Yesterday in Denver, a man and woman were both shot in the leg and a child and dog were grazed by bullets after the city’s 4/20 event was gunned down during Lil’ Flip’s performance.
This is more shocking and disturbing news to add to all the shocking and disturbing news coming out of the USA this week. What was supposed to be a peaceful, happy event where people could celebrate the legalization of marijuana for the first time was marred by yet another terrible act of violence. If this doesn’t make those senators who voted against Obama’s proposed gun legislation wake up and realize their mistake, then I don’t know what will.
My thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the shooting. Here’s hoping they can catch whoever was responsible for such a senseless crime.
By Kelly O’Brien
Finn starts college and Rachel auditions for Funny Girl as the New Directions try to recover from the shooting.
Here’s what you missed on last night’s episode, “Sweet Dreams”:
Post Traumatic Stress
Regionals are right around the corner, but the glee kids are still struggling in the aftermath of the shooting at McKinley. Sam invents a twin, Tina rocks the latest punk fashions, and Unique takes birth control pills. Glee club is usually a place where they can sort out their problems, but Will was fed up and snapped at the kids during rehearsals. It’s understandable that everyone was lost, but they needed their teacher to help get them through! Get it together, Will!
In the dictionary of Rachel Berry, the word “dream” has a picture of Fanny Bryce beside it, and she landed an audition for the part. She struggles at first with her song choice, but after some awesome advice from Finn and guidance from Shelby (she’s back as a “broadway daycare” teacher), Rachel nailed it with a rendition of the song that started it all: “Don’t Stop Believing.” Now if she would just get back together with Finn, then my dreams could come true too.
Marley’s New Material
Rihanna probably needed to let off some steam the other day because as she headed to a shooting range to practice her shot.
Currently in Las Vegas for the iHeartRadio music festival, the singer forgone luxury shopping and gambling at casinos to instead add to her bad girl image by shooting a gun.
“Bad gals do it well! We got our guns in the muthaf*ckin air,” she tweeted.
Along with the tweet, Rihanna also included a photo. In the image, she is seen standing at the forefront wearing a cut off T-shirt and showing off her new short hair style. In the background, three women stand with her serving as her posse.
But considering the next picture she tweeted, something tells me that this isn’t the first time Rihanna has held a gun. As she is seen holding up the aftermath of her stationary target practice, the majority of the bullet holes were in or around the red circle of dummy.
Rihanna must be pretty damn good with a gun. I don’t think I want to ever mess with her!
Montae Talbert, known as M-Bone, of the West Coast hip-hop group Cali Swag District was shot and killed late Sunday night in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, Calif., reports Billboard.
According to reports, an Inglewood police spokesperson said that M-Bone “sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head” while in his car on La Brea Avenue. He was reportedly taken to a nearby hosiptal and pronounced dead.
Cali Swag District is best known for setting of a dance craze with its hit “Teach Me How to Dougie,” which sold 1.6 million downloads and peaked at No. 9 on Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Songs and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010.
Very sad news – my condolences to his family.
According to Us Magazine, the 41-year-old recording artist was shot just after 11 p.m. in Delmas near Port-au-Prince on Saturday. In the hours after shooting, Jean’s management took to his Twitter account, to let his followers know he was doing okay, “We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
His spokesperson also confirmed that after the injury, Jean was, “immediately taken to the hospital, treated for a minor graze to his hand and released.”
Happy to hear that the Haitian-born artist is, in fact, doing well. Though details about the shooting have yet to be reported, Wyclef was in Haiti to support Michel Martelly in the presidential runoff elections on Sunday. Martelly, like Jean, is a Haitian recording artist and activist, and is running against the former first lady, Mirlande Manigat.
Something you may not have known? Jean himself, announced in 2010 that he was to run for president of Haiti, but was ruled ineligible in August because his primary residence is in New Jersey. His rep said that, “Wyclef’s commitment to his native country and to his people is unparalleled. He is therefore undeterred by this incident.”
Good on Wyclef. Though the injury no doubt stopped any last-minute campaigning, it’s admirable to see internationally-born artists taking pride and responsibility for the future of their homelands. Though many recording artists choose to shy away from politics, Jean’s involvement and concern for Haiti remains evident. Even more commendable is his participation considering the fact he isn’t a permanent resident.
The results of the election between Manigat and Martelly will be released on April 16, but don’t expect Wyclef to be on bed rest until then – the man is staying alive.
Rapper Jay-Z is finally opening up about the shooting of his brother when he was 12.
Popeater reports that Jay, whose birth name is Shawn Carter, admitted to opening fire on his brother Eric as he watched him desperately feed his crack addiction.
“I thought I’d go to jail forever,” Jay admits to the Guardian. “I was a boy, a child. I was terrified.”
Jay was never charged for the shooting as his brother never pressed for legal action. The brothers made amends when Jay visited him in the hospital and Eric apologized for his crippling addiction.
Jay raps about the event on his second album on a track called “You Must Love Me.” Jay raps “Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed.”
…and now Jay-z is worth about a quadrillion million dollars. I guess things worked out in the end after all!
Rapper Cam’ron is now at home and resting after being shot twice during a carjacking on Sunday.
Cam?ron has made it clear to his public that the incident is nothing but a minor glitch in his schedule. “I’m doing OK. It takes more than a botched carjacking to keep me down.”
Driving himself to the Howard University hospital, Cam?ron was quickly treated for his wounds which include a bullet in each arm.
No arrests have been made. Police will not release the names of the suspects and are promising to work on the case.
Cam’ron has generally avoided keeping a team of security guards around him.
Maybe next time, he will reconsider that choice.