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Grapevine: Celebrity outrage over Flint water

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

Stars embrace Flint

“This is a racial killing. Flint MI is 60% black,” P. Diddy, 46, wrote Monday on Instagram.

Michigan’s poisoned-water scandal is attracting the notice of pop-culture royalty. Music mogul P. Diddy reposted an ACLU of Michigan Instagram video that called the lead poisoning genocide. “This is a racial killing. Flint MI is 60% black,” Diddy, 46, wrote Monday. “When u knowingly poison a black city, u r committing a version of genocide. #ArrestGovSnyder.” Magic Johnson, 56, tweeted, “I can’t believe that this is happening in my home state.” And pollution whistleblower Erin Brockovich, 55 — the real one, not Julia Roberts — has been on the case since last year, and tweeted Tuesday about the “larger desperate scary issues of our #water system.”

Foxx adds hero to list of accomplishments

Jamie Foxx, 48, who won an Oscar for his performance in the 2004 “Ray,” showed true grit Monday evening when he pulled a crash victim from a burning car, according to Page Six. A pickup truck skidded into a ditch near the actor’s Hidden Valley, Calif., home and flipped several times. Foxx and another good Samaritan broke a window and cut the seat belt to release the 32-year-old driver, who was taken to the hospital with upper-body burns — and later arrested for driving under the influence.

Apologies from Steve Harvey continue

Ariadna Gutierrez and Steve Harvey on “The Steve Harvey Show.”

Steve Harvey on Tuesday continued the second part of “Miss Universe: The Truth” series on his daytime talk show by talking with Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, who he mistakenly named winner of the Miss Universe pageant. An emotional Harvey said Gutierrez was the one person he really wanted to talk to because his mistake cast her into a difficult spotlight. “I’m really, I’m beyond sorry for what happened that night and that it was you. At the end of the day, I hope you walk away from here with something special.” Gutierrez responded by saying she forgave the Emmy-winning talk-show host the night of the pageant. “In the beginning I was like blaming God, asking him, ‘why God, why did you do that to me?’ And now I’m starting to understand that everything happened for a reason, and the reason is that I’m going to be maybe bigger than just Miss Universe, and I’m going to create a message for my country for all the young girls that are watching me and believing in me. ... I’m a role model now for my country.”

Make mine a double!

It’s a miracle Michael Caine is still coherent. The Guardian reports the 82-year-old actor, who’s currently appearing in the film “Youth,” told a British radio interviewer that he used to drink a fifth of vodka a day in addition to smoking several packs of cigarettes. “I wasn’t unhappy,” he said, “but it was stress. You know, ‘Am I going to get another picture? How am I going to do this part? How am I going to remember all those lines?’” Caine credits his second wife, Shakira, with taming his wild ways. He now says he just drinks wine with dinner.

Points for thoughtfulness

Celine Dion’s manager and husband, René Angélil, 73 — who died Thursday of cancer — planned his funeral before his death in a bid to lighten the burden on his wife. “René was generous enough to prepare all of this in the last few months with Céline,” People quoted Dion’s longtime stylist and friend, Annie Horth, as saying. The funeral will be held at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where the two Canadians were married 21 years ago. Dion, 47, will not sing at the service, according to TMZ.

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Sting and Peter Gabriel will play The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 30, according to tour officials. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1. Prices have yet to be announced.


Wednesday’s birthdays

Emma Marie, 12

Nick Westaway, 27

Buzz Aldrin, 86