As the industry honored the best in music at the Grammys on Monday, supermodel Iman paid tribute to her late husband, legendary singer David Bowie. A few hours before Lady Gaga graced the stage for a special performance dedicated to Bowie, Iman took to Instagram and posted a photo of her wearing a black sweater with the word “Bowie” emblazoned on it. The sweater also featured imagery of birds and a heart. During the tribute performance, Lady Gaga sang a mashup of Bowie’s hits, including “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity,” and “Fashion.” Her red carpet look was also inspired by the singer’s style. “Put on your red shoes and dance the blues,” she posted on Instagram. “The world loves you David.” Bowie was also featured in the memorium part of the show. Iman did not attend the ceremony. Read more.
Taylor Swift Throws Shade at Kanye West During Acceptance Speech
During her Album of the Year acceptance speech, Taylor Swift took the opportunity to throw a subliminal shot at Kanye West. “As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” said Swift. “But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going. You’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.” On Kanye’s new song, “Famous,” he raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. / Why? I made that (expletive) famous.” Read more.
Civic Groups File Lawsuit to Block Proof-of-Citizenship Laws
Republicans are pushing for stricter voter ID laws, a major factor in regards to the low voter turnout for Blacks and Latinos. Brian Newby, Executive Director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC), has plans to make it a requirement to show proof of citizenship to vote in Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama. Local groups that include the Georgia NAACP and the League of Women Voters have decided to take legal action. They filed a lawsuit against Newby’s plan, urging him to lift the proof of citizenship voting requirement. “The timing of the Executive Director’s decision jeopardizes the integrity of several upcoming federal elections,” read the lawsuit. “Tellingly, while Mr. Newby failed to provide formal public notice and an opportunity to comment before changing the EAC’s policy, on information and belief, he entertained several ex parte communications from the Kansas Secretary of State, along with similar communications with officials from Alabama and Georgia, before he approved the States’ requests.” Read more.
Diddy Learns Family Members Were Free People In “Finding Your Roots”
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is known for delving into the ancestry of celebs on his show Finding Your Roots. On a recent episode featuring hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Gates dug up some surprising facts about Combs’ family history. He discovered that his third-generation grandfather, who was born in Maryland, was not born into slavery, despite the fact that it was considered a slave state. “Make no mistake about it man, this is not typical of the Black experience,” Gates said. “For 90% of the African-American people who sat where you’ve sat when I’ve done their family tree, no free ancestors.” Combs also discovered that the ancestor was thrown in jail for being a runaway, even though he was a free man. “I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for him, being locked up and to be innocent,” said Combs. Maryland abolished slavery in 1864. Read more.
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