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Tom Joyner retiring from radio in 2019

Tom Joyner, the successful syndicated radio morning host, announced this morning he’s going to retire in two years.

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Joyner, who works out of Dallas and is heard in more than 100 cities, has been hosting the show since 1994. If he retires in 2019, that would make a clean 25 years with the show.

The announcement came out of the blue. 

“What a surprise,” said Tony Kidd, vice president of programming for Cox Media Group Atlanta, which oversees Kiss 104.1, the Atlanta station on which Joyner’s show is broadcast. “I don’t know what we’ll do yet.”

Joyner’s note on his blog did not clearly explain why he chose this time to leave the airwaves, but he will be 69 in 2019. Since he started his show, he’s faced off against numerous rivals, including Steve Harvey, Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley.

Joyner kept the note upbeat: “We will continue to be reachable, relevant and ready to super serve our audience in true ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show’ fashion. The celebration will be epic as we remember the guests, the laughs, the tears, the bits, the unforgettable moments we’ve shared together ... and, of course we’ll be making new memories along the way.”

And he added: “When we go off the air each morning, I never say goodbye ... and I’m not saying it now! Here’s to much more good radio!”

Fellow Alabama native, “Daily Show” correspondent and radio host Roy Wood Jr. said, “To call him only a radio DJ is a disservice. Radio has only amplified his mouthpiece and mission to encourage and uplift the black race. He doesn’t spin records and chase a paycheck. He figured out a way to use his platform to help people and save lives.”

Joyner, for instance, has raised more than $65 million for historically black colleges and has promoted voter registration for years.

Wood recalls after tornadoes tore through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham in 2011, Joyner showed up. 

“Being at point blank range from the man, I couldn’t even get the gumption to tell him thank you for coming to town to raise money,” he said. 

Since then, he has talked to Joyner and has nothing but the deepest respect for the man.

“In this world of fake news, I hope it’s a lie,” Wood added. “Jay-Z said he was going to quit three albums ago!”

Former television reporter and radio personality Monica Pearson praised Jonyer, saying, “He’s done an impressive job raising money for hurricane victims.” she said.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.

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Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday.

“I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,” Butler told ET.

“I smacked the car, went flying through the air and did a somersault and landed and it hurt a bit.”

The Scottish heart-throb said was taken to an area hospital after the accident, and described his injuries as “painful.”

“I have five fractures in my right foot alone [and] a bunch of stupid stuff, a torn meniscus, but I’ll be fine,” he said on ET.

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His upcoming film “Geostorm” premieres next week and despite the minor injuries, Butler said he’ll be able to promote the film as planned.

Butler is no stranger to risky stunts. 

In 2011 he was rescued after he was pulled underwater while surfing in his film “Of Men and Mavericks.” According to People, he was taken to a hospital, but not seriously injured.

He recently told Seth Meyers on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that he actually enjoys the risky behavior and once had the “worst” allergic reaction from injecting himself with bee venom.

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“I don’t know what I was thinking,” he said. After feeling fine following the initial injection, he got another one. “Basically 23 bee stings,” he said.

Butler also noted that he could have died from the allergic reaction. 

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

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She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

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Reese Witherspoon discusses being sexually assaulted in Hollywood at age 16

Actress Reese Witherspoon is opening up about her personal experience with sexual assault in Hollywood following the outpouring of stories brought forward against accused producer Harvey Weinstein.

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The “Big Little Lies” actress spoke about her experience during her speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday night.

“This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths,” she told the crowd, according to People magazine. “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier.”

“[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment,” she continued.

“I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal. For the young women in this room, life is going to be different, because we’re with you, we have your back, and it makes me feel better. It makes me so sad to talk about these issues, but I would be remiss not to,” she said.

Witherspoon’s 18-year-old daughter was in the audience.

Read the full speech at Elle.com.

Several Hollywood leading ladies, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd have come forward with allegations against Weinstein. Since the bombshell, Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, announced she is leaving him, and he has reportedly checked into treatment in Arizona.

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Who was Selena Quintanilla? Google honors famed singer, ‘Queen of Tejano’

If you’ve visited Google’s homepage this morning, you’ve probably noticed the charming, glamorous tribute to late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla.

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Here’s what you should know about Selena and Tuesday’s Google doodle:

What is the significance of Oct. 17?

Twenty-eight years ago on Oct. 17, 1989, the late Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla debuted her first studio album, “Selena.”

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What does the Google doodle include?

On the Google homepage, you’ll see an artistic rendition of one of Selena’s most iconic looks — art from her 1994 album, “Amor Prohibido.”

From there, you can hit the button for a fun, upbeat cartoon video of Selena from childhood to adulthood singing and dancing to one of her biggest hits, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” with the family band.

Google also debuted a beautiful digital exhibit with help from the Quintanilla family, showcasing the life and legacy of the late artist.

Where was Selena Quintanilla from?

The famed Mexican-American singer was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, on April 16, 1971.

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How did she rise to fame?

It was Selena’s father who encouraged 9-year-old Selena and her siblings to pick up the guitar, drums and mic. During the 1980s, the family band, “Selena y Los Dinos,” gained popularity across the Texas/Mexico border and eventually across the globe.

Though “Selena y Los Dinos” struggled at first, with Selena often facing gender discrimination in a male-dominated genre, they played at several restaurants, quinceañeras and festivals they could book.

In 1986, Selena won the prestigious Tejano Music Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and earned her first mega milestone.

Her first album, “Selena,” remained at the top of the Billboard charts and in 1993, the “Queen of Tejano” won a Grammy for the best Mexican/American album of the year. According to Google, she was the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win.

What is Tejano music?

Selena is often considered the “Queen of Tejano.” Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American music genres. According to the Google doodle, that combines genres like pop, polka, ranchera and cumbia.

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Selena Quintanilla’s top five biggest hits

  1. “Como La Flor” from “Entre a Mi Mundo” (1992)
  2. “Amor Prohibido” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994
  3. “I Could Fall in Love” from “Dreaming of You” (1995)
  4. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)
  5. “No Me Queda Mas” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)

More hits at Latina.com.

Selena was more than just a celebrity to many, especially to the Latinx community.

Selena’s legacy is due to more than her powerful vocals, iconic dance moves and hypnotic stage energy.

She was a notable fashion icon of the time and played a big part in designing and creating her own performance wardrobe.

But in her free time, Selena was also a major advocate for education and often participated in community service.

“Most importantly,” Google Doodles Global Marketing Lead Perla Camps wrote, “Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe. Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions.”

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Camps, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small and primarily white town in rural Texas, wrote she was “profoundly influenced” by Selena and her music.

“One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas,” Camps wrote. “Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana.”

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How did Selena die?

Selena Quintanilla’s life came to a tragic end when Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club, shot her on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena was 23.

Saldivar, who had been managing the singer’s San Antonio, Texas boutique, was caught embezzling money and was about to be fired.

Selena’s murder shocked the Latinx community, but her legacy would live on for decades.

10 interesting facts about Selena

1. In the beginning of their family band career, her father, Abraham, made stage lights out of empty peach cans.

2. She dropped out of school to get her GED so that she could perform full time and support her family.

3. She had five dogs and a python.

4. Her siblings A.B. and Suzette weren’t huge fans of performing.

5. Two weeks after her unexpected death, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, declared April 16 “Selena Day” in Texas. April 16 was her birthday

6. Her last words were “Yolanda Saldivar, in room 158.”

7. An estimated 100,000 people showed up to Selena’s public viewing, which was held at the convention center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

8. She married the band’s lead guitarist, Chris Perez, in 1992.

9. Her life story is the subject of the 1997 film, “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez as the “Queen of Tejano.”

10. She called her tour bus “Big Bertha.”

 

Sources: Latin TimesSelena Quintanilla Perez (Weebly) and Biography.com.

Explore more about Selena Quintanilla on Google’s Arts & Culture hub.

Bill Murray helps couple make big announcement

Bill Murray can, and will, do almost anything.

He’s crashed bachelor partiesappeared in engagement photos and sets his own schedule when it comes to interviews and projects.

But recently he helped a couple make one of the biggest announcements of their lives.

And it happened during a Chicago Cubs playoff game.

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Murray helped Robbie and Kristen Schloss tell their parents that they’re going to be grandparents. It all happened in the seats behind home plate during the Oct. 9 game between the Cubs and Nationals, the “Today” show reported.

The Schloss’s were sitting next to Murray and were talking throughout the game. 

Murray is known to be a huge fan of the Cubs and even sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, SB Nation reported.

The Cubs beat the Nationals in that game 2-1. They went on to take the series 3 games to 2 and advance to the National League Championship Series to face off against the Dodgers.

WATCH: Kate Middleton dances with Paddington Bear despite battling morning sickness

Dancing Queen? Duchess Catherine took a spin with adorably cuddly Paddington Bear on Monday during a surprise appearance with her husband, Prince William, in LondonUs Weekly reports

>> Kate Middleton debuts tiny baby bump in first public outing since pregnancy announcement

The duchess, who announced her third pregnancy in September, surprised Londoners at the Paddington train station with the giant dancing bear, the Mirror reported. Young guests were taken on a ride in 1920-1930s-era vintage train from the station as part of the royals’ Charities Forum, according to People. Before the ride, the beloved character danced with the royals and the children in the crowd.

The lovable character’s next film, “Paddington 2,” premieres in the United Kingdom on Nov. 10. At one point, Duchess Catherine danced with the bear and was spotted spinning around the platform.

>> Watch the moment here

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Children from charities including Place2Be, Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice were all present for the festivities. The Charities Forum supports more than 30 organizations in which the royals are involved.

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This is Duchess Catherine’s second public appearance since sharing the pregnancy news. The Duchess has canceled several appearances as she suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, acute morning sickness, in her pregnancies.

Last week, she was spotted out for the first time since the announcement in honor of World Mental Health Day. Her severe morning sickness kept her from escorting her eldest son, Prince George, to school for the first time in September.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander wed in secret ceremony

Congratulations are in order for actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

People reported that the couple secretly tied the knot over the weekend in a super secret ceremony in Ibiza. Rumors of marriage started swirling after the couple was spotted with what looked like wedding bands on their ring fingers in photos obtained by The Daily Mail.

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Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, were spotted hanging with pals on the Spanish island ahead of the nuptials on Friday and according to E! News, a professional photographer was onsite to take photos of the couple and the guests. Vikander was seen wearing a flowing white dress as she soaked in the sun.

The two worked in remote locations between Australia and New Zealand for the film.

“I knew that Michael was attached to play Tom, and I think he’s one of the most brilliant actors out there,” Vikander told reporters at the Venice Film Festival last year.

Lasy year, Fassbender confirmed on “Good Morning America” that he and Vikander were seeing each other since meeting on the movie set in 2014.

“(W)e met on that job and have been seeing each other since,” he said.

‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

Actress Kate Winslet has played many impressive roles through her long career, but there is one character that she would love to go back and play again.

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The actress told Entertainment Weekly that if were up to her, she would go back and play Clementine from her 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” in which she starred alongside Jim Carrey.

Winslet said:

“Actually, she’s one I’d love to play again, because it was just so much fun. And the possibilities for the hair colors were just endless. Wouldn’t you like to see Clementine as a 42-year-old woman? I’d love to know what happened to her. I love the idea that she just let herself get really fat and just totally let go of her hangups about her body and just indulged in everything that made her feel happy. And more hair colors and more crazy clothes! I just think that could’ve been fun.”

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Winslet also revealed that she hardly ever goes back and watches any of her performances after doing a movie. She said a few years ago, she sat down with her daughter and director Peter Jackson to watch “Heavenly Creatures,” Winslet’s first movie.

“Peter kept turning to me and saying, ‘You know, this is a bloody good film! This is really a bloody good film we made! I mean, bloody hell! When you think about some of the (expletive) that’s out there, Christ! This is a really good film!’” Winslet said.

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“I was like, ‘Calm down, Pete, calm down!’ And I think he had a moment of allowing himself, beyond ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ to just be very, very proud of a film he’d made, this tiny film that we’d made 25 years ago,” she added.

Kevin Hart announces comedy tour

Actor, comedian and best-selling author Kevin Hart will bring “The Irresponsible Tour” to cities across the country beginning in December through next year.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and will be available online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets range from $48 to $118, plus fees.

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Hart, who is currently finishing up another tour, posted dates and cities on his website but said he plans to release more cities for a second leg and a third international leg of the tour later. 

Here are all the cities he posted so far:

  • Dec. 30 – Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena
  • Dec. 31 – Orlando, Florida at CFE Arena
  • Jan. 12 – Knoxville, Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena
  • Jan. 13 – Estero, Florida at Germain Arena
  • Jan. 14 – Southhaven, Mississippi at Landers Center
  • Jan. 19 – Fargo, North Dakota at Fargodome
  • Jan. 20 – Sioux City, Iowa at Tyson Events Center
  • Jan. 21 – Madison, Wisconsin at Alliant Energy Center
  • Jan. 28 – Evansville, Indiana at Ford Center
  • Feb. 2 – Minneapolis, Minnesota at Target Center
  • Feb. 9 – Kalamazoo, Michigan at Wings Event Center
  • Feb. 10 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa at U.S. Cellular Center
  • Feb. 11 – Springfield, Illinois at Bank of Springfield Center
  • March 10 – Portland, Maine at Cross Insurance Arena
  • March 11 – Syracuse, New York at The Oncenter
  • March 16 – Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza
  • March 22 – Reading, Pennsylvania at Santander Arena

HART’S RECENT PROJECTS

Hart’s memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons,” debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and has remained on the list for nine consecutive weeks. Earlier in the year, Hart voiced a title character in “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” 

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He will appear in the Sony reboot of the classic film “Jumanji” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. In March 2018, Kevin will star alongside Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman in his first dramatic role, in “The Untouchables,” for The Weinstein Co. Hart will soon begin shooting the feature comedy “Night School” for Universal, a film in which he co-wrote under the Hartbeat production banner and will also star in.

Hart’s recent movie projects include the animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” (Illumination Entertainment); the biggest grossing live-action comedy, “Central Intelligence,” (New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures); Universal’s “Ride Along 2,” which grossed over $100 million worldwide; Screen Gems’ “The Wedding Ringer”; and Warner Brothers’ “Get Hard.”

Hart is also a force in television, executive producing the show “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which is currently in season five. In addition, Comedy Central will launch two standup comedy series: “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” and “Untitled Kevin Hart Stand-Up Series.”

COMEDY TOUR

Hart’s live comedy show has sold out eight tri-state area arenas, including Madison Square Garden, Barclays, Prudential Center and Jones Beach, selling over 100,000 tickets in the New York market. He was also the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show.

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