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Dwayne Johnson opens up about his dad’s ‘quick’ death, thanks supporters

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he is “full of gratitude” for the love and support he’s received in the wake of his father’s death.

The actor’s legendary pro-wrestling father, Rocky Johnson, passed away last week at age 75.

The younger Johnson posted an almost eight-minute video Sunday on his official Instagram account in which he expressed his appreciation.

“Hard to express how deeply grateful I am for all your love, mana & support,” the caption read. “My family and I thank you. Go hug your loved ones hard, while you still can. I love you. DJ #ripsoulman.”
The wrestler-turned-actor said during the video, “My heart is so full of gratitude.”

“As you know, I lost my old man a few days ago, I lost him just like that, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him,” Johnson said. “I’d give anything right now to give him a big ol’ hug and a big ol’ kiss before he crossed over and just say thank you and I love you and I respect you. But I didn’t get a chance to say that. But such is life, as many of you know, based on the messages that you have shared with me, that many of you understand this pain when you lose a parent.”

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Johnson acknowledged people were curious about how his dad died. He said his father’s death was “quick.”

“He had not been feeling well, had been battling a cold and infection, and on Tuesday he had what’s called a deep vein thrombosis, which is essentially a blood clot in the leg,” Johnson said. “It was a big ol’ blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung, clotted his lung, and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack, just like that.”

Johnson said he planned to start writing the eulogy he will give at his father’s funeral on Tuesday.

“I’ve written a lot of speeches for myself over the years, but I have no idea where to start with this one,” Johnson said. “But I do have my tequila and I can hear him now, ‘Good, that’s the way you’ve got to do it.’ I can also hear him now, ‘Make sure you put me over in the speech, say good stuff about me.'”

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Rick Ross’ neighbours ‘annoyed by his pet buffaloes’

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Rick Ross’ pet buffaloes are causing a problem in his neighborhood. (more…)

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Northern Nights Music Festival Announces Phase One Lineup for 10th Anniversary

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Today, Northern Nights Music Festival has announced the phase one lineup for its 10th anniversary, taking place in Northern California’s iconic Redwood Forest this July 14-16. With an eclectic music lineup, top-tier cannabis and wellness programming, and serene natural landscapes, Northern Nights remains one of North America’s most unique boutique festival experiences.

Northern Nights’ penchant for discovery continues to make it one of the West Coast’s staple summer music festivals. It all begins with the music, where the picturesque backdrop of Cook’s Valley Campground provides the ideal setting for fans to discover their new favorite artists alongside performances from some of electronic music’s freshest names.

Northern Nights’ phase one lineup marks its biggest and brightest effort yet, offering something for all fans of electronic music and beyond. The ten-year celebration billing is topped by the much anticipated Northern Nights debut of live multi-instrumentalist duo Big Gigantic and returning favorite G Jones, the bass music icon whose epic sound design was bred from the coastal forest landscapes of Northern California. The lineup continues with a slew of additional Northern Nights firsts from GRAMMY-winning producer Mura Masa, multi-genre producer and Young Art label head TOKiMONSTA, and house hitmaker Dr. Fresch setting the vibes in the Redwoods.

The lineup veers into more eclectic soundscapes with emotionally-charged singer and songwriter Bipolar Sunshine, stylish twin sister DJ duo Coco & Breezy, house maven Nala, live performance duo Elephant Heart and introspective live electronic duo Night Tales.

Festival scene icons past and present complete the lineup, featuring electro-soul-hop producer Daily Bread and next-generation breaks riser Mary Droppinz alongside Random Rab, Forester, Megan Hamilton, EAZYBAKED, Moontricks, Dos, and Lapa.

In 2019, Northern Nights became the first music festival to have legal onsite cannabis sales and consumption, establishing the event as a pioneering force in the legalization force that has swept the country. In 2022, Northern Nights became the first music festival to have dispensaries located at stages and the first music festival to have multiple on-site dispensaries, which were showcased in both Humboldt and Mendocino counties. For its 10th anniversary in 2023, Northern Nights will continue its reputation as an innovator in the space by becoming the first music festival to create its own in-house cannabis strain.

Following a multi-year process of pheno-hunting for the best cannabis qualities, Northern Nights will have seeds and samples of its own custom creation at the festival’s farmers market. Created in collaboration with world-renowned breeder Humboldt Seed Company, the new “Northern Nights” strain furthers the commitment of the organizers to revolutionize the ways that cannabis culture can be showcased in a music festival format while supporting local curators. Not to be confused with the infamous “Northern Lights” strain, the festival will be the only place to purchase and consume this very limited batch of Emerald Triangle grown products.

The renowned Tree Lounge cannabis consumption area remains a bedrock of the Northern Nights experience, hosting the industry’s premier cannabis brands, medicated experiences, bespoke yoga and wellness programming, and more. The Tree Lounge will have a new, central location within the festival footprint to bring further attention to this best-in-class experience.

All of the magic happens at the remote yet easily accessible location of Cook’s Valley Campground, set behind the Redwood Curtain in the fertile crescent of the Emerald Triangle. The festival grounds feature a river where attendees can float or swim by day, the largest Redwood grove campground in the world, and plenty of space to explore the great outdoors. Throughout the day and into the night, the present and future of electronic music will shine at the various stages – Main, River, Grove, Silent Disco, and Bunker.

Chart your journey now to one of the most unique festival experiences of the year. Tickets for Northern Nights Music Festival are available now on the festival’s website.

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‘The Wire’, ‘John Wick’ actor Lance Reddick dies at 60

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American actor Lance Reddick, known for his prominent roles in HBO’s The Wire, the John Wick films, and Bungie’s Destiny games, has died, TMZ reported Friday.
He was 60. (more…)

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Tiffany Haddish, DaBaby, Rip Micheals and more to headline April Fools Comedy Jam at Barclays Center

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Comedian, producer, and star of Wild ‘N Out and Urban Eats & Treats, Rip Micheals is thrilled to announce the lineup for the highly anticipated April Fools Comedy Jam sponsored by Power 105.1 FM at Barclays Center on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

This year’s lineup is packed with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Tiffany Haddish, Donnell Rawlings, Faizon Love, Bill Bellamy, HaHa Davis, Adele Givens, Melanie Comarcho, and Rob Stapleton, alongside Wild ‘N Out favorites Justina Valentine, Emmanuel Hudson, and Conceited. April Fools Comedy Jam host and producer Rip Micheals has also enlisted musical performances from Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby and Brooklyn’s own Bobby Shmurda, with music by DJ Envy.

“I’m excited to bring together another talented mix of comedians and artists for this year’s April Fools Comedy Jam”, said Rip Micheals. “This show always promises to be one of the most exciting and memorable events of the year, and we can’t wait to see the audience’s reaction to this incredible lineup and the surprises we have in store.”

Rip Micheals Entertainment has built a reputation as a leading producer of some of the most exciting and innovative events in the industry with April Fools Comedy Jam, Wild ‘N Out Live, Fall Back Comedy Jam, and newest tour brand, Fall Back in Love Comedy & Music Jam. Last year, April Fools Comedy Jam made headlines when Grammy award-winning rapper T.I. made his New York comedy debut as Tip Harris and was booed by the sold-out Barclays Center crowd of 15,000.

 

Tickets for April Fools Comedy Jam sponsored by Power 105.1 FM on Saturday April 1, 2023 at Barclays Center are on sale now:

https://www.aprilfoolscomedyjam.com/

 

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Marcus Rashford wins PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award for February

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Marcus Rashford wins PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award for February following five goals in four games. The Manchester United forward’s goal scoring form continued in February, leading the Red Devils to unbeaten month

Marcus Rashford has been named PFA Fans’ Player of the Month after his impressive performances in February.

The United forward netted five goals in four games in the month, including a brace against Leicester City, as his fine scoring campaign continued.

The 25-year-old has doubled his season tally since the turn of the year, scoring 14 times in 25 appearances and finding form under new manager Erik Ten Hag.

Rashford received a huge 46% of the votes to win February’s award, topping fellow nominees Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Kenny Tete (Fulham), Manor Solomon (Fulham), and James Maddison (Leicester City).

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Bobby Caldwell, “What You Won’t Do For Love” singer, dies at 71

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Bobby Caldwell, the influential singer and songwriter behind such R&B hits as Open Your Eyes and What You Won’t Do for Love, has died at the age of 71. (more…)

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