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Willow Smith wows the crowd at Fader Fort

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 25 Oktober 2014 | 20.49

The Fresh Prince has spawned a Fresh Princess.

13-year-old Willow Smith wowed a packed crowd in Brooklyn on Friday night with a brief set of woozy soul at the Fader Fort presented by Converse – a specially created venue for the CMJ Music Festival.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's youngest was also joined by her older brother Jaden who performed a guest rap on a track called "5." Additionally, R&B singer SZA also made a guest appearance and gave the rising starlet a ringing endorsement by praising her vocal talents and calling her "the future."

The show was Willow's first performance in three years and although she used most of it to debut material from her upcoming EP "3" (which is due to hit iTunes on November 10), the teenager closed out the show with her 2010 breakout hit "I Whip My Hair Back And Forth" which was recorded when she was just nine-years-old.

Although mom and dad were not in attendance, Willow's grandmother and family friend Kendall Jenner were on hand to lend moral support.


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Benihana owner’s widow to hire power lawyer

The widow of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki is serving up another course in her long-running legal battle with her stepkids for control of the Japanese steakhouse empire.

Keiko Aoki, who controls the international franchise rights, is set to hire high-powered lawyer Seth Waxman, a former US Solicitor General and Supreme Court advocate, to press the next phase of her case, Keiko told The Post in an exclusive interview.

The stakes are high. Whoever wins the next round will control the assets Rocky left behind, including nearly two dozen franchise restaurants in Asia, Canada and Europe.

In May, Keiko was dealt a major blow when the state Surrogate Court of Appeals ruled that she would lose control of the family's Benihana assets once the restaurateur's model daughter Devon; Aoki, 32; and DJ son Steve, 36, hit 45.

Keiko, who sat down for an interview at her new restaurant, Koa, in Manhattan's Flatiron District, said she's seeking to reverse the decision because that's what her late husband would have wanted.

"Rocky was a great guy. He believed that a company should have one voice," said Keiko, a former Miss Tokyo who wore a Chanel jacket to dinner. "I have a responsibility to keep the company together."

Rocky "loved his kids," but he wanted her to run the business, she said.

"They have different opinions," she said referring to his six children. "They are going to fight."

Rocky's children — from two different marriages — have long disputed Keiko's version of events. They depict her in court documents as a gold-digger who poisoned their father against them and brainwashed him into changing his estate plan to give her control.

Keiko has portrayed them as spoiled brats who messed up the company when given a chance, and were more concerned about cash than preserving their father's legacy.

Ken Podziba, a representative for the kids and Rocky's former best friend, declined to comment.

The family has been on the rocks for so long that New York magazine wrote a story in 2006, titled "Rocky's Family Horror Show." That year Rocky tried to boot four of his six kids from having any part in the company.

His death in 2008 started the latest legal battle.

In 2010, Keiko won partial control of the assets, which included a large stake in Benihana Inc., which runs the US franchise and has since been sold. Two years later, she was granted complete control of the assets until her death. Then came the May decision, which said the assets would revert back to two of Rocky's kids.

Keiko said she will be fine financially and otherwise if that decisions stands.

"If I get 25 [percent] or zero, my life is still the same," she said.


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Citi Bike operator bought up by new company

A real estate company has bought the company that owns and operates the troubled Citi Bike program, a report said Friday.

REQX Ventures will own all of Alta Bicycle Share once the deal is completed and plans to double the number of bikes to 12,000, sources told Capital New York.

The price for an annual pass — currently $95 — is also expected to rise.

Neither company or the mayor's office would comment, the Web site said.

REQX owns bike share programs across the US and in Canada and Australia.

When the Citi Bike program was introduced, then-Mayor Bloomberg promised it wouldn't cost taxpayers any money.


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Jerry Lee Lewis excites the crowd in Times Square

There wasn't a whole lot of shakin' going on at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill on Friday night, but Jerry Lee Lewis' short and sweet set at the Times Square venue nevertheless provided enough excitement to ensure his status as a rock 'n' roll pioneer remains cast in stone.

The Louisiana man is currently in the city promoting the new book about his life "His Own Story" (by biographer Rick Bragg) and album "Rock 'n' Roll Time." While here, New Yorkers have been gifted the chance to see him at two rare shows, (he plays again at B.B. King's on Thursday October 30).

The reason for his general lack of live activity was immediately obvious as he took the stage. Now 79-years-old, "The Killer" is frail, speaks with a slur, and sat rigidly at the piano as he led his four-piece band through rickety, warbling versions of the early hit "You Win Again" and the Stick McGhee song "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee." It was an underwhelming sight and an anaemic sound that made the memories of him scandalizing America with his overtly physical performances in the late 1950s feel even more distant than they are.

But thankfully, it turned out that the visceral power of Lewis music hadn't disappeared entirely but instead, was just slumbering. Steadily, the beast was awoken. A version of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" gave the show the jolt it so badly needed, as Lewis began to hammer at his piano, jabbing at the high notes and sliding up and down the keys in his signature style. The rising excitement in the crowd and the sheer effort of playing "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" forced him to take a moment and mop his brow. Having blown off the dust and now reaching full-speed, the familiar Jerry Lee Lewis shriek began to pierce the room on "Great Balls of Fire" and with that, he was done. It's easy to think that 35 minutes was all he could muster but like all showbiz mainstays, Lewis knows that a good performer always leaves them wanting more. There's plenty of life left in "The Killer" yet.


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Over 10K sickened by Ebola worldwide: WHO

DAKAR, Senegal — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

Of those cases, 4,922 people have died.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly rising death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States.

The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Its figures show about 200 new cases since the last report, four days ago.

Even those grisly tolls are likely an underestimate, WHO has warned, as many people in the hardest hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care. A shortage of labs capable of handling potentially infected blood samples has also made it difficult to track the outbreak. For example, the latest numbers show no change in Liberia's case toll, suggesting the numbers may be lagging behind reality.

On Thursday, authorities confirmed that the disease had spread to Mali, the sixth West African country affected, and on the same day a new case was confirmed in New York, in a doctor recently returned from Guinea.

Mali had long been considered highly vulnerable to the disease, since it shares a border with Guinea. The disease arrived there in a 2-year-old, who traveled from Guinea with her grandmother by bus and died Friday.

The toddler, who was bleeding from her nose during the journey, may have had high-risk contact with many people, the World Health Organization warned. So far, 43 people are being monitored in isolation for signs of the disease, and WHO said Saturday that authorities are continuing to look for more people at risk.

To help fight Ebola, the U.N. humanitarian flight service airlifted about 1 ton of medical supplies to Mali late Friday. The seats of the plane were removed to make room for the cargo, which included hazard suits for health workers, surgical gloves, face shields and buckets, according to the World Food Program, which runs the flights.

"Speed is of the essence in this Ebola crisis. Agencies such as WFP and WHO are working every hour to confront together the virus as a matter of priority," said Denise Brown, the West Africa regional director for the U.N. food agency.


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Jerry Lee Lewis excites the crowd in Times Square

There wasn't a whole lot of shakin' going on at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill on Friday night, but Jerry Lee Lewis' short and sweet set at the Times Square venue nevertheless provided enough excitement to ensure his status as a rock 'n' roll pioneer remains cast in stone.

The Louisiana man is currently in the city promoting the new book about his life "His Own Story" (by biographer Rick Bragg) and album "Rock 'n' Roll Time." While here, New Yorkers have been gifted the chance to see him at two rare shows, (he plays again at B.B. King's on Thursday October 30).

The reason for his general lack of live activity was immediately obvious as he took the stage. Now 79-years-old, "The Killer" is frail, speaks with a slur, and sat rigidly at the piano as he led his four-piece band through rickety, warbling versions of the early hit "You Win Again" and the Stick McGhee song "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee." It was an underwhelming sight and an anaemic sound that made the memories of him scandalizing America with his overtly physical performances in the late 1950s feel even more distant than they are.

But thankfully, it turned out that the visceral power of Lewis music hadn't disappeared entirely but instead, was just slumbering. Steadily, the beast was awoken. A version of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" gave the show the jolt it so badly needed, as Lewis began to hammer at his piano, jabbing at the high notes and sliding up and down the keys in his signature style. The rising excitement in the crowd and the sheer effort of playing "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" forced him to take a moment and mop his brow. Having blown off the dust and now reaching full-speed, the familiar Jerry Lee Lewis shriek began to pierce the room on "Great Balls of Fire" and with that, he was done. It's easy to think that 35 minutes was all he could muster but like all showbiz mainstays, Lewis knows that a good performer always leaves them wanting more. There's plenty of life left in "The Killer" yet.


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Willow Smith wows the crowd at Fader Fort

The Fresh Prince has spawned a Fresh Princess.

13-year-old Willow Smith wowed a packed crowd in Brooklyn on Friday night with a brief set of woozy soul at the Fader Fort presented by Converse – a specially created venue for the CMJ Music Festival.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's youngest was also joined by her older brother Jaden who performed a guest rap on a track called "5." Additionally, R&B singer SZA also made a guest appearance and gave the rising starlet a ringing endorsement by praising her vocal talents and calling her "the future."

The show was Willow's first performance in three years and although she used most of it to debut material from her upcoming EP "3" (which is due to hit iTunes on November 10), the teenager closed out the show with her 2010 breakout hit "I Whip My Hair Back And Forth" which was recorded when she was just nine-years-old.

Although mom and dad were not in attendance, Willow's grandmother and family friend Kendall Jenner were on hand to lend moral support.


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Benihana owner’s widow to hire power lawyer

The widow of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki is serving up another course in her long-running legal battle with her stepkids for control of the Japanese steakhouse empire.

Keiko Aoki, who controls the international franchise rights, is set to hire high-powered lawyer Seth Waxman, a former US Solicitor General and Supreme Court advocate, to press the next phase of her case, Keiko told The Post in an exclusive interview.

The stakes are high. Whoever wins the next round will control the assets Rocky left behind, including nearly two dozen franchise restaurants in Asia, Canada and Europe.

In May, Keiko was dealt a major blow when the state Surrogate Court of Appeals ruled that she would lose control of the family's Benihana assets once the restaurateur's model daughter Devon; Aoki, 32; and DJ son Steve, 36, hit 45.

Keiko, who sat down for an interview at her new restaurant, Koa, in Manhattan's Flatiron District, said she's seeking to reverse the decision because that's what her late husband would have wanted.

"Rocky was a great guy. He believed that a company should have one voice," said Keiko, a former Miss Tokyo who wore a Chanel jacket to dinner. "I have a responsibility to keep the company together."

Rocky "loved his kids," but he wanted her to run the business, she said.

"They have different opinions," she said referring to his six children. "They are going to fight."

Rocky's children — from two different marriages — have long disputed Keiko's version of events. They depict her in court documents as a gold-digger who poisoned their father against them and brainwashed him into changing his estate plan to give her control.

Keiko has portrayed them as spoiled brats who messed up the company when given a chance, and were more concerned about cash than preserving their father's legacy.

Ken Podziba, a representative for the kids and Rocky's former best friend, declined to comment.

The family has been on the rocks for so long that New York magazine wrote a story in 2006, titled "Rocky's Family Horror Show." That year Rocky tried to boot four of his six kids from having any part in the company.

His death in 2008 started the latest legal battle.

In 2010, Keiko won partial control of the assets, which included a large stake in Benihana Inc., which runs the US franchise and has since been sold. Two years later, she was granted complete control of the assets until her death. Then came the May decision, which said the assets would revert back to two of Rocky's kids.

Keiko said she will be fine financially and otherwise if that decisions stands.

"If I get 25 [percent] or zero, my life is still the same," she said.


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Citi Bike operator bought up by new company

A real estate company has bought the company that owns and operates the troubled Citi Bike program, a report said Friday.

REQX Ventures will own all of Alta Bicycle Share once the deal is completed and plans to double the number of bikes to 12,000, sources told Capital New York.

The price for an annual pass — currently $95 — is also expected to rise.

Neither company or the mayor's office would comment, the Web site said.

REQX owns bike share programs across the US and in Canada and Australia.

When the Citi Bike program was introduced, then-Mayor Bloomberg promised it wouldn't cost taxpayers any money.


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Over 10K sickened by Ebola worldwide: WHO

DAKAR, Senegal — The World Health Organization says the number of people believed sickened by Ebola has risen above 10,000.

The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died.

WHO has said repeatedly that even those very high figures are likely an underestimate as many people in the hardest hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease. It has particularly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but there have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States. Mali recorded its first case of Ebola Thursday.


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