Postcard from London by éS

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Postcard from London from éS Europe on Vimeo.

Members of the éS skate team let us in on their adventure as they take to the conservative streets of London on their boards, maneuvering around busy crowds in search of places to skate, while also taking the time to enjoy all the little things the city has to offer, such as the changing of the guards and the Natural History Museum.

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Audio: Styles P feat. Bully – Sellouts (prod. Statik Selektah)

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Off the Invincible book’s mixtape soundtrack which is dropping tomorrow, the same day as the book’s release.

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Audio: Reflection Eternal – Nothin Less Than

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Recorded in a basement, Hi-Tek on the beat. This appeared on Talib Kweli’s Early Morning Signs mixtape with DJ Chaps tags.

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NYC: Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party June 7th

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NYC, here’s your chance to party with the 11-times Tony award nominated cast of Fela! On June 7th the cast of Fela! will be having a release party at Brooklyn Bowl, celebrating their new original Broadway cast recording of Fela! The night will feature Afro-inspired sets by DJ ?uestlove, Dhundee, OP!, and more. Entry is free, all you have to do is RSVP to: RSVP@Fela.net.

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Audio: “So What ‘Cha Want” (Soul Assassins Remix) -Beastie Boys ft. B-Real

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Audio: Loud Records Presents: The Set-Up (Promo Cassette – 1996)

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Audio: DJ Symphony Presents: The Columbian Necktie – The Best of Raekwon

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Audio: DJ C-Los – Lost Remixes Vol. 1

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Total gem here from DJ C-Los & 238Beats. All the hard to find 90′s remixes in one nonstop mix.

Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Rmx By Dave Scratch-94)
O.C. – Times Up (Rmx By DJ Eclipse-94)
Beatnuts – Get Funky (Rmx By The Beatnuts-94)
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (Rmx By Tribe-91)
Common Sense – Ressurrection (Rmx By Large Pro-95)
Gangstarr – Militia (Rmx By Pete Rock-98)
Craig Mack – Get Down (Rmx By Q-Tip-95)
Krs-One – Rappaz R. N. Dainja (Rmx By Kenny Parker-95)
Channel Live – Madizm (Rmx By Buckwild-95)
Group Home – Up Against The Wall (Lo Budget Mix By Primo-95)
Special Ed – Freaky Flow (Rmx By Primo-95)
Xzibit – Eyes May Shine (Rmx By Havoc-96)
Show & Ag – U Know Now (Rmx By Buckwild-95)
Alkaholiks – Daaam! (Rmx By Buckwild-95)
Fat Joe – Shit Iz Real (Rmx By Primo-94)
Method Man – P.L.O. Style (Rmx By Frankenstein-96)
Souls Of Mischief – Never No More (Rmx By Snupe(Hiero)-94)
DJ Honda – Out For The Cash (5 Deadly Venoms) (Rmx By DJ Honda-96)
Beastie Boys – Sure Shot (Rmx By The Prunes-94)
Yaggfu Front – Slappin’ Suckas Silly (Rmx By Diamond D-93)
The Roots – Distortion Of Static (Rmx By The Roots-94)
Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin (Rmx By The Beatminerz-94)
Organized Konfusion – Bring It On (Rmx By Buckwild-96)
Wayne Smith – Under Mi Sleng Teng (Rmx By DJ Muggs-93)
Kool G. Rap & Nas – Fast Life (Rmx By The Vynil Reanimators-96)
D&d All Stars – 1, 2, Pass It (Rmx By Primo-95)
Peanut Butter Wolf Ft. Planet Asia – Def Of Ill (Rmx By Madlib-99)
Psycho Realm – The Stone Garden (Rmx By Pete Rock-97)
De La Soul – Stakes Is High (Lost Rmx By Jay Dee-96)



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Audio: A Decade of Flying Lotus – Mixed By The Gaslamp Killer

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Career spanning mix of unreleased joints and rarities from the Cali producer.

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Audio: DJ Premier – No Talent Required (Mixtape)

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01 – DJ Premier – Intro
02 – Tef – Pay Homage
03 – M.O.P. – Stop Pushin’
04 – Royce 5’9 – Ding!
05 – Blaq Poet – Voices
06 – Planet Asia – On Your Way 93708
07 – Jay-Z – Lost One
08 – NYGZ – GZ & Hustlaz (feat. Rave Roulette)
09 – Termanology – Watch How It Go Down (Remix) (feat. Lil’ Fame & Papoose)
10 – Uncle Murder – Hood Rules Apply
11 – J-Dilla (R.I.P.) – Love Jones
12 – Defari – Peace & Gangsta
13 – 50 Cent – I Got Hoes (feat. Hot Rod)
14 – KRS-ONE – My Life
15 – Hi-Tek – 1-800-Homocide (feat. The Game & Dion)
16 – Ice Cube – Growin Up
17 – Brotha Lynch Hung & MC Eiht – Agent Double O Deuce 4 Blocc & CPT
18 – Talib Kweli – Cuntry Cuzins (feat. UGK)
19 – Jay-Z – Hov Is Back (Mick Boogie Remix)
20 – The Game – Why You Hate the Game (feat. Nas)


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JR and Vhils in Los Angeles

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JR and Vhils have already made an impact on the streets of Los Angeles prior to their show at Lazarides. These two large scale pieces of work provide more evidence of how impressive the show will be as the gallery prepares for its show entitled “Eurotrash”. The exhibition will also feature two other renowned names in the form of Conor Harrington and Micallef completing a well balanced list of names.



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Nike Sportswear “Rainbow Pack” Dunk Hi Premium

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Reminiscent of the Busy P Air Force 1 from 2007, Nike Sportswear develops this latest colorway of the Dunk Hi, set for a release this Fall/Winter season. The kicks take on a predominately black premium upper, with a leather swoosh, multi-color midsole, and contrasting toe cap. Two different versions are shown here; one with a grey toe and another featuring a more vibrant pink toe. Stay tuned for further looks in the coming months.

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Beyond the Street NY Book Launch @ Deitch Projects

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Arrested Motion gives us a look into the last public event held within the walls of New York’s renowned Deitch Projects gallery. Celebrating the release of Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, Deitch threw a book launch event, drawing in a steady stream of enthusiasts as well as book contributers. Those in attendance included the likes of Allen Benedikt, Dzine, Elbow-Toe, Faile, Gaia, Henry Chalfant, Jonathan LeVine, José Parlá, Labrona, Logan Hicks, Martha Cooper, MOMO, Patti Astor, Pedro Alonzo, Ron English, Saber, Sweet Toof, and WK Interact. Images of the evening are offered below.



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Audio: Joell Ortiz – All Falls Down Freestyle

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Over Jada’s Addicted4Life-produced joint.

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Here We Go Again – Lakers vs. Celtics 2010

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It’s official, the 2010 NBA Finals will be the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics — the 12th time in the league’s history that the two teams will battle it out for the championship.

The news comes as the Lakers closed out their series against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday (May 29) in a four games to two, while the Celtics closed out their series against the Orlando Magic on Friday (May 28) in six games.

The Lake Show will be going for their second straight title. The Celtics are making a return after missing out last season.

Both teams have storied histories in the NBA. Last year, the Lakers hung their 16th championship in team history, while the Celtics have 17th, their last coming with their defeat of the Lakers in their 2008 series.

Now, Kobe Bryant has a chance to avenge that lose, when they meet again on Thursday (June 3) at the Staples Center in L.A.

The Lakers, however, know they have a tough series ahead of them.

“We’ll see, we’ll see how much we matured,” Bryant told the Associated Press. “They challenged us extremely well in the finals a couple years ago. Now is a chance to see how much we’ve grown.

“We remember more than anything losing on our home court, a situation where we had some defensive lapses and they took advantage of it,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson added. “This year we have homecourt advantage, and we look forward to the rematch with great intensity.”

The Celtics have a 9-2 advantage over the Lakers throughout the decades, and have a chance to improve that record this upcoming Finals series.

The defending champion Lakers are making their third straight finals appearance, best since they won three in a row from 2000-02. That was when Bryant was the sidekick to Shaquille O’Neal, but the ’08 finals was his first chance to win one alone.

However, the series didn’t go the way he planned, and Byrant had to wait until the following season to seize his ring at the hands of the Magic.

The Lakers will host the first two games before the series shifts to Boston for the next three, if necessary.

Who are you rooting for?

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Dennis Hopper Dies At Age 74

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LOS ANGELES — Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in “Rebel Without a Cause,” an improbable smash with “Easy Rider” and a classic character role in “Blue Velvet,” has died. He was 74.
Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, family friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper’s manager announced in October 2009 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The success of “Easy Rider,” and the spectacular failure of his next film, “The Last Movie,” fit the pattern for the talented but sometimes uncontrollable actor-director, who also had parts in such favorites as “Apocalypse Now” and “Hoosiers.” He was a two-time Academy Award nominee, and in March 2010, was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
After a promising start that included roles in two James Dean films, Hopper’s acting career had languished as he developed a reputation for throwing tantrums and abusing alcohol and drugs. On the set of “True Grit,” Hopper so angered John Wayne that the star reportedly chased Hopper with a loaded gun.
He married five times and led a dramatic life right to the end. In January 2010, Hopper filed to end his 14-year marriage to Victoria Hopper, who stated in court filings that the actor was seeking to cut her out of her inheritance, a claim Hopper denied.
“Much of Hollywood,” wrote critic-historian David Thomson, “found Hopper a pain in the neck.”
A major hit
All was forgiven, at least for a moment, when he collaborated with another struggling actor, Peter Fonda, on a script about two pot-smoking, drug-dealing hippies on a motorcycle trip through the Southwest and South to take in the New Orleans Mardi Gras.
On the way, Hopper and Fonda befriend a drunken young lawyer (Jack Nicholson, whom Hopper had resisted casting, in a breakout role), but arouse the enmity of Southern rednecks and are murdered before they can return home.
“‘Easy Rider’ was never a motorcycle movie to me,” Hopper said in 2009. “A lot of it was about politically what was going on in the country.”
Fonda produced “Easy Rider” and Hopper directed it for a meager $380,000. It went on to gross $40 million worldwide, a substantial sum for its time. The film caught on despite tension between Hopper and Fonda and between Hopper and the original choice for Nicholson’s part, Rip Torn, who quit after a bitter argument with the director.
The film was a hit at Cannes, netted a best-screenplay Oscar nomination for Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern, and has since been listed on the American Film Institute’s ranking of the top 100 American films. The establishment gave official blessing in 1998 when “Easy Rider” was included in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Crashing failure
Its success prompted studio heads to schedule a new kind of movie: low cost, with inventive photography and themes about a young, restive baby boom generation. With Hopper hailed as a brilliant filmmaker, Universal Pictures lavished $850,000 on his next project, “The Last Movie.”
The title was prescient. Hopper took a large cast and crew to a village in Peru to film the tale of a Peruvian tribe corrupted by a movie company. Trouble on the set developed almost immediately, as Peruvian authorities pestered the company, drug-induced orgies were reported and Hopper seemed out of control.
When he finally completed filming, he retired to his home in Taos, N.M., to piece together the film, a process that took almost a year, in part because he was using psychedelic drugs for editing inspiration.
When it was released, “The Last Movie” was such a crashing failure that it made Hopper unwanted in Hollywood for a decade. At the same time, his drug and alcohol use was increasing to the point where he was said to be consuming as much as a gallon of rum a day.
Shunned by the Hollywood studios, he found work in European films that were rarely seen in the United States. But, again, he made a remarkable comeback, starting with a memorable performance as a drugged-out journalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic, “Apocalypse Now,” a spectacularly long and troubled film to shoot. Hopper was drugged-out off camera, too, and his rambling chatter was worked into the final cut.
He went on to appear in several films in the early 1980s, including the well regarded “Rumblefish” and “The Osterman Weekend,” as well as the campy “My Science Project” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.”
More trouble, another comeback
But alcohol and drugs continued to interfere with his work. Treatment at a detox clinic helped him stop drinking but he still used cocaine, and at one point he became so hallucinatory that he was committed to the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital.
Upon his release, Hopper joined Alcoholics Anonymous, quit drugs and launched yet another comeback. It began in 1986 when he played an alcoholic ex-basketball star in “Hoosiers,” which brought him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.
His role as a wild druggie in “Blue Velvet,” also in 1986, won him more acclaim, and years later the character wound up No. 36 on the AFI’s list of top 50 movie villains.
He returned to directing, with “Colors,” “The Hot Spot” and “Chasers.”
From that point on, Hopper maintained a frantic work pace, appearing in many forgettable movies and a few memorable ones, including the 1994 hit “Speed,” in which he played the maniacal plotter of a freeway disaster. In the 2000s, he was featured in the television series “Crash” and such films as “Elegy” and “Hell Ride.”
“Work is fun to me,” he told a reporter in 1991. “All those years of being an actor and a director and not being able to get a job — two weeks is too long to not know what my next job will be.”
For years he lived in Los Angeles’ bohemian beach community of Venice, in a house designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry.
In later years he picked up some income by becoming a pitchman for Ameriprise Financial, aiming ads at baby boomers looking ahead to retirement. His politics, like much of his life, were unpredictable. The old rebel contributed money to the Republican Party in recent years, but also voted for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.
The early years
Dennis Lee Hopper was born in 1936, in Dodge City, Kan., and spent much of his youth on the nearby farm of his grandparents. He saw his first movie at 5 and became enthralled.
After moving to San Diego with his family, he played Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theater.
Scouted by the studios, Hopper was under contract to Columbia until he insulted the boss, Harry Cohn. From there he went to Warner Bros., where he made “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” while in his late teens.
Later, he moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio, where Dean had learned his craft.
Hopper’s first wife was Brooke Hayward, the daughter of actress Margaret Sullavan and agent Leland Hayward, and author of the best-selling memoir “Haywire.” They had a daughter, Marin, before Hopper’s drug-induced violence led to divorce after eight years.
His second marriage, to singer-actress Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, lasted only eight days.
A union with actress Daria Halprin also ended in divorce after they had a daughter, Ruthana. Hopper and his fourth wife, dancer Katherine LaNasa, had a son, Henry, before divorcing.
He married his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy, who was 32 years his junior, in 1996, and they had a daughter, Galen Grier.


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Wu-Tang Clan Announces Release of New Album, ‘Pollen: The Swarm’

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Excited about performing their classic Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers at this year’s Rock The Bells, the Wu-Tang Clan followed the big news with the announcement of a new upcoming album, titled Pollen: The Swarm Part Three.

The forthcoming album, due June 22nd, will be released through the group’s own Wu Music Group, and will feature most of the Clan as well as many of the extended family.

Here’s a letter the group released this week, explaining the album and dismissing Wu imposters. Read it below, in its entirety:

In the uncertainty of the new age industry and wake of new media one thing is for sure and that being there’s never a shortage of WUTANG WANNA BEEZ, imposters, opportunists, posers and fakes rushing in to imitate, cash in and lay claim to the “WUTANG” name. WARNING: don’t be fooled or duped! There is only one WUTANG CLAN AND BRAND. With the surge of official authentically branded Wutang products, projects and a wave of critically acclaimed album releases in the last year such as Raekwon’s Only Built for Cuban Links franchise and the follow up of “Wu Massacre ” featuring the Wutang Clan’s Method Man , Raekwon and Ghostface, The Wu Music Group in following and furthering WUTANG tradition in its truest and purest form will release the 3rd installment of the official swarm franchise dubbed POLLEN: THE SWARM PART 3 due this SUMMER JUNE 22, 2010. Why Pollen? Because it’s WUTANG authentic! Word to Shaolin!! This installment is complete with new songs from the RZA as Bobby Digital, MEF MAN himself Johnny Blazing a track with the GZA, GHOSTFACE “Smooth Sailing” on the remix featuring Trife and Solomon Childs, and unlocked from the Wutang vault, the late great ODB with a fresh splash from his son and new comer BOY JONES on “Dirt’s the Boogie”. The SWARM represents the Wutang Killer Beez on the move. The first album in the trilogy introduced fans to other emcees in the Wu empire from east to west coast and across the seas. In true killer bee fashion, this album wouldn’t be complete with out new music from the Killer Beez themselves 12 o clock, Prodigal Sun, Killer Priest, Street Life, Remedy, JoJo Pelligrino, the Rev Burke, and others. This is history once again in the making with the Wutang massive disciples and its affiliates aligning to swarm, bringing the ruckus and creating a frenzy to massacre the masses across the globe. This album will effectively pollinate and enter your senses and is guaranteed to inspire and buzz the ears of any true Wu fan looking for that real WUTANG indulgence and experience without leaving out the this generation’s expressions of hip hop and those still to come. At press time the RZA of the Clan says “Wutang is forever and we will continue to shine light and spread music to the world.” The Swarm executive producer Power adds “As for anyone and anything else you may need to refer back to the WUTANG’S first suggestion which is to certainly ‘PROTECT YA NECK “. Wutang Killers Bees and Yellow Jackets are on the Swarm part 3 and in full effect.

Below is the album’s final tracklisting:

“ROLL WITH KILLER BEES” – YELLOW JACKETS
“HEADLINE” – ARMEL, 12 OCLOCK, P SUNN, REV BURKS
“ASSED OUT” – WU-TANG CLAN
“DIRTS THE BOOGIE” – O.D.B & Y.D.B. BOY JONES
“YOU MUST BE DREAMING” – BOBBY DIGITAL, KINETIC
“M.E.F.” – JOHNNY BLAZE
“SMOOTH SAILING” – GHOSTFACE, TRIFE, SOLOMON CHILDS
“GET IT STARTED” – KING JUST, NATE, Y.C.
“FACED DOWN” – STREETLIFE
“THE TESTIMONY” – REMEDY & KILLER PRIEST
“ACTION” – SOLOMON CHILDS
“NO GAME AROUND HERE” – KILLER BEES
“INTO YOU” – REV BURKE & RUGGED MONK
“TRANSPORTING” – REMEDY & JO JO PELLIGRINO
“FLIGHT OF THE KILLER BEES” – PRODIGAL SON & REV BURKS


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Nike 6.0 Melee

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Nike 6.0 preview an upcoming colorway in the brand’s Melee model, which takes on familiar styling found in classics like the Nike Dunk. The kicks feature vulcanized outsoles amongst a printed tree camo upper and black accents. Look for these come Fall via Nike 6.0 accounts.

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Full Bleed: New York City Skateboard Photography

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Skateboarding in New York City is a singular experience. It is impossible not to feel the magnitude of the landscape, and with the city in constant motion, skateboarding is both exhilarating and extremely dangerous. There is no right or wrong way to navigate this vast terrain. Only one thing is certain—the skaters and images produced in New York City are wholly unique. The shots in Full Bleed span 30 years, with contributions from over 40 photographers. This is the first-ever comprehensive overview of the one of the most diverse and rich skating locations in the world, bringing together legendary skaters and iconic photographers. Full Bleed featuring the work of: Giovanni Reda, Jessica Bard, Ivory Serra, Tobin Yelland, Miki Vuckovich, Thomas Campbell, Larry Clark, Ed Templeton, Jerry Hsu, Atiba Jefferson, Bryce Kanights, Angela Boatwright, Athena Currey, Kenneth Cappello, Charlie Samuels, Andy Kessler, Mike O’Meally, Sammy Glucksman, Allen Ying, and more. Retailing for $35 USD, the book can be purchased directly through powerHouse Books.



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Gary Coleman Dead at 42

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Gary Coleman has died.

The Diff’rent Strokes star succumbed at 12:05 p.m. (MST) today at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to a brain hemorrhage suffered at his home Wednesday, a statement from his management firm said. He was 42.

“Conscious and lucid” yesterday morning, per Coleman’s team, the former child star was on life support by the afternoon.

“Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated” today, the statement said.

From 1978-1986, Coleman cracked wise as perennial kid Arnold Jackson on the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. His timing, chubby cheeks and catchphrase (“Whatch talkin’ ’bout?”) helped make Coleman the highest-paid child actor of his era.

A one-kid powerhouse, Coleman fronted his own Saturday morning cartoon show, bantered with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, worked with Lucille Ball, and hosted first lady Nancy Reagan on a famous 1983 anti-drug episode of Diff’rent Strokes. He starred in the big-screen comedies Jimmy the Kid and On the Right Track, the latter of which traded on his real-life love of trains, and cranked out TV-movie (The Kid from Left Field) after TV-movie (The Kid with the Broken Halo) after TV-movie (The Kid with the 200 I.Q.). For four straight years, from 1980-1983, Coleman was named Favorite Young TV Performer at the People’s Choice Awards.

And then it was over.

Coleman’s acting career all but ended with the onset of adulthood. He, along with his prime-time siblings, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, who suffered their own post-sitcom troubles, became the symbol, and punchline, of former child stardom.

Plato died in 1999 at age 34 of a drug overdose that was ruled a suicide. Her only son, Tyler Lambert, took his own life earlier this month, near the 11th anniversary of Plato’s death.

Bridges, in and out of trouble for so many years, settled down, and settled into a career as a working actor, with a recurring role on Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris. Now 45, he published a memoir in March. The book was named after his Diff’rent Strokes alter-ego: Killing Willis.

Coleman never did kill Arnold Jackson. Even in middle age, he still looked like his classic Diff’rent Strokes self, his height long ago stunted by treatment related to his near-lifelong struggle with failed kidneys. Unable to break free, Coleman basically played himself in TV and film cameos. Outside of Hollywood, he hosted a radio show, opened (and closed) a video arcade, worked as a security guard and auctioned off a pair of his own pants on eBay.

In 1990, Coleman sued his parents and an ex-manager for allegedly bilking him of his Diff’rent Strokes fortune. In 1993, he was awarded $1.3 million, only a portion of what he was said to have earned at his peak; he filed for bankruptcy six years later. In 1998, he was arrested for punching a fan who allegedly had insulted him.

In 2007, Coleman, who once outed himself as a thirtysomething virgin to a magazine, wed Shannon Price, a “fabulous eBayer,” as he described her, whom he’d met on the set of a low-budget spoof comedy. The marriage seemed a volatile one. Both were arrested, she in 2009, he this past January, on domestic-violence charges. The two aired their grievances on Divorce Court in 2008.

Born Feb. 8, 1968, in Zion, Ill., Coleman launched his prime-time career at age 9 after catching the eye of producer Norman Lear. He made guest spots on The Jeffersons and Good Times before landing Diff’rent Strokes.

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Video: Freddie Gibbs x DJ Skee

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KarmaloopTV linked up with DJ Skee and Freddie Gibbs in NYC to talk about past mixtapes, how the two met, recent magazine covers, and what’s in store for the future. While discussing their past mixtapes, Freddie Gibbs and DJ Skee aren’t afraid to tell you about their new projects they’ve been working on and why you should be excited for a new age in Hip-Hop.



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Air Jordan Fusion 8 “Firepit”

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The fusion series continues as Jordan Brand unveils this quickstrike version of its Fusion 8. The kicks take on a “Firepit” aesthetic, featuring a sandy-esque upper with red and orange highlights throughout, reminiscent of a beach bonfire. They look to drop Thursday, June 10th.

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