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Music News – Monday, April 5

The Milwaukee Business Journal says Harley-Davidson and Aerosmith are teaming for a new apparel line. The t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and tank tops will be available at Harley dealerships.

Mariah Carey hit a high note during her COVID vaccine. She posted a video on Instagram of herself getting her first dose of the shot. She talked over the nurses the entire time. Then, she gave the fans what they wanted with a high-pitched Mariah scream as the needle went into her arm. She is encouraging everyone to get their shot “when they can.”

Miley Cyrus came to rock. The singer belted out iconic rock hits during her performance at the NCAA men’s final four — including Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Cyrus, dressed in a black vest with matching trousers and leather gloves, also covered Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” The concert was held for an audience of frontline workers after the Baylor-Houston game. Baylor advanced to the championship game against Gonzaga on Monday.

Stevie Nicks tells Far Out Magazine that Fleetwood Mac’s song, ‘Gypsy’ came about because of a mattress on the floor. “Lindsey Buckingham and I had no money, so we had a king-size mattress, but we just had it on the floor. There was a certain calmness about it. To this day, when I’m feeling cluttered, I will take my mattress off of my beautiful bed, wherever that may be, and put it outside my bedroom, with a table and a little lamp. So that’s what ‘Gypsy’ means: it’s just a search for before this all happened.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 2

When Brooklynn Grehig of Racine, Wisconsin, learned that her church was collecting personal care kits for those in need, she asked her grandmother if there was anything they could do to help.
Brooklynn’s grandmother, Jacki Kirt, supported the idea — and the two started collecting the items needed, including one towel, two bars of soap, one comb, one nail clipper, and one toothbrush.
At first, they put together two kits.
Then, Brooklynn started asking family members for donations — and that number grew.
Once things were rolling, Brooklynn set a goal of 40 kits. She ended up doubling that goal — creating 82 kits — with an extra $150 donation for even more supplies.
Jacki, of course, is very proud of her granddaughter for taking what she described as a “small thing” that the two of them could do together — and making it “huge.” (WTMJ-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 2

Mia Farrow has addressed the “vicious rumors” about the deaths of three of her children.
The actress headed to Twitter Wednesday night and wrote, “Few families are perfect, and any family who has suffered the loss of a child knows that pain is merciless and ceaseless. However, some vicious rumors based on untruths have appeared online concerning the lives of my three children. To honor their memory, their children and every family that has dealt with the death of a child, I am posting this message.”
Mia then explained the how three of her adopted children died. Tam, she wrote, died at age 17 from an accidental prescription drug overdose. Lark died at age 35 from complications of HIV/AIDS. And Thaddeus died at 29 by suicide.
The Twitter posts come after the release of Allen v. Farrow, HBO’s four-part documentary about Dylan Farrow‘s molestation allegations against Woody Allen.
While the documentary doesn’t talk about the deaths of Farrow’s children, they are mentioned in a 2018 essay that has resurfaced. The essay was written by Moses Farrow, another adoptive child of Allen and Farrow, and in it, Moses defends his father and accuses Mia of abusing her adopted children.
Also an old family photo surfaced that appeared to show one of her daughters intentionally removed from the image.
Mia called the deaths “unspeakable tragedies” and added that “any other speculation about their deaths is to dishonor their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones.”

The box office is roaring back to life thanks to Godzilla and King Kong.
The monster flick premiered on Wednesday with $9.6 million, which is the best opening day total of the coronavirus era, according to Variety.
Godzilla vs. Kong benefitted from the fact that it played in more theaters than any other movie released during the pandemic. It debuted in 2,409 venues and will expand to 3,064 locations by Friday.
More than 94% of U.S. theaters have reopened, according to Warner Bros. Many, however, are running at reduced capacity.
Wonder Woman 1984 had the previous biggest opening weekend of the pandemic with $16.7 million and the best opening-day total with $7.5 million on Christmas Day.
Godzilla vs. Kong, which earned $121 million overseas last week, is also streaming on HBO Max.

Life & Style Weekly Magazine says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie, is ready to become a big brother. A source tells the magazine, “Archie can’t wait to meet his baby sister and loves putting his hand on his mummy’s tummy and feeling the baby move. He’s such a caring, bright, loving little boy and is super advanced for his age. Archie’s a real water baby and loves being in the pool. Harry can’t wait to teach him to swim this summer.”

Furry Friends Friday with Ellie from Al-Van Humane Society – April 2

It’s Furry Friends Friday from The Mason Jar Cafe featuring Ellie at Al-Van Humane Society: “Ellie is an adorable 2.5 year old girl and she is ready for adoption! She LOVES tennis balls, cuddles, and soft treats. Ellie enjoys going outside to play and to go for walks. She knows how to sit and is potty-trained. Ellie would do best in a home as the only pet and no small children. Please fill out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org if you are interested in meeting our loveable Ellie.”... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 2

TODAY IS:
  • Good Friday
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • National Reconciliation Day: A day to try and repair relationships that may be strained.
  • World Autism Awareness Day

Dream job alert … A dog food company wants to pay you 27 bucks an hour to look at pictures of puppies. No joke. ProDog Raw is looking for 10 dog lovers to look at pictures of puppies, as part of a study to test whether looking at dogs on social media can reduce people’s stress level. We can save them a lot of time – the answer is yes. If you’re interested, click here for all the info. But you better hurry – they’re picking the candidates in mid-April. (7News-Boston)

Are you paranoid about sneezing or coughing in public? You’re not alone. A new survey (by Flonase) found that 56% feel “judged” after sneezing or coughing in public. 55% said they experience a slight moment of panic when they feel the urge to sneeze or cough coming on. What thoughts race through people’s minds during this common occurrence? Here are a few, according to those surveyed:
  • “Great, now people think I’m sick.”
  • “I promise I’m NOT sick.”
  •  “Hold it in!”
  •  “I hope I don’t have snot in my mask.”
  • “It’s just allergies, I swear!”

No, bunnies do NOT lay eggs. This comes up every year. Yes, the Easter bunny brings eggs … but it seems a lot of people are confused about whether or not bunnies actually lay eggs. According to Google, the questions “Do bunnies lay eggs?” and “Do rabbits lay eggs?” each receive between 1,000 and 10,000 average monthly searches.
For the record, bunnies don’t lay eggs. They are placental mammals and female rabbits have pregnancies lasting between 31 and 33 days. They give birth to litters of often 12 or more baby bunnies. (Woman’s Day)
So what came first, the bunny or the egg? According to a Wallet Hub report, 52% of Americans say the Easter bunny came before the Easter egg.

Music News – Friday, April 2

Did Britney Spears really write that she was “embarrassed” by the documentary Framing Britney Spears? A one-time colleague doesn’t think so.
Makeup artist Billy Brasfield, who worked with Brit several years ago, tells the New York Post that he reached out to the troubled star, who told him she had “no control over the caption.” He says “I immediately knew it was not her. I texted her about it and she texted me back last night.”
Brasfield went on to insist that Britney is not as bad off as a lot of us think, saying “She is not ‘fragile.’ She does not like being a victim, she never wanted to be a victim and doesn’t see herself as a victim. She sees herself as a survivor and has navigated this with patience and strategy.”

Snoop Dogg is taking a bite out of The Voice.
He’s been tapped as a “Mega Mentor” for the current season. Snoop will join Kelly ClarksonNick JonasJohn Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the remaining contestants. Snoop will provide individualized coaching and help rehearse with the four artists still in the competition.
When Snoop announced the news, he made sure his followers knew it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day prank, tweeting, “This is not a joke. Excited to join The Voice as this season’s Mega Mentor.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells Rolling Stone magazine that everyone should be optimistic about the future. “Optimism, I’ve always been guilty of that and you know, I’ll take that rap right square on the chin, too. Because at the end of the day, if you can’t see the glass as half full and not half empty, somebody should talk to you about it and if nobody’s going to talk to you about it, then talk to yourself about it and try to see that glass as half full and not half empty.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 1

Andrea Lessing was working at a Goodwill store in Norman, Oklahoma, when she felt something unusual hidden in a pair of donated sweaters.
At first, she thought the sweaters were holding books. Then, she realized they weren’t books — but instead were stacks of envelopes filled with $100 bills inside them.
Somebody had accidentally dropped off $42,000 in cash.
Luckily, the envelopes also had paperwork that identified who owned the money — and the store was able to return it.
The owner of the envelopes ended up surprising Andrea with $1,000 from the money she found.
Andrea appreciated the gesture and plans to spend some of her reward on an “amazing birthday party” for her six-year-old daughter. (The Norman Transcript)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 1

Ryan Reynolds donned a pink beanie and a muscle shirt to get his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning.
The Deadpool star shared a pic of himself getting jabbed on Instagram. He wrote, “Finally got 5G,” joking about a vaccination conspiracy theory.
The quip went over well on Twitter, with one user saying, “If you stand next to any TV you’ll get HBO Max and Hulu!”
Just a few hours later, wife Blake Lively said she also got vaccinated. She wrote, “Find you someone who looks at you like I look at the heroic nurse vaccinating me.”

Kylie Jenner is putting her fortune to good use.
The billionaire has donated $500,000 to create a state-of-the-art hospital lounge for teen cancer patients that was unveiled on Wednesday.
Page Six says Kylie donated the money to support her friend, singer-songwriter Harry Hudson, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017.
The donation, along with money from rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s Teen Cancer America, led to the “Hey, I’m Here for You Teen Lounge” at the Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
The lounge features video games, a big-screen TV and a meditation room.
In a statement, Hudson said, “I am so grateful for Kylie’s friendship and the impact she’s had on my life and my cancer journey… She has always been there for me, and together, we wanted to figure out a way to be there for other young people who are battling this disease.”

Heat Magazine claims Brad Pitt allegedly continues to lean on Jennifer Aniston during his divorce proceedings with Angelina Jolie. A source tells the magazine, “As soon as the accusations about domestic violence went public, Jen was straight on the phone to Brad. She wanted to let him know she would be there for him, no matter what, and she’s told him again that she’ll appear in court if she has to, although she knows it would never come to that.”

Woman’s Day magazine claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are allegedly blaming each other for the bad press they are receiving from their Oprah interview. A source tells the magazine, ”Harry has been hostile and sulking while Markle has been blaming him for pretty much everything.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 1

TODAY IS:
April Fools’ Day
So how do people really feel about April Fools’ Day pranks? Seems there’s a pretty equal divide between people who find them annoying and people who find them amusing.
According to a YouGov poll, 45% of respondents found them amusing and 47% said they were annoying. Those under the age of 30 were more likely to find pranks funny – 50% liked them vs. 40% who found them annoying. And men under 30 were the most likely to appreciate April Fools’ Day jokes — with 60% saying they were amusing vs. 35% who found them irritating.

Do you know how much money you have in the bank? If you don’t, you’re definitely not alone. A survey found that 55% of respondents said they didn’t know how much money was in their bank account … because they were too afraid to find out.

Did you master a hobby in the last year? 60% of people in a recent survey said they had gotten better at one or more of their hobbies since last March and 56% expect to be an “expert” at their hobby when the pandemic is over. Some of the hobbies people surveyed said they’ve gotten better at …
  1. Doing something active (golf, running, yoga) – -35%
  2. Preparing food (baking, cooking) — 34%
  3. Making art (drawing, painting, sketching) — 34%
  4. Fiber arts (knitting, embroidery, sewing) — 28%
  5. Playing an instrument — 28%
  6. Speaking a language — 28%
  7. Scrapbooking or papercraft — 23%
  8. Model or miniature building — 21%
  9. Photography, videography, or editing — 17%
  10. Sculpture or pottery — 17% (SWNS)

Drinking too much wine can cause blurry vision … but the right amount of wine, particularly red wine because of the antioxidants in it, can actually improve your vision. A new UK study found that red wine can prevent you from developing cataracts as you get older. But the key is moderation. According to the research, those who drank wine daily or almost daily actually saw a 6 percent greater risk of needing cataract surgery compared to people who drank in moderation. (PRNewswire)

Music News – Thursday, April 1

NBC’s singing competition The Voice seduced Ariana Grande with a $25 million contract.
She’s easily the highest paid of the four coaches. Kelly Clarkson negotiated for $15 million, which is still more than either John Legend or Blake Shelton.
Gossip guru Rob Shuter said (quote) “Ariana is getting a whopping $20 to $25 million for the show, putting her in the same category as Katy Perry on American Idol. With John and Blake getting $13 million per season, it is the women on the show that will be making the most.”
Ariana starts her new gig this September. She’s at the top of her career, the most-streamed at Spotify among women, and The Voice would like to leverage her 229 million Instagram followers — 10-times the number of the three other Voice coaches combined. (OK!)

Legal battles between Britney Spears and her father just hit a new low. Jamie Spears now wants her to pay his $3 million attorney bills.
A member of Team Britney told the New York Post (quote) “If approved by the judge, this money would come from Britney’s estate. She essentially would be paying her own father’s lawyers to fight her in court.”
Jamie Spears filed documents asking for Britney to pay him a salary of $16,000 per month as co-conservator — and to pay his monthly office rent, which goes for $2000. (New York Post)
Sharon Stone revealed Wednesday on The Kelly Clarkson Show that Britney reached out in 2007 as her life spiraled out of control. Sharon said (quote) “Britney wrote to me a very long and important, poignant letter. I was in a very difficult time of my life and I couldn’t help myself.” (Kelly Clarkson)

Billy Joel tells Billboard magazine that he loves to mentor the new generation of artists. “When I first started I didn’t know a lot about the job, so I kinda had to figure it out by wire, ya know? It was hit and miss, I made mistakes, and fortunately I was able to recover from most of ’em. But I promised myself if I ever get to a point where I can help somebody that’s trying to learn how to do this, that I would try to do that. I always wanted to try to be a teacher even before I was in the music business.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, March 31

Earlier this month, a 6-year-old boy named Aiden from Hilliard, Ohio, completed his final chemotherapy treatment — a big step toward beating leukemia, a disease he’s been fighting since he was just two years old.
To celebrate, local police officers and firefighters showed up in his neighborhood with their squad cars for a loud parade.
The lights were on and sirens squealed as the vehicles rolled past Aiden’s house, while neighbors watched and applauded.
Normally, there’s a bell-ringing ceremony at the hospital after the final treatment. Things have changed, of course, because of coronavirus.
So instead of ringing a bell, Aiden was serenaded with sirens and flashing lights — a well-earned reward for all of his courage and hard work. (WBNS-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, March 31

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s second child will be born at home, according to Fox News.
When the baby girl arrives this summer, she’ll be the first-ever British royal born in America.
Baby Sussex will be delivered in her parents’ new $14.5 million Montecito estate, which they bought last year.
They revealed the baby’s gender during their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.

Drew Barrymore looks to be the next Oprah.
The daytime talk-show host plans to launch her own lifestyle magazine this summer, WWD reports. The mag, titled Drew, will feature an advice column, personal stories, recipes and product roundups.
Drew says, “I’ve lined my walls with magazine tear sheets since I was like 10 years old. I have a picture of myself in my bedroom and it’s like floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall. I’ve always loved magazines because of the paper and the experience. Magazines are such a huge part of my life and they’re such a huge part of my inspiration for everything I do.”
Barrymore, who sells beauty products and home goods in Walmart, will serve as editor-in-chief of Drew.

Michael Strahan has a fresh new smile after getting rid of his iconic tooth gap.
In an Instagram video, the Good Morning America host showed himself at the dentist getting his teeth fixed.
He captioned the clip: “I did it. #GoodbyeGap.”
Strahan knew he’d get flack for his decision, saying he expected his followers, friends, business partners and family to disapprove.
People on Twitter sure did. One person wrote, “This man just lost all his super powers.” Another said, “This is definitely one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Strahan’s gap is iconic. It’s like Robert De Niro’s mole or Tom Selleck’s mustache. You don’t just get rid of that nonchalantly.”
But Strahan said, “I gotta do what I wanna do for myself.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, March 31

TODAY IS:
  • National Crayon Day
  • Manatee Appreciation Day
  • National Prom Day: Most schools won’t be having prom (again) this year, but this day might help bring a little bit of the prom spirit. This day isn’t about this year’s prom — it’s about proms of the past. The day encourages all generations to share their prom photos on social media. Use the hashtag #nationalpromday and tag @promgirlxo and @promguytux.

Have you lost this skill during the pandemic? 38% of people in a recent survey (by evite) said they are worried about their ability to do this when the pandemic ends. Can you guess what it is? The answer: small talk. In addition, 34% said they’ve become more awkward since being stuck in their homes for so long. The survey also found that it’s been four months since the average American has had a meaningful conversation. Yikes. But people are ready to party again. As soon as the pandemic is officially declared over …
  • 42% said they plan to throw the biggest party of their lives.
  • 36% said they would go out of their way to attend events they previously avoided … like baby showers, weddings, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.
  • 26% said they are re-doing their birthday – since it “didn’t count” in 2020. (SWNS)

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Music News – Wednesday, March 31

Seven weeks after the debut of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, the singer responded. On Tuesday, she posted a twirling video to the Aerosmith song, “Crazy.”
Britney wrote how she’s watched only snippets of the documentary, which streams at FX on Hulu. She added (quote) “I was embarrassed by the light they put me in. I cried for two weeks. I still cry sometimes!!”
It appears that Britney agrees with the documentary’s thesis. She wrote at Instagram (quote) “I have been exposed my whole life. I’ve always been so judged… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day.”
Britney had a thought for those who have critiqued her dancing. Perhaps a direct response to Dance Mom alum Abby Lee Miller (quote) “Every day dancing brings me joy!!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness.” (Billboard)

Coldplay are helping to bring cleaner water to the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia by “adopting” a ship.
They’ve teamed with a non-profit called The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced technologies to rid the seas of plastic, and will sponsor a newly invented “river interceptor” called Neon Moon 1, which collects plastic before it reaches the oceans.
The organization expects to eventually have river interceptors operating in 1000 rivers globally.

Ariana Grande announced that she’s replacing Nick Jonas on the next season of The Voice.
Grande tweeted a picture of her coach’s chair with the caption, “Surprise! I am beyond thrilled, honored [and] excited to be joining Kelly ClarksonJohn Legend and Blake Shelton next season — Season 21 of The Voice. Nick Jonas, we will miss you!”
Jonas, who had previously coached in Season 18, returned in Season 20 to replace Gwen Stefani. Season 21 will air in the fall.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, March 30

In Boca Raton, Florida, 10-year-old Eden Gross has created a song that is raising money — and she’s donating that money to charity.
Eden’s song, which she wrote and performed herself, is called “Shadows on the Wall” and it’s about the stress that young children have been dealing with these days.
Eden explained that she and other children feel “stuck” and “don’t know what to do.” And, her song offers hope to anyone who feels this way.
People have been downloading the song — and Eden has been donating the proceeds to a community wellness charity.
Everyone is hopeful that we can get back to normal soon, and in the meantime, Eden hopes that her song — and her donations — will help things along. (Boca Raton Tribune)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, March 30

Sharon Osbourne is leaving The Talk with millions of dollars in her pocket.
A source tells Page Six that the former co-host “is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout and was able to spin that it was her decision [to leave the show].”
Another insider says Sharon is also free to “talk when she is ready.” The source adds, “She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on that show for 11 years and knows all the secrets.”
CBS announced that Sharon quit The Talk Friday.
Her exit came two weeks after her heated debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood over Piers Morgan and his criticism of Meghan Markle.

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker is going home.
Ryan Fischer spent a month in the hospital after being shot in that horrible dognapping earlier this year.
Ryan had part of his lung removed, but he’s on the mend now and has posted an emotional video of himself getting ready to leave the hospital, while Carly Simon‘s “Coming Around Again” plays in the background.
Ryan was shot in the chest in February before two of Lady Gaga’s dogs were stolen. The pooches have been recovered, unharmed, and Gaga calls Ryan a hero.

Kendall Jenner has been granted a restraining order against a man who threatened to kill her and then himself.
According to TMZ, the model claims 24-year-old Malik Bowker traveled across the country to shoot her.
In the legal documents, Kendall says an LAPD detective tipped her off to the alleged plan. Bowker is reportedly being held on a temporary psychiatric hold in a local hospital, but police warned the star that he could be released soon.
Kendall told the judge that the man’s alleged threats are causing her severe emotional distress and anxiety, and that she fears he will try to kill her when he’s released from the hospital.
On Monday, a judge granted her a temporary restraining order and Bowker must stay 100 yards away from her.

The Coast Social Network with United Way of Southwest Michigan – Tuesday, March 30

Kristen Chism from the Great Start Collaborative of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties joins us to talk about the FREE “Bright By Text” program, which parents of young children can use to get access to in-home learning and community resources. Text SWMICHIGAN to 274448 to sign up!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, March 30

TODAY IS:
  • National Doctors Day
  • National Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • National Virtual Vacation Day

Is your Easter tree up yet? Yep, Easter trees have been trending for the last couple of years.  You can buy one, or make your own. It just takes some colorful eggs and pastel colors to turn just about any plant or some branches into your very own Easter tree. (House Beautiful)

If you’ve been down the liquor aisle of a store lately, you’ve no doubt noticed that pretty much everyone is making a hard seltzer … or hard tea … or hard coffee. And it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, because Pabst Blue Ribbon, commonly known among hipsters as PBR, just launched a line of hard tea seltzers. Last year, PBR introduced a peach-flavored Hard Tea and now they are rolling out a line of hard tea seltzers. There are four flavors to choose from: Raspberry Black Tea, Peach Black Tea, Pineapple Passionfruit Black Tea, and Lemon Black Tea. (Food Beast)

What’s been your biggest headache about working from home? If it was something tech-related, you’re not alone. When it comes to complaints about remote work, tech issues were the biggest work-from-home gripes, according to a new survey. Here are the Top 5 WFH headaches:
  1. Having to use my personal computer for work – 38%
  2. Having a software crash in the middle of a task – 27%
  3. Not having the equipment/software to do my job – 24%
  4. Being stuck on hold with tech support during the day – 24%
  5. Having to start something over because of a software crash – 22%

Music News – Tuesday, March 30

If you’ve ever dreamed of duplicating the looks sported by divas like Beyonce, Cher, Madonna or Whitney Houston, you’ve got a chance — thanks to an auction of outfits those ladies showed off onstage and in videos.
Items up for grabs include:
  • Custom-made costumes from Destiny’s Child‘s “Independent Women, Part 2” video. Those are expected to fetch $5,000-$8,000 per piece.
  • Cher’s Bob Mackie-designed “If I Could Turn Back Time” bodysuit.
  • Whitney Houston’s Flesh Tone Chiffon Atelier Versace Gown, worn in concert in Paris in 1998, expected to draw a bid of $30,000.
  • Madonna’s costumes from the film Evita.
The auction will take place from June 11th through June 13th at Julien’s Beverly Hills showroom and at the auction house’s website.

The Easter Bunny will bring a sweet surprise to American Idol fans on Sunday — when this year’s All-Star Duet show hits the airwaves.
This year’s lineup of stars include Josh Groban, Ryan Tedder, Tori Kelly, Jewel and Katharine McPhee — who finished second in the show’s fifth season.
Each celeb will be paired with two contestants, and will sing with each person separately once the top-24 takes shape this week. (Billboard)

Bryan Adams tells GuitarWorld.com that he knew he had made it as an artist when he could pay his rent by performing. “I knew I had made it the day I could pay my rent for more than a month without having to rely on anyone for support. It may not seem like much, but that was huge to me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, March 29

When Dustin Vitale of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, learned that his mom, Gloria, had bladder cancer, he set out on a mission to take her on a big trip — the trip she always dreamed of — to see the pyramids in Egypt.
Dustin also wanted to bring along 14 family members.
This was going to be a bit of a challenge because he’s a middle school teacher — and couldn’t just write a check for such a big trip.
So, he started raising money by selling big cheesesteak sandwiches.
Word got around that these sandwiches were good — and they were for a good cause.
Friends, family members and neighbors started showing up outside his house, ordering food. Then, the news spread on social media and people were lined up down the block.
In just six weeks, Dustin raised all the money he needed to fund the trip.
Dustin is thankful to everyone who supported his goal of getting Gloria to Egypt, as the trip is now planned for later this year.
And, as he describes it, he’s also excited to see his mom “mentally as healthy as she has ever been in her whole life.” (Yahoo)

The Daily Dish – Monday, March 29

Sharon Osbourne has officially been fired by the CBS daytime show, The Talk.
In a statement CBS says, “The events of the March 10th broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10th episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.
“At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race. During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.
“The Talk will return with original episodes on Monday, April 12th, 2021, following the pre-scheduled hiatus the week of April 5th.”
This all stems from Sharon defending her friend, British journalist Piers Morgan, when he blasted Meghan Markle following her CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7th.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in an electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist,” said Sharon who then challenged the other hosts to tell her “what he’s uttered that’s racist.”
Co-host Sheryl Underwood responded that “the implication” of Morgan dismissing Markle was racist, rather than the words themselves.
Sharon then asked, “Why can’t it be he just doesn’t like her? Why does it have to be racist?”
Following the show, Sharon tweeted a lengthy apology in which she said she does not “condone racism, misogyny or bullying.”
“I should have been more specific about that in my tweet,” she continued, referencing her original defense of Morgan online. “I will always support freedom of speech, but now I see how I unintentionally didn’t make that clear distinction.”
Everything then spiraled downward for Sharon as current and former staff members said Sharon and others on the show were racially insensitive.
Sharon has yet to comment on yesterday’s developments.

Woody Allen has again denied sexually ab usig his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
This time, the director addressed the allegations in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.
In the sit-down, which was taped in July, the director says, “I believe she thinks it. She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.”
The interview was conducted several months before the recent HBO docuseries Allen vs. Farrow, which explores the allegations and has renewed interest in the case.
CBS says this was Allen’s first in-depth, on-camera American interview in nearly 30 years.
Allen, who has never been charged with any crimes, says, “It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained. And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”
He added, “There was no logic to it, on the face of it. Why would a guy who’s 57 years old and never accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.”

The Coast Social Network with Cornerstone Alliance – Benton Charter Township – Monday, March 29

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, March 29

TODAY IS:
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day
  • National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Does what you drink on a first date matter? Apparently so, according to a new survey by Jack Daniel’s. In fact, 30% of those surveyed said they’ve ended a date early because of what their date ordered to drink. And it seems this is a bigger deal for men than women. 60% of the guys surveyed said a date’s bad drink order would be a “deal breaker,” compared to 32% of women.
So what drinks are people impressed by?
1. Martini – 60%
2. Gin and Tonic – 46%
3. Manhattan – 45%
4. Old Fashioned – 43%
5. (tie) Cosmo – 42%; Whiskey Sour – 42%
So what drink makes a bad impression? A Long Island Iced Tea.
The survey also found that 37% feel so much pressure for that first-date drink order that they order something “fancy” that they usually don’t drink. (SWNS)

Seems the “never go to bed angry” advice is true … and it extends to all types of relationships. A new study from Oregon State University found that it’s NOT good to sleep on things – whether it’s an argument with your significant other or an argument with a co-worker. According to researchers, it’s best to resolve issues right away, rather than allowing them to fester – which can affect both your mental and physical health. In fact, according to the study, resolving issues right away can lead to a longer, healthier, and happier life.

What’s your go-to midnight snack? If your late-night hunger pangs come in a pint, you’re not alone. According to a recent Health Digest survey, 30% of people choose ice cream as their fav late-night snack. Potato chips are a close second choice of late-night snackers.

Music News – Monday, March 29

At least one member of Britney Spears‘s inner circle is all in on the idea of letting her choose her own conservator — and hints she might get back to work if that happens.
The anonymous source tells the New York Post that Brit’s life would be “drastically better” if Jodi Montgomery permanently replaced dad Jamie Spears in the role. According to the insider, “Britney trusts Jodi Montgomery  — she’s really great. If Jodi becomes her conservator, things would drastically change for Britney — she’s not working because of her dad. She has said that as long as a dad is in control of her life, she’s not working.”
Montgomery has been handling some of Britney’s affairs since Jamie suffered a near-fatal medical setback in the fall of 2019.

Lady Gaga is inviting everyone over to her place for a big creative jam session.
The superstar pulled back the curtain on Thursday to reveal The Studio by Klarna x Haus Labs, a new Los Angeles-based creative space that will be open to everyone. Gaga promises visitors will be able to use a sound stage and rehearsal rooms and is even offering to share a room full of instruments and gear that she’s used on stage.
Since it is L.A., the space also includes an “aura generator” to help the flow of those creative juices. Gaga and her partners will be offering grants to encourage the work of the artists using the space. (Billboard)

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello got an extremely unwelcome visit.
According to TMZ, the couple was chilling at home when they heard a commotion and spotted the intruders breaking in through a window. When the crooks saw the coast wasn’t clear, they bolted after grabbing one important item — the keys to Shawn’s Mercedes SUV. which they used as a getaway vehicle.
Los Angeles cops are investigating the crime, but have made no arrests.