The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz sued the Justice Department to try to get files the FBI compiled on the rock band while they protested the Vietnam War in their 1960s.
The 77-year-old singer, the sole surviving member of band filed the lawsuit in Washington, DC, federal court after he failed to obtain the records via the Freedom of Information Act.
The FBI was following The Monkees when they went on tour in 1967. The FBI was on the lookout for “subliminal messages” on the screen behind the band, including images of the Vietnam war, riots on the Berkley campus and in Selma, Alabama, and other “left wing intervention of a political nature,” according to TMZ
The suit was filed on Dolenz’s behalf by lawyer Mark Zaid, who is a pro in Freedom of Information Act litigation.
Zaid said that “The Monkees reflected, especially in their later years … a counterculture from what institutional authority was at the time. And [J. Edgar] Hoover’s FBI, in the Sixties in particular, was infamous for monitoring the counterculture, whether they committed unlawful actions or not.”
Ozzy will move back to the UK along with his wife Sharon citing he doesn’t want to die in America.
Sharon says, “It’s just time. America has changed so drastically. It isn’t the United States of America at all. Nothing’s united about it. It’s a very weird place to live right now.”
“Everything’s f**king ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day,” the 73-year-old continued. “God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s f**king crazy.”
Ozzy added, “And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in f**king Forest Lawn,” referencing the California cemetery favoured by celebrities.
Sharon and Ozzy are scheduled to move back to their home country in February 2023.
The Canadian indie pop artist is also film/tv actress known for her works as one of the leads of the “Date My Dad” TV series alongside “7th Heaven’s” Barry Watson & Hollywood legend Raquel Welch, the movie “Summer of Dreams” supporting lead to and singing alongside 80s pop princess, Debbie Gibson, and as a recurring guest star on CW’s Supernatural.
Zenia is a stage vet having sung and toured worldwide in her mom’s Tina Turner Tribute show since the age of 13 and has since headlined in numerous musical runs, cover bands, theatre act shows, and as an Ariana Grande tribute artist herself.
She co-produces each song to explore a lush dreamy landscape of vocals, guitars, and synths creating an abstract ethereal blend of dark tinged alternative indie pop.
Virtual Rapper FN Meka got dropped by his label Capitol Records after a backlash around stereotyping and appropriation.
Capitol Records offered an apology to the black community.
The official statement:
“CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project, effective immediately. We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it”.
Capitol Records infuriated the black community with the signing of the virtual rapper.
The statement from “Industry Blackout”
“While we applaud innovation in tech that connects listeners to music and enhances the experience, we find fault in the lack of awareness in how offensive this caricature is. It is a direct insult to the Black community and our culture. An amalgamation of gross stereotypes, appropriative mannerisms that derive from Black artists, complete with slurs infused in lyrics.
“This digital effigy is a careless abomination and disrespectful to real people who face real consequences in real life. For example, Gunna, a Black artist who is featured on a song with FN Meka, is currently incarcerated for rapping the same type of lyrics this robot mimics. The difference is, your artificial rapper will not be subject to federal charges for such.”
The Industry Blackout continued to blast Capitol Records:
“For your company to approve this shows a serious lack of diversity and resounding amount of tone deaf leadership, this is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“We demand this partnership be terminated, a formal public apology be issued, FN Meka removed from all platforms. Furthermore, all monies spent by Capitol Records and Factory New for this project will be allocated to charitable organizations that directly support Black youth in the arts, as well as marketing budgets for Black artists signed to Capitol Records. We look forward to your response and compliance.”
Capitol immediately dropped the virtual rapper following the official statement from Industry Blackout.
Adele said the Vegas Shows had no soul and cancelling the residency was the worse moment of her career.
The singer told Elle Magazine: “It was the worst moment in my career, by far. By far. I was so excited about those shows. It was devastating.”
She went on to say: “There was just no soul in it. The stage setup wasn’t right. It was very disconnected from me and my band, and it lacked intimacy. And maybe I tried too hard to give it those things in such a controlled environment.”
“The first couple of months was really, really hard. I was embarrassed. But it actually made my confidence in myself grow, because it was a very brave thing to do. And I don’t think many people would have done what I did. I’m very proud of myself for standing by my artistic needs.”