Superstar Mariah Carey has come under fire from human rights campaigners after performing for Angola's president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos last weekend (14-15Dec13). The Hero hitmaker was reportedly paid over $1 million (£670,000) for a two-hour concert on Sunday (15Dec13) at a gala for the Angolan Red Cross, which was sponsored by bosses at mobile phone company Unitel and attended by the president.
The politician's daughter, Isabel, owns Unitel and is the head of the Angolan Red Cross.
Addressing the crowd at the event, Carey reportedly said, "I am happy to be here in this room and I am honoured to share this show with the President of Angola."
However, the lucrative gig, which occurred five years after she performed a controversial New Year's Eve show for late Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi's family in 2008, has landed the singer in trouble with The Human Rights Foundation president, Thor Halvorssen, who claims Carey should have researched the allegations of corruption and human rights abuses against Dos Santos before accepting the job.
In a statement, Halvorssen describes Dos Santos as a "dictator", writing, "Mariah Carey can't seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time. Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Now, she goes from private performances to public displays of support and credibility for one of Africa's chief human rights violators and most corrupt tyrants.
"It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 a day."
Carey apologised for her Libyan gig after it sparked a backlash, but she isn't alone - Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Usher have all been criticised for staging similar performances for other controversial figureheads in the past.
The main cast for the much-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey has been set following the hiring of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh. Mumford has signed on to play sexy student Anastasia Steele's best friend in the film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has also cast Luke Grimes as Christian Grey's brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia's close friend, Jose; and Jennifer Ehle as her mother, Carla.
Madonna's former lover Jose Canseco had some explaining to do on Wednesday (20Nov13) when cops discovered two goats wearing diapers in his car. The ex-baseball player, who enjoyed a fling with the Material Girl in the 1990s, had been on his way home in Nevada with model girlfriend Leila Knight when their vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers.
Unknown to the cops, Canseco had two strange passengers onboard - a pair of farmyard goats wearing diapers to stop them from soiling the back seat.
It turned out Canseco and Knight had collected the beasts from a sanctuary to re-home them at their property.
Uploading a snap of animals with a police cruiser visible through his back windscreen, Canseco wrote, "Just got pulled over with goats in the car. The cop laughed at our poor goats. Awesome. They will join our zoo of 4 dogs and tortoises."
Famous psychic Sylvia Browne has died at the age of 77. The world-renowned spiritual medium passed away on Wednesday (20Nov13) in San Jose, California.
The cause of death is unknown.
Throughout her career, Browne appeared on a plethora of television programmes, including U.S. series Larry King Live, The Montel Williams Show and Unsolved Mysteries.
Browne specialised in psychic detective work and often offered her services to officials investigating various high profile missing persons cases.
Actress Eva Longoria went public with her new TV mogul boyfriend by stepping out with him at an event in Mexico over the weekend (16-17Nov13). Longoria has been linked to a mystery man over the last few weeks, and she has now revealed she is dating Jose 'Pepe' Antonio Baston, the president of Latin American TV and media company Televisa.
The couple walked the red carpet together at the opening of an art gallery in Mexico City on Friday (15Nov13).
A source tells People.com, "He's been sweeping her off her feet and courting her like a proper gentleman... (Baston is) crazy about her."
David Beckham has been named the most Stylish Man of the Year at the 2013 GQ Men of the Year Awards. The soccer icon was feted at the magazine's 15th annual awards on Thursday (07Nov13), where he was honoured for his classic style and influence in fashion at the prizegiving in Berlin, Germany.
Jose RedondoVega, editor-in-chief of GQ Germany, lauded Beckham at the ceremony, saying, "Like no other athlete, David Beckham represents style and fashion influence. With his trendsetting and sometimes daring appearances he has created a bridge between the world of design, models, and photographers, and the world of world-class sports, and brought glamour back to a male sport."
Beckham's award comes two days after his wife Victoria Beckham was given the Special Contribution to British Fashion award at the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards in London on Tuesday (05Nov13).
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was also a recipient of a GQ award, receiving the special Gentlewoman of the Year prize.
Heavyweight boxing champ Vitali Klitschko is fighting to become president of the Ukraine. Announcing his official run for his homeland's top job on Thursday (24Oct13), Klitschko revealed he plans to run for the presidency in 2015 - and will not be stopped by critics.
He'll become the first known challenger of incumbent president Viktor Yanukovych, who took over as the Ukraine's fourth president in 2010.
The boxer, who has twice run for mayor of Kiev, says, "I cannot be intimidated or stopped. In order to put an end to various attempts to get rid of me as a possible candidate, I want to say that I'm running for president. I have a residence permit in Germany, but this doesn't violate the Ukrainian legislation, and I've always been a citizen of Ukraine."
The 42 year old has political pedigree in the Ukraine and currently runs the popular Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party. He announced his intention to run for president to World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman in August (13), prompting the sport's head to state, "He (Klitschko) stressed what's much more important than one person being president, is to improve the lives of Ukrainians with a more efficient economy, modernisation, more jobs and better opportunities for the future."
Klitschko is the brother of fellow boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who became engaged to actress Hayden Panettiere earlier this month (Oct13).
Spanish crooner Manolo Escobar has died. He was 82. Escobar passed away at his home in the Spanish holiday resort on Benidorm on Thursday (24Oct13), according to the country's Culture Minister Jose Ignacio Wert. No cause of death has been released.
He shot to fame with his own show, Canta Manolo Escobar (Manolo Escobar Sings) in the 1960s and will be best remembered in Europe for his rendition of iconic 1973 track Y Viva Espana, which went on to sell six million copies.
Escobar released dozens of albums as well as starring in a string of Spanish-language films between 1963 and 1981.
Kanye West acknowledged his engagement to Kim Kardashian for the first time publicly at a concert in California on Tuesday (22Oct13) by dedicating a song to his "fiancee". The Jesus Walks hitmaker popped the question to the reality star with a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz bauble on her 33rd birthday on Monday (21Oct13), after taking over the San Francisco Giants' baseball stadium for the grand gesture.
And, while performing in nearby San Jose, California on Tuesday (22Oct13), the rapper dedicated Bound 2, a song he wrote about his relationship with Kardashian, to the mother of his daughter.
He told the crowd, "You know what song this is, right? I want to sing this song to the birthday girl that's back there right now, my fiancee.
"If you came with somebody that you love tonight, hold on so tight."