Via NY Times
By the time Deloris Gillespie saw him, waiting on the other side of an elevator door, it was too late to escape. With her shopping bags in hand, she pushed open the door. There stood a man she knew, Jerome Isaac. He set upon her immediately, the authorities said, armed with a tank of fuel and a barbecue lighter, wearing white gloves and a surgical mask. He was angry, he would tell the police on Sunday, because he believed she owed him about $2,000 for odd jobs.
But there was no way Ms. Gillespie, 73, could have been prepared for what happened. Mr. Isaac, 47, methodically set the woman aflame, burning her alive in the elevator of her building in Brooklyn on Saturday, only a few feet from her apartment door, the police said. He sprayed the flammable liquid in the woman’s face and over her cowering body, and then lighted a Molotov cocktail to ignite the fire.
Within minutes, Ms. Gillespie was burning to death in the narrow cab, and her assailant had fled down the stairs. The attack lasted only a few minutes, all of it captured by surveillance cameras; the sheer, calculated brutality stunned even the most hardened of homicide detectives. Several hours later, Mr. Isaac, “reeking of gasoline,” turned himself in Sunday morning at a transit police station, and by the afternoon, the police said, he had confessed to the attack. He faces charges of first-degree and second-degree murder and arson.
Ms. Gillespie and Mr. Isaac lived less than two blocks apart in the Prospect Heights neighborhood. She had a reputation for trying to help people who were down on their luck. She gave food and shelter to the homeless and welcomed strangers into her apartment, sometimes hiring them for small tasks and chores, according to friends and relatives. That was how she came to know Mr. Isaac, they said.
Mr. Isaac was less known to neighbors. Some described him as being intelligent, well dressed and well spoken. But Mr. Isaac was mostly known for his penchant for collecting cans and bottles in the neighborhood; he was called “the recyclist.” Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, said that Mr. Isaac initially admitted to having set a fire, but later confessed to the immolation of Ms. Gillespie. They found some of the equipment he had used on the roof of 571 Lincoln Place, where he said he had hidden, Mr. Browne said.
He said that Mr. Isaac had also set a fire at his own apartment a few blocks away, at 315 Lincoln Place, on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Isaac suggested to the police that he may have suffered burn wounds to his face, hands and neck in that fire, which left the top and bottom of the door to Mr. Isaac’s second-floor apartment scorched and the hall smelling of gasoline. A next-door neighbor, Eric Charles, 42, said Mr. Isaac had lived in the building for several years and often rode a bicycle around the neighborhood collecting cans and bottles. Mr. Charles said he was shocked when he learned his neighbor had been charged with murdering Ms. Gillespie. “I would never think he was capable of that,” Mr. Charles said.
Monthly Archives: December 2011
VH-1 DIVAS PICS
Women in soul music were celebrated on Sunday evening ( December 18 ) at the annual VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul event, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This year soul music was celebrated according to the major cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago and London, where the genre has thrived most.
A lot of music’s finest made an attendance and/or performed on stage such as Chaka Khan, Mary J. Bligez, Kelly Clarkson, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudsonz, Jessie J., Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Florence + The Machine, Boyz II Men, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. A tribute performance was paid to the late Amy Winehouse was done as well.
Video: Young Jeezy – ‘A Hustlerz Ambition’ [Documentary]
Young Jeezy takes viewers on his journey from the Trap to the top of the charts in his documentary, A Hustlerz Ambition. The 44-minute film, which accompanies his new album Thug Motivation 103, was co-directed by Chris Robinson and Iren Brown and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The Atlanta rapper reminisces on his childhood, abandonment from his father, and selling drugs at a young age, with appearances from his parents, Jay-Z, Diddy, T.I., Rihanna, Drake, DJ Khaled, and more. Get inspired by watching the entire video below:
Obama Family Vacation is Most Expensive In History: $4.1 Million
The recent Hawaii vacation taken by President Obama and his family has been officially documented as the most expensive in history. The fights alone will cost roughly $3.2 million. The total tab will run over $4 million.
The Airforce says that it costs $181,757 per flight to operate Airforce One. There is a nine hour flight to Hawaii if you fly direct, which runs $3,271,611 for a round trip. There is also an expensive cargo plane used to carry other presidential necessities, like limos, helicopters and other equipment.
There is a separate unit of Marines who fly with the president wherever he goes, costing $258,000. Finally, there is the cost of the Obama’s private residence on the island, which ran $3,500 per day.
The total cost of the Obama family trip is estimated to be $4,113,038.
New Music: SWV- ‘Co-Sign”
Sisters With Voices better known as SWV the 90′s HIT female R&B trio have jumped back on the scene and they sound great! Still have that 90′s flavor that we loved and missed so much. Coko, Taj and Lelee have released their newest single “Co-Sign”, which was produced by Cainon Lamb. Seems like 2012 will be a good year for R&B!!
Wale Celebrates First #1 With ‘Lotus Flower Bomb,’ Announces New Tour Dates
D.C. rapper Wale has added another milestone in his career – his first #1 record at Urban Radio.
Although he released a torrent of music and videos leading up to the release of his sophomore album Ambition, “Lotus Flower Bomb” (featuring R&B crooner Miguel) is the second official single off the album since Wale aligned with Maybach Music Group. It marks his first #1.
A video featuring “America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 5″ contestant Bre Scullark is currently in rotation on MTV and BET.
Ambition remains in the Top 100 on the Billboard 200 with over 270,000 units sold since its release in November. It features appearances from his MMG brethren Rick Ross and Meek Mill, as well as Kid Cudi, Big Sean, and a host of R&B’s finest to smooth out the record including Ne-Yo, Jeremih, Miguel and Lloyd. Diplo and Lex Luger each lend their talents to the album’s soundscape amongst a handful of talented up-and-comers.
A video for the dance floor banger “Slight Work” was shot in Los Angeles on Thursday (December 15), and was directed by Chris Brown. The Big Sean assisted video is set to debut at the top of the year.
Following the success of nearly 50-city Ambition tour that he launched in September, Wale is adding additional dates in the United States as well as Canada for the first part of 2012.
Dates for the new dates are below:
12/30 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues (Sold Out)
1/1 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
1/6 – Ann Arbor, MI @ U. Michigan
1/7 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
1/7 – Columbus, OH @ Long Street Live
1/8 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
1/9 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
1/19 – Montreal, Quebec @ Time Supper Club
1/20 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
1/21 – London, Ontario @ London Music Hall
1/22 – Hamilton, Ontario @ The Studio at Hamilton Place
1/26 – Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
1/27 – Springfield, MA @ Mass Mutual Center
1/28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
1/31 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotilion
2/1 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Hall
2/2 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
2/4 – Indianapolis, IN (Super Bowl Weekend)
2/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (w/ Miguel) Lotus Flower Bomb / Valentines Show
2/13 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club (w/ Miguel) Lotus Flower Bomb / Valentines Show
2/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Marquee Nightclub
2/15 – Reno, NV @ The Knitting Factory
2/16 – Salt Lake City @ Depot
2/25 & 26 – Orlando, FL (All Star Weekend)
3/2 & 3 – Charlotte, NC (CIAA Weekend)
3/6 – Nassau, Bahamas @ Colonial Island
Are You Freakin’ Serious: Sheree Whitfield from RHOA Releases Ne Ne Leakes Diss Track
I am seriously at a loss for words, I just don’t get it!! Who told Sheree Whitfield to go in a recording booth? Why do everybody and their mother Barbara feel the need to try and be a recording artist? People really need to stay in their lane, because this ish right here is pure foolery!!! But I’m sure some folks will get a kick out of the debauchery.
Nas To Pay Tribute To Amy Winehouse During “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” Event
Nas and VH1′s live performance franchise “VH1 Divas” will pay homage to the late Amy Winehouse during this year’s show, titled “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul.”
Nas, who is featured on the track “Like Smoke,” will introduce a tribute medley that will be performed on behalf of collaborator Amy Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning in July.
The tribute will feature performances by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine and Wanda Jackson.
This year’s “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” will pay homage to a variety of American cities that helped shape the sound of today’s popular music.
Singers like Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Mavis Staples, Anita Baker, Travie McCoy and Boyz II Men will perform tributes to Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, London and Memphis.
Queen Latifah, Common, Nas, Terrence Howard and La La Anthony have been confirmed as presenters for VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul,” which will debut December 19 at 9:00PM.
Legendary Poet Maya Angelou “Shocked, Disappointed” Over Common’s Lyrics
Legendary poet Maya Angelou has publicly chastised rapper Common over his track “The Dreamer,” from his album The Dreamer, The Believer.
Maya Angelou, who wrote the poem contained on “The Dreamer,” was offended by Common’s lyrics on the track.
She was especially offended at Common’s usage of the “N-word.”
“I had no idea that Common was using the piece we had done together on [a track] in which he also used the ‘N’ word numerous times,” Maya Angelou told The New York Post.
Maya Angelou said that she was “surprised and disappointed” and that she had never heard Common use the word.
“I don’t know why he chose to do that. I had never heard him use that [word] before. I admired him so because he wasn’t singing the line of least resistance,” Maya Angelou said.
Common told The Post that the N word was “a part” of him, but he admitted that he never warned Maya Angelou about his lyrical content.
“I told her what ‘The Dreamer’ was about and what I wanted to get across to people,” Common said. “I wanted young people to hear this and feel like they could really accomplish their dreams.”
Documentary: ’25 to Life’, Howard University Alum William Brawner Opens Up About His HIV and Why He Chose to Come Clean
Via Concrete Loop
At the age of 18 months, William Brawner contracted the HIV virus. At the age of 5, his mother finally disclosed the news to him and told him to never tell anyone of his immunodeficiency, including close family and friends. 25 years and some girlfriends later, Brawner decided to come clean with his family, friends and past partners, while attempting to start life anew with his new wife, who is HIV-negatvie.
In the Mike Brown-directed documentary 25 To Life, a now 27-year-old William is forced to comes to terms with the consequences of his big secret. Many family, friends are of course shocked and disappointed that he couldn’t be honest with his sexual partners.
“I suppressed my HIV status so much that I minimized it. And because I couldn’t express it, it didn’t exist. Because things were a game to me, I was always looking for my next conquest. That’s how I expressed my man hood. That’s how I expressed my bravado. […] I know I’m a day late and dollar short, but I feel terrible and I want to
Hopefully, this brings more inisight and awareness about his story and will encourage others who may be dealing with similar situations. Watch the interesting trailer below: