Remembering John Lennon: The Beatles ‘White Album’ Experience Spotify Playlist
This day each year marks the unfortunate anniversary of the tragic death of John Lennonwho was murdered in 1980 at the age of 40. The Beatles legend wrote many of the Fab Four’s most beloved songs and composed several more standouts during his subsequent solo career. Lennon’s legacy is not a question of whether he was an elite songwriter, among the best to ever live, it’s a question of what could have been had he not been senselessly taken from the world, his family and his friends.
Last month marked 50 years since The Beatles self-titled album known as The White Albumwas released. The double LP features many classics in the band’s songbook attributed to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership Lennon forged with Paul McCartney. Among the album tracks Lennon was primarily responsible for writing include “Dear Prudence,” “Glass Onion,” “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” “I’m So Tired,” “Julia,” “Yer Blues,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Cry Baby Cry” and “Good Night.”
A massive box set celebrating The White Album was recently issued featuring over 50 previously unreleased recordings, including the May 1968 “Esher Demos” made at George Harrison’s Kinfauns home on the Claremont Estate in Esher, England. Spotify created the official The Beatles White Album Experience playlist combining the new box set with a series of videos about the album and re-issue project. The videos featuring producer Giles Martin (son of late Beatles producer George Martin) and author Kevin Howlett discussing The White Album are
ASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee's Supreme Court is clarifying that, a woman convicted of first-degree murder as a teen, could be released from prison after serving at least 51 years.
The court issued the opinion Thursday at the request of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering the case of Brown, 30. She has drawn celebrity support from Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and others as she fights her life sentence for killing a man when she was 16.
Brown's lawyers have said she was a sex-trafficking victim who killed 43-year-old Johnny Allen because she feared for her life. Prosecutors said she shot him and robbed him.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, but Tennessee has argued successfully in lower courts that Brown does have a possibility for parole after 51 years. The ruling Thursday goes to the federal appellate court for review.
A 30-year-old Tennessee woman who has controversially been imprisoned since she was a teenager for murdering a man who solicited her for sex must remain behind bars for at least 51 years, the state’s supreme court said this week.
The decision, issued Thursday, is a blow to Cyntoia Brown’s years-long efforts to overturn her sentence in the 2004 shooting of Johnny Mitchell Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent.
Brown has long maintained she was forced to be an underage prostitute by a boyfriend who then took the money that she would make. She claimed that after Allen picked her up in August 2004, she shot him in self-defense because she saw him reach for a gun while the two were in bed.
Brown, now 30, argued that her lifelong imprisonment was unconstitutional under a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which found that juveniles could not receive mandatory life sentences without parole.
That appeal was rejected, and Brown subsequently contended her punishment was “cruel and unusual” under the same 2012 ruling.
This second appeal remains under the consideration of the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which, characterizing existing state law as unclear, asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to weigh in with its opinion on whether Brown could be paroled for her murder conviction.
The state supreme unanimously agreed that under Tennessee law Brown can only become eligible for early release after serving at least 51 years of her sentence, when she will be 69.
“Under state law, a life sentence is a determinate sentence of 60 years. However, the sixty-year sentence can be reduced by up to 15 percent, or 9 years, by earning various sentence credits” for good behavior and participation in educational and vocational training, the Tennessee Supreme Court decided.
“The system has failed. … I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this,” West tweeted last year.
In May, Brown appeared before the Tennessee Board of Parole for a clemency hearing. The six-member board was split, with two members voting to release her while two others voted to deny her request for freedom.
The remaining two members suggested her sentence should be significantly shortened to make her parole eligible in 2029, after Brown she has served 25 years. The decision to free Brown ultimately rests with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
“The governor thoughtfully reviews any clemency application and recommendation from the Board of Parole,” a spokesman said in May, according to the Tennessean.
Aquaman star Jason Momoa's on-set prank war with Amber Heard sounds brutal
EXCLUSIVE: The 39-year-old muscleman went from hero to tearo as he revealed his sensitive and emotional side
Aquaman star Jason Momoa has revealed he was in floods of tears while filming his latest blockbuster.
The 39-year-old muscleman went from hero to tearo as he revealed his sensitive and emotional side.
Momoa – all 6ft 4in and 17st of him – said: “I’m the biggest drama queen on the set. I was constantly crying.
“I was raised by a single mother and I’m very connected to my emotions.”
Momoa was a young boy when he and his mum left his native Hawaii for a new life in Iowa, US.
And as DC Universe movie Aquaman heads to UK cinemas on Wednesday, the father-of-two says he has no problem revealing his vulnerabilities.
He declares: “I’m not going to nor-mally get hired to play those emotional things – and I’m capable of it.
“I’m just trapped in a big, dumb body!”
While his emotions got the better of him from time to time, the physical pain of filming Aquaman also reduced him to tears.
Momoa was required to hang from cables while filming umpteen computer generated action scenes.
Though Aquaman’s adventures are underwater, the film was mostly shot with its stars dangled on wires “swimming” through air. Momoa recalls ranting at the film crew: “I weigh 240lbs, I can’t feel my nuts!
“You have got to let me down! Take this damn thing off me!”
The muscleman also had to endure months of strict dieting to perfect the bulging biceps, chiselled abs and rippling thighs of tattooed Aquaman.
But his co-star Amber Heard did not make it easy, tormenting him with offers of fatty foods and tasty treats.
Heard, 32, who plays Mera, the Queen of Atlantis, would taunt him with offers of wine and cheese. While that may have irritated Momoa, the pair got on like a house on fire and there was plenty of off-screen banter and pranks.
Momoa tore out the last 10 pages of a book Amber was reading – while she liked to taunt him when he moaned about Aquaman’s ill-fitting boots on set.
The actor said: “She’s the biggest trouper. She is very intelligent and reads, and things like that. I look at pictures and see pretty things.”The pair were previously on screen together in Justice League.
Before Aquaman, Momoa starred in Game of Thrones as warlord Khal Drogo – married to “mother of dragons” Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, 32.
He was signed to star as Aquaman seven years ago and first played the role in the 2016 movie Batman v Superman.
He reprised the role in last year’s ensemble hit Justice League.
And with an Aquaman sequel likely, we can expect more tears on set. But a megabucks payday will at least have him laughing all the way to the bank.
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham did not travel with the team on Saturday, and has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins.
Beckham was listed on the injury report with a bruised quadriceps, after being a limited participant during Friday’s practice. The injury was first suffered in Week 12 against the Eagles, but Beckham played through it in last Sunday’s 30-27 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.
According to the Giants, the decision was made on Saturday morning that Beckham was not healthy enough to play on Sunday.
Through the first 12 games of the season, Beckham has already caught 77 passes for 1,032 yards and six touchdowns. Beckham has also thrown a pair of touchdowns this season, including a 45-yard pass to Russell Shepard last Sunday.
Beckham spoke to the media on Thursday, and did not sound like he was worried about his availability, rather he was confident that the Giants could play the role of spoiler on Sunday afternoon.
“At this point, we really can only focus on Washington,” Beckham said, following Thursday’s practice. “There’s no ‘what if.’ We’re going out there to win and if our season’s over, I’m making sure somebody else is coming home with us. That’s the goal. The goal is to win all of these games and see what happens. But, if not, you’re going to have a tough game to play against us for the last four games.”
LANDOVER, Md. — The Giants, slowly but surely, believe they are putting it all together on offense as the season heads for home, but that momentum and improvement will face a stiff and unforeseen setback, as they will not have Odell Beckham Jr. for Sunday’s game against the Redskins at FedEx Field.
In an unexpected turn of events, Beckham practiced most of the past week, was limited on Friday with a bruised quadriceps that coach Pat Shurmur did not declare to be anything serious then did not make the trip south Saturday with his team. He will miss his first game of the season in what has been a strong comeback from ankle surgery that landed him on injured reserve and forced him out of the final 11 games in 2017.
The first time the Giants revealed anything was wrong with Beckham was Friday, when he was limited in practice. Shurmur said the quad issue first surfaced two weeks ago, when Beckham got tripped and leg-whipped by linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on the final play of the 25-22 loss to the Eagles. Beckham did not report any injury, though, practiced fully the next week and played 66 of the 72 offensive snaps in the 30-27 victory over the Bears, throwing a touchdown pass and also catching a touchdown pass.
“He’s going to be fine,’’ Shurmur said Friday, revealing the bruised quad had “been lingering” but adding “he’s playing’’ against the Redskins.
Clearly, something changed less than 24 hours after Shurmur expressed confidence in Beckham’s health. The stiffness in the quad did not improve the way the Giants anticipated it would and Beckham will be sent for addition tests to make sure the injury is indeed a bruise and not something more serious.
No, he is not playing against the Redskins, and just like that, the Giants’ top target in the passing game is unavailable. There is no suitable replacement. In reserve opposite starter Sterling Shepard, the Giants have Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, Corey Coleman and Jawill Davis. Combined, the four reserves have 20 receptions this season. Beckham has 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. At least the Giants will have pass-catching tight end Evan Engram in uniform. Engram missed the past two games with a strained hamstring.
At 4-8, the Giants have won three of their past four games, but the end is nearing for them and they are feeling it. If they lose Sunday, they are officially eliminated from playoff contention. In truth, they were never involved in any semblance of playoff contention, not after going 1-7 in the first half of the season and certainly not after blowing a 19-3 lead two weeks ago in Philadelphia.
“Yeah, that one sucks,’’ rookie Saquon Barkley said. “Obviously part of you wants to look back and say we let that one slip away, but you can’t focus on that. You’ve got to move on, and we did. We moved on, we came out and played a tremendous Chicago Bears team, had a slow start on offense in the first half, defense played lights out, and even though Chicago was able to come back and fight, we found a way to win, which we didn’t do prior to that week. I think we definitely learned from that lesson.’’
The Eagles loss, coupled with the Week 5 reversal of fortune — a stirring 31-30 comeback victory over the Panthers devolved into a 33-31 loss on Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal with one second remaining — are the two the Giants (4-8) look back on and shake their heads.
the Giants have yet to win a game in the NFC East, going 0-4. This is unacceptable. The first encounter with the Redskins in late October was the Giants at their absolute worst: Their lone touchdown came with 17 seconds remaining. Eli Manning was sacked seven times. The Giants ran for 37 yards and gave up 182 rushing yards. It was a lopsided 20-13 loss, the nadir of the season.“I think the one thing that we can do is finish the right way, because we certainly didn’t start the right way,’’ Shurmur said.
The Redskins (6-6) have not done much winning since, dropping out of first place and riding a three-game losing streak. The Giants can show how much they’ve improved since the first meeting. That is about it.
“I believe this whole thing is a learning moment that’s building up to be a great story one day,’’ Barkley said. “Even though it may not be a great story right now, it will be.’’
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson vs. Giants LB Alec Ogletree
This, of course, is not a one-on-one battle, but these are the main combatants in a confrontation that should determine the outcome of the game. With Mark Sanchez at quarterback, the Redskins will have to rely heavily on Peterson (192 rushing attempts for 856 yards and seven TDs) because they do not want to throw it too often. Back in late October, Peterson ran for 149 yards on the Giants and scored on a 64-yard burst late in the fourth quarter. The Giants are now without strong safety Landon Collins, their leading tackler who is headed for shoulder surgery. Ogletree is coming off a two-interception (the first run back for a touchdown) performance against the Bears, but he will be needed this week to fortify what has often been a suspect run defense that allows nearly 125 yards per game.
The Redskins are no pushovers on defense, and running on them is no joyride. There’s a potential problem looming: Can the Giants hold in check tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis? Can Mark Sanchez get them the ball? And can Odell Beckham Jr. escape the clutches of Josh Norman? Have to think Saquon Barkley plays a big role here.
Giants 24, Redskins 16
Mark it down: Mark Sanchez was unemployed when the Redskins came calling and signed him Nov. 19 after starting quarterback Alex Smith was lost for the season with a broken leg. Sanchez was to serve as backup to Colt McCoy, but McCoy broke his leg in last week’s loss to the Eagles. Just like that, Sanchez — once the great hope of the Jets — will start a game for the first time since Thanksgiving 2015, when he suited up for the Eagles in Detroit. Sanchez’s offensive coordinator that day was Pat Shurmur. The last time Sanchez, somehow just 32 years old, started and won a game was Dec. 28, 2014, when he was with the Eagles and beat the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Sanchez has played in seven games since the start of the 2015 season.
Stop and Go: Saquon Barkley remembers the first time he ran against the Redskins, though it was a day to forget. He got the ball 13 times and gained just 38 yards, a paltry average of 2.9 yards per attempt. His longest run was nine yards. Sure, he caught nine passes but for just 73 yards. The Redskins are injury-ravaged as Barkley gets a second chance to go at them.
“I wouldn’t say they’ve vulnerable, I think they’re still a really good defense,’’ Barkley said. “They have been letting up more runs than they were the first half of the year, but they’re still a great defense and you still got to respect those guys from the front seven to the back end.’’
New guy in the building: Shurmur never criticizes his players in public, even when there are egregious mistakes. He lost seven of his first eight games in his first year as Giants head coach before this recent uptick. Everyone watched to see how he handled himself amid the losing.
“He kept a good mentality,’’ Eli Manning said. “It’s tough on coaches, it’s tough on everybody when you’re losing, but he kept his cool and told us to keep fighting, told us he believed in this team and we were close to kinda turning that corner. We kept working and everybody made changes, everybody made adjustments to try to figure out how we can get going.’’
Audition time: Spencer Pulley moved into the starting lineup in Week 7 and has remained as the starting center. Pulley, 25, started all 16 games last season for the Chargers and is looking for a football home. He hopes he plays well enough to convince the Giants he can be their answer moving forward.
“I believe we have a really strong room,’’ Pulley said. “We all trust in each other, it’s a very intelligent and hard-working, tough group that has the team first and when you have that it solves a lot of issues.’’