“WHOA” RAPPER BLACK ROB DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – A popular rapper has died. Word of Black Rob’s death comes from his longtime friend and former labelmate Mark Curry, who says he was holding the hip-hop star’s hand when he died in an Atlanta hospital of cardiac arrest on Saturday. Black Rob had a series of health issues in recent years. Before his health declined though, he was a key part of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in the 1990s and early 2000’s. He did solo hits and collaborated with others to help the label retain its standing Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death in 1997. Diddy is among those praising Black Rob, saying on Instagram that the rapper made millions “feel good and dance!” Black Rob was 51.
KEEPING UP WITH OSCAR
UNDATED (AP) – Want to check out some of the best picture nominees for Sunday’s Oscars? Instead of heading out to theaters trying to find them, the only thing you may have to search for – is your TV remote. Most of the favorites were already released as streams, which means it shouldn’t take much effort to track them down. For example, the odds-on favorite “Nomadland” is available on Hulu and as a digital rental. “Sound of Metal” can be found on Amazon Prime. Others available as digital rentals are “Promising Young Woman” and “Minari,”
ZIGGY MARLEY READIES FOR EARTH DAY CONCERT
NEW YORK (AP) – If it has to do with celebrating the Earth, Ziggy Marley says count him in. The son of reggae legend Bob Marley is one of those taking part in an Earth Day concert on Nat Geo. Though the event will be limited because of the pandemic, Marley says he’ll be there for it. He says the main point is that the show takes place. Others taking part in tomorrow’s event are Willie Nelson, Angelique Kidjo and Yo-Yo Ma.
WAITING BEGINS AS CHAUVIN TRIAL JURY DELIBERATES
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Now that the attorneys and witnesses have had their say – it’s time to hear what the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder says about all the evidence it heard. During yesterday’s closing arguments, major TV networks and cable/satellite outlets carried the proceedings – as they did for opening statements and other key points in the case. Today the jury deliberates for its first full day. When a verdict does come, TV coverage will include what the jury decides – and how people react to the verdict. George Floyd’s death last year sparked protests, some rioting – and a reckoning on issues like police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.