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Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Pink wasn’t going to let a flu diagnosis keep her from giving the performance of a lifetime at Sunday’s Super Bowl LII.
Just days before taking the stage to sing the national anthem, the singer shared on Instagram that her children gave her the flu.
“Trying to practice the flu away,” the singer wrote on Saturday. “I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song. And now, my chance has finally come. And it just so happens that this chance comes when I have two small Petri dish kids who literally cough INTO MY MOUTH and rub their snot on my cheek. You can’t write this stuff I swear!”
Wearing a stunning silver cameo top and silky jacket, Pink nailed every note of “Star-Spangled Banner.” The camera panned over the Patriots and Eagles players, who all seemed to be blown away by her performance.
Before she belted the anthem, cameras caught Pink tossing something out of her mouth. It wasn’t missed by Twitter, most users of which assumed it was gum.
Did Pink just take her gum out on the field? Someone gonna pick that up before game start? #SuperBowl— Cynthia McLeod (@SunnyCynthia) February 4, 2018
I loved Pink already and then she slipped her gum out right before singing the national anthem and I loved her even more— Carly Lane (@carlylane) February 4, 2018
Pink just tossed that gum right on that field 😂— Carly.🥂 (@NOallegiance) February 4, 2018
So, who's going to pick up Pink's gum? Or are we just going to let it sit on the field?— Paul Vigna (@paulvigna) February 4, 2018
As it turns out, it was a throat lozenge, which Pink confirmed in a tweet.
It was a throat lozenge— P!nk (@Pink) February 5, 2018
It’s common for singers to have a lozenge before performing, and wouldn’t be unusual for someone battling the flu.
Watch Pink perform the national anthem at the big game below.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
NEW YORK — JAY-Z reportedly spent big at a New York bar over the weekend.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the rapper and father of three spent a combined $110,000 at three locations in the city while celebrating Roc Nation Sports president Juan “OG” Perez, who is also a close friend of Hov.
Although his wife, Beyonce, daughter, Blue and in-laws, Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, were at the NBA All-Star Game, Jay was reportedly at Zuma, a high-end Japanese restaurant, for dinner. He and his friends, other Roc Nation executives, spent about $13,000, according to Page Six.
The tabloid also reported that the group later went to Manhattan’s Made in Mexico Mexican restaurant and spent $9,000 on drinks.
The last stop was Playroom nightclub, where Page Six reported Jay was seen handing out bottles of his own Ace of Spades Champagne to tables. His group paid full price for 40 bottles of the drink.
People reported that a server posted a photo of the tab at Playroom, showing the bottles totaled more than $80,000. The group left an $11,100 tip.
Jay Z tab at Playroom last night. I’m just gonna cry in poor for the rest of the day. 😭 pic.twitter.com/q2OhOoi3YS— Vic (@MisterClasico) February 19, 2018
Related video: Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:13 PM
NEW YORK — Wendy Williams is taking three weeks off from her talk show.
The former radio personality turned daytime TV show host was candid with her live audience Wednesday as she made the announcement. The 53-year-old has Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism, both of which she has spoken about in the past.
“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” a show representative told People. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”
“My doctor has prescribed -- are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation,” she said.
Williams then described the symptoms that come with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism.
“Along with hyperthyroid and Graves’ disease, it promotes nervousness,” Williams said. “No, I’m not nervous. Anxiety, please. I’m over 30 years in this game.”
The wife and mother to a teenage son did admit she has some symptoms, including a rapid heartbeat.
“Now, I can cop to irritability, but I’m just thinking it’s me micromanaging,” she said.
Ever the workhorse, Williams said she would be back in less than three weeks.
“I’ll be back in two (weeks). I’m not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I’m just saying, I come from working class,” she said.
Williams said she blamed her symptoms on the stresses of being a working wife and mother, encouraging women to put their health first.
“What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said.
Williams took three days off last week after she said she was “feeling flu-ish.” It was the first time she was out sick from the show since it started in 2009.
In October, Williams fainted on-air while introducing a segment.
“That was not a stunt,” Williams said at the end of that episode. “I overheated in my costume, and I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”
CNN reported that there will not be a fill-in host for the show. Repeat episodes will air during the hiatus.
Watch Williams’ message to viewers below.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:02 PM
— “Black Panther” has taken theaters by storm, breaking box office goals.
That wasn’t the only success the film saw. It also made history for Marvel, on social media and beyond.
Here’s a list of records the flick has broken.
Biggest February opening weekend
“Deadpool” previously held the record, raking in $132 million over a Friday to Sunday weekend, according to The Numbers, a site that keeps data on films. “Black Panther” scored a $202-million weekend for its Friday-Sunday opening.
Biggest long holiday opening weekend
“Black Panther” brought in $242 million over the four-day weekend. That’s ahead of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which made $200 million during it’s Wednesday to Sunday debut, the Numbers said. It also surpasses “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Spider-Man 2,” which both had $180 million six-day Independence Day weekend premieres.
Biggest domestic opening for a black director
This is Ryan Coogler’s third film, behind “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station.” He’s inching closer to F. Gary Gray top selling film “Fate of the Furious,” which earned more than $1 billion worldwide, The Numbers recorded.
“Black Panther” is also the biggest global debut for a predominantly black cast. “Straight Outta Compton” previously held the record with $66.3 million, according to BuzzFeed.
5th biggest Friday to Sunday opening weekend of all time
Here’s a quick overview of the top five, according to The Numbers:
Most tweeted about film in 2018
It’s garnered more than five million tweets, according to Variety, and inspired several hashtags, including #BlackPantherChallenge, #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe and #WakandaForever. And if you type “#BlackPanther” a Black Panther mask appears. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” took second and third place.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:32 AM
— Former first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a shoutout Monday to the new Marvel superhero film, “Black Panther.”
Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 19, 2018
“Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team!” she tweeted. “Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”
The movie grossed $201 million at the box office over the weekend, according to The Washington Post.
Other high-profile Democrats to send shoutouts to the film include Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who both posted tweets about the movie.