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Clarence Williams III dead: The Mod Squad and Half Baked actor dies aged 81

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The actor, most famous for his role on The Mod Squad passed away in Los Angeles on Friday, his management told The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams played undercover cop Lincoln Hayes on the ABC drama between 1968 and 1973.

He was also well known for his roles on Purple Rain, Half Baked and Tales from the Hood.

His career spanned back to the ’60s when he got his start in theatre. He made his breakthrough on Broadway when he won a Tony award for his work on Slow Dance on the Killing Ground before he moved into TV and movie acting.

From 2003-07, the actor portrayed father figure Philby Cross opposite Kellie Martin in 10 Mystery Woman telefilms that aired on Hallmark Channel.

He was born on August 21, 1939, to professional musician Clay Williams before being raised by his grandparents who were famous musicians.

Stars and fans alike took to social media to pay their respects to the actor following the news.

Living Colour’s Vernon Reid tweeted: “Mod Squad broke new ground. Clarence Williams III broke new ground. You can draw a direct line from Clarence Williams III to both Denzel & Idris.

“It’s his MF moody blood running through The Kid in Purple Rain that’s the furnace of his pain & genius. Rest In Power, Linc.”

Another fan of the actor commented: “My heart is hurting right now at the passing of another bonafide legend. Clarence Williams III was an actor u can depend on to bring the heat in any film or show he was on.

“Ain’t gonna be another like him. Rest in Power, King. Ur legacy is beyond secured.”

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Socialite Vera Sidika Is Finally Pregnant

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Socialite Vera Sidika and his musician husband Brown Mauzo are finally expecting their first child. The two had earlier this week set a date to reveal the big news, which was today 16th June. Vera has officially announced to her followers and fans the news through her Instagram page.

The 55seconds video shows Vera flaunting her baby bump in beautiful gowns at a Nairobi Hotel. The bootylious socialite got married to her husband Mauzo last year. The two dated for a few months before they announced that they were officially married.

Vera moved her business last year to Mombasa in order to be near her husband and family. The two have proved to be so much into each other by constantly praising each other on social media.

We are so excited for the couple and we wish them all the best as they expect their first bundle of joy.

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Bahati’s New Album Featured On New York Times Square

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Bahati’s new album ‘Love Like This’ has been featured on the flashy busy streets of New York Times square in the US. Advertising at the square billboard is estimated to cost between $5000 to $50000 a day. Bahati’s album was launched barely two days ago and its the first album in Kenya to have over hundred thousand streams in 24hours.

The album has featured East African music icons like Rayvanny from Tanzania, Nadia Mukami, Jovial and many more. He released his first music video featuring Nadia Mukami “pete yangu” barely 24hours and already has 300k views on youtube.

The artist seems to have really invested in this new album. From the shoot, the launch and now an advertisement in one of the biggest rich cities in the world. He took to his Instagram to let his fans know that his album was featured in the big New York city billboard.

Bahati is international now, LOVELIKETHIS ON BILLBOARDS AT TIMES SQUARE-NEW YORK CITY!!! ” he wrote.

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Rapper Rick Ross on real estate, hot wings, and the benefits of mowing your lawn

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Miami rapper Rick Ross knows a thing or two about music. In 2006, Ross’ “Port of Miami” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 albums chart and made “Hustlin'” a breakout hit that had music lovers singing, “every day I’m hustling, hustling, hustling.”‘

Fifteen years after he first hit the charts, Ross stands atop a growing empire, a boss, a true entrepreneur with a vast reach and an unstoppable drive.

Friends call him “Rozay” (pronounced rosé). The name came to him when he was just a young dreamer, admiring VIPs and celebrities and their sparkling bottles while partying at Prince’s Glam Slam Club on Washington Avenue in Miami’s South Beach before Rick “The Boss” Ross could afford rosé champagne. 

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The moniker has served him well. Forget wishing. Today, Ross is a certified VIP. He has released 10 studio albums and long been an ambassador for Luc Belaire’s signature rosé premium sparkling wines and champagnes. Some special edition bottles feature an image of his face. Ross has authored two books: “Hurricanes: A Memoir” in 2020 and “The Perfect Day to Boss Up: A Hustler’s Guide to Building Your Empire” (available Sept. 7). Oh, and he owns more than 25 Wingstop franchises. 

Born William Leonard Roberts II in Clarksdale, Miss., Ross, 45, grew up in Carol City, Florida, and says he learned much of his business acumen from his mother. 

“When I became a young millionaire for the first time, I went to my mother because she had always been a registered nurse and worked two and three jobs. She always bought real estate. She came from Clarksdale, where the real estate was a lot cheaper. She would just keep buying houses. And I would say, ‘Mom, what do you think about the stock market?’ And she would say, ‘Son, I don’t really rock with the stock market. I don’t know much about it, but I know about real estate . . . So when you buy something, make sure you can touch it.'”

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Ross wasn’t thinking about upkeep. He admired the property. 

“I looked at every curve and every up and downhill on the lawn. I was looking at the geese as I rolled by. I did that for years until one day, I saw the red for-sale sign on the gate and made a U-turn,” Ross says. 

Real estate followers know what happened next. Ross bought the Fayetteville estate for $5.8 million in 2014. He’s since made some changes and purchased another 87 acres adjacent to the main estate in 2019 for $1 million. While the estate, which includes a 350,000-gallon pool and a dining room that seats 100, is home, Ross is not afraid to put the property to work. For example, the estate served as the Zamunda Palace in Eddie Murphy’s 2021 sequel, “Coming 2 America.” Ever the businessman, Ross says he secured more than $2.5 million to let producers use the estate as one of several locations (Tyler Perry Studios was another). 

A Florida backyard features a waterfall and the waterslide.
A home cinema has seating and a large movie screen.

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