Grapevine: ‘Rachael Ray’ to feature Downtown Boxing Gym
Also news on Lady Gaga, Kim and Kanye and Tom Sizemore
Detroit Boxing Gym to be featured on ‘Rachael Ray’
Coach Khali Sweeney, Jessica Hauser, executive director of Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit, and their students will appear on “Rachael Ray” at 2 p.m. Wednesday on WDIV (Channel 4). The gym, which combines academic support and a boxing program for about 100 teens and youth, first appeared on the show last year during a Thanksgiving special. During the show, the gym received a kitchen renovation and $25,000 donation from ConAgra Foods. Students also got a surprise visit from boxer Laila Ali, daughter of the late Muhammad Ali. In the past, the tutoring program has received funding from Eminem and Madonna. On Wednesday, Sweeney and Hauser will be joined by students via Skype to reveal how they’ve used the $25,000 donation for a new reading program. A show rep says Ray has “a few big surprises in store” for the gym that she can’t share. One thing she could disclose: Sweeney and Hauser will be treated with Detroit Coney dogs on set.
Gaga, Kinney split
Lady Gaga and her fiancee, Taylor Kinney, are kaput, a source confirms to Us Weekly. The couple has dated for five years and was engaged in 2015 but split earlier this month, according to the magazine. The pair first met on the set of Gaga’s music video for “You and I” and began dating several months later. Neither party has commented publicly on the breakup.
No legal action for Kimye
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West won’t face any legal action for taping a phone call from Taylor Swift and posting clips of it to the internet, TMZ reports. While it is illegal in California to record a “confidential communication,” Swift knew the conversation was being recorded, according to TMZ, which reviewed the entire tape. “Taylor knew she was being overheard,” according to the TMZ report. “As a result, it’s pretty clear ... Kanye didn’t violate the law by recording it.” That said, the bad blood between the two parties is far from over.
Leslie Jones fights hate-filled tweets
“Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones said she was “in a personal hell” after a barrage of hateful posts on Twitter Monday night. In a series of tweets, Jones said she had been pummeled with racist tweets. She retweeted numerous tweets directed at her with disturbing language and pictures of apes. Jones said the messages were deeply hurtful and brought her to tears. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member called on Twitter to strengthen guidelines and for users to “stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones.” “I feel like I’m in a personal hell,” Jones wrote. “I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.”
Marc Anthony named Person of the Year
Salsa star Marc Anthony has been named 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, reports the Associated Press. The academy will honor the five-time Latin Grammy and two-time Grammy winner on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on the eve of the Latin Grammys. “I was ecstatic when I received the news,” Anthony said in a news release.
■Troubled actor Tom Sizemore was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating up his girlfriend, TMZ reports. Earlier this month, Sizemore was involved in an incident where he allegedly ran over a stuntman on the set of a television show.
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