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Music News – Wednesday, May 5

Chris Martin of Coldplay has partnered with tech company Cisco on a video celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week.
In the 30-second clip, Martin remotely hooks up with a classroom of students, who request that he play “Yellow,” which he does, as they wave yellow balloons. He then thanks teachers “for all you do.”
In other Coldplay news, they’ll open the 2021 BRIT Awards — the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys. The band will perform their new single “Higher Power” on a pontoon on the Thames near London’s O2 Arena, where the ceremony takes place, on May 11th.

Fans have known Pink as an icon for a long, long time, and now the folks at the Billboard Music Awards have figured it out, too.
Pink will pick up the prestigious Icon Award at this year’s edition of the show, which airs on May 23rd. She joins the ranks of fellow pop royals CherCeline DionJennifer LopezPrinceJanet Jackson and Mariah Carey. In a statement, she says “As a little girl, I always dreamed about being a singer and sharing my love of music with the world.  It’s a true ‘pinch me’ moment and I feel humbled and blessed.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, May 4

When the pandemic began, Tabitha McGuire got to work sewing masks — mostly for her daughter, who’s a social worker. Her goal in the beginning was to just create masks that were cute, as well as protective and safe.
She then started creating masks for family and friends … but then noticed something. She realized that many homeless people she saw didn’t have masks, or sometimes didn’t have clean masks.
So, she started creating the masks for them as well.
Tabitha eventually put together so many masks that she was able to load them into the car and deliver them to anyone who looked like they needed one.
She even added a special touch, adding snacks, wipes and a bag.
Tabitha will continue to create the masks for others, setting her sights on shelters and daycare centers. And, all this giving has led to her starting her own business, May Baby Masks, which she hopes to continue to grow until the need for masks disappears. (MSN)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, May 4

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage.
In a statement that the Microsoft co-founder tweeted out, the two say, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Melinda was a marketing manager at Microsoft when the two met at a dinner for the company’s employees in 1987. They have three children.
With a net worth of $130 billion, Bill Gates is the world’s fourth richest person.

Will Smith doesn’t have a positive body image.
The 52-year-old posted a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram, and wrote, “I’m gonna be real wit ya’ll. I’m in the worst shape of my life.”
The star got plenty of support.
British singer-songwriter Sonna Rele commented, “You’re Will Smith!! You can be in whatever shape you want.”
And Tonight Show bandleader Questlove said, “This is the most amazing post in the history of social media.”

Michael Jackson‘s estate has beaten the IRS in a battle over the value of the late entertainer’s name and likeness.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Tax Court Judge Mark Holmes found that the singer’s name and likeness were worth just over $4 million when he died in 2009 — not the $161 million the feds believed. Though the IRS did win on some minor points, the government will get far less in taxes on Jackson’s estate under this decision.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, May 4

  • Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you.
  • Renewal Day: It’s a day for new beginnings …
  • Teacher Appreciation Day: A good day to show some love for teachers.

Tired of being rushed out of restaurants before you’re ready? That might be a thing of the past, thanks to one New York City place that’s encouraging people to stay all day – and bring their laptops, too! Kindred, in Manhattan’s East Village, cooked up a plan to bring back customers after the pandemic lull. For $25-per day, per person, you get an all-day table reservation and WiFi — plus unlimited coffee, cold brew and tea. Food is extra, and you can even stick around for happy hour – if you buy a beverage. (New York Post)

Not all pets can be taken outside for a walk or a drive in the car, but one Japanese company has created a new carrier that will allow fish-owners to do just that. The Ma Corporation has designed the “katsugyo bag.”  It’s a portable, tube-shaped fish tank with a handle so you can carry your fish on a walk through the park. Or, you can take your fresh catch home alive from the lake. The carrier is more than just a portable fish tank. It also has an oxygen gauge and a device that delivers food to the little swimmer. The katsugyo bag isn’t available for sale yet, but it’s already gaining a lot of interest in Japan. (Oddity Central)

Well, this is … gross. A new survey out of the UK found that 30% of respondents said they only washed their sheets … once or twice a year. No joke. FYI: You’re supposed to wash them at least once a week. (Best Life)

When you see someone yawn, it tends to make YOU want to yawn, right? Well, a new study found the same thing also happens with our PHONES. Researchers in Italy wanted to see how many people would check their phone if they saw someone else check theirs.  So they tried it with 184 people who didn’t know they were being watched. And HALF of them picked up their own phone within 30 seconds. My first question was . . . well, don’t a lot of us check our phone every 30 seconds now anyway?  But when people in the study didn’t see someone check their phone, less than 1% picked their own phone up. It’s a phenomenon called the “chameleon effect.”

Music News – Tuesday, May 4

Coldplay won’t release their new single, “Higher Power,” until Friday, but you can get a sneak preview of it on TikTok, where they’ve posted a video of Chris Martin dancing in a field to a 25-second snippet of its chorus.
The band previously tweeted that song arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe.”

Britney Spears is calling all the documentaries being made about her “hypocritical.” This comes after the release of the BBC doc, ‘The Battle for Britney’ and the Hulu doc, ‘Framing Britney Spears.’ The pop icon posted a video over herself dancing. In the caption she wrote that “they criticize the media and then do the same thing.” In the comment section fans are questioning if she really wrote it.

Bruno Mars says his father and Elvis inspired him to become a performer. “My dad was a huge Elvis fan, and he’d always play the videos, of when he was young, especially. He exuded such confidence, such showmanship. I loved that, and I wanted girls to scream for me, of course.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, May 3

When Joanne Marziani retired after 40 years of teaching, she still wanted to do something special for her students that would endure — even though she wasn’t in the building anymore.
Because she spent much of her career as a reading specialist, she decided to write a children’s book.
But instead of just sitting down and writing the first thing she thought of, Joanne took the extra step of asking her students what they wanted to read about. The overwhelming answer was … football.
Joanne learned that this was a great suggestion. While there were plenty of books about the sport written for kids who were in 3rd grade and higher, there weren’t many written for 1st and 2nd graders.
So, Joanne wrote a book called Josh Loves Football, that was not only fun to read, but also taught students more about the game.
After allowing the students to proofread the book and offer suggestions, Joanne finished it — and then sent two copies to each elementary in her school district.
She hopes that students who are struggling with reading will enjoy Josh Loves Football — and that the book will inspire them to read even more books in the future. (The St. Augustine Record)

The Daily Dish – Monday, May 3

Olympia Dukakis, who won an Academy Award for her role in Moonstruck, has died. She was 89.
A cause of death was not immediately released.
Olympia won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1988, the same year her cousin, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, ran for the White House against George H.W. Bush.
The actress, who had a long career in the theater, also appeared in the movies Look Who’s Talking and Steel Magnolias.
Cher, who posted several photos of her Moonstruck co-star with her late husband, Louis Zorich, tweeted, “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing Academy Award Winning Actress. Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck & Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We [laughed] ALL The Time. She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis, Her Handsome Talented, Husband. I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One.”
Sally Field, who co-starred with Olympia in Steel Magnolias, tweeted, “What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her. She was a gift…unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace, my friend Olympia.”

Is Bennifer back?
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are hanging out 17 years after their breakup.
The Justice League star was photographed at J. Lo’s Los Angeles home on Friday. He was seen holding a green backpack as he exited his Escalade, and she was spotted sitting in the car.
A source tells People magazine, “They have spent time together in L.A. over the past week. They have a lot of love for each other. They have always admired each other.”
This comes just a few weeks after J Lo. split from her fiancé Alex Rodriguez.
But another source says they aren’t getting back together. “They are friends. They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years.”
Affleck and Lopez were engaged in 2002, starred in the films Jersey Girl and Gigli, and then broke up in 2004.

The father of Britney Spears convinced the court in 2008 to establish a conservatorship by claiming, (quote) “Dementia patients do not go on world tours.”
Britney supposedly having “dementia” at age 26 is just one of several bombshell revelations in the BBC documentary The Battle for Britney.
Journalist Mobeen Azhar described why Jamie Spears may have said that Britney had a broken brain, (quote) “Britney might have dementia but the world was never aware of that. The other option is sinister. That’s the idea that she doesn’t have dementia but they suggested it because they want to push the conservatorship through.”
Her post-conservatorship lends credence to Britney being dementia-free. Since 2008, she went on four worldwide tours, released four albums and performed in Las Vegas a total of 248 times. (The Sun, UK)

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, May 3

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, May 3

Today is National Paranormal Day, so if your walls start bleeding or your kid starts saying things in a flat, creepy voice, don’t say I didn’t warn you. In a new survey in honor of the holiday . . .
1.  80% of Americans say they believe in ghosts.  That includes 45% who believe but have never seen one . . . and 35% who believe BECAUSE they’ve seen one.
2.  90% of people say they’re scared of paranormal activities.
3.  12% think the U.S. government knows more about aliens than it’s revealing.
4.  And 4% think they live in a haunted house.  (National Today

A lot of people got green thumbs during the pandemic … A new survey found that 52% of respondents invested in new plants and garden upgrades over the last year. I was definitely one of those people. I think I’ve purchased at least one new plant a week in April…

A hard seltzer brand wants to make lemonade – out of your lemon of a car. Vizzy Lemonade Hard Seltzer wants you to send them pics of your lemon of a car. The person with the worst lemon could win $25,000 to put toward a new car – as well as a year’s worth of Vizzy Lemonade Hard Seltzer. Check out the Vizzy website for more details. (Delish)

Red Lobster wants to make students’ prom extra cheesy this year … by turning their Cheddar Bay biscuits into a matching Cheddar Bay biscuit corsage and boutonniere. No joke. They even have instructions on Twitter for how to do it, in case you’re realllly interested. (Food & Wine)

Have you been thinking about a social media detox? How about if you got paid to do it? According to research by HowNow, a learning platform, the average person spends 58 minutes a day on Instagram. Well, they want people to use that time to learn something new instead. The company is recruiting three people to replace their social media time with learning a new skill of their choosing. And they’ll pay the people selected $692 a month for three months to do it. “Instead of scrolling, the successful candidates will dedicate that time to their new chosen skill, in an attempt to find out what can be learned when social media use is reduced or replaced,” HowNow said a statement. Find out more here. (Travel & Leisure)

Music News – Monday, May 3

Justin Timberlake earned good-vibes publicity for reaching out the creator of the “It’s Gonna Be May” meme.
Back in 2012, Kianna Davis wrote on her college calendar “It’s Gonna Be May” next to a photo of Justin. She documented the moment on Twitter and remains her “pinned” tweet. On Saturday, the first day of May, Justin credited David with what she started.
She sorta apologized to Justin (quote) “Can’t believe this. I’ll never forget it (but dude I’m so sorry that you have to see this every year.) Love you always.”
Davis said (quote) “It’s nice to have so many friends around the world who love NSYNC. We pretty much have a holiday where we can celebrate the group.” (Billboard)

The father of Britney Spears convinced the court in 2008 to establish a conservatorship by claiming, (quote) “Dementia patients do not go on world tours.”
Britney supposedly having “dementia” at age 26 is just one of several bombshell revelations in the BBC documentary The Battle for Britney.
Journalist Mobeen Azhar described why Jamie Spears may have said that Britney had a broken brain, (quote) “Britney might have dementia but the world was never aware of that. The other option is sinister. That’s the idea that she doesn’t have dementia but they suggested it because they want to push the conservatorship through.”
Her post-conservatorship lends credence to Britney being dementia-free. Since 2008, she went on four worldwide tours, released four albums and performed in Las Vegas a total of 248 times. (The Sun, UK)

And, yet another one of Britney Spears‘ pals is implying that she’s basically a prisoner in her own home because of her strict conservatorship.
Brian Friedman, a choreographer who’s worked with Britney since the beginning of her career, appeared on British chat show Lorraine earlier today (Friday), and said he’s been unable to have a one-on-one with her for years. The dancer said, “I want to see the sparkle she had when we were first working together… There was definitely a wall that was put up and I don’t believe it’s a wall she put up. It was just this barrier that was created because of the conservatorship. It’s virtually impossible [to get in contact with her].”
He went on to say, “In my opinion, if she’s able to perform on stage and do a show and make all this money, she should be rewarded the basic luxuries of life like driving a car, having a phone to call your friends, being able to be in a room alone with someone like me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 30

17-year-old Zade Stone-Hinds was surfing off the coast of Santa Cruz, California, enjoying some big waves.
He had just finished his morning surfing session and stepped out of the water when he saw a man still in the water, struggling to keep his head above water.
Zade rushed back in, worked his way through the powerful surf, and was able to drag the man to safety. The daring rescue was successful as the man only sustained a few injuries.
Local officials and witnesses are calling Zade a hero whose rescue “really was amazing.”
While the life-or-death moments could have been overwhelming for others, Zade was ready for the challenge, explaining that he wasn’t “going to hesitate on something like that.” (KRON-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 30

The people who allegedly dognapped Lady Gaga‘s two French Bulldogs and shot her dog walker were arrested today (Thursday), according to TMZ.
The woman who “found” the dogs was among those arrested.
TMZ says the key evidence in the case was a “video of where the dogs were dropped off in an alley days after the February 24th dognapping.”
While investigators initially believed the incident was part of a gang initiation, they now say the suspects were part of a dog-stealing ring.
According to sources, the suspects bailed on the dogs after getting nervous by all the publicity surrounding the incident. They were also hoping to cash in on the $500,000 reward. The woman who “found” the dogs, however, never got the money.
The poches were returned to Gaga unharmed, and the dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, is recovering after several weeks in the hospital.

Josh Duggar was arrested by Homeland Security on Thursday, People magazine reports.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star was being held without bond in an Arkansas jail.
As of Thursday night, his charges were not disclosed.
Josh, 33, has had a number of run-ins with the law over the years. In 2015, it was revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls, including two of his sisters.
In 2019, Josh was accused of real estate fraud and was “being sued for ‘quiet title’ and breaching a contract, according to court records.”
Josh’s place of employment, an Arkansas car dealership, was also previously raided by Homeland Security as part of an “ongoing federal investigation” in November 2019.
His arrest comes days after his wife Anna announced that she and Josh are expecting their seventh child together.

The first photos of Nicole Kidman in that upcoming Lucille Ball bio-pic have hit the internet, and fans aren’t sold.
Nicole was recently photographed on the Los Angeles set of Being the Ricardos along with co-star Javier Bardem, who plays Desi Arnaz. Though she wore a curly red wig, fans were fuming because they don’t think she resembles the I Love Lucy star.
One person wrote, “I love her but she looks nothing like Lucy.”
Another said, “She’s a good actress but this is not the role for her.”
Many others suggested another famous redhead play the part. “Debra Messing should be Lucille Ball,” one person added. “Brutal casting. Nicole has zero sense of humour.”
Writer and director Aaron Sorkin defended the casting in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. He said, “They’re going to be fantastic…These are two of the greatest actors ever.”

Furry Friends Friday with Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan – Friday, April 30

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 30


Today is National Honesty Day.  And we’re gonna celebrate it the right way:  With a survey where clearly a ton of people lied.  The survey asked people how often they tell lies. And the top answer is . . . NEVER.  27% of people say they never lie.  That is a lie. 18% of people say they lie once a year or less.  That’s also a lie.  And another 18% say they lie a couple of times a month. On the other end of things, 6% of people say they tell around one lie a day, and 6% say they tell a bunch of lies every day. The survey also found 3% of people say they’re compulsive liars.

Listen up smokers, you’re about to have one less option. The feds made it official…moving to ban menthol cigarettes today. They’re also planning to scrap flavored cigars. They’re trying to make smoking less appealing to kids – besides, the stuff in menthols is basically poison. Shelves won’t be empty for a while; the rule change could take years to kick in.

It’s amazing most of us go half our life stressing about this stuff:  Someone asked 2,000 people aged 55 and up when they finally stopped worrying about what other people think of them.  And the average is 46 years old.
They also asked about work, relationships, and looks.  Here’s what people said . . .
1.  We finally feel okay about our appearance in our mid-30’s.  For men, it’s 34.  For women, 36.
2.  The average person feels settled in and okay about their relationship at 37.
3.  We don’t truly feel good about our career until we hit 40.
4.  In general, we feel comfortable in our own skin at age 42.
5.  We don’t feel like we can really speak our mind until our early-to-mid 40’s.  For men, it’s 40.  For women, 45.
6.  We finally start to relax about finances at age 50.
They also asked about life events that make your more confident.  The top five are becoming a parent . . . getting married . . . retiring . . . traveling . . . and getting your driver’s license.

Music News – Friday, April 30

Pink‘s pulling out all the stops for her upcoming live documentary by recording a brand new song that will also be the title — All I Know So Far.
The single will drop on May 7th, with the movie hitting Amazon Prime Video on May 21st. An album version of the doc, All I Know So Far: Setlist, is set for release alongside the documentary. It will come in a standard package, and a deluxe edition that includes an 80-page magazine.
Pink tweeted out the track list, which includes plenty of hits, as well as her cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and that adorable duet with daughter Willow she recorded earlier this year, “Cover Me in Sunshine.”

Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have all been mainstays on MTV for years — and now the network plans to compile their biggest moments into a new series.
My Life on MTV, which premieres on May 22nd, will bring viewers 10 one-hour shows, each featuring two artists. The guest list is pretty varied, taking in The Jonas Brothers, U2, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Green Day. Episodes will draw on clips from TRL, the VMAsPunk’dCribs and Yo! MTV Raps, among others. (Hollywood Reporter)

Maroon 5 hope to heat up the summer with the release of a new album, Jordi, which is set to drop on June 11th.
The set, which is currently available for pre-order, will include their Meghan Thee Stallion collaboration “Beautiful Mistakes.” The album title honors longtime manager Jordan Feldstein, who died in 2017 and was also the subject of the band’s hit, “Memories.”
They’ll hype the release by returning for an encore appearance on the American Express-sponsored Unstaged series, which streams June 4th.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 29

In December, Leticia Gonzalez of Liberal, Kansas, had her four-year-old twin daughters, Luna and Gianella, write holiday gift lists to Santa — and then put that list on a helium balloon. Luna and Gianella let the balloon rise into the sky.
It was a windy day and Leticia thought the balloon might just get stuck in a tree. It didn’t. Instead, it was found months later by a man named Alvin Bamburg in Grand Cane, Louisiana.
Alvin was able to read the notes written by Luna and Gianella, which asked Santa for candy and toys — and a puppy.
Alvin was inspired to do something for the girls, so he found the Gonzalez family, thanks to Facebook, and bought them a puppy named Max.
He and his wife then drove all the way up from Louisiana to Kansas to give Max to Luna and Gianella in person.
Alvin was thrilled to give the gift, explaining, “If you can make just one person smile … not only will it help them, it will make you feel so much better.” (KHBQ-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 29

Caitlyn Jenner may not be the only celebrity running for governor of California.
Actor Randy Quaid said he’s “seriously considering” making a bid for the office. In a tweet, Randy wrote, “The prosecutorial corruption in California…is rampant; and I promise that if elected I will clean up the District Attorney Offices throughout the state.”
On Monday, the California secretary of state’s office announced that the recall effort to oust Governor Newsom has gotten the required number of signatures.
Randy, who starred in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies and is the brother of Dennis Quaid, has had a number of legal problems over the past few years, including burglary and fraud.
Last week, Caitlyn announced that she will run in the recall election against Newsom.

Martin Scorsese made his TikTok debut on Tuesday, appearing in a video with his daughter Francesca Scorsese. The legendary director takes a stab at identifying various feminine items, from scrunchies to pasties. You can find him on Francesca’s TikTok. Just don’t think he’ll be starting his own anytime soon.

John Mayer is “nearing a deal” with Paramount Plus to host a talk and performance series based on the BBC’s Later With Jools HollandVariety reports. Sources say the series will feature “performance segments as well as interviews with musicians, artists and other cultural figures in a setting designed to look like an after-hours club for musicians.”

Matt James isn’t done with Rachael Kirkconnell.
Though he split with the reality star on The Bachelor‘s “After the Final Rose” special last month over racially insensitive photos, the couple has been seen together on several occasions since.
Now Matt tells People magazine, “I’ve seen Rachael a handful of times. I’m not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that. I said I was going to focus on my relationship with her and that means focusing on it.”
Asked if Rachael has been doing the work she promised in regard to educating herself about racism, Matt said, “That’s something you could talk to her about.”
He quashed the idea that he’ll appear on the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 29

  • International Dance Day: A good day to show off your dance moves.
  • World Wish Day: A good day to make a wish.

Hey, guys, it’s time to ditch the large logo t-shirt – in particular, the designer brand large logo shirt from fashion designers like Gucci and Ralph Lauren. A new study from the University of Michigan found that guys wearing those kind of shirts were perceived as more likely to cheat, less interested in long-term relationships, and less interested in becoming a parent. Small logo shirts – think that tiny polo player in the corner — had the opposite effect. Guys wearing those were seen as more trustworthy and reliable. (Best Life)

The hottest new fashion trend on TikTok is infinity jewelry. If you’ve never heard of it, getting “zapped,” as infinity jewelers call it, is basically having a necklace, bracelet, or anklet, literally welded onto you so that it has no clasp — making it impossible to take off unless you break it or cut it off. Usually the pieces are delicate, thin chains — subtle enough to be worn or layered with the rest of your jewelry. It’s definitely a cool idea to mark a significant milestone, or just because. The problem is, not many jewelers do it so it requires research and possibly travel, and it will definitely cost you. (Pop Sugar)

Have you missed your Hallmark Christmas movies? Never fear – they’ll be back soon. Hallmark has decided to start running holiday movies year-round starting in May. Every Thursday and Friday night on both Hallmark and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, you can watch a Christmas movie. In case you need some pre-Christmas spirit in July. (BHG)

There’s no amount of social distancing that can keep us from our one true love:  Talking about other people when they’re not around.
A new study out of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire found that about 14% of our conversations every day are gossip . . . even today, with lots of conversations happening over Zoom.  That means one out of every seven things you say is gossip.
But . . . the research found not all gossip is necessarily BAD.  Most of our gossip isn’t negative . . . it’s neutral.  And that’s because most of the time, our goal with gossip isn’t to put someone down, it’s just to bond and connect with other people.
The researchers say, quote, “By exchanging information with others, gossip is a way of forming relationships.  It involves trust and facilitates a social bond.”  (EurekAlert

Music News – Thursday, April 29

John Mayer seems to be on the verge of getting his own late night chat show, which would stream on Paramount-Plus, the CBS-affiliated streaming service.
Variety broke the story, reporting that the bandleader and Dead and Company member is in talks about a show that would be called Later and be based on the format of the long-running BBC series Later with Jools Holland. Citing “sources,” they say the show would feature performances and interviews with “musicians, artists and other cultural figures in a setting designed to look like an after-hours club for musicians.”
As for Mayer’s experience, they cite his Instagram Live show Current Mood, guest hosting The Late Late Show on CBS, following the departure of Craig Ferguson and, most recently, his TikTok videos, which have gotten upwards of 140 million views.

Katy Perry‘s stepping out with yet another shoe collection, which she’ll unveil on Amazon Live tomorrow (Thursday).
She promised to take questions from fans during the big reveal, which goes down at 2 pm ET. Selena McCartney, the lead designer of Katy’s brand, will be on hand, as will Summer House star Paige DeSorbo, who’ll show fans how to pair the kicks with cool outfits.
Katy’s probably hoping for a calmer launch compared to what her 2019 line generated — when some designs were pulled from shelves after multiple people suggested they had blackface connotations.

Justin Bieber might have really stepped in it this week — after sending fashion queen Victoria Beckham a pair of Crocs from his collection with the company.
The artist formerly known as Posh Spice of the Spice Girls seemed amused by the gift, which she unboxed in an Instagram story. Giggling, Victoria said, “A lot of people have been asking me what I’m planning on wearing after lockdown… What do we think about this suggestion from @justinbieber?! OK, this is so kind of Justin to send me some Crocs. Umm, I’ve never worn a pair of Crocs. They did make me laugh. It is the thought that counts. Thank you so much. Yeah, I’m not too sure what to say about this. But thank you!”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 28

Back in 2016, Jessy Larios created a life-sized teddy bear costume and started running marathons in it … just for fun.
Naming the character Bearsun, Jessy has been goofing off with the costume for years. But a couple weeks ago, he was inspired to do something special with Bearsun.
Jessy — or Bearsun — started in Los Angeles and started walking north toward San Francisco, 400 miles away.
It took him two weeks to get there, sometimes dealing with road closures and sometimes dealing with steep mountain trails. Along the way, he offered hugs and put smiles on the faces of everyone he met.
Over the weekend, Bearsun finally reached San Francisco and walked across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Jessy admits he didn’t spend much time planning the trip, but wanted to raise money for charity. It was a huge success as he raised over $15,000 with a GoFundMe campaign. (KTVU-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 28

Glenn Close reveals that her viral dancing moment at Sunday’s Oscars was indeed scripted but her dance was not.
During the telecast, comedian Lil Rel Howery tested attendees about songs that may have been nominated for Oscars in the past. Glenn correctly identified Experience Unlimited‘s “Da Butt” from Spike Lee‘s 1988 film School Daze and then did the accompanying dance.
In an Instagram post, she explained that her interaction with Howery was indeed scripted. However, her decision to stand up and dance was completely spontaneous.
Glenn, who was seated with screenwriter Chris Terrio, actor Darrell Britt-Gibson and Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya, explained, “I knew that Lil Rel was going to quiz me about ‘Da Butt’ and all three guys helped me run through what I was to say.” She said she “had googled ‘Da Butt’ and watched Spike’s music video so when Lil Rel asked if I could do the dance…you can actually see me think of the video.”
She added: “That part was completely spontaneous. Daniel, Darrell and Chris egged me on!!!”

If Caitlyn Jenner is going to make a serious bid for California governor, she might have to do it without the support of her family.
According to TMZ, Caitlyn’s sons are embarrassed by her decision to run and disappointed that she made the decision without talking it over first with her family. They also say she’s not qualified to run and hoped she would reconsider. Jenner’s daughter’s, Kendall and Kylie, have also said they will not be joining Caitlyn on the campaign trail, and neither will the rest of the Kardashian clan.

The Flintstones are heading back to TV.
Deadline reports that FOX has partnered with Warner Brothers for Bedrock, a sequel to the classic animated series.
Plans are to move the timeline forward about 20 years, with Fred nearing retirement age, and daughter Pebbles now beginning her professional life. Elizabeth Banks will voice Pebbles and executive produce.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a sequel to the original Flintstones. A 1990s TV movie depicted Pebbles and her forever pal Bamm Bamm Rubble marrying, and moving to “Hollyrock,” with her pursuing a show biz career.
The info we’ve seen on this revival makes no mention of Bamm Bamm or his parents, Barney and Betty.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, April 28

  • Pay It Forward Day: A good day to pass on some kindness.
  • National Superhero Day
  • National Blueberry Pie Day

You don’t have to tell pet owners this … A new survey found that 61% of respondents said they consider their pet to be their child. 42% of pet parents even said they got their pet as a “starter child,” to see if they’re ready for kids.
How extreme do some pet parents get? 29% said they’ve thrown their pet birthday parties, 24% said they wear matching outfits with their pet, and 21% said they watch shows with their pet. And 41% said they have actually celebrated Mother’s Day or Father’s Day with their pet.

When it comes to movie and TV show recommendations, people don’t listen to what the critics have to say. New research has found that when it comes to suggestions for what to watch, people are more likely to listen to friends, family, and even random people on social media than professional critics. Just 9% said they look to critics for suggestions on things to watch, read, or play. Instead, people looked to friends (47%), family members (44%), streaming platform algorithms (21%), and social media users (18%) for recommendations over critics.

And, in the past, if you wanted to make a plastic surgery improvement to yourself, the most common thing to change was the size of one’s breasts. However, today, according to the founder of the beauty website Violet Grey, quote, “Teeth have become the new boob job.”
What does that mean?  Really nice, shiny, white teeth are more in “fashion” than ever . . . so people are dropping big bucks to make their teeth look great. Americans spent $9 billion on “oralcare” products last year . . . and a big reason is all of the video calling where our teeth are now on full display.

Music News – Wednesday, April 28

A judge granted a request by Britney Spears to speak for herself in court about the “status of the conservatorship.”
For the first time, in more than two years, Britney will directly address the judge. Britney is expected to share harsh feelings toward her father. She’s spent years attempting to oust him as conservator. Though, Britney has said she’s “totally fine” under a long-standing conservatorship.
That Britney needed to ask Judge Brenda Penny for permission underscored to the #FreeBritney movement exactly how flawed this system is to keep her caged for 13 years.
On Tuesday, the judge scheduled the hearing for June 23rd. Another is set for July to negotiate “various accounting issues.” (Billboard)
On the other side of the fence, Britney can take a break from fighting with her dad, because papa Jamie has decided to start a new battle with Brit’s mom.
Lynne Spears filed an objection to Jamie’s request that his ever-increasing legal fees be paid by the conservatorship account he’s allowed to draw on. That didn’t sit well with Jamie, who fired back that Brit’s mom has “no knowledge” of what’s best for the troubled star.
Jamie’s lawyers wrote, “Despite having zero involvement in her daughter’s conservatorship until very recently, Lynne Spears is asserting claims as if she were a party directly involved in the litigation, which she is not.” The papers went on to call him “a loving, caring father who has nothing to hide, has been loyal and fiercely loving toward his daughter, sought to protect her, and manage her finances so that she can live her life the way she wants.” (Us Weekly)

This year’s Academy Awards got two thumbs up from Adele — who made a rare public appearance at a party for Best Supporting Actor winner Daniel Kaluuya.
An Instagram user known as Curly Bartender posted a bit of footage from the private event, including a clip of her scrolling through her phone and saying, “I’m the DJ, here we go!”
Curly, whoever he or she is, wrote it was “When we went from the Oscars after party to the After after party. Adele loved our Moscow Mules & we loved the dance party.”