Grapevine: Beyoncé gives $100K to 4 black schools
Beyoncé gives $100,000 to 4 historically black schools after performance
Just after Beyoncé paid tribute to historically black colleges during her critically-acclaimed Coachella performance, the singer is donating $100,000 to be divided among four black universities. The singer plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the scholarship money. Beyonce’s Coachella festival set incorporated the marching bands, dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges. The critically-acclaimed performance had the internet calling the event “Beychella.” Last year she introduced the Formation Scholars Awards Program, which supports creative and bold young women.
Fyre Fest organizer pleads guilty
Billy McFarland, the organizer of the failed music event Fyre Festival, has pleaded guilty to misleading investors in Manhattan federal court Tuesday. CNBC reports that he took full responsibility and acknowledged that he engaged in “fraudulent behavior.” Fyre Fest promised a posh weekend in the Bahamas, but it turned out to be a tented disaster. McFarland, who has agreed to forfeit more than $26 million, has been charged with two counts of wire fraud. Each count could get him a maximum of 20 years. He’s scheduled to be sentenced by the judge on June 21.
‘Cash me outside’ girl gets reality show
Danielle Bregoli is extending her 15 minutes of fame into a reality series. The teen became known after she appeared on “Dr. Phil” and was combative and aggressive, telling members of the audience to “cash me outside” — come meet me outside — and parlayed that into career in hip-hop music. Bregoli, who performs under the name Bhad Bhabie, inked a deal with Invent TV for a documentary-style series about her music career. Bhad Bhabie’s May 16 concert in Detroit was moved up from the Shelter to Saint Andrew’s Hall. Tickets are $20-$125 and are on sale now at livenation.com.
Cathy Yan tapped to direct Harley Quinn film
Cathy Yan is in talks to direct the Harley Quinn film staring Margot Robbie. Following Patty Jenkins who directed “Wonder Woman,” Yan will be the second woman filmmaker to direct a DC comics film. Christina Hodson wrote the script, which is expected to be based on the “Birds of Prey” comic series. The film is expected to start production at the end of 2018.
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