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Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 7:32 AM
BOSTON — A rising rap star and Medford native who was opening for Ariana Grande escaped a chaotic scene after an explosion killed at least 19 people and injured far more at the arena where they had been performing.
Bia, who graduated from Medford High School in 2008, was one of the opening acts for Grande in Manchester, U.K., on Monday night.
Toward the end of the concert, an explosion shook the Manchester Arena, sending thousands running.
Bia’s mother, Diana Tamasi, told Boston 25 News her daughter’s manager sent her a text message, providing some information and assuring her their entire crew was safe.
“My daughter is fine. They're all fine. They're safe. And I'm just - thank God for that,” an emotional Tamasi said over the phone Monday night. “They were just saying that there was an explosion at the very end of the concert when Ariana was doing her last song, and it kind of was just a lot of chaos. So they got out the back way, and they got to a hotel.”
My heart is broken 😓🙏🏾— B I A ⚡️ (@PericoPrincess) May 23, 2017
Praying for everyone tonight please gets home safe 🙏🏾😢— B I A ⚡️ (@PericoPrincess) May 23, 2017
Tamasi and her family still live in Medford.
Bia had been opening for Grande in the United States, her mother said, and now she is touring with her overseas.
While her family is anxious for her to come home, they are unsure if she will return soon, or if the tour will continue.
“I pray for the families that have lost anybody this evening,” Tamasi said. “My heart is broken.”
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:43 PM
— Legendary actor Morgan Freeman was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — one of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment industry — which was given to him by longtime colleague and friend Rita Moreno.
“Morgan is way more than just an actor, narrator, producer, humanitarian. This man is a national treasure,” Moreno said.
When he came to the stage, the 80-year-old icon traded a few playful jokes with Moreno, before moving on to the thank you’s.
“These moments in one’s life usually will call for an entire litany of thank you’s. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try,” said Freeman. “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”
But towards the end of his speech, Freeman commented on the SAG award statue:
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:11 PM
BARSTOW, Calif. — Former Disney Channel star Orlando Brown was recently arrested following what authorities say was a violent altercation at an apartment in California.
The 30-year-old “That’s So Raven” actor was reportedly engaged in a dispute with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother when an officer from the Barstow Police Department arrived on the scene at around 8 a.m. Thursday.
The officer realized there were active arrest warrants on Brown and his girlfriend’s mother, so they were both arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Jail, according to a police press release.
Brown’s bail was set at $25,000.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
LAS VEGAS — John Coleman, who helped found and develop The Weather Channel, died Saturday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 83.
Coleman, a longtime weatherman, innovated the position when he started at Good Morning America, according to the Washington Post.
Coleman started The Weather Channel in 1981 with Joseph D’Aleo. Coleman left the network and continued forecasting on stations in New York and Chicago. He last worked in San Diego until he retired in 2014, according to the Washington Post.
We are deeply saddened to report that longtime KUSI weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, John Coleman has passed away at age 83.— KUSI News (@KUSINews) January 21, 2018
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