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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Plies Off The Hook In 2006 Club Shooting Case

A judge overturned a jury's verdict that Plies was liable for a shooting at one of his concerts in 2006.

Plies is off the hook in a club shooting that took place at one of his concerts in 2006.

According to The Gainesville Sun, a judge overturned a jury's verdict that made Plies liable for a shooting that occurred at 238 West on West University Avenue in Gainesville, Florida. He was initially arrested after the shooting and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, to which he pleaded no contest.

His attorney, Robert Rush, says Plies was busy taking pictures with fans when the shooting took place. "There was no evidence that he even knew who fired the shots when the shooting occurred,” he said.

Circuit Judge Mary Day Coker concurred and wrote on March 28th that "no evidence was presented during trial to support the allegations that Defendant Washington possessed a gun in the Club on July 2, 2006, no evidence that he fired a gun, no evidence that he entrusted a gun to any person who fired a gun, and no evidence that he knew that anyone had a gun in the Club that night.”

Plies might still have to pay $40,000 to five plaintiffs injured in the shootings.

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50 Cent To Co-Star Alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger For "The Tomb"

As reported by Variety, it has been reported that 50 Cent will be starring opposite of Arnold and Stallone for the movie "The Tomb", about a man jailed behind the prison he designed. No word yet on what role 50 will have.

Fif has been trying to crack the movie scene but without any luck, after landing some decent roles with big names like Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Nicholas Cage and Al Pacino. Although, The movies themselves haven't exactly panned out, Curtis is hoping that a film starring two of the biggest names in action film history (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone) can create some momentum for the rapper.

Look for 50 Cent's 5th and final album (and reportedly final album under Interscope) this Summer.

African-American Journalism Pioneer Gil Noble Passes Away At 80

Gil Noble, one of the most influential African-American journalists of all time, has died today at the age of 80. For over 40 years, Mr. Noble was host of the weekly public affairs program Like It Is, which still stands as the longest-running show of its kind in television history. Noble interviewed some of the most important figures in Black history including Bob Marley, Bill Cosby, Kwame Ture, and Muhammad Ali, among numerous others.

Noble began hosting the show alongside African-American actor Robert Hooks in the late 60s, eventually becoming the show's main host and producer in 1975. Noble's interviewing style was direct much like the title of his show, never mincing his words and engaging his subjects head on. The show was created by WABC-TV to help provide Black-oriented programming at a time where it was a severe lack of shows geared towards African-Americans.

Although Noble's style was often seen as low-key, he was a staunch supporter of Civil Rights and proudly spoke about the Black experience in America. Noble counted Malcolm X as his greatest influence, mentioning the Muslim leader in his 1981 memoir Black is the Color of my TV Tube. “[Malcolm X] taught me the cold, brutal facts of the Black existence in this country. He told me who I am, and I have kept that knowledge with me ever since, even as I walk down the corridors of ABC wearing a smile.”

Noble suffered a stroke last July, which prompted his family to publicly announce that the host would not return to his duties at Like It Is last fall. In his passing, Mr. Noble leaves behind a rich legacy of reporting and journalism from the Black perspective. As colleagues and fans will undoubtedly sing his praises in the coming days, many aspiring journalists would do well in studying the career of Gil Noble.

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