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The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 22

Mark Leistico of Grand Junction, Colorado, has a 14-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son who participate in local theater projects.
But instead of just showing up to practices and helping out with the productions to support his kids, Mark ran an ultra-marathon to raise money for the theater.
Mark admits that he was thinking about running the 100-mile race for fun, but then saw it as a chance to combine his passion for running with his kids’ passion for theater.
Calling his effort “Theater Dad on the Run,” Mark set a goal of raising $4000. He ended up crushing that goal — and raising a staggering $24,000.
And, all he had to do to raise that money was run 100 miles in just over 33 hours … all without sleeping. (KKCO-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 22

How I Met Your Mother sequel series called How I Met Your Father has been ordered at Hulu. According to VarietyHilary Duff will star as Sophie who tells “her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.”

The fans have been heard and LeVar Burton will guest-host Jeopardy!
After a social media campaign to get the Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star on the game show, producers have announced that he’ll be part of the final group of guest hosts.
Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said, “Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host. Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”
A Change.org petition demanding Burton permanently replace Alex Trebek has gotten 246,000 signatures.
George StephanopoulosRobin Roberts and Joe Buck were also among those named as the final guest hosts.

Glamour magazine says Jennifer Lopez dumped Alex Rodriguez because she was miserable. A source tells the magazine,  “She has been pretty miserable. And didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex. There are are too many issues that are unresolved. They both liked spending more time together as a family, but it was difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day. Whether or not he has cheated doesn’t matter. She won’t tolerate the fear of it in the air between them.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 22

TODAY IS:
  • Earth Day
  • Jelly Bean Day

Seems real estate envy is powerful … A new survey found that 50% of respondents would rather browse the Zillow real estate website than have sex. (Best Life)
Some more findings from the survey:
  • 53% said they looked up the value of their boss’ home on Zillow.
  • 55% said they spent between 1-4 hours a day on Zillow.
  • 56% said they’ve canceled plans with friends to spend time on the site.
  • 58% said they missed an important deadline because of time spent on Zillow.
  • 63% said they’ve used Zillow to look up the value of their friends’ homes.
  • 64% said they’ve contacted a real estate agent about a house they couldn’t afford.

Speaking of sex … Here’s a good reason to make good sleep a priority … A new study found that good sleep leads to a better sex life for women. Poor sleep, on the other hand, is linked to a worse sex life.

Have you ever broken up … with your best friend? It may be hard to imagine life without your BFF, but if the relationship is more stressful than supportive and fun – it may be time to cut ties. Therapist Shani Tran says these are some of the reasons to re-examine your relationship with your BFF:
  • They’re always putting you down.
  • You’re affected by their drama/problems.
  • They don’t show any interest in you or what you’re going through but expect you to be interested in them.
  • They are competitive with you/jealous of you and not supportive of your dreams.
  • You’re making all the effort to keep in contact.
  • They make you feel nervous whenever you’re around them/on the phone with them/Facetiming with them (Pop Sugar)

Ready to get away this summer? new survey finds half of us will take at least one vacation between June and September. For those going, more than 40 percent say they will drop over a thousand bucks to make it happen. Nearly half say they’re planning a road trip.

Music News – Thursday, April 22

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Vanity Fair magazine that he has no plans to retire from performing. “It just was something I loved so much that I wanted to do. I’d been thinking about that since I was 12, and that passion hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Bruno Mars tells The San Diego Union Tribune newspaper that he would love to talk with the late Bob Marley. “I’d like to talk to Bob Marley. Bob is one of the greatest songwriters ever. I don’t know if people understand how powerful his songs are and the simplicity and genius behind them. I feel, as a songwriter, it’s one of the hardest things to do — to sit down and say how you feel. He really did that on all his songs and it was just so genuine, and I want to know how he did it.”

“Johnny Cash Day” is about to be a legit memorial day in Arkansas. The state’s House of Representatives voted 92-0 to send the measure to the governor. “Johnny Cash Day” will be observed annually on February 26th. The Man in Black was born in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 21

Each year, the students at Littlefield High School in Texas raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And this year, they were going to donate the money to a student at the school.
But instead of choosing to take a trip for himself, this student — who wishes to remain anonymous — chose to pay the “wish” forward and donate it to the hospital to brighten the days of other teenagers.
Because of the generosity of this student, a $9,000 check was presented to the Covenant Health Foundation — which will purchase crafts and special food to make things a bit easier for teens who are hospitalized.
Kathryn Pylant, a hospital official who has worked with the student, said that the donation is incredible, but not unexpected, because he’s “very selfless, and he always thinks of others” — which is exactly what he did here by passing up the chance to go to Disneyland. (KCBD-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 21

WandaVision leads the nominees for the MTV Movie & TV Awards with five noms.
In the TV categories, Emily in Paris and The Boys follow with four nods apiece, and Bridgerton and The Mandalorian have three each.
In the film categories, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was tops with three nominations, followed by Judas and the Black Messiah with two.
Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous nomination for best performance in a movie for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live May 16th from the Palladium in Los Angeles.

Zac Efron is single again.
The star has split from his Australian girlfriend Vanessa Valladares after 10 months of dating, according to The Daily Telegraph.
This comes just weeks before he’s set to begin filming the movie Firestarter in Canada. A source had told the Daily Mail last month that Zac planned to take Vanessa.
Zac reportedly met the aspiring model in June while she was working as a waitress at the Byron Bay General Store in New South Wales. According to reports, she quit her job to spend more time with Zac while he worked on the movie Gold and the Netflix documentary series Down to Earth With Zac Efron.

The Globe claims Aaron Rodgers is in the running to replace Alex Trebek as the permanent host of ”Jeopardy.” A source tells the magazine, “Behind the scenes, Aaron says to pretty much anybody who will listen that he really wants the permanent job, When it comes to having a famous name, and one associated with sportsmanship, Aaron has the edge and his team is campaigning hard to get the job on a permanent basis!”
The Wrap says the ratings for Aaron Rodgers’ time on ”Jeopardy” were huge. They improved 14% from Dr.Oz’s final week. Rodgers equaled Katie Couric’s ratings of 5.6 million viewers. Over 6 million watched Ken Jennings guest host. Anderson Cooper from CNN and 60 Minutes began his guest host stint this week for the next two weeks.

Music News – Wednesday, April 21

Prince died five years ago today, on April 21st, 2016.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7th, 1958 to a musical family — his father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.
His first pop breakthrough came in with his 1979 self-titled album, which included the Top 15 hit “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” He broke through in 1982 with the release of the double album 1999, which included the hit title track, “Little Red Corvette” and “Delirious.” While making that album he finally came upon a name for his backing band, The Revolution, which accompanied him on his greatest commercial success.
The loosely autobiographical film Purple Rain saw Prince play a character called “The Kid” struggling in the Minneapolis club scene. The film was a surprise hit, while its soundtrack album became one of the biggest albums of the ’80s. It spent 24 weeks at number-one and spun off the number-one hits “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
The early 1990s saw Prince battle with his label, Warner Brothers. He went so far to change his name to a symbol and had people call him The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
In 2000 he reclaimed the Prince name and started touring again. He released a series of albums that saw him back in the Top 10. He continued to tour up until his death, notably playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2007.
His Paisley Park compound in Minnesota is open to the public today for remembrances, though reservations are required.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 20

Christy Lucas spent 17 years as an educator in Hanover, Pennsylvania — and felt called to leave her career to start a charity to serve veterans full-time.
Christy saw that some veterans in her community were struggling, which didn’t sit well with her, considering these brave people had served our country.
So, she launched a charity called Roots for Boots.
Among other activities, Roots for Boots organizes a monthly food drive. In the beginning, it served eight veterans in need. But since then, it has grown to serve nearly 90 veterans, with the help of dozens of volunteers.
Christy calls Roots for Boots “more than just a food bank,” pointing out that it “restores hope.”
Veterans appreciate the effort not just because the food, but also because it connects the community of veterans in a positive way, making sure nobody feels forgotten. (CBS News)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 20

Dwayne Johnson‘s Aquaman-obsessed daughter, Tiana Gia, got a suprise from the superhero himself on her third birthday.
The Rock called in a favor from his pal Jason Momoa, who sent the birthday girl a personalized video. Johnson filmed the little girl’s “priceless” reaction to the birthday message and posted it to Instagram.
In the clip, Momoa said, “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there but I love you and tell your papa that I love him too. I’ll see you soon, happy 3rd birthday. Bye Jazzy, bye Tia, love you.”
After hearing the message, Tiana jumped with joy.
In the post, Johnson wrote, “I had to make the call…it’s what daddy’s do. I can’t thank my brother @prideofgypsies enough for making this adoring 3yr old’s birthday the best EVER. Her reaction is priceless and what it’s all about.”
Earlier in the day, Johnson had showed Tiana’s love for Aquaman in several videos.

The Daily Mail says Russell Crowe wants to lose a large amount of weight before marrying his 30-year-old girlfriend Brittany Theriot. A source tells various publications, ”Russell’s doing everything he can to knock off the pounds. He wants to walk down the aisle looking his best. Everyone’s buzzing that he’s already bought a massive solitaire ring for her and they’re expecting an engagement announcement any day now. He’s finally healed his wounds after splitting with Danielle, and is ready to take that big step again”.

Life & Style Weekly Magazine claims Alex Rodriguez is allegedly warning Ben Affleck not to pursue Jennifer Lopez. A source tells the magazine  “Ben had to know that if he gushed about Jen in the article, it would get under Alex’s skin — and it did. A-Rod isn’t taking it lightly. Rodriguez is determined not to give Jen any reason to think about running back to Ben.”

TV Insider says Tom Bergeron may be returning as the host of ”Dancing With the Stars”. He posted a video from ”The Godfather Part 3” along with the caption: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in. Stay tuned…”

The Coast Social Network with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, April 20

Sarah with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins Zack to talk about more great businesses and organizations holding ribbon-cuttings in the area, and how you can feature your own business or organization if you are growing/expanding or opening. Visit smrchamber.com for more!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 20

TODAY IS:
  • Lookalike Day
  • 4/20, the so-called Stoner’s Holiday. According to a new survey, 25% of Americans now consume cannabis — or have tried some form of it in the last year. This number is up a staggering 56% since 2018. The survey also found that 44% of American cannabis consumers believe April 20 should be recognized as a national holiday. (Forbes)

TikTok users aren’t shy about touting their favorite products – and Amazon has taken notice. To make shopping for these products easier, they’ve actually created a virtual storefront called, Internet Famous where you can shop all these products in one place. (Glamour)

The Daily Star says men are buying muscular bodysuits so they can look ripped and buff without going to the gym. The suits are made from silicone. People can buy a full torso, an upper body or a lower body suit. They cost $270. The suits make it appear as though men have a six pack of abs, and are made to fit under clothing easily.

With allergy season now here, more of us are coughing, sneezing and having asthma attacks. Question is, could a bad thunderstorm bring on asthma for thousands? Researchers call it “thunderstorm asthma and say it’s rare but does happen. Scientists looked at one particular storm five years ago in Melbourne, Australia. When the thunder came it didn’t bring much rain, but did drop a wave of humidity during the height of hay fever season. Hospitals saw a nearly 700-percent increase in patients with respiratory problems. Doctors and pharmacies were also inundated with calls. Asthma symptoms contributed to at least 10 people dying.

Music News – Tuesday, April 20

Ace Showbiz says the members of ABBA are working hard to develop their likenesses for their hologram tour. Bjorn Ulvaeus says, ”The band members were photographed from all possible angles and made to grimace in front of cameras. They painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads. We are really good friends and we see each other quite often. Being together in the studio again, it was so familiar. It all came rushing back in seconds. We had fun. You have to have fun.”

Elton John tells NPR.org that he became a musician simply because he loves music. “Well, you know, a lot of rock musicians go into rock music to pull girls. That was never my motive. I just wanted to play music. I was so obsessed with music, nothing entered my head apart from that.”

LUKE BRYAN told People that COVID-19 didn’t knock him down as hard as it could have, but he’s feeling very “blessed” to be on the other side.  He said he “didn’t have a long set of symptoms” but there were a tough couple of days.
Luckily, his wife was there to help.  Quote, “There were times when Caroline was nursing me back, so I was certainly amazed to move through that.”
In a different interview he opened up about his self-quarantine.  Quote, “I put myself in a part of the house and stayed away from my boys.  I didn’t want them to miss school so [one of the hardest things was] not being able to hug my kids.”
Missing the family is one thing, but NOT being on TV, that was a living hell.
Quote, “It was really, really tough not being [at ‘American Idol’].  That was the toughest part of quarantine.  It was really tough for me to have to miss out, but I was honored and amazed that Paula [Abdul] stepped in for me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 19

From 1982 to 1996, Jessie Hamilton worked as a chef at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at Louisiana State University. During that time, she didn’t just feed up to 100 young men, five days a week. She also would listen to the fraternity brothers and help them work through their problems.
Well, those men didn’t forget about Jessie and the impact she had on their lives. They pitched in and paid off her mortgage.
On the day of her 74th birthday, friends and family — along with some of the fraternity brothers — gathered to surprise her at her home. They presented her with a $45,000 check to pay off the mortgage and another check for almost $7000 for herself.
The fraternity brother who led the campaign, Andrew Fusaiotti, explained that she was “truly like a mother” to the guys.
Jessie agreed, saying, “They were my kids. They still are.”
And all these years later, the men she took care of were able to step up and take care of her. (Patriot-News)

The Daily Dish – Monday, April 19

Sharon Osbourne did her first interview since leaving The Talk last month.
She left over an on-air disagreement with co-host Sheryl Underwood after Sharon defended her friend, British journalist Piers Morgan, over his criticism of Meghan Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill MaherSharon said, “It’s not fair, because it isn’t about being a racist. It’s about maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day, because it changes from day to day…
“I’ve been called so many things in my life, I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take.”
Sharon, who was reportedly given a $10 million payout, added, “I’m going to be just fine. I’m fine. I’m a fighter. I’m fine.”
But she did question Prince Harry‘s own feelings about race and privilege. “You know when they say with white privilege? Right there with Harry. He’s the poster boy. He sits there and says daddy cut him off so he’s not on the wages anymore and he was boo-hooing about it. You can’t feel empathy for that because you are healthy, bright educated young man. You can go do whatever you want to do. Your life is your own.”

Mossimo Giannulli is a free man.
The fashion designer, who was convicted for his role in the college admissions scandal, has completed his five-month sentence. Mossimo was released from a federal prison in California earlier this month and was able to complete the remainder of his sentence at home.
Mossimo’s wife Lori Loughlin served two months in prison before being released in December.
The couple pleaded guilty in May to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though they never participated in the sport.

Matthew McConaughey has a real shot at becoming the next governor of Texas.
In a new poll by The Dallas Morning News and The University of Texas Tyler, 45% of the registered voters surveyed said they’d vote for the actor.
Meanwhile, only 33% said they’d support incumbent Governor Greg Abbott.
McConaughey recently said he’d consider running for the office, and added that “it would be up to the people” on whether he did or not.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 19

TODAY IS:
National Garlic Day

Have you tried popcorn salad? It’s been around for a while apparently, but it’s been trending on Twitter lately. It’s basically white cheddar popcorn mixed with carrots, celery, snap peas and a sauce made of mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, shallots and Dijon mustard. Something to bring to the next BBQ? (In the Know)

How about some peanut butter with your lipstick? The Reese’s candy brand has teamed up with HipDot to create a limited edition line of makeup. The collection, on sale now, includes eye shadow palettes in ‘milk chocolate’ and ‘white chocolate,’ two lip balms, and two makeup brushes. Reese’s is the latest food brand to jump into the beauty space, following recent announcements by Chipotle and Peeps.

Get your vacuums ready to roll because household chores can be good for you! new Canadian study found that older adults who spent more time on chores like dusting, cleaning, and gardening, have bigger brains – and bigger brains can help prevent dementia. The scientists suggest that the low-risk physical activity of chores can help boost brain volume, which is a strong predictor of cognitive health.

This is really cool — literally … Scientists at Purdue University have created the whitest paint in the world, and they think it could eliminate the need for air conditioning! The paint is so white that it reflects more than 98% of sunlight that hits it, which means it also reflects heat. Scientists say painting the roof of apartment buildings or the roof of a house could eliminate the need for running the AC all day. On top of that, they think painting a rocky surface of the earth where no one lives could help prevent global warming. They think the paint will be available to buy in about two years. (Newser)

Music News – Monday, April 19

Over the weekend, Britney Spears answered three burning questions from her 29 million followers.
She assured the #FreeBritney crowd, via Instagram, that she’s (quote) “totally fine. I’m extremely happy, I have a beautiful home, beautiful children. I’m taking a break right now because  … um … I’m enjoying myself.”
Britney posted the red refrigerator on a lark. She thought it looked cool because (quote) “It was vintage. It was red and just really cool.”
Finally, Britney admitted to getting the spins while twirling in her videos. She said, as a trained professional dancer, she keeps a focal point on the camera, otherwise “I get extremely dizzy.” (Billboard)

Hey, creeps – stopping breaking in to Taylor Swift’s homes! Yet again, another person was caught trespassing on the singer’s property. Police were called to Taylor Swift’s Tribeca pad in New York City around 11pm Saturday night. A 52-year-old guy was trying to get in through the front door. No word if Taylor was there when it happened. She bought three apartments in the building as well as the townhouse next door. In all, she reportedly dropped 48 million dollars buying property on the block.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 16

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is a fan favorite for all his work on the football field.
And now, he’s doing something special off the field — launching his very own breakfast cereal called Chubb Crunch, which will be used to raise money for charity.
Nick promises that Chubb Crunch will be delicious, as it’s compared to Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
And, proceeds from sales of the cereal are going to the non-profit group First Candle, which is focused on making progress on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and helping families who have been affected by it.
Nick says it’s always been a dream to have his own cereal — and is especially thankful that his efforts will result in helping out a good cause. (Browns Nation)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 16

Details have gelled for Saturday’s funeral service for Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth made “tough decisions” to ease tensions and accommodate the only 30 family members allowed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace said the Royals “will not be drawn into perception of drama.”
However, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry will not walk side-by-side in the funeral procession. A cousin will be the buffer between the boys, who have rarely spoken since Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Queen Elizabeth’s four children and spouses will be in attendance as well as their eight grandchildren and spouses. Coverage in North America begins Saturday at 10 a.m. (Vanity Fair)

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez decided a week ago to end their engagement. TMZ reports that she still possesses the $1.8 million engagement ring.
A source very close to J-Lo told People magazine, (quote) “They spent time together in the Dominican Republic last week and decided that it’s best to go separate ways. The split is very amicable.”
Between breaking up and the formal announcement, J-Lo took off her ring and flaunted her naked left-hand. A-Rod announced his partial ownership of NBA and WNBA teams in Minnesota — the Timberwolves and Lynx. Going it alone raised eyebrows because last year A-Rod with J-Lo attempted to purchase the New York Mets. (People)

Oprah Winfrey can’t get up close and personal with fans just yet, but she’s not letting that get in the way of her next book tour, which will take the form of a virtual get-together.
Oprah and co-author Bruce Perry will kick off a five-event “tour” on April 27th, the release date for What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and HealingShe made the announcement on Instagram, saying, “We hope that through these pages, we help people hold more empathy for themselves and others as we learn to shift from asking ‘What’s wrong with you?’ to ‘What happened to you?'”
They’ll be joined by a special guest at each event, including Gayle KingDax Shepard and Kristen Bell, and Rob Lowe.

When Kobe Bryant is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame next month, Michael Jordan will honor the late player.
The Hall of Fame stated Thursday, (quote) “Members of Class of 2020 were asked to select previous inductees to accompany and present them to their peers.”
Kobe’s family chose Jordan, who also paid tribute at a public memorial one month after Kobe’s fatal helicopter crash. Jordan told the mourners with some levity, (quote) “It may be a surprise to people that Kobe and I were very close friends. He was like a little brother. I wanted to be the best big brother. To do that, you had to put up with the late-night calls or the dumb questions.”
The Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled for May 15th in Norwich, Connecticut. (People)

Furry Friends Friday with Maverick from Al-Van Humane Society – April 16

Maverick is a 9.5-year-old boy who is super laid back, friendly, and romantic! Maverick gets along with children, men, other dogs and cats! Maverick would love a couch and a friend to watch movies with – he will even let you pick out the movie. This boy just wants to plop into his new fur-ever home and provide love and cuddles for the rest of his life. If you’re interested in meeting Maverick, please fill out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org so his friends at Al-Van Humane Society can schedule a meet-and-greet.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 16

TODAY IS:
Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day: Well, that shouldn’t be hard for a lot of us.

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s to appreciate the simple things in life … A new survey asked people to name their favorite simple pleasures. The number one thing? Listening to their favorite songs. Here are some other favorite simple pleasures, according to the survey: a nice dinner, watching a favorite movie, exercising, cooking a great meal, having a great meal cooked for you, going to the beach, finishing a good book, sleeping in, taking a long walk or hike. (SWNS)

Speaking of listening to your favorite songs … An Australian study found that waking up to your favorite music helps you feel less groggy. It also makes you sharper first thing in the morning. Think of it as musical caffeine.

Good news, Pinot lovers … Pinot Noir may be the healthiest wine to drink. That’s because it has higher levels of the antioxidant resveratrol than other types of wine. (Martha Stewart)

Recently, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, figured out that there were about 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs roaming the planet. Now, they weren’t all running around at the same time. Instead, there were — supposedly — about 20,000 of them at any given time … over the course of a couple million years or so. If these researchers are right, the T-Rex hung around for 127,000 generations. The researchers figured all this out, despite the fact that only about 100 T-Rex fossils have actually been discovered around the world. (Mercury News)

And, a burger chain in California is looking for people who love burgers and tattoos — so they can turn them into human billboards. Farmer Boys, which has 90 locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering people free burgers for a year if they get the restaurant chain’s name and a burger tattooed on their body. They’re partnering with a tattoo shop in West Hollywood, which is offering three different two-by-two-inch designs.

Music News – Friday, April 16

It’s been 25 years since No Doubt released the worldwide smash “Don’t Speak,” but the song’s deep emotion still rings true for Gwen Stefani.
Gwen tells Variety the song was inspired by two big losses — her brother Eric leaving the band and bassist Tony Kanal breaking up with her after years of dating. She says, “Tony was my first real boyfriend and I was tragically obsessed with him. When my brother quit the band and then Tony quit me…it was a really hard time. I lived at home until I was 26, I was quite sheltered and innocent, you know, I just was.”
But as things changed in her professional life, Gwen’s personal life wasn’t as great as it seemed. “Once the song came out, it went from a nine-year hobby that was our passion while we went to college, to all of a sudden it’s like we do the ‘Just a Girl’ video, we go from that video set to the airport and go on tour and don’t come home for two and a half years. It was a huge thing to be there with your ex who you love still who doesn’t want to be with you.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Billboard magazine that he doesn’t know what genre the band fits into anymore. “The band’s sound has drifted all over the musical map, weaving through an array of musical genres. I don’t even know what the [heck] Maroon 5 are anymore. We occupy a weird space, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she considers Harry Styles her son. “When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘This is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him. I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock-and-roll record — he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 15

In Newark, Delaware, Chen Wang donated 10,000 masks, 180 sleeping bags — along with medical gloves and winter coats — to the Christina School District.
Chen’s daughter attends a school in the district and said he “wanted to serve the community.”
The masks will help students continue attending school, even when they leave theirs at home. And, the gloves will go to the school nurses.
The sleeping bags and coats will be distributed to those in need, especially displaced families who are sometimes provided shelter by the district.
Chen hopes that this gesture inspires others to help out as well, suggesting that, “We should all help each other.” (Newark Post)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 15

Sharon Osbourne will have her say this Friday night on HBO.
Real Time host Bill Maher booked Sharon for her first interview since leaving the CBS daytime show, The Talk. She will appear one-on-one with Maher directly after his opening monologue.
An inside source previously warned that Sharon could wreak havoc on her former employers, (quote) “She knows where all the bodies are buried.”
On Monday, Sharon’s former co-hosts had lots to say about her and their trauma debating racism with Sharon. That raucous conversation last month was her last on The Talk. (Deadline)

Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood revealed on Good Morning America today that he is gay.
In an emotional interview with Robin Roberts, the 29-year-old former football player and star of ABC’s The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, said “I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time … and I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
He revealed that he struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality and considered taking his own life. He said, “There was a moment in L.A. where I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up. I didn’t have the intention of waking up and I did. And I think for me that was my wake-up call … this is your life, take back control.” Colton says that since he came out, “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
Colton is reportedly working on a documentary with Netflix about his life, his time on the Bachelor and the women he dated, and coming out.

Five police cruisers arrived at the mansion of Tom Cruise because a house guest found his secret “panic button.”
Kyra Sedgwick confessed to snooping around Tom’s place during a house party nearly 30 years ago. She told Drew Barrymore how she hoped the button might trigger a secret passageway. (quote) “I was looking around. There was this little button underneath the fireplace mantle. So, I pressed the little button. Nothing happened.”
Kyra became nervous and alerted Tom that she pushed the button under the fireplace mantle. He threw up his hands and told her the police would soon arrive expecting a dire emergency.
Tom’s house party guests — including Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Rob Reiner — greeted the Beverly Hills police officers at the front door. Kyra said, (quote) “I didn’t get invited back.” (E! News)