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Felix da Housecat Talks Genre-Bending, Diddy and His First Release in Four Years

“We were the first in 2004 to do it it, and it was so natural, it was like ‘whoa, this shit is crazy’.” With the 'Sinner Winner' EP just around the corner (dropping March 18th), his first original material in nearly four years, enduring house legend Felix da Housecat confirms he’s an experienced pro at working with rappers (not to mention, a regular reader of VIBE since he grabbed the very first issue from newsstands).

“I was one of the first Black cats to be doing it crossover,” the Chi-Town born Felix Stallings Jr tells VIBE. “And you know what’s so funny, I think it was Puffy who brought my sounds to the Black folks,” Felix laughs, who had already achieved massive success in the clubs of Europe before pairing with Diddy. “Knowing him over the years, I looked to him as my big brother, and whenever I would be at his house or in his studio, he would tell every hip-hop or R&B artist, ‘you don’t know who Felix Da Housecat is? Yo, you need to get with’. So he pretty much had my back with my Black folks.”

Felix points to Chuck D and Gucci Mane as the two rappers he’d most like to work with (with Chemical Brothers having already beaten him to the punch with a Q-Tip collaboration). The Cat's EP will serve as a precursor to a whole new studio album later this year. Like fellow EDM legend Tommie Sunshine, Felix has been involved in club culture since the early days of Chicago house in the late '80s. Drawn to London with his first big break in ’93, he still calls the city home to this day while making frequent returns to the US for gigs and studio work.

Felix claims 'Sinner Winner' was recorded in in his studio in Atlanta, and it was upon the airing in a US club that finally convinced him to put the banger out. “At the time people said to me, you need to put that out, but I was sure they wouldn’t get it because there’s just too much cheese out there,” referring to the pop-dance phenomenon that’s swept the nation.

“They said, you’re crazy, you got to put that shit out, because that’s your sound, it’s fresh and original. While everybody else is making the same shit, you need to revisit that.” Felix heeded their advice, and after extensive roadtesting in clubs across Europe to massive responses, he brought it back home again. “I played it in LA, and the crowd lost it, and I said you know what, I’m finally ready to put this record out.”

Felix insists you won’t see him signing up for the glossy, big money side of EDM. “I don’t want to be booked it it’s to sell bottles,” he says. Another harsh lesson his hometown fellow jockey Sunshine has fallen victim to. “I’d rather play for a crowd of 200 people who are just sweating and crying tears of happiness, than a room of 2,000 who just don’t get it and the room is not moving and they’re too busy enjoying their shiny suits and how many bottles they are going to impress girls in short skirts. I’ve always been real with that.”

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Naya Rivera’s Sister And Ex-Husband Explain Why They Are Living Together

Naya Rivera’s younger sister, Nickayla Rivera, and the Glee star’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, explained living together after photos of the two holding hands began circulating the web.

“In the darkest time of my life, the only thing that is important is my friends and family,” the 25-year-old model wrote in a message posted to her Instagram Story on Monday (Sept. 28). “Showing up for my nephew, even though I can’t show up for myself. [I’m] not concerned with the way things look because no one can see each agonizing moment we all endure. What matter most I’ve learned, is to show compassion, not to judge others, & never take a moment of life for granted. I hope you all can do the same.” Nickayla reportedly moved into Dorsey's three-bedroom home.

Actor Ryan Dorsey has moved in with Naya Rivera’s sister, Nickayla.

Daily Mail reports that the two have ‘been inseparable’ since the death of Naya. They are living together in a three-bedroom house & taking care of Rivera’s son, Josey, with the help of Dorsey’s parents. pic.twitter.com/Exe9eFZIZo

— Pop Galore (@PopGalore) September 28, 2020

Dorsey, 37, posted a 12-minute video on Instagram Tuesday (Sept. 29) explaining how Nickayala “put her life on hold” to help him take care of the 4-year-old son, Josie, that he shared with the late actress.

“I can’t believe that this is real life and that I am about to address any of this nonsense,” Dorsey said while admitting that he hasn’t watched the news and doesn’t typically read social media comments. “It was brought to my attention that a lot of people who have a lot to say and have opinions on a family’s tragic situation. 99% are strangers that don’t even know this family. I’ll be honest, I probably read about 10 [comments] and that was enough to know why I don’t read comments.”

Dorsey went on to say that he has lost around 20 pounds since Naya’s death in July, gets little sleep, and wakes up sad every day — especially for Josie, who was lifted back onto a boat by his mother before she tragically drowned. According to Dorsey, Nickayla has been a support system for him and Josie. “To have a young woman who is his blood, his Titi, who was willing to put her life on hold and sacrifice things, uproot her situation for the betterment of your child, so when you bring your child to bed you don’t always have to be alone with your thoughts…at least you have someone there to talk to, or sit in silence…be sad with. You don’t have to deal with it completely alone.”

Watch Dorsey’s full video below.

 

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California Governor Signs Law Prompted By Kobe Bryant Crash Site Photos

A new California law making it illegal for first responders to snap unauthorized photos of dead victims at an accident or a crime scene, was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday (Sept. 28).

California Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson introduced AB 2655 (a.k.a. “Kobe Bryant’s Law”) in response to eight Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department  deputies reportedly snapping and sharing photos at the January plane crash site that killed Bryant, his young daughter, and eight others.

“Like many others, I was mortified after I’d heard that first responders captured and shared unauthorized photos from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan,” Gipson shared in a statement. “AB 2655 ensures that those who are trusted to secure scenes of great disaster and death are not abusing their power for personal pleasure or profit, and the privacy and dignity of the deceased and those closest to them is not to be toyed with - it must be protected. Loved ones should not be subjected to painful photos as they grieve their unimaginable loss.”

Proud to report that my bill, The #KobeBryant Act of 2020, was signed today by @GavinNewsom. #AB2655 will prohibit first responders from taking photos of the deceased outside of job duties. #caleg

— Asm. Mike A. Gipson (@AsmMikeGipson) September 29, 2020

Vanessa Bryant is suing the department over the “gratuitous images” that “soon became talked about within the department, as deputies displayed them to colleagues in settings that had nothing to do with investigating the accident,” according to her complaint filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court last week.

The lawsuit alleges that one LASD deputy even used the gruesome photos to “impress a woman at a bar, bragging about how he had been at the crash site.” LASD Alex Villanueva assured the grieving widow that the photos would not get out, according to her legal documents.

A.B. 2655 makes it a misdemeanor offense to share graphic unauthorized images punishable by fines of up to $1,000. The measure, co-sponsored by the LASD, will go into effect in January 2021.

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LisaRaye Airs Out Issues With Da Brat During On-Air Birthday Surprise

Things got a little tense on Monday’s (Sept. 28) episode of Fox Soul’s Cocktail with The Queens. Claudia Jordan, Selena Johnson and Vivica A. Fox, tried to surprise co-host LisaRaye with a birthday visit from Da Brat, and let's just say things got awkward between the two sisters.

Apparently, LisaRaye and Brat haven’t been on speaking terms as of late and the actress didn’t shy away from airing out her grievances. After congratulating her younger sister for coming out as a lesbian and living her truth, the Chicago native put her on blast.

“I will say this I am happy for you I am glad that you are living in your truth. That right there we’ve been talking about for years and for you to just be so happy and so vibrant that right there is a blessing to be able to stand in that,” said LisaRaye. “That right there is what I believe in…what I talk about, what I envisioned. So for that right there, I will say have at it, and I love you. I appreciate you coming out and verbally saying ‘happy birthday’ to me this kind of way because I damn sure ain’t heard from you in months.”

For her part, Brat showed love to her sister but did acknowledge that there has been a bit of “space” between them this year. As for LisaRaye, she wasn’t exactly open to her co-host chiming in with family advice. “I don’t give a f*ck what ya’lll saying at all,” she blurted out. “Y'all don’t know sh*t!”

On a positive note, things calmed down towards the end of the segment and LisaRaye explained her passionate reaction.

Watch the full clip below.

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