The New York City medical examiner’s office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide. The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean ‘‘Diddy’’ Combs, and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gunshot wound to the head. A 9mm handgun was found in the apartment. The medical examiner’s office said Friday that Lighty died from a self-inflicted wound. Lighty had been a major player in the industry for decades, working with pioneers like LL Cool J before starting his own management company, Violator. Lighty and his wife, Veronica, had been in the process of divorcing and he was also having financial trouble, according to court records.
A filmmaking first
Haifaa Al Mansour has the distinction of being the first person to ever film a movie in Saudi Arabia, never mind that she’s a woman. Al Mansour’s ‘‘Wadjda,’’ which premiered this week out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, is about a 10-year-old girl who dreams of having a bicycle so she can race a neighborhood boy. But the dream is too subversive for a deeply conservative Muslim society where women live seg-regated existences and girls Wadjda’s age are expected to cover their face when in public.‘‘I feel so proud honestly to have shot the first film ever to be shot inside Saudi Arabia,’’ Al Mansour told The Associated Press. ‘‘It was an extremely difficult experience, but still it’s very rewarding and it says something about the country — that the country of Saudi Arabia is opening up, and there is a place for arts to grow, and there is a place for women.’’
“I’ve worked many stages in my life, but never, ever have I had to weave in and out of a lectern.” - Taylor Hicks, to People about his performance at the Republican National Convention.