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"Over the past week, the internet has been abuzz with news of the Reddit Blackout, a protest by volunteer moderators who have shut down over 5000 subreddits in opposition to the platform's new API pricing policies.  Originally set to last for just 48 hours, the blackout has continued indefinitely, and tensions between the moderators and Reddit's owners are mounting. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what's been happening with the Reddit Blackout and what it means for the future of the platform. Is this the end of Reddit as we know it? Let's find out." Introduction Brief explanation of what the Reddit blackout is The Reddit blackout is a protest by the site's users against the company's plans to introduce charges for third-party apps. The protest involves subreddits going offline to prevent the changes from happening. This has resulted in some major subreddits joining the blackout indefinitely, while others are taking partial steps by b

In Memoriam: Carl Weathers, A Legend On and Off Screen

 

In Memoriam: Carl Weathers, A Legend On and Off Screen

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to the legendary actor, Carl Weathers, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 1, 20241. Known for his iconic roles as Apollo Creed in the ‘Rocky’ series and Greef Karga in ‘The Mandalorian’, Weathers leaves behind a legacy that spans over five decades in the film industry.

Early Life and Football Career

Born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Weathers was an all-around athlete before he ventured into acting2. He played college football at San Diego State University and later joined the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) after going undrafted in the 1970 NFL Draft2. After being released by the Raiders, he signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL)2.

Transition to Acting

Weathers retired from professional football in the early 70s and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood3. His early screen credits included roles in ‘Good Times’ and ‘Starsky & Hutch’, but his breakout role came in 1976 when he portrayed the cocky, undisputed heavyweight world champion Apollo Creed in ‘Rocky’, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone42.

Apollo Creed: The Heart of ‘Rocky’

Weathers’ portrayal of Apollo Creed in the first four ‘Rocky’ films (1976–1985) is perhaps his most memorable role2. His character started as Rocky Balboa’s adversary, but over the course of the series, Apollo Creed evolved into a mentor and friend to Rocky5. Weathers’ performance was so impactful that footage of him was used in the ‘Creed’ films led by Michael B Jordan3.

Other Notable Roles

Beyond ‘Rocky’, Weathers showcased his versatility in a variety of roles. He starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 film 'Predator’2. He also made audiences laugh with his performance in ‘Happy Gilmore’ and 'Arrested Development’2.

The Mandalorian: A New Generation of Fans

In his later years, Weathers found a new generation of fans with his role as Greef Karga in the hit ‘Star Wars’ series 'The Mandalorian’2. His performance earned him an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series2. He also directed two episodes of the series6.

A Legacy Remembered

Carl Weathers was more than just an actor; he was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life3. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations3. He will be remembered not only for his iconic roles but also for his charisma, talent, hard work, and athleticism7.

Weathers is survived by his two sons3. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life and the unforgettable moments he gave us on screen. Rest in peace, Carl Weathers. You will be missed, but your legacy will live on.



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