Archive | April 2012

Alert: Arrest made in Phylicia Barnes Murder/Abduction case!

An arrest has been made in connection with the killing of Phylicia Barnes, the 16-year-old from North Carolina who vanished while visiting family in Northwest Baltimore in 2010 and was found dead months later in the Susquehanna River.

Word broke late Wednesday from Barnes’ relatives, and was confirmed by authorities. The attorney for Michael Johnson, the former boyfriend of Phylicia’s older sister, confirmed that his client had been taken into custody at about 11:30 p.m. on unknown charges. Johnson had been the last person to see her alive.

Baltimore Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that Johnson was arrested in connection with the Barnes’ killing, but could not elaborate on the charges filed. An announcement was expected Thursday morning. 

Russell Neverdon, Johnson’s attorney, said his client maintains his innocence. He said members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force came to Johnson’s house, arrested him, and took the keys to the house. He said he had previously instructed his client not to answer any questions in the event of his arrest. 

Barnes’ case attracted national media attention. The honors student disappeared without a trace, and detectives worked round-the-clock in an effort to find her. Her body was later found floating in the Susquehanna River nearly a year ago to the day. The case sparked a bill in the Maryland legislature called “Phylicia’s Law,” which supporters say will improve coordination between law enforcement and community groups in missing children cases.

Reached by phone, Phylicia’s father, Russell Barnes, said the family was “rejoicing” over news of the arrest. He said the family had long suspected Johnson. He said he believes the new Phylicia’s Law helped thrust the case back into the spotlight.

“We feel this was there all along,” Barnes said. “No one [in Baltimore] knew Phylicia but the immediate family; he dated Deena [Phylicia’s sister] for over 10 years and Phylicia was part of his life. … We will let the facts come out. Justice will be dealt with.”

Earlier this week, the lead investigator in the case, detective Daniel Nicholson, was suspended on allegations that he improperly used his position to investigate his own daughter’s disappearance. She was later found unharmed, but a wide probe has been launched into how Nicholson proceeded in his search.

Neverdon said he believes authorities expedited the case against Johnson “because they don’t want to ruin the credibility of the case” based on Nicholson’s suspension.

At one point in the case, The Sun first reported, federal authoritiesfiled search warrants seeking to access to Johnson’s Facebook account, among others, referencing a child pornography investigation. Authorities quickly sealed the warrants after they inadvertently became public, and it has not been explained how they related to the case.

On the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, Neverdon said investigators had “nothing” and were wasting time with Johnson, but he disclosed that the child pornography angle related to photos of Phylicia “streaking” with a group of people including Johnson.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

By Justin Fenton and Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Suge Knight “I’m NOT Convinced That Tupac is Really Dead”

There is a VERY good chance Tupac Shakur is alive and well … and hiding … this according to the man who was with him during the supposedly fatal shooting in Vegas,Suge Knight

Knight just appeared on 93.5 KDay in L.A. with Tattoo and Cee Cee … and pumped some major fuel into the biggest urban legend in hip hop … that Tupac FAKED his own death.

Knight says his theory explains why cops never found his murderer — because there was no murder.

“Maybe the question is … Pac’s not really dead … pac’s somewhere else,” Knight says.

When asked if he ever saw Tupac’s body following the 1996 shooting, he adds, “Nobody seen Tupac dead. ”

Knight explains, “The person who supposedly cremated Tupac … this guy got about 3 million dollars .. personally from me … cash … and next thing I know I never heard from the guy or seen him again … he retired and left.

RAZ B goes in on Former B2K Band Member On Twitter…Again!?

First, Raz B made allegations that he and his former B2K band mates were sexually molested by former manager Chris Stokes, then he got into a well publicized Twitter feud with Chris Brown.

Now Raz B has hit up Twitter to air out his new beef with his old B2K pals. J-Boog, Omarion and Lil Fizz were recently pictured in the studio possibly cooking up some new music, hinting at a B2K reunion minus Raz B.

The estranged Raz B took exception to that and had this to say in a series of tweets:

“Haven’t heard nothing from them b**** ass n***** and y’all know who I’m talking about! molesting little kids b**** (April 18)

“Thank God I know God if not Somebody would have killed your ass along time ago! Real talk b****!!! Your still living cause me!!! (April 18)

“Like @chrisbrown said I’m not afraid to speak my mind!!!!” (April 18)

“I’m good going to sleep!!! I just felt some s***!!!! Or should I be fake and hold it inn…. Y’all family I keep it 100 with yall.” (April 18)

What do you guys think? Is B2K wrong for not including Raz B in a reunion? Do you think someone from the group will respond?


Raz B Goes In On Former B2K Member on Twitter

Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager,’ Dies at 82

PHOTO: Dick Clark

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose trademark “Rockin’ Eve” became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a “massive heart attack.”

PHOTOS: 2012 in Memoriam: Dick Clark Dies

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn’t long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family’s radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.

Clark landed a gig as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called “Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music.” There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers.

Within five years, the whole country was watching. ABC took the show national, and “American Bandstand” was born.

Blazing a New Trail in Pop Music

“American Bandstand’s” formula was simple. Clean-cut boys and girls danced to the hottest hits and the newest singles. In between, Clark chatted with the teens, who helped “rate-a-record,” turning songs into sensations. Everyone showed up on “American Bandstand,” from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry to Chubby Checker.

When Dick Clark moved to Hollywood in 1963, “American Bandstand” moved with him. He started Dick Clark Productions, and began cranking out one hit show after another; his name became synonymous with everything from the $25,000 “Pyramid” to “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes” to the “American Music Awards.” In 1972, Dick Clark became synonymous with one of the biggest nights of the year.

PHOTOS: Dick Clark’s Celebrity Guests on ‘American Bandstand’

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC became a Dec. 31 tradition, with Clark hosting the festivities for more than three decades, introducing the entertainment acts and, of course, counting down to midnight as the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square.

But the traditional celebration saw a temporary stop in 2004, when Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak. Regis Philbin stepped in. But by the next New Year’s Eve, Dick Clark was back, his speech still impaired. In halting words, he told the audience, “I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It’s been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I’m getting there.”

But that didn’t stop him: he returned each year, and recently he was joined by Ryan Seacrest, the radio and television personality known for E!, “American Idol,” and a reality TV empire.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark,” Seacrest said in a statement today. “He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006 , it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.”

Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO for the Walt Disney Company — the parent company of ABC, also remembered the television icon who was known for bringing memorable music to the masses.

“For more than half a century, Dick Clark brought the best of American music to audiences across the country, creating careers and countless fans for artists on his iconic shows, American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” Iger said in a statement. “We’re proud that ABC was home to those programs and will always be part of his legacy. On behalf of everyone at Disney and ABC, we send our sincere condolences to Dick’s family, as well as the three generations of fans who will miss him as much as we do.”

Will Smith Gay Affair Rumours Slammed By Duane Martin’s Wife!

Following the reports that Will Smith is having an affair with actor Duane Martin, actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, who is married to Duane, has taken to Twitter to slam the reports as lies.

Claiming that Will’s relationship with Duane was coming in between his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, a source told Star magazine: “Will spends significantly more time with Duane than he does with Jada and the kids.

Will Smith Gay Affair Rumours Slammed By Duane Martin's Wife!

Tisha with husband Duane

“[She] can’t stand Will’s relationship with Duane. She feels like Will flaunts it in her face, taking him on exotic vacations while she’s sitting home alone.”

Having had enough of the rumours, Tisha, who has been married to Duane for 15 years, finally broke her silence on Twitter and wrote: “Usually I ignore negativity but I’m tired of the media attacking TheSmiths. They’re n amazing couple n I wish ppl wld stop perpetuatin LIES.(sic)”

The My Wife And Kids actress added: “N LEAVE THEM ALONE!”

Dismissing the reports of a relationship with Will, Duane, said: “I’m not going to defend myself against a gay rumour.”

Rumours about the state of Will and Jada’s marriage were heightened when their daughter, Willow, took to Twitter recently, writing about how miserable she’s been.

What do you think?

Cita (Lil Wayne’s Mom) get’s Married!!!

Birdman Gets Suited for Lil Wayne's Mom's Wedding

Birdman decided to switch up the style and broke out a suit for Lil Wayne’s Mom’s wedding, which took place over the weekend.

Wayne’s mom, Cita, got well wishes from her son, grandaughter Reginae and Reginae’s mother, Toya.

Check out more photos from the wedding plus tweets:

Source: Twitter