Legendary Climber Dean Potter Dead After Wingsuit Disaster

Extreme athlete and adventurer Dean Potter is dead after a failed attempt at wingsuit flight from Yosemite’s Taft Point. Potter held the speed climbing record for The Nose at El Capitan—one of climbing’s signature routes—three separate times, though his notoriety may stem from his more controversial acts, including a… » 5/18/15 9:30am Monday 9:30am

Grizzlies Hold Pregame "Moment Of Song" In Memory Of B.B. King

Memphis legend B.B. King died last night, and given his importance as a cultural icon to the Blues capital, it was a given the Grizzlies would do some sort of tribute before tonight’s Game 6 against the Warriors. But the occasion didn’t call for the standard moment of silence; instead, the Grizzlies produced a “moment… » 5/15/15 10:07pm 5/15/15 10:07pm

RIP Kroll Show, The Meta Sketch Comedy TV Needed

Last night was the series finale of Nick Kroll's Comedy Central series, Kroll Show. It was short but sweet—just three seasons of sketch comedy television parody. It took us into the alternate TV Universe of Nick Kroll's weird brand of comedy. It was a cable TV universe that is much like the one that exists in reality,… » 3/25/15 2:41pm 3/25/15 2:41pm

Watch An Unaired Ol' Dirty Bastard Interview From 1997

MTV is unearthing a bunch of old, obscure interviews with fixtures in New York hip-hop from the late ‘90s and posting them on Genius. First up is one from the Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), where he talks about his kids, his wife, and his struggles with sobriety. It’s very frank and, to be honest, a little bit sad. » 1/29/15 2:18pm 1/29/15 2:18pm

The "Average Professional Baseball Player" Who Changed Sportswriting

Jim Brosnan, the pitcher whose book about his 1959 season offered an uncommonly candid look at life within baseball, died last month at the age of 84. In 2007, Brosnan was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. Writer John Schulian gave the following speech on Brosnan's behalf. » 7/07/14 5:55pm 7/07/14 5:55pm

Legendary Shark Puncher Louis Zamperini Dies

Louis Zamperini died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 97. You may remember Zamperini from Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling biography of him, Unbroken, which everyone read and then yelled at you to go read. There are many completely insane things that happen in Unbroken. Zamperini becomes a famous collegiate track… » 7/03/14 3:25pm 7/03/14 3:25pm

Frankie Knuckles, Disco's Revenge, and Gay Black Music's Triumph

If you didn't understand how much Frankie Knuckles meant to people before last night, when news of the 59-year-old DJ and producer's death started spreading on social media, by now you probably do. If you need a lesson in what he meant to the world, watch the clip from the 2001 U.K. documentary about house music, Pump… » 4/01/14 5:27pm 4/01/14 5:27pm