Grapevine: Stars gather for show in Flint on Sunday
Stars come to Flint Sunday for free event
Comedian Hannibal Buress will host #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a benefit, Sunday at Flint’s Whiting Auditorium. Janelle Monae, Jesse Williams, “Creed” director and co-writer Ryan Coogler and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay are scheduled to be on stage at the free event, as well, Buzzfeed reports. Presented by the activist collective Blackout for Human Rights, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be live streamed via revolt.tv. Donations will be collected for Flint residents affected by the water crisis, and viewers can also give via text. Buzzfeed reports that while the benefit happens the same night as the Academy Awards — for which “Creed” was largely snubbed — the timing of the event has more to do with Black History Month rather than going toe to toe with the Oscars.
Hillary Clinton visits the set of ‘Scandal’
Real-life politics mixed with fictional Washington, D.C., drama when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the set of “Scandal” on Monday. According to People magazine, Clinton met series stars Kerry Washington, Scott Foley and Tony Goldwyn, who plays the Republican president on the show. Washington posted a photo of her walking with Clinton to her Instagram with the caption, “A good friend came by set today.” “Proud to say ... #imwithher,” Washington wrote, using the popular hashtag associated with support for Clinton.
O.J. Simpson’s children make rare public appearance
Justin Simpson and Sydney Simpson, the adult children of O.J. Simpson and the late Nicole Brown Simpson, made a rare public appearance over the weekend, E! News reports. The siblings were seen at their cousin Sean Brown’s wedding. He married “Laguna Beach” star Casey Reinhardt. “Justin was in a celebratory mood and having a good time,” a source told E! News.
‘Shark Tank’ contestant to appear in Northville
Sara Marie Moylan, founder of the Shefit Ultimate Sports Bra, will make an in-store appearance at Gazelle Sports in Northville from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Moylan appeared on investment reality show “Shark Tank” in January. She and her husband, Bob Moylan, who are from Michigan, struck a deal with FUBU founder Daymond John; he gave them $250,000 for 33 percent of their company. Gazelle Sports is at 39737 Traditions Drive in Northville.
Al Ameer restaurant gets James Beard award
Dearborn’s Al Ameer restaurant has been named one of five recipients of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award. Since 1998, the honor has been given to businesses around the country that “have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community.” Nearly 100 restaurants have been given the award since the category was introduced. Al Ameer is the first Michigan restaurant to be given the America’s Classics Award. Al Ameer owners Khalil Ammar and Zaki Hashem, who opened the West Warren restaurant in 1989, will be honored at the James Beard Foundation Awards on May 2 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The other restaurants named as 2016 honorees include Brooks’ House of BBQ in Oneonta, New York; Matt’s Place Drive-In in Butte, Montana; Bully’s Restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi, and Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante in Chimayo, New Mexico. Last week the James Beard Foundation announced Hazel Park restaurant Mabel Gray as a semifinalist for the Best New Restaurant award. Chef Garrett Lipar was named a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and chefs Nick Janutol and Andy Hollyday also got seminfinalist nods for Best Chef: Great Lakes. We find out March 15 which of those will hang on as finalists.
■Adele’s “25” returned to the top of the Billboard charts this week after dipping for two weeks. It’s the singer’s ninth nonconsecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
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