Engage: Heavy D dies; 50 years later, 'West Side Story' lives on
Rapper Heavy D, left, pictured with Cee Lo Green, died Tuesday at age 44.
November 9th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

Engage: Heavy D dies; 50 years later, 'West Side Story' lives on

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'Heavy D' dies at 44
"Rapper and actor Heavy D, who played an influential role in shaping rap music in the late '80s and early '90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae, has died. He was 44. Heavy D, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, died Tuesday in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after collapsing on the walkway outside his Beverly Hills home, according to law enforcement sources. Myers' survivors include a daughter." - The Los Angeles Times

50 year later, 'West Side Story' still inspires
“This incredibly successful and highly acclaimed musical marked the first time Puerto Ricans were the focus of a mainstream cinematic production. ... 'Why are we watching West Side Story 50 years later? West Side Story is still shown today to gangs in the L.A. County jails. You’d be surprised how current the movie is in terms of being shown, if nothing else, to start discussions on gang violence. We might not find it very violent, and the body count is really low, but the seed of prejudice is still the same. '” -  MovieMorlocks.com

FCC aims to shrink digital divide with partnerships
" On Wednesday, the [Federal Communications Commission] and private providers will announce commitments from most of the big cable companies in the United States to supply access for $9.99 a month to a subset of low-income households. The low introductory price is meant to appeal to new customers who have not had broadband in the past." - The New York Times

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