With Quon back as manager, Ice was scheduled to appear in various reality TV programs. Ice, still an entertainer at heart, felt that the experience would be good for him. In 2002, he appeared on Celebrity Boxing, fighting Todd Bridges under the name 'Bi-Polar'. In 2003, he appeared in five episodes of Hollywood Squares, eight episodes of The Farm and three episodes of Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, and made a cameo appearance in The New Guy in 2002. Around this time, Vanilla Ice also returned to the world of motocross. He auditioned for the 2002 X Games in the freestyle division and placed seventh at the 2003 Suzuki Crossover challenge, according to Sports Illustrated. He told the magazine that the track "is where I'm happiest."
On August 2, 2005, Ice released his fifth studio album, Platinum Underground. He stated that the title of the album reflected the fact that he could maintain a fanbase without mainstream airplay. Allrovi reviewer Rob Theakston panned the album, writing that it "has more bad spots in it than most". Ice included a song titled Ninja Rap 2, which was set to be a hardcore remix. Aside from the name, the song has very little connection to Ice's original 1991 single, but rather talks about his appreciation of his fans, his love of performing at clubs and playing at the Gathering of the Juggalos with Insane Clown Posse. Ninja Rap 2 was the first song to be released from Platinum Underground and was available to download for free off of Ice's official website.
In December 2011, Ice played Captain Hook in the Chatham, Kent, Central Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan, a role that previously belonged to Henry Winkler. He also turned on the Christmas lights for Rochester, Kent, in Rochester Castle, as part of the promotion for the panto. On May 12, 2012, Vanilla Ice helped in the launch of the Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington with a free concert for valid daily park ticket or 2012 Season Pass holders. In mid 2013, Vanilla Ice joined the New Kids on the Block tour alongside Boyz II Men.
On September 16, 2017, Vanilla Ice joined Insane Clown Posse in a free concert, the Juggalo March On Washington. Between 2015 and 2016, Vanilla Ice was one of the main headliners for the worldwide 'I Love the 90s Tour'.
Vanilla Ice appears as a video game character in Championship Motocross released in 2001 on PlayStation 2. The hairstylist character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is also modeled after Vanilla Ice. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck 'The Iceman' Lidell used Ice's song Too Cold for his entrance to the ring. In 2007, Nike released Vanilla Ice shoes for their Fallen Heroes pack. Rapper G-Child, best known for her appearance on ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show, has credited Ice as being a major influence on her work. After meeting Ice in 2000, G-Child performed freestyle raps at six of Ice's performances, and opened for him four times. The late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard appeared on stage with Vanilla Ice during the 2004 Gathering of the Juggalos and expressed interest in working on a song together after stating that he was Ice's "greatest fan". In March 2009, Ice participated in a Virgin Mobile advertising campaign titled "Right Music Wrongs", apologizing for his 1990s image. As part of the campaign, Ice was placed on "trial", and was voted innocent by users of the campaign website. He also appeared in a commercial for the South African light beer Castle Lite. In 2010, Vanilla Ice was featured on the debut single of the Irish duo Jedward, a mashup of "Under Pressure" and "Ice Ice Baby". "Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)" was released in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2010, via download and as a physical single on February 15, 2010. In 2010, Serbian musicians Slađa Delibašić and Shwarz released the single and music video Dizel Power. The music video and song feature various references to Vanilla Ice, including the performers dancing next to a graffiti mural of Ice. The video has reached two million views on YouTube.
Eminem has often name-dropped Vanilla Ice in his songs. Starting during taped freestyles he did with rapper Proof in 1992 where they performed against each other portraying Ice and MC Hammer, respectively. In his first single "Just Don't Give a Fuck", Eminem mentions Ice alongside Everlast, boasting in a playful manner that he is a better rapper. In "Role Model", Eminem says he ripped out Vanilla Ice's dreadlocks. Ice responded to in a magazine interview with Vibe saying that Eminem "raps like a girl". While Vanilla Ice and Eminem neither look at their responses as an actual beef, Eminem did reply to the quote in his song "Marshall Mathers" which also featured a verbal attack on the Insane Clown Posse. Eminem mentioned Ice again in the song "Purple Pills" in 2001, which caused Vanilla Ice's only response in song. On his album Bi-Polar, Ice mentions Eminem in a positive light ("Hip Hop Rules") and in a negative light ("Exhale"), however, Ice stated that he has no bad feelings towards Eminem. In a 2002 interview, Vanilla Ice stated that he thought Eminem's references were flattering, going on to say "I give him credit, I think he's talented, I think he's a killer rapper, you know I don't compare myself to him because he's another white rapper, I don't compare myself to any other rapper period, I don't colorize hip hop, it's stupid, but for people who are doing that are just looking through the eyes of a racial standpoint, and it really shouldn't be looked at that way, you're looking at two musicians that are in a broad brand of hip hop, so you don't need to compare us two. Following me, any white rapper is going to have to hear 'oh, you think you're Vanilla Ice?', so I am sure he's heard that." In April 2009, Ice appeared in the music video for Eminem's song "We Made You".
In mid-1983, after the recording of DaDa was completed, Cooper was hospitalized for alcoholism again, and cirrhosis of the liver. Cooper was finally stable and sober (and has remained sober since that time) by the time DaDa and The Nightmare home video (of his 1975 TV Special) were released in the fall of that year; however, both releases performed below expectations. Even with The Nightmare scoring a nomination for 1984's Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video (he lost to Duran Duran), it was not enough for Warner Bros. to keep Cooper on their books. By February 1984, Cooper became a "free agent" for the first time in his career.
In "Uncle Teddy", Tina falls for Jonas, the dreamy new delivery boy at Reggie's Deli who drives a scooter and plays the melodica. Tina spends the episode trying to impress the older boy, who is obviously using her for free cheeseburgers. Ultimately, he abandons her to get arrested on the beach.
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In a game heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons dropped their fifth straight game as they fell to the Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals with a final score of 57-52. It was the Maroons third loss at the Williamsville Holiday Tournament as they go to 3 and 9 on the year. The Maroons led by as many as 15 in the game but were unable to hold on. Leading scorers for the Maroons were Mitch Creager who had 23 points and by Jacob Rockhold who had 8 points in the game. For the Cardinals, Cody Huggins had 17 points and Tyler Reed had 16 points with 10 of them coming from the free throw line. The Cardinals were 19 of 26 at the charity stripe and were 17 of 22 in the fourth quarter alone.
A pair of last-second thrillers highlighted opening day in the NBA on Sunday. In New York, Carmelo Anthony hit a pair of free throws with 16.3 seconds left to lift the Knicks to a 106-104 win over the Celtics. Anthony scored 17 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter in the victory. Later in Los Angeles, Derrick Rose hit a floater with 4.8 seconds left to give the Bulls an 88-87 win over the Lakers. The Bulls scored the game's final seven points to erase an 87-81 deficit in the final minute. Lakers star Kobe Bryant had a potential game-winning shot blocked at the buzzer.
For low income families, the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois can aid in keeping your home warm in the winter, but also cool during the summer. According to Ashley Doyle, with Community Action, the weatherization program they have comes into a home and finds areas that can expose a home to cold seeping in and keep the home better insulated.
Despite the December weather being unseasonably warm to this point, Doyle says the agency is seeing people come in in preparation of the cold that inevitably will come to the area. She says it is never a bad time to have your home weatherized.
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Cardinals are waiting to find out where Carlos Beltran will play next season. The "Post-Dispatch" cites a source as saying Beltran is expected to decide among five interested clubs this week. The Cardinals are in the mix, although they have explored alternatives such as free agent Coco Crisp. Yahoo! Sports reports Boston and Toronto also have interest in Beltran.
The Monticello Sages are back on the hardwood one last time before the Christmas holiday, as they play host to the Bloomington Central Catholic Saints. The Sages are coming off a tough loss Friday night at Shelbyville, 51-44. It was a balanced attack, but a 6-0 run by the Rams put the Sages behind early in the 2nd half, combined with a cold shooting night was the demise of Monticello Friday. The Sages have not had a good run against the Saints in recent years, they are 0-2 all time, and lost 71-47 last year in Bloomington. The Sages are 2-4, Central Catholic is 3-5. You can hear the game live on 95.9 FM WEZC and also streamed live on dewittdailynews.com. Tip off time is approximately 7:30. 2b1af7f3a8