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Johnny Depp’s “Brother” Inspired “Stranger Things” Season 4 Character

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Who is Damien Echols and how does he tie in to the latest season of the Netflix hit series?

Following the decision in his defamation case against his ex-girlfriend Amber Heard,Johnny Depp said he feels like he has regained control of his life.

But he was once involved in removing three other people from the death row because he thought they were not responsible for the terrible crimes they were charged with

Damien Echols is one of them; he once remarked that after Depp’s release, he felt “like a brother” toward him.

Damien Echols, the West Memphis Three and their ties to Stranger Things season 4

In West Memphis, Arkansas, Echols was a teenager when police charged him and two of his friends with a horrifying triple homicide. Three children were victims of the 1993 crime, and three teenagers were the main suspects, according to investigators.

According to some, the prosecution team built its case on the widespread “Satanic Panic” of the early 1990s. Investigators connected the alleged ritualistic elements of the crime to their adolescent interests. A court was forced by the argument to find them guilty for questionable justifications.

In 1994, they were sentenced to death row and later became known as the West Memphis Three. But as new tests became available over time, the veracity of their involvement in the crime started to be called into question.

Hollywood celebrities like Johnny Deppbecame interested in the case after watching the chilling true-crime documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. It took a lot of work to persuade a court to examine the evidence again carefully in light of new scientific knowledge.

The West Memphis Three spent about 18 years on death row before being released in 2011. They partially achieved that by using the funds raised by celebrities to cover test costs and legal expenses. But they also used an Alford plea.

The Alford plea allows the individual using it to maintain their innocence while still being treated as a guilty plea for sentencing.

The story’s familiar elements may be noticed by some Stranger Things fans. And the reason why is that they were employed in the fourth season of the series.

The Duffer Brothers said in a recent interview that “… Something we really wanted to get into this year was the ‘Satanic Panic.’ So that brought us back to the Paradise Lost documentary series with the [West] Memphis Three, and it brought us back to Damien Echols.”

“We really wanted that character who’s a metalhead, he’s into Dungeons & Dragons, he’s ultimately a true nerd at heart. But from an outsider’s point of view, they may go, ‘This is someone that is scary.’ So that’s really where the idea for Eddie came in.”

How does Johnny Depp tie in with Damien Echols?

Depp claimed the injustice against Echols was something he could not accept in an interview with the AP, so he got in touch with the defendant. Depp “didn’t just support [them] in prison,” according to Echols; he stood by them “every single step of the way.”

“We did the book signing the other night in New York, and he was there for that, you know?” Echols said to E! News. “Obviously, this isn’t helping his career in any way. This is something he is doing entirely to help me.”

“We’ve grown to love him dearly. He’s become like a brother to me,” he said of his friendship Johnny Depp. They even got matching tattoos.

He has pushed for the 1993 case’s evidence to be retested ever since Echols was freed. He stated that he hopes to establish the innocence of himself and his co-defendants and secure justice for the victims.

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Bob Marley’s ‘Stir It Up’ featuring Sarkodie; beautiful work, should be embraced – Bisa Kdei

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Photo: Sarkodie x Bob Marley

Ghanaian highlife musician Bisa Kdei has made an interesting comment on The Bob Marley and the Waillers-Sarkodie feature.

According to the highlife artiste, ‘stir it up’ is a beautiful piece of work which should be embraced.

The musician speaking with Daniel Kweku Dadson, on the Rainbow entertainment ( Rainbow 92.4Fm ) described the project a beautiful piece of work.

Kdei on describing the feature a beautiful piece of work said,

“I think it’s beautiful. It is something beautiful. I would be proud if I were asked to be featured on a Michael Jackson song. I would be so honored. It’s a beautiful thing”.

He added: “Bob Marley is a legend. People still pay attention to him. This is something his spirit will appreciate. Sarkodie’s work is stunning. The people’s love for beautiful songs has triumphed over their hatred. It’s beautiful, and it’s something we should embrace.”

Photo: Bisa Kdei’s listening party in UK

Kdei recently staged a successful listening party for his fourth studio album, titled “Original,” in the United Kingdom. The listening party which saw Bisa Kdei collaborate with some of the best musicians on the African continent was held at the Cafe Koko in Camden.

The “Original” album since its release a few days ago has racked up impressive streaming numbers, as it was the third-most streamed album on Audiomack earlier this week.

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Kwame Baah sets to launch a global BUSINESS plug for musicians and all entertainers

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Photo: Kwame Baah, a digital marketing expert and a content manager.

Ghanaian digital marketing expert, Kwame Baah is set to launch a global business agency for artiste booking.

“The  primary focus of Get the Artiste is to  bridge the gap between artistes and people or businesses who need talent for various engagements, be it a concert, event, Tv show or guest appearances” Baah told mediaplugafrica.

He explained: “Booking agency is not anything new, is all over the world so it’s nothing new. We are just trying to bring it over here in Ghana  so that our artiste easily  get to be connected with locally and internationally”.

K. Baah currently manages,  strategize, grooms and promotes most of the big names in the Ghanaian music industry.

The official  launch of K. Baah’s initiative “Get The Artiste” will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the 3Music Headquarters, Accra at exactly 5pm.

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Ed Sheeran returns to social with an emotional personal announcement

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British singer Ed Sheeran took to his Instagram to share an emotional personal announcement following his return to social media after a two-month break.

In a video he shared on Instagram, The singer, 31, admitted he has been emotionally detached for much longer.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to address his absence. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

“I realise I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I’m sorry, it’s my fault. Ed said in a video.

“The reason I’m making this video is, just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not, when I wasn’t feeling like that.

“And I know that sounds weird but hence I’m making this video to say things are looking up and I’m back online.

“Weird s*** is going to start being posted here.”

Ed Sheeran did not elaborate on what ‘turbulence’ he’d endured. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

However, Ed  did not elaborate on what “turbulence” he’d endured, In February, he lost his close friend Jamal Edwards who tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. Three months later, Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they had welcomed a baby daughter.

In November, Ed told his followers that he was taking a break from social media, after wrapping up work on a new music video.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap overlooking a beach, he penned the caption: ‘Signing off now until 2023. See you in the new year. Much love, Ed x.’

According to daily mail, the singer is in the middle of a worldwide tour, and is currently performing a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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