In 2006, at the peak of the housing boom, a three-bedroom house in a well-established middle class area of south Los Angeles, sold for $550,000. The same property is currently in foreclosure and Rudy offers the bank $170,000 cash--offer accepted. Rudy can handle the shoddy roof and crooked foundation, but when the US Marshals show up at the house across the street to investigate a possible foreclosure scam, it doesn't bode well for the neighborhood. Add to that a misplaced gas meter that requires several weeks to negotiate city permits, late nights working at his restaurant and Rudy wonders whether the big profit potential is worth the trouble.
Scott purchases a hoarder's house that should be the easiest flip of his career, but his plan to simply clean out the junk then immediately relist the property gets foiled when Amie insists on elaborate upgrades.
Winter is approaching and Dave doesn't want to spend it flipping an old lady house with a leaky roof so he persuades Pete to take on a quick condo flip instead. Pete's jaw hits the floor when he see the tiny space--it's only 350 square feet! But once the creative juices start to flow Pete has visions of turning the boxy studio into a sleek bachelor pad with all mod cons. The boys set the clock for one week but the tight quarters prove challenging for the big personalities on Pete and Dave's crew. While Dave is busy scheming to off-load the old lady house tempers start to fray at the condo and soon the sparks are flying. Can Pete and Dave hold the crew together long enough to get their bachelor pad on the market?
Oddly enough, some of the world's most wealthy individuals launched successful careers the moment they kissed their teachers goodbye. You'll be surprised to learn just who's listed in Biography.com's group of Famous Dropouts, including media magnate William Randolph Hearst, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, musicians Kanye West and Madonna, and billionaires Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.
With simply their voices and guitars, folk singers are the unplugged artists who tell our collective stories through their songs. Their music conveys universal truths and, in turbulent times, is often a call to action in the form of protest songs. Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and other legendary folk singers have rallied audiences around historic causes such as the Civil Rights, peace and feminist movements. Here are some of the famous folk singers who were revolutionary through their songs.
The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held in 1959, after Walk of Fame recording executives compiled a list of industry leaders who they realized would never get a star on Hollywood Boulevard, but deserved recognition. The group helped found the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and named their award the "Grammy" as a nod to Edison's gramophone. Since then, hundreds of music industry members have received Grammys for their notable accomplishments in the field of music and recording. Here are the many winners of this now-prestigious award.
In a wide range of fields, Jewish Americans have made important contributions to American society. May has been designated Jewish American Heritage Month, providing an opportunity to reflect on the many accomplishments of Jewish Americans. Explore some of the Jewish American icons who have made their mark in entertainment, literature, politics and beyond.
Left-handed people are a rare breed—only 10 percent of the general population is a lefty. There isn't a definite scientific explanation of why people are left-handed, and although it might be an inconvenience for some, it's actually an advantage in sports. Legendary lefty athletes include baseball player Babe Ruth and basketball star Larry Bird. They're in good company with a wide variety of famous faces from President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey to composer Wolfgang Mozart and entrepreneur Bill Gates.
When musicians land big fame, there typically comes a moment of reinvention in which the "rock star" identity is born. This new persona often requires a new name, a way to differentiate between the private and public versions of themselves. Musical monikers take different forms, from the simple, last-name changes aimed at boosting celebrity appeal—like Steven Tyler—to the glamorized version of a childhood nickname—like Jay-Z. Musicians' nicknames and aliases tend to take on an identity all their own over time, often becoming as full of personality as the artists they represent.
They make music with instruments they were born with - their voices. Gifted vocalists have entertained audiences across musical genres from the tour de force arias of Luciano Pavarotti to the classic crooning of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the soulful vocals of artists like Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. With their powerful lyricism, singers like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen became poet laureates of American music while artists including Joan Baez and Joe Strummer used their voices to prompt social change while they entertained. Rockers from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Kurt Cobain helped define their generations through their songs while icons like Michael Jackson, Cher and Whitney Houston shaped pop culture with their larger-than-life voices and personas. See these and more famous singers who have struck a chord in musical history.