DETLA SIGMA THETA HONORS ARETHA FRANKLIN
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta paid tribute to their soror, Aretha Franklin, at a packed ceremony that capped a day of mourning in Detroit. The sorority’s traditional Omega Omega service Tuesday night lasted nearly an hour, saluting Franklin with song, scripture and words. Franklin was inducted into Delta Sigma Theta as an honorary member in 1992. She was remembered for her regal presence and love of her community — traits they say embody the organization’s virtues. A sea of women wearing black, many with African violet corsages and pearl necklaces led a procession into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. More than 1,000 people attended the service. Franklin died Aug. 16 and will be laid to rest on Friday.
TAYLOR SWIFT PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN AT DETROIT SHOW
DETROIT (AP) — Taylor Swift honored Aretha Franklin with a moment of silence during a concert in the Queen of Soul’s hometown. Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women’s rights and civil rights. Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a better place. The pop star asked for a moment of silence so “every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her.” After asking for the lights to go out, Swift said, “We love you Aretha.” The public is paying respects to Franklin during a two-day viewing at a Detroit museum. Franklin, who died on Aug. 16, will be laid to rest on Friday.
INDIANA COUPLE WEDS AT ‘A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN’ STADIUM
HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (AP) — Two baseball fans have tied the knot at a southern Indiana baseball stadium that features in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.” Kristopher Weisheit and Brittany Birk took their vows Saturday at home plate in League Stadium in Huntingburg. Their groomsmen and bridesmaids lined up along the first and third baselines. The (Jasper) Herald reports that the wedding was the first ever held at League Stadium. Maintenance foreman Dale Payne says he’s “surprised that nobody had asked before then.” The venue was the home stadium to the Rockford Peaches in the 1992 movie about a women’s baseball league during World War II, starring Tom Hanks and Madonna. It is in this movie that Hanks, playing team manager Jimmy Duggan, yells the immortal line: “There’s no crying in baseball!”
EDDIE MURPHY: 10TH CHILD ON THE WAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Murphy is going to be a father for the 10th time. The actor and comedian’s publicist has issued a statement that the 57-year-old and longtime girlfriend Paige Butcher are expecting their second child in December. Their daughter, Izzy, is 2 years old. Murphy began a relationship with the Australian model in 2012. Murphy’s oldest child is 29.
CATE BLANCHETT: NOTHING PREPARED ME FOR ROHINGYA SUFFERING
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that nothing prepared her for “the extent and depth of suffering” she saw when she visited camps in Bangladesh for Rohingya (ROH’-hihn-jah) Muslim refugees who fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar’s military. In her very different role as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, Blanchett said she heard “gut-wrenching accounts” of torture, rape, people seeing loved ones killed before their eyes, and children thrown into fire and burned alive. “I am a mother, and I saw my children in the eyes of every single refugee child I met,” she said. “I saw myself in every parent. How can any mother endure seeing her child thrown into a fire?” The two-time Academy Award winner said: “Their experiences will never leave me.” The Rohingya have long been treated as outsiders in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, even though their families have lived in the country for generations. Nearly all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless, and they are also denied freedom of movement and other basic rights.
“MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER” COMING TO IMAX 3D
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate and IMAX are partnering to digitally remaster “Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D” into IMAX 3D. The partnership was announced Wednesday, which would have been the singer’s 60th birthday. It will be released in IMAX theaters across the U.S. for one week, beginning Sept. 21. The estate’s co-executors say Jackson loved to give his fans the “latest and greatest in technology and entertainment experiences.” The short film, directed by John Landis, premiered in Los Angeles in 1983. The 3D version was first shown at the 74th Venice Film Festival in 2017. The remastered release precedes the launch of Amblin Entertainment’s fantasy film, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Jackson was 50 years old when he died in June 2009.
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CARDI B SORRY FOR ‘REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CIVIL RIGHTS’ PARODY
ATLANTA (AP) — Cardi B has apologized to the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. for portraying the civil rights leader’s wife, Coretta Scott King, in a comedy skit. News outlets report the Bronx rapper was featured in “The Real Housewives of Civil Rights,” a two-minute parody that surfaced Tuesday on TMZ. Tuesday was the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The sketch from comedian Rip Michaels’ new series “Off the Rip” portrays pettiness between Coretta Scott King and Malcolm X’s wife, Betty Shabazz, and ends with a joke about Dr. King sleeping with “The Iggy Azalea of the Civil Rights Movement.” But Bernice King later thanked Cardi B on Twitter for reaching out and apologizing, and said she looked forward to talking with her.
CARRIE INABA, ROSS MATTHEWS TAPPED AS ‘MISS AMERICA’ HOSTS
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — “Dancing with the Stars” host Carrie Ann Inaba (ee-NAH’-bah) and television personality Ross Matthews will co-host this year’s Miss America competition. Pageant officials made the announcement Wednesday. Inaba was the pageant’s choreographer for many years, but will be hosting the show for the first time. Mathews will provide reports throughout the evening from backstage while also providing commentary and updates. The next Miss America will be crowned at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in a nationally televised broadcast on Sept. 9. It will be the first competition since the Miss America Organization made sweeping leadership changes in the wake of an email scandal that led to the ouster of the pageant’s top leadership and eliminated the pageant’s swimsuit competition.
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GUILLERMO DEL TORO PASSIONATELY PUSHES FOR GENDER EQUALITY
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Guillermo del Toro says a push for gender equality in Hollywood “is beyond a gesture, it’s a need.” The Mexican director behind the Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water” was speaking Wednesday at the Venice International Film Festival, where he is head of this year’s jury. In a passionate speech during the jury press conference, de Toro said: “The goal has to be clear and has to remain to be 50/50 by 2020.” He said it’s a problem in the culture in general that “needs to be solved in every one of our pertinent departments with strength and resolve.” This year’s jury consists of five women and four men in an effort to address the imbalance that has occurred in previous years.