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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

After several years of failing health and medical leaves of absence, Steve Jobs today announced, "I hereby resign as CEO of Apple."

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation "to the Apple board of directors and the Apple community." "Unfortunately, that day has come.

"I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee," Jobs added. "As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple."

In a separate release, Apple noted that Cook was, in fact, named CEO, Jobs was elected chairman of the board and Cook was added to the company's board.

"Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company," said Art Levinson, chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's board. "Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as chairman of the board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."

Apple declined to comment on the current state of Jobs' health, or make any comment beyond the written statements.

On The 10th Anniversary Of Her Death Dame Dash Remembers Aaliyah

When Aaliyah died on August 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas, she left behind grieving fans, family, and fiance Dame Dash.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of her death Dame opened up to The Juice about his life with Aaliyah, and how devastating losing her was.

"She was intelligent and she caught me," Dash tells The Juice. "I'm the kind of guy who says things sometimes just to make myself laugh, but she would just catch me making jokes for me. I couldn't get anything past her. She had a very quick mind and a very kind heart."

At the time of her passing the 22-year old Aaliyah's acting and singing careers were skyrocketing. And Dame was still running Roc-A-Fella Records, so the couple spent a lot of time apart. But Dame says that when they were together everything was perfect.

"The energy we created together for people to observe was kind of crazy. We'd be in a room full of people talking to each other and it felt like everyone was listening but it would be just us. It would be like we were the only ones in the room," Dash says. "It was like something was going down in history every time I was with her. Every time I was around her I felt it was the place to be. Our time together meant so much that when we got more time, we felt like that [engagement] would be next. She was one of the best people I ever met. Even with the pain I felt, I would do it all over again."

Ashford And Simpson Leave Long Lasting Impression On Hip-Hop

While the nation mourns the loss of Nick Ashford – one half of the iconic singer-songwriter team Ashford and Simpson with wife Valerie –it is important to note that the duo has been responsible for some of R&B greatest hits, finding fame with their pens as part of Motown Records’ songwriting team in the mid-60s before venturing out on their own as artists. As Hip Hop music progressed from its funk and disco sound into the technological upswing of sampling, Ashford and Simpson’s work has been used as a backdrop for many Hip Hop hits. Below, RapFix takes a look at some of those tracks.
Legendary female rapper MC Lyte employed one of the earlier uses of Ashford and Simpson’s work by sampling the duo’s biggest hit “Solid” for her 1988 track “Lyte As A Rock” from her debut album of the same name. The Ashford and Simpson-penned Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hit “You’re All I Need To Get By” formed the basis for a rugged Method Man cover of the song featuring R&B songstress Mary J. Blige in 1995.

Ashford and Simpson’s music was also used by the recently deceased Amy Winehouse as the duo’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” track written for Gaye and Terrell fueled the sound for Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own.” A quick Web search revealed that many other acts borrowed from the vast pool of music that Ashford and Simpson either recorded or were responsible for creating. Rapper DMX, R&B singer Tyrese, producer 9th Wonder and G-Unit chief 50 Cent have all used a part of the duo’s work in some capacity.

Nick Ashford had been battling throat cancer for some time, succumbing to disease at the age 69 in a New York hospital yesterday (August 22). He is survived by his wife Valerie Simpson and two daughters, Nicole and Asia.

Rest In Peace to Nick Ashford.

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Will and Jada Deny Marc Anthony Affair; Separation Rumors

Fans of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith are breathing a sigh of relief, after the couple released a statement denying reports that they were separating.

Earlier today (August 23rd), InTouch Weekly cited sources that claimed the pair was separating after 13 years of marriage.

Just hours ago, the Smiths issued a statement denying the reports, after new rumors surfaced that the split was due to Jada having an affair with latin pop star Marc Anthony.

“Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false,” the Smiths said in a joint statement. “We are still together and our marriage is intact.”

Will Smith's oldest son Trey also denied the rumors on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon.

“Will and Jada getting a DIVORCE…not true at ALL!! Retreat,” Trey tweeted.

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