R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Legendary actress Ruby Dee has died at age 91, a family member confirmed Thursday.

The Grammy-winning actress is best known for her stage and screen work in films such as “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” (1989), and the 1979 TV movie “Roots: The Next Generation”. Ruby Dee and her husband of 57 years, actor Ossie Davis, had an open marriage.

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Twista’s Bodyguard Found Shot, Burned in Chicago House

Twista's bodyguard shot and burned

Rapper Twista, right, is mourning the violent death of his bodyguard, Davy “6’9″ Easterling, left, who was found shot and burned in a South Side Chicago home Friday.

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Family Friend Convicted in Jet Ski Death of Tameka Raymond’s Son

Family Friend Convicted in Jet Ski Death of Tameka Raymond's Son

The family friend who was riding a Jet Ski that ran over 11-year-old Kile Glover on Lake Lanier was found guilty of homicide by vessel today. Kile is the son of singer Usher Raymond’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeffrey Simon Hubbard “was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and boat traffic violation in a Hall County courtroom.”

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Jahi McMath’s Mother Says She Sees Signs of Hope

Jahi McMath body moved

The mother of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead by doctors says she sees hope in the girl’s involuntary movements. A judge and several doctors who examined Jahi McMath independently declared her brain dead on Dec. 12 after she lapsed into a coma following complex tonsillectomy procedures at Children’s Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9.

She lingered on life support for a month until a judge granted her mother permission to transport the body to an unknown location.

In posts on Twtter.com and Instagram.com, Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, said the body is doing much better physically since it left the hospital.

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4 Suspects Arrested in Drug OD Death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Police in NYC arrested three men and a woman late Tuesday in connection with the apparent drug overdose death of Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The four — two men in their 50s and one in his 20s — and a woman in her 20s were arrested at a Chinatown apartment that was placed under surveillance following a tip to police.

Friends found Hoffman unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his apartment on Sunday morning. The heroin needle was still in Hoffman’s arm when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday at 11:30 a.m. A witness observed Hoffman purchasing heroin from 2 men near his Manhattan apartment after withdrawing $1,200 from an ATM at around 8 p.m. Saturday night.

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Autistic Boy May Have Drowned After Running From Dog

Skeletal Remains Might Belong to Missing Autistic Boy

A 14-year-old Autistic boy who went missing from his Queens, NY school may have drowned after running from a dog, the NY Post reports. Avonte Oquendo disappeared on Oct. 4 after walking away from the Riverview School in Long Island City. He was seen running from a dog in Hunter’s Point South Park, a short distance from his school. Police believe Avonte may have fallen into the East River after running from a dog. Avonte’s family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.

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Slain DJ’s Girlfriend Shonte Renee Speaks

Shonte Renee and DJ Nando

Shonté Renee, the girlfriend of slain DJ Nando, opened up about his death in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fernando William Barnes, 38, was fatally shot early Tuesday morning as he arrived home from work at Magic City strip club in downtown Atlanta.

Renee told the AJC she was upstairs in the couple’s Morrow, GA home when she heard “gunshots” outside. She explained that her boyfriend of 2 years always cautioned her to stay inside whenever she heard gunshots.

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