News broke mid-afternoon that former child star and accomplished actor Lee Thompson Young passed away from a possible suicide Monday.
Whether you came to love Young as Jett Jackson on the hit Disney TV show of the same name who lived a double life on and off screen or saw the promise in him in scene stealing roles in Flash Forward, Friday Night Lights and Rizzoli and Isles, one thing was clear: Young was truly loved.
My time line was littered with “he was my childhood crush,” or “I used to tell my momma I was gonna marry him!” among praise for his work.
Aside from being a heartthrob, many were glad to see Young was struck by the Disney star curse that seems to happen all to often: child star made famous from hit child star role can’t break out of child star slump. It’s happened, but not to Young.
His fans were happy and it seemed he may be.
I won’t dwell on his death, but I will share something that most will find appalling, but helped me come to appreciate: though I loved The Famous Jett Jackson, I disliked his character primarily because he never seemed to pursue Kayla enough. I know it sounds funny, but I never understood why he wouldn’t want to be with someone just as intelligent as he was and more.
When I look back at it, the show meant more to me than swooning over a guy whose talent I’ve come to appreciate. It introduced me to real situations concerning a young woman in high school and how an around the way guy managed to stay down to Earth while staring on his fictionalized TV show.
Most importantly, it united me and friends for phone convos into the night about the next episode will be about.
My thoughts are with Young’s family and I thank them for sharing a talented young man with the world.
I went to a water park with my son this weekend. He’s an analytical kid and, even though he’s been talking about hitting the big slides all summer, once we got there he put the breaks on pretty fast. They were too fast, too tall, too crazy. We spent about 25 minutes just watching a fast tube…
It’s no secret that singer Usher Raymond and ex-wife Tameka have consistently been at odds over child custody, the most recent issue sparked by the near drowning of the duo’s child, Usher V. Both have given interviews on the custody debates, with the latter appearing on Good Morning America this week to give her side of the story.
I’d tell you what she said and Usher’s past statements, but I’ve longed stopped caring about who’s right and who’s wrong in this matter - and even more so the back and forth is exhausting. Their words at this point don’t matter; the courtroom battle isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be) about them . It’s genuinely about their children and what’s best for them. I’m sure most would agree on that, but I’ve wondered if the parents realize the same thing?
While, none of us know the true picture, you can’t help but glimpse at either’s interviews and court room pictures and wonder what is the real matter at heart here: the kids or the incessant need to get back at the other?
I’m sure both care about the kids, but haggling over them as if they’re property - an actual thing, or non-human if you will - is irresponsible on both ends. At this point, as I’m sure others feel, I just hope the kids are happy.
I spent the summer grooming future journalists and reminiscing at VOX Teen Communications. VOX, as many call it, is a non-profit celebrating 20 years in youth development through written expression, team building skills and community outreach. I am proud to be apart of an organization that fostered my journalism ethics and skills, while allowing me to grow into the person I am today. Here’s a blog post I wrote about reporting week during VOX Media Cafe. Enjoy!
It’s that time again — EW is looking for a few good interns to work at the magazine this fall. More info in the want ad below.
The fall program is open to recent graduates who can work a 5-day, 35-hour week. We’re looking for applicants with strong writing and reporting skills who are passionate about entertainment.
WHEN Mid Aug 2013 to Mid Jan 2014 (application deadline: July 15)
HOW MUCH $10/hour.
WHAT Contribute blog posts, news briefs, interviews, on-the-scene reports, red carpet reporting, and recaps to EW.com and print. Also: organizing and opening mail, maintaining databases of entertainment events, answering reader mail, researching forthcoming articles.
Matthew Keys, a deputy social media editor at Thomson Reuters, has been charged in an indictment for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacker group “Anonymous” to hack into a Tribune Company website, the Justice Department announced today.
Keys, a former web producer for the Tribune Co-owned television station KTXL FOX 40, in Sacramento, Calif., was charged with providing members of the group with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to the Tribune Co., according to the DoJ’s press release.
Quick statement: Matt’s a good friend, and we’ve worked closely together for a couple of years, bouncing ideas off of one another and the whole bit. I talked to him three hours ago. We had no knowledge of this situation, and offer no other statement other than to hope that one of our favorite people is OK. Good luck, Matt. — Ernie @ SFB
FJP: Definitely good luck. One of our favorites.
Folks, realize you have something far greater and more valuable in life than to throw it away for something so meaningless.