Tom Jones to get DNA test to check black ancestry

British news outlet the Telegraph reports that Welsh crooner Sir Tom Jones will undergo a DNA test to determine if he has any black roots. In an interview, Jones once said that a lot of black people tell him “I’m just passing as white.” Jones’ father is British and his mother is of Welsh and English descent. Jones says his mother’s ethnicity was questioned when she was born. Jones didn’t say if he would make the results public.

Is Jimmy Fallon an excessive party boy?

After three injuries in four months — the most recent involving a broken bottle of Jagermeister — rumors are beginning to rumble that “Tonight Show” host JimmyFallon may have a drinking problem. Page Six has reported multiple Fallon sightings in New York City bars, and the New York Post anonymously quoted a Manhattan bartender who has served Fallon often, who says everything said about his behavior is true. “He likes to hang out and be the life of any party,” the bartender said. Another anonymous NY Post source, an NBC insider, downplayed the gossip and says Fallon is just “a big kid.” “He likes to have a good time. His show takes a lot of work: He has to learn songs and dances,” the source said, implying that it would be hard to do if he were drunk all the time. A brief, official statement from NBC’s says “Jimmy Fallon is a highly valued member of the NBC family who is both a tireless worker and an extraordinarily gifted performer.”

Aretha Franklin releases photo with Pope Francis

Aretha Franklin released a photo of her meeting Pope Francis during his visit to the United States in September. The Queen of Soul, along with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, met the Pope in Philadelphia at the Festival of Families event.


Voice actress Miyu Matsuki died last week from an illness at age 38. Known for her work in animé films, Matsuki took a break from working in July because she was suffering from acute pneumonia.

Mariah Carey, Questlove from the Roots, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Trey Songz, Cirque du Soleil, Jordin Sparks, the cast of “Sesame Street” and other celebrities are on board to appear at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 26.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Tuesday’s Birthdays

Anna Wintour, 66

Roseanne, 63

Dennis Miller, 62

Adam Ant, 61

Dolph Lundgren, 58

Kendall Jenner, 20

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