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Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale, the man who inspired the character Avon Barksdale on HBO’s The Wire, died in a federal prison in North Carolina on Saturday. Barksdale, 54 was serving a jail term at the time of his death. According to an official at the Butner, N.C., medical prison where he died, Barksdale passed from an undisclosed illness.

Barksdale, who was considered one of the most notorious drug kingpins in Baltimore history, rose to infamy in the 1980s selling heroin out of the city’s Murphy Homes public housing complex. After serving a 15 year prison term, he worked with the anti-violence Safe Streets program before he was arrested again in 2014 for taking part in a heroin conspiracy with members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang.

The Wire creator David Simon has said that Barksdale’s life served as inspiration for aspects of some of the show’s characters two of whom were drug kingpin Avon Barksdale, played by Wood Harris, and a dealer named Bodie Broadus played by, JD Williams.


Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy



Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.

If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage.  So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.

Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.

“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”

“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”

To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.

“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”

So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.


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