Penn alum and soul singer John Legend has pulled out of a pre-Grammy / L.A. Confidential magazine release party at the Beverly Hills Hotel after he learned it was owned by the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced a policy last April that called for the stoning of people caught in same-sex acts. A rep of Legend’s released this statement:
The website, a nonprofit for youth and social change, ranks celebrities who use their star power to do some good in the world. Swift is recognized because, “she moved to New York, had a feminist awakening, dropped her country roots, released the pop album 1989, and donated all proceeds from the sale of her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools.”
Joining Swift in the top five is actress and trans activist Laverne Cox, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson.
Vanity Fair reports that Penn alum and singer John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, hired a fleet of food trucks to feed folks who were protesting the Eric Garner and Ferguson Grand Jury decisions in New York City over the weekend.
Protesters, who had been camped out in NYC’s Lincoln Square all weekend, were no doubt thrilled when Teigen retweeted the following message to her 500,000 followers on Sunday:
— ophelporhush (@ophelporhush) December 7, 2014
Being the true good samaritans they are, neither Legend or Teigen have taken credit for the deed, though Bipartisan Report confirmed their involvement with this tweet, which includes photos of the trucks:
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) December 7, 2014
Mmm. Kimchi tacos and good deeds. That’s what the holidays are all about.
My name is … Krista Apple-Hodge, hyphenated (from Apple) since I married fellow actor Dan Hodge in 2012. We’ve decided that an “Apple-Hodge” sounds like a Colonial American dessert. We’re taking recipe ideas …
I am … incredibly shy, for someone who gets up in front of other people for a living. That’s why I started acting. It was the only thing, in high school, that could get me talking in public.
I grew up … in Springfield, Ohio. Proverbial home of The Simpsons; actual home of a Frank Lloyd Wright house that almost didn’t survive.
How would you describe Rapture, Blister, Burn in one sentence? “A bunch of wily women and one unfortunate man test the limits of feminism and idealism, and things go poorly for everyone.”
First, the video:
I like the music, though I’m a little surprised it’s not a John Legend song. It’s more of a Megan-sings-for-Don-in-Mad-Men vibe.
Now, the gallery:
The Philadelphia Eagles released the latest video in its #FlyEaglesFly campaign, a new series of ads designed to promote the local NFL team’s upcoming season.
This time around the video, called “Everything and More,” features a collaboration between Philly’s Bradley Cooper and The Roots, and Penn alum John Legend. Cooper does the voiceover, an impassioned monologue about what the Eagles mean to the City of Philadelphia: “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s our family. This is more than a city. It’s our home. This is more than a game. This is everything … and more,” he says.
On Saturday night America’s fiancé–and Penn alum—John Legend, arrived at the Mann Center with a singular mission: to get Philadelphia laid. The silken-voiced R&B crooner played a tight 100-minute set attended by cool, late summer breezes that whispered sweet nothings into our ears.
Legend is touring on the strength of his three current love songs, “All of Me,” “Made to Love,” and “You and I,” all written for his model wife of eight months, Chrissy Teigen. He is as wholesome as an artist who is constantly singing about intercourse can get. In this respect, and so many others, Legend is the anti-Robin Thicke. The latter blew into summer 2013 with the monster hit “Blurred Lines,” and then spent the ensuing months on an extended musical bachelor party. And not a nice bachelor party, either. Like, a bachelor party with two groomsmen who have probably committed a misdemeanor held at a strip club where mobsters make deals in the movies. Meanwhile, with the success of this year’s singles, Legend continues his 10-year streak of cranking out mid-tempo jams and ballads in an effort to corner the market on making everyone pregnant.
UPenn alum John Legend wants to change your perception of it means to be beautiful. He’s making his case in his latest video, “You and I,” which features Orange is the New Black star and all-around badass trans advocate Laverne Cox, and a host of other women of every color, background, and walk of life. Check it out below, but grab a Kleenex first.
As you can see from the clip, she was perhaps a little embarrassed to be dancing to The Song of Late Summer, 2012, just before the start of Summer, 2014. She really should have been doing the Nae Nae, but, eh, academics are always a little behind on pop culture.
If paying to be in the same room as a celebrity is your kind of thing, then man do we have a deal for you…
John Legend is going to be in Philly on Tuesday, May 20th, performing at the Kimmel Center as part of his “All Of Me” tour. And what else is at the Kimmel Center? Volver, Jose Garces’s new restaurant that we’ve been talking about a little bit recently.
Anyway, after the show, Mr. Legend will be hanging out at Bar Volver with his friends, associates and Jose Garces. And if you’ve got the scratch, you can be there, too.