Entertainment  February 23, 2017
Harvard names Rihanna its humanitarian of the year
Rihanna named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for her state-of-the-art oncology center in Barbados and her scholarship progam Rihanna may be best known as an R&B superstar, but on Wednesday she was named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for her charity work.The 29-year-old singer from Barbados will be given the award in person on campus on February 28, the university announced."Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuc...  Full Story
Jay Z the first rapper named to Songwriters Hall of Fame
Jay Z, pictured during a 2016 concert, is the first rapper heading for the Songwriters Hall of FameHip-hop icon Jay Z is the first rapper chosen for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, heading a class of inductees that also features Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and R&B crooner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, the group said Wednesday.The 47-year-old Jay Z, who has sold more than 100 million records in his career since his debut "Reasonable Doubt" in ...  Full Story
Boston Symphony plans major additions to summer home
Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducts at Tanglewood, the orchestraThe Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home of Tanglewood, one of the premier outdoor venues in classical music, will undergo a major expansion that will include a year-round building.Nestled in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, the rustic 212-hectare (524-acre) estate has been the orchestra's base each summer since 1937, offering tranq...  Full Story
Israel invited 26 Oscar stars to visit. So far none has
Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the award for Best Actor, in A year ago Israel offered Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and other Hollywood stars all-expenses paid luxury trips, but it seems they have chosen to miss their cues. Campaigners are claiming victory as it appears none of the 26 Oscars stars offered a free personalised tour valued at up to $55,000 has visited.The offer, part of gift bags given out by ...  Full Story
Women, minorities fare (a little) better in Hollywood: report
This year, a record number of black actors have been nominated for the glitzy Academy Awards ceremony, averting a repeat of the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite controversyWomen and minorities are faring better in Hollywood and feature prominently at this year's upcoming Oscars, but they are still woefully underrepresented overall in the entertainment industry, according to a report.The "2017 Hollywood Diversity Report" -- the fourth in a series by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the Univer...  Full Story
'Lego Batman' spanks 'Fifty Shades Darker' at box office
Actor Will Arnett voices the caped crusader in the animated "The Lego Batman Movie", dominating the North American box office"The Lego Batman Movie" dominated the North American box office over the Presidents' Day weekend, industry data showed Tuesday, almost matching the combined haul of "Fifty Shades Darker" and "The Great Wall."Featuring the voice of Will Arnett as the caped crusader, the Warner Bros spinoff of the "The Lego Movie" took $42.7 million from Friday to Mo...  Full Story
Chris Brown restrained from model after abuse account
US singer Chris Brown, who rose to fame at a young age with his R&B voice and later rap, has become notorious for allegations of abuseTroubled singer Chris Brown has been ordered to stay away from an ex-girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, after she said he punched her and threatened to kill her.In documents made public Tuesday, a Los Angeles court granted a restraining order requested by Tran, with Brown facing arrest if he comes near her.Tran, who has had an on-off relationship wi...  Full Story
Bye Bye, Bao Bao: Panda leaves Washington for China
The National ZooOne of Washington's most popular residents left town on Tuesday: Bao Bao, the National Zoo's uber-popular young female panda, headed to her new home in China.Bao Bao left Dulles International Airport outside the US capital on a specially outfitted cargo plane for a 16-hour nonstop flight to the Chinese city of Chengdu, home to a special research ba...  Full Story