Latina superstar Gloria Estefan is set to perform for her British fans with a one-night special at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall on 17 October (13). The singer will play tracks from her new album, The Standards, a compilation of classics from the Great American Songbook.
Rapper Flo Rida has been ordered to pay child support for a boy he previously denied fathering. Gloria Holloway launched legal action against the Good Feeling hitmaker in 2011, demanding financial support over claims he is the father of her son.
Flo Rida, real name Tramar Dillard, shot down her allegations at the time, insisting a DNA test he took came back negative.
However, chiefs at the Florida Department of Revenue are now asking Flo Rida to hand over details of his finances so they can determine how much he owes Holloway.
According to TMZ.com, the court established Flo Rida as the father of the two year old because he did not officially dispute the claim.
Matt Damon is to tackle the works of William Shakespeare with seasoned thespian Vanessa Redgrave during a night of readings in New York City later this month (Jun13). The pair will read sections of the playwright's work alongside other stars including Alan Alda, Jesse L. Martin, Christine Baranski and Gloria Reuben for an evening forum, entitled What Are We Worth? Shakespeare, Money, And Morals.
The play extracts will focus on the topics of money and justice, while Harvard professor Michael Sandel will lead a discussion on the subjects.
The event will be held on 17 June (13) at the Delacorte Theater in Manhattan's Central Park.
In 1971, America was introduced to a New York family whose trials, tribulations, and flaws rang all too familiar... albeit with a healthy dose of comedy: the Bunkers, the colorful characters who occupied a working-class New York household on All in the Family. Alongside curmudgeonly Archie, passionate Gloria, and wayfaring Mike, there was Edith: a golden hearted but flighty mother, played to comic perfection by Jean Stapleton. Sadly, CNN reports that 90-year-old Stapleton has passed away, as confirmed by her son.
For nearly a decade, Stapleton exemplified inimitable wit and charm as Edith Bunker, squawking amicably as her husband groused and grimaced, her daughter charged for change, and her son-in-law argued with the lot and scarfed down whatever food Edith brought to the table. Brimming with good nature amid the hostility of her family members, Edith was the heart and soul of the Bunker home and of All in the family, a character that could have easily gone by the wayside were not for the mammoth precision in Stapleton's performance.
The actress, also a veteran of stage and the big screen, is survived by children John and Pamela Putch.
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Madonna is helping to spread the message of female empowerment by joining Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez on the bill for a charity concert in London this weekend (01Jun13). The Material Girl will serve as a presenter at the Sound of Change Live mega gig, which will be headlined by the Crazy In Love superstar and feature performances by Lopez, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, John Legend and Timbaland, among others.
Prominent women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, human rights icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan have also signed up to make appearances during the four-hour show to highlight women's issues around the globe, and Madonna didn't hesitate to lend her support to the event.
A statement issued to Reuters reads: "Sixty percent of the children in the world not in school are girls. Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are women. I do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this."
The benefit concert, organised by bosses at Chime For Change, a women's campaign group founded by executives at Italian fashion house Gucci, is set to be broadcast live from Twickenham Stadium to more than 150 countries.
U.S. President Barack Obama was on hand to honour the career achievements of Carole King at the White House on Wednesday (22May13) when she became the first ever woman to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker made history by collecting the Library of Congress award, in recognition of her five decades in music, before a star-studded crowd in Washington, D.C.
President Obama referenced the Oklahoma tornado tragedy, which left 24 people dead on Monday (20May13), but insisted the power of song helps lift the spirits of those in need.
He said, "Eventually, life will go on and new memories will be made. New laughter will come. New songs will be sung. And that's often why we turn to music during trying times, for comfort and for inspiration, and sometimes just for a good diversion."
After being presented with the award, King added, "I'm honoured to be recognised by the Library of Congress as the fifth recipient and first woman as has been stated. I can't say it enough. I am so excited."
Stars including Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, and James Taylor all performed in King's honour. She follows in the footsteps of previous recipients Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
"Congratulations, babygirl, @Keishamaiash who graduates today with honors and has made us prouder than we could have ever dreamed! LOVE U!" Gloria Estefan celebrates her daughter, Emily, graduating from university.
Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan and James Taylor will help to honour legendary singer/songwriter Carole King at the White House next week (begs20May13) when she is feted with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker, 71, will make history on Wednesday (22May13) as she becomes the first woman to collect the Library of Congress award from U.S. President Barack Obama, and she will be saluted by number of top stars.
Joel, Estefan and Taylor will also be joined by country singer Trisha Yearwood, Scottish soul sensation Emeli Sande and pop star Jesse McCartney at the Washington, D.C. event.
The ceremony will be streamed live online and will be broadcast on U.S. TV on 28 May (13).
King has been on a career high of late - she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December (12) and was among the Lifetime Achievement honourees at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Singer Gloria Estefan has thrown her support behind a campaign to restore an historic stadium in her Florida hometown. The Latin superstar has agreed to be the face of a public drive to raise the $30 million (£19 million) needed to renovate the Miami Marine Stadium, which has been closed since 1992 and is now covered in graffiti.
It is one of the 34 "national treasures" on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of American venues in need of saving, and Estefan insists the innovative structure is like no other in the world.
She tells The Miami Herald, "We are a very young city, but we've been here long enough to have a history, and it behooves (is necessary for) us to save places like this. I've been around the world, and there is nothing like this anywhere that I've been... There is such an energy there. A lot of people don't even know it's there. We want to get it in the public eye. Once they're aware of it, people will want to keep this place."
Country star Jo Dee Messina took a break from caring for her sick mother to give a talk to university students in Tennessee on Monday (29Apr13). The singer has been suffering sleepless nights over the last week after her mum underwent heart surgery, but she put her personal problems aside to fulfil a commitment at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro.
Messina addressed pupils studying for a Music Business Degree as part of their Artist Management class, and she won rave reviews for giving a candid talk about her experiences in the industry.
After the event, the star posted a picture of the class on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Thanks MTSU," while the lecturer in charge, Gloria Green, adds, "Great turnout and an incredible presentation from Jo Dee Messina this evening at MTSU. What a wonderful end to the semester, and hopefully a great learning experience for my Artist Management students."
Messina has been by her mother Mary's bedside in recent days after she underwent a major operation on Thursday (25Apr13), and the star told fans she has been spending all her time at the hospital.
In a post on Twitter on Sunday (28Apr13), she wrote, "Been at hospital all day and have yet to get any sleep. It's 3:30am. Really rough time for my Mom... I will fill you all in when I have the energy. Thx (thanks) for all ur (your) support."