Lauryn Hill apologizes to fans after 2-hour delay at Atlanta concert

Published: Sunday, May 08, 2016 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 08, 2016 @ 4:03 PM


            MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Lauryn Hill performs live for fans at Palais Theatre on May 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
            Graham Denholm
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Lauryn Hill performs live for fans at Palais Theatre on May 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)(Graham Denholm)

Fans, musicians and media all weighed in on Lauryn Hill’s tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer’s name to trend on Twitter for much of the day Saturday.

But the one person who remained silent was the singer herself.

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On Sunday, in a message posted to Facebook, Hill said she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Due to her late arrival and the venue’s 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her sound was cut off.

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show,” the Facebook message reads.

Hill, who's show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, took the stage around 10:20 p.m. She was forced to stop singing during her set because of a strict curfew that the venue, which is located in a residential area, enforces.

The crowd booed the singer when she first started the show and when she was forced to stop singing.

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message makes no mention of the driver. 

Hill said she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

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Charges could be announced in Prince opioid investigation two years after his death

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:33 PM

Prince speaks onstage at the 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  
Kevin Winter
Prince speaks onstage at the 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter)

Authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, could announce charges Thursday in the investigation into the opioid-related death of legendary entertainer Prince two years after he died, according to news outlets.

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Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016, and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office was released two months later and called Prince’s death “accidental.” The cause was listed as “fentanyl toxicity,” according to Entertainment Tonight, and the drug was “self-administered.”

According to news reports at the time, prescription drugs were found at the musician’s Paisley Park home and in his possession when he died.

Some of the bottles of prescription painkillers found at Paisley Park were in the name of a longtime friend of Prince and were prescribed by a doctor the “Purple Rain” singer saw before he died.

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It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges at this point.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to further discuss whether investigators are charging anyone in connection with the musician’s death.

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This former NFL player is tackling Dayton community problems head-on

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Former professional football player LaVar Glover has found success off the field. Video by Amelia Robinson

While most of his peers were pondering parties and first jobs, then University of Cincinnati student LaVar Glover had his eyes set on an NFL career and registering his 15-year-old brother in high school. 

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Glover, a Jefferson High School graduate raised partly in Residence Park, said it was helping his younger brother James Phillips get back on track that helped gear him towards a life of service when his 10-year career in professional football ended. 

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“I felt all those young guys were like my younger brother,” Glover, who operated The Glover Youth Program from 2009 to 2013, said. “If I can motivate him (my brother), I can motivate others.” 

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Archived 2010 photo: LaVar Glover founded Glover Youth Program, Inc. - a residential facility that catered to mentoring males between the ages of 12-17.(Kelli Wynn/Jim Witmer)

Through the nonprofit, Glover provided boys in foster care and/or a juvenile courts system with residential placement, mentoring, life skills development and therapeutic treatment services. 

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“I felt like I had always been a humble kid, that come from humble beginnings. Growing up with lack of resources and growing up poor makes you appreciate what you've got,” Glover said. “I was always comfortable in my own skin because I didn’t have much.” 

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LaVar Glover (right) is picured here in this 2002 photo with his brother James Phillips (left). At the time this photo was taken, Glover had just signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two are standing at the Steelers office in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo submitted by LaVar Glover.(Kelli Wynn/Contributed photo)

During his career in football, Glover, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions. 

Following a three-year stint in the NFL, he played seven years in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. 

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Dayton called him home when his football days were done. 

“I wanted to be around my family,” he said. 

He said he was nurtured in the community he grew up in, recalling Little League and going to the Wesley Community Center.

“I was familiar with the community. I had a community network,” he said. “Dayton was good to me.” 

We caught up with LaVar Glover, this week’s Daytonian of the Week. 

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LaVar Glover during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals

What do you do, and how did you get involved in Community Action Partnership? 

I am the Director of Self-Sufficiency and I facilitate and coordinate “Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-By World” workshops in Montgomery, Greene, Preble and Darke counties. 

[The workshop] is about building resources for a better life for those living in poverty or unstable situations. In Getting Ahead, we study poverty and near poverty through the lens of economic class to better understand how our society and the economy work. In groups of 12-14 people, we investigate the impact that poverty and low wages have on our community and what it takes to move from a just getting-by world. The idea of “Getting Ahead” means action and movement- getting ahead of where we are now, toward a brighter future. 

 I first learned of CAP through my wife (Ivy), who previously worked for CAP in the Marketing Department. 

 Becoming the Director of Self-Sufficiency was a great fit for me. I genuinely care about helping others, I am a coach at heart, and I grew up in poverty. 

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover with his children, Matthew and Imani. (Submitted)

What superpower would you love to have? 

I would love to be able to fly like Superman. 

What do you love about life in Dayton? 

Dayton is small but impactful. 

What do you wish people knew about CAP? 

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover.(Submitted)

I wish people knew all of our services and the many counties we serve. CAP is an organization that helps people become more stable with a variety of programs. Our newest programs are the Legal Clinic, Transportation Services, and Getting Ahead. We also have free Tax Services and Computer Classes, to name a few. 

What is the most important thing you learned from your NFL career? 

Make every day count. 

What advice do you give to student athletes hoping to make sports a career? 

Be humble. Be coach-able and work beyond your limits in the classroom and on the field. Prepare for adversity and fall in love with the process of being the best person you can be. 

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover.(Submitted)

What is the last book you read? 

“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz. 

Where do you go for a great time? 

Great times for me are spent with my family at our golf courses and bowling alleys. 

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What would you change about Dayton? 

I would like to rehab all of the abandoned buildings (downtown) and homes throughout the community. Also, I would like to change the negative stigma Dayton sometimes carry throughout the community. I’m ready for Dayton Public Schools to be recognized as a great school district again. 

What should people know about Dayton? 

Dayton is on the move with re-developing the downtown areas. Dayton has beautiful real estate and is prime for business opportunities. Dayton has many resources for people in need. 

LaVar Glover (back) with his family (left to right)Matthew, Imani, Ivy, and Lil Reggie(Submitted by LaVar Glover)

LaVar Glover (center in uniform) is pictured in this 2001 photo with University of Cincinnati Football Coach (left) Rick Minter, his brother James Phillips and his mother (right). Photo submitted by LaVar Glover.(Kelli Wynn/Contributed photo)

Derrick Shepard, William Waters, LaVar Glover, Avery Cunningham, Reggie Powers, JC Baker, Derrick Adams and Joy Baker (front)(Submitted by LaVar Glover)

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover.(Submitted)

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Pink named People’s Most Beautiful for 2018

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

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People magazine has named Pink the Most Beautiful Woman of 2018.

The singer is front and center on People’s “Beautiful Issue,” a rebranding of the annual honor, dropping the word most, Entertainment Tonight reported.

The publication’s editor-in-chief, Jess Cagle, told Entertainment Tonight, “Over the years, the name of the issue has evolved (’50 Most Beautiful,’ ‘Most Beautiful Woman,’ etc.), but the words ‘Most Beautiful’ have always been part of the title. This year we’re renaming it ‘The Beautiful Issue’ - to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest. Nothing else has changed.”

Cagle said, “As always it will feature beautiful women (and a few men) of all shapes, sizes and colors, and it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry.”

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Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, is according to People, “a woman who checks all those boxes. She’s a performer, mother and a role model whose honesty, humor, confidence and sheer star power make her one of the most beloved and fascinating entertainers on the planet.”

Pink, who is originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is mom to Jameson Moon, 15 months, and Willow Sage, 6 and-a-half-years-old, and is married to Carey Hart. 

She’s on her Beautiful Trauma tour.

The magazine will be on newsstands on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Recording artist Pink performs the National Anthem during the Super Bowl LII Pregame show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)(Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar top nomination list

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:27 PM

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The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations with 15 each. In the top artist award category the three are up against Drake, with nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who snagged five BBMA nods.

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Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:

Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black

 Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2

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The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, on NBC.

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