNL Season 43 Premier Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z

SNL Season Opener

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Saturday Night Live is planning a special season opener with two show veterans.  Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z will host and provide the music for the night. 

Gosling promoting his sequel Blade Runner 2049 and Jay-z pushing 4:44 that been on the top 200 for six weeks, peaking at the number one position.   Gosling’s debut sequel on the show and this makes the rappers fourth visit to the show that made Eddie Murphy a household name. 

The Actor hosted in December 2015 to raving reviews and some of the funniest sketches, which tipped over his giggle box as well as the audiences’.   The season premier is scheduled to air on 30 September, and is expected to be a fun outing for the La La Land star marking his second visit to the Studio 8H stage. 

Thu
24
Aug
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Covers highlight Trumps Intention Worldwide

Fourth Estate

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email: samuel@thethinkering.com

 

A German magazine publishes a doctored image of the president of the United States doing a Nazi salute after his blaring support of neo-Nazi sentiment.   Slate put the head of state on the cover with a Nazi salute draped in an American flag for the 24 April issue of the monthly.   

Other magazines have similar images of the sitting president with white power misgivings.   The New Yorker’s cover show’s an orange faced mad blowing a sail that looks like a Klan hood.  While, the Economist has an orange headed man shouting through a megaphone white Klan hood eyeholes.  Trump's attacks don't seem to bother the fourth estate. 

Tue
22
Aug
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North Haven Town Green: Soul Sound Review

North Haven

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Soul Sound Revue is said to be the hottest nine piece Motown show East of Detroit.  The band covers tunes in the Motown tradition, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind an Fire and more. 

Come and enjoy the horn section behind the three lead vocalist.  According to their website, Audiences of all ages  will “groove” through the sixties and “boogie” through the seventies with Soul Sound Revue.

Tonight, they are featured in the North Haven Summer Concert series, “Music Under the Stars held every Tuesday evening starting at 7pm on the North Haven Town Green.   The Soul Sound Review is a part of 12 total concerts that started on 13 June through 29 August. 

Mon
21
Aug
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Dick Gregory Dead at 84

Dick Gregory

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

"We tried to integrate a restaurant, and they said, `We don't serve colored folk here,' and I said, `Well, I don't eat colored folk nowhere. Bring me some pork chops.' And then Ku Klux Klan come in, and the woman say, `We don't have no pork chops,' so I say, `Well, bring me a whole fried chicken.' And then the Klan walked up to me when they put that whole fried chicken in front of me, and they say, `Whatever you do to that chicken, boy, we're going to do to you.' So I opened up its legs and kissed it in the rump and tell you all, `Be my guest.' "  The previous story was an anecdote cited by the legendary Dick Gregory in 2003.  Dick Gregory died on Sunday. 

Gregory was the man who said the FBI and the CIA were two of the most corrupt institutions known to man. 

Thu
17
Aug
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Natalie Cole's only son Dead at 39

Natalie Cole

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Natalie Cole’s only son has died. 

Robert Yancy, was found on Monday inside his San Fernando Valley apartment.   Just twenty months after the sultry jazz and R&B singer passed he was 39-years-old.  He had been working on a documentary about his mother. 

According to reports a personal friend said that he was very depressed about his mother’s death and referred t her as the best mom in the world.   Robert is the grandson of Nat King Cole, Natalie’s father who in his own right was an international figure. 

Yancy’s death was caused by a heart attack, his father died at the age of 34 of a heart attack. Natalie herself was determined to be the result of congestive heart failure. Robert is believed to be interned alongside his mother and grandparents.  

Wed
16
Aug
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Billboard Announces top 200: Kendrick Lamar Lands on Top

No. 3 Meek Mill

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Billboard says it has been a battle of Hip Hop vs Country as the tally for the top 200 is announce.  Kendrick Lamar steals the show with DAMN, this is his fourth nonconsecutive week at the top of the count.   Country singer Brett Eldredge ran a close second scoring his highest placement to date. 

Lamar’s DAMN’s last time on top was the week of 20 May, and four weeks is the most since The Weeknd’s Starboy logged in five nonconsecutive weeks atop the board.

The weekly total of units was the lowest for a number one album since 2014. 

DJ Khaled placed number three with Grateful and Meek Mill’s (pictured) Wins and Losses remains in the top ten at number four.  

Tue
15
Aug
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VMA's on Deck

Kendrick Lamar

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Kendrick Lemars VMA’s – 27 August at 8 pm, the coveted awards program will be aired nationally.  Lamar is nominated in seven different categories and is scheduled to perform. 

The MTV awards show have announced Katy Perry, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran and others.  It has also chaged the Best Female and Male awards into just a single Artist of the Year.  Nominated in that category are: Lorde, the Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Kendric Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. 

The list of awards is listed below as boosted from RollingStone magazine:

Video of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE."
Bruno Mars – "24K Magic"
Alessia Cara – "Scars to Your Beautiful"
DJ Khaled – "Wild Thoughts" [ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller]
The Weeknd – "Reminder"

Mon
14
Aug
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Shonda Rhimes moves Forward with Netflix deal

Shonda Rhimes

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Bill Gates said years ago the next billion-dollar company would be a content provider.  The squeeze for new content is in play as Shonda Rhimes moves from ABC Studios to Netflix.   Rhimes is the responsible for “Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal,” and other highly viewed shows. 

Netflix and Rhimes has agreed to a multi-year deal putting an end to her relationship with ABC.  Betsy Beers, Executive Producer is also taking the ride to Netflix.  She will continue to produce those die hard shows including “How to get away with Murder,” as she works on a new Drama series for Netflux.

In Hollywood the focus is on new content.  Financial terms have not yet been disclosed but is expected to be significantly more than the $10 million annually paid by ABC.  In addition, Rhimes and Shondaland is believed to have made a substantial backend to the exclusive deal. 

Wed
09
Aug
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Justine Skye drops new Video

Justine Skye

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Justine Skye releases new video “Back For More.”   The song features Jeremih, the video features TV series star from “Power,” Rotimi.  The video was directed by Grizz Lee, and the piece shows Skye re-connecting with an ex-lover and makes a rebound. 

Visually, she heads to the beach and tosses old memories away and she bounces back.  

Tue
08
Aug
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Usher being sued by 4 former lovers and the Insurance Company Walks

Usher Herpes accusals

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Ushers has been accused by three new people of having sex with them without informing of the Herpes virus.  Prior victims have sued and the popular singer settled with their complaint.  According to court documents in 2011 he settled with a woman for $1.1 million.

In a new suit, a woman sued initially for $10 million for having sex with her without full disclosure.  She then went to her primary care doctor and verified that she indeed was infected with the Herpes virus.  She then upped her suit to $20 million. 

In California one man and two women say they had sex with the singer.  One said that she did not have the virus but has been damaged by the incident. 

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