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MTV to shoot series Featuring Melrose H.S. (Memphis,TN)

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The Melrose High boys basketball team, which features one of the nation’s top prospects this season in senior forward Adonis Thomas (seen here in a 2009 file photo), will be the subject of an MTV reality series produced by Red Line Films, pending approval from Memphis City Schools.

The Melrose High boys basketball team will be the subject of an MTV reality series produced by Red Line Films, pending approval from Memphis City Schools.

Melrose coach Jermaine Johnson said Thursday that shooting for the series could begin as soon as next week if approved by MCS as he expects.

Red Line Films has produced, directed and written several hit sports shows for ESPN, including the network’s 39-episode “Who’s #1” series and “The Life,” a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of many high-profile professional athletes.

Read the rest from the Commercial Appeal ….

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R.I.P. Lorenzen Wright

(November 4, 1975 – July 28, 2010)

Reported missing since July 19th, the body of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was found  in a wooded area of southeast Memphis, Tennessee, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The former University of Memphis Tiger stand out and at one time Memphis Grizzle was dearly loved in the City of Memphis.

I remember going to Grizzle games at the Pyramid and Fed-ex Forum and Wright was definitely a crowd favorite, because he was a hometown favorite and also a hustle player who brought tons of energy to the court. Lorenzen Wright was one of my favorite players when he played for the Grizzlies. I remember getting to meet him at IHOP two summers ago, he’s really nice person.

Lorenzen Wright also gave back to the city of Memphis with his annual Lorenzen Wright Basketball Camp.

Lorenzen Wright, you will be truly missed.

Dave Chappelle tells the truth about the Entertainment Industry

The video speaks for it’s self.

Crowd Vandalizes and Burns Taxi in Los Angeles Following Lakers Victory

A fan celebrates at L.A. Live after the Lakers win a second straight NBA title. Thousands came downtown only to be locked out of the plaza. (John W. Adkisson, Los Angeles Times / June 16, 2010)

SOURCE:LA Times

Violence erupted within 30 minutes of the game’s end as rowdy fans poured out of area bars and, shortly after, the 19,000 ticket-holders inside Staples began to emerge. Phalanxes of LAPD officers successfully funneled the tightly packed revelers away from the venue, but bands of mostly young men grew aggressive and brazen as they moved into the surrounding blocks.

A typical scene played out on Figueroa Street, where revelers tore down a traffic sign, ripped open newspaper racks and lighted the papers on fire. As police in riot gear approached, the crowd hurled unopened cans of energy drinks at them. Several men stomped on an SUV parked on the street, breaking its windows.

Police chased the roving groups for about two hours, pushing them farther afield until they dispersed and relative calm returned.

Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood actor-director whose memorable career included the 1969 smash “Easy Rider,” has died. He was 74.

Family friend Alex Hitz says Hopper died Saturday at his Venice home, surrounded by family and friends. The actor had been battling prostate cancer. MORE…….

Patse Magazine

“Hopper became best known over the years for his exuberant, manic performances in movies like Apocalypse NowSpeed and especially Blue Velvet, David Lynch’s sublime nightmare vision of a suburban underground. A New York Times profile in 1994 called him “professionally weird,” his cinematic persona defined by “a particularly imaginative menace.”

But his most revered and influential work was as the co-writer, director and star of Easy Rider, the iconic new-Hollywood treatment of counterculture. The film, a haunted relic, follows a pair of drug dealers who travel from Los Angeles deep into the South, where, it becomes increasingly clear, they aren’t fated to leave.” Read more….

Gary Coleman Dies At Age 42

From The Huffington Post:

Gary Coleman is dead. He was taken off life support on Friday morning and passed away,Radaronline.com reports. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital.

Coleman, 42, was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes.” Word got out that he was hospitalized Thursday and in critical condition.

This is breaking news, more to come.

The Daily Herald Uath:

Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated, according to Janet Frank, spokeswoman for the medical center. Coleman suffered the hemorrhage Wednesday at his Santaquin home.

Coleman, 42, was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness. Coleman was then placed on life support.

“At this critical moment, we can only ask for your thoughts and prayers for Gary to make a speedy and full recovery,” a family statement said.

“1,000 American Deaths In Afghanistan: A Sad Milestone” and other News

The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.  –New York Times

The Track World: Marian Jones & Tyson Gay

• Tyson Gay ran a world best on Sunday, but it wasn’t on a traditional oval. Into a modest headwind, Gay ran 200 meters in 19.41 seconds at the Great City Games in Manchester, U.K. It was the fastest time ever run over that distance on a straight track.

• It may be time for disgraced sprinter Marion Jones to find a better day job. Jones made an unremarkable pro basketball debut on Saturday with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, scoring no points in just over three minutes of action.

SportsIllustrated.cnn.com

“When Washington Took on Wall Street” from Vanity Fair

Nearly 80 years ago, on Capitol Hill, Ferdinand Pecora forced J. P. Morgan Jr. and other “banksters” to reveal the corruption that had fueled the Great Depression—bringing shame on the financial industry and resulting in new laws to curb abuses. Today, with Republicans having threatened to block reform and Goldman Sachs fighting fraud charges, the author looks back at the Pecora Commission hearings, which riveted America, and asks why there is no comparable investigation now.