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Ice Cube Pays Tribute To John Witherspoon On ‘Next Friday’ 20th Anniversary

“Miss you Pops.”

Ice Cube marked the bittersweet 20th anniversary of Next Friday with a tribute to John Witherspoon on Tuesday (Jan. 14).

“20 Years since 'Next Friday,'” Cube captioned a photo of Witherspoon from the film. “Miss you Pops.”

Released in 2000, the comedy sequel starring Cube, Witherspoon, Mike Epps, Don “DC” Curry and Thomas “Tiny” Lister Jr., made close to $60 million at the box office, nearly doubling that of its 1995 predecessor.

Witherspoon planned to re-team with Cube for Last Friday, the long awaited fourth installment of the franchise create by Cube and DJ Pooh. The film was in pre-production prior to Witherspoon’s sudden death.

Last month, Cube shared an update on the film's future given Witherspoon's passing. “Back to the drawing board since New Line Cinema was slow on green lighting the LAST FRIDAY script that was full of Mr. Jones,” he tweeted in response to a fan. “I’ve been pissed off about it since Spoon passed away.”

Witherspoon, whose credits include BoomerangThe Wayans Bros., Black Jesus, and The Boondocks, died from a heart attack last October. He was 77.

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The 2020 Grammy Awards proves that it’ll be a night of firsts. On Sunday (Jan. 26), 21 Savage won his first Grammy Award for his single “a lot.” The track features J. Cole, who also took home his first gramophone for the same track under the Best Rap Song category.

The melody is featured on Savage's I Am > I Was which topped the US Billboard 200. Savage is also nominated for Best Rap Album for the aforementioned project while Cole and his Dreamville camp will also duke it out with their Revenge Of The Dreamers III compilation.

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Koffee Wins Grammy Award For Best Reggae Album

Since 1985, the Best Reggae Album category has been in inception. Each year, a man has taken home the gramophone, but 35 years later, a rising artist is here to make history. On Sunday (Jan. 26), Koffee won the title for her debut album, Rapture. Last year’s recipients were Sting & Shaggy for their 44/876 album.

“I’m very honored, I’m very happy and I’m satisfied, I would say,” the "W" singer says. “I put a lot of work into my first project and to see that it has been recognized on this level has really fulfilled me so I’m very thankful.”

In a previous interview with VIBE, Koffee shared her thoughts on being a woman musician in a male-dominated genre such as reggae. “I feel like it’s a big responsibility, and ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’ So I don't look at it as, ‘Oh, I’ve made it.’ But I acknowledge that I’m in a position where I have a responsibility now to fulfill and to pull through. It just pushes me to work harder, make more things happen, and just keep it going.”

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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Perish In Helicopter Crash

Update: 5:37 PM EST (January 26, 2020) - L.A. County sheriff Alex Villanueva a total of 9 people are believed to have been on board the helicopter during the fatal crash, according to the flight manifest. There are no survivors.

Update: 3:37 PM EST (January 26, 2020) - Bryant's second daughter Gianna Maria-Onore was among the passengers who died in the fatal helicopter crash, reports TMZ Sports.

The two were reportedly on their way to her basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy. Nicknamed, "Gigi aka Viva aka the Mambacita #2, the 13-year-old also played basketball and dominated the court just like her dad. The emerging basketball star had dreams of playing for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning (Jan. 26).

At around 10 a.m. PST, authorities responded to a fiery crash near Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times notes. All passengers on board the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which is reported to be four other people, were reported dead at the scene. A brushfire ensued causing difficult conditions for firefighters to contain the incident, the news website further states.

Bryant, 41, is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and three children: Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella, and Capri Kobe, who was born in 2019.

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