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Published: Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 7:11 PM
— The country music community lost half of the duo Montgomery Gentry on Friday when Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash.
A representative for Montgomery Gentry confirmed the news in a statement, saying Gentry, 50, was killed when an aircraft crashed in Medford, New Jersey.
Musicians and institutions in the country community and elsewhere expressed condolences and thoughts on Twitter:
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM
— Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey has broken several records throughout her career, and she’s recently added another to her list of accomplishments.
The former talk show host and founder of OWN network earned a spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which lists the world’s 500 richest people.
Winfrey, 64, ranked 494 on the list, making her the first black female billionaire ever featured in the round-up.
Winfrey’s fortune hit $4 billion this week thanks to her stake in Weight Watchers International Inc., according to Bloomberg. The company’s share has more than doubled since she partnered with the brand in 2015.
Her ownership of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” her cable network OWN and recent partnership with Apple have also contributed to her fortune.
Winfrey is one of 65 women and one of six female entrepreneurs on the list. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, ranks No. 1.
Want to know who else made the cut? Take a look at the full index here.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
— Amandla Stenberg, an actress who gained fame as the ill-fated Rue in “The Hunger Games,” has come out as gay.
Known as a vocal supporter of social justice issues from the erasure of non-normative sexualities to the Black Lives Matter movement, Stenberg has previously said she identified herself as bisexual in public. She also said that she would also use the word pansexual to describe herself, meaning she is not limited in who she likes in terms of biological sex, gender or gender identity. At the time, she said identifying as bisexual was easier for those unfamiliar with pansexuality to understand.
In a conversation with musician King Princess for Wonderland magazine, Amandla said she is out and proud.
“So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print,” Stenberg wrote on Instagram Sunday.
“Let’s get real right out of the gate,” King Princess said. “I don’t know if the people in the back heard you, are you gay?”
“*Insert Ellen DeGeneres’ TIME Magazine cover squat and wide smile* ‘Yep, I’m Gay,’” Stenberg replies.
Stenberg also discusses the emotional moments she’s had when she realized what her sexuality was.
“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realised that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” she said. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self -deprivation. Like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up.’...
“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
"This being the Generation Award, I’m going to cut to the chase and I am going to speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up," he said.
Read Pratt’s nine rules below.
Pratt accepted the award from his former "Parks and Recreation" costar Aubrey Plaza and current "Jurassic World" costar Bryce Dallas Howard. He gave a special shout-out to his family, friends and fans before receiving a standing ovation from the room.
Past winners of the MTV Generation Award include Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:15 PM
— Garth Brooks took to Facebook Live Monday to debut his new single from his upcoming untitled album.
Billboard reported that the musician spoke about his new song, “All Day Long,” on his weekly show, “Inside Studio G.”
“From the very first lick, this song is a party,” Brooks said in a statement. “Country radio, uptempo honky-tonk and summer go so good together.”
The Tennessean reported that the single features a fiddle, steel guitar and electric guitar.
“The new music feels good,” Brooks said. “And the new music feels very old school. It sounds brand new, but it’s very old school. It’s going to be upbeat. It’s fun. It’s a little summer, man. Let’s turn it up, and have some fun.”
In addition to the new song, Brooks’ new album is available for preorder for a limited-time price of $10 on Amazon.com. Fans who preorder the album will get a download of the exclusive track “The Road I’m On.”