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Ice, ice baby: Penguins take a selfie in Antarctica

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

A pair of penguins wanted to take the spotlight when a camera was left on ice in Antarctica.

Selfies aren’t just for teens, it seems. A pair of curious Emperor Penguins decided to take a shot at being on camera.

According to CBS, penguins approached a camera that was left behind on ice in Australia. It happened at Auster Rookery near Australia's Mawson research station.

And they sure weren’t shy about stealing the show.

Two birds waddle up to an expeditioner’s camera, and, well, provide 38 seconds of pure entertainment.

It didn’t take long for it to be on social media:

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Country music personality Hazel Smith has died at the age of 83

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:35 PM

Hazel Smith during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in 2006. The
Hazel Smith during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in 2006. The "outlaw country" journalist died in 2018 at age 83. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage for BMI Nashville)(Tony R. Phipps/WireImage for BMI Nashville)

There are many who have played a part in the landscape of country music, many who have added their talents to the tapestry of the music genre that has had an impact on so many lives. many who have affected the history of Nashville and country music and many who have left us sooner than we would have liked.

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One of those people is Hazel Smith.

According to “The Tennessean,” the longtime Nashville media personality passed away at her home on March 18 following “a period of declining health.” She was 83.

Declaring herself country music’s mother hen, Hazel was a fixture on Nashville’s Music Row for decades. She was a journalist when female journalists weren’t a common thing. She was also a songwriter, a publicist, a cookbook author and a television personality as host of CMT’s “Southern Fried Flicks.”

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Yet, one of her most meaningful and lasting contributions to country music is the fact that she coined the term “outlaw music” while she was working as a publicist back in the early 1970s for the Glaser Brothers’ Hillbilly Central office and studio.

“Now, it doesn’t say this in mine or any other dictionary I’ve seen, but it said that ‘outlaw’ meant virtually living on the outside of the written law,” Hazel told “The Nashville Scene” in 1997, as reported on by “The Tennessean.” “It just made sense to me, because [record producers] Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were doing marvelous music, but this was another step in another direction.”

Soon after the news of her death was released, many in the country music community headed to their social media accounts to express their sadness over the news, including producer Buddy Cannon.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Hazel Smith,” Buddy said. 

Hazel was a wonderful lady who was a great friend to many of us. She was a colorful, tell it like she saw it kind of a person, and you never had to wonder about her stand on something. Willie Nelson credits Hazel with connecting the term ‘outlaw music’ with himself, Waylon, Tompall [Glaser] and all the musical renegades that broke out of the Nashville music factory prison back in the 1970s. We all loved Hazel, and her presence will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy Hazel Smith,” Cannon said.

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Panic! At the Disco announces new album and tour

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

Singer/songwriter Brendon Urie of music band Panic! At The Disco performs at The Forum in 2017. The band has announced a new tour an album.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Singer/songwriter Brendon Urie of music band Panic! At The Disco performs at The Forum in 2017. The band has announced a new tour an album. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Fresh off of a surprise show in Cleveland, Panic! At the Disco has announced a new tour and album.

Billboard reported that the album, called “Pray for the Wicked,” will be released June 22.

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“After being away in New York for months doing Kinky Boots, I just wanted to hang out at home when I got back to LA,” Panic! At the Disco lead singer Brendon Urie said in a statement. “I was so revved up that I asked some friends to come over to my home studio to help me write about all the incredible things I’ve experienced the last couple of years. ‘Pray For The Wicked’ is my thank you to our fans and the most fun I’ve ever had making album.”

“Pray for the Wicked” is available for pre-order. According to a news release, fans who pre-order the 11-track album will get a pre-sale code for early access to tickets. Pre-sale starts March 30 at 9 a.m. local time. General tickets go on sale March 30 at 12 p.m. local time. Singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko and rock band Arizona will be guests on some tour dates.

To coincide with the record, the pop-punk group is going on an arena tour in the U.S. starting July 11 and ending Aug. 15

Dates for the “Pray for the Wicked Tour” are below. More information on tickets, guests and dates can be found at the Panic! At the Disco official website

July 11 -  Minneapolis at Target Center
July 13 - Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
July 14 - Detroit at Little Caesars Arena
July 15 - Columbus, Ohio, at Nationwide Arena
July 17 - Chicago at United Center
July 18 - Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena
July 20 - Uniondale, New York, at NYCB Live: Nassau Coliseum
July 21 - Baltimore, at Royal Farms Arena
July 22 - Toronto at Air Canada Centre
July 24 - New York at Madison Square Garden
July 25 - Boston at TD Garden
July 27 - Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
July 28 - Raleigh, North Carolina, at NC Arena
July 29 - Duluth, Georgia, at Infinite Energy Center
July 31 - Sunrise, Florida, at BB&T Center
Aug. 1 - Tampa, Florida, at Amalie Arena
Aug. 3 - Houston at Toyota Center
Aug. 4 - Dallas at American Airlines Center
Aug. 5 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at BOK Center
Aug. 7 - Denver at Pepsi Center
Aug. 8 - Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena
Aug. 10 - Seattle at KeyArena
Aug. 11 - Vancouver, British Columbia, at Rogers Arena
Aug. 12 - Portland, Oregon, at Moda Center
Aug. 14 - San Jose, California, at SAP Center
Aug. 15 - Los Angeles  at STAPLES Center
Aug. 17 - Glendale, Arizona, Gila River Arena
Aug. 18 - Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena

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Queen Latifah’s mother, Rita Owens, dies after battling heart failure

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Rita Owens, Queen Latifah’s Mother, Dies

After more than a decade of battling heart failure, Rita Owens, the mother of actress, rapper and singer Queen Latifah, has died.

Latifah issued a statement Wednesday confirming the news to Essence.

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“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” the statement said. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. I am heart broken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”

People reported that Latifah shared an Instagram post of her mother Wednesday night. 

“143,” she captioned the post. The numbers mean “I love you.”


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Heart failure, according to the American Heart Association, is a chronic, progressive condition that “occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.”

Owens was diagnosed with the condition in 2004 after passing out while teaching at a New Jersey high school.

In 2015, Latifah opened up to People about caring for her mother’s heart failure. 

“We’ve learned a new us,” Latifah said at the time. “We’ve gotten a lot closer and we’ve learned each other on a whole different, deeper level.”

“As a caregiver – it’s just like being a parent, like some things really don’t matter,” Latifah said. “All the kind of frivolous things sort of fall to the side because there’s something way more important than all that. And when we go through these things together as a family, I realize, these are the important things, these are the important moments.”

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Jill Scott won’t have to pay estranged husband spousal support

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

Singer Jill Scott Won’t Have to Pay Spousal Support

Jill Scott won’t have to pay her husband spousal support. 

Bossip reported that, according to court documents, a Tennessee judge has denied the 45-year-old singer’s estranged husband, Mike Dobson, spousal support.

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According to the gossip site, the judge has enforced the estranged couple’s prenuptial agreement. Under that agreement, Scott and Dobson agreed to not seek spousal support, alimony, or maintenance and that no “marital property” would come from the union.

Court papers said the judge still had the right to throw out the prenup should something happen that calls it into question, Bossip reported.

Scott and Dobson married in June 2016. Scott filed for divorce in November 2017. 

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