Jam Master Jay Remembered 10 Years Later By Best Friend Shake

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[MTV News takes a look back at Jam Master Jays murder five years ago]

Hip-Hop icon Jam Master Jay was unfortunately gunned down 10 years ago today. Jay and one of his studio pals were hanging out in his Jamaica studio playing XBOX video games when two gunmen burst into the second floor studio and fired on Jay killing him.

One of Jay’s closest friends, Eric “Shake” James, wants to keep the focus on all of the great things that the turntable legend born Jason Mizell did while he was here.

“I just want to focus on the positive stuff that Jay did and the way the music touched the people,” Shake told MTV News. “I know he was killed, so that will always be a part of it, but it was more to Jay than just being killed, you know what I’m saying? If you ever met this guy, he was like the greatest dude. He was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back and not ask for anything in return.

“I was running around the world with these dudes and I’m looking up at these bright lights and people screaming ‘Run DMC’ and going crazy and Jay never made me feel like a hanger-on type of dude. He was always introducing me to people,” he added. “Anybody that we were around, he introduced me to them. Even Tupac, that’s how I met Tupac. He was like, ‘This is my man Shake’ to Tupac. I swear running around with them was the greatest time of my life!”

Last month, the multi-platinum triumvirate from Hollis, Queens known for such crossover hits as “It’s Tricky,” and “Walk This Way,” reunited for the first time in more than a decade without Jam Master Jay to perform for thousands at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia.

“That was the greatest right there,” Shake told MTV News. “I’ve been waiting for that since the day they stopped touring. It’s kinda crazy because we were in Philly doing the rehearsals for Made in America and it was cool and it great but it was supposed to rain. It was cloudy and we going on at five and it was supposed to rain from three to nine or whatever. So it was the first show and I said to myself, ‘Man, Jay ain’t gonna let it rain.’ So we went on and performed and it didn’t rain until we got off the stage. That was incredible.”

The highlight of the performance, though, was JMJ’s two sons, Jason “Jam Master J’Son” Mizell Jr. and T.J. “Dasmatic” Mizell hitting the stage in a fitting tribute to their legendary father.

“That was incredible,” Shake told MTV News. “I be watching Dasmatic DJ and he already look like his father but when Jay used to really get busy, his bottom lip used to hang So as I was looking at Dasmatic DJ, I was like, ‘Oh, sh–, he look just like Jay’ and then I was like, ‘The only thing he missing is that bottom lip hanging’ and then while he was up there DJ’ing, that f—in’ bottom lip dropped and I was like, ‘oh sh–!'”

In a recent exposé on the still-unsolved murder case, NY Daily News reported that JMJ’s murder was likely the result of a decade-old drug debt owed to former friend Curtis Scoon. The story further alleged that Ronald Washington was either the lookout or the gunman in the slaying. Shake, who is despondent that there is still no justice for his friend, doesn’t have any new information about the ongoing investigation of the case.

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Smith almost perfect, 49ers flatten Arizona 24-3 (Yahoo! Sports)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Three touchdown passes, one incomplete pass.

Not a bad night for Alex Smith, and it could have been better, considering that the one incomplete pass was dropped by a wide-open receiver.

The San Francisco quarterback completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns – two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss – to help San Francisco flatten the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on Monday night.

”Eighteen of 19, I have never seen that,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. ”How important for your quarterback to play very well? It is very important and I don’t know how you play much better. It was a fantastic game by him.”

Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett could hardly believe what Smith had done.

”Everyone’s surprised. My 5-year-old son’s surprised,” Dockett said, ”but at the end of the day it wasn’t like he had to make the long perfect throws. He had some guys open and we missed some tackles and they made plays.”

Smith said he had no idea his stats were that good.

”Which is a good thing,” he said. ”I don’t want to think about my stats or incompletions or anything like that. I was kind of in a good rhythm, the whole offense was. ”

Smith has withstood more than his share of criticism he was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2005. He was not interested in calling this a statement performance.

”At this point I don’t care,” he said. ”if you ask me a few years ago, yeah maybe, but at this point I don’t really care. I am concerned about winning. The guys in the locker room know what I am about and that is what really matters.”

As for reports he had lost his confidence, Smith said, ”It was in my closet. I found it.”

Smith was 14 of 15 for 146 yards and two touchdowns, both to Crabtree, as the 49ers built a 17-0 halftime lead.

Moss caught a 47-yard TD pass, dodging tacklers down the sideline on a play that seemed to turn back the clock to the receiver’s prime. With the catch, he tied Terrell Owens for fourth on the NFL career touchdown list with 156.

Smith, who tied a career high with the three touchdown passes, spread out his completions to 10 receivers. Crabtree led the way with five catches for 72 yards.

Arizona’s defense, supposed to be the team’s strength, missed tackle after tackle in an embarrassing nationally televised performance at home. The 24 points were the most allowed by the Cardinals this season.

”This was a big test for us, and everyone saw how it went,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said. ”It was disappointing to say the least.”

Quarterback John Skelton called the loss ”embarrassing” and ”humiliating.”

Led by Smith’s near-perfect precision passing, the 49ers methodically dominated from the start. He had the best completion percentage of his career, and he would have been perfect had Delanie Walker not dropped the ball when he was wide open on a crossing route in the first half.

A 10-play, 77-yard drive that consumed just over 6 minutes of the first quarter put San Francisco up 7-0. On third-and-goal from the 3, Smith threw a sidelines pass to Crabtree, who outfought Patrick Peterson for the ball and the touchdown.

A flurry missed tackles, most notably an open-field whiff by Sam Acho, helped Ted Ginn Jr. return a punt 35 yards to the Arizona 45 in the second quarter. Daryl Washington sacked Smith to help set up a third-and-23 from the Arizona 46. But Smith found Crabtree over the middle for 22 yards, just a yard shy of the first down. David Akers’ 43 yard field goal made it 10-0 with 5:58 left in the half.

Crabtree beat Peterson again for San Francisco’s second touchdown. Smith threw over the middle to the receiver, who caught the ball, then fooled Peterson with an inside move into the end zone to make it 17-0 with 1:41 left in the half. The 49ers drove 68 yards in eight plays, again overcoming a sack, this one by Calais Campbell, that made it second-and-goal from the 16. Smith threw 7 yards to Mario Manningham to set up the TD toss to Crabtree.

The Cardinals were booed off the field by the home crowd at the half.

Things didn’t get any better for the home team in the third quarter. On third-and-9, Smith threw 30 yards to Crabtree, who evaded a host of tacklers. Then on third-and-8, Smith tossed a short pass to Moss, who sidestepped a series of would-be defenders all the way to the end zone, putting San Francisco ahead 24-0 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals averted a shutout with Jay Feely’s 28-yard field goal

John Skelton, making his second start since Kevin Kolb went down with rib injuries, completed 32 of 52 passes for 290 yards, often overthrowing receivers. The Cardinals rushed for just 7 yards in nine attempts against the 49ers, who entered the game as the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL, No. 2 against the run.

Arizona’s final possession ended when Larry Fitzgerald was stopped at the 1.

Notes: The roof was open at University of Phoenix Stadium, a rarity for Cardinals games. … San Francisco C Daniel Kilgore left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. … Washington had two sacks, giving him eight for the season. … In its two nationally televised night appearances this season, against St. Louis on a Thursday and San Francisco on Monday, Arizona was outscored 41-6. … The 49ers improved to 3-1 on the road, winning their last two away from home by a combined 55-3. … Only Jerry Rice (208), Emmitt Smith (175) and LaDainian Tomlinson (162) have more touchdowns than Moss. … Justin Smith had two of San Francisco’s four sacks. … The 49ers have a bye this week. The Cardinals are at Green Bay on Sunday.

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Jaden Smith Taps Pal Justin Bieber For ‘Love Me Like You Do’

By Georgette Pierre

Born into Hollywood royalty, Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, is literally following in his father’s footsteps. From acting (known for his role in “The Karate Kid”) to rapping, Jaden shows off a more vulnerable side in his latest song ‘Love Me Like You Do’. With a little vocal assistance from his buddy Justin Bieber, Jaden expresses his needs of wanting to me loved a certain way.

Who would’ve thought the 14-year-old had bars with lyrics like, “We can take the car to your apartment up the street, if you want to get it started ‘cause my heart is what you need. And it’s really up to you there baby girl and that’s for me. Put your hand up on waist and I’ll let you take the lead.”

But this isn’t the first time the 14-year-old showed his vulnerable side on wax. The young actor/rapper channeled Drake in a ‘Marvin’s Room’ type confessional on ‘Starry Room’, where he apologizes to all the women he dated for his past ways.

What do you think of Jaden’s lyrical ability on ‘Love Me Like You Do’?

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AP Sources: Vick still starter for Eagles (Yahoo! Sports)

Michael Vick remains the starting quarterback in Philadelphia, for now.

Three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night that coach Andy Reid hasn’t benched Vick.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because all announcements about the starting lineup come from Reid. The Eagles’ headquarters was closed Monday due to Superstorm Sandy, and there was no media availability.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three straight games.

Reid didn’t endorse Vick after Sunday’s 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he’s going to evaluate all his starters. Vick then said he would support whatever decision Reid makes.

That led to speculation Vick’s days were numbered. But Reid is sticking with Vick over unproven rookie Nick Foles as of now.

Reid has changed his mind on his starting quarterbacks in a 24-hour period before, reversing his call on Kevin Kolb and replacing him with Vick in 2010. It’s unlikely he would do it again and give Foles his first NFL snap on the road in a Monday night game against New Orleans (2-5) next week.

Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and guys who didn’t make a roster. Foles impressed coaches and teammates, and fans have been calling for him to start since Week 1.

Vick wasn’t the problem against the Falcons. The defense under new coordinator Todd Bowles allowed scores on the first six possessions, including touchdowns on the first three.

As for the offense, injuries to All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce have crippled the unit. Vick hasn’t had much time to throw and gets hit often. Playcalling isn’t helping, either. Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg have underused All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy in the past three losses.

Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on its final drive the first two games of the season. But he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles. He’s coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.

Benching Vick and turning the offense over to Foles could be a way to shake things up. It also could be interpreted as giving up on the season.

The Eagles still have time to turn things around and save Reid’s job. He’s already been told by owner Jeffrey Lurie that another 8-8 finish would be ”unacceptable.”

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Manning throws for 305 yards, Broncos top Saints (Yahoo! Sports)

DENVER (AP) — The dinged-up thumb. The New Orleans defense.

Neither came close to slowing down Peyton Manning on Sunday night.

Despite banging his throwing thumb on an opponent’s helmet in the second quarter, Manning passed for 305 yards and three scores, led a pair of 90-plus-yard touchdown drives and easily outplayed Drew Brees to lead the Denver Broncos to a 34-14 victory over the Saints.

Manning surpassed the 300-yard mark for the fifth straight time to match his personal best and set a franchise record for Denver (4-3). He completed 22 of 30 throws for a passer rating of 138.9. Willis McGahee ran for 122 yards and a score for the Broncos, who won two in a row for the first time this season and took sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

”It’s fine,” Manning said about his thumb. ”As a quarterback, your biggest fear is hitting your hand on the helmet of a defensive lineman. It’s mostly the nail. Might be sore tomorrow.”

The Broncos gained 530 yards – a season high – against the NFL’s worst defense. The Saints are the first team to allow 400 yards in seven straight games since 1950, which is as far back as STATS LLC can search its NFL database.

Coming in on a two-game winning streak of its own, New Orleans (2-5) was hoping to get a boost from the return of linebackers-turned-interim head coach Joe Vitt from his six-game suspension for the team’s bounty scandal. All he can do is stand on the sidelines, though, and linebacker Jonathan Vilma – another Saint implicated in the scandal – returned to the starting lineup, but he couldn’t plug the holes, either.

”I’ve got to do a better job of preparing our football team,” Vitt said. ”I’ve got to do a better job of getting the team ready physically, mentally and emotionally to play in a game like this. And quite frankly, there’s things I need to do better.”

The Broncos held Brees and the league’s top passing offense to 213 yards and two scores, the second marking the first points Denver has allowed in the fourth quarter since opening week.

Brees extended his record to 50 straight games with at least one touchdown pass. He also reached 301 career touchdown passes to climb past John Elway for sixth on the career list.

Small consolation on a night in which the Broncos’ defense looked almost as good as the offense.

”That was a very poor performance on our part,” Brees said. ”We were not able to sustain drives and we left our defense out there entirely too long. That was just very stale.”

The Saints converted only 1 of 12 third downs.

”This football team has been through a lot,” Vitt said. ”But it’s not an excuse for the way we played tonight. It’s not an excuse for dropped balls, missed tackles.”

Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard did extensive damage, finishing with 13 tackles, two pass breakups, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception, when Vitt chose to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Denver 47 early in the second quarter with the game tied at 7.

”They told me before the game they would keep me free to make plays,” Woodyard said.

Manning capitalized on Woodyard’s pick by leading Denver on a 56-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown, capped on a 13-yard pass to Eric Decker, who was all alone when Jabari Greer slipped. Decker celebrated by spiking the ball a good 10 rows into the stands.

A bit later, Manning followed through into a New Orleans player’s helmet while completing a 23-yard pass to Decker, leaving a trace of blood across the quarterback’s thumb. Manning handed off the next four plays and the Broncos settled for a field goal before halftime. But when Manning returned for the third quarter, he warmed up with no trouble and showed no signs of injury.

He then answered any questions by going 4 for 4 to start the third quarter, moving the Broncos 93 yards and capping it with a 1-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas for a 24-7 lead.

”I was really nervous at first but then I realized what a tough guy he is,” Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley said about Manning’s injury.

Thomas finished with seven catches for 137 yards. Decker also caught a 2-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter for a 31-7 lead. He finished with 43 yards receiving.

Denver’s first scoring drive opened at the 2 and began with four straight runs by McGahee for gains of 4, 12, 7 and 3. That set up play action and Manning hit Thomas for 41 yards. Five plays later, Manning dropped back, peaked through the crowded line and somehow picked out McGahee among all the big men clogging things up. That little flip screen was good for 14 yards and set up McGahee’s 1-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

After getting through the toughest part of their schedule and reaching the bye week at 3-3, the Broncos have only one opponent on the rest of the schedule that currently has a winning record (Baltimore). Too early to call them front-runners, though they certainly played like it against one of the league’s most beleaguered teams.

”I’m sure the coaches will find some mistakes on the film,” Manning said. ”But it was what we were looking for.”

Notes: The Broncos lost a fumble in their 12th straight game, the longest streak in the NFL since the Cardinals lost 18 straight in 1996-97. … Saints S Roman Harper left in the third quarter with a concussion. … Manning threw for 300 yards, three touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes for a record fourth straight game. … The lead blocker on McGahee’s 1-yard touchdown was DT Mitch Unrein. … The Saints fell to 2-8 lifetime against the Broncos.

Chinese man sues wife for giving birth to “ugly” baby, and WINS!

WOWWWWW. This is something else. That’s why you have to be careful about whom you choose to mate with for the rest of your life before tying the knot. Or should I say use wisdom before laying with that woman/man. One wrong decision could ruin the rest of your life. Ask this man in China who sued his wife for giving birth to what he considers to being an “ugly” baby. And guess what, he WON. Big too. The court awarded him 748,764.00 Chinese Yuan, which is equivalent to $120,000.00.

Upon the baby’s birth, Feng noticed that the baby was … ugly. So ugly, in fact, that Feng couldn’t believe that the little girl he was seeing came from the beautiful woman he married. He reportedly accused his wife of adultery, since the baby looked nothing like either of her parents. He insisted that his wife tell him who the real father of the ugly baby was.

The wife insisted that the baby did look like her. Or at least, what she used to look like.

Feng’s wife admitted to having over $100,000 worth of intensive plastic surgery before she met and married him. The surgery completely altered the way that she appeared. Obviously, her genes were passed on to her baby girl, but not the genes that Feng was expecting … or wanted.

Should the court have gotten involved in the matter or should this issue be between the husband and wife?

Part of this article is courtesy of www.inquisitr.com

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