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Jemele Hill set to speak at TEDxDetroit

Journalist and Detroit native Jemele Hill is one of the speakers at this year’s TEDxDetroit event, Sept. 26 at the Masonic Temple. The award-winning ESPN contributor will be joined by fellow Michigan State University alum, journalist Kelly Carter. Other speakers include anchorman Roop Raj, comedian Andy Beningo, scientist Kate Biberdorf, artist and Theatre Bizarre co-founder John Dunivant and others. Tickets to the event are $85 and can be purchased at tedxdetroit.com.

Nicki Minaj’s engineer said she freestyled most of ‘Barbie Dreams’ in one take

Aubry “Big Juice” Delaine chatted with Rolling Stone about recording rapper Nicki Minaj’s new album “Queen,” which was laid down in a marathon recording session. Minaj recorded one of the tracks “Barbie Dreams,” “masterfully,” he said. “She told me to load up the beat, put it on loop, and give her about 20 or 30 minutes,” he said. “Then she goes in the booth and lays that (expletive) down, and that’s what you got. I didn’t know what she was gonna say. I wanna say she did 90 percent of that in one take.” He also attested that she free-styled a large part of the opening track “Ganja Burns” as well. “Queen,” which features appearances from Eminem, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd and others, was released Friday. 

Sam Smith slammed for Michael Jackson comments

While vacationing together former “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert recorded Grammy award-winner Sam Smith admitting that he doesn’t like Michael Jackson, a confession that stunned many. “I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song,” Smith was heard saying on the video. Singer and Broadway star Stephanie Mills took to Instagram to call Smith out. “Don’t come for Michael Jackson when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was,” she wrote. “I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artists and claiming that you don’t like our music. Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER (butt) down and learn how to finish a tour.” 

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Stormy Daniels and Kirstie Alley have been cast on the British version of "Celebrity Big Brother." The show debuts Thursday on Channel 5 in England. 

Melanie Griffith said in an interview with InStyle magazine that she sees no reason to get married again. "I really don't think it's relevant for anyone anymore," she said. "But especially if you’re 60 and you have four kids and you’re living the life you’ve always wanted. Then why get married?" Griffin has been married and divorced three times. 

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Wednesday's Birthdays

Debra Messing, 50

Anthony Anderson, 48

Ben Affleck, 46

Joe Jonas, 29

Jennifer Lawrence, 28

 

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