Tokyo media reports two Americans have been arrested in connection with the death of 21-year-old Irish student Nicola Furlong. Ms. Furlong was in Japan as part of University program. She was found dead in her hotel room earlier this week after she attended a concert given by hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj. Tokyo authorities believe Ms. Furlong was strangled then sexually assaulted.
Twenty-three-year-old James Blackston (possibly Blackstone–early reports vary) a.k.a. “King Tight,” and an as-yet unnamed 19-year-old male were taken in after police suspected the pair gave “drinks with high alcoholic content to Furlong’s friend, a 21-year-old Irishwoman, leading her to fall unconscious and then groping her inside a taxi,” reports Japan’s Mainichi News.
Until his arrest Mr. Blackston had an active social media presence, with a Twitter account under the screen name @KingTightBucc20 as well as a Myspace with the screen name “liltight.” The Twitter account has disappeared but various cached tweets made it clear he had a working relationship with R&B singer Omarion, who once tweeted this photo of @KingTightBucc20.
“King Tight’s” MySpace is private.
Fashion Week Observed
Last night, we watched a group of young women get down to Missy Elliott’s music as they waited for a newer rap diva to appear. Nicki Minaj, fresh off a not-widely-appreciated exorcism/performance at the Grammys, and Ricky Martin, fresh off something, were to appear in order to promote MAC’s “Viva Glam” line of cosmetics, which Read More
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Fashion and music
Earlier this month Victoria Secret held its fashion show at the Lexington Avenue Armory. Oh sure, there were the bejeweled bras and angel wings that one has come to expect from seeing Heidi Klum-cum-Miranda Kerr-inspired 18-year-olds with ungodly long legs, but did you know that there was also Nicki Minaj performing her new single “SuperBass”? Or that some of the angels dressed up like Julie Brown on acid to stalk down the runway during the song?
Nicki Minaj made her first appearance during Fashion Week at the Prabal Gurung show, and when her massive pink wig floated down the runway the three-row-deep block of Vogue editors could only watch. She took her seat across from Anna Wintour and her gang and the mob of men with cameras followed, their Read More
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Prabal Gurung’s show had everything going for it, from the deep purple hues that popped off long rippling dresses to the sun-drenched opulence of Frank Gehry’s IAC building. It’s surprising, then, that the whole thing was a bit upstaged by a single front row occupant.
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