Rapper Lupe Fiasco shocked fans during a YouTube.com concert earlier this week (begs23Jun14) after falling off stage in the middle of his show. The Superstar hitmaker was performing for fans as part of a pre-taped episode of online series SKEE Live on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he lost his footing and tumbled from the stage into the front of the audience.
He refused to let the incident disrupt his gig and hopped back up to the platform without missing a beat, reports HipHopDX.com.
He later brushed off the mishap by referencing the fall during a rap freestyle, prompting the crowd to cheer.
Fiasco isn't the only musician to suffer an embarrassing stage fall in recent weeks - country star Luke Bryan famously tripped up during a gig in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of May (14), and video footage of the epic tumble went viral.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco fears Justin Bieber has been let off easy following his race row because so many of his famous friends are jumping to his defence. The troubled pop star has been under fire this week (beg02Jun14) after the leak of two videos, which showed him using the N-word as part of an offensive joke and singing about joining race hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
A number of stars have spoken out to support him, including rapper Mack Maine and Bieber's mentor Usher, who vowed to stand by the embattled singer, and Lupe Fiasco is convinced he is receiving special treatment because of his pop star status. The Superstar hitmaker even compares Bieber to former basketball team owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers following the leak of a tape on which he was heard making a number of racist comments.
Fiasco tells MTV.com, "Justin Bieber said it (so) it's cool, and people are already coming to his defence. I don't think anybody should be allowed to profit off racism. Donald Sterling made a billion dollars (when) he sold the team, and there was such an uproar about somebody who didn't use the N-word at all, but then you have somebody who made a very racist joke about it (Bieber) - I wonder if Justin Bieber's gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling? I don't think he will... It's an absurd thing - you get somebody who we 'like' who says it, and says it even more 'racist-ier' (sic) and we don't bat an eyelash (sic) at it."
However, one star who is sticking by the embattled 20 year old is rapper 50 Cent, who is adamant Bieber has "lost" himself after finding fame. He tells Britain's The Sun, "I don't think he's a racist. I don't think even he knows who he is at this point - he's so young. When you see people become huge stars real early, it's tough for them. You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin's still a baby and he's lost."
Rapper Lupe Fiasco has been named the music director for the U.S. Men's soccer team ahead of the squad's appearance at the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The "Superstar" hitmaker has been tapped by officials at the U.S. Soccer organisation to provide the soundtrack for the Men's National Team prior to the the much-anticipated sports showdown in June (14). Fiasco will create playlists and handle in-game music programming during the Send-Off Series, exhibition games prior to the official start of the World Cup.
He is also slated to perform on Fan Appreciation Day in New York on 30 May (14) and at an event in his native Chicago, Illinois on 16 June (14), prior to the men's match against Ghana. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off 12 June in Brazil.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco is set to try his hand at modelling on Thursday (10Apr14) when he hits the catwalk in Australia. The Superstar hitmaker is friends with Australian design duo Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty and has now agreed to appear in a fashion show for their line Song for the Mute during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney.
The hip-hop star admits he is nervous about his runway debut, but hopes his experience as a fashion show spectator will stand him in good stead.
He tells Australian newspaper the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "This is the first time I've walked in a fashion show. I don't know what to do but I have been to enough fashion shows - I'm just going to emulate the people I have seen: you know, laser eyes. Hopefully I don't fall and break a heel!"
Rising teen rapper Rondonumbanine has been charged with murder. The 17 year old, real name Clint Massey, appeared at Cook County Bond Court in Illinois on Sunday (09Mar14) in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old driver Javan Boyd on 22 February (14).
Massey was held on $2 million (£1.2 million) bail. He is accused of being one of two gunmen who opened fire on Boyd, who was shot seven times while sitting in his car on Chicago's South Princeton Avenue.
Massey, whose rapping videos regularly gain more than a million hits on YouTube.com, has recorded with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Lil Durk.
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The ABC Scandal spring premiere is mere days away and there's a 75 percent chance that you are absolutely not ready. So much happened in the winter finale and in the few episodes preceding, so many questions were left unanswered, and there was so much blood! Literal blood (hi Quinn, hi Daniel Douglas), and the emotional kind that occurs when you don't know whether or not your mother is an evil, mass-killing, bomb-planting maniac. So in an attempt to help us all mentally prepare, here are a few things we need to remember going into Thursday night's highly-anticipated episode.
Sally Langston Is Caught Up
Not only did we watch Vice President Sally Langston murder her husband in cold blood (while quoting Biblical scripture, no less), but we also witnessed the death of her dreams for a Presidential run. Or did we? On the one hand, Mellie and Cyrus jumped all over the opportunity to, essentially, blackmail her into staying on Fitz's team and working with him on his re-election campaign. Because she called Cyrus and told him the truth, she can't really risk running against Fitz. However, her campaign manager is just as ruthless as the rest of 'em and there's a good chance he'll figure out a way to free her from the reigns of Team Fitz.
Jake Is in Command
One of the most important moments of the last episode came when we saw Jake as the head of B6-13. He and Fitz had teamed up to get Olivia's Dad out of his position, which means Eli now has more time for those Sunday dinners with Olivia. Except, something tells us this father/daughter relationship isn't about to become all skyrockets in flight, afternoon delight.
Mama Pope Is Too Close for Comfort
Sometimes when you put your Mom on a flight out of the country in an attempt to help her escape your father (who, actually, was the innocent one after all... maybe) she decides to stick around anyway. The last time we saw Mama Pope she was way too close for comfort, calling Livvie from a burner phone right outside of the White House. Yikes.
Huck Is Probably Going to Have Some 'Splaining to Do
After that whole face-licking, teeth-pulling YOLO fiasco with Quinn, Huck basically sent her running straight back to B6-13. But Olivia is not going to just let this happen, and we suspect that when the season picks back up, Huck's going to have some serious 'splaining to do.
It's Time for Harrison's Storyline to Pop Off
This needs to happen. Seriously. In the last few epsiodes we've heard the name Adnan Salif from Cyrus, who kind of used it as a threat towards Harrison. We know Harrison (like the other Gladiators) must have been caught up in some serious stuff, but we need more information about this guy and why Harrison is deathly afraid of him entering the United States. Here's hoping Brolivia Pope's backstory finally takes off.
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There was a time when Kevin Costner was one of the top actors in Hollywood, as well as an Academy Award winning director. Of course, that was 20 years ago, before his epic debacle Waterworld. It's been so long that it's like saying that there used to be a time when movies weren't in color or didn't have sound.
After years of flying beneath the radar, Costner could have as many as five films released in 2014 (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 3 Days to Kill, Draft Day, McFarland, and Black and White). Five! That's a lot for any actor not named Elizabeth Banks. How did it come about that an actor-director once vilified for his difficult nature and cost overruns is suddenly the hardest working guy in films?
Costner's is a tale of how to best deal with Hollywood adversity and come out mostly okay. After the fiasco that surrounded Waterworld — which comes honestly by its reputation as one of the biggest filmmaking disasters ever — Costner kept on working. Even when the post-apocalyptic The Postman tanked on a grand scale as well, the actor kept going. In fact, since his breakout role as Elliott Ness in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables in 1987, there have only been four calendar years in which Costner hasn't been on the big screen at all. Typically, it's been roles that play upon the everyman characteristics that made him so appealing in earlier films like Field of Dreams.
It's actually the most recent of those missing years, however, that probably explains the actor's current resurgence. While he didn't appear in a feature film in 2012, he did appear on television in the History Channel's well-received miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. His turn as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield won him a Golden Globe and a wave of good publicity.
After playing Superman's Earth father last year in Man of Steel, Costner's new run of roles has him playing everything from a dying Secret Service agent in 3 Days to Kill to sports related characters in Draft Day and McFarland to a man fighting for custody of his granddaughter in Black and White. It's a diverse group, yet each part harkens back to territory that Costner has covered in the past.
That, in the end, might be the true explanation for why 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of Costner. After 30 years of working steadily as an actor, Costner has found the sweet spot where he knows what kinds of roles that he can excel in and he largely works within that range. Acknowledging limitations is something that many actors are loath to do, but as Costner has demonstrated sometimes staying true to one's self leads to greater rewards… and a whole bunch of movie roles.
Look. We know you love Scandal. We know you kind of want to be Olivia Pope. And we get that your Christmas wish list consisted of mainly Scandal-related paraphernalia. But the ABC drama series, now in the midst of a pretty epic third season, is a dangerous show to get addicted to, especially if you've been taking any relationship cues from the main characters. We love these guys, but here are a few Scandal folks you probably, definitely, should not call if you need some healthy advice on love.
Abby (played by Darby Stanchfield) has put her boyfriend through the ringer so many times, it's sad. Poor David Rosen can't get a break, with Abby stealing Cytron cards from him, lying to him to cover for Olivia Pope & Associates, and asking about a gazillion favors from him now that he's the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C. Now that the two are open about their job descriptions, Abby and David are a much better couple. But Abby's a Gladiator first, which could prove detrimental to this relationship (again).
Cyrus has done so many horrible, awful, grimey things to his husband James, it's difficult to know where to begin. There was that time he put a hit out on him. That time he got him a baby, just so James would stop working as a journalist and stop dipping into all of Cyrus's political dirt. But all of that paled in comparison to the stunt he pulled this season. If you were ever thinking of getting ahead of your political opponent, probably don't use your husband as sexual bait for that opponent's closeted gay husband. Bad idea.
We love Fitz. But seriously. In three seasons we've watched him bounce back and forth between Olivia and his wife Mellie (okay, more Olivia than Mellie), plus there was that Amanda Tanner situation. We know he loves Olivia, but there was that one unforgivable, postcoital conversation they had in which he told Olivia, "I may not be able to control my erections around you, but that doesn’t mean I want you. We are done." Ouch. And no.
Olivia herself has openly admitted on the show that she is a hot mess when it comes to love. She's kind of a mistress, kind of not. She dated Senator Davis and pretty much led him on, refusing to tell him that she was totally still in love with the President. Then there was the Jake versus Fitz fiasco (actually, that may still be ongoing). Now don't get us wrong -- this all makes for great television. And this character has had some wonderful, empowering moments on the series. But we think it'll be a while before Olivia finds herself in a drama-free relationship.
Lupe Fiasco stormed off stage during a show in Utah on Saturday (23Nov13) after a member of the crowd threw a tomato at the rapper. The star was performing at Salt Lake City's The Depot venue, but cut the concert short after a fan in the balcony area threw the fruit at the stage.
In a clip of the incident posted on YouTube.com, the rapper can be heard responding to the suspected offender, saying, "I'm gonna finish the show, but if there' more people like that I need them the f**k out of here." He then adds, "I know what she looks like, fat, white b***h. Find her."
According to editors at The Salt Lake Tribune, the star then asked the entire balcony area to be cleared, but after staff failed to persuade all the attendees to leave, Lupe walked off the stage.
Australian singer Guy Sebastian has credited The Butler for his newfound success in the U.S. The 31 year old scored a hit with his single Battle Tracks, a collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, after it was used as part the film's soundtrack, and it has since achieved platinum sales of more than one million.
The star is convinced the track's success is down to the exposure provided by the movie, telling Australia's Daily Telegraph, "I was sitting on my couch and The Butler came on and suddenly my song was playing... And I keep hearing it on radio over here. I'm used to hearing my songs on the radio in Australia but definitely not over here so it is really cool."