BY: MARQUIS GOODWIN
This past week had its ups and downs. A reality celebrity lost her life, another celebrity abused, but the week wrapped up with some good hearted humor. First here is the bad news.
The Bad: ‘Mob Wives’ Star Dead at 55
Mob Wives star Angela Raiola, better known as “Big Ang,” died Thursday, February 18, 2016 of stage IV lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
Less than a year ago Big Ang was diagnosed with throat cancer. Doctors performed multiple surgeries to remove a lemon-sized tumor in her throat only to later discover stage IV lung and brain cancer. The raspy voiced reality star often spoke about her battle stating, “One day I was perfectly fine, thinking I had strep throat. The next thing I know I have stage II cancer.”
A friend of Big Ang, Vinnie Medugno, confirmed the bad news via the reality star’s Twitter account. "It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home." Medguno went on to say the account will remain open as a celebration of Big Ang. “In typical Big Ang fashion, we know she would say ‘Love you my babies!’”
The Ugly: Ke$ha’s Sexual Abuse Case Denied
Pop star Ke$ha, best known for her chart topping hit “Tik Tok,” found herself crying Friday after a New York State Supreme Court judge denied her request to be released from her recording contract. In October 2014, Kesha "Ke$ha" Sebert filed a lawsuit big time producer Lukasz Gottwald, also known as Dr. Luke. Dr. Luke runs Kemosabe Records, a label owned and operated by Sony Music. Kesha signed to Kemosabe in 2005 and moved from her hometown, Nashville, Ky., to Los Angeles, Calif., to begin recording with Dr. Luke. That is where things got ugly.
In her lawsuit, Kesha details Dr. Luke drugged, raped and emotionally abused her. She claims this eventually led her to an eating disorder. Dr. Luke countersued citing the claims are a fabricated attempt to release Kesha of her contractual duties. For now the New York Supreme Court judge sided with Dr. Luke and rejected Kesha’s preliminary injunction. The judge’s main point stated the fact Dr. Luke already agreed to allow her to record without his involvement. “My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing,” Judge Shirley Kornreich said Friday.
While Dr. Luke and Sony okayed Kesha to work with other producers to fulfill her contract with the label, her lawyer argued the music would neither be supported nor promoted by the label. Her current contract requires her to make her next six albums under the management of Dr. Luke. In the words of Judge Kornreich, Kesha’s request would, “decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.”
Whereas Kesha may not have the support of the courts, the people backed the pop star. Following the denial, the hashtag #FreeKesha swept Twitter. The hashtag began trending on Twitter and even celebrities gave their input. Stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato supported Kesha. To top it all off, one of Kesha’s representatives told Us Weekly, fellow singer, Taylor Swift, donated $250,000 to help with any of Kesha’s financial needs.
The Good: Damn Daniel!
The other trend sweeping social media this week was remakes of the viral “#DamnDaniel” video. The video, which began as a Snapchat, details a student’s arrival at Riverside High School in California. The student, Daniel Lara, is greeted by a friend shouting, “Damn, Daniel!” The friend, simply known as Josh, praises Daniel for his good looks --especially his white Vans.
This did not happen one or two times, it seems to be an everyday occurrence. Josh's appreciation for his friend Daniel is one everyone wishes to have. The clips have since been compiled into a larger video for even more good laughs. Enjoy: