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May 6, 2019

DIANA ROSS COMPLAINS ABOUT AIRPORT SECURITY PATDOWN

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Diana Ross says she feels “violated” by her security pat-down at the New Orleans airport, but so far, transportation officials can’t find anything out of the ordinary. Ross tweeted yesterday that it wasn’t what was done, but how. She does not give details on that. She says the screener told Ross it was her job, but Ross says she still can feel the screener’s hands on her front, back and between her legs. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mark Howell tells the New Orleans Advocate an investigation is ongoing, but an initial review of closed-circuit TV footage shows all protocols were followed. Ross had performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday and was apparently flying out yesterday morning.

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SPINDERELLA SAYS SALT-N-PEPA FIRED HER

UNDATED (AP) — Spinderella is thanking fans for the outpouring of support after she announced she was fired from Salt-N-Pepa. Spinderella announced last week on Instagram she is not on the New Kids On The Block Mixtape tour with Salt-N-Pepa because she got a termination email from the group in January. She says she figured Salt-N-Pepa would share the news, but after several months there has been no mention. Spinderella says she wants to keep things professional, but she also does not want to mislead fans and ticketholders after she had helped publicize the tour. Salt-N-Pepa have not responded to requests for comment.

JERRY LEE LEWIS LOSES COURT CASE AGAINST DAUGHTER

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi says too much time has passed for Jerry Lee Lewis to take his daughter to court for allegedly stealing money from him. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers ruled April 25 that most claims in Lewis’ lawsuit against his daughter, Phoebe Lewis-Loftin, were barred by a three-year statute of limitations. Remember how Lewis created an uproar in 1957 by marrying his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown? Lewis-Loftin is their daughter, and she became Lewis’ business manager. She hired Myra’s brother’s ex-wife, Judith Brown, to be Lewis’ caretaker in 2010. Lewis married Judith Brown in 2012. The next day, he fired his daughter as his manager and revoked her power of attorney. He did not sue Lewis-Loftin until 2017, claiming she owed him “substantial sums of money.” Lewis-Loftin countersued, saying her half-brother, Jerry Lee Lewis the Third, and the current Mrs. Lewis had interfered with her business relationship with her father. Biggers dismissed all claims of mismanagement and theft, as well the issues regarding interference in the business relationship. Biggers ruled that another claim that Lewis-Loftin’s husband, Zeke Loftin, had defamed Jerry Lee Lewis on Facebook in 2016 may proceed.

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LORRIE MORGAN HAS MIXED EMOTIONS ABOUT KEITH WHITLEY EXHIBIT

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lorrie Morgan says she is “happy-sad” about the new exhibit on Keith Whitley at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Morgan says it’s wonderful to see all the clothes she remembers Whitley wearing, and it’s heartbreaking to remember that he’s not wearing them anymore. Whitley died of alcohol poisoning in 1989 at the age of 33. Morgan and Whitley had married in 1986. Morgan says Whitley’s story does not have a fairytale ending. She says she hopes what people take away from the exhibit is the struggles Whitley had to live his dream. The exhibit runs through next April.

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ADELE REFLECTS ON TURNING 31

UNDATED (AP) — Adele says the past year tried her so hard, but she’s owning it. Adele turned 31 yesterday and wrote on Instagram she’s trying her hardest to lean in to it all. Her marriage to Simon Konecki fell apart last year. Adele writes the coming year is going to be a big one and she’s spending it all on herself. She also jokes her next album will be a drum-and-bass record, just to spite everyone.

MADONNA EXPLAINS WHY SHE’S A GAY-RIGHTS ADVOCATE

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna says part of the reason she’s an advocate for gay rights is that the first gay man she ever met was also the first man to tell her she was beautiful. Madonna told the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday that man was Christopher Flynn, her ballet teacher in high school. She says he’s the one who took her to her first gay club, where she realized it was OK to be different. He also urged her to move from Detroit to New York, which she did in 1977. She says after her best friend and roommate, Martin Burgoyne, and artist Keith Haring both died of AIDS, she “decided to take up the bull horn and really fight back.” Madonna accepted GLAAD’s Advocate for Change Award for her work with the LGBTQ community.

RAINN WILSON ASKS BILLIE EILISH TO ANSWER “OFFICE” TRIVIA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billie Eilish (EYE’-lihsh) says she does not get nerves, but she was nervous when she had Dwight Schrute himself in front of her asking trivia questions about the sitcom “The Office.” Billboard magazine sent actor Rainn Wilson to quiz Eilish, who he refers to as “William Eyelash.” Eilish says she’s seen the series 12 times. She had a rough start because she couldn’t concentrate with Wilson looking at her, but she hit her stride and nailed the later questions. Wilson was impressed enough with Eilish’s knowledge to give her a medal made of paper clips and a yogurt lid like the one in the “Office Olympics” episode. Eilish sampled “The Office” on her album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY GIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE TO JACK WHITE

DETROIT (AP) — Jack White has received an honorary doctorate from a school he attended only briefly. Wayne State University in Detroit gave White an honorary doctorate of humane letters on Friday. The school praised White’s dedication to Detroit and his significant contributions to the arts. White says he could only afford a few film classes when he attended Wayne State, but it inspired his craft.

STEVE AOKI DELVES INTO COMICS WITH “NEON FUTURE”

MIAMI (AP) — Steve Aoki does not envision a future in which machines take over. He thinks humans will augment themselves with technology. That’s the thrust of his “Neon Future” comic book series, which takes its name from Aoki’s album series. It’s set roughly 30 years from now in a United States that has outlawed advanced technology. The resistance movement is led by a long-haired beaded Asian-American named Kita Sovee, which clever fans will realize is an anagram of “Steve Aoki.” The first of six issues debuted last year. Aoki says he liked the idea of a character loosely based on him, but not the primary protagonist. Aoki says Kita is the kind of character he would strive to become.

by Margie Szaroleta