Vivica A. Fox isn’t happy Kanye West used her in a campaign video out of context

Vivica A. Fox has hit out at Kanye West for using her quotes out of context in a presidential campaign video.

In a bid to become US president in 2024, West launched a video calling out some of his critics. One narrative saw a clip of FOX News show Tucker Carlson Tonight featuring many celebrities disagreeing with the musician.

Vivica A. Fox can be seen in a clip from her FOX Soul show Cocktails With Queens, saying: “Yo, Kanye. Eff you. And I mean that with everything inside of me. You got to cancel him. And I know we not trying to be in a cancel culture but we got to hit him in his pockets now. Because he, obviously, doesn’t care about the African-American culture.”

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The actor since addressed West on Twitter to explain the context of her quotes, saying she was “not happy” about Kanye’s comments regarding George Floyd.

“Now dawling if you gonna use a clip featuring me it should be accurate!” Fox tweeted. “I was not happy with you [for] saying George Floyd wasn’t murdered, but THANKS 4 watching my @foxsoultv show #CocktailsWithQueens & know 2 Can Play that game.”

Kanye West has faced a backlash over the past month after posting a series of antisemitic remarks online, including one where he said he didn’t believe in the term antisemitism, claiming that it’s “not factual”.

He was subsequently suspended from Twitter and Instagram, but has since returned to the social platforms.

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‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer Irene Cara has died aged 63

Irene Cara, best known for singing the title tracks of the classic 1980s films Fame and Flashdance, has died at the age of 63.

The news was confirmed by her publicist Judith A. Moose on Twitter, who revealed that Cara died at her Florida home. The cause of death is currently unknown and will be released “when information is available”. A memorial for fans is set to be held in due course.

Moose wrote: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.

“Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I’ll be reading each and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans.”

Cara first shot to fame when she was cast in the 1980 musical Fame. After being initially cast as a dancer, the role of Coco Hernandez was written for her and she sang the title track. Her performance won her two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Artist.

She later sang and co-wrote ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’ for the soundtrack of the 1983 blockbuster Flashdance, for which she also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Cara’s publicist praised her as a “beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films”.

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Geoff Wonfor, director of ‘The Beatles Anthology’, dies aged 73

Geoff Wonfor, the Grammy-winning British filmmaker who directed The Beatles Anthology documentary series, has died at the age of 73.

His death was confirmed on Tuesday (November 22) by his daughter Sam, who said he died in Newcastle, where he grew up [via Billboard]. No cause of death has been given.

“We are devastated to have lost our Dad and Gramps and are finding it impossible to imagine a world without him in it,” she said in a statement [via BBC] “He was a one-off – a huge presence with a heart to match.

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“His warmth, humour and encyclopaedic capacity for remembering jokes of all qualities ensured people who met him rarely forgot him – and that has been borne out by the wave of wonderful messages and tributes we’ve received since his passing.

“He loved what he did and we’re so very grateful he got to continue doing it to the end.”

Wonfor spent five years making The Beatles Anthology, which comprised an eight-part documentary, three double albums and a coffee table book. It was finally completed in 1997. The film combined archive footage with new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, who died in 2001. It also features commentary from John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980. The film won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video.

He also directed the videos for McCartney’s songs ‘In The World Tonight’ and ‘Young Boy’ and worked on 1980s pop show The Tube. In addition, Wonfor was in the director’s chair for Band Aid 20, a documentary about how the 1984 Christmas classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ was re-recorded for its 20th anniversary.

Various celebrities have paid tribute to Wonfor, including Denise Welch, who described him as “wonderful father, grandfather and friend” and a “North East Titan”. Elsewhere, Tim Healy said he was a “a joy to be with” while his close friend and musician Ray Laidlaw described him as a “man of the people” and an “incredible talent”.

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He is survived by daughters Abi and Sam and grandchildren Ami, Amba, Amaaya, Fred and Georgie.

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Machine Gun Kelly shares atmospheric title track from ‘Taurus’

Machine Gun Kelly has shared the title track from his semi-autobiographic 2022 film Taurus – you can listen to it below.

The movie spotlights MGK – real name Colson Baker – as a talented but troubled rock star, Cole, who spends his days and nights searching endlessly for the inspiration to record one last song.

A synopsis states that the project delves into “the darkness of fame, addiction, the artistic process and the music industry”.

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Baker also co-wrote the Taurus alongside Tim Sutton. Other stars include MGK’s fiancé Megan Fox, Maddie Hasson (Malignant) and Scoot McNairy (Narcos: Mexico).

The ‘Taurus’ track features vocals from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Naomi Wild, who portrays Lena in the film.

I didn’t leave a letter on my desk saying ‘goodbye’/ People think I left even though I’m still here/ Pressure made its way through my chest to my heart like a spark does/ Fireworks on the new year/ Burning me alive life imitates art,” MGK raps on the atmospheric cut.

Check out the official video for ‘Taurus’ here:

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Ryuichi Sakamoto announces new album ’12’

Ryuichi Sakamoto has announced ’12’, his first non-soundtrack studio album in nearly six years.

The album is set to arrive on January 17 via Milan Records, and follows up 2017’s ‘async’. It was recorded throughout 2021 and 2022, with each of its dozen tracks titled after the dates they were written.

In a statement, the Japanese composer and Yellow Magic Orchestra founder – who revealed last year he had been diagnosed with cancer for a second time, and is receiving ongoing treatment – discussed how the compositions on ’12’ began forming.

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“After I finally ‘came home’ to my new temporary housing after a big operation, I found myself reaching for the synthesizer,” Sakamoto said. “I had no intention of composing something; I just wanted to be showered in sound. I’ll probably continue to keep this kind of ‘diary’.”

Sakamoto has also announced a ticketed livestream concert, which will air on December 10. For it, the composer will premiere a career-spanning concert recorded at 509 Studios in Tokyo. A preview of the album will be available following the livestream, accessible exclusively to ticketholders.

Sakamoto has stayed busy since ‘async’ arrived in 2017, recording soundtracks for a range of film and television projects. Those have included the 2019 Black Mirror episode ‘Smithereens’ and last year’s Netflix film Beckett. Last month, Sakamoto released a soundtrack for the Netflix anime series Exception.

In January last year, Sakamoto shared a letter on his website saying that while the throat cancer he had been diagnosed with in 2014 was in remission, he had received a recent diagnosis of rectal cancer. “The news was disheartening, but thanks to the excellent doctors I met, the surgery I underwent was a success. I am now undergoing treatment,” he said.

“Due to these circumstances, traveling long distances for work will be difficult. Still, I will continue to work as much as I can while in treatment,” Sakamoto explained. “From now on, I will be living alongside cancer. But, I am hoping to make music for a little while longer.”

Next month, Milan Records will release a Sakamoto tribute album titled ‘To The Moon And Back’. The compilation will include reworks of Sakamoto’s songs by Thundercat (whose “remodel” of ‘Thousand Knives’ was released last month), Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), Fennesz, the Cinematic Orchestra and more.

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The cover art for Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ’12’

The tracklist for Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ’12’ is:

01. ‘20210310’
02. ‘20211130’
03. ‘20211201’
04. ‘20220123’
05. ‘20220202’
06. ‘20220207’
07. ‘20220214’
08. ‘20220302 – sarabande’
09. ‘20220302’
10. ‘20220307’
11. ‘20220404’
12. ‘20220304’

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