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14
Nov
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Leon Russell Dead at 74

Leon Russell

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Famed songwriter and pianist Leon Russell is no longer.  He died in his sleep on Sunday in Nashville he was professionally involved with music for more than 50 years.  He defied the idea of genre rocking country, blues, rock, soul and every other conceivable alternative. 

Born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton, Oklahoma on 2 April 1942 he was a seasoned session musician and enjoyed a solo career.  He recorded 31 albums and more than 400 songs.  He authored “Delta Lady,” “A song for you,” and celebrated with Elton John as recent as 2010, creating John’s only duet album “The Union” that was later nominated for a Grammy. 

As a piano man he played for The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and wrote for many others. On of his most popular pens was “A song for you” made more popular by Donnie Hathaway and has been recorded by more than 100 other acts. 

Wed
09
Nov
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Trump and David Duke's Mephistophelian love

Donald Trump and David Duke

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Louisiana’s David Duke, is calling Donald Trump’s electoral victory “One of the most exciting nights of my life.”  The former Ku Klux Klan leader said, "Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!"

As a candidate Trump was blasted for not denouncing the KKK and step away from Duke who endorsed Trump for the country’s highest office.   Duke is a racist and white nationalist who ran for Louisiana Senate and lost.  He made the statement recently on social media. 

Trump’s white nationalist message caught Dukes attention earlier this year and ignited controversy, forcing Trump to tone down his racist rhetoric. 

Mon
07
Nov
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T.I.P. blasts fellow Rapper Lil Wayne for BLM comments

T.I.P. Blasts Lil Wayne

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Atlanta rapper T.I.P. sent a poignant message to fellow rapper Lil Wayne, concerning his recent comments about Black Lives Matter.   The business man, TV star and music man brought the message down to the really real.  Below is the full message delivered via social media. 

 

Tue
01
Nov
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Idris Elba addresses Madonna Romance Rumors

Idris Elba

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

In the corporate media rumor mill, British actor Idris Elba is being accused of being romantically involved with pop icon and legend Madonna.   Tabloids around the world are citing the 44-year old was spotted kissing the 55-year-old singer at a UK restaurant last weekend. 

To those rumors, Elba had this to say via social media, "Am I sleeping with Madonna? No motherfu**ers... 'Don't believe the Hype.”

That’s funny!

Mon
31
Oct
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Tippy Hedren: Hitchcock sexually Assaulted me in the 1960's

Tippy Hedren

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Tippi Hedren,86, says in her memoirs famed director Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted her in the 1960’s leaving her feeling, “shocked and Repulsed.”

She has previously spoken about the director’s alleged treatment of her, but has gone into more detail in her new book.   She said, "The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became. Then he started adding threats, as if he could do anything to me that was worse than what he was trying to do at that moment."

She said in her new book of Hedren, "looked directly into my eyes, his face red with rage, and promised, 'I'll ruin your career.”  If you are too young to remember movies like, The Birds and Marnie both of which were directed by Hitchcock, then maybe you know her daughter’s work, Ms. Melanie Griffith. 

Fri
28
Oct
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Kevin Gates Kicks Fan for touching him -- Sought Stand Your Ground Exception

Kevin Gates

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Kevin Gates was found guilty of battery after kicking a female fan during a show in Lakeland, Florida.   The popular rapper was sentenced to 180 days in Polk County jail after a brutal kick of a fan who she says touched him to get his attention for her friend. 

Miranda Dixon, 18, was kicked in the chest after she grabbed his legs multiple times and according to Gates own words, “I kicked them, I wanted them off me.” Dixon said of the incident, “I was trying to get his attention for my friend.”

Reportedly, he said the first time she grabbed him he continued performing but on the second pass he became violent and forcefully kicked her.    I feel comfortable in joining the chorus of voices saying Kevin Gates is a Jackass.  

Thu
27
Oct
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Mariah Carey and James Packer Calls it Quits

Mariah Carey

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkeirng.com

 

48-year-old, songstress Mariah Carey has always been one to watch and now that’s no different now than 20-years ago.  The singer – after boasting her fiancé and she would purchase matching yacht’s after months of dating Billionaire casino baron, James Packer,48. 

According to reports Packer complained that the rock diva spends too much money and was opposed to her new reality show.  The two agreed to marry after less than a year of romantic ties, to become engaged in January, Carey is expected to walk with the $10 million engagement ring. 

The singer married Nick Cannon in 2008 and uncoupled in 2014, having two children.   There was a 10-year age deficit between the two performers. 

Tue
25
Oct
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Suge Knight Sues for 30% of Dre's lifetime Income

Dr. Dre

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Former music mogul and reputed hip hop henchman is striking out against his former partner for 30 percent of his earnings in perpetuity. 

Suge Knight wants nearly one third of Dr. Dre’s future earnings as well as 30 percent of the earnings Dre enjoyed when he sold Beats to Apple which would amount to $300 million.  The complaint is part of a lawsuit that not only says Knight and Dre agreed to a management agreement that entitled him to 30 percent he is also accusing the hip-hop legend of trying to kill him. 

Mon
24
Oct
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AT&T Proposes Time Warner Buyout

ATT/TimeWarner Merger

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

So much for anti-trust.  This weekend AT&T made a proposal to stroke out a big check for the purchase of Time Warner, Inc.  If there is such a thing a perfect timing to launch a takeover this has to be that time at the dawn of a presidential election.  Anti-trust laws were enacted to prevent single companies from controlling communication, and directing public thought on a mass scale. 

Fri
21
Oct
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First Rapper nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jay-z Nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Rapper and former music industry executive Jay-Z has been nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  An announcement on Thursday marked the first time a rapper has been selected for the award. 

Songwriters become eligible for induction into the Hall after having a songwriting career that spans at least 20 years.  Eligible Hall of Fame members are given two current performing songwriters and three non-performing authors for the nomination of the award. 

The rappers most recent release was in 2013 with Magna Carta Holy Grail, but his career began in 1996 with the album Reasonable Doubt.  He has since stacked a number of credits including, ’03 Bonnie & Clyde, Empire State of Mind and Hard Knock Life just to name a few. 

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