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The Roots Manager Passes Away

Richard Nichols, has managed The Roots for over 15 years. He most recently executive produced for The Roots’ album …and then you shoot your cousin. He’s worked with Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild.  It’s being reported that Rich passed away from Lukemia. The Roots released a statement sending their condolence and said the “Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades.” Questlove posted the last texts he had with Rich on Instagram and someone commented claiming that Rich was her uncle and that he has not passed but the family is asking for your prayers. The gram user said Rich is very sick and that he was taken off a breathing machine, but is fighting for his life. Either way prayers go out to the family.

Pharrell To Curate NBA 2K15 Soundtrack

Kevin Durant on the cover - Skateboard P on the beats this basically sums up the latest installment of the NBA 2K franchise. It has been officially announced that Pharrell will follow in the footsteps of both Jay Z & Lebron JAmes, and will be the man in charge for NBA 2K15′s soundtrack. NBA 2K15 hits video game shelves near you October 7th. Just another reason to be happy for Pharrell.

Another Malaysian Plane Loses Signal

The world had déjà vu yesterday when we found out another Malaysian plane lost signal before being shot down. Plane MH17 was allegedly shot down by an air missile over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died.  The plane was en route from Amsterdam and was hit mid-air. Media outlets are saying pro Russian separatists did it. There is a lot of hostility in that region. Original reports say Americans were on the plane but that hasn’t been officially confirmed.

Nominees For VMA's

The nominees for this year’s VMAs have been announced. Leading the pack with 8 nominations is Queen B (but of course), followed by both Eminem & Iggy Azalea with 7 each. Peep the full list of categories & nominees here, and catch the VMAs on August 24th.

Marvel Announces Captain America Will Now Be A Black Man 

Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has announced that Captain America will be replaced by Falcon who is a black super hero. For the majority of the time Steve Rogers has played the role.  Now he will pass his shield to partner Falcon. This comes after Marvel announced Thor is going to be a female. The new incarnation of Thor will be unveiled in a comic series this October. The change for Thor will not be temporary.

District Publishes Employee Salaries

The Philadelphia School District has taken another step into the digital age this week by making its salary information available to the general public. They are trying to be very transparent since they have had a lot of backlash about mis-managing money for the schools. Superintendent William Hite has the highest salary at $270,000, followed by Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn at $210,000. As part of the open-data initiative, the district has also published school-by-school enrollment, catchment zones and vendors who were paid more than $50,000. Checkhttp://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/o/open-data-initiative