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Saturday
Apr132013

Louis C.K. On 'People Just Accepting That I'm White'

Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Louis C.K. shared his viewpoint on race in Rolling Stone's cover story on the comedian, which hit newsstands on Friday.

C.K. was born in California, but lived in his father's native Mexico from the age of one to around the age of seven. He later moved to Boston.

C.K. says he never picked up a Bostonian accent because of his time in Mexico. He told Rolling Stone, "I was a little kid, so all I had to do was completely reject my Spanish and my Mexican past, which is a whole lot easier because I'm white with red hair. I had the help of a whole nation of people just accepting that I'm white."

C.K. believes America's perspective on race has changed over time. He asked, "[President] Obama's black, but he's not black the way people used to define that. Is black your experience or the color of your skin?"

He added, "My experience is as a Mexican immigrant, more so than someone like George Lopez. He's from California. But he'll be treated as an immigrant. I am an outsider. My abuelita, my grandmother, didn't speak English. My whole family on my dad's side is in Mexico. I won't ever be called that or treated that way, but it was my experience."

C.K.'s new stand-up special, Oh My God, premieres on HBO on Saturday night.

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Sunday
Feb242013

MC Hammer Tweets About His ‘Teachable Moment’ Arrest

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rapper MC Hammer suggested he was a victim of racial profiling and called his recent arrest a “teachable moment.”

The “U Can’t Touch This”  and “2 Legit 2 Quit” singer was arrested Thursday night in Dublin, Calif.,  on charges of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.

On Saturday, MC Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, tweeted his side of the story.

He said an officer approached his car and asked, “Are you on parole or probation?”

MC Hammer said while he was handing the officer his identification, the officer pulled him out of the car.

“It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help … but make no mistake, he’s dangerous,” MC Hammer tweeted.

The Dublin Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a ‘teachable moment’ and ‘eye opener’ for my many friends & colleagues,” MC Hammer told his followers.

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Tuesday
Aug142012

MMA Fighter Found Nude in Trashed Calif. Church

ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- Mixed-martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller allegedly set off fire extinguishers and destroyed property inside a San Diego-area church before police found him sitting naked on a couch and arrested him.

Miller, the former host of the MTV reality show Bully Beatdown, was taken into custody by Orange County Sheriff’s officials Monday after they received a call around 9 a.m. from a pastor at the Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo reporting a burglary in progress.

TMZ.com first reported that Miller, a well-known personality in the mixed-martial arts world, had been taken into custody and placed under medical evaluation.  He was reportedly awake and coherent when officials found him naked on a couch on the church’s second floor.

Both the church’s first and second floors were covered in retardant from a fire extinguisher and trashed with broken pictures, CDs and books, authorities told TMZ.

Miller is a former fighter for both UFC and Strikeforce. His online bio describes him as being known for “flashy entrances, exciting fighting style, and magnetic personality, both in and out of the ring.”

Miller is being held on $20,000 bail and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, according to authorities.

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Monday
May282012

Justin Bieber Being Investigated in Scuffle With Photographer

DISNEYLAND/MARK ASHMAN(CALABASA, Calif.) -- Teen pop singer Justin Bieber is being investigated for battery after an altercation with a photographer trying to snap pictures of the singer and his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez, according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

The photographer said Bieber struck him in the face as the mega couple exited a shopping center in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday afternoon.

The photographer was not identified. Bieber and Gomez left before the authorities could arrive, KABC reported.

The photographer complained of pain and requested medical attention. Sheriff’s officials said he was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and later released.

Police say the alleged victim is pressing charges, filing a police report overnight alleging battery by the 18-year-old singer.

Bieber has not commented on the confrontation but took to Twitter early Monday morning to say, “gonna focus on the important stuff, the music.”

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Wednesday
Apr182012

Kim Kardashian Eyes Run for Mayor in California City

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mayor Kim Kardashian has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?  The reality TV star wants to become mayor of Glendale, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles.

In a bonus clip of Sunday's episode of the E! series Khloe & Lamar posted online, Kim tells her sister Khloe that she will run for mayor of Glendale in five years.  She says she's enlisted a friend's help in launching a campaign, and that she has to "buy a house there, you have to have residency there."

Kim, who has an Armenian background, also notes that the city has a sizable Armenian-American population.

Glendale city officials clarify that the mayor of the city is not elected, but rather is selected "by a nomination and subsequent majority vote of his/her colleagues during the annual reorganization meeting of the city council, which takes place on an annual basis during the month of April."

If Kim is serious about becoming mayor of Glendale, she must establish residency and become a registered voter there.  Glendale officials say the city clerk's office "has not received any inquiries from any potential candidates regarding the 2017 Glendale municipal elections."

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Harry Potter Attraction to Open in California

2011 Warner Bros. Ent./ Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.(LOS ANGELES) -- Following the success of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park in Orlando, Florida, Universal Studios has announced a second is to be constructed at Universal Studios Hollywood.

A start date for construction on the West Coast version has not been announced.  The first Potter attraction, which opened at Universal Studios in Orlando in June 2010, will also be expanded.

Barry Meyer, the chairman-CEO of Warner Bros. said, “The future of Harry Potter is looking brighter today than ever.”

The "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" attraction features replicas of Hogwarts castle, Hogsmede village and other references to the popular books and films.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Brooke Mueller Returns to California Following Colorado Arrest

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, was given court permission Monday to return to California following her arrest over the weekend in Aspen, Colo., for alleged third-degree assault and cocaine possession.

The Aspen Daily News reports her attorney had made the request to allow the 34-year-old Mueller to return to California so she could reunite with Sam and Max, the twin boys she has with Sheen.  She flew to Los Angeles via a private jet following the judge's decision.

Mueller, who has battled addiction issues in the past, was arrested after police say they went on a "routine walkthrough" at an Aspen club and were told by a woman that Mueller had assaulted her.  She posted $11,000 bond and was released from custody.  She has a court date scheduled for Dec. 19.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Ex-Porn Star Reads to Elementary School Kids; District to Investigate

Steven Lawton/FilmMagic(COMPTON, Calif.) -- After receiving complaints about an ex-porn star visiting an elementary school, district officials are planning to meet with the agent who scheduled her appearance, and rethink the booking process.

Compton, Calif., school officials said they weren’t informed of her past work when they agreed to host her.

Sasha Grey, a former adult film actress who made her last porn film two years ago and has since moved to more mainstream acting roles, participated in the guest reading program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, reading a book called Dog Breath to a group of students.

At first, the school denied she was ever there, telling TMZ that “the actress you indicated was not present.” Then TMZ found pictures of her reading to the students, and she tweeted that she spent the morning reading to first- and third-graders.

In a statement, the Compton Unified School District said the talent coordinator for the program listed Grey as an actress who had been on Entourage when she was proposed as a participant, and her previous experience in adult films wasn’t mentioned.

The school district said it will review the selection process for participants with a coordinator to avoid potentially controversial readers in the future.

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Monday
Oct242011

Prince Harry Spies New American Girl

JSN Photography/WireImage(SAN DIEGO) -- The first target hit by Britain’s Prince Harry while on U.S. soil for intense pilot training came not in the battlefield, but in the nightclub.

The party-friendly royal was enjoying a night off with fellow members of the Royal Air Force Friday, Oct. 7 at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego, when 26-year-old cocktail waitress Jessica Donaldson caught his eyes.

Harry, 27, got Donaldson’s phone number and wooed the waitress, inviting her along with a few friends, to a beachside brunch just days later.

“Harry is a real-life Prince Charming,” Donaldson told the UK’s Mirror.

The pair caused another media storm when they were then observed kissing in a nightclub the night after.

“Some of the hotel staff in San Diego say they saw Harry and a pretty brunette kissing in the foyer about one, two o’clock in the morning,” Duncan Larcombe, royal reporter for The Sun, told ABC News.  “Then they saw the same girl leaving at 10:30 the next morning.”

Prince Harry has been staying at a naval air facility in El Centro, Calif., a two-hour drive from San Diego, since earlier this month in the first leg of a two-month stay in the U.S. to learn how to fly Apache attack helicopters in preparation for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Despite calling him “Prince Charming,” Donaldson denied rumors of a fling with the prince while sitting for an interview alongside her boyfriend of three years, nightclub promoter Brandon Thomason, 28, whom the British media have described as “hulking.”

“That wasn’t me...It must have been another girl,” Donaldson told the Mirror.  “I am not sleeping with Prince Harry and he has never been anything other than a gentleman to me.”

Harry split with his long-term girlfriend Chelsy Davy earlier this year following a seven year on-again, off-again relationship.

The prince will spend two more weeks in California and will then head to the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona to complete the eight-week training.

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Wednesday
Sep282011

'Octomom' Nadya Suleman Selling California Home

Amanda Edwards/WireImage(LA HABRA, Calif.) -- The “Octomom” is selling the home in La Habra, California where she lives with her 14 children.

Nadya Suleman says it's a “nice house” but she needs a home with more than four bedrooms.  Suleman says she doesn’t want something fancy because she never wants her kids to “ever live in any kind of lifestyle of opulence or anything.”  She says she still wants them "to see my struggle."

Suleman is now involved in a new reality dating series called Celebridate.  It follows different celebrities as three regular people attempt to woo them or get the boot.  The series will debut on HDNet in October.

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