5 things to know about Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016

Published: Monday, September 14, 2015 @ 6:21 AM
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Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, 21, was crowned Miss America 2016 on Sunday night, claiming a $50,000 scholarship with the title.

Here are five things to know about the pageant winner:

1. Her first name is Baciliky, which means "royalty." According to the Miss Georgia website, Cantrell, who has Greek and German ancestry, was named after her Greek grandmother. She also sings in her Greek Orthodox church choir and is a member of a Greek dance group.

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2. She grew up on 700 acres "managed for wildlife" in Warner Robins. There, she learned skills such as "driving a full-sized John Deere tractor, plowing and seeding fields, and handling a shotgun," the Miss Georgia website reportsIn a video posted to her Twitter account, she adds, "I grew up in the country with no cable TV." She graduated from Macon's Mount de Sales Academy in 2012 and attends Mercer University, where she studies vocal performance.

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3. Her dream is to perform on Broadway. She sang "Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio" from Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" in the Miss America talent competition. She's also won several awards in vocal performance, including the musical theater and classical singing categories of the 2014 and 2015 National Association of Teachers of Singing College-Level competition. The stage "is my favorite place to be. The bigger the audience, the better," she told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in June. 

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4. Her platform is "healthy children, strong America." According to the Telegraph, her parents own a sports medicine and physical therapy center. "Child obesity is a real problem" she told the Ledger-Enquirer. "I grew up eating healthy. Others are not that fortunate."

5. She is the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America. The first Georgia winner was Neva Jane Langley Fickling of Macon, who was named Miss America 1953. "I couldn't be more happy to represent my state," Cantrell said in a video posted to her Twitter account.

Kardashian-Jenner sisters pose for Calvin Klein photo shoot

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

CALVIN KLEIN, INC. ANNOUNCES THE SPRING/SUMMER 2018 Campaign Led by Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.
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CALVIN KLEIN, INC. ANNOUNCES THE SPRING/SUMMER 2018 Campaign Led by Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.(Calvin Klein via Business Wire)

The Kardashian-Jenner family stripped down for a photo shoot campaign promoting the Calvin Klein brand’s popular underwear line.

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While Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner bared their midriffs in the photoshoot, 20-year-old Kylie Jenner covered hers up with a red and white quilt. In other shots from the shoot, Kylie Jenner — well known for showing off her figure — kept her stomach hidden at all times.

Amid rampant speculation that she’s expecting a daughter with her 25-year-old boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, the young makeup mogul has made few public appearances and stayed off social media almost entirely. Some fans of the reality stars claim that Kylie Jenner has actually been the surrogate for Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, who welcomed daughter Chicago West last week.

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Khloé Kardashian, 33, confirmed her pregnancy with Tristan Thompson in December before going on a media tour, where she was unsuccessfully pressured to spill news about her younger sister’s pregnancy. 

Considering there’s no hint of a bump for Khloé Kardashian or Kylie Jenner in the underwear shoot, it’s possible the shoot was completed long before Khloé Kardashian’s bump reveal and Kylie Jenner is likely much farther along than her big sister, who confirmed that she’s six months along in early January.

Related: Khloe Kardashian confirms pregnancy: ‘My greatest dream realized’

While the older Kardashians are willing to chat up a storm about their own babies, it looks like the youngest of the group is going to maintain her radio silence.

“Kylie wants to disappear and be out of the spotlight and focus on her health and happiness,” a source told People late last year. “Kylie isn’t going to publicly address her pregnancy until she gives birth. She’s not doing any public appearances and just wanted to take six months off.”

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Mo'Nique urges fans to boycott Netflix for color, gender bias

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actress Mo'Nique attends the 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 16, 2010 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LAFCA)
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CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Mo'Nique attends the 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 16, 2010 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LAFCA)(Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique is urging her fans to boycott Netflix for gender and color bias after she says the entertainment company made her a lowball offer for a comedy special.

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Mo'Nique took to Instagram to air her grievances Friday. In a video, she explained that Netflix offered her $500,000 to do a comedy special, but she rejected the offer. Mo'Nique said she felt it was a low offer considering Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle all made millions of dollars for their Netflix comedy specials. According to Mo'Nique, Schumer negotiated with Netflix for $13 million, while Rock and Chapelle each earned $20 million.

#BOYCOTT#NETFLIX FOR #COLORBIAS AND #GENDERBIAS. PLEASE STAND WITH ME. I LOVE US.

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Mo'Nique suspects racial and gender bias are at play, since she believes her strong résumé entitles her to more than the $500,000 that Netflix offered.

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died, according to several of his friends, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 27.

Canadian rapper Drake, record producer Maxo Cream and California rapper Lil B expressed their condolences on social media.

Santana, whose birth name was Derrick Coleman, wrote on Instagram in October that he was suffering from liver failure, the Sun-Times reported.

No official cause of death has been listed, MTV reported, although TMZ, citing unnamed family members, reported that Santana died from a seizure at his Los Angeles home late Friday night.

Santana was a force in Chicago’s drill music scene when it began in 2012 He released his 2013 debut album, “Trappin’ Ain’t Dead” on Savage Squad, the record label he founded, MTV reported.

His last album, “Fredo Kruger 2,” was released last year.

In addition to liver troubles, Santana also had kidney failure and seizures, MTV reported.

Hall and Oates, Train to kick off summer arena tour together

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Hall And Oates And Train Announce Joint Tour

First it was Journey and Def Leppard, now Hall and Oates and Train have announced the bands will be doing a tour together this summer.

According to Rolling Stone, both groups will play full sets before they both take the stage for the finale. 

Tickets go on sale for most of the North American tour dates on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. on Live Nation.

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Philadelphia’s May 26 date will also be the resurrection of “HoagieNation Festival,” a festival held by Daryl Hall and John Oates that is, according to Rolling Stone, a “celebration of food, music and culture.”

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Train will be promoting “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat,” the band’s 10th album and first top 10 album since “Bulletproof Picasso” in 2014.

Hall and Oates haven’t made an album since 2006’s “Home for Christmas,” but both have produced solo work. They toured North America with Tears for Fears last year, Spin reported.

Tour dates:

5/1 - Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 - Center
5/4 - San Jose, Calif.,  SAP Center
5/6 - Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
5/8 - Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena
5/10 - Denver, Pepsi Center
5/12 - St. Louis, Scottrade Center
5/16 - St. Paul, Minn.,  Xcel Energy Center
5/18 - Chicago, United Center
5/20 - Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
5/22 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena
5/24 - Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
5/26 - Philadelphia, HoagieNation Festival
6/5 - Toronto, Air Canada Centre
6/7 - Boston, Xfinity Center
6/9 - Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
6/11 - Washington, DC,Capital One Arena
6/14 - New York, Madison Square Garden
6/18 - Charlotte, N.C., Spectrum Center
6/20 - Atlanta, Infinite Energy Center 
6/22 - Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
6/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., BB&T Center
6/26 - Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
6/28 - New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
6/30 - Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
7/13 - Montreal, Bell Centre
7/15 - Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
7/18 - Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center
7/20 - Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
7/22 - Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/24 - Dallas, American Airlines Center
7/26 - Houston, Toyota Center
7/28 - Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
7/31 - Los Angeles, The Forum
8/4 - San Diego, Viejas Arena
8/7 - Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
8/9 - Portland, Ore., Moda Center
8/11 - Seattle, KeyArena