Black Rob, Rapper Known for His Hit Single ‘Whoa!,’ Dies at 52

A star for Bad Boy Records after the Notorious B.I.G.’s death, the rapper had a husky, seen-it-all voice even as a young man.

When his debut album, “Life Story,” was released in 2000, Robert Ross had already spent more than a decade of his life in and out of jail and prison. His music reflected that.
When his debut album, “Life Story,” was released in 2000, Robert Ross had already spent more than a decade of his life in and out of jail and prison. His music reflected that.Credit…Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Live Nation

Robert Ross, the rapper known as Black Rob, whose husky, seen-it-all voice powered turn-of-the-millennium hits like “Whoa!” and “Can I Live” for Bad Boy Records, died on Saturday at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was 52.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said Mark Curry, a friend and one-time Bad Boy artist, who added that Mr...

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A white man who is a U.S. Army sergeant saw a Black man he didn’t recognize strolling through his neighborhood, and decided to get in his face about it … but we’ve learned the sergeant’s been arrested over the incident.

42-year-old Jonathan Pentland — reportedly based at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC — was recorded aggressively confronting the young Black man, and even shoving him around in the suburb of Summit Monday evening.

The Black guy kept his cool, and said he was just passing through … doing nothing else but walking. Pentland and others recording the altercation continued to press him — accusing him of lingering around their home and surrounding streets for 15 minutes.

As for what triggered this altercation … the ...

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Another Legend Has Been Taken From Us. DMX, Rapper and Actor, dies at 50

DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 50.”We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” family’s statement read in part.”Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”The artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.

Artists, athletes and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media Friday.

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Black Panther 2: Chadwick Boseman Is Very Honored In Marvel Sequel, Says Star

Black Panther, T'Challa, Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther 2, MCU, Marvel

Back in September of last year, fans were collectively devastated when the news of Chadwick Boseman’s passing came to light. While the future of the MCU was hit with unexpected turmoil, even more importantly, the world lost an icon and a hero in Boseman—and the character he embodied.

Months went by as the world mourned. No mention of the status of Black Panther 2. The world’s first official word was at Disney’s Investor Day presentation, where Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige addressed the topic. It’s here that not only did Feige clarify that the film was still going forward, but also that they would not be recasting the role of T’Challa. Those first few pieces of new information provided some answers, while also spiraling into more questions.

The important part is, that...

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Family members of Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, hold a prayer vigil for Simmons outside White Plains Hospital, in White Plains, N.Y. April 5, 2021. DMX was taken to White Plains Hospital, where he remains on life support. He was brought to the hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. Second from left is Tashera Simmons, the ex-wife of DMX, and third from left is Desiree Lindstrom, his fiancee.
Exodus Simmons, 4, the son Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, sleeps during a prayer vigil for Simmons outside White Plains Hospital, in White Plains, N.Y. April 5, 2021. DMX was taken to White Plains Hospital, where he remains on life support. He was brought to the hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

DMX‘s family, friends, fiancee, kids and fans have turned out big time to send him prayers and positive vibes at the hospital where he’s still fighting for his life.

The rapper’s family announced there would be a prayer vigil outside White Plains Hospital in New York, and hundreds showed up Monday for X.Backgrid

Among those in the crowd are his fiancee, Desiree, his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, who he has 4 kids with, Yadira Borrego, who he has children with as well as some of his kids, including his sons, Xavier and Exodus. Along with all the support outside the hospital … workers on the inside have also joined in on the spirit of the event by standing in the windows holding up an “X” sign.

Monday night’s prayer vigil is just the latest showing of love for the rapper...

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DMXsuffered a drug overdose Friday night and is currently in the hospital … and the prognosis is not good.

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ, the OD occurred at his home at around 11 PM. Our sources say the overdose triggered a heart attack.

DMX was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York and is in the critical care unit. We’re told he has “some brain activity.” Another source says he’s in a “vegetative state” and doctors have cautioned he may not make it.

DMX -- Through The Years

As we have reported over the years, DMX, who was the cornerstone of the Ruff Ryders label, has battled substance abuse and has been to rehab several times. His last rehab stint back in 2019 came after he completed a 12-month sentence for tax evasion.

At the time, we were told DMX hadn’t relapsed, but checke...

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Derek Chauvin’s body camera video shows his reaction just after George Floyd left in an ambulance

(CNN)Moments after George Floyd was taken away in an ambulance last May, former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was confronted by a witness who took issue with Chauvin’s kneeling on Floyd’s neck.”That’s one person’s opinion,” Chauvin responded as he got into his squad car. “We had to control this guy because he’s a sizable guy. It looks like he’s probably on something.”The short clip from Chauvin’s own body camera, played in his criminal trial Wednesday, represents the first time the public has heard the ex-officer’s perspective in the 10 months since Floyd died under his knee, launching a worldwide protest movement...

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Republicans go to war over vaccine passports

David Knowles·EditorWed, March 31, 2021, 3:21 PM·5 min read

Several prominent Republicans are sounding the alarm over a Biden administration initiative to partner with private companies to develop a so-called vaccine passport, which would offer proof that a person had been inoculated against COVID-19. 

While the idea behind the passports is that businesses like restaurants, sporting venues, airlines and retail outlets could use them to hasten a return to normal operation, the fear among some Republicans is that curtailing the ability of nonvaccinated persons to reenter everyday life represents a form of government tyranny. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who in recent months has become perhaps the most prominent GOP governor in the country, said Monday that he would sign an executi...

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George Floyd Murder Trial Starts

Ex-Police Officer Derek Chauvin Shows His Face In Court To Fight Murder Charges


Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, appeared in court for his first day of trial and is attempting to argue he did nothing wrong in an effort to avoid a prison sentence. 

The highly anticipated trial started off with an intense showdown between prosecutors and Chauvin’s legal team. The prosecutors started by presenting their arguments to the jury. 

Prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell argued the former police officer committed homicide during Floyd’s arrest. He said the footage from the scene lays it out clear to anyone who views it. 

Blackwell spoke of the viral video of Floyd’s murder that led to worldwide protests demanding police...

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Deshaun Watson still generating trade interest despite sexual misconduct lawsuits: report

Texans star could be facing as many as 12 lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct

Deshaun Watson is reportedly still garnering trade interest from at least six teams despite several sexual misconduct lawsuits against the Houston Texans quarterback.

The Philadelphia EaglesCarolina PanthersNew York JetsMiami DolphinsSan Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are among the teams who could still trade for Watson, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. Before the allegations surfaced, Watson had reportedly asked to be traded but Houston did not oblige his request.

Any team wanting to acquire Watson would have to know the risk...

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