Celebrity Scoop – 05/21/2020
OPRAH WINFREY ANNOUNCES $12M RELIEF EFFORT FOR HARD-HIT COMMUNITIES – (05/21/2020)
Oprah Winfrey is opening her wallet once again. The media mogul previously shelled out $10 million for relief efforts, and on Wednesday, she announced that she is giving an additional $2 million to hard-hit regions: her hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Chicago, Nashville, Milwaukee and Baltimore. The funds will go toward everything from housing and food to mental health services.
Winfrey’s $12 million will be funneled to relief efforts helmed by organizations like NashvilleNurtures, a food relief effort started in part by Winfrey’s alma mater, Tennessee State University, as well as Live Healthy Chicago, Living Classrooms Foundation, Center for Urban Families and more.
Winfrey said: “I’m proud to be able to support the communities I have called home. These organizations are working tirelessly on the ground to help those hit the hardest by the pandemic, meeting people where they are and serving in ways needed most.”
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BEYONCÉ, TAYLOR SWIFT JOIN YOUTUBE’S ‘DEAR CLASS OF 2020’ SPECIAL: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and more have joined YouTube’s upcoming graduation special, Dear Class of 2020. The livestream event, which will serve as a virtual graduation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will air on June 6th at 3 p.m. [EDT] on the YouTube Originals channel. Beyoncé has signed on to be commencement speaker, joining former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, BTS, Lady Gaga, Malala Yousafzai, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Swift, Lopez, Demi Lovato, NBA star Kevin Durant, Bill and Melinda Gates, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland and more will be making special appearances. Lizzo, BTS, Camila Cabello, Chloe X Halle, CNCO, Doja Cat, Gaga, Maluma and Megan Thee Stallion are set to perform.
THE WEEKND RESCHEDULES ‘AFTER HOURS TOUR’ AMID PANDEMIC: The Weeknd is rescheduling his tour amid the global health crisis. “see you when it’s safe 💔,” he captioned the announcement post. “The Weeknd is rescheduling his highly anticipated The After Hours tour until 2021. New dates for the tour…will commence in June of 2021 beginning in Canada and taking him through the US and EU with more dates to be announced soon,” the announcement reads. “All tickets will be transferable to the newly scheduled dates. The tour asks ticket holders to please hold onto your tickets as they will be honored for the new dates. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund.”
BACKSTREET BOYS POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF ‘DNA’ TOUR: The Backstreet Boys are postponing the North American leg of their DNA tour due to the pandemic. The band shared the news alongside a video of Brian Littrell and AJ McLean at home. “The best thing we can do is take care of ourselves and our loved ones right now,” Littrell said. The Backstreet Boys initially kicked off the DNA world tour in May 2019. The new North American leg was slated to begin July 10th in Wantagh, New York, and end October 9th in Los Angeles. The DNA tour is in support of the Backstreet Boys’ album of the same name, released in January 2019. The album features the singles “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Chances” and “No Place.”
JASON DERULO APPEARS TO CHIP HIS TEETH EATING CORN WITH A POWER DRILL ON TIKTOK: Jason Derulo went viral on TikTok after posting a video of himself eating corn on the cob using a power drill on Monday. “Hey, have y’all seen this? I’ve always wanted to try it. Life hack!” he announces before attempting to eat the swiftly rotating cob on the drill. He then cries out in pain, and showcases his front teeth, seemingly chipped. Although fans are largely convinced the clip is a prank, the video has still gained major attention, bringing in over 9.5 million views in a day. However, according to TMZ, his dentist fixed him back up hours later.
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