Farewell of the Day: James Avery Dies at 68

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Farewell of the Day: James Avery Dies at 68
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James Avery, best known for his role as the no-nonsense Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died. In response to Avery's passing, former co-star Alfanso Ribeiro tweeted, "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly."
CBS News reports that, according to his publicist, Avery passed away Tuesday due to complications with open heart surgery. He was 68 years old.

Mashup of the Day: The Hoff Sings Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme

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Mashup of the Day is a feature series focused on showcasing notable mash ups and remixes fresh out of the internet music tubes.

So This Happened of the Day: Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards Performance Reactions

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Will Smith Freestyle of the Day

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Some lucky party goers at Gabrielle Union's 40th birthday party in Miami Saturday night witnessed a rare performance from the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. The A-list action star grabbed the mic while Doug E. Fresh provided the human beatbox, and spit some lines -- including an out-of-character n-bomb -- before doing a brief medley of "Summertime" and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme.

Gitmo Detainees' Obsession of the Day

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Gitmo Detainees' Obsession of the Day
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The captives at Guantanamo Bay may be stuck there indefinitely, but the librarian has their back.

From today's Miami Herald:

Harry Potter books are passé among the prisoners. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith's 1990s TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as a popular way to pass time among the 168 captives now in their second decade of U.S. detention.

"I just ordered all six seasons," says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists."

Most prisoners can watch the show communally "pretty much around the clock. ... A maximum security captive, who represents about 15 percent of the population, can watch the show alone for perhaps an hour or two a day."

PSA of the Day

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It's been an entire decade since Will Smith has recorded a title rap for one of his movies, and it seemed like Men in Black III would be the perfect opportunity for the Fresh Prince/galaxy defender to step to the mic one more time.

So, the producers of the movie did the logical thing ... they hired Pitbull?!

The folks at Sneaky Zebra are understandably not nodding their heads about this state of affairs.

[thanks, nick!]

Fresh Prince Intro of the Day

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The Fresh Prince himself recently visited the BBC's The Graham Norton Show, where he rapped his legendary intro -- but now without a major assist from the all-British audience.

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