Donald Trump named Time’s Person of the Year, ‘Empire’ child star to receive Detroit honor and more celebrity news


George Faison directs DIA’s ‘Whiz of the Wiz’

George Faison, who won a Tony for Best Choreography for “The Wiz” in 1975, will direct and partake in a live storytelling event at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Presented by the DIA and The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, “The Whiz of the Wiz: Story Time with Choreographer & Director George Faison” includes excerpts from theater, film and concerts Faison has choreographed, as well as live musical and dance performances. Detroiter Les Gold, star of truTV’s “Hardcore Pawn,” also is featured in the show that celebrates the 40th anniversary of “The Wiz.” Faison, 70, made history as the first African-American to win a Tony. Tickets ($30-$50) can be purchased at the DIA Box Office or by calling (313) 833-4005.

Donald Trump named Time’s Person of the Year

Time magazine named President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year on Wednesday. The cover shows Trump sitting in his Trump Tower residence and states “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America.” In an NBC “Today” show interview, Trump spoke out against the cover’s text. “I didn’t divide ’em,” he said. “We’re going to put it back together, and we’re going to have a country that’s very well heeled.” Time editor Nancy Gibbs said Person of the Year is awarded to the individual who had the greatest influence on events “for better or worse.” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the runner-up.

‘Empire’ star to get honor at Detroit fashion show

Leah Jeffries, a 7-year-old Metro Detroit actress on the Fox TV show “Empire,” and her mother of the same name will be honored at The Sarah Rose Mother-Daughter Tea & Fashion Show from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The event — meant to honor women in business — will be emceed by WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchor Glenda Lewis. Other honorees include filmmaker Alexis Stackhouse and her mother, Ramirra Stackhouse, a Zumba instructor and wife of NBA coach Jerry Stackhouse, as well as Anika and Jackie Jackson, vice president and owner of Jackson Asset Management, respectively. The $50 tickets will go toward a boot camp organized by the Whole Cities Foundation and Exquisite Affairs by Tresa for mothers and daughters struggling with weight gain and self-value. Twenty young women from Detroit public schools and their moms will also be invited. Get tickets at

Cruz Beckham the new Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber may want to watch out. Cruz Beckham, son of Victoria Beckham, may steal his limelight. In April, the former “Spice Girl” posted an Instagram video of her 11-year-old singing “Hope” by Twista and Faith Evans. The internet started buzzing, comparing Cruz’s high pitch to the young Biebs. This week, Cruz signed with manager Scooter Braun (the man who represents Bieber). And on Wednesday, Cruz released his first single, “If Every Day Was Christmas.” Proceeds go to Global’s Make Some Noise, a U.K. foundation that supports youth with illnesses or disabilities.

Also …

Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for the Detroit Music Festival at the Fox Theatre on April 15. The show includes performances by Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo, 112 and El DeBarge. Purchase tickets ($55.50-$128.50) at Ticketmaster.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

Thursday’s birthdays

Ian Somerhalder, 38

Ingrid Michaelson, 37

Nicki Minaj, 34

Sam Hunt, 32

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