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Terrence J On Low Expectations, Favorite '106' Moments & Haiti

All of the hosts will be back for the first time, you’ll be able to see me, Rocsi, Tigger Julissa and AJ and Free all sitting on the couch together. It’s our first time being in the same room together. We had in-depth conversations and talks, we had a lot of stuff that we had to get off our chest, a lot of emotions. That conversation will be aired on October 5th and then all of us will be doing the big anniversary show on the 6th. We got some blasts from the past?some big guests coming, some live performances and some of your favorite 106 and Park moments so it will be a big important show.

What are some of your favorite 106 moments?

Janet Jackson. Period. Any time she came on the show. Freestyling with Jamie Foxx. Jamie Foxx was always one of my favorite actors. He came on the show and just started freestyling and we kicked off an hour-long session so he’s real fun. And Barack Obama. Being able to interview the president right before he got elected was truly an honor.

What about when Samuel L. Jackson was on there learning the Superman dance?

Yeah, and the dougie. That’s the thing with 106. We’re able to get some of the biggest Hollywood actors, some of the biggest actors some of the biggest musicians in the world, politicians as well, and take them out of their element. We had Samuel L. Jackson doing the Soulja Boy. We had Tom Cruise doing the motorcycle dance. That’s what 106 & Park is.

Thinking back to when you first got the gig, what were your expectations for the show? Have you met them or exceeded them?

When we came in, I came fresh out of college. I was broke, it was pretty much my first job and I was broke and sleeping on my brother’s floor. For me, my expectations were just to start building a career and for the show, we just wanted to stay on the air. In the beginning, people thought we was gonna get fired, people didn’t know we would last, they didn’t know the show was gonna maintain its longevity, they didn’t know what was gonna happen with the show so for us we just wanted to stay on so when we look back at that?and that was five years ago, and the show has the highest ratings ever and now we’re in international territory. We’re in Japan, were in London, were in South Africa and we have a radio show now with 106, so now that the show is where it is now we’re just humbled by the whole thing. We had no idea it would happen like this.

In addition to TV you’ve also done some humanitarian work in Haiti. What sparked it?

I got to the point in my life where I felt like I really needed to give back. I feel like God kept blessing me and I really needed to give back. We’ve been twice, now. We call it The Haiti Project because it’s an on going project and now we’re putting it together. We want to do a documentary about the year after to talk about the progress where the country is and to shed some light so that those that have forgotten about it can get reenergized and re-motivated. My personal project out there is, we’re rebuilding a school. So many schools got devastated during the earthquake and we want to go back and rebuild the school for some of the orphans and some of the kids that aren’t able to go. The problems in Haiti are so wide spread. You’re dealing with government corruption on the highest level. You’re dealing with an infrastructure that needs billions of dollars to get back to where it needs to be.

You have all of these countries, including America, that have pledged to give money but still haven’t paid. We pledged over a billion dollars and we still haven’t paid because it’s being held up in congress. Countries like France, countries like Germany?that have pledged all this money?they still haven’t paid. So they’re still going through that. The Haitian people are living in these tents. Women are getting raped. Disease is rampant. I can go on and on about Haiti’s problems. I think when you look at Haiti, especially from a civilian’s standpoint, from an outsider’s standpoint, you can only focus on one thing and at least try to do it good, so I visited a community that I’m really passionate about and met some people that I’m really connected to and passionate about and we’re gonna build a school in that community and hopefully some other people will step up and help rebuild a hospital, help refurbish some houses.

With us, we’re just taking it one day at a time. We’re not trying to get any kind of credit or award. We’re just trying to bring light to the situation. One we want to help the people out there in Haiti and try to do as much good work where we can and to inspire the youth in America who will see, wow TJs on TV but he’s still out there in Haiti so let me give food to a homeless guy in my neighborhood, let me register some people to vote let me read to an elderly woman in my neighborhood. So that’s what we want to do we want to inspire here and we want to do what we can out there.

What other projects are you working on?

I got another movie coming out on Thanksgiving Day. It’s called Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. It’s an amazing film. I saw almost 75% of it. That’s a big budget and it’s gonna be a theatrical release. In addition to that we have, 106 TV, 106 radio. I’m the new spokesperson for Coogie footwear. I’m have my own footwear branch off of Coogi footwear that’s doing extremely well so we’ll be doing a tour this fall with that. And I’m writing a book right now. So many people have been caught up cheating like Tiger Woods and Jesse James. I’m doing a book called Why Men Cheat and it’s on the male perspective on why we cheat. I got caught cheating so it will be my personal testimony as well, so hopefully it will cause some conversation and inspire some people in the right way and help women understand why men are the dogs that we are [laughs]. That book will be coming out in the spring so I’ve been working on that.. And I have a production company. We shot a pilot that we’re waiting to get picked up and we’re actively seeking pitches.

Let me guess, reality TV?

One is a reality TV show and the other is a scripted sketch comedy show, and I’ve been doing a lot of producing for BET as well.

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Stephon Marbury Plans To Provide Masks From China For New York City’s Healthcare Workers

Stephon Marbury is making major moves to help his home-state. According to the New York Post, the former Knicks player is working with a supplier in China that’s ready to ship 10 million N95 masks to healthcare workers in NYC. The Coney Island native reached out to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to gain legislative support so that a number of nurses, doctors, and first responders working to contain the COVID-19 virus can benefit from the protective gear.

In a statement provided to NBC New York, Marbury said he’s lost a cousin to COVID-19 and that his “family is dealing with a very difficult time.” In New York City, the death toll is 1,218. There are over 66,000 cases within the state, ABC News reports. As a result, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended a work-from-home order for non-essential workers to April 15.

The Post states Adams has reached out to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo's offices but shared no decision has been made as of yet. “We’ve been communicating back and forth with the city and state, and for some reason they are saying they don’t need any more masks, but the hospitals are saying they do," Adams said. In response, Jill Montag, spokesperson for the Department of Health said state officials are interested in ironing out the details of obtaining the masks.

On Instagram, Marbury stressed the importance of keeping yourself self and following orders that remain beneficial for your health. “The quarantine has purpose so we can help the infected and protect the healthy. The virus is the invisible killer. It has no heart or compassion as we’re all exposed. I too have family members exposed to this virus,” Marbury wrote. “No one is exempt as we see people of all stature infected by this virus. The only way to move pass this is through it together. We can do this by staying home until we create a solution that everyone can conform and perform well to. Positive energy laughter, prayer, meditation are some of the rules we can follow.”

Marbury now works as a coach in China for the Beijing Royal Fighters. He once placed for various teams in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) after his NBA-career run stateside came to an end in 2009 with the Boston Celtics.

 

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This is the new normal in the life. We have to adjust and adapt quickly in our lives. Wearing a mask is so important during this #coronavirus pandemic if we must be out and about. The quarantine has purpose so we can help the infected and protect the healthy. The virus is the invisible killer. It has no heart or compassion as we’re all exposed. I too have family members exposed to this virus. No one is exempt as we see people of all statue infected by this virus. The only way to move pass this is through it together. We can do this by staying home until we create a solution that everyone can conform and perform well to. Positive energy laughter, prayer 🙏🏾, meditation are some of the rules we can follow. Quick to listen and slow to speak to each other will help us communicate better to each other. This will give us strength and hope during a time we never experienced in time to grow together as 1. Keep growing and loving during this uncomfortable time. You define who you are when you create comfort in a uncomfortable state. Stay great in this space and keep pushing!!! #loveislove

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Here Are All The Hits Played During Ne-Yo And Johntà Austin's Epic R&B Battle

Over the weekend, music aficionados were gifted producer battles from the best in the business. In addition to The Dream and Sean "The Pen" Garrett's wild head to head, Ne-Yo and Johntà Austin's standoff was one for the books.

The gentlemen squared up on Instagram Live Sunday (March 29) after much fanfare. The rules were simple–Show up sober, play 2. 25 songs apiece, no unreleased music, the songs can be from any genre and the time limit would be up to 90 seconds for each song.

Soon, the battle kicked off with sentimental tracks like "Unfaithful" by Rihanna and "I Miss You" by the late Aaliyah. As spectators like Usher, Tyrese, 9th Wonder, Diddy, Tinashe, Snoh Aalegra, Eric Bellinger, Brian Michael-Cox and more entered the chat, the songs got bigger and better.

Rounds 3 and 4 saw the big guns come out. Austin played tracks from Aaliyah and Chris Brown with Ne-Yo playing his own songs and hits from Beyonce. "When all else fails, you got to bet on yourself" he hilariously said before playing his 2008 hit, "Miss Independent."

The final round left fans in a frenzy as Austin played Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" and Ne-Yo ending with "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce. The entire match was a delight as both men praised each other for their pen game.

Superproducers Swizz Beats and Timbaland helped kicked off the current trend last week when they gave fans part 2 of their 2018 match. We also got to see a match between Boi-1da and HitBoy over the weekend with an unleased track with Roddy Rich and Drake.

But Sunday's battle was all about R&B, specifically tracks from the aughts that are often sampled today. Most fans and spectators landed at a draw for the battle as it was just too hard to land on a winner.

See the full list of tracks dished out below.

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Round One

Johntà - "Get Gone" by Ideal (1999)

Ne-Yo- "That Girl" by Marques Houston (2003)

Johntà- "I Miss You" by Aaliyah (2002)

Ne-Yo- "Unfaithful" by Rihanna (2006)

Johntà- "Like That" by Mariah Carey, Fatman Scoop and Jermaine Dupri (2005)

Ne-Yo- "Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson featuring Ne-Yo (2009)

Johntà- "Don't" by Bryson Tiller (2014)

Ne-Yo- "She Got Her Own" by Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and Fabolous (2009)

Round Two

Johntà- "Stingy" by Ginuwine (2002)

Ne-Yo- "Own It" by Mack Wilds (2013)

Johntà- "Yo! (Excuse Me, Miss) by Chris Brown (2006)

Ne-Yo- "Stay" by Ne-Yo featuring Peedi Peedi (2006)

Johntà- "Don't Forget About Us" by Mariah Carey (2005)

Ne-Yo- "Spotlight" by Jennifer Hudson (2005)

Johntà- "Just Be A Man About It" by Toni Braxton (2000)

Ne-Yo- "Do You" by Ne-Yo (2007)

Round Three

Johntà- "Shortie Like Mine" by Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown and Johntà Austin (2006)

Ne-Yo- "Bust It Baby Pt. 2)" by Plies featuring Ne-Yo (2008)

Johntà- "Need A Girl" by Trey Songz (2009)

Ne-Yo- "Go On Girl" by Ne-Yo (2007)

Johntà- "Sweet Lady" by Tyrese (1998)

Ne-Yo- "Make Me Better" by Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo (2007)

Johntà- "Like You" by Bow Wow featuring Ciara (2005)

Ne-Yo- "Leave You Alone" Jeezy featuring Ne-Yo (2011)

Round Four

Johntà- "With You" by Chris Brown (2007)

Ne-Yo- "So Sick" by Ne-Yo (2005)

Johntà- "Shake It Off" by Mariah Carey (2005)

Ne-Yo- "Take A Bow" by Rihanna (2008)

Johntà- "Can't Help But Wait" (2007)

Ne-Yo- "Sexy Love" (2005)

Johntà- "I Don't Wanna" by Aaliyah (1999)

Ne-Yo- "Flaws and All" by Beyonce (2006)

Round Five

Johntà- "Come Over" by Aaliyah (2003)

Ne-Yo- "Miss Independent" (2008)

Johntà- "Poppin'" by Chris Brown (2007)

Ne-Yo- "Mirror" by Ne-Yo (2006)

Johntà- "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige (2005)

Ne-Yo- "Let Me Love You" by Mario (2004)

Johntà- "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey (2004)

Ne-Yo- "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce (2006)

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Lonnie David Franklin, Jr., 57, attends his arraignment, with Public Defender Regina A. Laughney in the courtroom of Judge Ray G. Jurado in Los Angeles Criminal Courts July 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Franklin was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Grim Sleeper serial killings over the past 25 years and has been linked to 11 killings.
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Lonnie Franklin Jr., Known As “The Grim Sleeper,” Found Dead In Prison Cell

After spending a decade in prison, including four years on death row, Lonnie Franklin Jr. was found dead in his San Quentin State Prison cell on Saturday (March 28), CNN reports. The cause of death is still unknown. Franklin was 67.

In July 2010, Franklin was arrested for the deaths of 10 people, the majority being women, in South Los Angeles in the 80s. The convicted serial killer preyed on women, sexually and physically assaulting them before taking their lives. Diana Ware, who was the stepmother of victim Barbara Ware, told PEOPLE that she’s shocked at Franklin’s death but “I won’t say I’m pleased he died but at the end there was justice for all the bad things he did in his life. We can now be at peace.”

Terry Thornton, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s spokesperson, said while no signs of trauma were apparent, “they don’t know why he died.” An autopsy report will be conducted by the coroner’s office in Marin County.

In 2016, a court sentenced Franklin to death for his crimes as he faced several first-degree murder charges and an attempted murder charge. His youngest victim was a 15-year-old girl named Princess Berthomieux.

Franklin’s DNA was taken by an undercover officer who acted as a waiter at a pizzeria that the convicted murderer frequented. The officer was able to take a DNA sample from a pizza crust that Franklin didn’t finish, leading investigators to finally find a match and connection to the previous deaths. Investigators noticed Franklin was arrested in 2003 for a felony charge, but no DNA was collected at that time. It wasn’t until a year later that Proposition 69 was passed which mandates DNA to be collected from those that get arrested. Franklin’s arrest for the string of murders also came way of "familial DNA analysis." The ex-sanitation worker’s son was arrested and charged for felony weapons possession and when his DNA was taken, it showed similar strains to the saliva found on the victims' bodies. Authorities gathered enough sufficient evidence to arrest and charge Franklin.

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