Grapevine: Janet shows off baby bump

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Janet Jackson reveals her pregnancy

In a exclusive, pop icon Janet Jackson confirmed her pregnancy to People, saying “We thank God for our blessing,” reports the magazine. In April, Jackson postponed her Unbreakable World Tour to focus on planning a family with husband Wissam Al Mana.

Iggy Pop and Jim Jarmusch to appear at DIA screening

The Detroit Institute of Arts will host a special screening of the Stooges documentary “Gimmie Danger” on Oct. 25, featuring the film’s star, Iggy Pop, and director Jim Jarmusch at the Detroit Film Theatre. The two will engage in a discussion moderated by WDET’s Ann Delisi. Tickets, $15, are on sale at or by calling (313) 833-4005. “Gimmie Danger” will show at the DFT Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6 as well.

Detroit singer Sophia Urista advances on ‘The Voice’

Detroiter Sophia Urista beat out teammate Lane Mack on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice.” The singers, who are both on Miley Cyrus’ team, sang “Money” by Pink Floyd. Cyrus appeared floored by the performance, and was singing along from the coaches’ row. Adam Levine said Urista is “a tweak or two away from being a smash on this show because I think you’re amazing.” “Sophia is so much prettier than Lane,” joked Blake Shelton, who actually recommended that Cyrus keep Lane Mack. Cyrus said she chose to keep Urista on the show because she felt she could be a guide for her going forward. “The Voice” airs on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

‘Martin’ actor Tommy Ford dies

Actor Tommy Ford, best known for his role as Tommy on the 1990s sitcom “Martin,” has died. Wednesday afternoon news spread that Ford, 52, was on life support in an Atlanta hospital. He had an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen, says TMZ, who cites his wife, Gina Ford, as their source. Earlier Wednesday actor and friend Anthony Anderson had prematurely tweeted that Ford had died. He later deleted the tweet.

Jemele Hill, Michael Smith to co-host ‘SportsCenter’

Detroit native Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, hosts of ESPN2’s “His & Hers” program, have signed a new deal to take over as co-hosts of “SportsCenter.” They start one day after the Super Bowl, at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 on ESPN. Hill, a Michigan State alum, and Smith will replace Lindsay Czarniak, who is leaving in November to start maternity leave and will return to the network next year in a new role. Zubin Mehenti, Matt Barrie and other “SportsCenter” anchors will fill in until Hill and Smith take over.

Gabrielle Union sues BET

Gabrielle Union, the star of BET’s hit drama “Being Mary Jane,” is suing the network for breach of contract. She’s seeking $3 million in damages because she’s claims she’s been asked to film two 10-episode seasons back to back. Her contract states that each season to be a maximum of 13 episodes, and that she gets a raise each season. According to reports, the 20 episodes will be presented as one season, therefore denying Union a raise or a break. BET responded by giving a statement to Vanity Fair: “While we hold Gabrielle Union in the highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter.”

Also ...

■CoverGirl has hired its first male brand ambassador, 17-year-old makeup artist James Charles. The New York-based social media star started posting his creative makeup transformations on Instagram a year ago and has gained a following of nearly half a million make up enthusiasts.

■Rapper Big Sean will perform at Hill Auditorium on Oct. 22 for the Beyond the Blue Benefit concert hosted by the Theta Xi fraternity. The show is a fundraiser for the Detroit rapper’s charity, the Sean Anderson Foundation, and also the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets are $40-$60 and $30 for students. Visit

■The Mindless Behavior show scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Fillmore Detroit has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Thursday’s birthdays

Paul Simon, 75

Sammy Hagar, 69

Marie Osmond, 57

Kate Walsh, 49

Sasha Baron Cohen, 45

Ashanti, 36