Why is everyone so surprised that Lady Gaga can sing?  

Washington Post By : Bethonie Butler

Lady Gaga received a standing ovation at the Oscars for her rousing “Sound of Music” tribute.

Even Julie Andrews approved. On the Internet, the praise was swift, effusive and tinged with the slight skepticism of a backhanded compliment: It was good, but unexpected.

But here’s a question — why are we so surprised that Lady Gaga, professional singer, can actually sing? Referenced Article


What John Legend said about slavery at the Oscars  

PolitiFact.com By : Aaron Sharockman

While accepting an Oscar for a song from the movie "Selma" Sunday night, singer John Legend claimed that "there are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850."

PolitiFact Rhode Island fact-checked a nearly identical claim in December.

It rates True. - Referenced Article


Kanye West says Beck's Grammy win is disrespectful to inspiration  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

“Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé,” West said in an interview with E! after the ceremony. “At this point we tired of it because what happens is when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats in music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.

“We aren’t playing with them anymore. And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight, but you all knew what it meant when ’Ye stepped on that stage.” Referenced Article


Not Exactly Brilliant, but at Least the Colors Are  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Given the agonizing over air pressure that has racked the N.F.L. in recent weeks, it was appropriate that the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLIX was Katy Perry, a queen of our deflated pop times.

Ms. Perry is a Technicolor cipher, a singer who takes on the shapes and tones she is given with aplomb and cheer but maybe not wit. - Referenced Article


No Actors or Actresses of Color Among Oscar Nominees  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

This year's lineup of Academy Award nominees for acting is the least racially diverse in 17 years.

All the performers nominated across the four acting categories are white — the first time that's happened since 1998, the year "Titanic" scored the top prize. David Oyelowo, the British-born Nigerian actor who played the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," was widely expected to be nominated for Best Actor — but he was shut out.

Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper") and Steve Carrel ("Foxcatcher") nabbed nominations in that column, defying predictions from Oscar pundits. - Referenced Article


Ben Affleck's Favorite Humanitarian Award Acceptance Speech  

E Online By : Staff Reporting

Ben Affleck knows he's been called a lot of names during his Hollywood career. But one title that brings the actor a wide variety of emotions is being referred to as a humanitarian.

"To be honest, it's something I have a hard time accepting," he shared at the 2015 People's Choice Awards after accepting the Favorite Humanitarian Award. - Referenced Article


Halle Berry Husband Olivier Martinez Accused of Battery at LAX  

E Online By : Staff Reporting

Traveling with kids is tough, but it's even more difficult when you and your little ones are being swarmed by the paparazzi—just ask Olivier Martinez!

The French actor, wife Hally Berry, son Maceo and step-daughter Nahla were making their way out of LAX Sunday afternoon when a crowd of photographers and a contract airport employee reportedly got too close to the famous family. - Referenced Article


Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock Split After 19 Years  

Time By : Staff Reporting

Chris Rock and his wife are divorcing after nearly 20 years together.

“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday. - Referenced Article


North Korea Behind Sony Hack: U.S. Officials  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

U.S. officials have concluded that the North Korean government ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment — a breach that led to the studio cancelling the planned release of "The Interview" — and a U.S. official told NBC News that the country "can't let this go unanswered."

The officials told NBC News the hacking attack originated outside North Korea, but they believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans. Referenced Article


D'Angelo, The Vanguard - Prayer  

DAngeloVEVO By : Staff Reporting


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