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The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, May 17

Throughout the winter months, diamondback terrapin turtles near Ocean City, New Jersey, were hanging out in storm drains, trying to avoid the cold temperatures.
Now that things have warmed up, it’s time for the turtles — and their babies — to get back into the wild. But the journey from the storm drains to the wild is a dangerous one. There are streets and cars. There are predators.
And, thankfully, there were volunteers in the area to rescue the turtles and deliver them to safety.
These volunteers, working with Stockton University, used a custom-made net and pulled the turtles from the drains. From there, the turtles were delivered to Stockton University, where they received professional care.
After all of their hard work was completed, 826 turtles were rescued. Over the next year, these animals will be cared for and prepared to be released back into the wild, stronger and healthier than ever. (Nerdist)

The Daily Dish – Monday, May 17

Sunday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards could have been called the Marvel Awards, as WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier won nearly half of the trophies.
The two Marvel/Disney Plus shows picked up a total of six trophies. WandaVision was up for five awards and took home four — including best show. Star Elizabeth Olsen walked away with best performance in a show, her costar Kathryn Hahn was named best villain, and together they won best fight.
During her acceptance speech, Elizabeth said, “You guys are just the greatest fans anyone can have, and I have loved playing this part for seven years. Really, nothing could have been better than to have WandaVision. We had so much fun making it and I hope we moved you. I hope we entertained you.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier picked up best duo for stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and Mackie also went home with best hero.
In the movie categories, To All the Boys: Always and Forever was named best feature, while Chadwick Boseman got a posthumous win for best performance for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — making up for his controversial loss at last month’s Oscars. The late Black Panther star got a standing ovation.
Scarlett Johansson received the Generation Award. In a funny moment, her husband Colin Jost slimed her, mistaking the MTV Awards for the Nickelodeon Awards.
In another highlight, Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the Comedic Genius Award as several of his most iconic characters.
Leslie Jones, who was the host, opened the show with a bit that saw her being inserted into shows like WandaVision. She also won the award for best comedic performance for Coming 2 AmericaSnoop Dogg served as the night’s DJ.

The Bill Gates divorce has gotten messy. He’s having his #MeToo moment.
The Wall Street Journal reports that last year Gates was pushed off the board of Microsoft, which he co-founded, due to an inappropriate “sexual relationship” with a Microsoft employee. The engineer claimed in a letter that the affair with Gates started in 2000 and went on for years.
The New York Times published on Sunday a report that two other Microsoft employees received “go out for dinner with me” messages from Gates. One of the women was emailed in 2006. She ghosted Bill, who concluded his email, (quote) “If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.”
These disturbing reports follow another that noted how Melinda Gates began divorce proceedings the same month that Bill was exposed for having a chummy friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. (Wall Street Journal)

If Prince Harry wants to keep trashing the Royal Family, he should give up his titles — at least that’s what Royal aides believe.
Harry went on Dax Shepard‘s podcast to talk about his new documentary about mental health and said his father caused him great pain and suffering. He added that Prince Charles experienced the same thing, because it’s “genetic” in the Royal Family.
A Royal aide is quoted by The Daily Mail as saying, “People are appalled that he could do this to the Queen when the Duke of Edinburgh is barely in his grave.”
Sources say the Royal Family is fed up with Harry speaking ill of them. One insider said, “The Duke of Sussex has now spent a significant amount of time emphasizing that he’s no different to anyone else and attacking the institution which he says caused him so much pain. There is a growing feeling that if you dislike the institution that much, you shouldn’t have the titles.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, May 17

TODAY IS:
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Work From Home Day
  • Pinot Grigio Day

Does a salad a day keep the stress away? A new study from Australia found that vegetables and fruit can help reduce daily stress. Researchers from Edith Cowan University found that people who ate at least 470 grams (about 2 cups) of fruit and vegetables daily had 10% lower stress levels than those who ate less than 230 grams (less than 1 cup) of fruits and veggies every day. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day.

Another positive pandemic effect … We’re spending more time outdoors. A new study found that 75% of homeowners surveyed said their outdoor space was everything to them during the pandemic, with 73% saying spending more time outdoors has been therapeutic for them and 70% saying that improving their outdoor spaces became a new pastime. Those surveyed said they’re spending 14 hours a week outside – that’s an increase of three hours over pre-COVID days.

How long does it take to find “the one” … pet, that is … New research from Royal Canin dog food found that it takes the average person looking for a pet four months and 20 days to find their furry friend. 50% said they went to three or more shelters while looking for a pet and spent six and a half hours a week scrolling through pet adoption sites. When they finally found the perfect pet, 60% said it was “love at first sight.” 63% said their pet is their four-legged soulmate.

Do you have a secret stash of snacks? A new survey found that 48% of respondents said they have hidden their favorite snacks in secret paces around the house so they don’t have to share them with the people they live with. 46% said they just “don’t want to share,” while 53% said the people they live with would “eat them all” if they knew where the snacks were. 72% said their stash had been discovered and have had to change their hiding place. Partners and kids tied at 71% as the biggest culprits for finding the snack stashes.

Music News – Monday, May 17

Pink, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were constantly battling for chart position 20 years ago — but Pink says she never saw it as a competition.
She tells People magazine, “It was so unfair to all the girls. None of us wanted that. I think we navigated through it as good as a 20-year-old girl can. Now I think it’s totally different. Girls supporting girls is rad — I love to watch it.”
Pink recalls the worst part was being marketed as “the anti-Britney” and laughs off the comparison. “I love Britney — she used to carry around my album. I was like, ‘Dude, I’m a street punk, I just skateboard. That doesn’t have to be the anti-Britney. I don’t want to fight anybody.'”
Pink’s new documentary, All I Know So Far, premieres on Amazon Prime on May 21st.

Ally Brooke is getting real about her time in Fifth Harmony. The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ alum shocked fans by saying her time in the pop supergroup was toxic and abusive. On ‘The Ally Brooke Show’ podcast, she revealed that Normani, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, and herself were very competitive and fought to sing the good parts of a song. Ally went on to say that she didn’t enjoy being in the group because of the mental and verbal abuse she endured. She says, “My time in Fifth Harmony, I didn’t…enjoy it. It was hard because there was so much going on, so much behind the scenes, so much toxicity, so much abuse…of power. So much mental abuse; verbal abuse.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, May 14

Cecil Lockhart of Welch, West Virginia, recently passed away at the age of 95, but his legacy lives on, thanks to his decision to become an organ donor.
According to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Cecil became the oldest organ donor on record in the United States when a successful surgery resulted in a woman in her 60s get a boost in life — and a new liver.
The woman is reportedly “doing well.” And, friends and family of Cecil aren’t surprised that he continues to help others. They describe him as a “generous person” and are proud to see that his legacy of generosity continues even after his long, happy life. (People)

The Daily Dish – Friday, May 14

Ellen DeGeneres insists those toxic workplace allegations and her dip in the ratings had nothing to do with her decision to end of her talk show.
The comedian told the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie that that if she was still “having fun, I would do this show with nobody watching,” and that if she was quitting over the toxic workplace allegations, “I would have not come back this year” for season 18.
Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter that she had planned to end after Season 19 three years ago.
On the Today show, she said she did think of quitting last year, adding that the personal attacks felt “orchestrated,” “coordinated” and “very misogynistic.” She admitted it “took a toll on me. No, I’m not bulletproof. And no, I don’t have thick skin. I’m extremely sensitive to the point of it’s not healthy how sensitive I am.”
As far as her tumble in the ratings, Ellen said, “Everything in television is down. It’s got nothing to do with why I’m leaving.”

That long-delayed Friends reunion special will debut on HBO Max on May 27th.
Friends: The Reunion, which  was delayed several times because of the pandemic lockdown, will feature Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
They’ll return to the show’s original soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to remember and celebrate the sitcom. Each of the stars reportedly got at least $2.5 million for doing the special.
Guest stars include David Beckham, Justin Bieber, James Corden, Cindy CrawfordLady Gaga, Kit Harington, Mindy Kaling, Tom Selleck, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

Prince Harry tells Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast that being in the Royal family is a cross between ”The Truman Show” and being in a zoo. “Yep, it’s a mix between ‘The Truman Show’ and being in a zoo.  I was in my early 20s and I was thinking, I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum, how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it’s going to happen again. I’ve seen behind the curtain, I’ve seen the business model and know how this operation works. I don’t want to be part of this.”

Furry Friends Friday with Andre the Giant from Berrien County Animal Shelter – May 14

It’s Furry Friends Friday from The Mason Jar Cafe!
 
Meet Andre’ the Giant! Andre’ is a 3-4 month old part Sharpei part house hippo! This guy is ridiculously adorable, fun and floppy! Andre’s paws are T H E biggest mitts ever! And, check out that schnoz! Already weighing in at 50lbs, he’s on track to be a heavyweight champ. Unlike the human Andre’, our dog Andre’ gets along with all his peers, but we always suggest a meet and greet to make sure the other pup can keep up with this guy’s sparkle. Neutered and vaccinated, he easily is a plug-and-play kinda guy. Andre’ won’t last long– call Berrien County Animal Control – Berrien County Government to set up an appointment today! (269) 927-5648.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, May 14

TODAY IS:
  • National Chicken Dance Day
  • National Decency Day
  • Shades Day

Did the pandemic change you? A new survey by Oracle found that 86% of respondents said the pandemic changed their personalities – for the better. Becoming more conscientious (40%) and open to new experiences (38%) were the most common personality changes, followed by being more agreeable (33%).

Not sure they needed a study to prove this … but it turns out that booze is an ice breaker that brings peoples closer together. Researchers from the University of Illinois found that when people were drinking, they got closer in physical proximity to others – even strangers.

Speaking of drinking … Now you can get your White Claw vacation going before you even get to your destination … Starting June 1st, United Airlines will offer White Claw hard seltzers for purchase on their flights over two hours. (Delish)

Speaking of hard seltzer … If a pickle-flavored hard seltzer has been missing from your life, do we have a dill for you … BrüMate is introducing “Afternoon Dillight Hard Pickle Seltzer.” The seltzers will hit shelves this summer, but if you want to stay up-to-date, you can join the “VIPickle list” at www.crookedBru.com. (USA Today)

I think we all KNOW it’s not a good way to start our day by hitting the snooze button a bunch of times.  But even hitting it twice could be a problem. According to a new study, if you stay in bed for just 14 minutes after your alarm goes off for the first time, it throws off your entire day. And since most snooze buttons give you nine minutes of peace until the alarm goes off again . . . that means if you hit it twice, you’ve already screwed up your day. The study also found the day when people hate waking up the most is Monday . . . and Tuesday came in second place.

Music News – Friday, May 14

Janet Jackson still hasn’t talked about Justin Timberlake‘s apology for that wardrobe malfunction, but three of her brothers just accepted it and said it’s time to move on.
Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson stopped by SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy” on Wednesday and talked about Justin’s involvement their sister’s most infamous moment. Marlon kicked off the love-fest by saying “You know, it takes a man to step up and do that, so we do thank him for doing that. We thank you, Justin, for what you did.”
Jackie chimed in by adding he appreciated Timberlake speaking out “because it kind of hurt Janet in the past. So for him to step up and say that, it means a whole lot.” (New York Post)

Amazon Prime Video released a pair of screen shots from the live-action Cinderella starring Camila Cabello.
The modern telling of the classic fairytale will be released to streaming in September. However, despite production concluding more than six months ago, the studio has yet to release a teaser trailer. Typically, that’s a troubling sign.
The chief at Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, said on Thursday, (quote) “The filmmaking team has taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to this reimagination of this classic story.”
Cinderella co-stars include Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, Missy Elliott, James Corden, John Mulaney and Nicholas Galitzine as the prince. (Deadline)

Get ready to welcome back your ‘Friends’! The long awaited reunion of the classic NBC comedy is coming May 27th on HBO Max. The list of guest stars is massive with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Reese Witherspoon – just to name a few – joining the gang. The reunion was originally set for last year, but had to be postponed due to the COVID pandemic. The new teaser trailer shows the cast walking together with a stripped-down version of their theme song.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, May 13

Joshua Nelson, who’s a senior at St. Charles West High School in Missouri, got some good news recently when he learned that he had earned a full scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University.
It was a big accomplishment for Joshua, which resulted in his tuition and living expenses being covered for four years.
It also resulted in a bit of a problem — sort of — as Joshua had been saving money for college … that he no longer needed.
Joshua solved this “problem” by creating a scholarship fund that would help another student make their college dreams come true. He put the money he had saved up into the Joshua Nelson Leaders in Action Scholarship — and invited others to add to the college fund.
Joshua is hoping to inspire local businesses and others in the community to match his starting donation so he can help other students with college tuition.
His school counselor, Yolanda Curry, fully supports his efforts and admires what Joshua is trying to do, explaining that “he just has a heart for people.” (WLS-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, May 13

Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is ending her talk show after 19-seasons.
The 63-year-old comedian and host informed her staff Tuesday that she will wrap the show at the end of the 2021-2022 season and told The Hollywood Reporter, “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.” She adds that her decision to end the show was made a long time ago, and before claims were made about the alleged toxic work environment behind the scenes. She says she had initially wanted to stop after season 16, but was urged by affiliates to keep going.

Tiffany Haddish is ready to take Ellen DeGeneres’s daytime TV crown, according to Page Six.
The comedian has filled in for Ellen on several occasions, and with Ellen ending her talk show, a senior NBCUniversal source says, “Tiffany is a favorite… She’s top of the list to get a daytime show – she’s a fresh voice.”
As Page Six points out, “Ellen owns the rights to her show so it’s impossible to replace her without launching a fresh format with a new host.”
Haddish is currently the host of Kids Say The Darndest Things on CBS. She’ll have to compete with Kelly Clarkson, who’s a favorite to grab Ellen’s 3 p.m. time slot.

Phylicia Rashad is now a college dean.
According to TMZThe Cosby Show mom has joined Howard University as Dean of its College of Fine Arts.
She starts at the historically Black university on July 1st.
The actress is a Howard alum who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in fine arts. She also served as the late Chadwick Boseman‘s mentor when he attended Howard.

And, NBC’s hit tear-jerker drama This Is Us will end with its upcoming sixth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, May 13

TODAY IS:
  • World Cocktail Day
  • Apple Pie Day
  • Top Gun Day

Does the color of your sports drink affect your performance? Researchers from the University of Westminster in England found that having pink drinks seems to help athletes run faster and farther. In fact, researchers say pink drinks boost performance by 4.4%, and the color pink increases the “feel good” effect, making working out seem easier. Why is this? Researchers aren’t sure yet, but believe it could be because the color pink is associated with sweetness, which gives those who consume it expectations of a sugar and carb rush – even if those things aren’t in the drink.

Can your pets detect your perfect partner? new survey found that 67% of respondents would end a relationship if their pet doesn’t approve of the person they’re dating. 68% say their pet has the final say of who they date. And 70% said they trust their dog’s judgment over their own and more than family and friends. Some signs that your dog doesn’t like your date: Not going near them (47%), clawing/biting them (41%), and growling/hissing at them (40%).
On the other hand, these are signs your pet like someone:
  • Wagging tail/purring — 46%
  • Sharing their favorite toy — 45%
  • Rubbing up against them — 39%
  • Allows petting — 31%

If you’ve ever had a guy ghost you after three months of dating, don’t blame yourself, blame biology! According to psychotherapist Jack Worthy, all creatures are ruled by “evolutionary psychology” — a theory that divides romance into “short term mating” and “long term mating.” Humans are weird in that they can go either way at any given time. So with that in mind, men tend to feel emotions differently in the first three months from how women do, with guys having “an intuitive, animal draw” that’s more unconscious. Around the three-month mark, women start to drift into thoughts of the long term, but guys tend to let hormones rule — and if they’re cooling down, you get ghosted. Now, doesn’t that feel better? (Cosmo)

Music News – Thursday, May 13

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Carole King, the Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren are among its 20-21 inductees. Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first record. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, October 30. It’ll air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Katy Perry is among four acts to confirm a Las Vegas residency. The newest casino on the strip, Resorts World, opens next month and christens its 5000-seat venue in the fall.
Among her eight nights performing in Vegas, Katy will ring in the New Year 2022. After “Waking Up In Vegas,” she will do it all again on New Year’s Day.
Another American Idol judge, Luke Bryan, will play at Resorts World. As will Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood. Céline Dion returns for a third residency in Vegas. She debuts the Resorts World theater this November. Her first night will be a COVID-19 relief benefit.
Tickets go on sale for all dates starting May 24th, which is one day after the American Idol grand finale. (Billboard)

Miley Cyrus marked a wistful Throwback Tuesday with a post looking back at the fourth anniversary of her hit “Malibu”– and some of her life changes since.
She tweeted out a short video of her isolated vocals from the song with a short message reading “Today is the 4 year anniversary of ‘Malibu.’ A song about a place and person that at the time I loved very much” — a reference to her then-husband Liam Hemsworth.
Miley lost Liam in a divorce, and lost her home in Malibu to the wildfires that ravaged the area in 2018.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, May 12

When Luna Glass of Staunton, Virginia, learned that her little sister’s teacher was battling breast cancer, she wanted to do something to help.
The timing was perfect as Luna had long hair, which meant she had something to give.
Luna — who’s in 7th grade and had only once before gotten her hair trimmed — took the plunge and got a big-time haircut.
Amazingly, the hair stylists were able to cut off over 24 inches of Luna’s hair and set it aside for a special wig, created for the teacher.
Luna admits the haircut was a big change, but one she was glad to make. She hopes her donation helps make things easier for the teacher — and also hopes it inspires others to lend a helping hand in any way they can. (WHSV-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, May 12

The votes have been counted and the following have been elected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Performer Category – honoring bands and solo artists who, in their careers, have created music whose originality, impact and influence has changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll:
  • Jay-Z
  • Carole King
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tina Turner
  • Foo Fighters — Dave GrohlTaylor HawkinsRami JaffeeNate MendelChris Shiflett and Pat Smear
  • The Go-Go’s — Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin
Musical Excellence Award — given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music:
  • LL Cool J
  • Billy Preston
  • Randy Rhoads
Early Influence Award — given to a performing artist or group whose music and performance style have directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock ‘n’ roll and music that has impacted youth culture:
  • Gil Scott Heron
  • Charley Patton
  • Kraftwerk — Karl BartosWolfgang FlürRalf Hütter and Florian Schneider
Ahmet Ertegun Award – given to non performing industry professionals who, through their dedicated belief and support of artists and their music have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock ‘n’ roll and music that has impacted youth culture:
  • Clarence Avant — music executive, entrepreneur and film producer who also goes by the name of “The Black Godfather”
To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction.
Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry.
Three out of the Top 5 on the Fans’ Ballot are being Inducted — Tina Turner, who won the Fan Vote,  The Go-Go’s and Foo Fighters. The Top 5 as selected by the public comprised a Fans Ballot that was tallied along with the other voting body ballots.

Tickets are already on sale for three of Broadway’ biggest shows.
Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked will reopen in September, after being closed for more than a year.
Some of the stars appeared on Good Morning America Monday to promote the reopening. Krystal Joy Brown, who plays Alexander Hamilton’s wife, said, “Once we’re back, we’ll be better than ever. And New York City can revive as well.”
Broadway reopens on September 14th.

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, May 12

Today, Lisa from Berrien Community Foundation joins us to talk about For Good grants from BCF. She is joined by Laura Jolly from The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, who talks about the use of their For Good grant to establish an outdoor performance space. Get details on For Good grants from BCF at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, May 12

TODAY IS:
  • National Limerick Day: A good day to write a limerick.
  • National Odometer Day: How many miles have you put on your car in the last year?

It’s National Nurses Week and the Crocs footwear brand is honoring these hardworking heroes by offering 10,000 pairs of shoes to healthcare workers each day until Friday (until supplies run out). Medical professionals should log on daily at 12 p.m. ET on Crocs website to claim a pair. (Insider)

Sure, guard dogs are cool, but now they’re going to have to share top billing with guard cats. An animal group in Chicago has recruited a thousand feral cats to help protect the Windy City against a growing rodent invasion. The feisty felines are part of the Tree House Humane Society’s Cats at Work program, which takes strays, spays or neuters them, and then releases them to do their stuff. Just in time, too. Chicago was recently named “America’s rattiest city” by Orkin pest control. (WGN)

Italians are pizza purists, so I’m not sure how this will go, but apparently there’s a new vending machine in Rome that promises to fully cook a made-to-order pizza in just three minutes. The Mr. Go machine makes four different kinds of pizza — margherita, four cheese, spicy pizza alla diavola, and a pancetta pizza. The machine made its first pie on April 6th and has sold about 900 since. (Food & Wine)

Do you have a bucket list for this summer? Seems lots of people do. 66% of people in a new survey by Outdoorsy said they had made a summer bucket list, and 60% said they want to try something new during their vacation this summer – like waterskiing, wakeboarding, and skydiving. 62% said they want to spend their summer vacation surrounded by nature.
Here are the Top 10 Activities on People’s Summer Bucket List:
  1. Camping — 47%
  2. Waterskiing — 44%
  3. Wakeboarding — 43%
  4. Surfing — 41%
  5. Hiking — 41%
  6. Skydiving — 36%
  7. Fishing — 35%
  8. Mountain climbing — 34%
  9. Sunbathing — 31%
  10. Going to a national park/monument — 30%

Music News – Wednesday, May 12

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will reveal its Class of 2021 Wednesday at 8:05 a.m. ET.
Sixteen acts were nominated, and, on average, five to seven are inducted.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Here are this year’s nominees and how they fared in the online Fan Vote, which received a total of 4,860,391 votes:
  1. Tina Turner – 590,936
  2. Fela Kuti – 555,705
  3. The Go-Go’s – 433,072
  4. Iron Maiden – 414,419
  5. Foo Fighters – 392,406
  6. Carole King – 386,697
  7. Todd Rundgren – 291,717
  8. Devo – 272,765
  9. Dionne Warwick – 250,500
  10. Chaka Khan – 234,600
  11. Kate Bush – 224,731
  12. Rage Against the Machine – 224,478
  13. New York Dolls – 174,228
  14. Mary J. Blige – 155,581
  15. LL Cool J – 140,728
  16. JAY-Z  – 117,828
The Fan Vote comprises a fans’ ballot that is tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2021 inductees.
Three of this year’s nominees are already enshrined in the Hall:
  • Carole King – inducted in 1990 along with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin in the non-performer category for songwriting. This is her second nomination as a performer.
  • Tina Turner – inducted in 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner. This is her second nomination as a solo artist.
  • Foo Fighters founder, singer and guitarist Dave Grohl – inducted in 2014 as a member of Nirvana. This was the Foos’ first nomination.
The 2021 induction ceremony will be held on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, May 11

Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game of football. While he spent last year in Tampa Bay — and won a Super Bowl — he hasn’t forgotten the city of Boston, where he played many seasons with the New England Patriots and had great success.
Last week, Rob — whose nickname is “Gronk” — showed up in Boston with a check for $1.2 million and delivered that check to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker … so that the Charlesbank Playground would be renovated.
Governor Baker called Gronk “a big man with a big heart.”
And thanks to Gronk’s generosity, thousands of children will continue to enjoy the playground and appreciate the special connection this “big man” has with the community. (CBS Sports)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, May 11

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck look very much back together as the two reportedly spent a week together in Montana.
A source tells People magazine, “[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy.”
The two stars were seen in a car together near a resort in Big Sky, where Ben has a home. They were later spotted arriving back in L.A. on Saturday on a private jet.
This comes a few weeks after the two were seen hanging at her L.A. home.
Ben and Jen were engaged in 2002 but split in early 2004.
A source recently told People magazine, “They have a lot of love for each other. They have always admired each other.”

Everyone was surprised by Jennifer Lopez‘s reunion with Ben Affleck, but no one was as surprised as Alex Rodriguez.
The baseball legend was engaged to the singer up until a month ago, and a source tells E! News, “A-Rod is shocked that J.Lo has moved on. He truly thought they would be able to make it work and reconnect. He has been reaching out to J.Lo trying to meet with her and she has been very short with him.”
J. Lo and Ben pretty much confirmed their rekindled romance by taking a weeklong vacation in Montana. “They were alone,” an insider said. “Just the two of them.”
According to the source, Alex is “saddened” about his ex’s reunion with the Oscar-winner and has even reached out to her to let her know “he’s upset.”
The insider added, “She’s not interested in rekindling anything with A-Rod and is done.”

NBC won’t air the 2022 Golden Globes because of a lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
In a statement, the network said, “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
The move comes the same day Tom Cruise returned his Golden Globes in protest. He reportedly packed up his trophies for Born on the Fourth of July (best actor, drama), Jerry Maguire (best actor, comedy or musical) and Magnolia (best supporting actor) and sent them to the offices of the HFPA.
The HFPA has come under fire for not having any Black members. Though the organization insists it’s planning to make changes, including admitting 20 new members with a focus on Black recruitment, stars like Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson have called on Hollywood to “step back” from HFPA and the Globes.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, May 11

TODAY IS:
  • Twilight Zone Day
It’s also National Eat What You Want Day.  So I guess that means some people haven’t treated every day since March last year as an unofficial eat whatever you want day?
A new survey found the top foods we’d eat every single day if, you know, we didn’t have to worry about all the consequences of eating them.  Check ’em out . . .
1.  Pizza.
2.  Pasta.
3.  Burgers.
4.  Ice cream.
5.  Tacos or burritos.
6.  Chocolate.
7.  Fries.
8.  Donuts.
9.  Cake.
10.  Chips.

If you’ve ever wished you could applaud a tweet with more than just a “like,” you’re in luck … You can now send some cash to the person who wrote it. Twitter is introducing a “tip jar” that will allow users to put their money where their “likes” are by transferring cold hard cash via PayPal, Venmo or CashApp. Don’t get your hopes up about cashing in, though – right now, the tip jar is only available to so-called blue-check verified accounts, including athletes, entertainers and journalists. (BBC)

Many of us have been living in loose clothing over the last year, but it seems as things are slowly getting back to normal, sales of Spanks and other shapewear are booming. “Normal life is slowly returning and as people venture out into the world, they are looking for a little hug,” Sara Blakely, founder and chief executive of Spanx, told The Washington Post. (Best Life)

study from Germany found that older adults who say they “feel younger” than their actual age are actually younger, health-wise – both mentally and physically – than adults who say they “feel old.” Adults who felt more youthful were mentally stronger, had less inflammation, were hospitalized less, and lived longer than adults who felt like their actual age (or older).

Music News – Tuesday, May 11

Adele has lost her father, from whom she’d been estranged for years.
The British tabloid The Sun has reported that Mark Evans died today at age 57. He had been suffering from cancer.
Evans, who admittedly had major problems with alcoholism, left Adele’s mother when she was three and went back to his native Wales. Their relationship never recovered from it.
Evans had reportedly made a number of attempts to patch things up since Adele’s career took off, but things seem to get worse after he did interviews claiming that they’d gotten together for a drink, and later that they’d patched up what he called their “misunderstanding.” Adele had seemed less hostile towards him earlier in career, but at the Grammys in 2017 she spoke of loving her manager like he was her dad and added, “I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”

Kelly Clarkson may not have Steven Tyler‘s moves down pat, but she captured his spirit in her latest Kelly-Oke outing — a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady”).
This isn’t Kel’s first Aerosmith rodeo. She’s previously performed renditions of “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, “Dream On” and “Cryin’.” You can catch the videos on the Kelly Clarkson Show’s YouTube channel.

The folks behind the annual AP tests just checked millions of high school students on their knowledge of Taylor Swift — and it had nothing to do with her music.
Tay actually made it into this year’s U.S. Government exam in an essay question that addressed her getting involved in races in her native Tennessee, then in the 2020 presidential election. TMZ says the question had something to do with analyzing how voter registration laws affect civic participation.
The College Board didn’t release the text of the question, but someone was able to take a snapshot of it and tweeted it out.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, May 10

Earlier this year in Toledo, Ohio, Jimmy Preston was driving along during a snowstorm and passed John Brandeberry walking along the road, heading in to work.
Jimmy stopped and gave John a ride to his job at a grocery store.
During that ride, Jimmy learned that John didn’t have a car or a driver’s license.
So, Jimmy did something about it. He worked with a local charity group to help John take driving lessons and pass the test to get his license. Jimmy took things even one step further setting up a GoFundMe campaign to hook John up with a car.
It all worked out perfectly.
Between the money raised with the GoFundMe campaign and a donation from a local car dealer, John got a beautiful 2013 Toyota Rav4, along with six months of car insurance. The Rav4 even has a bike rack and a new bike, so John can get around anywhere and everywhere he wants to go. (The Toledo Blade)

The Daily Dish – Monday, May 10

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only ex on Ben Affleck‘s mind. On Sunday, he posted a Mother’s Day tribute to his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
He wrote, “So happy to share these kids with you. Luckiest parents in the world. Thanks for all the good you do. Happy Mother’s Day. Love, their Dad.”
Ben, who also shared photos of Jen with their three children, added, “I’m very grateful and respectful of her. Our marriage didn’t work, and that’s difficult. Both of us really believe that it’s important for kids to see their parents respect one another and get along, whether they’re together or not.”
The actor said that “it’s important for my kids to know that I respect and care about Jen and she treats me the same way.”
Ben and Jen were married from 2005 to 2018.

Actress and video vixen Tawny Kitaen died at her Newport Beach, California home Friday morning at the age of 59. A cause of death was not immediately revealed.
With roles in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie Bachelor Party, as well a 1991 episode of Seinfeld, she is best remembered for her seductive moves in and on the hood of a Jaguar in Whitesnake‘s video for 1987’s “Here I Go Again.”
She was marred to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.
Tawny also had an affair with O.J. Simpson during his marriage to Nicole Brown Smith.
Tawney was married to former Major League pitcher Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. They split following Finley filing an assault charge against her.
Since then she’s had run-ins with the law for drug possession and driving under the influence.
She leaves behind two daughters from her marriage to Finley.

They used to be one of Hollywood’s most successful screen teams, but it seems Seth Rogen and James Franco won’t be appearing in a movie together any time soon.
Seth has finally broken his silence on his buddy’s alleged sexually inappropriate behavior. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Seth said, “What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that.”
Will he ever work with Franco again? Rogen said, “I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.”
Still, Seth wouldn’t say that his friendship with James is over. “I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview. I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”
The actors have co-starred in such movies as Pineapple ExpressThis Is the End, The Interview and The Disaster Artist.