Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 10/28
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The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.
Claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits, Quincy Jones is suing Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment for at least $10 million. He claims the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees.
Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he’s being unfairly “demonized” for just waiting to hear all of the facts. The rap mogul made his first statement about the controversy in a posting on his website. He has come under fire for remaining silent as news surfaced this week that two young black people said they were profiled byBarneys after they purchased expensive items from their Manhattan store.
Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him. Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a District of Columbia judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.
The former NBA player has publicly announced his endorsement for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s reelection. “I don’t endorse many politicians. But Chris Christie is different,” Shaquille O’Neal told The Daily Beast. “Governor Christie’s provided more funding for schools, given parents more choices in what schools their kids can go to, and merit pay for good teachers.” The election is Tuesday, November 5.
Rapper Future surprised singer Ciara, this weekend with a 15-carat diamond ring designed by Avianne & Co. The singer was celebrating her 28th birthday when Future decided to make things even more special. The couple has reportedly been dating for a year.
Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR’s national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into turn one off a restart with five laps to go.
In a press release earlier today, R&B Divas star Nicci Gilbert confirmed she would not be returning for another season. But she won’t be taking it easy. She is scheduled to executive produce the Diary of a Diva tour, which opens Thanksgiving night November 28 at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. The tour will feature Faith Evans, Kelly Price, KeKe Wyatt, Dawn Robinson and Brownstone.