Grapevine: Kid Rock talks about Detroit; Nike drops Manny Pacquiao
Kid Rock talks about Detroit and Bob Seger
to Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone published more of its recent interview with Kid Rock this week, asking the Michigan rocker what is “the most Detroit thing about you?” “Maybe my work ethic,” he answered. “Knowing how to get back up when being kicked down. I went through a lot of that in my history. Everything that I went through to get the success I have, I think a lot of that has to do with Detroit.” Kid Rock also revealed Bob Seger taught him “how to grow old gracefully in this business.” “He’s comfortable in his own skin,” Kid Rock says of Seger. “He’s made his mark on the business and he’s happy with his success. You see these other aging rockers, and they still gotta be in the limelight all the time. They wanna walk in and create a scene, and it takes them three hours to get ready to leave the house. That seems like a nightmare to me. So when I look at Bob Seger, I’m like, ‘That’s the person I’d like to follow in this journey.’ ”
Manny Pacquiao fired by Nike
Athletic apparel brand Nike has ended its relationship with boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made anti-gay comments. The eight-time world boxing champion said on Filipino television that gay people were “worse than animals.” He tried to apologize and clarify his statements via his Instagram and Twitter accounts, saying it was a mistake to compare gay people to animals. However, he is still against same-sex marriage, but that wasn’t enough for Nike. “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” said a statement from Nike. “Nike strongly opposed discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.” The Filipino boxer is currently running for a seat in the Philippines senate.
ABC names Dungey its first black president of entertainment group
Channing Dungey, who had been ABC Entertainment Group’s executive vice president for drama development, has been named president of ABC entertainment. Former Entertainment group head Paul Lee stepped down amid low ratings, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. In her former role, Dungey helped develop ABC hit shows, including “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Ann Arbor musician to appear on ‘The Voice’
Ann Arbor blues musician Laith Al-Saadi can be seen ever-so-briefly in a promo video for the 10th season of “The Voice.” The guitarist and singer can be seen on stage of the NBC show getting a nod (a bow?) from Pharrell Williams, one of the show’s four coaches. “The Voice” returns Monday with original coach Christina Aguilera, who returns to the show after taking a break while pregnant.
Local ‘Project Runway’ contestant Laurie Underwood debuts new collection
Detroit native and Cass Tech alumna Laurie Underwood will debut her first fashion collection since appearing on the Lifetime show “Project Runway.” Her 2016 Fall/Winter Wanda Grace Collection is titled “Classic Glam” and will be unveiled Thursday at Pink Pump store, 2527 W. Maple in Bloomfield.
Actor George Gaynes died
Helsinki-born actor George Gaynes died this week at age 98. He was known for his role as Punky Brewster’s foster father in the 1980s television series. Gaynes also appeared in the films “Police Academy” and “Tootsie.” Actor Soleil Moon Frye, who played Punky Brewster, tweeted Tuesday that “the universe just gained a gigantic star.” “You will be in my heart and soul always and forever,” she said, signing the tweet “Your little Punky.”
Compiled by Melody Baetens
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