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July 10, 2019 Men in Black Star, Rip Torn, Dead At 88

Men in Black Star, Rip Torn, Dead At 88

Men in Black star, Rip Torn Dead at 88

Rip Torn, an emmy-award winning comedian and Men in Black star is dead. The comedian who was 88, died peacefully at his home in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon with his wife and two of his daughters by his side.

Torn who is best known for his role as Artie, a talk show producer, on the HBO show The Larry Sanders Show, starred as Zed in Men in Black in 1997.

“His remarkable career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life,” his publicist said in a statement announcing his death.

He is survived by his wife Amy, his 6 kids, his sister Patricia, and his 4 grandchildren.

July 10, 2019 Ari Lennox Says “Shea Butter Baby” Is A Celebration Of Black Women

Ari Lennox Says “Shea Butter Baby” Is A Celebration Of Black Women

The singer talked about the inspiration behind the project with Elliot Wilson.

Fans are still reeling from the Dreamville takeover after the label dropped their exceptional compilation Revenge of The Dreamers III, last week. Of course, not every artist on the album was signed to Dreamville, but the project did give the label a chance to allow their artists to shine. One member of the Dreamville crew who has been creating buzz lately is soul singer Ari Lennox who recently released her debut studio album, Shea Butter Baby.

As the reigning First Lady of Dreamville, the Washington, D.C. native has been taking to stages across the country, belting out her Shea Butter Baby singles to sold-out audiences. In a recent sit-down with Elliot Wilson, Lennox admitted that she still finds it unbelievable that people love and support her music. “I think people are excited that I’m talking about things other than just sex, love, or money,” she said. “I got a song called Broke on the record!”

Listeners will find that Shea Butter Baby is a personal and vulnerable record that covers topics that people from all backgrounds can identify with. However, the singer shared that she crafted the project with a spirit of celebrating black women. “I just feel black women, we get slept on a lot and people don’t recognize our greatness in our curls, in chocolate skin,” Lennox said. “Every shade of chocolate is so important and so rich and glorious, and people be sleeping on us.”

Check out Ari Lennox’s full interview below and make sure to listen to her album Shea Butter Baby here.

July 10, 2019 ‘Men in Black’ Actor Rip Torn Dies at 88

‘Men in Black’ Actor Rip Torn Dies at 88

Rip Torn is dead.

The Emmy Award-winning actor, whose real name is Elmore Rual Torn Jr., reportedly passed away at his Lakeville, Connecticut home with his family by his side, Deadline reports.

The actor appeared in dozens of films, television shows, and Broadway plays, and was famous for his roles as Zed in the first and second installments of Men in Black, Artie on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, and Patches O’Houlihan in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. Torn also played the character of Don Geiss on NBC’s 30 Rock, Lionel Banks on Will & Grace, and voiced Zeus in Walt Disney’s 1997 animated film Hercules.

And one of those who have taken to social media to mourn him is co-actor, Will Smith. See his post below:

Torn was 88.

will smith

July 10, 2019 Rip Torn From “Men In Black,” “Dodgeball” Passes Away At 88

Rip Torn From “Men In Black,” “Dodgeball” Passes Away At 88

The actor died at his Connecticut home.

Hollywood has lost another great today as it’s been announced that legendary actor Rip Torn has passed away. Known for his comedic roles and quite a provocative reputation off-screen, Torn’s career has spanned an incredible seven decades. The father of six, and cousin to actress Sissy Spacek was a Texas native who joined the military after graduating from college. After serving his time in the Army, he made the big move to Hollywood and, in 1956, landed his first role in a Tennessee Wiliams-produced film titled Baby Doll.

One of Torn’s most notable roles was Artie on The Larry Sanders Show, but he has dozens of great parts under his belt. Here are just a few films you may remember him from: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Bee Movie, Men In Black, RoboCop 3, Freddy Got Fingered, Senseless, Disney’s Hercules (he was the voice of Zeus), 30 Rock, and The Atlanta Child Murders.

As much as fans loved him on screen, his off-screen antics read as if they were crafted by Hollywood itself. He was once arrested for breaking into a bank while intoxicated thinking it was his residence. He once became angry on set and hit a director in the head with a hammer (the director later bit Torn’s ear during a scene). Torn also sued actor Dennis Hopper after Hopper shared publicly that Torn pulled a knife on him while they were on the set of Easy Rider.

He wasn’t a perfect man, but he was an exceptional actor. Rest in peace, Rip.