LOS ANGELES — The LAPD released images of 180 women taken by the alleged ” Grim Sleeper” on Thursday in the hope that family or friends will recognize them and contact authorities. In July, when Los Angeles police arrested Lonnie Franklin Jr., the man accused of being the notorious “Grim Sleeper” serial killer, they searched his South L.A. home for incriminating evidence and found nearly 1,000 still photographs and hours of video showing women, almost all of them partly or completely nude and striking sexually graphic poses.
Detectives have spent months trying to identify the women to determine whether they are alive and to learn how they came to be photographed by a man charged with sexually assaulting and killing 10 women during a crime spree that spanned two decades. The attempt has proved fruitless prompting the LAPD to release the images of 180 women in the hope that family or friends will identify them and contact investigators.
Back in August, 57-year-old Franklin pleaded not guilty to murder charges in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Franklin was dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and had his hands shackled to his waist. The pleas were entered on his behalf by his attorney. Franklin only spoke to answer procedural questions. About 30 family members and friends of some of the victims of the “Grim Sleeper” attended the emotional hearing. Some were seen crying as they left the courtroom.The retired auto mechanic was arrested at his South Los Angeles home July 7 after DNA evidence linked him to the 10 murders. Investigators said they were trying to tie him to dozens more. Franklin is being held without bail. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they’ll seek the death penalty. Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merrit has said the trial process could last three years.
The Canadian-based rapper said he has had difficulty putting all the components together.
“I’m making progress on it,” Drake said in an interview this week. “I’m hoping for March now. It’s just pulling everybody together: I had a wish list for my managers of everybody I wanted involved that stem beyond hip-hop. I’m trying to pull it all together. I’m really trying to work with Sade. Lil Wayne will be on it. Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Kanye will be doing work on it. It’s in the family.”
MirrorCoUK: Cash Money records broke the bank to secure Rihanna as guest of honour at their lavish UK launch party – so it’s a pity someone forgot to tell the dozy DJ.
Rihanna, who was in London ahead of her incredible performance on last night’s X Factor, had barely sat down when the DJ played a track by her violent ex, Chris Brown.
So she gathered her posse and stormed off.
It left party organisers fuming. Well, they had splashed out on £100,000 worth of Cristal champagne to impress their VIP guest at the Friday night bash, thrown to celebrate the launch of Jay Sean’s album, All Or Nothing.
And they had worried that Rihanna, whose latest album is Rated R, might not show up.
Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams – founders of US hip-hop label Cash Money – had been anxiously checking their bling-encrusted watches from the moment they stepped out of their Rolls-Royces and into the Bank venue.
As the clock struck 1am, Rihanna finally strutted in, past fellow celebrity guests Ice-T, Alexandra Burke, Jamelia, Alesha Dixon and JLS, and took her VIP table in the corner.
Rihanna, who was wearing a slinky, cleavage-enhancing trouser-suit, hugged pal Jay and apologised for being late before reaching for a glass of champers. Minutes later she was grooving to his performance of Down and then the dunderhead on the decks suddenly spoiled her good mood.
Hearing her ex being played, Rihanna, 21, stopped dancing, returned to her table, told her entourage the party was over and left.
Our spy tell us: “It was a massive night for Jay.
The Cash Money boys had wanted to give him a homecoming celebration to remember and they wanted everyone talking about the label’s launch party in the UK for a long time.
“Getting Rihanna there was the icing on the cake. Who knows what possessed the DJ to start playing Chris? It was such a dumb thing to do. Rihanna had looked ready to party as she chatted with Ice-T. But as soon as that song came on, she sat down and raised her eyebrows.
“She couldn’t believe how insensitive the DJ was. She thought he probably played it to get a reaction. She wanted to leave there and then.”
At least the smile was back on Rihanna’s face on Saturday when her brolly blew inside out on the way to Bungalow 8. You’d think that by now she’d have learned to control her Umbrella… ella… ella!
50 Cent and big time fast food chain Taco Bell have come to a financial settlement from a lawsuit in 2008. The legal disagreement started when Taco Bell had used 50 Cent’s name in one of their commercials. While specifics of the suit have not been disclosed by either party, both parties have claimed that a settlement has been reached, and the lawsuit will come to a haul:
“Taco Bell, a Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) company has settled a lawsuit filed by rapper 50 Cent. The suit accuses Taco Bell of using a likeness of the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, in commercials to promote their new Continue reading
Dame Dash’s latest project is gearing up to hit stores. As previously reported, Dame’s been busy preparing a collaboration with rock/blues group the Black Keys. Now as the holiday season kicks in to full swing, the final project between the mogul and the band is set to hit stores. BlakRoc Records is preparing to release their collaborative effort, BlakRoc on “Black Friday” on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving.
Independent record stores that carry the album will appropriately deem the day “Blak Friday.”The album will be exclusive to iTunes digitally upon release. Produced by and featuring music by The Black Keys, BlakRoc hosts a star-studded line up of MCs including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze. The album will feature no samples and incorporate all live instruments and vocals.
We all knew it was coming, but who would expect it from the old shiny suit man himself?
Mase is the latest “rapper” to hop on the mixtape saturation bandwagon. Mase is taking things a few steps further however, five steps to be exact, and he is releasing five mixtapes in one day. That’s right, five. Mase made the announcement on his @IAmMase Twitter page. He announced the upcoming projects saying,
“The tape is being dropped internationally and nationally next Friday I DO THE IMPOSSIBLE.”
He also added that five DJs from around the globe would play host to the mixtapes saying,
“The tape will be hosted by five DJs—one in London, one in Canada, one in China, Korea and the U.S.”
So now I’m confused. Is it five versions of the same mixtape? Or five different ones altogether?
Guess we’ll have to wait till the 20th to find out. I can’t wait. SMH.
Your boy has two pairs of tickets for Mega’s album release show @ SOB’s tonight. Guests will include Large Professor, Havoc, Pete Rock, Buckwild and others.
I’m gonna make this real simple, so the first two people to email nah.right.contests [at] gmail.com with the following subject line will each win a pair of tickets:
Gimme Those Mega Tickets!
Good luck and please note, you must be 21 or older to attend.
UPDATE: Contest closed, thanks for entering. If you didn’t win, you can still cop tickets right here for a measly 12 bucks.
Curtis Jackson known as 50 Cent will present his first perfume created in cooperation with Lighthouse Beauty this autumn. Name of the perfume is Power by 50 Cent, and Curtis himself participated in design. The fragrance will arrive in exclusive sale at Macy’s in autumn 2009.
The composition starts with accords of lemon leaves, black pepper and artemisia, a heart of dark wood, coriander and nutmeg and base notes full of patchouli, musk and oak moss. The flacon was created of dark, blurry glass, with a silver, metal stopper inspired by design of 50 Cent’s favourite watch – Piguet.
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50 Cent teams up with Danny Dyer to cause some trouble in crime thriller ‘Dead Man Running.’ In his British movie debut, 50 gives the lowdown on playing a violent gangland loan shark. The movie opens October 30th in the UK.