Yauch, also known as MCA, died today, May 4, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 47.
Yauch is best known as a founding member of the trailblazing rap trio the Beastie Boys.
The news was announced on Global Grind, a web site run by music mogul Russell Simmons. It was Simmons’ Def Jam Records that in 1986 released the Beastie Boys’ legendary first album, “Licensed to Ill.”
In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with a a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland. Soon after his diagnosis, he released a video announcing the news to his fans.
Yauch was a filmmaker as well as a musician, Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér”, Yauch directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos. In 2002, he founded the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Big news from the Hollywood press junket and red carpet fronts. When Ben Lyons next walks into a Beverly Hills Four Seasons interview suite or corrals 50 Cent outside an event for the rapper’s additional two, he will be doing so for a new E-tastic outlet.
Lyons, a congenial staple at E! News for the past five years, moved over March 1 to the Burbank headquartered, Grove broadcast-anchored Extra. His new home was launched about seven years after the founding of E! and is currently hosted by Mario Lopez.
“I’ve had my eye on Ben for a long time,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, senior executive producer of Extra. “He’s an entertainment news wunderkind… Between his deep knowledge of entertainment and his close relationships in Hollywood, he will be a great addition.”
Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself….. I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female.
And about that remark that he would stab his son if he turned out to be gay?
The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight … I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.
Tim Mihalsky, a native of Thousand Oaks, would schlep over that hill everyday to get coffee and answer phones for Ryan Seacrest. That was five years ago. “I used to watch Ryan and Ellen talk all morning long and thought, ‘I could do that’ and I now I am,” Mihalsky tells FishbowlLA.
The now 24-year-old built his radio show from the ground up, called advertisers and markets himself offering them his original daily content. And now FoxRock Syndication Services has Tim’s show on their roster.
The lesson here: Never give up and always be nice to your interns. They may have a national platform one day.
Under his Simmons-Lathan Media Group, Russell Simmons has produced Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam, The Nutty Professor, and several hit reality shows starring his own family: brother Rev. Run (of Run-DMC) and his family on MTV’s Run’s House and Daddy’s Girls, and Russell himself on Oxygen’s Running Russell Simmons. Meanwhile, ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and the couple’s two daughters have their own show on Style, Life in the Fab Lane.
With all of his TV projects, the author and philanthropist says he refuses to “play to cheap seats,” which meant not giving niece Angela the lavish sweet sixteen MTV typically features. And he believes that brand of inspiring reality has placed his own children “in a safer position today as television stars.”
“I tell them that their job as they become more famous is to use their celebrity to help others, use their good benefit if it’s money to benefit others. And that that’s gonna make them happy, and that any hoarding, holding onto anything will result in sadness and they believe me, I think. So, that’s a constant discussion,” he explained in our @MediaBeat interview.
“But I think that Kimora is such a good mother and such a good disciplinarian – I know; I was disciplined for many years, kept in order. So, I know she’s good at that… I was under a good thumb and the kids are under the thumb now. So I know they ain’t doing nothing wrong, ’cause I could NEVER do nothing wrong.”
Nike and the NFL have riled up local dog lovers by refusing to dump Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick, who has been indicted for running a dog fighting operation. Nike did suspend the Zoom Vick V shoe , but activists say “too little, too late” and are mass emailing contact info for NFL and the Falcons. (see below)
Jossip has some really disgusting details from the indictment.
Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton and PETA have hooked up against Vicks.