Nathan Barksdale, the Baltimore drug lord and inspiration behind HBO’s hit series The Wire, has died. According to Baltimore Health Department spokesman Sean Naron, Barksdale passed away while serving time in a medical prison in Butner, N.C. The reason for his death is unknown. Barksdale gained notoriety for selling heroin throughout Baltimore in the 1980s. After the feds caught on to his operation, he ended up serving 15 years in state prison for a battery charge. A few years ago, Barksdale was working on changing his life around. He was involved in Safe Streets, a program overseen by the Health Department designed to aid in overcoming violence. In 2014, Barksdale pleaded guilty on charges related to a drug scheme and was sentenced to four years in prison. David Simon, director of The Wire, credits Barksdale as the muse behind some of the characters featured on the show. Barksdale was 54. Read more.
Natalie Cole’s Family Throws Shade at the Grammys For Lackluster Tribute
On Monday night, the Grammys paid homage to entertainers who have recently passed away with their “In Memoriam” segment. The family of late singer Natalie Cole, who died on Dec. 31, claims the show didn’t do enough to honor her legacy. “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister,” said Cole’s sisters following the awards ceremony. Her son, Robert Adam Yancy, thought the organizers should have done more than simply including her image in the slideshow. “Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys. She deserves more than [to be a part of] a minute-and-a-half tribute,” he said. “It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy. We will find solace in her legacy as well as her endless fans around the world.” Cole died at the top of the year after battling several health issues. She was 65. Read more.
Pilots Wanted for Series That Explores Race Relations and Economic Inequality
Interlude and Games for Change have teamed up to launch a film contest in an effort to develop a series that delves into race relations, economic inequality, and sexual rights in our country. The winning film directors will have their work screened at the Games and Media Summit during the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. “Games for Change is thrilled to bring Interlude’s ‘The Challenge of Diversity’ competition to this year’s Games and Media Summit, in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival,” Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change, said in a statement. “Not only does this innovative challenge align with our passion to foster collaboration between the filmmaker and game maker community, Interlude’s pioneering platform will serve as an interactive entertainment medium to bring the nuances and challenges of our diverse nation to the public forefront.” The winner of the contest will receive $10,000 to fund their project. Read more.
Presidential Hopeful Jeb Bush Tweets Photo of a Gun
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in hot water after tweeting a photo of a gun with his name engraved on it. The caption accompanying the photo? “America.” The post surfaced a few hours after Bush met with FN USA firearms employees in South Carolina. The company retweeted his post with the message, “Thank you for visiting with our team today, Gov. Bush!” Many people called out Bush on social media, pointing out that guns are contributing to our country’s ever-growing homicide rate. Bush has had a rocky presidential campaign trail. He’s currently lagging behind by 30 points in South Carolina, which is slated to have its presidential primary next week. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 21
2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.Source:Pete Souza 2 of 21
3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.Source:Pete Souza 3 of 21
4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.Source:Pete Souza 4 of 21
5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.Source:Pete Souza 5 of 21
6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.Source:Pete Souza 6 of 21
7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.Source:Pete Souza 7 of 21
8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.Source:Pete Souza 8 of 21
9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.Source:Pete Souza 9 of 21
10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.Source:Pete Souza 10 of 21
11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.Source:Pete Souza 11 of 21
12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 12 of 21
13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.Source:Pete Souza 13 of 21
14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 14 of 21
15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 15 of 21
16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 16 of 21
17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 17 of 21
18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 18 of 21
19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 19 of 21
20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 20 of 21
21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 21 of 21
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