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UK NEWS: JACK TWEED CHARGED WITH RAPE

BBC News Jack Tweed, the widower of reality television star Jade Goody, has been charged with rape. The 22-year-old was charged with one count of rape over an alleged attack at an address in Redbridge, Essex, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. Mr Tweed, who lives in Repton Park, Chigwell, Essex, is due before Redbridge Magistrates’ Court later. Continue Reading…. Oh dear. There goes his dream of becoming a top class club DJ / Promoter / minor celebrity!  Where and when did it all []

SOUL CULTURE PRESENTS: AALIYAH REVISTED (TRIBUTE EP)

AALIYAH DANA HAUGHTON – JANUARY 16TH 1979 – AUGUST 25TH 2001 REST IN PEACE BABY GIRL Aaliyah Revisited contains eight songs featuring indie soul artist and occasional Brand New Heavies vocalist Sy Smith (currently providing backing vocals for American Idol), Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius, rising London soul talents Tawiah and Baby Sol, NYC-based beauty creator Jesse Boykins III, Danish R&B/Soul sensation Jonas, saccharine Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula, London-based producer Black Einstein, plus international future starlet Nikko Gray with California’s ‘cosmic conductor’ AFTA-1. []

MICHAEL JACKSON ‘HAD LETHAL DRUG LEVELS’

Via BBC News Pop star Michael Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anaesthetic propofol in his body when he died, coroner’s office documents show. The findings were contained in a previously sealed search warrant which has been made public in Houston. The singer died on 25 June at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray has been interviewed twice by police but has not been named as an official []

UK NEWS: BODY FOUND IN SEA SEARCH FOR MISSING GIRL

10 year old Stella Akanbi Via BBC News Police searching for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared in the sea off an Essex beach believe they have found her body. Stella Akanbi, from Milton Keynes, had been playing with a friend in the sea in Clacton on Sunday afternoon when they got into trouble. An onlooker pulled one of the girls ashore but could not find Stella. No formal identification has taken place, but police believe the girl found is Stella, and the []

MICHAEL JACKSON’S FRIEND CLAIMS PATERNITY

Via BBC News Mark Lester, a former child star and long-time friend of Michael Jackson, says he could be the father of one of the late pop star’s children. Speaking to the News Of The World, Lester said he had donated sperm to the King of Pop and was willing to take a paternity test. “I believe Paris could be my daughter,” he said, and noted she bore a physical resemblance to his daughter, Harriet. Calls to Lester’s home in Cheltenham were []

FIRST BLACK SUPER MODEL NAOMI SIMMS DIES

Via NY Daily News Naomi Sims, the first black supermodel, died of cancer Saturday in Newark at age 61, the New York Times reports. Sims broke barriers when she made the cover of Ladies Home Journal in 1968 — becoming the first black model to do so on a mainstream women’s magazine. It was a defining achievement for the “Black is Beautiful” movement at the time – and Sims went on to appear on the covers of Life, Cosmopolitan and Essence. Continue []

POLICE HUNT KILLER OF ISRAEL GAYS

Via BBC News Israeli police are searching for a gunman who killed two people and wounded at least 10 at a gay support centre in the city of Tel Aviv. Gay leaders say it is Israel’s worst hate crime against the community. Most of the victims were gay teenagers who were meeting at the centre on Nachmani street when the gunman entered and started firing indiscriminately. Police have ordered the temporary closure of the city’s gay clubs and are releasing few details []

SLUM VILLAGE GROUP MEMBER BAATIN DIES

Source Slum Village group member Baatin (real name Titus Glover), has died. The cause of death is not yet known but producer 9th Wonder confirmed the rapper’s death via Twitter. Baatin was a founding member of the group Slum Village, a long with T3 and the late J Dilla. Rest In Peace Baatin.