Jay-Z's mother Gloria Carter is to receive the Special Recognition Award at New York's 2018 GLAAD Media Awards.
The 48-year-old rapper's parent will be presented with the honour to recognise her brave journey coming out as a gay woman of colour at the annual LGBT ceremony on May 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel.
On accepting the award, Gloria will take to the stage to talk about coming out and how it impacted on her's and her family's life.
GLAAD's president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: "By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter increased visibility of lesbian women of colour at a critical time and sent a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community.
"Her story and the unconditional love that her family exhibits resonate with so many. The GLAAD Media Awards will be a critical platform to honour her work and further this important message."
Gloria revealed she identifies as a lesbian when she duetted with her son on his track 'Smile' - which appeared on his latest album '4:44' - in which the pair celebrate her sexuality, and revealed what it was like to keep quiet for the sake of Gloria's brood.
The 'Encore' hitmaker - who has six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, and 10-month-old twins Rumi and Sir with his wife Beyonce - previously admitted he "really cried" when his mother came out to him, as he was "so happy for her".
And he opened up on the emotional heart-to-heart the pair had when his mother told him her secret, admitting he is happy she can now be "free".
He said: "Imagine having to live your life as someone else and you think you're protecting your kids. And for my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn't and hide and protect her kids ... [she] didn't want to embarrass her kids for all this time. And for her to sit in front of me and say, 'I think I love someone...' I mean, I really cried. That's a real story.
"I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free. This happened eight months ago when the album was being made. She told me. I made the song the next day."
Hong Kong singer Leon Lai took to Facebook yesterday (Apr 24) to word a long post to express his feelings following his girlfriend, 32-year-old Wing’s premature birth to their baby daughter.
The 51-year-old singer first thanked all the hospital staff for taking care of Wing when she was in labour, and apologised on behalf of the reporters present at the scene for interfering with the work of the medical staff and preventing the other expectant mothers from getting ample rest.
He implored the media to give him personal space, and added that he will not turn up at the hospital in the future to prevent the same thing from happening again.
As Leon was said to have asked his close friends and family to keep the news of Wing’s preterm delivery under wraps, the ‘Heavenly King’ did not take the news leak lightly, and slammed the parties responsible for breaking the news to the media.
“After this incident, I’ve come to realise that some people enjoy being traitors, because they like to spill the beans on another person’s personal life,” he expressed bitterly. “Our world today really works in strange ways.”
A new basketball programme, Dunk Boys, has been confirmed to start filming soon, and has gotten attention for its all-star cast. A press conference held in Beijing was attended by former NBA player Stephon Marbury, who has been confirmed to be one of the hosts.
In addition, the show has also promised that NBA star Jeremy Lin, along with singer-songwriter Jay Chou, will be part of the lineup. However, Taiwanese media have claimed that the pair have not confirmed their respective appearances on the programme, but that the Dunk Boys producers have jumped the gun by including the both of them in promotional materials.
Jay, whose love for basketball is no secret, was said to have been offered a hefty NT$120 million (S$5.35 million) appearance fee for the programme, which has been the subject of netizens after the report was published.
When his agency was contacted for a statement, they would only say that he is “considering the offer favourably”, but would not confirm if Jay will be a part of the show. As for the rumoured appearance fee, they shared, “(Jay) has yet to decide if he will be joining the lineup, so how would we be able to discuss his appearance fee?”
Despite this statement, netizens have concluded that Jay is highly likely to join the programme as he has not taken action against the producers despite using his name to promote the show. Some have went further and speculated that he might be in charge of creating the theme song for the show, and have expressed their excitement at the news.
Other fans have wondered if participating in this programme will put an even bigger strain on Jay, who is not only known as a workaholic, but also ensures that he makes time for his family despite his busy schedule.
Jennifer Lopez believes her future is "super bright" with Alex Rodriguez.
The 48-year-old star has been dating the retired baseball player since February last year, and the singer-and-actress said the couple are "In a really great time in our lives" and looking forward to the next chapter.
She told reporters: "[We are] Happy personally, professionally. The future is super bright and I feel like we both feel like we're just beginning. We're beginning a new chapter of our lives, in every way. And it's exciting."
The 'On The Floor' hitmaker - who has 10-year-old twins Max and Emme from her third marriage to Marc Anthony - was speaking on the red carpet at the Time 100 Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York on Tuesday night (24.04.18), where she was honoured for being one of the most influential people of 2018 by TIME magazine.
Jennifer, who was listed alongside Cardi B, Tiffany Haddish and Gal Gadot on the influential list, said: "It really is an honour. And I love that it's in New York. Whenever I come to New York, I always feel like it takes me back to the beginning, to the Bronx and everything. And then to be here and be honoured tonight, I'm humbled. I really am. It's an incredible acknowledgement."
Alex also took to the stage to congratulate his girlfriend and gushed about how great it was to see that Jennifer is "gorgeous" on the inside and out.
Speaking in support of his partner, he said: "I'm so flattered to be sitting here kind of in the bullpen, in the bleachers, talking about the Bronx, just kinda watching her. She's getting everything she deserves, and it's just really, really nice to see,
"It is so great that I get to see how gorgeous she is on the inside and the outside on a night like tonight.
"[It's] such a special night in New York City. I'm just happy to see her get her due. It's gonna be an awesome night."
As well as bringing the 42-year-old hunk as her date, the 'Jenny From The Block' hitmaker was also accompanied by her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez, and her sister, Lynda Lopez.
Just when we thought the wait was finally over, Hong Kong singer Gillian Chung spoke up during an event two days ago (Apr 23) and denied rumours which claimed that she is tying the knot with her fiancé, Taiwanese doctor Michael Lai, on May 25 next month.
The 37-year-old singer clarified that she will be holding a bachelorette party on that day with her friends instead, but did not reveal more details as she wished to keep the celebration private.
The Twins singer confirmed that she and Michael will hold a wedding ceremony in Hong Kong, but have yet to finalise any details as they were both busy with work. However, she expressed that the ceremony will take place before the year ends.
As the singer was previously said to have faced difficulties when trying to adapt to life in Taiwan, it was reported that Michael plans to commute between Taiwan and Hong Kong to accommodate her living habits.
In response, Gillian revealed that they are currently looking for a suitable house in Taiwan. Michael will also not travel alone, as the pair plans to commute together between their two homes - her current home in Hong Kong and their new house in Taiwan after they get married.
The singer further confirmed that she received a mansion from her boss, Emperor Group chairman Albert Yueng, as a wedding gift, and will have her wedding ceremony fully sponsored by the him. She explained that the chairman was willing to spend so much on her because he is just “like a father” to her.
While it is expected for children to bear some likeness to their parents, it probably is not that common for them to resemble them to a tee, like Taiwanese singer Jimmy Lin’s son, 2-year-old Kyson, based on recent photos the singer shared on his Facebook account.
Even the singer himself was amused, as he compared a photo he took with the 2-year-old while holding him in his arms to an older photo of his younger self on Facebook, and wrote, “Why do I feel like I’m carrying my younger self?”
Besides identical facial features between father and son, Kyson also sported a similar bowl-cut hairstyle that the singer had in the photo, making them look even more alike.
Jimmy married his wife, Kelly Chen, in 2013, and have three sons together, 8-year-old Kimi and fraternal twin sons 2-year-old Jenson and Kyson.
Kelly previously shared photos of her younger self on Weibo, which drew fan comments claiming that their oldest son Kimi looks just like her when she was younger.
Besides Kimi, netizens also pointed out that Jenson takes after Kelly in terms of facial expressions, causing them to joke that the “genes run strong” in the Lin family.
Sir Mick Jagger feels under pressure to be youthful because of fans' expectations.
The Rolling Stones frontman is now 74 and still touring with the band - currently comprised of Jagger, Keith Richards, 74, Charlie Watts, 76, and Ronnie Wood, 70 - but he thinks fans expectations for him to be still be at the peak of physical fitness is "selfish".
Jagger told reporters: "People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you, you know. It's very selfish, but it's understandable."
The 'Satisfaction' singer - who is known to stick to a strict diet and exercise regime - has a long-running feud with bandmate Keith Richards and admitted that working with him at the height of his addiction to heroin was not easy.
Speaking about recording their tenth album 'Exile On Main Street' which was released in 1972, he added: "Yeah. It is not easy to do things in that kind of environment. But I mean, that was a long time ago, a different lifestyle.
"It is not easy because not everybody wants to do the same things at the same time, and it is very difficult if you have got people with various addictions; and everyone has their problems. Deal with it! But still! We got it made in the end! And people still liked it! The proof of the pudding!"
Jagger also opened up about his night behind bars in Brixton Prison in 1967 after police raided Richards' home and arrested the two rockers along with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull, who was unclothed and wrapped in a fur rug.
Jagger said: "Well, I did go to jail, for a brief period. It wasn't very pleasant. Yeah, we could have been in jail. Keith got nine months and I got three months. You know, over nothing, really. And really a put-up job by the press as well, on top of it. It was kind of nasty."
Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung broke his own records with his recent concert tour held in Taipei Arena in Taiwan. On April 20, he kicked off a six-day concert, which marked his 152nd performance held in a total of 69 cities around the world.
At the concert, the ‘Heavenly King’ kept spirits up with rigorous routines of song and dance, and even acceded to a fan’s request for him to do a split.
As the singer is 56 this year, his desire and professionalism to give his all for every show had fans worried that he was overworking his body, as the singer also admitted personally that “dancing the way he did was no easy feat”.
However, he assured fans that he will “take care of himself”, and shared that he practiced his split beforehand when he was backstage, before performing it in front of everybody.
“Time really flies,” Jacky mused, “I was away from Taiwan for a year, but it felt like it had only been two months.”
He also prompted his fans to catch the concerts of other singers, because his performances alone will not suffice. “There is so much more to offer from our industry,” he shared.
The singer then wrapped up his concert with some of his classics sung in both Chinese and Cantonese, and kept his fans hyped till the very end.
Jacky last made a stop on our sunny shores in February with ‘A Classic Tour’ concert tour, a year after his first show here in 2017.
After weeks of rumours, Barbie Hsu confirmed the news that she is pregnant with her third child earlier this month and was spotted for the first time in public after the good news was announced.
Fans were worried for the actress-host after her hospitalisation following an epileptic attack, but recent photos of her on a day out showed her looking healthy and in good spirits. They also spotted a slight baby bump on Barbie, who is believed to be eight weeks pregnant.
She visited a garden with her son and was accompanied by an entourage armed with recording equipment, causing some to speculate that she is filming a reality programme, and got her son to participate as well.
Apart from the slight baby bump that was visible from certain angles, Barbie appears to not have put on any weight, as she looks as svelte as ever.
Her husband, Wang Xiaofei, was spotted at the garden shortly after, and the three family members spent a short time at the garden before heading home.
When contacted to comment about the filming, Barbie explained, “I agreed to do this programme long ago. After I found out I was pregnant, I thought that participating in this show would also be a good memory for me. As for how the series will pan out, I can’t say for sure, and I’m looking forward to it as well.”
Beyonce fell on stage during her latest Coachella performance, and took sister Solange down with her.
The 36-year-old pop star took the festival by storm once again on Saturday (22.04.18) when she headlined for a second time, but things did not go quite so smoothly when she lost her footing and tripped in front of a crowd of thousands.
Beyonce was joined on stage by her younger sister Solange Knowles, 31, for a section of her set and the sisters were dancing to 'Get Me Bodied' when Beyonce attempted to lift Solange up.
The 'Halo' hitmaker stumbled and fell to the floor, with Solange landing on top of her.
But - as footage captured on mobile phones by the crowd and posted on social media reveals - the sisters laughed and rolled around on the floor for a short time, before jumping back up and continuing with their performance.
Beyonce was once again joined by husband Jay-Z and her former Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland on stage at the California festival.
The reunited girlband performed the same medley as the week before, which included 'Lose My Breath', 'Say My Name' and 'Soldier'.
But while the setlist was the same, the costumes for the second week were all new, including a sparkling silver leotard for Beyonce, designed by Balmain's Olivier Rousting.
The singer was also joined on stage by J Balvin to perform a remix of his song 'Mi Gente'.
The 'Formation' singer made history as the first black woman to headline the annual event on Saturday (14.04.18).
During her first performance DJ Khaled came over the speakers and said: "After tonight, Coachella gotta rename Coachella the Beychella. New name alert: Beychella!"
The singer told the crowd: "I'm so happy that I am here. I was supposed to perform at Coachella [last year] but I ended up getting pregnant - thank God! So I had time to dream and dream and dream with two beautiful souls in my belly...
"Thank you guys for sharing this with me. I hope y'all enjoyed the show."
The singer and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter last June.