Kanye West meets with Donald Trump
Rapper Kanye West visited Trump Tower on Tuesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. West, who was recently hospitalized for exhaustion, wouldn’t answer questions from reporters regarding if he had plans to perform at Trump’s inauguration. TMZ reports that sources say West has plans to work with Trump about quieting the violence in Chicago. After the election, West confused fans by telling an audience at one of his California concerts that he did not vote, but he would have voted for Trump. (West attended a Hillary Clinton fundraiser with wife Kim Kardashian last year and the three took a selfie together.) “I just want to take a picture right now,” West said while he was with Donald Trump on Tuesday, CNN reported. According to transition spokeswoman Hope Hicks, West called the meeting. Trump called West a “good man” and said that they are friends. Trump said the two “discussed life,” but would not elaborate. Sports legends Ray Lewis and Jim Brown also met with Trump today, both escorted upstairs by reality star Omarosa.
Comedy Central releases trailer for ‘Detroiters’
“Detroiters” is a new series coming to Comedy Central in February about two dudes living life in Detroit. It stars “Veep” actor Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson, who was a cast member and writer on “Saturday Night Live.” Both actors are from Metro Detroit. A trailer for “Detroiters,” which is executive produced by SNL’s Lorne Michaels and Jason Sudeikis, shows the guys in familiar Detroit locales like the Anchor Bar and riding the Michigan Pedaler, one of those multi-person bicycle/bar. “Detroiters,” which contains mature content, premiers at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 7.
‘Beautiful’ cast to help distribute Goodfellows boxes
Detroit Goodfellows will distribute gift boxes filled with toys, warm clothes, books and candy to local children in need at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the help of the cast of “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” now playing at the Fisher Theatre. Detroit Police Chief James Craig will assist cast members Julia Knitel (who plays Carole King), Ximone Rose (a University of Michigan graduate who is in the ensemble), Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil) and Liam Tobin (Gerry Goffin) at the former UAW Building, 8731 E. Jefferson in Detroit. “Beautiful” is at the Fisher through Jan. 8.
Lamar Odom checks into rehab
About a year after nearly dying from an overdose, former NBA star Lamar Odom has checked himself into a San Diego rehab center. On Friday, a judge finalized his divorce to realty star Khloe Kardashian. She had filed for divorce for a second time in May.
Mary J. Blige’s ex-husband holding onto her Grammy
The divorce between R&B star Mary J. Blige and her ex-husband, former manager Martin ‘Kendu’ Isaacs, is getting ugly. TMZ reports that Blige has filed documents alleging that her ex has her Grammy and other awards and three of her cars. Documents also accuse Isaacs of swindling her out of $420,000 in phony businesses expenses.
■Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman revealed she’s been secretly dating football player Colton Underwood. He asked her out over social media in August, but they decided to keep it quiet for a while.
■“Dancing with the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, NHL player Jarret Stoll. She was spotted with a big diamond ring on her finger at LAX this week.
■Podcast host, stand-up comedian and wild man Artie Lange returns to Detroit to perform at MotorCity Casino Hotel on March 10. Tickets, $35-$45, go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster.
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