Ballerina, 13, makes history in local ‘Nutcracker’ performance

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM


            13-year-old ballerina Salome Tregre will dance the lead role of Clara in the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” She will be the first black dancer to play Clara in all 50 years of the show’s holiday history with the Cincinnati Ballet. (WCPO)
13-year-old ballerina Salome Tregre will dance the lead role of Clara in the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” She will be the first black dancer to play Clara in all 50 years of the show’s holiday history with the Cincinnati Ballet. (WCPO)

When 13-year-old ballerina Salome Tregre learned she would dance the lead role of Clara in “The Nutcracker,” she burst into ecstatic laughter and then into tears.

“It was a really good moment of joy for me,” she said.

Tregre, an eighth-grader at Walnut Hills Middle School in Cincinnati, will be the first black dancer to play Clara in all 50 years of the show’s holiday history with the Cincinnati Ballet.

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This milestone has been a long time coming for both the company as a whole and Tregre personally, who began dancing as a toddler.

The first time she auditioned for the Cincinnati Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” she said, she didn’t make the list. The second time, she joined the ensemble and practiced as an understudy to that year’s Clara.

“I thought, this is such a great role,” she said. “I said, ‘Maybe I should shoot for it next year.’ ”

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Now that she’s landed the coveted spot, Tregre said she hopes she can inspire other young dancers like herself.

“I think it’s a very big honor, and I’m really excited that it’s happening,” she said.

The Cincinnati Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” opens Dec. 14 at Music Hall.

This story contains reporting by Journal-News media partner WCPO.

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'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with cancer, doctors say

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Sentenced To Prison

Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star and Pittsburgh native Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.

People Magazine is reporting Miller has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a day after undergoing emergency spinal surgery.

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Doctor’s originally thought she had a severe infection. Miller is not out of the woods from the surgery yet and doctors said she plans to start chemotherapy and radiation soon.

Miller was recently transferred from federal prison to a reentry center in March.

She had been serving her sentence at a medium security prison in Victorville, California.

Miller was sentenced a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.

Investigators said Miller brought nearly $120,000 in Australian currency into the United States and not reporting it.

FILE PHOTO: Abby Lee Miller attends the Opening Night Party during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival at Culver Studios on June 14, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Kanye West announces new albums, release dates on Twitter

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

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Kanye West has been doing a lot of tweeting lately, teasing a philosophy book and sharing his thoughts on life and creativity.

His latest set of tweets, however, is about music.

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The rapper, husband and father of three announced two new albums.

One album, called “Kids See Ghost,” will be a joint effort with Kid Cudi,  who is signed to West’s GOOD Music label  imprint. The name of the album is also the name of West and Cudi’s group.

“Kids See Ghost” will be out June 8.

“Me and Cudi album June 8th,’ West tweeted. “It’s called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group.” 

Before the release of that album, West will release his own seven-track album June 1.

“My album is 7 songs,” he tweeted. “June 1st.”

West also announced the release dates for albums from other artists on GOOD Music. Teyana Taylor’s album will be out June 22 and Pusha T has a release May 25.

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Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams engaged to pastor Chad Johnson

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

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Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is getting married.

The 37-year-old singer is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson, 40, after a year of dating.

Williams and Johnson opened up to People about their love story, which began in March 2017 at a spiritual retreat hosted by Elevate International.

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Johnson, founder of Elevate International, led the retreat in Arizona and said he and Williams were in “very similar places on a personal level.”

“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”

“Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well,” Johnson, a professional sports chaplain who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, said.

The two kept in touch after the retreat and progressed from texts to FaceTime calls.

“We spent almost three months without even seeing each other, just building a strong foundation on the phone and through FaceTime,” Johnson told People. “It was really built on friendship and communication.”

The two went on their first date at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, had their first kiss and decided to date officially.

“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson said.

A year to the day Johnson first reached out to Williams -- on March 21 -- the two got engaged. Johnson proposed with a 5-carat ring and a video of himself with members of Williams’ family.

“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!’”

Williams said she was drawn to her now-fiance because she could be herself with him, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name.

“My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra; just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself,” she said.

The two plan on having a wedding this summer.

“It’s gonna be … think James Bond-meets-’Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — with a little hood in it,” Williams said. “It’s gonna be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”

Find out more about Johnson’s proposal and the couple’s love story at People.com.

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Jim Carrey surprises Jeff Daniels on ‘Conan’

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

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Jim Carrey (L) crashed Jeff Daniel's interview on "Conan" Tuesday night. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Hulu, Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)(Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Hulu, Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Actor Jeff Daniels was on “Conan” Tuesday night promoting his Hulu drama series “The Looming Tower” and had his interview crashed by his friend and “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Jim Carrey.

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Uproxx reported that Carrey was in the area and is gearing up to work with late-night host Conan O’Brien on his Showtime series “Kidding.”

CNN reported that O’Brien chatted with the two about working together on the 1994 comedy movie and it’s less-successful sequel. Carrey revealed that the duo’s performance as Lloyd and Harry drew praise from Dustin Hoffman.

“Dustin Hoffman called me and he said, ‘That is the most real relationship -- buddy relationship -- I’ve seen in movies in decades,’” Carrey said.

Watch Carrey surprise Daniels on “Conan” below. The interview contains a brief sexual innuendo and a censored expletive. 

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