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Move over Puppy Bowl, here come the kitties

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 3:57 PM

            Move over Puppy Bowl, here come the kitties

Perhaps someone at the Hallmark Channel noted the proliferation of cat videos on the Internet, or possibly someone just thought felines should have equal time when it comes to faux sporting events.

For whatever reason, the 2014 Superbowl will now have a new foe fighting for eyeballs -- the Kitten Bowl.

The three hour special will air beginning at noon, Eastern Time, February 2, 2014 on the Hallmark Channel.

It will, in the network's words, feature the "world’s most adorable – and adoptable – kittens in the mother lode of cat agility competition."

It goes on to say "the special, which will be presented annually, is supported by the network’s animal welfare partner, American Humane Association, and is just one of many high-profile commitments the company has made to its evergreen Pet Project initiative. With American Humane Association, Hallmark Channel’s in-house production team will scour rescue associations and shelters searching for kitty competitors whose enduring prize will be a loving, forever home."

“Creating another programming event to reinforce Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, our corporate pet adoption and safety initiative, enhances the profile of the plight of shelter animals in our country while providing fun, family-oriented entertainment to our viewers. We are very proud of our association with American Humane Association and their support of our work in this area,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.

The network added: "The agility competition will consist of a basic obstacle course of hurdles of varying heights, A-frame Alpine Scratchers, tunnels, hoop jumps, and weave poles. Lures, like laser pointers, and toys on a string will be used to get the kittens through the course, but food will not allowed. Cat agility competitions, which are modeled after the equestrian sport of show jumping, normally include rules which state that cats must complete a course in under 270 seconds, completing each obstacle in a prescribed manner. In a typical feline agility contest, a cat would complete between six and fourteen obstacles, with winning cats completing the course in ten seconds or less. In 'Kitten Bowl,' however, the competitors are kittens and any form of cuteness is the key to the game."

‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:43 AM

            ‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73.

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His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.

Stubblefield performed on several of Brown's hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, including "Cold Sweat," ''Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud," ''I've Got the Feelin'," and the album "Sex Machine."

But he was best known for his solo on "Funky Drummer." Rolling Stone said it was sampled on more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks, including Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Run's House." It even turned up on Ed Sheeran's "Shirtsleeves" and George Michael's "Freedom '90," the magazine said.

"We were sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just started playing a pattern. Started playing something," Stubblefield told Rolling Stone. "The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just said, 'Well, I'll put something with it.'"

Stubblefield was not listed as a songwriter on the track and therefore didn't see many royalties from the decades of sampling.

"All the drum patterns I played with Brown was my own; he never told me how to play or what to play," Stubblefield told SF Weekly in 2012. "I just played my own patterns, and the hip-hoppers and whatever, the people that used the material probably paid him, maybe. But we got nothing. I got none of it. It was all my drum product."

"People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs,” Stubblefield told the New York Times in 2011. They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn't bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use."

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1943, Stubblefield served as a session musician and toured under Otis Redding before becoming Brown's drummer from 1965 to 1971, Rolling Stone reported. He had lived in Madison, his wife's hometown, since the early 1970s, she told the AP.

When Prince heard in 2000 that Stubblefield was suffering from bladder cancer and was deep in debt with medical bills, he paid $90,000 to cover his chemotherapy expenses, Hannon told the AP. In 2002, he had a kidney removed, and he suffered from end-stage renal disease over the last decade, Rolling Stone reported. 

"We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk," Bootsy Collins, who performed with Stubblefield on “Sex Machine,” wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "Mr. Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency.”

We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk. Mr.Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency. I am...

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Honey Boo Boo's Mama June to star in new TV show

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:02 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:02 PM

            Honey Boo Boo's Mama June to star in new TV show

“Mama June” Shannon, matriarch of the erstwhile “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” who went on to appear on “Marriage Boot Camp,” is set to hit the small screen once again.

“Who is ready for us to come back?” Shannon said on Twitter. “Get ready, y’all won’t want to miss it. Love all of y’all.”

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The new show airing on WE is “Mama June: From Not to Hot.” The network describes it thusly:

“After failing to save her relationship with Sugar Bear on Marriage Boot Camp, Mama June has set out to reinvent not only her personal life, but her appearance as well. She’s decided to go under the knife for extreme weight loss surgery in an attempt to not only to look hot, but to improve her health for herself and her daughters. In 'Mama June: From Not to Hot' she works to reclaim her life one intense workout at a time, with a few bumps along the road. From disastrous dates to Sugar Bear’s new fiancé, Mama June attempts to defy the odds and become nearly unrecognizable! Here are five reasons you can’t miss the series premiere!”

Dave Chappelle to take the stage in rare Dayton comedy show  

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

Local Dave Chappelle fans have a reason to celebrate. 

The Yellow Springs area resident is set to take the stage during the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Tour Friday, Feb. 24 for a special presentation at the Schuster Center. 

 Tickets start at $40.50 and are available at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office, by calling 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630 or online at

 Deon Cole, Tommy Davidson, AJ Johnson, Paul Mooney,  DC Young Fly, RIP Micheals, and Ray Lipowski are set to perform. 

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Wrestler Ivan Koloff, known as 'The Russian Bear,' dies at 74

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

            Wrestler Ivan Koloff, known as 'The Russian Bear,' dies at 74

World Wrestling Entertainment star Ivan Koloff has died at the age of 74.

WWE announced the news on Twitter.

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Koloff, nicknamed "The Russian Bear," was a rival of star wrestler Bruno Sammartino, and the two had many memorable moments in the ring.

Koloff suffered from liver disease, according to his daughter, Rachel Marley. She started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for medical expenses and encourage fans to send cards and prayers.

Hulk Hogan posted his condolences on Twitter, saying that it had been a rough week for the wrestling community. George "The Animal" Steele and Chavo Guerrero Sr. also died recently.