Grapevine: Beyoncé announces scholarship program

Melody Baetens

Beyoncé starts scholarship fund

This week Beyoncé announced her new program Formation Scholars, which will reward four young women who are “unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” One student from Berklee College of Music, Parsons School of Design, Howard University and Spelman College will be chosen for the scholarship. Eligible women can be incoming, current or graduate students, and must be studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. Beyoncé announced the Formation Scholars program on the one-year anniversary of her Peabody Award-winning album “Lemonade.”

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ comes out in May 2019

“Star Wars: Episode IX” will hit theaters May 24, 2019, the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday. Colin Trevorrow will direct. The same year, the JonFavreau-directed live-action version of “Lion King” will debut July 19. Disney also revealed that the fifth “Indiana Jones” movie starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg will not come out until July 10, 2020.

Paul McCartney books a date at Little Caesars Arena

Paul McCartney has a one-on-one date with Little Caesars Arena in his future. The legendary musician and perhaps the world’s most-beloved living person will bring his “One on One” tour to the new Detroit arena Oct. 1, venue officials announced Tuesday. Tickets for the show, $250, $150, $99.50 and $59.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through Ticketmaster,, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices and by phone at (800) 745-3000. McCartney’s “One on One” tour launched in April 2016 and has traversed the globe, including stops on four continents. With the announcement, McCartney becomes the fifth artist with a show on the Little Caesars concert calendar. He’ll follow Kid Rock’s six-show run (Sept. 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 20) and Ed Sheeran’s Sept. 27 date and will precede Lady Gaga (Nov. 7) and Andrea Bocelli (Dec. 3). McCartney’s last Detroit concert was a three-hour whopper at Joe Louis Arena in October 2015.


Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell will speak at the Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos Spring Luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy. The former Miss Georgia will talk about her Hellenic heritage, family and her success as a beauty queen. Call (313) 580-2067 for tickets.

Additional tickets for the Phillip Phillips concert at the Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac have been released. The tickets, $50, are for main floor and proceeds benefit Community Housing Network. Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe opens the show.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Adam Graham contributed

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