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Happy 4/20: Snapchat Takes Flak Over Bob Marley Filter

And other marijuana-related headlines

(Newser) - It is 4/20, as pot smokers everywhere—or the people who sell to them—are surely aware. Some related stories:
  • Snapchat marked the day with a special Bob Marley filter for your selfies. The problem is that a loud chorus on social media is complaining that it amounts to "
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Obama's First Stop in Jamaica: Marley Museum

'I still have all the albums,' he tells guide

(Newser) - President Obama arrived in Jamaica last night, and his first stop was the Bob Marley museum, the BBC reports. Obama is the first US president to visit Jamaica since Ronald Reagan did so in 1982, and he's apparently a big Marley fan: During his 20 minutes spent touring the... More »

11 Insane Celeb Conspiracy Theories

Yes, there are people on Planet Earth who apparently believe these

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories are not just limited to the worlds of science and politics: Radar rounds up 20 of the wackiest conspiracy theories ... in Hollywood. And yes, all of them are real (in some minds):
  • OJ Simpson, not Robert Kardashian, is Khloe Kardashian's real dad.
  • Siblings Michael and LaToya Jackson
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10 Celebs Who Didn't Make It to Age 44

Live fast, die young?

(Newser) - These 39 celebrities rounded up by Radar will be forever young—they all died before reaching age 44. A sampling:
  • John Belushi: Died of a drug overdose at 33.
  • John Candy: Died of a heart attack at 43.
  • Chris Farley: Died of a heart attack combined with a drug overdose
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Bloodsucker Named After ... Bob Marley

10 years after its discovery, new parasite gets a famous name

(Newser) - More than 30 years after his death, Bob Marley has a new, strange accomplishment. Researchers at Arkansas State University have named a parasitic crustacean that makes its home in warm Caribbean waters after the late reggae star, reports LiveScience . It doesn't seem like Gnathia marleyi shares Marley's "... More »

Marley Doc Offers Personal Perspective

Ziggy-produced film an 'oral history': Dana Stevens

(Newser) - A new documentary about the life of Bob Marley is an "exemplary music documentary in almost every way," writes Dana Stevens at Slate : It's "thoughtful and leisurely paced," it's positive without fawning, and it gives an in-depth look at Marley the youth, Marley the... More »

Miley Cyrus: I'm a Stoner

No, wait, it's just a joke, says pal Kelly Osbourne

(Newser) - Goodbye innocence: The once-wholesome image of Miley Cyrus and alter ego Hannah Montana has apparently gone up in smoke. Cyrus is a "stoner," she quipped at her 19th birthday party after pals presented her with a Bob Marley cake. "You know you're a stoner when your... More »

11 Music Legends Who Never Cracked the Top 40

Fame's a funny thing...

(Newser) - Sometimes it can take a while for fans to find you, or your music might not be the best fit to sell in single format. For whatever reason, many musicians considered legendary today actually never had a hit single. 11 Points compiles these "No-Hit Wonders."
  1. Bob Marley: Despite
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This Bitch of a Life Offers Frank View of Fela Kuti

Biography pulls no punches in describing this powerful musician

(Newser) - Carlos Moore’s Fela: This Bitch of a Life, a newly re-released 1982 authorized biography, contains the usual makings of sociomusical hagiography: Fela’s stunning music, his uncompromising anticolonial message, and the many beatings and imprisonments he suffered as a result. But most readers likely already know the legend—what... More »

25 Car Tunes for Kids and Parents

Add some Marley, Beach Boys to the Disney playlist

(Newser) - Parents, don’t let Disney's catalog of saccharine tunes ruin any more of your road trips. There are songs that can bridge the generation gap, Lindsay Armstrong writes on Babble:
  • Jackson Five’s “ABC”: School the kids on the alphabet and pop music—all at once.
  • Billy Idol’s
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Serbs Erect Bob Marley Peace Statue

Reggae legend a symbol of tolerance in Balkans

(Newser) - Eastern Europe may not be known for its reggae scene, but a small Serbian village has chosen iconic wailer Bob Marley as a symbol of peace for the Balkans. A statue of Marley, who died in 1981, was recently unveiled during a rock festival in Banatski Sokolac, reports the BBC.... More »

50 Top Pop Brainiacs

Lennon, Marley, Berry rock on

(Newser) - "Towering natural abilities" and "exceptional creative powers" infuse the most memorable music of generations, forged by Blender's top 50 pop-music geniuses. The top 10:
  1. Bob Dylan: Each of his brave self-reinventions is "an authentic American original."
  2. John Lennon: "His drive pushed the Beatles from a
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