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Celebrities Born In The Year of The Rooster (2017)

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U.S. Postal Service announced that the Year of the Rooster stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive souvenir sheets of 12.

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The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017, and ends on February 15, 2018.

 The Rooster’s Personality

chinese-new-year-rooster-616People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves.

Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don’t. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ tops the box office for the second weekend

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The NWA biopic “Straight Outta Comptonopened on Friday, August 14 has been receiving rave reviews.

The film profiles N.W.A, the musical group credited with helping to popularize gansta rap. Its depictions of racial tension and police brutality seemed to resonate with audiences still grappling with the aftermath of the deaths of young African-American men Freddie Gray and Michael Brown.

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There had been rumors of Lil Eazy E playing his late father Eazy-E but it didn’t work out and Jason Mitchell got that part (he did a great job.) O’shea Jackson Jr., Ice Cube’s own son played Ice Cube and a new comer Corey Hawkins played Dr. Dre.

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After their debut album Straight Outta Compton is released and becomes a smash hit, N.W.A goes on a national tour across the United States. Along the way, the group encounters many protests directed against them.

Clearly African-American rage at the militaristic tactics of the largely white occupying force of police in their communities is nothing new, not now and not in August 1988 when N.W.A.’s groundbreaking album “Straight Outta Compton” was released.

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There is one scene in the movie when the group, taking a break in the midst of a recording session, are set upon by cops — one of them is even black — looking to jam them for no other reason than their momentary presence outside the studio on the street. We see the tension between LAPD and black kids in the ‘hoods that eventually made the group to create the most controversial song “F**k tha Police” acting as an angry reaction to police violence perpetuated in some of L.A.’s most ignored hoods.

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The FBI so wanted to extinguish the powerful flame that was “F*ck tha Police” that they sent a sternly worded letter to Priority Records and N.W.A, the first time they had ever done so for an album. But that letter was the best thing that could have happened to N.W.A., though. The marketing genius Eazy decided to send the letter to the press, which stirred up a whole new level of interest in Compton. They went from just being locals in L.A. to tangling with some of the biggest power entities out there. The negative attention only gave N.W.A further fame and with it, album sales………

The onscreen confrontations with the LAPD build to the Rodney King beating, which we see the stars watching. Eazy E is outraged by the footage. Nods DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), “At least we got those muthafuckas on video.” How grim is it to watch this scene in 2015 and admit that long after N.W.A.’s brave feud with the FBI, things have actually gotten worse? Now we have even more cameras — yet the victims so often are dead.

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Tupac was also in the film played by Marcc Rose, a spitting image of the man. I was hard to believe that the guy with backwards bandana and all in the studio rapping Dre produced “California Love” wasn’t Pac. Believe me, you would think that was an actual footage from the recording session. It’s no wonder Rose was tapped to play the fallen legend for John Singleton’s Tupac biopic.

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Suge Knight was not invited to the promo shoot, but dropped in unannounced after hearing that a “Suge look-alike” had been hired to appear in the film. It was reported that Ice Cube, a founding N.W.A. member left the set when the fatal crash occurred. As the saying goes, there’s “no such thing as bad publicity”. Thanks to Suge Knight who is back to jail again.

Chris Tucker is Baaack!! Two Sold Out Shows at Harlem’s Apollo Theater

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Chris Tucker is Baaack!! Two Sold Out Shows at Harlems Apollo Theater

When Chris Tucker wrapped up his sold out “Guess Who’s Back” Tour at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on December 13th and 14th, it was a homecoming for the actor/comedian who performed at the Apollo’s Amateur Night at the beginning of this career.

Tucker recalled that first night: “I found out the crowd was really hard, so you have to be really good, and you have to really connect with them right away, or you’re in trouble.” Tucker was at the top of his game and had the crowd roaring from his opening words. This was a night the infamous “Executioner” was not waiting in the wings to sweep him off stage.

The show kicked off with two warm up comics: newcomer London Brown and  Def Comedy Jam’s Terry Hodges. Brown proved he belonged on stage with the veterans with his impressions of Jay-Z, Denzel Washington, and even Tucker.

Tucker hit the stage dancing to James Brown’s funky “Pay Back” as he greeted his fans. Most of his material focused on finance, and in his case, owing money. Five years ago he was the highest paid actor earning $25 million for “Rush Hour 3.” Since then, he spent and lost his entire fortune, and due to unpaid taxes, his net worth is negative $11.5 million.

“The IRS doesn’t play,” said Tucker, who blamed his business manager for his problems. “She didn’t pay my taxes, but she paid her own. It’s the last time I’ll let Wesley Snipes help me with taxes, talking ’bout we don’t have to pay taxes. He said he’s a super hero he doesn’t pay tax. Can’t trust nobody.” Snipes is now serving three year sentence for three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns.

Tucker recalled when he talked to Chan about his dilemma, his “Rush Hour” co-star responded, “Chris, you broke. Your whole country broke.”

Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan

Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 1971, Tucker built his reputation appearing on “Def Comedy Jam” and appearing in the mid-90s in “House Party 3″, “Friday”, and “The Fifth Element.” His star rocketed to the stratosphere in 1998, co-starring with Jackie Chan in Brett Ratner’s “Rush Hour.” After the film’s massive success, Tucker demanded and received $20 million to appear in the sequel. He then negotiated a $40 million, two-movie contract with New Line Cinema of which $25 million would be for “Rush Hour 3.”

Ice Cube & Chris Tucker in Friday

Ice Cube & Chris Tucker in Friday

Tucker’s breakthrough role was Smokey in 1995’s “Friday,” and he joked he was paid in “CDs and weed.” He blamed Ice Cube, stating, “He’s a rapper. He didn’t know what’s he was doing.” Tucker says he pleaded with fans to stop referring to him as Smokey in public. “Don’t call me Smokey no more, it was a character and I was just a good actor.”

The blockbuster “Rush Hour” films soon followed, immediately vaulting Tucker to Hollywood’s A-list.  He and Michael Jackson formed a mutual admiration society, and their close friendship led to Tucker starring in Jackson’s “You Rock My World” video playing the King of Pop’s partner in crime.

“Michael invited me to his Neverland,” Tucker fondly remembered. “I was sitting by the window and saw two giraffes are looking at me and I said, ‘Michael, what these two giraffes are doing there?’ and he said, ‘there’s three, you wanna meet them?’ That’s crazy.” He also revealed that Michael changed his name to ‘Christmas.’ “When I was talking to Michael on the phone, he started calling me Christmas. He said, ‘It sounds nice, Christmas. Don’t you think?’ So now my name is officially changed to Christmas Tucker.”

Chris “Christmas” Tucker has definitely made a comeback with his return to standup comedy and his feature role in “Silver Linings Playbook” starring Robert De Niro.  With rumors of “Rush Hour 4,” hopefully we will once again see the hilarious team of Detective James Carter and Detective Inspector Lee traveling the globe performing the song they love to sing, “War, what is it good for?, Absolutely nothing.”

Sing it again, Chris!