Cher, Scarlett Johansson join Women’s March
To show solidarity with the 100,000-plus people are expected to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, several celebrities have joined the March’s Artist Table, chaired by actress America Ferrera. Cher, Scarlett Johansson, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore, Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Olivia Wilde, Constance Wu, Zendaya and more have on agreed to be part of the Artist Table. Comedian Chelsea Handler will host a similar march in Park City, Utah. “By hosting a sister march in Park City, our Women’s March on Main will help send a message to the incoming administration that attacks on Planned Parenthood and our fundamental human rights are unacceptable and if we have to re-fight for rights we have already fought for and won, we will do it louder and stronger, with men by our side,” Handler said in a press release.
‘Insecure’ star Issa Rae to speaks at UM
Actress, writer and producer Issa Rae will join award-winning investigative journalist Amy Goodman as keynote lecturers at the University of Michigan’s Martin Luther King Symposium at 10 a.m. Monday. Rae was nominated for a Golden Globe for lead actress in a comedy series award for her role in the HBO series “Insecure,” which she also writes and executive produces. The free event will be held at Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University in Ann Arbor. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and no tickets are required. Visit events.umich.edu/event/37228 for information.
Big Sean to play Fox Theatre
Big Sean has “Decided” to perform at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Detroit rapper will perform at the downtown theater on April 1, his reps announced Monday. Tickets for the show, $35-$69.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with pre-sales beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The concert is in support of Sean’s fourth album, “I Decided,” which will be released Feb. 3. It’s his first album since 2015’s “Dark Sky Paradise” and is preceded by the single “Bounce Back,” which is No. 21 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
More than a dozen arrested in Kardashian heist
French police arrested 17 people between ages 23 and 72 Monday in connection to the October robbery of more than $10 million worth of Kim Kardashian West’s jewels. The reality star was staying at a private residence in Paris when gunmen posting as police officers forced their way inside, tied her up and stole jewelry, including a ring worth $4.5 million. According to reports, the suspects — who were found through DNA evidence — had rap sheets, and guns and cash were found during raids that led to the arrests.
President Barack Obama didn’t pardon C-Murder
A story on gummypost.com claims President Barack Obama issued a pardon for rapper and convicted murderer C-Murder, or Corey Miller, brother of rapper Master P. The Associated Press determined the story is false. A president can only pardon or commute those who have been convicted of federal crimes. Miller was sentenced to life in prison in Louisiana in 2009 for the shooting death of a teenager at a nightclub.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
Adam Graham contributed
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