Twitter war: Soulja Boy elevates SpaceGhostPurrp beef to bath salt levels!/SergiooxF/status/220705988221734916

The ongoing Twitter beef between rappers Soulja Boy and SpaceGhostPurrp is heating up again, rekindled by A$AP Rocky’s televised diss of SGP at the high-profile BET Awards Sunday.

For his part, SpaceGhostPurrp seems as confused as we are:

Soulja Boy assures us this is no publicity stunt.

Besides, Soulja Boy doesn’t have a new album to promote; well, not really.

I got some bad news and a @SouljaBoy CD, which one yall wanna hear first?

— 50 Tyson (@50TysonRap) July 5, 2012

Followers offer friendly advice.

50 Tyson is going at Soulja Boy now?! This beef might be equivalent to the Timmy vs Jimmy "Cripple Fight" from South Park

— Kevin L (@ClassClownKJL) July 5, 2012

Uh @souljaboy should shut up before he gets in some beef lmao. We all know you cant handle beef with anyone

— Antonino (@iHateChubbyHoes) July 5, 2012

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Taylor Swift sweeps #CMAAwards…and it hasn’t even started yet!/LightsOverSwift/status/398141317039259648

Country music fans are fired up for the Country Music Awards show tonight. Taylor Swift will perform and is up for four awards. The show hasn’t even begun yet, but she has reportedly already won between 2 and 6 awards.!/Putrierdianti/status/398213266955984896!/eonline/status/398224778592391168!/TaylorSwiftVid/status/398210800445173760


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Two Cellists Mix Beethoven And Led Zeppelin In The Coolest Musical Mashup Ever

It’s not often you hear a mashup combining a classical symphony composition with a rock song, but in this case, the talented duo known as 2CELLOS prove that music is timeless.

The video features the two cellists, dressed in traditional clothes from the Classical period, performing a concert for well-to-do members of society. The music quickly shifts from the sounds of Beethoven to a full-blown rock cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” complete with bow hair breakages and cello percussion.

It’s a mashup that will have you ascending the stairways to musical heaven.

Now that was a whole lotta fun! Visit their YouTube channel for more rockin’ remixes.

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Tom Hanks Is Going To Be In A Carly Rae Jepsen Video

Don’t ask questions, just be grateful.

1. Carly Rae Jepsen was spotted getting down with Tom Hanks — yes, that Tom Hanks — in the streets of New York yesterday.

Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images

2. Trailed by a herd of Broadway-ready hoofers, the unlikely duo was shooting the music video for Jepsen’s upcoming single, “I Really Like You.”

3. The “Call Me Maybe” singer was also joined by fellow Canadian Justin Bieber.

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4. The trio may seem random but they actually have one very important connection in common: uber-manager Scooter Braun.

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While Hanks is just a friend, Jepsen and Bieber are both represented by Braun.

5. Remember when Bieber ‘grammed a clip of the movie star dancing it out in a yarmulke? That was filmed at Braun’s wedding last July.

6. And all that grooving was really an audition for the role of a lifetime: pop video boy toy.


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A Musician Was Playing His Guitar In The Subway When Something Beautiful Happened

Street musician Damiyr was playing his guitar in the subway when something incredible happened. He’s used to people stopping to listen to his mesmerizing voice, but he never expected a trained dancer to accompany his performance that day. That’s exactly what dancer Brandon Gray did when Damiyr started performing “One Day/Reckoning” by Asaf Avidan.

This is one impromptu performance that you’ll want to see!

How talented are they? I’d love to see something like that in person. I usually only come across rats and drunk people when I brave the subway.

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Celebs mourn Mindy McCready: Haunting last tweets; ‘I’m still here’!/mindymccready/status/159944636180344832

That was country music star Mindy McCready’s last tweet: ‘I’m still here.”

Ms. McCready was found dead in her home last night; an apparent suicide.

Just got a call from Mindy McCready’s best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening.My heart breaks for her two boys.RIP

— Andrea Canning (@CanningAndrea) February 18, 2013

37 year old old Country music singer Mindy McCready dead in her Arkansas home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound via CNN #RIP

— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) February 18, 2013

I still can’t believe Mindy McCready really committed suicide. I’m in shock right now

— maria frangos (@miafrangos) February 18, 2013

Mindy McCready’s bf killed himself last month.Today she did as…

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 18, 2013

Very sad. Country singer Mindy McCready, 37, mother of two, dies of apparent…

— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) February 18, 2013

RT @christinanbc6: BREAKING NEWS: Troubled country star Mindy McCready found dead in an apparent suicide. Her two children are in foster …

— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 18, 2013

In trouble for quite some time, incl previous suicide attempts. Singer “Mindy McCready dead of apparent suicide”…

— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) February 18, 2013

More from Fox News:

Waren Olmstead, the coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said in a statement McCready died Sunday apparently of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is pending.

Just last month David Wilson, McCready’s boyfriend and the father of her 9-month-old son Zayne, was found dead on the same porch where McCready’s body was found. His death also was investigated as a suicide.

McCready entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking care of herself or her children and was abusing drugs and alcohol. Her sons were put in foster care at the time, but it’s not clear where Zander and Zayne were at the time of McCready’s suicide.

Ms. McCready tweeted this post about the custody battle involving her son Zander.

Custody update regarding son Zander McCready…

— Mindy McCready (@mindymccready) January 19, 2012

Heartbreaking. Prior to her death, Mindy McCready tweeted more haunting statements.

@bit98 Glad you enjoyed the reading.. Glad things are looking up!! xo

— Mindy McCready (@mindymccready) January 19, 2012

Here’s an overview of a future book about my life story. I’ll post chapter excerpts periodically. Watch for them!!…

— Mindy McCready (@mindymccready) January 19, 2012

She retweeted this:

And tweeted about the death of fellow “Celebrity Rehab” cast member Mikey Starr.

Mikey Starr I choose to remember how yu lived and not how yu died! Yur music is an everlasting gift that will always remain. We will miss yu

— Mindy McCready (@mindymccready) March 9, 2011

Twitter is mourning the loss.

GOOD NIGHT WORLD! And good night to Mindy McCready wherever you may be.. RIP……

— ColorMeRed (@ColorMeRed) February 18, 2013

Thoughts and prayers out to the 2 very young boys ofMindy McCready. #sad #tooYoungtooDie

— Ish (@ish_mia) February 18, 2013

So sad to wake up and hear about Mindy McCreadyher music brings back memories, my prayers are with her children & family. #MindyMcCready

— ♫Lindsay Hope♫ (@Lindsay__Linds) February 18, 2013

Just heard about Mindy McCready. My thoughts and prayers are with her 2 boys and her family.

— Darlene Locken (@darlenelocken) February 18, 2013

RT @susiebrownmusic: Heartbreaking news about Mindy McCready tonight.Please don’t ever loose #HOPE!The National Suicide Prevention L …

— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) February 18, 2013

And celebrities took to Twitter to mourn as well.

Oh my! Mindy. Dear sweet girl. This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life.

— Wynonna Judd (@WynonnaMusic) February 18, 2013

Very sad to hear about Mindy McCready. When I was in Lonestar she was our label mate and we were friends. A tragic end to a talented life.

— John Rich (@johnrich) February 18, 2013

I grew up listening to Mindy McCready…so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them…

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) February 18, 2013

RT @thekatiecook: Mindy McCready is now at peace. Mindy, tonight I choose to remember you when your future was bright.

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) February 18, 2013

RIP Mindy McCready. Sad. Sad.

— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) February 18, 2013

I listened admiringly to Mindy McCready growing up. May she finally be at peace and lend her beautiful voice to heaven’s #tenthousandangels

— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) February 18, 2013

The sad news of Mindy McCready makes her 10,000 Angels song almost too poignant to bear. May God’s peace be with her two boys & family.

— Ashley Jones (@AshleyAJones) February 18, 2013

Very sad. RIP Mindy McCready. #rip #music

— Billy The Kidd (@billyontheradio) February 18, 2013

So sad to hear about Mindy McCready. I met her in the first flush of her early career. This is a hard business. Sometimes success is poison.

— Gretchen Peters (@gretchenpeters) February 18, 2013

Very very sad about Mindy Mcready I always liked her song ” I’m still here ” always hit close to home –

— Brooke Haven (@MISSBROOKEHAVEN) February 18, 2013

Sad! Mindy McCready Dead: Country Singer Dies At 37 –… apparent suicide /via @pepamint83

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 18, 2013…Heartbreakingly sad.

— Melissa Gilbert (@MelissaEGilbert) February 18, 2013

So Tragic: RIP Mindy McCready, multi-platinum selling country via @vh1

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 18, 2013

So sad. RT“@wztv_fox17: Fox 17 News has now confirmed Mindy McCready has committed suicide.”

— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) February 18, 2013

Rest in peace, Mindy McCready. Our thoughts and prayers are with her grieving children, and with all of her loved ones.

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Joe Dorsey’s Big Fight: How An Unknown Boxer Knocked Out Segregation In Louisiana

In 1955, an African-American boxer in New Orleans named Joe Dorsey sued the state of Louisiana for the right to fight against white opponents. What started out as a chance to advance his career wound up changing sports and culture in the state forever.

Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

In July 1955, inside a small dressing room in the New Orleans Coliseum, Joe Dorsey was sitting by himself, waiting to punch somebody.

New Orleans was a fanatical boxing town. The champions were local stars with style and verve. Heavy-fisted Joe Brown used his winnings to buy himself expensive suits and rounds of drinks for packed jazz clubs on Saturday nights. Ralph Dupas, known as “Native Dancer” for his frantic footwork, was a swarthy 20-year-old who looked like a cross between Elvis Presley and James Brown, topped with a pompadour. Dorsey was routinely described in local papers as “rugged,” and the Louisiana Weekly said he had “fists clenched with TNT.” “He was a hell of a puncher,” Alcee P. Honoré, who attended Dorsey’s fights back then, tells me. “He hit you; that could be it for you.”

Dorsey’s official boxing credentials Courtesy of the Dorsey Family

Light-skinned and handsome, with close-cropped hair and pointed eyebrows, Dorsey became a local boxing hero, lavishly covered in both the black and white newspapers. He thumped every fighter who came in from out of town — Milwaukee, Miami, Philadelphia — before Coliseum crowds of more than 1,800 customers, who bought tickets for $1 or $2. But the eighth-ranked light heavyweight boxer in the U.S. couldn’t make more than $600 a year. He had to take odd jobs, like cleaning up at nightclubs for $45 a week or working at Cut Rate Liquors on Canal Street. “There were times when I didn’t have money to buy food for my family,” Dorsey would say. “I’d have to borrow from my manager or my mother.”

For a long time, Dorsey, who was good with numbers, couldn’t discern what was going wrong. “Maybe because I ain’t got much education, maybe that’s what’s holding me back,” speculated Dorsey, who lived with his family in a five-room frame house, using a stove for heat, on St. Anthony Street in the Seventh Ward. “When you got education you ain’t afraid to talk to people. You feel like you feel secure. I sure wish I had more education.”

Maybe part of his problem was that he wasn’t flashy, like the great Joe Brown, lightweight champion of the world numerous times in the ’50s and ’60s. “He was not a very flamboyant type of guy,” Elmo Adolph, the New Orleans-born boxing expert who refereed tens of thousands of worldwide fights, from Larry Holmes to Reggie Johnson, told me before his death in 2012. “He was somebody that you would enjoy seeing, but unfortunately, a lot of his fights you didn’t see, because of the fact that he wasn’t one of those main main attractions.”

Or maybe his problem was something bigger, something beyond his control: Boxing in New Orleans had been segregated since 1892, when a black boxer named George Dixon beat his Irish challenger Jack Skelly before a massive crowd. Within four days, New Orleans’ Olympic Athletic Club banned interracial boxing for good. By 1950, Louisiana’s State Athletic Commission had followed suit. Throughout his career, Dorsey had been confined to fighting exclusively black opponents, which was not only unjust, but uneconomical. Dorsey was entering his boxing prime at a particularly divisive moment: As the civil rights movement was gaining traction, some Southern politicians were determined to hold onto — and even build upon — racist laws.

In his dressing room that night, on July 22, 1955, waiting to fight Andy Mayfield, Dorsey was nervous. He dealt with the butterflies in his stomach the usual way: He fell asleep. When he woke up, according to the black newspaper Louisiana Weekly, he strode into the ring and knocked out Mayfield with a left to the midsection in the sixth round.

Then he prepared for his next fight: Six days after beating Mayfield, Joe Dorsey filed suit. He initially intended merely to provide more money for his family. But not only would he wind up avenging more than six decades of wronged African-American athletes, he would also lay the groundwork to integrate musicians and performers in one of the most culturally vibrant — but racially divided — places in America.

Like every Southern politician, Earl K. Long considered himself a man of the people, and proved it with his eccentric, down-home behavior. On the campaign trail to be reelected governor, “Uncle Earl” walked Louisiana’s dirt roads, shaking hands, asking people what they thought about things.

Earl Long was the younger brother of the Kingfish, Gov. Huey P. Long, who had infamously ruled over the state as a benevolent dictator until a crazed assassin shot and killed him in 1935. Whereas the Kingfish formed his policy decrees from his governor’s mansion bunker in Baton Rouge, Earl was a populist who mocked the entire idea of being a politician. During election season, according to Michael Kurtz and Morgan Peoples’ Earl K. Long: The Saga of Uncle Earl, he frequently arrived at campaign events an hour late, passing the time during other candidates’ speeches by picking his nose, scratching his crotch, catching gnats in the air, and crossing and uncrossing his legs. And this was during speeches by members of his own party.

Long had to support segregation in order to win elections in the South. But he undercut these views by standing up for black people as human beings — a radical position at that time. In the late 1940s, he pushed for an equal pay structure for black and white schoolteachers. He made sure black people remained on the state’s voter rolls and campaigned at black churches.

Earl’s opposite number in Louisiana was Willie Rainach, a slick-haired, thin-lipped segregationist in his forties who had run the White Citizens’ Council in rural Claiborne Parish and proudly displayed a Confederate flag on his tie. Earl once was giving an impromptu political speech when he spotted Sen. Rainach in the audience and, in his impenetrable drawl, said, “He’ll probably go up there to Summerfield, get up on his front porch, take off his shoes, wash his feet, look at the moon, and get close to God.” Turning to face Rainach directly, Long added, as A.J. Liebling would recall in his fantastic 1970 new-journalism biography The Earl of Louisiana: “And when you do, you got to recognize that niggers is human beings!” (This prediction never came true: Rainach, a staunch segregationist to the end, committed suicide with a .38-caliber pistol in 1978.)

Yet in the summer of 1956, months into his second term, Uncle Earl signed several segregation bills that Rainach and Louisiana’s Joint Legislative Committee on Segregation pushed across his desk. The governor had no choice. He planned to run, again, down the road, and Earl Long always thought in political terms. “The trend is toward more segregation,” Rainach told reporters, and briefly he was right. Rainach’s dozen segregationist bills were part of the South’s massive resistance to civil rights.

So in late June, Gov. Long picked up his pen. Separate black and white waiting rooms at bus stations and airports? Signed! Give state police the power to enforce segregation in parks? Yes! Undercut the national court order integrating schools for white and black students? That too! Long may have been conflicted, but he handled these signings with typical folksy humor. Referring to Rep. John Garrett, vice chairman of Rainach’s committee, the governor breezily told reporters, “I don’t know how much good these bills will do, but I don’t want Garrett to think I’m courting the colored people.”

Eventually there was one segregation bill left for Long to sign. And this time, he paused. It had passed the Louisiana Senate by a margin of 33-0, and the House followed within a week. The law was to take effect in October, banning “dancing, social functions, entertainments, athletic training, games, sports or contests and other such activities involving personal and social contacts in which the participants or contestants are members of the white and Negro races.”

On July 16, 1956, Earl Long, man of the people, friend to the black voter, sworn enemy of Willie Rainach, signed the law. It would probably wind up in court, he admitted, but what could he do? He was merely bowing to the will of his constituents, who, the governor reported, favored the bill 4 to 1.

Courtesy of the Dorsey Family

Joseph Dorsey Jr. was born on July 16, 1935, son of a carpenter, Joseph Sr., and a homemaker, Virgin. He grew up in a shotgun house in the Seventh Ward, northeast of the French Quarter, a Creole “city within a city” for working families, as Beverly Jacques Anderson put it in her book Cherished Memories. Dorsey attended the Seventh Ward’s two public elementary schools. He dropped out after his sixth year. “My mother used to say it was ‘cause he was bad,” his daughter, Dorinda Dorsey, 51, recalls.

Thicker and more muscular than other kids, Dorsey realized his talents were more suited for the gym than the classroom. “I never thought I’d be a fighter,” he would tell Jet, the only publication, nationally or locally, to interview Dorsey at length. “I was always the scary type.” By the time he was 11, he was hanging around boxing gyms near the French Quarter, where the assembled fight men noticed he had some talent. They started giving him real fights, which he won. In his wedding photo, Joe Dorsey stands a foot taller than his new wife, Evelyn Dorsey, née Watson. He’s wearing a light sport coat, wide tie, and slacks sagging an inch too long over his dress shoes. Evelyn is smiling radiantly, in an immaculately white blouse-and-skirt combo, with a dainty purse, gloves, hat, and carnation, clutching her husband’s arm. At 16, they look like they’re playing dress-up. Everything in the photo seems a few sizes too big, with one exception — Joe Dorsey’s hands are fully grown.

Dorsey racked up 12 victories in a row from 1953 to 1955, spending his spare time training at Curly’s Gym. This fixture, on Poydras and St. Charles, just outside the French Quarter, drew important boxing figures from all over the city, from cigar-smoking promoters and managers to Willie Pastrano, the future light heavyweight champion.

Dorsey with manager William Kron Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

William “Brother” Kron, the veteran New Orleans boxing manager, took an interest in the 167-pound Dorsey, setting him up with bigger and bigger fights. In public, he drove his fighters intensely. In private, he spoke softly, building their confidence (and loyalty) by saying things like, “Come on, now, let’s fight like you know how” when he was alone with them in their corners. As he became more successful, and popular, Dorsey would fight mostly at the Coliseum, a wooden 1922 building at the corner of Conti and Roman, near the Quarter, where the stands were built at a sharp angle, so every seat was a good one. In summers, when the oppressive heat seeped in, Coliseum officials hauled in large blocks of ice, covered them with canvas, and allowed fans to take turns sitting on them.

Although he was light-skinned and lived in the Seventh Ward, where some Creoles “passed” as whites, Dorsey was not a Creole. Once the law was passed, which happened to follow his bout against Andy Mayfield in 1955, he was more inclined to fight than hide.

The law that Gov. Earl Long signed was on the books for about three years. Its immediate impact was on sports.

The long-awaited 1958 prizefight between New Orleans’ hometown light heavyweights, Joe Brown (black) and Ralph Dupas (white), had to be moved to Houston. (Dorsey, who fought in a lower weight class that didn’t attract the huge publicity and the big-time boxing promoters, couldn’t afford to take all his bouts out of state.) That year was the second year LSU’s football team was scheduled to play the University of Wisconsin during the regular season in Louisiana. They were two of the top college teams in the country, and the game might have determined who played in the national championship. However, Earl Hill and Sidney Williams, the Badgers’ star wide receiver and quarterback, were black. Due to the law, LSU officials had to contact Wisconsin and tell its coaches to leave Hill and Williams at home.

“Of course, we wanted to beat them — to show the people that set the policy up that we could play football as well as they could,” Williams tells me by phone from Kalamazoo, Mich., where he is a retired patent lawyer. “We wanted to kick their ass.” The Badgers never got the chance. Wisconsin officials courageously refused LSU’s request, as they had the year before, so the scheduled game never took place. “Canceled due to racism,” read the headline of the Wisconsin Magazine of History five decades later.

An article on the Dupas case from Ebony. Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, pompadoured boxer Ralph Dupas, the “Native Dancer,” attended white Francis T. Nicholls High School, named for a Confederate brigadier general and post-Civil War governor. (In the early ’60s, in response to school desegregation in New Orleans, Nicholls students would hang Confederate flags and a KKK banner and sing a song they invented called “Glory, Glory Segregation.”) But Dupas had a dark complexion. In 1957, as he was rising in the boxing ranks, a retired, white birth registrar, Lucretia Gravolet, emerged from Pointe à la Hache to insist he was not a Dupas but a Duplessis. Gravolet claimed herself to have registered Dupas — as a black man. Given the new law, Dupas had to hire lawyers and sued the city to prove that he was white. The boxer won, but the case took its toll on his family. “It really hurt us, you know,” Peter Dupas, the late Ralph’s brother, tells me, still reluctant to be interviewed after all these years. “We got that straightened out so Ralph could start fighting here. It was terrible.”

The law’s repercussions would stretch far beyond New Orleans, affecting even the great Louis Armstrong, the hometown hero who had long since graduated to international stardom. “I just wonder what them politicians got on their mind,” responded Satchmo, who was barnstorming the world with a band of white and black jazz musicians in the ’50s. “They got the nerve to have my picture hanging on the wall of some of the finest clubs in New Orleans, but still I can’t play there. I recorded with the Dukes of Dixieland in Chicago the same record they’re playing on New Orleans jukeboxes, but we couldn’t play there in person. Don’t forget to quote me as saying, ‘I don’t care if I never go to New Orleans again.’”

Some of the great musicians from that time barely remember any kind of segregation law, since the indignities of Jim Crow were merely part of their routines back then. “When you live with segregation 24/7, there are things that occur consistently that you don’t like. You’d be in a state of outrage all the time,” veteran New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of Wynton and Branford, says. “A lot of what happens is, kind of, you anticipate, and you become numb to some of it.”

Dorsey with his attorney Israel M. Augustine. Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

Dorsey had become close with Ernest “Butch” Curry, a sports editor for the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper that distributed its Louisiana edition through an underground network of churches in New Orleans. Curry’s office was on Dryades, not far from the Quarter, and a civil rights lawyer named Louis Berry worked in an office building down the street. Curry and Berry brought Dorsey into a group of anti-segregation activists who had been meeting secretly at restaurants in black neighborhoods.

In the sparse second-floor office above the dining room at Dooky Chase’s, some of the most renowned civil rights lawyers in New Orleans history shuffled in and out while chef Leah Chase, the owner’s wife, kept the red beans and rice flowing. In this small but important group of men were Dorsey’s Seventh Ward neighbor, A.P. Tureaud, who would fight just about every civil rights case in the 1950s and 1960s, integrating schools and buses throughout Louisiana, and Berry, a Howard University-trained lawyer. They took on integration fights as if divvying up territory — you take the schools, you take the buses, you take sports. “I’m a good fighter, but I can’t make any money,” Dorsey told the men. “But I could make money if I could fight these white boys.”

Berry and Israel M. Augustine, who would later become the first black district judge in Louisiana, agreed to take his case, with Berry as the lead attorney. The first hurdle was the $350 fee for filing suit in New Orleans federal court. With help from Curry and his sportswriting colleagues, Dorsey and Berry solicited donations by installing cigar boxes in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in black neighborhoods. One uptown barber, Joe Daly, gave $300, as Evelyn L. Wilson reported in her comprehensive 1993 profile of Berry in the Southern University Law Review.

So on July 28, 1955, Dorsey, with the help of Berry and Augustine, sued the Louisiana State Athletic Commission. White newspapers such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune initially buried the news on Page 3, but black newspapers ran glowing photos of handsome Joe Dorsey, his pretty wife, and their four beaming children. The Louisiana Weekly regularly published a photo of Dorsey with his dukes up, staring straight into the camera, his brow intensely wrinkled, as if he were on the brink of punching out racism in all of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Weekly, December 5, 1958

Dorsey’s attorneys had to expand the suit a year later, in 1956, after Gov. Long signed the law. Now they weren’t just suing the athletic commission, they were suing the entire state of Louisiana. And the state fought back ferociously. At the time, officials in Southern states didn’t like it when the federal government told them what to do, especially when it came to civil rights. “I’m going to enforce the laws made by the legislature of this state,” vowed Jack Gremillion, Gov. Long’s handpicked attorney general, a Democrat who, ironically, would soon provide crucial support in the South for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign. The state argued “the police power defense,” as Wilson described it in the Southern University Law Review. If Joe Dorsey were to knock out a white boxer, if Wisconsin’s Sydney Williams were to throw a touchdown pass against all-white LSU, the fans would erupt into riots, or so the state of Louisiana predicted.

But the formidable Gremillion ran into a wall of a judge. John Minor Wisdom, who’d graduated first in his Tulane University class, a World War II lieutenant colonel who received the Legion of Merit, had been a liberal Republican who helped Dwight Eisenhower win the presidential nomination. Ike paid Wisdom back for his loyalty in 1957 by appointing him to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans. The timing was important: three years after the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. the Board of Education decision, which desegregated American schools everywhere. Following Brown’s lead, Wisdom and his fellow judges spent the next decade dismantling segregation throughout the South, in voting, schools, jails, playgrounds, restaurants, and bars. In November 1958, the three-judge U.S. District Court, on which Wisdom served, sided with Dorsey. The court called the law “unconstitutional on its face” and chastised Louisiana for attempting to declare itself a sovereign state, independent of federal civil rights protections. “Even if riotous conditions did result from mixed boxing exhibitions,” the court wrote, “we doubt if this statute would be sustained by the Federal Supreme Court.” Less than six months later, the Supreme Court affirmed.

Dorsey, the quiet boxer who could barely scrape together enough money to raise his children, was a hero. “Joe Dorsey as a name is just ordinary, only a step removed from the tens of thousands of John Joneses and Bill Browns and Tom Smiths on the American scene,” the Washington Afro-American opined, in 1959, under the headline “Because of Dorsey.” “Yet this obscure light heavyweight from New Orleans, Louisiana, has earned the gratitude of athletes everywhere through his fighting heart.”

Joe Dorsey’s victory immediately gave white and black people in Louisiana the legal right to play sports and music together. And then he faded away. That may have been because the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t comment in its decision, which meant Dorsey’s case didn’t get as much national media hype as other desegregation verdicts of the time. It may have been because Dorsey resolutely refused to promote himself, and he was rarely quoted in news articles about the case. And Jim Crow did not go away.

It took a lot of civil rights victories, big and small, over a long period of time, for that to happen. Louisiana State University’s football team didn’t sign or put black players on the field — running back Lora Hinton and cornerback Mike Williams, respectively — until 1971 and 1972. In 1961, at the new Playboy Club in the Quarter, Al Belletto, the veteran jazz bandleader, replaced his white bass player with hotshot Richard Payne, a black man he considered the best in the city. To cover his ass, Belletto called his Playboy superiors and explained his decision, as he recalls by phone. There was a pause. His boss asked, “You want the guy?” Belletto responded, “He’s the guy.” The boss said, “You get him.” The boss told him not to worry, because at Playboy, they had far better lawyers than the state of Louisiana could ever possibly have.

For years, Belletto’s mixed-race big band played in the third-floor penthouse at the Playboy Club. The musicians ignored the bunnies as best they could.

Underwood Archives/UIG / Rex/REX USA

Desegregation came too late for Joe Dorsey. Six months after he won his civil rights case in the Supreme Court, his boxing career abruptly stopped. The next six years of his life, as far as sports are concerned, are a blank. “[Louisiana boxing officials] killed him by not giving him any creditable bouts. They passed the word. If he couldn’t get no fights, he couldn’t train — he would just die out,” remembers the Rev. Samson “Skip” Alexander, a veteran New Orleans civil rights activist, historian, and photographer who knew Dorsey and his family. “That was a different time. You had to watch what you said, and you couldn’t speak out and have an attitude of wanting things to change. If you had that kind of attitude, they passed the word on you.”

In the ’60s, Dorsey supported Evelyn, four young boys, and a baby daughter, Dorinda, as he found work as riverboat banana handler, a liquor-store porter, and, finally, on the docks. During his six years away from boxing, other fighters grew stronger, including Herschel Jacobs of White Plains, N.Y., who had a personal philosophy of never letting anybody hit him with the same blow twice.

On March 21, 1966, when he was 30, Dorsey began his comeback. A decade earlier, white and black musicians had been arrested and hauled into court merely for playing jazz with each other on the same stage during an informal jam session at what would become Preservation Hall; now Lou Messina, the boxing promoter, lived with his white family in an all-black neighborhood across the street from Municipal Auditorium, outside the French Quarter, and nobody had any trouble.

“I don’t remember New Orleans having the [same] racial tensions as the rest of the South,” recalls the late Messina’s son, Louis, who is now a veteran concert promoter for AEG Live. By this time, attitudes were beginning to change — black fighters could fight black or white fighters. Dorsey laid out free-swinging Bobby Simmons of Philadelphia in four rounds at the Municipal. Later, Dorsey gave the same treatment in five rounds to Texas’ Benny Bowser. Both were black. Then Lou Messina gave Joe Dorsey a night of his own, telling reporters it was “long overdue appreciation.” Messina set Dorsey up with hulking white Arizonian Johnny Featherman. Dorsey crushed him, although the fight hit a curious snag in the third round, according to the local papers, when Dorsey hit Featherman so hard he fell to one knee, but Dorsey slipped in an extra punch, prompting the ref to stop the fight rather than pronouncing a knockout. The crowd of mostly black Dorsey fans booed lustily, and Dorsey eventually won on a TKO.

On Oct. 17, 1966, however, Dorsey was struggling to stay on his feet. An hour and 10 minutes into his prizefight against young Herschel Jacobs, 26, even the crowd of 1,900 at the Municipal Auditorium could see Dorsey’s rugged fists of TNT were not as effective as usual. It wasn’t as if Dorsey wasn’t in shape. He prided himself on his workouts, jumping rope and pounding bags endlessly at Whitey’s Gym, spending hours beating on the best young boxers he and his manager could find. And Jacobs didn’t have a physical edge. Dorsey came in on the scales at 175 and a quarter pounds. Jacobs hit 176. Both were light heavyweights, built like upside-down triangles, wide and thick in the chest and skinny and muscular everywhere else. (Evelyn Dorsey, who always sat in the front row of Joe Dorsey’s fights, in a pretty dress, next to his sister, had the responsibility of altering the fighter’s shirts so they could properly accommodate his chest.) Dorsey had the better record, 22-4-1, and his manager insisted he had never been knocked down. Jacobs was 20-12-2, his manager attributing the losses and ties to being “jobbed” at opponents’ rings with rinky-dink hometown refs. Both were working men: By this point Dorsey was a longshoreman, while Jacobs worked construction, “exercising all day long, but you’re getting paid for it.”

For their fight in October, Jacobs had been favored slightly. He had the better moves, but in the early rounds, according to Louisiana Weekly, Dorsey landed the best punches. He came out flailing in the fourth, pushing Jacobs into a corner, and kept up the momentum in the fifth with strong combinations. Jacobs wasn’t fazed. His manager, Kid Sharkey, had been pushing him absurdly hard, and the fighter had a regimen of getting up every morning at 5 a.m. to run 5 miles, taking a bus to his construction job, working all day, taking another bus to the gym, and training against top fighters, including light heavyweight champion Jose Torres, all evening.

At the end of the ninth round, Herschel Jacobs’ right fist came out of nowhere as the bell rang, connecting with Dorsey’s jaw and knocking “The Fighting Longshoreman” on his butt. Dorsey tried to recover in the 10th, but Jacobs had broken him. Jacobs’ final blow was a left hook, flying in from what seemed like half the ring, hitting Dorsey cleanly on his right jaw. Dorsey went limp, hit the rope, then hit the floor.

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Dorsey with his family circa 1955 (before Dorinda was born) Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

One of the challenging paradoxes of researching Dorsey’s life is that while he was such an important civil rights figure in Louisiana, information about him is available only in scraps, an old feature in Jet here, some sports-section paragraphs in the Times-Picayune or the Louisiana Weekly there, bits and pieces picked up in old New Orleans city directories. Dorsey died of cancer in 2004. His wife, Evelyn, has Alzheimer’s disease and can no longer give interviews. (They divorced late in life.) Two of their sons are dead, one is serving time in a Louisiana prison, and Dwight, a longtime chef who now installs air conditioning, didn’t want to be interviewed. The Dorseys also adopted two younger sons.

That leaves Dorinda, a systems analyst for the Department of Agriculture in New Orleans. She is quiet and stoic, the way most people who knew Joe describe him. But she can be coaxed into giggly remembrances of her parents. She talks in short sentences, and rarely says more than she has to. “Normally, he was training,” she says. “I remember him drinking a big cup of raw eggs. He’d train. He could jump rope — twist and turn the rope. He worked out — punching bags and all that.”

She has darker memories too. Dorsey may have been a civil rights hero, but he sometimes turned those big hands on his family. “I think he hit me once because of something I did,” Dorinda says, laughing nervously. “My mama used to whup me all the time.” During a tour of her family’s old Seventh Ward neighborhood in her Nissan Altima, Dorinda recalls Cyril Kelly, a Texas fighter her father beat in the ring at least twice, coming over in the ’70s to insist that he used to beat her dad in the ring. (Most of the official records are documented in the Times-Picayune archive and collected via BoxRec.) This turned out not to be true, but Dorsey, true to dignified character, didn’t bother to humiliate his old friend by correcting him in front of his daughter.

After losing to Herschel Jacobs, Joe Dorsey tried one more comeback fight in 1969, and lost. The boxing career he began at age 11 was, truly, over. As a longshoreman, he supervised a gang that would ride in trucks up and down the Mississippi River, from New Orleans to the Port of Baton Rouge. For a long time, black workers had to do the dirty work. White workers ran the lift machines, and worked on the decks of the ships. Black people worked “in the hole,” using their backs and arms and legs to hoist bags of cotton and other heavy cargo off the ships.

To make matters worse, Angola state prison inmates, after serving their sentences, gravitated to the gangs on the docks and had no problem beating up their co-workers and stealing their money on the job. Dorsey’s colleague on the docks, boxing fan Alcee P. Honoré, says Dorsey had to teach a lesson or two with his fists. That usually did it. “He wasn’t anybody you wanted to mess with,” Honoré tells me.

Joseph Dorsey’s legal battles integrated sports and music in New Orleans and Louisiana. Dorinda wasn’t alive when they happened, but she keeps a plastic container of yellowed articles in her home in New Orleans, pulling it out for any visitors expressing an interest. She’s thinking about donating them to the Amistad Research Center at the local Tulane University, but hasn’t yet brought herself to do so. Dorsey’s nieces and nephews brought the articles to their elementary school classes for years, boasting of the important man in their heritage.

“He didn’t talk about it,” Dorinda tells me. “A lot of people didn’t know about it. But his family does.”

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Premiere: Watch Sam Rockwell Dance Like No One’s Watching In Flight Facilities’ New Video

This guy has some serious moves.

1. This is Flight Facilities, an aeronautics-obsessed Australian production duo known for suave but funky electronic pop (see “Crave You” and “Stand Still“) that shifts gears between subtle and soaring.

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2. And this is Sam Rockwell, a respected actor known for daring roles in such films as Moon, Seven Psycopaths, and Choke.


3. Rockwell is also known to be a bit of a cut-up on the dancefloor, with impressive moves you may remember from his multiple appearances on The Tonight Show.

4. And in Flight Facilities’ new video for “Down To Earth,” taken from their fall 2014 album of the same name, Rockwell’s fancy footwork takes center stage.

5. Shot by director Rhett Wade Ferrell, who helmed previous FF clips for “Crave You” and “Sunshine,” and choreographed by legendary choreographer Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson, Madonna), “Down To Earth” begins with Rockwell alone in an eerie diner.

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6. He mops the floors…

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7. Mans the ovens…

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8. And generally acts like he owns the place.

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9. In an email to BuzzFeed Music, Rockwell said he was drawn by both the song itself (“sweet beat”) and the opportunity to work with Paterson.

I’m the kinda guy that likes to shake my tail feather, and so it was a great opportunity to get some new moves.

10. Ferrell said he, Rockwell, and Paterson watched old references of Jackson and Fred Astaire, trying to capture the feeling of “dancing when no one is looking.”

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It also reminds us of Spike Jonze’s classic 2001 video for Fat Boy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice,” starring Christopher Walken.

11. Watch the full video for “Down To Earth” premiering below on BuzzFeed Music. The album is available now.

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Zing! Cue the creepy music: Jake Tapper reports the ‘final Snowden twist’!/jaketapper/status/349151440016654336

That. Was. Beautiful.

As Twitchy reported Monday morning, the Edward Snowden fiasco continues. This time, journos were hardest hit as they were trapped on a flight for which Snowden was a no-show.

CNN’s Jake Tapper is having a little fun with the debacle.!/jaketapper/status/349139477861642240

Hee hee!

Twitter users particularly loved his hilarious “final twist” snark-tweet.!/conkc2/status/349152335123070976!/macsmarts/status/349155257345003520

This Twitter user offers up an alternate twist:!/WaldoWilbur/status/349151612696133632


And the joke inspires some NSA zingers, natch:!/mattapuzzo/status/349151916737044480

Keep the tweets coming, Mr. Tapper!


Heh: Can you spot Obama on the Cuba flight that Snowden ditched? [pic]

That was fast: @SnowdensSeat parody account takes off

Snort! ‘Best Rickroll ever?’ Snowden not on flight to Cuba; Journos live-tweet empty seat [pics]

Ha! Jake Tapper zings Holder over IRS; Mocks himself for being #nothorriblyboring

Oh, snap! Jake Tapper wins Twitter with boom-worthy tweet about Obama’s NSA straw man

CNN’s Jake Tapper zings conservative-targeting IRS on Twitter: ‘So … um’

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Twitter war: Beliebers go unhinged, Drake Bell strikes back!/DrakeBell/status/220066184647815168

It all started on July 3rd, when actor/musician Drake Bell lightheartedly dissed Justin Bieber (see above).

Justin Bieber’s fans were not amused, and they have been giving Bell hell for the past two weeks.

Among other things, the Beliebers claimed that Bell had to cancel a concert because he sold only 18 tickets. As far as Twitchy can tell, that claim was fabricated.

Yesterday and this morning, Bell struck back, publishing a torrent of tweets attacking his Belieber critics.

He retweeted several tweets from fans showing that Bell in fact has a large following.

Beliebers say @DrakeBell cancelled concerts because he sell no tickets? LOL Watch this video AND GO LIE SOMEWHERE ELSE.

— Alee B (@infrntofplagues) July 15, 2012

Hahahaha! @DrakeBell only sold 18 tickets and cancelled concerts? REALLY BELIEBERS? That's all you got? LIARS!

— Alee B (@infrntofplagues) July 15, 2012

He suggested that Bieber might benefit from guitar lessons. (We think Bell is the dude on the right.)

If @justinbieber ever wants guitar lessons…..

— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 15, 2012

He retweeted several messages slamming Bieber’s fans as 12-year old girls:

@DrakeBell actually lol-ing so hard at these 12 year old girls that are giving you hate. What are they gonna do, throw their barbies at you?

— gibbsy. (@aliceedudee) July 16, 2012

@DrakeBell I think the tweets you're getting are showing what his fanbase are. 12 year olds or adults with the mind of a child.

— Luke Skywalker (@LukeTheMorgz) July 16, 2012

And he retweeted several death threats and death wishes from Bieber fans:

"@Justinsexynipps: I think we should stone @drakebell" Then throw his body into the pit.

— † queen † (@pIasticmorgan) July 15, 2012

@drakebell shoot yourself.

— Lidija (@getatsme) July 15, 2012


— Leah (@505leah) July 15, 2012

Hey, Beliebers, that isn’t funny. It’s creepy. If you’re looking for a way to win Justin Bieber’s affection, that is not the way to do it.

Related: Some Beliebers are claiming that pop starlet Katy Perry unfollowed Bell to show her solidarity with Bieber:

Katy Perry unfollowed Drake Bell for bashing Justin. I bow down to Katy, you're a real Belieber.

— Theodora. (@DaKidrauhlCrew) July 16, 2012

@DrakeBell Dude Katy Perry Unfollowed you cause you said Justin has no talent I used to love you but now go to hell , Shoot yourself.

— Khalil (@cairrxsso) July 16, 2012

@DrakeBell Katy perry unfollowed you.

— 14 days ♡ (@ontarioslight) July 16, 2012

@drakebell How does it feel being unfollowed by Katy Perry and being hated by beliebers? You ruined your career. Everyone hates you.

— Harry Styles (@beliebingaustin) July 16, 2012

@DrakeBell if you think were only 12 year-old girls just look at Katy Perry.LoL-ing so hard right now.AHAHAHA….Go to hell bitch.

— -Malcolm's writer- (@OscorpWorker) July 16, 2012

Twitchy has been unable to confirm that Perry unfollowed Bell.

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