Dancer, musician detained in Tokyo death
Sexual assault suspected
James ‘King Tight’ Blackston, 23, a Los Angeles dancer, and Larry Perry, a musician, 19, have reportedly been arrested in Tokyo, Japan, with as part of a police investigation into the death of an Irish exchange student.
Both are being held in custody in the suspected rape and death of the student, Nicki Furlong, 21.
According to reports, Furlong, 21, and a friend met the two men at a Nicki Minaj concert and went to a hotel together. After customers complained of loud noises coming from the room, hotel employees investigated and found Furlong unable to respond. She was pronounced dead the following morning.
Blackston, it is reported, has been featured in many music videos and performed with various artists, including Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Minaj, and the Black Eyed Peas.
He has also been active in numerous entertainment events, including the Dancing Against Violence tour, which was held in Bonn, Germany. According to unconfirmed reports, Blackston toured with Tommy Johnson, who founded one of the more well known clown performance tours, commonly known as Tommy The Clown.
As a teenager, Blackston traveled the globe with Tommy The Clown to entertain at various venues and parties. Blackston later transitioned into mainstream dancing.
Candice Glover could barely remember her own name after she was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday.
“I’m still trying to process the whole thing, I don’t even know what’s happening,” she told the press backstage. “It feels amazing though that I finally got to this point; I’ve been working for so long.”
If “American Idol” producers really are planning to toss aside all of the show’s judges, as rumors have suggested, they only have three left to go.
On Thursday night, Randy Jackson confirmed that he’s departing the long-running reality competition, meaning the show no longer has any of its original judges.
Randy Jackson, the last original “American Idol” judge, announced Thursday that he’s voting himself off the hit singing competition program after the current season ends.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season,” Jackson said in a statement, released through his representative.
Along with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, the musician and producer was one of three judges when the Fox show debuted in 2002.
Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” might not be the only Fox singing competition headed for another season of change.
The Hollywood Reporter heard whispers from sources in the know that the network’s “American Idol” was considering swapping new judge Mariah Carey for former judge Jennifer Lopez.
Lopez departed the competition along with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in 2012 after two seasons aboard the series, but THR notes that she did cultivate a solid fan following.
Billed as “the biggest night in music,” the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards has evolved since its start in 2001 into a major effort to celebrate the accomplishments of musicians, actors and sports stars.
All told, there are … persons/acts nominated to receive honors in 20 categories at the July 1 event, and the music category is loaded with the majority of recipients. Actor Samuel L. Jackson, declared the highest-grossing movie actor of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, will be this year’s BET Awards host.