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Bushwick Bill, Of Houston Rap Group Geto Boys, Dead At 52

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Photo By LaNell Taylor - February 8, 2019 backstage at rapper Lil Sin's Birthday Bash

June 10, 201911:27 AM ETHeard on All Things Considered

Houston rapper Bushwick Bill, a founding member of the pioneering rap crew Geto Boys, died on Sunday evening in Colorado, his publicist, Dawn P., confirmed with NPR. A cause was not given pending a medical examination; the rapper was diagnosed earlier this year with pancreatic cancer. He was 52 years old.

Born Richard Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica, the artist moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn as a young child — hence his rap moniker — before relocating to Houston, where he first joined the Rap-A-Lot Records-assembled group in the early-to-mid-’80s as a breakdancer and hype man. But as members came and went, he found his way to the mic.

Known for his brash persona and performative storytelling, Bill’s unhinged, engaging bars on Geto Boys classics like “F*** a War,” “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” and “Mind of a Lunatic” were central to the group carving out its place as a pioneering Southern rap unit in the late ’80s and early ’90s. While Scarface was hailed as the lyricist of the group, Bushwick Bill’s appeal lied in his erratic, say-anything verses. In hip-hop’s Golden Era, Geto Boys is credited with putting Houston on the map by pioneering horrorcore — a rap subgenre rooted in nightmarish imagery, physical abuse and psychological horror. Many of rap’s current stars, from Jeezy and Lil Wayne to Juice WRLD and 21 Savage, have cited Geto Boys as an influence.

In the span of a decade, from 1988 to 1998 — including a three-year hiatus, from ’93 to ’96 — Geto Boys released an impressive six albums. As a soloist, Bill released six solo albums from 1992 to 2010, while Geto Boys reunited for a 2005 album, The Foundation. In 2019, on the heels of Bill’s cancer diagnosis, the members announced they were planning a farewell tour, to be called The Beginning of a Long Goodbye, The Final Farewell. The tour was later cancelled due to Bill pulling out of the performance dates.

Bushwick Bill was born with dwarfism and suffered from joint pain. In October 1991, Bill — drunk on Everclear and arguing with his then-girlfriend as he details in the song “Ever So Clear” — was shot in the eye. Willie D and Scarface posed alongside Bushwick Bill in the hospital halls the night he was shot, a photo which would later be used as the album cover of the trio’s 1991 seminal album We Can’t BeStopped. To date, it remains the group’s best-selling. In 2010, Bushwick Bill was arrested in Atlanta, charged with criminal possession of cocaine and marijuana and facing possible deportation.

Bill first shared the news that he was battling cancer on May 1, 2019. In a video posted to TMZ, the ailing rapper announced he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February 2019 and, up to that point, had not told his fellow Geto Boys, Willie D and Scarface. Later that same month, Bill was hospitalized with pneumonia and was forced to cancel the remaining shows on the Geto Boys reunion tour. “Now, the rumor is I pulled out on the tour, but if my health was a concern then you would know about my health, not about me pulling out of the tour,” the rapper told fans in an Instagram video shot, speaking from a hospital bed. “This is a health issue. Pancreatic cancer. Chemotherapy gave me pneumonia.”

Speaking to Vice in 2015, ahead of a screening of the horror film Child’s Play that he was set to host in Los Angeles, Bushwick Bill explained the hope he found in fusing rap and the macabre: “There are these little moments in life where if you’re under the right stars and the right light hits you, or when the northern lights are going by you could become a superhuman being. To be able to be bigger than who you are, I think people have always been fascinated with that. That you could turn into a werewolf and be strong, or that you could use electricity and bring something back to life.”

Additional reporting by Andrew Flanagan

(Source: NPR)

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Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez Solve A Horrific John Doe Case on TV One’s Hit Show ATL HOMICIDE

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(SILVER SPRING, MD) — TV One’s hit true-crime show ATL HOMICIDE airs on Monday, February 22 at 9 P.M. ET/8C. In this episode, David Quinn and Vince Velazquez recount the botched robbery of a young Hispanic male whose story involves several members of Atlanta’s criminal underworld. After months of hitting dead ends, the detectives receive intel that an unlikely teen duo are the prime suspects and have been bragging about several crimes that were committed in that span of time. Can the detectives link them to the death of the murder victim?

In each episode, thirty-year Atlanta PD veteran Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez recount their past homicide investigations of Atlanta in their quest to put heinous murderers behind bars. Real-life interviews are paired with dramatic recreations from actors Angelo Diaz as David Quinn and Christopher Diaz as Vince Velazquez. 

In addition to the weekly episodes, Quinn and Velazquez give viewers tips on how to think like a detective and solve cases in exclusive ATL HOMICIDE: AT HOME clips segments available across social platforms via @tvone.

ATL HOMICIDE is produced for TV One by Wide Net Productions and Jupiter Entertainment. Executive Producers for Wide Net Productions are Rob Kerr and Sedg Tourison. For Jupiter Entertainment, Allison Wallach serves as Executive Producer and Rudolf Fischmann is Supervising Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX

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CLEO TV serves up a second helping of quick and savory gourmet on the next episode of NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX, hosted by acclaimed chef Jernard Wells, airing Saturday, February 13 at 9:30 P.M. ET/8:30C. Chef Jernard’s weekly cooking demonstrations provide healthy alternatives to viewers’ favorite classic dishes. 

The classic Chicken Cordon Bleu has taken on new life with Jernard’s New School Chicken Cordon Bleu with steamed asparagus topped with honey mustard and tarragon sauce. In true NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX fashion, the dishes are made with health-conscious ingredients without sacrificing flavor.

NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX is produced by Powerhouse Productions, with Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead serving as Executive Producers. For CLEO TV, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan serve as Executives in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtags #NEWSOULKITCHEN and #CLEOTV.



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TV ONE CELEBRATES THE REPRESENT BLACK LOVE CAMPAIGN WITH SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY CONTENT

Network Continues Black History Month Programming With UNSUNG Specials and Focus on the Future Black Leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement

TV One celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special “REPRESENT BLACK LOVE” lineup featuring classic movies and shows. On Sunday, February 14 starting at 6 a.m./5C, the network air a special marathon of A DIFFERENT WORLD showcasing the ‘Dwayne and Whitley’s epic love affair. At 11 a.m./10C catch back-to-back airings of THE BEST MAN. Then settle in for a night of romance starting at 4 p.m./3Cwith three of the most iconic films in cinema history with MAHOGANY, CARMEN JONES and CLAUDINE

The love continues online with the launch of exclusive content from the cast of the TV One’s original movie DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY. From Keri Hilson (“Think Like A Man,” “Almost Christmas”) to Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf), the cast sits down to discuss what #BlackLove means to them. The content will be available across TV One’s digital and social platforms leading up to the film’s premiere on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m./7C. Based on the eponymous novel penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas, the film tells the story of tightly knit friends as they sort out their turbulent life and love issues. The cast of DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY also includes Redaric Williams (“The Yard,” “The Young And The Restless”), Jasmine Burke (“Saints & Sinners”), Kaye Singleton (“American Soul”) and Rainey Branch (“Being Mary Jane,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). The film is directed by Tamara Bass and written by Katrina O’Gilvie (NAACP Image Award nominee for “Behind the Movement”). 

The networks’ Black History Month programming continues with a full schedule of content that exemplifies this year’s theme, “REPRESENT THE MOVEMENT.” The network celebrates the young, “uplifted” and black leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement and what they hope for the future. The four female activists who will be featured in various spots throughout the month include Zyahna Bryant, Brea Baker, Nupol Kiazohu, and Kenidra Woods. Each activist will reflect and give their point of view on today’s most important causes such as women’s rights, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, racism, immigration and gun control.

TV One will also pay tribute to the life and career of Cicely Tyson with REFLECTIONS OF AN ICON WITH CATHY HUGHES which will air on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30C. The archival interview features the legendary actor when she was on Broadway for the 2013 Broadway production of A Trip to Bountiful. Additionally, a special presentation of the 1972 classic film, SOUNDER (based on the book by William H. Armstrong) will air Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET/4C. The film earned Ms. Tyson an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. 

Encore presentations of UNSUNG episodes continues with spotlights on trailblazing musicians and musical innovators who have impacted music over the past 40 years, including:
UNSUNG: The Dramatics on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: David Ruffin on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: Tammi Terrell on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10 p.m./9CUNSUNG: Teddy Pendergrass on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: Blue Magic on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: Switch on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10 p.m./9CUNSUNG: Roxanne Shante on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: Mtume on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: DeBarge on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10 p.m./9C
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