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Funk Legend Jimmy Castor Passes Away at 64

[AllHipHop News] Legendary saxaphone player Jimmmy Castor passed away over the weekend (January 16th) of unknown causes.

Fans were alerted that the funk and disco player, oft sampled throughout hip-hop’s history, passed via a family member’s Twitter page.

Eric B. and Rakim, the Ultramagnetic MCs, N.W.A., Kanye West, Mos Def, Kool Moe Dee and 2 Live Crew are groups widely recognized for having sampled the late great artist.

“Bboys in heaven are jammin. The creator of their national anthem has joined them. RIP Jimmy Castor. Essential Hip Hop Ingredient. Peace.,” Questlove of the Roots told his fans via Twitter.

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Jussie Smollett's Criminal Case To Be Unsealed By Chicago Judge

When Jussie Smollett's criminal case – in which he was accused of staging his own attack in Chicago – was dropped, a judge agreed to seal all documents pertaining to the court proceeding. Now, Cook County  Judge Steven Watkins has decided that the public has a right to see the documents regarding Smollet’s case, and has ordered for it to be unsealed, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The records were sealed in order to protect Smollett's privacy after the prosecution agreed to drop the case against him in Mar. 2019. The decision was based on an Illinois law that allows a defendant’s court file to be sealed if charges against them were dropped or they were acquitted. The decision to unseal the case would allow the public to see why the prosecutor's office decided to drop the case.

In explaining his ruling, Judge Steven G. Watkins of the Circuit Court of Cook County wrote that Smollett’s request for privacy was not a good enough reason to keep the records sealed, considering that Mr. Smollett willingly spoke about the situation in detail on national television and in other venues.

Judge Watkins determined that Smollett chose to bring publicity to his own case and so should not be allowed the privacy of a sealed case file. "After the March 26 dismissal, he voluntarily stood in front of cameras from numerous news organizations in the courthouse lobby and spoke about the case," Judge Watkins wrote. "These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply be let alone."

As previously reported, Smollett was accused of staging a racist and homophobic assault against himself at the top of 2019. Brian Watson, a lawyer for Smollett, argued that the media had plenty of access to his client's case and that unsealing it would violate Mr. Smollett’s rights.

Cathy McNeil Stein, the lawyer representing the state, said outside the courtroom on Thursday (May 23) that the state’s attorney’s office planned to review its files and turn over documents that were previously sealed. It was unclear how quickly that would happen.

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T.I. Compares Nipsey Hussle's Death To The Avengers Losing Iron Man

People are still trying to make sense of Nipsey Hussle's untimely death. T.I. recently attempted to put his death into perspective by comparing Nip's death to a loss within pop culture.

According to T.I., losing Nipsey was like losing Iron Man in the latest Avengers movie. The rapper was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on May 22, when he made the revelation.

“Everybody knows that Nipsey was pretty much the founder of the idea to bring everyone together who, you know, may individually be able to do great things and make a significant impact on their own in their communities,” he said. “But for us to come together, we can impact so, so many more communities and spread our efforts so much wider.”

T.I. was reportedly on the Hill alongside Charlamagne Tha God and legislators to discuss a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that provides incentives for new businesses in disadvantaged areas. He noted that Hussle was the one who told him about programs that "benefit and revitalize the underserved areas of society that we all come from."

"We’re like the ‘Avengers’ of investment," he added.

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In 'Queen Sugar' Season 4, Nova Bordelon Will Be The Center Of Controversy

Ava DuVernay is fully in her season. With her series retelling the tale of the Central Park Five, entitled When They See Us, currently tugging on heartstrings on Netflix, the director still has more heat in the canon. Enter the Oprah Winfrey Network star, Queen Sugar, which is preparing to enter its fourth season.

In the trailer for the show's anticipated summer return, we see that Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), the headstrong journalist and community activist will stir up some raw emotions within her family when she releases an extremely transparent book. The memoir makes public a host of long-held family secrets about her parents, siblings Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and their extensions that Nova feels—against their approval, of course—is essential for community healing.

 

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Season Four officially premieres on June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Watch the full Queen Sugar trailer up top.

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