Wyomissing native Taylor Swift will be getting a special award at this Sunday’s American Music Awards—the first ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence.
Move over Steve Grand. Country star TY Herndon is the latest celebrity to come out to People magazine. A snippet from the interview:
“During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
That “truth” is about a part of himself he has kept secret for his entire career: “I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” the Nashville artist revealed to PEOPLE during a sit-down in New York Tuesday.
The revelation was many years in the making for the 51-year-old singer, who first wondered if he was gay when he was about 10 years old and then began coming out to close family members at 20.
“My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation,” recalls Herndon, noting his career path in country worried her. But, ultimately, “she was more concerned about me having a happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career.”
I don’t know what’s more surprising—the fact that he’s gay or that he’s 51 years old! He looks great for his age. Read the rest of the People article here. And listen to one of Ty’s most popular tunes below:
Tracy Morgan “Fighting to Get Better,” But May Never Recover From Brain Injury Sustained in NJ Car Crash
The future of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is still uncertain following a serious car accident he was involved in in June. It happened when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, says the comedian may never fully recover from a “debilitating brain injury” sustained from the accident. More from The Washington Post:
[UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.] It appears that the video has been made private. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the next adorable Taylor Swift video to hit the Internet.
[ORIGINAL] Last week our patriotic hearts swelled as a video of a 12-year-old Taylor Swift singing the National Anthem at a Sixers game made its way around the web. This week, another oldie but goodie of the Wyomissing, Pa., native has resurfaced, showing Swift starring in a video for her 8th grade Investigative Studies class at Wyomissing Area Junior High School. The video in question is an ad for “Paco’s Paradise Smoothies,” and Swift—not looking too different than she did when she got her start—stars as “Island Girl 1.” Look out for her coming in around the :52 mark, but the laughs don’t stop there—in the credits an unfortunate typo refers to her as “Talyor Swift.”
My fellow journalists: It’s time to stop enabling Bill Cosby.
At least three times in the last week, Cosby has been directly given the chance to respond to resurfaced allegations of sexual assault that have haunted him publicly since Hannibal Buress’s Philadelphia appearance last month. Each time he’s ducked the question.
Only a couple of weeks after Bill Cosby — whose allegations of sexual assault have resurfaced with a vengeance recently — was declined a guest spot on Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show, his rep is announcing that an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman has been cancelled, too.
Bill Cosby’s upcoming appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” has been canceled amid a growing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in past decades.
Cosby spokesman David Brokaw confirmed Friday night that Cosby would not appear next Wednesday as previously scheduled. He did not say why.
“Late Show” representative Kimberly Izzo-Emmet said, “We can’t comment on the guest booking process.” She said Regis Philbin would be the replacement guest.
Fans of Upper Darby native Tina Fey’s 2011 memoir Bossy Pants may remember a section in the book that’s dedicated to body image. In it, Fey sounds off on the unrealistic image standards women feel like they have to live up to, thanks to stars like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. The text is making the rounds on the Internet again this week, because of that vile photo of Kardashian’s bare-ass on the cover of Paper Magazine. Let’s take as moment to reflect:
Bad news if you were heading down to Atlantic City on November 28th to see the much-anticipated Culture Club reunion at Trump Taj Mahal’s Etess Arena. The band just released the following message, announcing that they are canceling all tour dates in the U.S. and U.K for the rest of the year:
It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK scheduled for November and December 2014.
It became necessary to do so this week when a polyp was discovered in [Boy] George’s throat. The throat specialist has ordered George to not sing as it may necessitate an operation.
George and the band are devastated by this news and so it is with much regret that the tour is cancelled until further notice. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
“We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George’s problem will be resolved,” said the members of Culture Club.
There was a little local-celebrity drama happening in the blogosphere last night.
It all started when DJ Diplo, who studied at Temple University and created Philly’s Mad Decent Block Party, took to Twitter to criticize Wyomissing native Taylor Swift’s booty: