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Music News – Thursday, September 10

Demi Lovato‘s speaking up for those like her who may need help dealing with mental health issues — she’s now a spokesperson for a new online therapy service, Talkspace.
As an outspoken celebrity who’s struggled with drug addiction and depression, she shared the news on Good Morning America today (Wednesday). Talkspace is a platform that connects users with licensed therapists from the comfort of their homes. Demi tells fans, “You are absolutely not alone right now.” (People)

Fans who’ve been bummed out on a lack of live Shawn Mendes performances will get a little treat next week when he takes the stage at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival Tribute Awards.
He’ll perform at the gala event, and will officially endow the new Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award, a $10,000 prize given to a film that tackles issues of social change.
The show will air September 15th at 8 pm ET on Canada’s CTV — it’ll also stream internationally on Variety‘s website.

Justin Timberlake‘s suiting up for a crack at Major League Baseball — by investing big bucks in an effort to bring a team to his hometown of Nashville.
He’s joined a group with country stars Luke Combs and Eric Church that’s pushing to launch an expansion team that would be called the Nashville Stars. He says “I believe in Music City Baseball’s vision of linking baseball and music in a unique way to unite and entertain people and I am excited to help generate awareness throughout the community as we share our vision for bringing MLB to Music City.”
The plan faces a number of hurdles, including Major League Baseball’s dwindling attendance, and financial issues in the city of Nashville, which would have to partly finance a new stadium. However, there’s much hope in the future for the Stars seeing as J.T. has experience in sports management — he already owns part of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. (Tennessean)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 9

E! News says ”Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is going to end in 2021. The family posted: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey. We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years—through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”
The Peacock streaming service has picked up two seasons of the dramatic series reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show, titled Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video that reimagined the NBC comedy series as a drama. (Variety)

Ellen DeGeneres will return to the airwaves on September 21st when she’ll address all the controversy swirling around her talk show.
In a statement, the comedian says, “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”
The announcement came on the same day another accusation was leveled against Ellen. According to a new report the star has been “tormenting” her household staffers. Before that, she’s been accused of being mean to guests and creating a toxic work environment.
According to the press release upcoming episodes will include such A-list guests as Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, Chrissy Teigen, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Adam Sandler.

Lupita Nyong’o has broken her silence on the death of her Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman.
The actress wrote a touching tribute after attending his memorial over the weekend.
Lupita shared a photo of herself with Chadwick and wrote, “I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless…. Chadwick was one of those people.”
The Black Panther star died on August 28th at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, September 9

TODAY IS:
National Teddy Bear Day

Was this the worst summer ever? Apparently not. A new Economist/YouGov poll found that despite COVID, pretty much no sports, and every typical summer activity either canceled or vastly different, only 16% of respondents said it was their “worst summer ever.” 30% described it as a “bad summer,” 38% said it was an “average summer,” and 14% said it was a “good summer.” Just 2% of respondents said it was the “best summer ever.”

Do you own a home? How far away is it from being finished? A new survey found that the average home is five years and five months away from being “finished.”
Here are the top projects people want to get done to consider their homes to be “done”:
  • Painting walls/ceilings
  • Fixing up the yard
  • Redecorating the den/living room
  • Redecorating bedroom(s)
  • Repainting the shed/fencing
  • Flooring
  • Getting new furniture and other home goods
  • Redoing the bathroom
  • Redoing the kitchen
  • Getting new windows/doors... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Wednesday, September 9

The Daily Star says Adele may post a bikini picture to show off her weight loss. A source tells the newspaper, “Adele’s proud of her new physique, she obviously doesn’t want to become known as someone who is just posting sexy selfies all the time. However, she’s been desperate to show herself off to give her a confidence boost. She wants to wait for the dust to settle before she posts any more pics. But she’s keen to go somewhere she can wear a bikini. She’s worked so hard to look this good and isn’t afraid to show it off.”

Ace Showbiz says Ed Sheeran’s first demo album has been auctioned off for $65,000. He recorded “Spinning Man” when he was 13. Ed owns 19 of the 20 copies that were made.

The Sun claims One Direction’s wax figures have been removed from Madame Tussauds Museum in London. The figures were retired after being on display for seven years. There are currently no plans to honor Harry Styles or Niall Horan’s solo careers with updated figures.

The Coast Social Network with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, September 8

Sarah Spoonholtz from the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber talks to Zack about the upcoming Thursday Young Professionals Mixer at North Pier Brewing. Get more details and register here: http://business.smrchamber.com/events/details/young-professionals-september-mixer-9345... [Read Full Story]

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, September 8

David and Victoria Beckham “secretly” suffered through the coronavirus after catching it while partying in L.A earlier this year.
Page Six says their relatives and staff members also got sick following the launch of David’s new football club.
Victoria reportedly feared they may be “super-spreaders” after catching the bug in L.A. then flying back to the U.K. for son Brooklyn’s 21st birthday bash in March and returning to the U.S., this time to Miami.
While in the U.K., the source says, “David started to feel ill and then Victoria developed a sore throat and high temperature.”
Regardless, the couple headed to Miami to attend “swanky networking events as David had promotional duties [for his club Inter Miami], and were shaking hands and kissing fans and various club dignitaries. They then flew back to London, and were whisked straight to their Cotswolds mansion.”
At this time “their team, including drivers, bodyguards and assistants fell ill — a couple of them very badly so.”
Victoria “really panicked and made the whole family quarantine rigidly for more than two weeks.”
The couple recovered, and the source says they sent “care packages” to at least two staff members who were “particularly badly affected.”

Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends said goodbye to the Black Panther star over the weekend.
Co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke joined the star’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, at an outdoor memorial in Malibu, California, according to Page Six.
Boseman died in late August following a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Cuba Gooding Junior come to the rescue of a man who caught on fire at a Hamptons party over Labor Day weekend.
According to Page Six, the actor was with “girlfriend Claudine De Niro at a ‘socially distanced Shabbat dinner’ at the Bridgehampton home of a tech CEO…when the host of the bash, ‘inadvertently set himself on fire.’” Cuba then “jumped into action hero mode and doused him with water in front of frightened guests, who applauded once it was clear the guy was OK.”
A rep for Gooding confirmed the incident, saying, “The back of the gentleman’s shirt ignited into flames from a candle that he unknowingly leaned back into while the rabbi was giving the Shabbat prayer. The man started panicking and flailing his arms, and guests backed away from the victim — except for Cuba, who ran to the gentleman and doused the flames completely.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, September 8

National Another Look Unlimited Day: This day is observed every year on the day after Labor Day. It’s a day dedicated to looking around your house and getting rid of stuff you don’t need … kind of like a post-summer Spring Cleaning.

Quarantine 15 is affecting dogs too … It may seem like people are walking their dogs way more than usual, but according to a new survey by Banfield Pet Hospital, many pet owners say the pandemic has made their pets pudgier. “It’s too soon to tell if the COVID crisis has resulted in weight gain for the average pet,” said veterinarian Andrea Sanchez.  But of the pet owners surveyed, “33% said they thought their pet had gained weight — and it was especially dog owners.”
Boston-based dog walker Danielle deWildt, said she’s seen noticeable weight gain in the dogs she walks – especially those in the city. “They’ve put on so much weight that their bodies move like Jell-O,” Danielle said. “I can see the fat rolling on their bodies.” (Greenwich Time)

Are gender Reveal parties fun, tacky, or dangerous? A gender reveal party in Yucaipa, California, resulted in a massive fire that has burned more than 8,000 acres so far and has endangered more than 20,000 homes. The cause of the fire? A pyrotechnic device that emits colored smoke to show the baby’s gender. The device accidentally lit some nearby grass on fire. The family tried to put it out with water bottles but it quickly got out of control. (KTLA)

Does every day feel the same? It’s not just you. A new survey found that 62% of respondents said all their days feel the same – which is causing them to have difficulty focusing. 60% said they feel a general lack of energy during the day and more than half of those surveyed said the days are going by so fast that the always feel tired. But there’s a bright side. The survey found that people are making a point to do things to keep their minds active.

Anheuser-Busch developed a non-alcoholic “Dog Brew” — that quickly sold out. The brew is made of vegetables, herbs, spices, water and pork broth, designed to provide dogs with a nutritious snack that also helps their digestive system.
The stuff was such a hit that there’s currently a waiting list while more of the product is being produced. (WSPA-TV)

Music News – Tuesday, September 8

Billie Eilish was the big winner at the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were announced on Monday.
The 18-year-old singer took home four awards, Female Artist of the YearAlternative Rock Artist of the YearAlternative Rock Song of the Year for “Bad Guy” and Alternative Rock Album of the Year for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? In addition, her brother, keyboardist and producer Finneas was named Producer of the Year.
Taylor SwiftEllie Goulding, and Katy Perry were among the artists who took home one award.
Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour was named Tour of the Year.
The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards was initially scheduled for March 12th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, but was canceled due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The performances became part of iHeart’s March 29th Living Room Concert for America hosted by Elton John, which also included charitable appeals.

People magazine says Rihanna is recovering from a scooter accident. Her representative tells the magazine, “Rihanna is completely fine now but flipped over on an electric scooter last week and bruised her forehead and face. Luckily there were no major injuries and she is healing quickly.”

The Daily Dish – Friday, September 4

Yet another Hollywood star has apparently contracted COVID-19 — Robert Pattinson.
Vanity Fair reports that has tested positive, though there’s been no public confirmation. What we do know for sure is that production in London on The Batman has been halted because someone on set has the virus.
Pattinson will play the title character, with Zoe Kravitz co-starring.

Marie Osmond is exiting The Talk after one season as a co-host.
In a statement to Deadline, CBS says, “Marie is a consummate professional, and we thank her for sharing her personal experiences, insight, as well as incredible talents, with our audience. We will miss her humor, kindness and good nature, and wish her much success in her future endeavors.”
Marie left to work on her new show with ViacomCBS and to spend more time with her husband. She says, “My husband and I just dropped our last two kids off at college, we looked at each other, laughed and remembered we hadn’t been this alone together since 1982!! So, at this stage of my life, I’m looking forward to spending more time with him and visiting all the kids/grandkids.”
This comes a week before production is set to begin for Season 11.

Mulan will be free for Disney Plus subscribers.
The highly anticipated live-action reboot will hit the streaming service on December 4th — and fans won’t be charged any extra fees.
For those who can’t wait, it is available to rent today for $30.

Beyonce donated for a second time $1 million to “ensure economic empowerment for Black businesses.”
Her non-profit foundation, BeyGOOD, started in July the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. At that time, she seeded the initiative with $1 million. On Wednesday she doubled that amount.
The Impact Fund awarded grants to 20 applications. Another round of applications will happen this month. (Billboard)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, September 4

TODAY IS:
National Lazy Moms Days: Moms are anything but lazy, but today is a good day for moms to relax and take some time to themselves.
National Chianti Day: A good day for mom to have some Chianti while being lazy.
National Wildlife Day: Maybe celebrate by watching Tiger King all over again.
National Macadamia Nut Day: A good day to make some macadamia nut cookies.

Wakanda Forever … Fans all over the world are still mourning the loss of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman and are looking for ways to honor him and the Marvel character he embodied. One idea is to bring a Wakanda-inspired attraction to Disney theme parks. Whoopi Goldberg even put out a call to action and said, “Dear people in charge of building NEW experiences at Disneyland and World, we don’t really need another Frozen land BUT what we could use is Wakanda. Please Disney World, Disneyland, PLEASE build in Chadwick Boseman’s name WAKANDA.” Sounds like a great idea. (Indie Wire)

You can’t escape pumpkin spice season … Krispy Kreme announced this week that they will have four new pumpkin spice flavored doughnuts to celebrate the season: Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed, Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut and Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut. Wash it all down with a pumpkin spice coffee. (Woman’s Day)

Why should humans have all the pumpkin spice fun this season? Wüfers, an online dog treat company, just introduced their “Pup-kin Spice Box,” which is packed with pumpkin spice dog treats. According to the website, the treats are “locally baked” and the box includes “9 hand-decorated and wholesome dog cookies, based on the seasonal flavor we all know and love — pumpkin spice.” (People)

Many of us are craving the opportunity to hop on a plane and fly away to a relaxing destination. But is anyone actually craving airline food? Apparently so — and some airlines are accommodating them. Thai Airways, for example, has been selling their in-flight meals to those on the ground for a few months now. Airport workers can buy onboard meals from Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific airlines and for those yearning to get back to air travel, Australia’s Quantas is selling an $18 care package that includes business class PJs, packets of cookies, sleep masks, hand cream and more. (The Guardian)

Music News – Friday, September 4

Taylor Swift may need to defend herself in court, again.
A federal judge dismissed her attempt to dismiss a copyright lawsuit. A pair of songwriters claim that Taylor swiped their lyrics for her number-one song, “Shake It Off.” Her chorus has similar lyrics to their song released in 2001.
Sean Hall and Nathan Butler wrote the 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play” that hit the charts when Taylor was in middle school. She could have been influenced by the opening verse, which includes the lyrics “The playas gon’ play. Them haters gonna hate.”
The federal judge determined the lyrics are close enough for the copyright case to continue. The songwriters have asked for a share of the profits. Taylor’s lawyers rejected their demands as a “money grab.” (Deadline)

The #FreeBritney movement just took a big hit — after Britney Spears told a court that her conservatorship was all her idea.
Brit’s lawyers filed a request for a new guardian to control her finances as well as her medical health decisions and musical career. Attorney Samuel Ingham the Third wrote, “This is a voluntary conservatorship. Conservatee wishes to exercise her right to nominate a conservator of the estate.”
The papers also shoot down a couple of long-running rumors, stating that the star does not have a developmental disability, and is not a patient in or on leave of absence from a state institution. Britney has pledged to make an in-person appearance at the next hearing, scheduled for November 10th. (New York Post)

Summer is over for Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The couple relocated from Oklahoma before the school year started and settled into their Los Angeles mansion.
They bought the place last year but chose to quarantine on Blake’s remote ranch. A source told Us Weekly about Blake and Gwen’s return to her hometown (quote) “They are very happy to be settled at last in their family home. It’s the new beginning Gwen needed.”
Gwen has three children. Her oldest will start high school and the youngest will be in elementary school. Los Angeles delayed the school year. Lessons will be blended between in-class and at home. (Us Weekly)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, September 3

Hollywoodlife.com says the new cast of ”Dancing With the Stars” has been announced.
Some of the Dancers include…
Carole Baskin from the Netflix Tiger King documentary series
Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette
Actress Anne Heche
Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean
Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe
Rapper Nelly
and former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has revealed that he and his family tested positive for the coronavirus.
The star broke the news in a 11-minute video on Instagram, saying the diagnosis came as a shock and has been the most challenging thing he’s ever had to endure.
The Rock, his wife, Lauren Hashian, and their two young daughters contracted the virus, but have recovered. He said his daughters “bounced back” after suffering mild symptoms. But he and his wife, he said, both had a “rough go.”
Johnson said they caught the virus from close family friends and he encouraged fans to wear a mask, boost your immune system and commit to wellness.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint isn’t acting as much lately. He’s apparently taken that time off to become a wizard of real estate.
The actor, who plays Ron Weasley in the film series, has been building an impressive portfolio as a property investor.
The 31-year-old property tycoon has a company called Clay 10 Ltd and it’s worth $26 million, according to The Daily Mail.
A source tells The Sun, “Rupert’s become a real property magnate and has been working his magic on building his empire.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markel have gone from British royals to Hollywood producers.
According to The New York Times, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
The couple may appear on camera in documentary programming, but Meghan, who once starred on the USA Network drama Suits, has no plans to return to acting. In a statement, the couple said, “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, September 3

So, just how important is music in a relationship? A new survey found that two-thirds of respondents said that having bad taste in music is a relationship dealbreaker. (Best Life)

What’s in a name? Apparently, more money. A new study found that men and women with the names Andrew and Anna earned more money than people with other names. The second best names for financial success were Sam and Maria, followed by Alex and Laura in third, Christopher and Helen in fourth, and Darren and Sarah in fifth.
The worst names when it came to investment success? For men:  Ali, Rob, Dan, Chris, and Dominic. For women: Karen, Claire, Lisa, Jennifer, and Rachel. (Best Life)

Remember singing songs, toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories around the campfire? Well, things have changed. Seems those staples of camping have been replaced with streaming movies and scrolling through social media. A new survey found that 83% of campers and RV-ers take their gadgets and devices away with them. 41% said they couldn’t imagine being in the great outdoors without their phones. Even toasting marshmallows is a thing of the past. 60% of adults polled said they had cooked marshmallows over a fire, with just 40% of kids saying they have done so. Two-thirds of parents said they have built a fire compared to one-third of kids. And 37% of the parents surveyed said their kids find camping traditions like putting up a tent and sitting around a campfire to be boring. (SWNS)

A Nebraska man has a bone to pick with his city’s restaurants, and he wants local authorities to help him out — by making it illegal to sell “boneless chicken wings.”
Andrew Christensen showed up at a meeting of Lincoln’s city council, and stood up to speak during the “public comment” portion of the evening, saying he had an important issue to address. His complaint was about eateries that offer “boneless wings” on their menus.
Christensen laid out a number of reasons during his lengthy speech, saying “Number-one, nothing about boneless chicken wings actually come from the wing of a chicken. Number-two, boneless chicken wings are just chicken tenders, which are already boneless. Number-three, we need to raise our children better. We need to teach them that the wing of a chicken is from a chicken, and it’s delicious.” (BroBible)
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Music News – Thursday, September 3

Beyoncé has something brewing. She rented a TV studio in the Hamptons and banished everybody for the week.
A source told the New York Post, (quote) “It’s a big studio with two separate buildings. The whole thing was closed for Beyoncé. So nobody could go in.”
Typically, the studio rents for public access programming. Those hosts were alerted via email to a new schedule because four days were blacked out exclusively for Beyoncé. (New York Post)

Camila Cabello thinks we need to borrow from Frozen to overcome our pandemic worries — and just “Let It Go.”
She posted a video as part of her fan outreach, and she acknowledged that she’s been having issues of her own lately. But she says, “Anxiety is really focusing on things that are out of our control. We can’t control this pandemic. We can’t control the actions of other people. We can’t control what happens outside of us. What we can control is how we respond.”
Camila’s advice is old-fashioned, but worth hearing. In a caption for the video, she writes, “We can BE the change we want to see. We want a world with more love, unity, compassion, kindness, empathy. We can choose to BE love, BE kindness, BE compassion, BE empathy in our homes, BE progress towards a better world.”

Miley Cyrus tells the BBC that she wants to start a supergroup with Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish.  “Lana Del Ray was the first cover I ever did and now I’m doing Billie Eilish. Somebody said me, Billie and Lana should start a band called Billie Rey Cyrus. That’s a good idea.”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 2

Amber Heard is fighting back.
The actress has countersued ex-husband Johnny Depp for $100 million, claiming he used trolls and fake social media accounts in a “smear campaign” to ruin her life.
Amber is asking a court in Virginia to toss her ex-husband’s “frivolous” defamation suit. She’s also seeking twice the amount of damages he had sought.
Johnny’s suing over a 2019 op-ed piece in which she spoke against sexual violence but didn’t name her ex.
Meanwhile, Johnny has asked the court to delay the defamation trial, so he can film his role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 in London.
The couple are still awaiting a judge’s decision on Johnny’s separate legal battle in the U.K.

Chadwick Boseman‘s star turn as Jackie Robinson in the bio-pic 42 is getting re-released days after his surprising death.
AMC Theaters will screen the 2013 film, also starring Harrison Ford, in 300 different locations later this week. Tickets are available now, and some showings will begin as early as Thursday.
Boseman died on Friday at age 43.

Dorinda Medley got fired from The Real Housewives of New York for a tasteless joke.
A quip about her castmate Tinsley Mortimer using a turkey baster to get pregnant “offended” her Bravo boss Andy Cohen so much he kicked her off the reality show, according to Page Six. A source says, “It was part of sealing her fate.”
Dorinda made the comment at dinner during Episode 11 of the show.
Earlier it was reported that she was let go because of her tendency to become a “mean drunk.”
Page Six adds that rumors of the former housewife returning to the reality series are “apparently just for show.” The insider says, “I think Bravo is trying to just placate her.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored Princess Diana by planting her favorite flowers at a Los Angeles preschool on the 23rd anniversary of her death.
On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined students and teachers at the Preschool Learning Center in L.A. to plant baby blue forget-me-nots, according to Page Six. They watered the plans with elephant-shaped cans.
The royals also joined the kids at the learning center, which is close to where Meghan attended middle and high school, in planting petunias, and California wildflowers.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, September 2

National VJ Day: Recognizes Allied Forces’ victory over Japan during World War II.

Have you been eating more fruits and veggies and less meat these days? You are definitely not alone. A new survey found that 57% of respondents say they have been eating less meat and dairy since COVID began. 60% of those surveyed said they had been adopting a flexitarian diet (mostly vegetarian, but occasionally eating meat and fish). Why the shift? More than 50% of respondents said they were inspired to make healthier food choice, 42% said they wanted to eat fewer animal products and 39% said they wanted to live a more sustainable lifestyle. (SWNS)

Because it’s 2020 and everything is bizarre … You can now get Tiger King leopard print underwear for men and women … with Joe Exotic’s face emblazoned on the crotch. Even though he’s in jail, Joe Exotic teamed up with streetwear designer Odaingerous for the lingerie line named the “Revenge Collection.” A soft launch of the product back in May sold out in hours, earning more than $20,000 in online sales. If you’re interested, you can score yourself a pair of these briefs or bikinis on September 7th, the second anniversary of the Tiger King’s arrest. (NY Post)

In positive medical news: A new study by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, in Perth, Australia, has found honeybee venom can kill breast cancer cells.
Researchers Ciara Duffy says, “We found that the venom (melittin) from honeybees is remarkably effective in killing some of these really aggressive breast cancer cells at concentrations that aren’t as damaging to normal cells. What melittin does is it actually enters the surface, or the plasma membrane, and forms holes or pores and it just causes the cell to die.”

Music News – Wednesday, September 2

Taylor Swift has been continuous on her streak of doing good deeds every day — by sending a lovely handwritten note congratulating a young fan on his bravery in coming out… And his success on a demanding college track.
Andrew Mooney shared Tay’s message, along with a photo of the Folklore cardigan she included in his care package. She wrote, “Someone told me you’re about to finish your Ph.D.! I wanted to congratulate you on this incredible accomplishment and to applaud you for all the hard work you’ve put into your studies. I saw how supportive you’ve been of my music over the years and was so touched.  I’m also so proud of you for the bravery you’ve shown in your personal life, choosing to live and love honestly even when it isn’t easy.”
Tay has been a longtime advocate for the LGBTQ community, pressing Congress to pass the Equality Act guaranteeing civil rights last year, and drove home the point in the video for her smash “You Need to Calm Down.”

Music – news.com says Ariana Grande has become the first woman to have 200 million Instagram followers.
Lady Gaga posted, “Congratulations to my friend @arianagrande for 200 million followers! You’re a queen! Wear that crown!”
Kylie Jenner has 193 million followers while Selena Gomez has 190 million

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, September 1

Kylie Jenner is the highest-earning celebrity of the year thanks to selling 51 percent of her LipKit company, Kylie Cosmetics, to  Coty. Kylie tops the Forbes 2020 Celebrity 100 list with earnings of $540 million. She happens to be the youngest and only woman in the Top 10.
Five of the men are athletes:  LeBron James, tennis champ Roger Federer and three soccer stars.
Kylie’s brother-in-law Kanye West takes second with $170 million for the past year.

Niecy Nash called her secret marriage to singer Jessica Betts a “plot twist.” In Monday’s tweet, she declared herself Mrs. Carol Denise Betts. The wedding photo showed her in a white bridal gown and Jessica in a tux.
Only six months ago, Nash finalized her divorce from Jay Tucker. Before that, the 50-year-old actress was married for 13 years to Don Nash. They have three children.

Mariah Carey will own Christmas even harder this season. She’s committed to a holiday special on AppleTV. Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will naturally feature her chart-topping holiday tune “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” There’s also dancing and animation. (Billboard)

For the Tiger King fan in your life, Joe Exotic is releasing a themed underwear line.

Sylvester Stallone says a 35th-anniversary director’s cut of Rocky 4 is on the way. The film released on Thanksgiving weekend in 1985.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air unscripted reunion show will begin streaming on HBO Max around Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, who delivered their first child, a daughter.
Early Tuesday morning, Ed posted to Instagram their exciting news. He wrote (quote) “I have some personal news that I wanted to share. Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. We are completely in love with her.”
Sheeran added how excited they feel about becoming parents. Also, they wish for some privacy … and a few hours of decent sleep each night. (E! News)
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