David Rothenberg: “Burn Boy,” Considered a Son to Michael Jackson, Dies at 42

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Michael Jackson was the closest thing to a father figure that Dave Dave, who was born David Rothenberg, ever had. Dave even spoke at MJ’s funeral.

Dave, who survived a horrific attack decades ago and was an inspiration to others, has passed away.

Once known as “burn boy” for the injuries that covered 90% of his body, Dave was 42 years old.

“Dave died of heat exhaustion on the 15th of July,” Dave’s friend Justin revealed on Instagram.

Justin, who goes by Lil’ Eric and has worked with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, shared this grim news.

“Our friendship started with a hug,” Justin tells RadarOnline. “And that his how he started every friendship.”

“He got that from his father figure, Michael Jackson,” Justin explains.

“Michael taught him to love unconditionally,” Justin says. “And he did.”

Justin took to Instagram to explain how he made this tragic discovery.

“Last night, I called my good friend Dave,” Justin writes. “And his mother picked up the phone and we talked.”

There is no good way to find out that your friend has died.

“It wasn’t what I expected or who I expected,” Justin admits. “But she told me that Dave had passed away on July 15th.”

This is only now going public.

“I am going to be talking to her today,” Justin continued on Instagram. “She was very tired last night.”

“And there will be a funeral/memorial I will be attending sometime in the near future,” Justin wrote at the time.

“I know dave had a lot of people who loved him,” Justin says. “And knows of his story from the early 80s.”

In 1983, David’s father doused him in kerosene and set him on fire. The burns covered 90% of his body.

Michael Jackson was a friend and a father figure to Dave, who changed his name to Dave Dave after surviving …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip

Nicki Minaj Guards a Shrinking Kingdom

Donald Trump’s rhetoric may be coarsening most everything in America, but might the already-rowdy realm of commercial rap at least be safe? Don’t bet on it. Midway through Nicki Minaj’s “LLC,” one line washed me with a nausea of familiarity: “All these low-IQ hoes baffle me.” Low-IQ as a modifier: Isn’t that Trump’s thing? The president makes a habit of invoking IQ as an insult, drawing on an aptitude test that’s otherwise been falling out of fashion due to, among other things, a historical association with racism.

Minaj may or may not be channeling Trump with that line, which certainly isn’t the toughest dis heard on her 19-track fourth album, Queen. And her rivals’ intellects have long been in her crosshairs, as heard on 2011’s delicious Lil’ Kim takedown “Stupid Hoe.” But lately, as she’s returned to a rap landscape that’s shifted in the four years since her previous album, Minaj has been particularly fixated on claims about the brain. Premiering Queen on Apple’s streaming radio station, she said it used to be that, “It felt like you had to be smart to rap. And now, it’s a little bit different.” Interviewed by Roxane Gay in 2017, she said, “Do you sound intelligent? Does your flow switch up? Are you in command of the beat? I listen for things like that.”

These aren’t uncommon opinions, but it’s significant for Minaj to position herself as a high-minded genre savior given the prejudices she has faced. As an immigrant whose brand is built on funny voices, crass rhymes, and curves—a “Barbie” persona, as she calls it—she’s often a target for snobs, racists, and/or sexists who say she’s responsible for the de-intellectualizing of rap. Or else she just gets treated as simple. “Sometimes as women in the industry—if you’re sexy or …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Culture

Lyric McHenry: Could She Have Been Murdered?

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When you get right down to it, there’s only one thing that really matters about the death of Lyric McHenry:

That she is dead.

We’re not being glib here and we certainly aren’t trying to make a joke.

We’re just saying that McHenry is tragically gone and no new information that comes out surrounding her passing will bring her back to her loved ones.

This said, it remains understandable while both the authorities and those who knew McHenry well would be desperate for some answers.

The 26-year old was best known in entertainment circles for having appeared on episodes of EJNYC in 2016, a Rich Kids of Beverly Hills spinoff that centered on EJ Johnson, the gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson.

She was found dead on a sidewalk in the Bronx at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

She was only wearing a pajama top and underwear at the time.

She had a small ziplock bag of cocaine on her person.

She was 20 weeks pregnant at the time.

These are the very disturbing facts that have come out over the past several hours, all of which have contributed to reactions of shock and sorrow from those close to Lyric.

McHenry was transported to Bronx-Lebanon hospital after her body was discovered, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The assumption, based on the scene described above, is that McHenry died of a drug overdose.

But the New York Police Department is waiting on an autopsy report before it makes this official and says that McHenry’s death is under investigation.

An official at Public Affairs Office told told Radar Online on Wednesday that investigators are “looking at all possibilities” in the case.

This same website quotes a friend who confirms that McHenry was out partying with her sister and other acquaintances on Monday night.

After she exited a club, she reportedly …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip

Dane Cook Jokes About Gross, Potentially Illegal Relationship with 19-Year Old

Dane Cook and Kelsi Taylor

It’s not exactly groundbreaking news to state that Dane Cook isn’t funny.

Typically, however, our response to his terrible jokes is to roll our eyes or shake our heads.

When it comes to Cook making quips about his relationship with Kelsi Taylor, though, we need to be restrained from calling the police.

Cook, you see, if 46 yeas old.

Taylor is 19 years old.

The pair went public with their inappropriate relationship in January, at which time Cook referred to Taylor as a “gift.”

This week, meanwhile, in an Instagram Q&A with fans (We know, right? Who knew that Dane Cook had any fans?!?), the so-called comedian responded to a number of inquiries about his unusual romance.

How did they meet, for example?

“At a game night I host at my place,” Cook replied. “We were friends for a while and soon after fell in like with each (other) and then upgraded to love.”

So… they were friends for awhile?

And they actually started dating when Taylor was 18?

Which means Cook was in his early 40s and isn’t just sleeping with a teenager, but he’s sleeping with a teenager who he knew since she was maybe a sophomore in high school?

That is disgusting, borderline illegal and most definitely not a subject to joke about.

But Dane Cook has never met a bad joke he didn’t tell, so he continued…

What advice can Cook give to others in a relationship that involves a large age difference?

“The only thing you have to do is plan that your deaths will be somewhat far apart,” he wrote back.

Do their families approve of the relationship?

“I love her family and we are pretty close and go to dinner and hang,” Dane responded, adding:

“My family pretty much all died years ago but @_courtneycook_ my sister likes Kelsi a lot.”

What do they like most about each other?

“Kelsi is …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip