Grapevine: Celebrity news
Season Two of "Restaurant Startup" to feature locals
Those who dine in Hamtramck regularly will see a familiar face on the second season of "Restaurant Startup," which premieres Jan. 13 on CNBC. Rock City Eatery's Nikita Sanches and Jessica Imbronone will be one of 20 teams competing for investment dollars from the show's stars Joe Bastianich and Tim Love. Sanches operates Rock City Eatery and Campau Tower, both in Hamtramck. During the second season of the competitive reality show, Sanches and Imbronone will try to get Bastianich and Love to invest in a new venture, Rock City Pies.
Emma Watson named Feminist Celebrity of the Year
Each year the Ms. Foundation for Women publishes a list of the celebrities that best promoted women's equality throughout the year. The celebrities are voted on by readers in an online survey. Actress Emma Watson topped the list for 2014, followed by a mix of journalists, musicians, actors and comedians that include "Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox, Rachel Maddow, Beyonce, Cher, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Mindy Kaling and Ann Curry.
Yearlong celebration planned for Bob Marley's 70th birthday
To commemorate what would've been Bob Marley's 70th birthday, the family of the reggae pioneer and activist will dip into the vaults for special releases throughout 2015. Look for reissues with previously unreleased material, videos and live albums. The first release is a live CD and DVD from Bob Marley and the Wailers, "Easy Skanking in Boston '78," due out Feb. 10. Marley, who died in 1981 of melanoma, would have been 70 on Feb. 6.
Woman claims Cosby raped her in Detroit in the '70s
Katherine McKee is the latest woman to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby. A former girlfriend of Sammy Davis. Jr., McKee told the New York Daily News that Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel room when she was on tour with Davis in the 1970s. The actress and former Las Vegas showgirl said she was friends with Cosby and even appeared on "The Bill Cosby Show" in 1971.
Bill Burton, president and COO of the Radio Advertising Group, died Saturday at Beaumont Hospital, at age 85, after suffering a fall at his home earlier in the week. Burton, who was known on the Detroit radio and advertising scene for his aphorisms such as "An automobile is a radio with four wheels" and "Be fabulous." According to radio stalwart Art Vuolo, a service for Burton will be scheduled after the holidays.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
Susan Whitall contributed
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