Michael Jordan to donate $5M to African American history museum

NBA star Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $5 million to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Set to open Sept. 24, the new facility will name a section of the sports gallery after Jordan. “I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan said in a statement. “I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African-Americans in athletics and beyond.” In addition to the $5 million, Jordan also donated his 1996 NBA Finals jersey to the museum. According to the Associated Press, Jordan also recently announced that he would donate $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Joan Jett and more stars are set

to headline Arts, Beats & Eats

This Labor Day weekend, the Ford Arts Beats & Eats festival will lean toward rock and roll this year with musical headliner Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, organizers announced Tuesday. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is known for her songs “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Bad Reputation” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” The other top acts rounding out the main Michigan Lottery National Stage at the downtown Royal Oak event are pop/rock singer Gavin DeGraw, Canadian band Our Lady Peace, hard rockers Buckcherry and classic rock hitmakers Three Dog Night. More talent will come to the main stage from country artists Cole Swindell and Blackjack Billy, funk group the Ohio Players, Detroit’s own Jr. Jr. and Laith Al-Saadi, an Ann Arbor guitarist and singer who recently made it to the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” The 19th annual festival, Sept. 2-5 in downtown Royal Oak, also will feature food from local restaurants and caterers and a juried art show. All musical programming is free to watch with admission, which is $3 or $5 after 3 p.m. and will benefit local nonprofits. Also, details of the annual fundraising event Arts du Jour also were released Tuesday. The charity preview event is Aug. 25 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market and will include performers, food and drink. Tickets, $75 or $125 for VIP, are on sale now at

Comedians Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah won’t return to ‘SNL’ in the fall

NBC revealed this week that two longtime “Saturday Night Live” cast members would not be returning to the show this fall. According to the Associated Press, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah did not have their contracts renewed for the show’s 42nd season. Pharoah, who was on the show for six season, was featured frequently for his impersonation of President Barack Obama. In an interview with Uproxx, Killam says he doesn’t know why his contract wasn’t renewed. “I don’t know fully,” he said. “I don’t know the other side of it. You sign for seven years, so I had one more year. I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract. I was never given a reason why, really.” No word on if Kenan Thompson will be back for his 14th season. If he does, that will tie him with Darrell Hammond for having been on the show the longest. Former cast member Hammond is currently the show’s announcer.

‘The Simpsons’ to air first hourlong episode

After 27 seasons on the air, animated favorite “The Simpsons” will air its first hourlong episode on Fox in January. The hip-hop themed episode will guest star the voices of Taraji P. Henson and Southfield native Keegan-Michael Key. “I just pray it won’t be the last thing people see before a Trump inauguration,” said the show’s executive producer, Al Jean, according to Deadline. The 28th season of “The Simpsons” debuts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Wednesday’s birthdays

Betsey Johnson, 74

Rosanna Arquette, 57

Antonio Banderas, 56

Rickey Smiley, 48

Justin Theroux, 45

Kylie Jenner, 19

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