Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. has died, as confirmed by his family, in a Washington hospital. He was 78. Details inside….
At age 78, former mayor of the District of Columbia and current Ward 8 councilmember Marion S. Barry, Jr. died today, according to reports. Hospital spokeswoman Natalie Williams confirmed Mr. Barry checked in at the United Medical Center in Washington around 12:30am and died at 1:46am.
No cause for Mr. Barry’s death was given, but over the years, the politician suffered from many health complications such as diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments. He leaves behind his wife Cora Masters Barry and his only child, Marion Christopher Barry.
Mr. Barry’s family issued a statement, which reads:
It is with deep regret that the family of former Four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed.
Mr. Barry transitioned at approximately 12 midnight on November 23, 2014, at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
Mr. Barry released his autobiography “Mayor For Life, the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” in June 2014.
He will appear on OPRAH today at 9:00 p.m. EST to discuss his book, and 40 year political and civil rights career.
He leaves behind his wife, Mrs. Cora Masters Barry and his only child, son Marion Christopher Barry.
We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time.
Further details will be forthcoming.
Marion Barry was the son of a sharecropper who grew up to become the most powerful and influential local politician in his generation. He served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia up until he was arrested for drug charges and sent to jail to serve a six-month sentence.
But that didn’t stop him. He used the experience to his political advantage and came BACK to win a fourth term as the city’s chief executive.
Mr. Barry (who also served on the D.C. Council for 15 years and had been president of the city’s old Board of Education) created programs that helped provide summer jobs for the youth, food to feed senior citizens and his home-buying assistance programs worked to help working-class citizens buy their own home. Not only that, he also put thousands of African-Americans in middle and upper-level management positions in the city government, which in previous years, were reserved for whites.
“He was so in tune with the common person that he could make you feel as if you’d had a long term relationship, even if you’d only just met him for five minutes,” said his attorney and longtime friend Frederick D. Cooke Jr. in an interview earlier this year.
We're sad to hear someone who fought hard for the African-American community is no longer with us. Our condolences go out to the family and may he rest in peace.
When Tony Rock came for Bow Wow last week about marrying a full blown whore, Bow popped back and threatened him with the "I'll see you when I see you homie" style tweet. Now, Tony's clearing up the beef. Check it inside...
Tony Rock is responding to the Twitter beef with Bow Wow. In case you missed it, Tony Rock was tweeting his fans about the cancellation of "106 & Park" and he was cracking jokes about what host Bow Wow would do next. And then this happened:
Bow's fiancee Erica Mena had recently posted their wedding date, April 2015, so Tony's tweet was probably a severe shot to Bow/Shad's ego. Because he also took to his Facebook page to let the world know he called the goons on Tony:
"homies just dropped the dime on Tony Rock. I just got the call. I toldem press go. Don't f*** w/ a mans family homie."
Tony spoke on the situation with VladTV earlier. And here's what they said:
Tony Rock had an exclusive talk with VladTV, and denied claims that Bow Wow sent goons to take care of the comedian amidst their beef. The New York-born performer laughed while addressing the claims, and Tony says the only thing currently bothering him is the cold Chicago weather.
Speaking more on his situation with Bow Wow, and admits that he shouldn't have called Erica Mena a "full blown whore." Tony explains that he tweets with his fans how he talks with his friends, and chalks the incident up to something that some people viewed in poor taste.
Meanwhile, Bow Wow has signed up for the new show "CSI: Cyber" starting in 2015 about a cyberpsychologist solving crimes for the FBI. He'll appear in a few episodes as Brody 'Baby Face' Nelson. So, at least he has a follow up gig.
Last night, Kima, Keisha & Pam from 90s girl group TOTAL reunited onstage at the Legends of Bad Boy Records concert. 50 Cent is taking "shots" at Diddy in hopes to spark sales for his latest business venture. Meanwhile, it looks like Kris Jenner has a new client. And it appears to be Jaden Smith. Get the deets inside….
Diddy’s Bad Boy label ran the rap game in the 90s to early 2000s. And last night, a special concert was held to bring back some of the hottest Bad Boy acts to the stage. Kima, Keisha & Pam?! Yep…that happened.
R&B trio Total reunited for an epic performance at the Legends of Bad Boy Records concert in Beverly Hills last night. The first girl group on Bad Boy Records rocked the stage with some of their timeless hits such as “Kissing You”, "Sitting Here" and “Can’t You See”, taking us back down memory lane.
Yasss! Just like old times.
These days, the ladies still have a foot in the music industry. Back in February, Kim and Pam hit the stage in London for a show on Valentine’s Day. And last year, Pam released a gospel single with her husband titled Sweet Thang. She’s also currently working on a solo album entitled Undeniable. Hmm…is there a reunion album in the works? We hope so!
Bad Boy's First Lady Faith Evans caught up with Keisha Epps (who's married to Omar Epps) backstage.
Then Faith hit the stage in a cute red printed number to belt out a few of her hits. Looking good Faith!
And in a rare appearance, Carl Thomas serenaded the audience with some of his soulful hits. Sweet!
Speaking of Bad Boy Records....
Joining the ranks of rappers teaming up with spirits brands, 50 Cent has now gotten his hand in the vodka industry. 50 and EFFEN Vodka recently teamed up for the latest venture. The NYC rapper has been plugging his new vodka label endlessly on his Instagram. But, in true 50 fashion, he has to start some type of “beef” to make a come up.
In his most recent attempt, 50 came at Diddy and his highly successful CIROC brand. In an Instagram post, 50 posted an old meme of the Hip Hop mogul behind a woman during his concert (who was bent over, backing it up) with the caption that read, “Damm…50′s right, I’m EFFEN Up Right Now.”
This caused an uproar in the comments! Fans began to bash 50 for “fat shaming”, which resulted in the G-Unit leader to take the post down. Oh 50….
But, Diddy seems unbothered. As he should, since CIROC is reportedly worth almost $1 billion (according to Forbes). Take that, take that. Hours later, Diddy did seem to respond to 50…indirectly. He posted to his Instagram:
Ein von @krisjenner gepostetes Foto am Nov 11, 2014 at 7:00 PST
16-year-old Jaden Smith dropped a new mixtape this week. And it looks like he MAY have called upon momager Kris Jenner to guide his budding rap career, if you believe the rumors. Some reports state Mama Jenner has started managing Jaden's career, but this has yet to be confirmed.
The 59-year-old reality star snapped a shot of Jaden (above) and posted to Instagram, “#JadenSmith just dropped his new album !!!!! Go to App Store and get free App Jaden Experience and have a listen it's amazing!! So proud of you @theaquaticstevezissou #family #love”
Earlier this week, Jaden released his mixtape Cool Tapes Volume 2 (featuring vocals from his sister Willow Smith) via his Jaden Experience app. Users can download the app and stream his new tracks. Lately, Jaden (and his sister) have been releasing new tracks and covers of different songs leading up to his mixtape release.
He took to Twitter to make the announcement of his new musical offering tweeting: