Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows Again 3 Years Later Due to Health Issues
Aretha Franklin is canceling some upcoming concerts to rest up.
The 74-year-old singer said in a statement Monday that “due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” including an Aug. 26 show at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna, Virginia.
Franklin is canceling two performances at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall: She’ll skip “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on Sept. 15 and a solo show on Sept. 23.
Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner Show To Be Cancelled Before 3rd Season
We are happy to announce this show is coming to an end and we couldn’t be happier. We never intended to watch and never did but we can see by the low numbers, not many people were interested much more in the show. Thank God!
There will be no third season for I Am Cait, its star Caitlyn Jenner revealed online today. The docuseries starring the former Bruce Jenner as she embraced her life as a woman debuted to big ratings of 2.73 million on July 26, 2015 but soon fell off. Its Season 2, which premiered March 6, saw fewer than 500,000 total viewers for some episodes.
Actor and Producer Nate Parker Addresses Old Rape Charges and Acquittal from Penn State Student
Last week when The Birth Of A Nation writer, director, producer and star Nate Parker faced a Deadline reporter to address 17-year old charges he and the film’s co-story writer had raped a woman while all of them were students at Penn State (she claimed they had sex with her after she had passed out while they claimed the encounter was consensual), he vowed not to run from responsibility even though he had been found not guilty. Now that word surfaced that the woman killed herself 13 years later — trial records disclosed she had attempted suicide in the aftermath of a case that saw Parker declared not guilty and Jean McGianni Celestin’s initial conviction for sexual assault overturned on appeal — Parker has reportedly addressed the tragedy tonight in this Facebook post.
DC Mayor Marion Barry’s Son Dies of Drug Overdose at Age 36
Marion “Christopher” Barry, Jr., the only son of Washington, D.C.’s late embattled Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday, WUSA-TV reported. He was 36.
The younger Barry, known to his friends as Christopher or Chris, died of an apparent overdose on synthetic marijuana, The Washington Post reported, quoting those close to him. No official cause of death was immediately confirmed.
In a statement, Cora Masters Barry, Marion Barry’s widow, said: “My heart is broken. I am in shock. The news of his death is beyond comprehension.”
Atlanta’s Spelman College May Consider Admitting Transgender Students
Spelman College’s president is convening a task force to provide recommendations on whether the all-women’s, historically black college will admit transgender students.
President Mary Schmidt Campbell included the information in a welcome back letter to the campus community on Thursday and posted on the private school’s website.
Spelman is the latest prestigious women’s college to consider admitting transgender students. Other institutions, including Barnard College in New York City and the other members of The Seven Sisters association of historical woman’s institutions in the northeast have already enacted policies admitting those students.
Seaway Bank and Trust in Chicago Make Impression for All Black Banks
Chicago faith leaders gathered to share their initiative to encourage their congregations to open accounts at one of the city’s Black-owned banks.
The group, which contains 100 pastors from across Chicagoland, held a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 9. to promise $100,000 in deposits for Seaway Bank and Trust Company. The bank, which was established to counter discriminatory lending practices, has been investing in community organizations since its inception in 1965. Banking with Seaway, the pastors say, is a way to directly help Chicago’s Black communities.