R&B star D'angelo joined the protest surrounding the 2014 death of Eric Garner during his performance on Saturday Night Live in America on Saturday (31Jan15) by taking a moment to remember the tragic New Yorker during his two-song set. Garner was strangled to death during a police arrest in Staten Island, New York, last summer (Jul14), and a grand jury's decision not to indict the cops responsible sparked outrage and protests throughout the U.S. in December (14).
The interaction between the unarmed African-American and police officers was caught on camera and Garner could be heard saying, "I can't breathe" repeatedly before he passed away, lying facedown on the sidewalk.
Medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by "compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police". His death was ruled a homicide.
During his performance of The Charade on Saturday Night Live, D'Angelo sang, "All we wanted was a chance to talk, instead we only got outlined in chalk," while he and his back-up singers and bandmates wore T-shirts sporting the words "black lives matter" and "I can't breathe".
National Lampoon's Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'angelo are reteaming for a new TV comedy. The movie couple, who played the Griswolds in the Vacation franchise, will play retired characters who have to give up their comfortable lives and raise their grandchildren.
Chase and D'Angelo will also reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in the upcoming Vacation sequel, which will feature Ed Helms, Leslie Mann, Christina Applegate and Charlie Day.
Reclusive R&B star D'angelo has snagged The Who's on/off bassist Pino Palladino for his upcoming U.K. tour. The singer will tour England to promote his new album Black Messiah next month (Feb15) and he has booked Palladino as part of his touring band.
R&B star D'angelo is set to headline his first concert at New York's iconic Apollo Theater, nearly 25 years after he made his debut as a singer on the same stage. The reclusive star competed and won the venue's famous Amateur Night at the Apollo contest when he was 16 years old, and used his winnings from that performance to buy recording equipment, which he used to make his hit debut album, Brown Sugar.
And on 7 February (15), D'Angelo will hit the stage once again for a one-night-only gig, performing songs from his new critically acclaimed album, Black Messiah - his first release in 14 years.
D'Angelo and his band the Vanguard will hit the road for The Second Coming Tour in Europe this spring (15).
Former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner risked his life by crawling back into the twisted wreckage of his car to rescue his lyric book after cheating death in a horrifying crash. The star, who now fronts metal band Thrown Into Exile, was hospitalised in California on Sunday night (11Jan15) after his car collided with another vehicle and flipped three times on the freeway.
Bonner is said to be making a good recovery, and he has now revealed he went to great lengths to retrieve his lyric book from his upside down car after the accident.
He tells Blabbermouth.net, "As most of you may know, I was involved in a serious car accident on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles... I am still waiting on the official police report. All I know for certain at this time is that the suspected drunk driver that hit me took off on foot, as his/her car was completely totalled... Needless to say, it was a traumatic experience and the scene itself was unlike anything I've ever been a part of... It's no small miracle that I am still alive. Hell, I even crawled back into the wreckage to retrieve my lyric book and my D'Angelo CD. How f**king metal is that? As far as some are concerned, I should've just rolled over and died, then and there... The truth is: I'm not going anywhere anytime soon."
Bonner goes on to thank everyone who has contributed to a campaign raising money to cover his medical bills.
He adds, "I'd like to thank all of the wonderful people that have offered support, encouraging words and who have donated to the cause."
The drive had raised more than $900 (£563) as WENN went to press.
Reclusive R&B star D'angelo rushed to release Black Messiah, his first album in 14 years, after a grand jury last month (Nov14) decided against indicting a police officer who killed teenager Michael Brown. The Brown Sugar hitmaker unveiled Black Messiah without warning on Sunday (14Dec14) after abandoning its original release date of early 2015.
According the Nytimes.com, the singer spent the past month pulling all-nighters to complete the album because he wanted to speak about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri through his music.
The scandal began last month (Nov14) after a police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown as he was arrested for stealing cigars was not indicted for the incident.
D'Angelo's manager Kevin Liles recalls their phone conversation shortly afterwards, saying, "He said: 'Do you believe this? Do you believe it?'... And then we just sat there in silence. That is when I knew he wanted to say something."
The notoriously private star explained the purpose of the album, writing, "Many will think it's about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I'm calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.
"Its about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It's not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them."
D'Angelo released his previous album Voodoo in 2000.
Reclusive R&B superstar D'angelo is planning to give his patient fans a huge Christmas treat - he's releasing his first album in more than 14 years next week (16Dec14). Black Messiah will be the hitmaker's first album since Voodoo hit the charts in 2000.
D'Angelo has yet to confirm the new release, but he posted a video clip on YouTube.com on Friday (12Dec14). It featured a generic black and white video and the words 'BLACK MESSIAH COMING SOON'.
A Twitter post featured the supposed artwork and the date 12/16.
Kevin Liles, an executive at D'Angelo's KWL Management, recently told fans to expect a new album "this year", adding, "Definitely, he'll be back."
Actress Christina Applegate has been icing her shoulder in between scenes for new movie Vacation after injuring herself during a work out session. The Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy star raised eyebrows on set in Tucker, Georgia on Thursday (18Sep14), when she was photographed sporting a make-shift bandage around the top of her right shoulder to hold an ice pack in place.
Initial reports suggested Applegate had dislocated her shoulder, but a source now tells Eonline.com, "She hurt herself while working out."
However, the injury is said to be "very minor", with the insider adding that it's "nothing serious at all".
Vacation is a remake of Chevy Chase's classic 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation. The veteran actor and his former co-star Beverly D'Angelo will reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in the reboot, which will focus on the adventures of their onscreen son Rusty, played by Ed Helms.
Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day and Leslie Mann have also signed on for the project.
Actress Leslie Mann has been tapped to join Ed Helms in the upcoming reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation. The This Is 40 star has been cast as Audrey Griswold, the sister of Helms' Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark and Ellen Griswold, who were played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the classic 1983 comedy.
The new film, titled Vacation, follows Rusty as an adult experiencing his own family break.
Christina Applegate has also signed up to play Rusty's wife, and Thor hunk Chris Hemsworth is reportedly in negotiations to join the cast as Audrey's husband.
Both Chase and D'Angelo are slated to reprise their roles in cameos. Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron, who portrayed Rusty and Audrey as kids in the 1983 comedy, are not expected to appear in the new film.
Thor actor Chris Hemsworth is in negotiations to join The Hangover's Ed Helms for a new movie in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise. The Australian hunk is in talks to show off his comedic skills in another follow-up to the original 1983 film, which was directed by the late Harold Ramis and starred Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and John Candy.
Helms has already signed on to appear in the new movie along with Christina Applegate, according to Variety.com.
The new movie, titled Vacation, follows Rusty Griswold, the son in the franchise's hapless Griswold family, as an adult experiencing his own family break.
Rusty, who was played by former child star Anthony Michael Hall in the first Vacation movie, will be played by Helms in the reboot.