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October 14, 2019

K-Pop Star Sulli Found Dead at 25

Sulli pictured in February 2019 
The K-pop star Sulli has died aged 25.

Police told the BBC the singer's manager found her dead at her home near Seoul, South Korea. 
They say they are investigating the cause of her death and are working on the ‎assumption that she may have taken her own life.‎
The star, who had more than five million followers on Instagram, was a former member of the band f(x) until she left in 2015 to focus on her acting career. 
Sulli on the red carpet ‎Sulli appeared on a number of TV programmes to describe the online abuse she faced as a celebrity.‎
Some believe the artist, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, suspended her K-pop work after struggling with the abuse she got online.
She was a "free spirit" according to music journalist Taylor Glasby. 
"She was one of the idols who decided to live her life in the way she wanted to and that didn't always sit well with the general public," she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
In South Korea, pop stars are called idols.
"For idols, everything is about appearance, everything is quite monitored and she just didn't [monitor her content]. She was herself".
"She clapped back and she wouldn't take people's narrow-mindedness". 
Taylor says Sulli's former band f(x) changed K-pop.
"They were one of the girl groups that didn't fit in, they did their own thing. Their music was more hard-hitting. It was innovative and complex, and it helped cement an entire sub-genre within K-pop - girl crush.
"When she left, her legacy became being outspoken. It became taking control of her own image. I admired her spirit to do so despite the constant negativity that was directed at her by some less open-minded citizens."‎
Sulli's former f(x) bandmate, Amber Liu, has posted her shock at what's happened.
Sulli was known for being controversial. She unashamedly told her fans that they had a choice about ‎how to display their bodies. ‎
She was involved in the so-called "no bra" scandal where she showed her nipples on a number of ‎occasions. 
The first pictures appeared on her Instagram account in May 2016 and she faced a huge ‎amount of abuse on social media. 
Last month her breasts were shown by accident during a live ‎Instagram stream - which again caused controversy in conservative South Korea. 
Sulli was good friends with K-pop star Jonghyun, who took his own life aged 27. 
The artist paid tribute at his funeral in 2017.

February 18, 2019

Maybe 6ix9ine Plea Deal Might Keep Him Out Of Jail...Maybe

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6ix9ine may be released from prison sooner than expected.
According to a newly unsealed plea deal, obtained by Consequence of Sound, the rapper could walk away from all charges without serving any additional time, in exchange for cooperating with feds. 
The 22-year-old is facing a minimum of 47 years and a maximum of life in prison after being charged with nine federal counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York has agreed “not to prosecute the defendant for the crimes set forth in Counts One through Nine” along with “additional crimes that the defendant has told the government about.”
A federal judge will determine the terms when he is sentenced on January 24, 2020. “Should the defendant successfully cooperate, the government agrees that it will file at the time of sentencing a motion…for a sentence below any mandatory minimum,” the plea deal reads.
In return for his cooperation, 6ix9ine will also be entitled to witness protection. 
6ix9ine was arrested in November 2018 following a five-year federal investigation into the criminal activities of the Nine Trey Bloods. Tekashi acknowledged that he joined the gang in the fall of 2017 and assisted in its attempt to kill a rival gang member. He also identified a former associate, Kintea McKenzie, as the gunman in the attempted shooting of Chief Keef in June 2018.

January 14, 2019

Lin-Manuel Explodes His Talents in Puerto Rico and It Also Shows How Fragile This Beautiful Island is

 By Peter Marks. Published from Adamfoxie's Subscription (paid by reader F.Wright) on the Washington Post
With Lin-Manuel Miranda once again as its star, the celebrated Broadway hit “Hamilton” opened for business in Puerto Rico this weekend — that business being the bolstering of the hopes and finances of a beleaguered U.S. territory mired in debt and still reeling from the devastation wreaked 16 months ago by Hurricane Maria. 
The first performance on Friday night of the Tony-winning musical at the Centro de Bellas Artes in the heart of the island’s capital city betokened one of the most extraordinary events in the history of the nation’s performing arts. Here was a show arriving not merely to entertain, but also to serve a humanitarian mission: raising money for the relief effort. But the quest was also to draw the world’s attention to an American outpost that has long felt neglected by the country that owns it, and especially so in the aftermath of a disaster that traumatized the island.
Lin Manuel Miranda returns to the stage as Alexander Hamilton in Puerto Rico
“Hamilton” composer Lin-Manuel Miranda performed in San Juan, Puerto Rico Jan. 11 as part of a three-week run of his show to raise money and encourage tourism. 
Miranda’s mission achieved an emotional crescendo as a new “Hamilton” touring production — the musical’s sixth incarnation — celebrated its official opening to the hurrahs of an exuberant sellout crowd. When the actor made his entrance, during the introductory number, “Alexander Hamilton,” it was the audience that stopped the show, with a prolonged, thunderous ovation. At the curtain call nearly three hours later, Miranda once again brought down the house, with a teary speech that ended with him pulling a large Puerto Rican flag from under his costume and holding it aloft. 
“I just love the island so much,” he said during a post-show news conference, “and I just want it to be proud of me.”
The special 23-performance visit of “Hamilton” to Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island of 3.5 million people that’s not a normal stop for Broadway productions, was indeed a labor of love for Miranda and his father, Luis Miranda, a Puerto Rican native who made a name for himself in New York City Democratic politics. They prevailed upon the producers and investors of the show — which brings in as much as $4 million a week on Broadway alone — to donate the entire proceeds of the San Juan engagement, after operating expenses, to a fund for struggling Puerto Rican artists and arts institutions. The fund, administered by the local Flamboyan Foundation, which also has a Washington arm, stands to receive $15 million from the “Hamilton” run, according to Luis Miranda. 
“I’m so happy that he brought us this art, which means so much to us as Puerto Ricans, not just as Americans,” said Roberto Ramos Perea, a well-known playwright and director here who heads the theater program at Ateneo Puertorriqueño, the island’s oldest arts institution and a repository for its dramatic literature through the centuries. “This guy,” Perea said of Lin-Manuel Miranda, “has made something difficult to do: to capture the attention of the whole world for us.”

Puerto Rico playwright and director Roberto Ramos Perea heads the theater program at the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, the island’s oldest arts institution and a repository for its dramatic literature. (Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/For The Washington Post)
It’s difficult to come up with a precedent for a Broadway musical undergirding a movement for disaster relief and political recognition of a problem in quite the way “Hamilton” has. As Luis Miranda explained, his son already had spearheaded the raising of $43 million in disaster relief for the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit group that seeks to strengthen Latino institutions. Devoting an entire run to addressing the crisis raises the stakes in a way unheard of in commercial theater.
“He’s bringing to the forefront of the political agenda the issues of Puerto Rico more effectively than anyone else is doing,” Roberto Prats, a former senator and head of the Democratic Party here, said of Miranda. 
Or as Brad Dean, chief executive of Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s nonprofit tourism organization, put it: “The grand opportunity is to turn Lin-Manuel’s gift into an impact that goes far beyond the three weeks of the visit.”
Some residents resent local authorities’ bending over backward for “Hamilton”: When a plan fell through at the last minute to stage the production in a historic theater on the campus of Luis Miranda’s alma mater, the University of Puerto Rico, the government immediately cleared a path to move “Hamilton” to the Centro de Bellas Artes. That left the university in the lurch, as the renovations to its theater — aided by a $1 million donation from the Mirandas — have not been completed.
“We haven’t seen support like that from any administration except now, for ‘Hamilton,’ ” said Aida Belén Rivera-Ruiz, a UPR professor. “I would like to see them flourish with support for local productions.” 
Still, the Mirandas’ efforts are being widely hailed in the arduous campaign to get the island back on its feet. Hurricane Maria caused the deaths of nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans and left widespread damage, both to property and to psyches. Last year, an estimated 100,000 residents left for the U.S. mainland, according to Edwin Meléndez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. And the talent drain is hitting hard in the artistic and professional classes.
The island’s enduring fiscal disaster — a $70 billion debt load that led to the imposition by Congress of a board, known here as “the junta,” to put curbs on government spending — has only exacerbated the sense of ongoing emergency.
“How can you have a recovery when your tax base is eroding by the day?” Meléndez said. “It’s important,” he added of the spotlight “Hamilton” is putting on the island, “because rebuilding Puerto Rico hasn’t started yet. The major reconstruction funding is trickling down very slowly.”
A shrine to a hometown hero
If there’s one thing the Mirandas know how to do these days, it’s command attention. A half-hour drive from San Juan, along the island’s northern coast, is Vega Alta, the hometown of the extended Miranda family, which has become a tourist destination for Lin-Manuel’s fans. In a sweet little plaza, or “placita,” on Luis Muñoz Rivera Street, the Mirandas have established a kind of homespun Lin-Manuel shrine. An outdoor cafe, some small food stands, a souvenir shop and a “Museo Miranda” (Miranda Museum) host visitors who sip smoothies while gazing at a giant mosaic portrait of Lin-Manuel, posed like a revolutionary hero. In the museum, several of his entertainment awards are displayed, along with other portraits.

Tourists and “Hamilton” fans Dave and Kathy Mullen of Madison, Wis., pose for a selfie in front of a mural honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Miranda family’s Purto Rican hometown of Vega Alta. (Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/For The Washington Post)
“It grew out of being a New Yorker and living in small spaces,” Luis Miranda said with a laugh during a morning interview in the lobby of the Luis A. Ferré auditorium at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, as the “Hamilton” cast was rehearsing inside. “We had the space in Puerto Rico, so why not store it there, in a display way?” 
Back in Vega Alta, while Luis’s brother Elvin and sister Yamila chatted up visitors and talked to vendors, a tour group 20 or so strong sat at tables in the museum, having lunch and peeking at the memorabilia. “I just adored his talent — I think he’s one unique dude,” said Roxene Pierce, a retired high school Spanish teacher from Iowa City who had bought a tour package that included stops in Vega Alta and at a Bacardi rum distillery, as well as a ticket to “Hamilton.”
Dave and Kathy Mullen, from Madison, Wis. — he’s a software architect and she advises seniors on how to downsize — drove out to Vega Alta on their own. They said their trip to Puerto Rico was occasioned both by a love of “Hamilton” and a desire to put their tourist dollars to work in a destination that needed help. “It’s very difficult not to respond positively to Lin,” Dave Mullen said. 
You sensed time and again in talking to visitors — 90 percent of the tourists are from the mainland — that people have indeed responded to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family in a deeply personal way.
“I had plans to come to Puerto Rico,” explained Pierce, “because [the Mirandas] asked us to come to Puerto Rico.”
The power of art
It’s hard to calculate the extent of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fame: Puerto Ricans say that even here, his renown, as yet, is concentrated in cosmopolitan circles, rather than across the spectrum of island society. Still, with television appearances and his role in the new Disney movie “Mary Poppins Returns,” his visibility continues to rise, and his intention seems to be to harness that popular appeal for key causes, such as his foray into cultural diplomacy and humanitarian aid.
At the packed news conference Friday night, Puerto Rican reporters posed the kind of questions asked of political candidates: What did he think about the debt problem? What about crime? How did he feel about the Trump administration’s threat to take money away from Puerto Rican disaster aid to pay for the wall? Miranda, still reeling from the emotions of performing — during a number called “Hurricane,” he said, he’d had trouble maintaining his composure — seemed a bit overwhelmed by it all. 
“Lin has always been extremely cautious about choosing his political causes,” said Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater in New York, where “Hamilton” had its world premiere in February 2015. “He has taken Puerto Rico’s safety, health and social policy as a central political policy of his own.” According to Eustis, Lin-Manuel and his politically astute father “believe it's a cause that has no downside.”
Like other figures central to “Hamilton’s” development — from lead producer Jeffrey Seller, to Ron Chernow, on whose biography of Hamilton Miranda based the musical, to actors Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones from the original cast — Eustis came to San Juan to witness this historic musical-theater moment. Questlove and Shonda Rhimes were there, too, on Friday night; Oprah Winfrey will soon be on her way; Jimmy Fallon will broadcast from San Juan next week; and a congressional delegation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is said to be arriving, too.
“If you can marry politics, government need and the arts, ‘Hamilton’ is the perfect scenario for that to happen,” said Prats, who is planning a run for governor in 2020. A die-hard “Hamilton” fan, Prats sees much to savor, and learn from, in the story of a Caribbean-born immigrant who helps lead colonies to financial independence.
“I’m going to quote a line from the show,” he said. “­ ‘Raise a glass to the four of us; tomorrow there’ll be more of us.’ We raise a glass to Lin-Manuel and hope that tomorrow, there’ll be more of him.”
My apollogies to Lin-Manuel Miranda. I also thought you were gay 😕

January 11, 2019

Gay Rapper and LGBT Advocate Shot Dead Last Night in Puerto Rico, He Was 24

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BBC Reports
         the rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community 
    Kevin Fret has been shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24. 
            The musician, described as Latin Trap music's first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday morning, police said.
    Fret was shot at eight times while riding a motorbike in the street, and he was hit in the head and hip.
    His death brings the number of murders in Puerto Rico this year to 22, police added.  
    Confirming his death, Fret's manager Eduardo Rodriguez said: "There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go. 
    "We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico."

    What happened?

    Fret was out in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan at 5:30 local time (9:30 GMT) on Thursday when he was fatally shot.
    He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. 
    Police are now searching for another man on a motorcycle who was with Fret when he was found but quickly fled the scene.
    There is no immediate indication of a motive, and an investigation is underway. 
    Puerto Rico has seen a rise in street crime in recent weeks, which has been described by police on the Caribbean island as a "crisis of violence".

    Who is Kevin Fret?

    The Puerto Rican was a rising trap artist in the Latin rap scene, and his debut music video, Soy Asi (I'm Like This), has more than half a million views on YouTube.
    Mr. Rodriguez described the rapper as "an artistic soul" who had a passion for music. "He still had a lot left to do."

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    "I'm a person that doesn't care what anybody has to say," Fret told online magazine Paper last year.
    "[Now I see] young gay guys or young lesbians that are looking at me now like a role model, like wow, if he did it, and he doesn't care what anybody else has to say, I can do it."
    However, Fret's rise to prominence was not without turbulence - while living in Miami last year, he was charged with battery after a fight, media reported. 
    He said he had been attacked because of his sexuality, and threw a metal bottle at the man.
    Fret has also responded strongly to homophobic threats in the lyrics of a rival musician, making some of his supporters wonder whether his murder was motivated by hate.

    What is trap music?

    The trap is a style of Southern hip hop, popularised in the late 90s and early 00s. It is characterized by its use of multilayered energetic and hard-hitting sounds and the overall dark atmosphere.
    The word "trap" refers to where drug deals happen, and the lyrics, which are both sung and rapped, often reflect the poverty, violence and street life that artists have faced.
    The Latin variant of the genre gained popularity in the Caribbean in the 2010s and is typically sung in Spanish.
    It mixes American trap, rhythm and blues and local sounds like Puerto Rican reggaeton.
    Well-known Latin trap rappers like Bad Bunny, Messiah and Ozuna have collaborated with mainstream hip hop artists like Drake and Cardi B.

    October 22, 2018

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    September 4, 2018

    Dan Reynolds Without Using Her/His Name Let's EMiNeM know He is Outraged By The Throwing of The Anti Gay Slur "F"

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    Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons holds a gay pride flag during their Evolve World Tour 2018 at DTE Energy Music Theater on June 21, 2018 in Clarkston, Mich.  

    In the wake of the surprise drop of Eminem's Kamikaze on Friday (Aug. 31) -- his new album featuring a track that hurls a homophobic slur at Tyler, the Creator -- many are justifiably outraged at the rapper's choice of words.
    Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is one of them, and he's using Twitter to take a stand against the employment of such "hateful" language. Though he doesn't call out Eminem by name on the social media platform, he addresses the slur the rapper used, f----t, and makes it perfectly clear that he has no tolerance for any phrase that "contributes to hate and bigotry." 
    "it’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate," he writes. "I don’t care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you. if it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. period. there is never an ok time to say the word f----t I don’t care who you are."
    Reynolds drives the point home in a reply to his tweets, directly referring to "The Fall," the song in question: "I’m very familiar with all his music and the backstory with Tyler. This isn’t the first time it has been used by him and it never has been thoughtful. It’s gross and demeaning in its context." 
    Eminem Has to Hold Accountable, Like we All Are
    The night of Aug. 30, Eminem dropped a 13-track surprise album. The project, titled Kamikaze, set Twitter ablaze for taking shots at a long list of other artists and personalities. But amongst the barbs, chatter on social media began to center around lines directed at Tyler, the Creator, that were characterized by many as homophobic. 
    On “The Fall,” Eminem raps “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f----t, bitch / It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention, it’s ‘cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.” Having bleeped out the slur f----t from the track, he goes on. “If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better, get Earl the Hooded Sweater / Whatever his name is to help you put together some words, more than just two letters.” 
    Prior to the lines, the rapper opened the track saying, “You know, everybody’s been telling me what they think about me for the last few months, maybe it’s time I tell them what I think about them.” Combined, many think that the shots at Tyler come as a direct response to tweets from Tyler about Eminem’s “Walk on Water.” When that track came out, the rapper posted “dear god this song is horrible, sheesh how the fuck.” That November 2017 critique has now been responded to in kind.
    Criticisms have arisen with Eminem’s lyrics, specifically around his insinuation of the word f----t, widely agreed upon as a slur towards gay men. The criticism is not a new one, as the rapper has used it for almost two decades at least—bleeping the word out sonically when everyone understands what’s intended does little to lessen the impact. When questioned about homophobia in the past, Eminem has pushed back, notably in 2013, when he told Rolling Stone: “Those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never equated those words [with being gay]... It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole.” Others, namely Elton John, have come forward to his defense, saying he’s not homophobic.
    Fans have similarly flocked to Twitter today, pushing back against accusations of homophobia by pointing out that Eminem was quoting Tyler, who has his own extended history of using the word.

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