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By MICHAEL S. JAMES and LESLEY MESSER (@lesleymesser) @pakofalphas
June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini, the actor who most famously portrayed Tony Soprano on the series “The Sopranos,” has died in Italy at age 51.
“It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy,” said his managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. “Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.”
Gandolfini died while vacationing in Rome and a cause of death has not been given. Gandolfini was expected to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily this weekend and receive the “Taormina City Prize.” Instead, organizers of the festival said they’re putting together a tribute to the actor.
Organizers Mario Sesti and Tiziana Rocca told The Associated Press they had spoken to Gandolfini hours before his death “and he was very happy to receive this prize and be able to travel to Italy.”
Though he rose to his greatest fame playing a New Jersey mob boss on “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini also had a long and diverse list of credits as a stage and film actor, including many character and supporting roles.
“He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that,” “Sopranos” creator David Chase said in a prepared statement this evening. “He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart.’ There would be silence at the other end of the phone. … He wasn’t easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.”
After “The Sopranos” ended its run in 2007, Gandolfini received a Tony nomination starring in the Broadway hit, “God of Carnage,” described in a 2009 New York Times article as a “satiric comedy.”
“I love hearing people laugh,” he told the interviewer. “Especially in New York, and especially now. To hear somebody out there just belly-laughing.”
Get more on the life and career of James Gandolfini.
Recent film roles included his portrayal of CIA Director Leon Panetta in “Zero Dark Thirty” — and he also appeared in “Killing Them Softly” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” and reunited with Chase to play the father of an aspiring musician in the film, “Not Fade Away.”
Matt Zoller Seitz, a TV critic for New York magazine who interviewed Gandolfini in the earliest days of “The Sopranos,” told ABCNews.com of Gandolfini’s body of work, “You will never catch him doing anything false, ever.”
“His technique was impeccable and, like Spencer Tracy used to say: Never let them catch you acting,” Seitz said. “James Gandolfini never let them catch him acting.”
Beyond acting, Seitz said Gandolfini made an impression on him as “just a good man” who never forgot his roots.
“He wasn’t one of them. He was one of us,” Seitz said.
HBO, which broadcast “The Sopranos,” said in a prepared statement, “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
“When I say MIDWEST, you say LUV!”…big words coming from the man himself, MTV Licensed Artist, kCAne MarkCO! kCAne reps the midwest to the fullest!
Coming fresh off of the Anti Bullying Bully / Basher Tour, kCAne MarkCO will be bringing the MADE IN THE MIDWEST MUSIC TOUR into ELKHART,INDIANA with Nerve Djs own Marquise DjSquad574 Jackson & Oliver DjBigO317 Jackson of South Bend,Indiana.
Catch him performing the the midwest anthem, “MIDWEST LUV” on the stage of your very own Half-Time Sports Bar! It’s going down on July 13th, 2013 from 10pm to 3am. Make sure you have 5 dollars in your pocket for the door man and dress to impress! kCAne has lyrical magic for the haters, “Didn’t Wanna Be A Hater”, the Anti Bullying Anthem.
kCAne is bringing along the rest of the AlphaPak, including BLaCK!, A-1 da LAST Drop, CBG, Squadgang Turk, and T Lew. AlphaPak is known for tearing up stages and getting the crowd hype! Save your energy for the hot single “JUMP (ALL WE WANNA DO)”, you will be left with some construction to your town after this song is over! Think I’m joking? Find out for yourself!
BORN and RAISED in St. Louis, Missouri, kCAne MarkCO began spittin’ rhymes in cyphers on corners and at parks in his hood, eventually making his way through Chicago, landing in Indiana. kCAne has family all over the MID WEST! It’s hard to say who he identifies with in the music game, simply because he is one of a kind!
When he records and raps, it is just him having a conversation that happens to flow with rhymes. Making music is what he loves doing…the kind of music that gets your blood flowing and your brain thinking! Meet kCAne MarkCO the MIDWEST Juggernaut!
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May 26, 2013
Logansport hip-hop artist tours for bullying awareness
by Mitchell Kirk
A Logansport man is using his talents in rap and hip-hop music to speak out against bullying across the Midwest.
Adron Robinson, or A1 da Last Drop as he’s known musically, started taking music seriously in 2007, a year after moving to Logansport. The Cape Coral, Fla., native said he experimented with music in the past with friends during his time in the U.S. Army but took time off for a while before creating mix tapes and making an effort to prepare radio-ready music.
“My music is my truths, my life and the world as I see it,” Robinson said, adding that his songs fall into the genres of hip-hop and hip-rock.
In the summer of 2012, Robinson was approached by former St. Louis, Mo artist and producer kCAne MarkCO, owner of NuORder ENTertainmENT. Robinson joined the group, which represents artists all over the country.
Shortly after Robinson joined NuORder, MarkCO teamed up with Oliver “DjBigO317” Jackson, owner of South Bend and Indianapolis-based Trucker Bangin Ent. LLC, to use music to address bullying in what they would come to call the Anti-Bullying Bully Basher Tour.
“They came up with the idea watching the news and just staying up on everything that’s going on,” Robinson said. “They came to us [and said], ‘Look, everybody wants to be focused with this music, well let’s put this music toward something to help out the people. Get out there and speak out, get out there and go talk to some of these kids that have been bullied …’ We were all down for it.”
The tour kicked off in February, hitting schools and colleges in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and other states across the Midwest. It’s most recent stop was May 10 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.
A typical tour stop will consist of performances, individual lectures where performers will share their own experiences with bullies and meet-and-greets after the show, Robinson said.
“We can make a change as far as kids go,” Jackson said. “When they hear them say, ‘I was a victim of being bullied,’ the gym goes quiet. They’re big dudes. The kids could kind of relate. It doesn’t matter what size you are, it happens to everybody. It doesn’t make a difference what you are, if you’re new, if you’re a freshman; there are people who have nothing better to do than bully.”
When Robinson speaks to students about his own experiences with bullies, he tells them about growing up in Cape Coral, Fla., where he said his small stature and minority status led to him being a target for tormentors.
“Right now, I’m 6 feet, 185 pounds,” Robinson said. “When I was younger, it took a while before I hit my growth spurt. I was always one of the smaller children … Me and a few of the Hispanic people were minorities and we got picked on. We got jumped at the school bus, we got chased by people in trucks with bats.”
While Robinson affirms there are times when one may be forced to defend him or herself, he said physicality should always be a last resort.
“I came to recognize that most bullies were some of the most scared people,” he said. “They lacked a lot of confidence. They might have had a bad home life so they take it out on other people.”
The tour will continue into the summer, with upcoming stops in Washington, D.C., Kokomo, Cleveland, Ohio, and New York City.
Robinson will also be performing in a Thanks-A-Million Military Appreciation Showcase in collaboration with The Anti-Bullying Bully Basher Tour at the Logansport Eagles Saturday, June 1. The show will be 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Robinson said he is currently looking for more acts to add to the show and any interested parties can contact him at 574-398-7401.
You can check out Robinson’s music at mtv.com/artists/a1-da-last-drop and by visiting nervedjsmixtapes.com and clicking on Hip-hop under the Mix tapes section. He performs on a mix tape titled “NuOrder The Mixtape.”
“To me, my music is one of the best things I have to give the world,” Robinson said. “If I can’t use that in a positive way, then I’d feel like I was wasting it.”
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