June 21, 2005
THE DAILY JUIICENO BAIL FOR CASSIDY
Cassidy, the rapper, continues to sit in a medium-security prison after being denied bail at his arraignment Saturday.
The M.C., whose second album “I’m A Hustla” drops June 28, was officially charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and a number of weapons offenses in the shooting death of 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins last April.
Cassidy (real name Barry Reese) did not enter a plea during his arraignment and he won't be asked to until his case is brought to trial — which could be several months from now, reports MTV. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the district attorney's office told MTV that it's likely Cassidy will be on lock down at Philadelphia's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility until, and throughout, his trial.
As previously reported, police say Cassidy and two other men, armed with .45 and .40 caliber handguns, 9 mm pistols, AK-47 assault rifles and 7.62 mm rifles, fired on three unarmed men during an argument behind a house in the rapper's northwest Philadelphia neighborhood, killing Hawkins. The other two victims were treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds and released.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the other alleged shooters. The identity of the third gunmen is not known.
WOULD THE REAL STAR OF THE SHOW PLEASE STAND UP
Bobby Brown, 36, told Samuelsof Newsweek, about the experience of filming his new reality show for Bravo “Being Bobby Brown,” premiering June 30. Here are some excerpts from the interview that appears in the June 27th issue on newsstands now:
So why a reality show? Haven't you had enough of cameras following you around?
• I needed to do something to stay out of trouble. Too much free time ain't too good for someone like me. And now that I'm feeling healthy and off the drugs and other stuff I was doing -- I feel like getting myself back on track. But honestly, the main reason I wanted to do this is really for my kids. They're always saying, "Daddy, why do they always make you look so bad in the press?" You know? They don't see their father as a screw-up.
In one of the first episodes, you make some really crude jokes about celebrities -- like when you talk about Eddie Murphy wearing dresses in his downtime. Any worry that that might come back to haunt you?
• No, no worries. I didn't censor myself at all while the cameras were on because that wouldn't be real. I don't mean anybody harm, but I've spent most of my career being the butt of somebody's joke, so I don't have too much concern about somebody's feelings getting hurt. If you can't take a joke, then you need to go somewhere and die -- and definitely get out of this business.
What was Whitney's response to the show?
• She wanted no part of it. (Laughs.) But then once the cameras started rolling and she saw how much fun I was having, I couldn't get rid of her. I had to tell her, "This is 'The Bobby Brown Show' -- not 'The Whitney Show'!"
How is Whitney's health now?
• She's doing fine. It's been three months and she's feeling good and is getting better day by day. This struggle with [substances] is an ass-kicker. But we're both fighting it with all we have. I think we can make it.
NO SIGHT,BUT SEES MORE THAN WE DO
Stevie Wonder is spread some much-needed good will in the City of Brotherly Love. After hearing about the row house fire that took the lives of five small children on June 12, the Motown legend made arrangements to pay for each of their funerals, his publicist Ira Tucker revealed Friday.
"Stevie feels good about this," said Tucker. "It's been just a heart-wrenching thing. I don't think he's ever done anything like this before. It's just good that something can be lifted from them.”
The blaze in the city's Kensington neighborhood killed three sisters, Summer Cooke, 5; Samantha Bowers, 4; and Sabrina Dickson, 22 months; and two of their cousins who lived nearby, Amber Johnson, 3; and Reginald Ringgold, 1. The three sisters' mother, Shannon Bowers, 21, and her boyfriend, Lester Cooke, 33, escaped by jumping from a second-floor window into a children's wading pool on the sidewalk.
Tucker says that Wonder is hoping to visit with the families of the children during his visit to Philadelphia for the Live 8 concert on July 2.
Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire.