Eddie Murphy

Edward Regan Murphy is an American actor and singer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984, he has worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked No. 10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. In films, Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs. the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, The Nutty Professor, Dolemite Is My Name. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls. Murphy's work as a voice actor in films includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in DreamWorks Animation's Shrek series, the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. In some films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere, he has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Meet Dave.

As of 2014, Murphy's films have grossed over $3.8 billion in the United States and Canada box office and $6.6 billion worldwide. In 2015, his films made him the sixth-highest grossing actor in the United States. In 2015, Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York City, raised in the borough's Bushwick neighborhood, his mother, was a telephone operator, his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. His father died in 1969, he declared: My mother and father broke up when I was three, he died when I was eight, so I have dim memories He was a victim of the Murphy charm. A woman stabbed my father. I never got all the logistics, it was supposed to be one of those crimes of passion:'If I can't have you, no one else will'-kind of deal. When Murphy's single mother became ill, the eight-year-old Murphy and his older brother Charlie lived in foster care for one year.

In interviews, Murphy has said that his time in foster care was influential in developing his sense of humor. He and his brother were raised in Roosevelt, New York, by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant; when Murphy was 15 he listened to Richard Pryor's comedy album That Nigger's Crazy, which inspired his decision to become a comedian. As a child, Murphy developed playing multiple characters in imitation of his acting hero Peter Sellers. Other early influences included Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx, Robin Williams. On July 9, 1976, the date with which Murphy marks the beginning of his career, he performed in a talent show at the Roosevelt Youth Center, doing an impersonation of singer Al Green as Green's song "Let's Stay Together" played; this led to work at other clubs within walking distance, late night jobs at locations that required him to commute by train. To do this he secretly skipped school, after his mother discovered this at the end of his senior year, he was required to attend summer school.

Murphy's early comedy was characterized by copious profanity and sketches lampooning a diverse group of people. Murphy released two stand-up specials. Eddie Murphy was his first album, released in 1982. Delirious was filmed in 1983 in Washington, D. C. Due to the popularity of Delirious, his concert film Eddie Murphy Raw received a wide theatrical release, grossing $50 million. Comedians who cite Murphy as influencing them include Russell Brand, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock. In the early 1980s Murphy first earned national attention as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and was credited with helping to revitalize the show, his characters included a grown-up version of the Little Rascals character Buckwheat. Do Buckwheat!" In Rolling Stone's February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Murphy was ranked second. "It is customary to say that Eddie Murphy is the only reason SNL survived the five-year wilderness without Lorne Michaels," they noted. In 1982, Murphy made his big screen debut in the film 48 Hrs. with Nick Nolte.

48 Hrs. proved to be a hit when it was released in the Christmas season of 1982. Nolte was scheduled to host the December 11, 1982, Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, but became too ill to host, so Murphy took over, he became the only cast member to host while still a regular. Murphy opened the show with the phrase, "Live from New York, It's the Eddie Murphy Show!" The following year, Murphy starred in Trading Places with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd. The movie marked the first of Murphy's collaborations with director John Landis, who directed Murphy in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III. Trading Places was an greater box office success than 48 Hrs. Murphy appeared in Best Defense, co-starring Dudley Moo

Drover's Secret Life

Drover's Secret Life is the fifty-third book in the Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson, unique as the only book in the series not written in Hank's voice, it is the only book in the series to have a biographical focus, rather than a narrative of a specific caper. In the Introduction, Hank recalls how one day he found Drover's autobiography written in the dirt on the machine shed floor where he has a habit of hiding Drover's voice takes over, alternating between the present day and the recollection of his life. In the present day, Drover is nervous about writing his autobiography, puts off writing it, he picks it back up with the story of his birth, begins to relate how he was the youngest, the runt, of a litter of nine puppies. The other puppies left home as soon. Drover's mother saw through his excuses and used trickery to get him to leave, her triumph was short-lived. There followed a battle of wills, with Drover's mother trying every tactic to get him to leave and him trying everything to get to stay.

She gave up and moved to the front porch, leaving the backyard for Drover. Drover celebrated his victory by doing, he spent all his time lounging in the yard, pampering his so-called'bad leg', until one day he saw what he assumed to be a bird fall into the goldfish pond. His fear that it would drown overcame his laziness, he pulled it from the water, only to discover that it was in fact a bat. Drover ran and hid from the bat, but it followed him and introduced itself as Boris O'Bat, his faithful servant. Boris explained to Drover that bats have a high code of honor and must serve anyone who rescues them, until the rescuer is paid back. Despite Boris' eagerness to please Drover, Drover claimed he didn't need help with anything; when Boris pressed him, he admitted that he'd always had a dream of becoming a handsome prince. Boris promised to take Drover to a'Handsome Prince School', but the directions led Drover to a fast food restaurant. Drover decided that Boris was lying to him, leaving Boris behind, he went to a carnival.

There, he met. Drover agreed, despite the sign on the front of the carnival tent advertising a dog-eating anaconda. Boris showed up during the middle of the'handsome prince lesson' and told Drover that Slick was setting him up to be snake food. After a look at the anaconda, Drover believed Boris, they ran all the way to the town park; the next day, a group of people held a picnic in the park, Boris tried to get Drover to work the crowd and find a new home, which Drover refused, until a woman named Sally May lost her necklace right at his feet. Drover took it to her. Seeing that Drover didn't have a collar, Sally May and her husband Loper adopted him and took him back to their ranch; the book ends with Drover saying that he's happy. Drover sings "I Have No Ambition". Boris O'Bat sings "You Need a Dream" to inspire Drover to get a job

2016–17 Troy Trojans women's basketball team

The 2016–17 Troy Trojans women's basketball team represented Troy University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Trojans, led by fifth year head coach Chanda Rigby, played their home games at Trojan Arena and were members of the Sun Belt Conference, they finished the season 12 -- 6 in Sun Belt play to finish in third place. They defeat Arkansas State, Texas–Arlington and Louisiana–Lafayette to become champions of the Sun Belt Tournament to earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Women's Tournament, they lost in the first round to Mississippi State. 2016–17 Troy Trojans men's basketball team