ARIANA GRANDE, JONAS BROTHERS, TAYLOR SWIFT, ED SHEERAN MAKE FORBES LIST OF HIGHEST-PAID CELEBRITIES – (06/05/2020)
Forbes’s annual list of the World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities has Elton John as the highest-ranked musician at No. 14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year.
When it comes to pop stars, Ariana Grande is the highest-ranked at No. 17, with earnings of $72 million.
She’s followed by The Jonas Brothers at No. 20 with earnings of $68.5 million, and The Chainsmokers right behind them at No. 21, with $68 million. Ed Sheeran is No. 23 with $64 million, Taylor Swift is No. 25, with $63.5 million.
Kylie Jenner is No. 1 overall on the list, despite Forbes recently revoking her billionaire status.
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KYLIE JENNER TOPS ‘FORBES’ HIGHEST-PAID LIST – (06/05/2020)
Billionaire or not, Kylie Jenner makes bank. Less than a week after Forbes revoked Jenner’s “self-made billionaire” status, they crowned her and her brother-in-law Kanye West the top earning celebs of 2020.
Forbes acknowledged the controversy, saying that selling 51% of her stake in her makeup brand to Coty for $600M brought in the big bucks.
“While she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real —enough to rank as one of the biggest celebrity cashouts of all time,” Forbes wrote on Thursday, June 4.
West, 42, who has also argued with Forbes for not naming him a billionaire, was named second-highest-paid celeb, with $170 million in earnings, primarily due to his fashion line Yeezy.
Rounding out the top 10 highest-paid celebrities are Roger Federer ($106.3 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million), Lionel Messi ($104 million), Tyler Perry ($97 million), Neymar ($95.5 million), Howard Stern ($90 million), LeBron James ($88.2 million) and Dwayne Johnson ($87.5 million).
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TIFFANY HADDISH, KEVIN HART & MORE ATTEND GEORGE FLOYD’S MEMORIAL SERVICE – (06/05/2020)
Celebrities like Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Tyrese, T.I., Ludacris and more attended George Floyd‘s memorial service yesterday (June 4th) at North Central University in Minneapolis. In addition, Martin Luther King III, Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Senator Amy Khlobuchar, Master P, Will Packer and black-ish actress Marsai Martin also attended the service.
Sharpton delivered the eulogy, telling the crowd, “I want us to not sit here and act like we had a funeral on the schedule. George Floyd should not be among the deceased. He did not die of common health conditions. He died of a common American criminal justice malfunction.”
Sharpton continued, “He died because of there has not been the corrective behavior that has taught this country that if you commit a crime, it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing blue jeans or a blue uniform, you must pay for the crime you commit.”
Floyd died on May 25th after ex-cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. He was 46.
SELENA GOMEZ TO HAVE INFLUENTIAL BLACK LEADERS TAKE OVER HER INSTAGRAM – (06/05/2020)
Selena Gomez is allowing important voices to take over her Instagram and use her platform amid protests globally against systemic racism and police brutality.
“I have been struggling to know the right things to say to get the word out about this important moment in history. After thinking about how best to use my social media, I decided that we all need to hear more from Black voices,” she wrote. “Over the next few days I will be highlighting influential leaders and giving them a chance to take over my Instagram so that they can speak directly to all of us. We all have an obligation to do better and we can start by listening with an open heart and mind.”
Selena also shared information on how to register to vote with her 178 million Instagram followers – and offered them the opportunity to chat with her.
The 27-year-old singer says she’ll direct message anyone who can show her a screenshot that they have officially registered to vote. “I’ll be responding to DM’s of people who show me a screenshot that they’re registered to vote,” she wrote in an Instagram Story that leads viewers to a When We All Vote post detailing “three actions you can take to help strengthen our democracy.”
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LADY GAGA GIVING HER INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT OVER TO ORGANIZATIONS TO AMPLIFY THEIR VOICES – (06/05/2020)
Lady Gaga is giving several organizations access to her Instagram account to help amplify their voices.
The 34-year-old singer and actress took to the social media app to announce the initiative.
She shared a photo of her peace sign tattoo and wrote a message saying: “Starting tomorrow, I’m giving over my Instagram account to each of the organizations I’ve recently donated to, in an effort to amplify their important voices. And after I vow to regularly, in perpetuity, across all of my social media platforms, post stories, content, and otherwise lift up the voices of the countless inspiring members and groups within the Black community.”
In a subsequent tweet, Gaga continued, “And after I vow to regularly, in perpetuity, across all of my social media platforms, post stories, content, and otherwise lift up the voices of the countless inspiring members and groups within the Black community.”
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KANYE WEST DONATES $2 MILLION TO HELP THE FAMILIES OF GEORGE FLOYD, BREONNA TAYLOR & AHMAUD ARBERY – (06/05/2020)
Yesterday (June 4th), Kanye West announced that he has donated $2 million to charities associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. In addition, he pledged to cover legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor Families and has set up a 529 college savings fund to cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year old daughter, Gianna.
His rep also revealed that he will be making donations to black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago and nationwide that have been in crisis and impacted by the unrest in the U.S.
Meanwhile, his wife Kim Kardashian has announced that her companies Skims, KKW Beauty, and KKW Fragrance will be donating to organizations focused on making change and fighting racial injustice.
She said in a statement, “We firmly believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we are committed to supporting and participating in the change that needs to take place.”
In other news, Kanye has snagged a spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid celebrities. Coming in after his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, Kanye came in at number two, with $170 million.
Other hip-hop artists that made the list includes Sean “Diddy” Combs, who snagged the number 37 spot, Jay Z, who came in at number 42 and Drake, who came in at number 49.
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