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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78, Celebs React

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 78. A hospital spokeswoman told The Washington Post that Barry arrived on around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m.  No cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments.

Barry served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia up until he was arrested for drug charges and sent to jail to serve a six-month sentence in 1990 after cops busted him in a Washington hotel room smoking crack cocaine and groping a woman who was not his wife. He later used the experience to his political advantage and came back in 1994 to win a fourth term as mayor.  His contributions to cleaning up the city and inspiring comeback garnered him the title “Mayor for Life.”

Many celebs took to twitter to share their reactions to Barry’s sudden passing including famed comedian Chris Rock who used the Mississippi native’s crack addiction as fodder for his stand-up acts.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

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