Gumby animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation became a pop culture phenomenon through countless satires, toys and revivals, has died at age 89.
Caretaker Chrisanne Wollett Clokey says Clokey died Friday in Los Osos on California’s Central Coast.
Clokey first molded Gumby for a surreal student project at the University of Southern California called “Gumbasia.” That led to his making shorts for the “Howdy Doody Show” and several series through the years.
He said he based Gumby’s swooping head on the hairdo of his father, who died when Clokey was nine.
Clokey also created the moralizing and often satirized claymation duo “Davey and Goliath.”
Eddie Murphy brought a surge in Gumby’s popularity in the 1980s with his send-up of the character on “Saturday Night Live” as a cigar-smoking primadonna.
Ray J is speaking out about recent rumorsÂ concerning his sexuality. In a statement to Rapbasement.com, the “For The Love of Ray J” star proclaims, quote, “I’m not gay but at the same time I got love for gay people because I work with gay people and I got a couple of friends that gay and that’s cool.” Former “For The Love of Ray J” contestant Monica “Danger” Leon started the speculation when she came forward to claim that the “Sexy Can I” singer is actually a homosexual. While Ray J says he still has love for “Danger,” he believes that she made false statements about his sexuality after he failed to return her calls.
He adds, quote, “We both upset with each other but it’s ok because I’m going to work it out with her soon and we gonna be friends again.” Ray J’s sister, Brandy, also chimed in on “Danger’s” allegations tweeting, quote, “I need for Danger to watch her tongue!!! To say my brother is gay because he didn’t return her calls is DUMB.” All-new episodes of VH1’s “For The Love of Ray J” air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
The homes over at Gossiponthis.com posted pic’s of Alicia Keys and Melanie Fiona who performed a concert at New York Cityâ€™s legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. Alicia KeysÂ performed a string of hits from her all of her albums, including her most recent album, The Element of Freedom, Alicia also brought out Raheem DeVaughn, Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry) and her long-time backup singer Jermaine Paul to share the stage with her. Here are all the pic’s…
It’s Monday, and you might need something to get you through the week.Â So today, I would like to introduce you to The Foreign Exchange.Â This Grammy Nominated groupÂ includes singer/songwriter Phonte (from the rap group Little Brother), and producer Nicolay.Â Â
Below, you can check out the video for “Take Off Your Blues” the lead single from their latest release Leave It All Behind.Â There is also aÂ video for their second single, “I Wanna Know” whichÂ tells the real life drama that can happen in a relationship when an artist goes on the road.Â The entire album is wonderful.Â
“Take Off Your Blues”
“I Wanna Know Video”
The Foreign Exchange will be performing along with Bilal in Atlanta at Center Stage on Friday, February 12, 2010 at 8pm.Â I hope to see you there!
I got to tell yall after watching the FantasiaÂ show last night I feel so bad for thinking that she was just missing all those color purple shows because she didn’t feel like coming … Tasia love ya and love the show..
Shout of to Crunktastical.net for posting the show… My only question is how was it on the internet before the show came on TV… I bet someone it pissed..
The Homie LaLa Â and her fiance Carmelo Anthony have been working hard these days to keep the checks coming in. Lala who is from the ATL is now working on a new TV show titled, “Love & Basketball”. The show, which has already started taping will help NBA players find true love.
I was told that they already have Â 5 player’s Â signed on, but they couldn’t tell me who just yet. Â I must say I was hoping it was going to be about them and tell how it is day to day being lala, and Carmelo … But I know they probably dont want everyone all in they business… LOL
In other news Lala recently Shot her pic for the Prop8 campaign Shot out to the homies over at Prop 8 and make sure yall follow them on twitter Â @lalavazquez & Â @noh8campaign
In order for a song to be justÂ right, there has to beÂ chemistry between the producer and the artist.Â DrakeÂ definitley has that chemistry on “Zone” produced byÂ theJ.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.Â “Zone” is classic Drake material that reminds you of the music he made on So Far Gone.Â It will also remind you why he is so successful.Â I hope to hear more music from him like this in the future!