Singer Keri Hilson's basketball star boyfriend Serge Ibaka has gone nude for ESPN magazine's annual Body issue. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward joins the likes of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis ace Venus Williams and American footballer Marshawn Lynch in the sexy 2014 issue.
British rappers Lethal Bizzle and Tinchy Stryder have paid tribute to Ghanaian hip-hop star Castro, who is presumed dead following a weekend (05-06Jul14) jet ski accident. The musician, real name Theophilus Tagoe, had been on vacation with a group of pals, including his girlfriend Janet Bandu and Ghanaian soccer ace Asamoah Gyan, near the coastal town of Ada.
They hired jet skis from the local Aqua Safari Resort on Saturday (05Jul14), but tragedy struck after Bandu fell off the back of Castro's water vehicle. The rapper jumped into the water to rescue her, but neither of them resurfaced.
Police have yet to recover Castro or Bandu's bodies, but tributes for the musician have already started to roll in on Twitter.com.
Lethal Bizzle writes, "My favourite Ghanaian artist #RIPCastro", while Tinchy Styder adds, "My thoughts go out to Castro, his friends & family! Words can't even explain the shock I got when I heard the news! You're with the angels!"
Singer Jessica Simpson shed a few extra pounds in the lead-up to her weekend (05Jul14) wedding by adopting a strict vegan diet.
The blonde beauty has been showing off a slimmer figure in recent months after losing the pregnancy pounds from carrying her second child, son Ace, last year (13) with the help of a food plan from Weight Watchers, for which she is a spokeswoman.
However, Simpson wanted to make sure she looked her absolute best when she exchanged vows with former American footballer Eric Johnson in California on Saturday, so she temporarily cut out all animal products from her diet. A source tells UsMagazine.com, "Jessica did a vegan diet for about two weeks leading up to the wedding."
The newlywed also reportedly boosted her vitamin levels by getting "quite a few" B12 shots to help maintain a healthy brain and nervous system.
Simpson has since returned to her meat-eating ways - at a pre-wedding Independence Day bash on Friday (04Jul14), guests were treated to a feast of beef brisket, smoked barbecue baby back ribs, fried chicken and grilled shrimp, as well as a variety of pies and watermelon.
Simpson isn't the first superstar to go vegan - Jennifer Lopez recently adopted the plant-based diet to get her in tip-top shape for the release of her new album AKA, while Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z also tried a 22-day vegan challenge last year (13).
Singer Jessica Simpson has become Mrs. Eric Johnson after tying the knot in Santa Barbara, California. The bride wore a custom Carolina Herrera gown as she wed former American football player Johnson at the San Ysidro Ranch on Saturday (05Jul14) in front of more than 250 guests, including her sister Ashlee Simpson and her fiance Evan Ross, best friend CaCee Cobb and her actor husband Donald Faison, and pal Jessica Alba and her partner Cash Warren.
The happy couple's two-year-old daughter Maxwell served as a flower girl and its one-year-old son Ace was given the role of ring bearer. Ashlee's five-year-old boy with ex-husband Pete Wentz, Bronx, also took part in the ceremony.
A statement issued by the newlyweds to People.com reads: "We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love having made our eternal commitment.
"To say 'I do' in front of family, friends and, most importantly, our children has been the happiest moment of our lives."
The nuptials took place a day after Simpson and Johnson hosted a pre-wedding barbecue at the same venue to celebrate America's Independence Day (04Jul14) with all of their guests.
The couple began dating in early 2010 and became engaged on the blonde beauty's 30th birthday in November of that year (10), but the pair had to postpone plans to wed twice after the 33 year old fell pregnant with their kids.
Simpson was previously married to singer Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.
Actress Halle Berry threw up after trying out a zero-gravity flight as she prepared to play an astronaut in new sci-fi series Extant. The Monster's Ball star portrays a pregnant space traveller in Steven Spielberg's new TV drama, and she admits her first experience of weightlessness left her feeling more than a little queasy.
She tells Us Weekly magazine, "I took a zero-gravity flight. An hour and a half of plummeting up and down - I vomited at the end."
But Berry, who has two kids, insists she had no problem pulling off the role of a mum-to-be.
She says, "I know how to act pregnant, so I thought, 'I'm going to ace that part of this for sure'. And I love being pregnant - that's the happiest I've been in my life!"
A German Motorhead fan has been treated for a blood clot on his brain following a vigorous headbanging session at one of the band's shows. The 50-year-old heavy metal devotee visited doctors in Hanover, Germany complaining of severe worsening headaches four weeks after attending a performance by the Ace Of Spades hitmakers.
Medical staff found the man had suffered a subdural haematoma, where blood collects under the outer membrane of the brain, and they carried out keyhole surgery to relieve the build-up.
Although there have been three other similar cases in the past, one of which led to death, doctors insist it is a very rare type of injury and not a reason for music fans to change their behaviour at concerts.
Dr Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian says, "We are not against headbanging. The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if (the patient) had gone to a classical concert, this would not have happened.
"This case serves as evidence in support of Motorhead's reputation as one of the most hardcore rock 'n' roll acts on Earth, if nothing else because of their music's contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury."
The man's headaches subsided following the procedure.
Superstar Beyonce has topped the 2014 Forbes Celebrity 100 List. The Drunk in Love hitmaker earned $115 million (£67.6 million) in the 12 months ending June, 2014 from her tour receipts, fifth studio album, H&M and Pepsi endorsement deals and House of Dereon clothing line, according to Forbes.com.
Coming in at number two is U.S. basketball ace Lebron James, while rapper/producer Dr. Dre takes the third spot thanks in part to the sale of his Beats by Dr. Dre accessories line to Apple.
TV mogul Oprah Winfrey and U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres round out the top five.
Hip-hop mogul Jay Z is expanding his beverage business with the launch of a new non-alcoholic drink. The Empire State of Mind hitmaker has teamed up with former Def Jam Recordings executive Kevin Liles and his new firm Go N'Syde for the release of 40/40 - the name of the superstar's chain of sports lounges.
The iced tea and lemonade concoction has been described as an "Arnold Palmer-esque drink", referring to the thirst-quencher dedicated to the legendary American golfer, and it is being marketed at "sports-loving males".
The 40/40 drink is the second big-name collaboration for Go N'Syde bosses following the recent release of Mariah Carey's Butterfly beverage.
The bottles for both drinks feature barcodes which, when scanned using a special smartphone app, unlocks exclusive content from the musician.
Explaining the new venture, Liles tells Forbes.com, "We have great tasting beverages, but the second part of it is providing a new network for the brands or icons to communicate with their fans. I call it disrupting the consumer packaged goods industry by having your products actually talk to you."
Jay Z has also previously invested in Armadale Vodka and high end Champagne brand Armand de Brignac, aka Ace of Spades. He is also a spokesperson for D'Usse Cognac.
The Game has scored a $20,000 (£12,500) charity donation from basketball star Kevin Durant after the rapper successfully pulled off a three-point shot in a high stakes bet. The Dreams hitmaker, who was offered a basketball scholarship from Washington State University, wanted to prove he still has what it takes on the court during a meet-up with a group of celebrity pals over the weekend (07-08Jun14), and he bet Durant he could score a basket from the three-point line.
The Oklahoma City Thunder ace wasn't convinced and agreed to hand over the cash to The Game's youth team, the California Frog All-Stars, and join the kids for a practise session if he could pull off the feat.
The rapper succeeded and shared video footage of his triumph with fans on Instagram.com.
In the accompanying message, he wrote, "Bet Kevin Durant a.k.a. @EasyMoneySniper $20,000 that he'd have to donate to the @froggallstars & play wit (sic) #LaFamilia in the #DrewLeague if I made an NBA 3 pointer".
The Game's feat was witnessed by fellow rapper Drake, Durant's former Thunder teammate James Harden, and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who can also be seen in the video clip.
Retired soccer star David Beckham has been named an ambassador for Prince William's new wildlife charity. The sportsman joined the British royal in London on Monday (09Jun14) to launch United for Wildlife, a campaign aimed at protecting animals from illegal poaching.
Speaking to the media, William, who serves as president of the organisation, said, "The illegal wildlife trade is responsible for the slaughter of tens of thousands of animals a year, pushing some of our most beloved species to the brink of extinction.
"Our children should not live in a world without elephants, tigers, lions and rhinos. Enough is enough. It is time to choose between critically endangered species and the criminals who kill them for money."
Prince William previously recruited Beckham to speak out against animal poaching in China for wildlife protection fund WildAid.
William's brother Prince Harry, Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray and Formula One star Lewis Hamilton have also been appointed as spokesmen for United for Wildlife.
The stars are aiming to drum up support for the cause by spreading the word via social media with the use of the hashtag #WhoseSideAreYouOn and the message: "Join us and help stop illegal poaching."