Many hip-hop fans have spent the last year anticipating the early release of Bobby Shmurda from prison, knowing that if the rapper’s parole was approved he could be freed about a year shy of his December 2021 release date. In early August a court date was revealed for his hearing, which was subsequently delayed nearly a month. It finally took place in mid-September, but unfortunately the rapper’s parole was denied. The reason was not revealed until now thanks to court documents obtained by TMZ, which show that the decision is based on the rapper’s turbulent time in prison.
Members of the parole board reportedly denied Shmurda of his parole due to “multiple” violations he received during his prison stint, which include allegedly possessing a shank, fighting, and drug procession. However, the documents do shed a light on the improvement Shmurda believes he’s made during his sentence. They reveal that Shmurda doesn’t view himself as impulsive anymore and that he walks out of bad situations when they present themselves, saying that he feels too “grown” to be fighting. The documents also show Shmurda’s desire to continue his music career and engage in outreach programs aimed at troubled youths in need of guidance. Transcripts from the court documents show that Shmurda now views himself as a “leader” and not a follower.
Five Favorite Films with Greg Louganis
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarón, 2004; 91% Tomatometer)
Generally, if any of the Harry Potter movies comes up, it’s like, I drop everything and I watch (laughing). But that’s, what, that’s eight movies.
Do you have a favorite of them?
I’d have to say that my favorite one of them… You know, I like the first two Dumbledores, Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. I like that Dumbledore. The other Dumbledore, I mean, later on he was much better, in the later ones. But Prisoner of Azkaban was a little over the top for me, for the Dumbledore. He was a little kooky. Which was disappointing because, I would have to say, that Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite story of the series.
So would you claim that as your favorite one, or did Dumbledore ruin it for you?
Yeah kind of… It didn’t ruin it completely. But I still use Prisoner of Azkaban as an example in teaching kids how to deal with fear. I use that as an example in teaching, you know, young divers, young athletes or young kids how to address their fears. You know, I ask them, OK what’s a Boggart? “Well a Boggart is a shape-shifter that turns into your greatest fear.” How do you transform a Boggart? “The spell is Riddikulus, you change it into something really, really ridiculous.” Well, how do you banish a Boggart? “You laugh at it.” And so that’s the same way you deal with your fear. You turn it into something really, really ridiculous, so ridiculous that you laugh at it, so it takes the power out of the fear.
Very powerful. And these are kids that you’re training?
Uh-huh, yeah. I do that for, you know, dive camps. Because kids will be learning new dives, they’ll smack and they’ll get scared. And then the fear inhibits their ability to be successful. It’s a little exercise that I give them in order to try and overcome those fears. Because those are some of the things that I did kind of naturally as a kid through my diving career, but I didn’t realize I was doing it. I mean, I didn’t call it a Boggart, I didn’t call it a spell Riddikulous. I didn’t call it those things. But I knew that if I could make it something ridiculous and I could laugh at it, I was able to relax and be more successful. That [film] kind of stands out for that reason since I use it so much. I was just up at Tualatin Hills, you know the dive club there. And somebody asked, “How do you address fear, how do you deal with fear?” And I always use that. It’s getting so the younger kids are, like, scratching their heads, “What is he talking about?” But some of the older kids are like right on it.
Breaking the Surface (Steven Hilliard Stern, 1997; No Tomatometer Score)
[Laughs] You know, why not? Breaking the Surface. Because it was just sort of revisiting… coming full circle with my dad. It was a real powerful time in my life. A powerful time of healing. And to have it, you know, to have it in a movie? That’s kind of weird, you know?
And you were sort of distanced from it a bit, right? I mean, you wrote the book, and you were a consultant and you did the dives.
I did the dives, I narrated it, yeah.
But did you have much control over it?
No, I didn’t have much say-so in the creative end. Although, because I was friends with the director, after the fact when I was up there preparing to do the diving sequences, I saw the dailies and I made a comment about what I saw in the dailies. Like, the Tom character, you know, they show him drinking and lighting up a cigarette. That was totally not Tom — well his real name’s Jim — that was so not Jim at all. Because he was so into control, and was raised Catholic and then Morman. He would not light up a cigarette, would not imbibe in alcohol, would not do any of that stuff. Because he was all about the control.
You have to at least try to portray real people correctly.
Yeah. So when I made that comment, the director, Steven, he said, “Oh my God, I wish I had known; we don’t have the money to re-shoot everything.” I was like, “No, it’s fine.” Oh, and it was funny because Jeff [Meek], who played Tom in the movie, we went to school together at UC Irvine. I was like, oh my God, whoa. It was really… Because, like, I showed up to the set and I said, “What the hell are you doing here?” “Oh, I’m playing your boyfriend.” I’m like, “Oh, great. OK.”
Yeah. It was funny. I haven’t seen him since, I don’t know what the hell he’s doing.
And you were happy? You were pleased with the end product?
Yeah. I really was, for what it was. I thought it was really good.
Touch Me (H. Gordon Boos, 1997; No Tomatometer Score)
Probably the other movie is Touch Me. And that was the one with Amanda Peet and Michael Vartan, that I was in. And that shows up every, like, World AIDS Day, or something, on the Family Channel. It’s a sweet story. You know, it’s a sweet love story. Basically what happens is, Amanda’s character, her college boyfriend, unbeknownst to her, kind of swung both ways and actually was exposed to HIV and he is basically on his death bed, years later. On his death bed, wants to come clean. And I play the boyfriend’s lover. So I reach out to her, say her ex boyfriend was in a car accident to get her to the hospital, so she’ll come and see him. And then he tells her he has AIDS and now he’s dying and asked her if she’s been tested. He wanted to make sure that she was OK. It’s a sweet story.
So what did they do right? What made it a touching film for you?
Well, I think it’s that journey through, you know, some of the realities of HIV. And those being diagnosed and the insecurities of, “Oh God, nobody will touch me, I’m damaged goods” and that whole emotional roller coaster. Self-destruction, and all of that stuff.
Old Yeller (Robert Stevenson, 1957; 100% Tomatometer)
I mean this is like total, total nostalgia; the last two would be total nostalgia. That would be Old Yeller. It just, you know… Break out the tissues, have a good cry. I can watch people die left and right, but seeing a dog die, oh my God, it just tears me apart (laughing). It’s like, “Ah yeah, kill the bastard,” you know? “But you hurt that dog, I’ll come after you!” So yeah, Old Yeller is good for a good cry.
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, King Vidor, 1939; 99% Tomatometer)
And of course, being the good homo that I am, The Wizard of Oz. It’s gotta be Wizard of Oz. Yeah, because [ex-boyfriend and E! News personality] Steve Kmetko, he had that movie memorized. He could do all of the numbers, you know, from when she lands in Oz and all the little Munchkins… Yeah. I’m not that bad. I’m not that bad.
Do you remember the first time you saw it?
First time I remember seeing it? They used to air it, was it, Thanksgiving? I know it was around a holiday that they would always play it. I wanna’ say it was Thanksgiving? I was always looking forward to that. Probably my earliest memory would have been when I was, like, 5 or 6, I think. Oh it was fun. It was, it was magic. I loved the magic and, you know, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion…
Did you ever do the play?
Hmm… did I ever do the play? You know what, I must have. I’m trying to think. I probably was the Tin Man. Yeah.
Because he can dance.
I guess they all had to dance. But is that who you are in life, you think? The Tin Man?
Or are you Dorothy?
Yeah, I’m probably Dorothy. Kinda clueless you know. Meandering around, but having a little bit of direction.
A little bit of direction… but having a positive attitude and helping people.
RT: Now, about Back on Board: Greg Louganis, did you produce this?
Greg Louganis: : No, no. This is a documentary of my, uh… the twenty years that I disappeared from the public. [laughs] I disappeared for, like, twenty years, and all of a sudden I came back in time for the London Olympics, to work with the divers. It’s kind of what happened all in between there and what I was up to. And there was a lot there. They were planning on ending it at the Olympic Games in London, that was supposed to be the end of it. But things started happening after, like Splash, and then I got married…
Congratulations, by the way.
So when do we get to see it?
We’re making the rounds at the film festivals. We didn’t make it into Sundance, unfortunately, but we’re shooting for Tribeca. From there, I’m not certain where else they’re aiming for. I’m going to see it for the first time this Thursday.
Back on Board: Greg Louganis is currently entering the festival circuit, so be on the lookout for it soon.
Sample Collection Declared on the Spacecraft’s Journey Back to Earth, as Declared by NASA
A U.S. spacecraft contacted down onto an antiquated asteroid around 200 million miles away on Tuesday, as a major aspect of a mission to gather a sample and take it back to Earth to consider.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft contacted the outside of asteroid Bennu for an endeavoured sample collection at around 6 p.m. EDT. At 6:18 p.m. EDT, NASA declared on Twitter that the sample collection was finished.
The mission previously dispatched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in 2016, and the spacecraft arrived at Bennu in 2018. All spacecraft telemetry information demonstrates the TAG function executed true to form. In any case, it will take about seven days for the OSIRIS-REx group to affirm how many samples the spacecraft gathered.
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Constant information shows the TAGSAM effectively reached the surface and terminated an explosion of nitrogen gas. The gas ought to have worked up residue and rocks on Bennu’s surface, some of which ought to have been caught in the TAGSAM sample collection head. OSIRIS-REx engineers additionally affirmed that soon after the spacecraft connected with the surface, it terminated its engines and securely moved in the opposite direction from Bennu.
The spacecraft completed TAG self-sufficiently, with pre-customized guidelines from engineers on Earth. Presently, the OSIRIS-REx group will start to evaluate whether the spacecraft snatched any material, and, assuming this is the case, how much; the objective is in any event 60 grams, which is generally identical to a full-size treat.
OSIRIS-REx engineers and researchers will utilize a few methods to distinguish and quantify the sample distantly. To begin with, they’ll think about pictures of the Nightingale site when TAG to perceive how much surface material moved around because of the explosion of gas.
Jennifer Aniston urges followers not to vote for Kanye West
Jennifer Aniston is rocking the vote.
The “Morning Show” actress, 51, posted a picture of her dropping off her early-voting ballot in West Hollywood Friday, with a lengthy caption urging others to do the same — and asking them to avoid writing in Kanye West.
“#IVOTED for @joebiden and @kamalaharris,” the masked Aniston wrote in the caption. “I dropped my ballot off, and I did it early … I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies. Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science…. too many people have died.”
“I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we’re on right now,” Aniston continued. “Your daughters, the LGBTQ+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting).”
“This whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue,” the post finished. “It’s about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency. PS – It’s not funny to vote for Kanye. I don’t know how else to say it. Please be responsible.”
California is proving to be something of a battleground regarding the upcoming presidential election. Last week, Republican leaders in California refused to remove unauthorized ballot drop-off boxes placed by the party in at least three counties, despite a cease-and-desist order from the state. This week, up to 200 ballots were lost when a ballot box was torched outside a Baldwin Park library.
Orange County elections chief Neal Kelley told Reuters this week the state was experiencing a “historic” early turnout of voters so far, “actually 400 percent over four years ago.”
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