<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 10:22:56 -0400Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:22:56 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bruce Springsteen Stops Concert for Marriage Proposal]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:19:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BruceSpringsteen-AP_506149291660.jpg

Bruce Springsteen stopped his show to invite a couple on stage during his concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Thursday night, “Today” reported. 

Springsteen stopped singing after he noticed something going on by the side of the stage. His guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, pointed to his ring finger, indicating the couple got engaged mid performance. 

The couple, who has been together for eight years celebrated their engagement on stage. 

“This is my girlfriend, Jill," the groom-to-be said after Springsteen handed him the mic. "We've been to a ton of shows together. This is by far the highlight of them all." 

They stayed onstage as Springsteen serenaded them to the rest of “Jersey Girl” as they slow-danced and took selfies. 



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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Thank You Notes for Tim Tebow, Parallel Parking]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:37:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e189_521_thankyounotes_20160826_1200x675_752562755766.jpg Jimmy Fallon thanks Tim Tebow, among others, in his latest edition of his Thank You Notes.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Jessica Alba, Jeff Foxworthy Try Roomba Beer Pong]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:24:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595427954.jpg Watch Jessica Alba and Jeff Foxworthy take their best shots at the ever-popular Roomba Beer Pong competition on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."]]> <![CDATA['Really Sad': Perry Expresses Sympathy for 'Catfish' Victim]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:58:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/463155768.jpg

Maybe a face-to-face meeting would've cleared things up.

Katy Perry is offering her sympathies to Spencer Morrill, a Tennessee man who appeared on a recent episode of the MTV series "Catfish: The TV Show," who believed he was in a six-year online relationship with the singer, reports US Weekly.

"My heart goes out to him actually, because anybody that’s been fooled like that or just, you know, people have dreams, and people live in different parts of world where not everything is always so accessible,” Perry said during an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up." "We live on the coast, and we get stuff in a way that some other people don’t get, and I feel bad for him, and … I empathize."

In the Aug. 17th episode, Morrill sought help from the show’s hosts, Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, to find his online love 'Katy.' The Knoxville native never met Perry in person and the two only communicated via text, email, text and various messaging apps. He also believed they had once talked on the phone.

Sadly, the "Catfish" crew discovered the person Morrill was in fact talking to was a Canadian woman named Harriet, living in London.



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<![CDATA[Va. Woman Shoots Down Drone Near Robert Duvall's Home]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:00:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082616+robert+duvall+Jennifer+Youngman.jpg

A Virginia woman says she shot down a drone after she spotted the device flying over her famous next door neighbor Robert Duvall's house and it veered onto her land.

Jennifer Youngman said she was cleaning two guns on her front porch in Fauquier County when she saw two men park in front of the actor's home. 

The men set up a table and began operating the drone over "The Godfather" star's property.

The device buzzed about 75 feet in the air and disturbed his cows, Youngman said. 

But when the men appeared to have lost control of the drone, Youngman took action.

“They were going a little too fast and they went over my airspace," she told The Fauquier Times, which was first to report the story. "I had my .20-gauge there, so I put two 71/2 birdshot shells in it, and there you are.”

Youngman, who said she does a lot of clay shooting, took down the drone with a single shot, she said.

The men were angry but fled when Youngman threatened to call police.

“They were kinda mad, but they knew to not come on my property,” she told the Times about the incident, which she said occurred a few weeks ago.

The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said no one had filed a criminal complaint related to the incident. Police said they had not heard from the men with the drone.



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<![CDATA[The Obamas: The First Couple of Pop Culture]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:43:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ObamasNordicStateDinner-AP_16135016872598.jpg

Major Hollywood depictions of White House marriages, idealized and otherwise (plenty of Kennedy-related material falls into both categories), usually track some distance from their subjects' hey-day. One prominent, unofficial exception: "Primary Colors," the thinly veiled Clinton-inspired political satire that hit theaters in 1998 during Bill Clinton's second term. 

The acclaimed 1976 TV miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin," chronicling the future first couple's kissing-cousins courtship, came more than three decades after FDR's death. 

The more recent HBO effort "John Adams" landed nearly two centuries after the second president and his beloved Abigail exchanged their last by turns witty and sweet letters addressed to "My Dearest Friend."

In keeping with our fast-paced media age, "Southside With You," a film about Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson's 1989 first date, arrives this week – five months before the couple vacates the White House. The movie isn't only an expression of the producers’ confidence in the Obamas’ appeal – it also underscores their status as history's most entertainment-media friendly president and first lady.

Barack Obama made his first late night TV comedy appearance as president with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," and later slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon. President Obama sat between Zach Galifianakis’ two ferns and tooled around the White House grounds in a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe with Jerry Seinfeld. 

Michelle Obama recently took a "Carpool Karaoke" ride with James Corden, belting Stevie Wonder and Beyonce tunes. She went "mom dancing" – twice  – with Fallon.

The Obamas’ entertainment-world forays reflect their recognition that it sometimes takes embracing the celebrity-obsessed culture to advance their agendas (the president’s Galifianakis appearance encouraged young people to sign up for healthcare; Michelle Obama's dance stints were in sync with her Let’s Move! fitness campaign).

History will judge whether their pop cultural ventures represent an extension of the modern-day made-for-Hollywood glamour epitomized by the Kennedys and Reagans – or a dubious sign of the times in an era when a former vice presidential candidate became a reality TV star and a former reality TV star became a major party candidate for president.

The success or failure of "Southside," which comes amid a highly partisan presidential race, could offer a hint of the Obamas' long-term position in the annals of the political-pop cultural intersection.

The film's producers, among them Obama supporter John Legend, recently upped the ante by expanding the opening run to more than 800 theaters – marking a national debut for what started out as film festival fare, The Hollywood Reporter noted this week.

The movie garnered some good advance notices at Sundance and its stars, Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, enjoy a winning chemistry, as evidenced by their recent appearance on "The Late Show.” Sawyers showed off his uncanny Barack Obama imitation while Sumpter flexed her First Lady-like toned upper arms.

But the film's real strength is a couple who could have never known 27 years ago that their first date – a coupling they initially tried to hide from their Chicago law firm colleagues – would lead to a seemingly never-ending close-up.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Spears on Carpool Karaoke: Done With Men, Wants More Kids]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:47:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SPEARS_GettyImages-591604326.jpg

Britney Spears couldn't say what her song "Oops!...I Did It Again" was about during her appearance on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke on "The Late Late Show" Thursday night.

"I think it's just a song," she said.

Spears sang many of her famous hits dating back to the '90s during her ride with Corden, who harmonized and belted out the tunes while in the driver's seat.

The two sang hits from "Oops!...I Did It Again" to "Toxic" to "Baby One More Time." 

During the ride, Spears said she wanted three more children — without the baggage of a partner. 

"I think I might not ever go to men again," she said. "I think, ever do the whole men thing again anymore. I'm just done with men." 

She continued, "I don't believe in marriage anymore." 

Spears paid tribute to her first hit by sporting a gray cardigan and white oxford shirt that echoed her famous schoolgirl uniform from the music video.

Spears noted that she employs some subterfuge when staying at hotels by using aliases.

One example is "Anida Dick."

Britney's Carpool session was timed with her new album, "Glory", which officially released right before she stepped into Cordon's car.

"Glory" marks Spears' ninth studio album and the pop star released the first single off the highly anticipated body of work back in mid-July with the track "Make Me."

Spears recently spoke to E! News about the making of the album.

"It's very exciting...I've been working on this project for a year and a half now, almost two years so it really means a lot to me," she said. "It's my baby."

"It's a little melodic, a little more not so poppy," she added. "It's kind of chill. Very chill."



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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Lochte Fan Interrupts Meyers]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:36:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e149_409_lochtefan_20160825_1200x675_751513667954.jpg A Ryan Lochte fan, played by a "Late Night" staff member, interrupts host Seth Meyers to ask why the American Olympian hasn’t been a guest on the show.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Closer Look at Trump Going Soft]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:54:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e149_409_closerlook_20160825_1200x675_751516227700.jpg Donald Trump’s attempt to appeal to more voters by changing his stance on immigration is not going well for the GOP’s presidential candidate, host Seth Meyers surmises.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Barbra Streisand Duets With 'Donald Trump']]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:36:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_175160_0671.JPG It's no secret Barbra Streisand is #WithHer. But on the "Tonight Show" Thursday night the music icon did some bi-partisan crooning with an unlikely partner: Donald Trump.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Tweets: #MyDumbLie]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:41:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e188_520_hashtags_20160825_1200x675_751515203555.jpg "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MyDumbLie.]]> <![CDATA['Breaking Bad's' R.J. Mitte Wants More Disabled Actors on TV]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:19:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-532676832-mitte.jpg

RJ Mitte, known to legions of television fans as Walter White Jr. from "Breaking Bad," now wants to break barriers he feels are unfairly keeping disabled actors off the small screen.

Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, gave fans of the show a first hand look at what it was like for a person with that disability. But he says too often those roles go either unrepresented or portrayed by able-bodied actors. 

"I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without my disability. I utilized everything I know about living with cerebral palsy for my role in 'Breaking Bad,'" Mitte told The Irish Examiner.

An analysis released in July found 95 percent of characters with disabilities on top 10 television shows were played by able-bodied actors, according to a study released by Ruderman White Paper.

The study on employment of actors with disabilities in television reveals the "unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood," the report noted.

"It was my acting ability that landed me the role, although my disability helped get me the part of Walt Junior – like everyone else I went through a grueling audition process," he said.

Mitte, 24, is co-hosting NBC's Rio 2016 Paralympics, and says he hopes increased visibility will inspire a tidal shift in the way disabilities are portrayed through the media and in Hollywood.

"I’m really looking forward to co-presenting the Paralympics, and I truly hope Rio 2016 will open further opportunities for other disabled actors in TV," he said.



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<![CDATA[Watch: 'Manchester by the Sea' Trailer]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:13:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trailersm.jpg In the new movie, "Manchester by the Sea," a teen (Lucas Hedges) is suddenly under the legal guardianship of his uncle (Casey Affleck) after his father (Kyle Chandler) passes away. ]]> <![CDATA[#Aaliyah15: Remembering Aaliyah 15 Years After Her Death]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:38:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ALLIYAH_HAUGHTON.jpg

Fans have taken to social media to mourn the loss of R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton on the 15th anniversary of her death at just 22 years old. 

On Aug. 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. The plane caught fire shortly after takeoff. She was returning home after time in the Caribbean filming the music video for her new single "Rock the Boat." 

Aaliyah collaborated with music legends Timbaland and Missy Elliott over the course of her short career. 

"It's great that everybody appreciates what she did for the short time she was here and it's amazing that her legacy is still alive, it's amazing," choreographer Fatima Robinson told Essence magazine earlier this year. 

Aaliyah had shared her excitement about being cast in "The Matrix Reloaded" during an E! interview in 2001. But she was not able to star in the movie as it began filming after her death. Nona Gay assumed her role.  

A Lifetime biopic on her life, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B," aired in 2014. 

On social media, fans used the hashtag #Aaliyah15 to share their remembrances of the pop princess. 



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<![CDATA[Pathetic Backlash Over Zendaya Casting in New Spider-Man Web]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DunstZendaya.jpg

The sage words of Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben – "With great power comes great responsibility" – landed in the comics in 1962, helping kick off the webslinger's storied run on a sober, yet inspiring note.

The explosion of the World Wide Web three decades later bestowed great powers even on those never bitten by a radioactive spider. But the responsibility portion of the Ben Parker covenant doesn’t always stick.

Latest case in point: the venom spewed by online trolls infuriated over a report in The Wrap that actress and singer Zendaya, the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father, has been cast as Mary Jane Watson – Peter Parker's traditionally white, red-headed love interest – in an upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot.

It marks the latest virtual backlash from, little doubt, much of the same crowd who aimed their misplaced outrage at the all-female remake of "Ghostbusters," with racist hate hurled at Leslie Jones,  the victim again this week of a vicious online hacking. More nastiness was spurred by the casting of award-winning actress Nona Dumezweni, who is black, as Hermoine Granger in the London stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, the trolls' foolish consistency is the (green) hobgoblin of little minds.

In the worlds of beloved series, the characters' race or even gender isn't necessarily key – but relatability is crucial. The durability of great franchises also rests in an ability to adjust with the times, which includes offering a more realistic representation of the populous than in years past. Peter Parker, after all, is a product of Queens, New York, one of the most diverse places on Earth, with scores of languages spoken.

The language of hate, even when cloaked in a pop culture debate, can be dangerous – and sad. While the fierceness of some responses are, in a sense, a tribute to the enduring grip of the Spider-Man story, it's pathetic that some supposed fans are threatened by any hint of change to fantasy world denizens. 

Some anger greeted news of the casting of 51-year-old beauty Marisa Tomei as Peter Parker's Aunt May, the frail, white-haired senior citizen of comic book lore. But the reaction didn’t match the abuse heaped upon Zendaya. At 19, the Disney Channel star is an age - appropriate choice – unlike Tobey Maguire, who was a decade older than teenage Peter Parker when he debuted in the first "Spider-Man" movie 14 years ago.

Trolls’ ranks can be difficult to pin down, but raucous voices tend to attract outsized notice. The Mary Jane gang proved loud enough to get the attention of "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn. “For me, if a character's primary attribute – the thing that makes them iconic – is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks,” Gunn, who is not involved in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' posted on Facebook.

Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, who penned Uncle Ben’s famous words, offered some more avuncular wisdom this week in an interview with Postmedia Network: “The (color) of their skin doesn’t matter, their religion doesn’t matter. All that matters is that this is the right person for the role.”

To quote another phrase made famous by Lee: "Nuff said!"

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Meyers' Updated Offer to Trump]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:17:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e148_408_chicagopresident_20160824_1200x675_750572099746.jpg Host Seth Meyers believes that Donald Trump doesn’t actually want to be president and so Meyers offered to make Trump a president in a show. But since Trump hasn’t responded to his offer, he decided to read “The Art of the Deal” to try and tempt Trump to play in the show.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’ Back in My Day: Tinder, Pretty Little Liars]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e148_408_backinmyday_20160824_1200x675_750572099867.jpg Host Seth Meyers talks about the simpler times “back in my day.” Swimmers didn’t cause an international sensation by peeing behind a gas station instead they went in the pool.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Musical Beers With Aaron Paul]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-594877620.jpg It's a free-for-all as Aaron Paul, Florida Georgia Line, and Tig Notaro compete in a tense game that puts an adult twist on musical chairs.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: BONK! Vol. 2]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e187_519_bonkvol2_20160824_%281%29_1200x675_750568515900.jpg Jimmy Fallon, host, shows a clip from the obscure German TV show "BONK!," where the host, Fritz Vanderbonk, shows pictures of celebrities, then "bonks" them. Get the "BONK!" app here. ]]> <![CDATA[Soldier's Heartfelt Sign Brings Miranda Lambert to Tears During Show]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP795870020704.jpg

A soldier who brought country singer Miranda Lambert to tears during her concert in Hartford, Connecticut, Friday is going to meet her, according to Country 92.5 Radio.

Videos posted on social media showed Lambert halt her performance of her 2009 hit "The House That Built Me" after spotting the soldier's sign in the crowd at the Xfinity Theatre. 

"Really?" Lambert said a few bars into the song as tears streamed down her face.

The Grammy-winning artist then walked over to the soldier and grabbed his sign, holding it up for the audience to see, a video posted on YouTube shows. The message read, "3 combat tours" and Lambert's voice was the last thing he heard every night. "Thank you."  

Lambert attempted to resume singing, wiping away tears, but appeared to be too choked up to continue.

“Second verse, I gotta get a drink, y’all gotta do this,” the emotional songstress said as she stepped away from the microphone. Lambert eventually came back to sing the bridge.

Another video published online showed the teary-eyed soldier, enraptured over Lambert's acknowledgment.

On Wednesday, the radio station interviewed the soldier, Jeff, and surprised him with tickets to another Lambert concert on Friday, which will also include a chance to meet the country star backstage.

"It's one thing to get choked up during a song, but that girl couldn't make it through any of the song because of you," radio host Cory Myers said. "And I think that deserves for you to at least go back and put your arms around her and get a picture."



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<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez Splits With 'Casper' Smart]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:06:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/163*120/lopez+GettyImages-545821662.jpg

Jennifer Lopez is reportedly back on the block.

The accomplished actress, singer has split from longtime boyfriend Beau 'Casper' Smart, reports People Magazine.

"Jennifer and Casper have split," the source says. "They have not been together for a few weeks."

"It wasn't anything dramatic and they were on good terms – it just came to a natural end," the source adds. "They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable."

The couple began dating in 2011.



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<![CDATA[Leslie Jones' Website Gets Hacked, Photos Leaked]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:47:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-543705532.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones has once again been the victim of Internet trolls.

This time hackers gained access to personal information including her passport, driver's license and several iCloud photos, including nude pictures, and then posted them to her personal website JustLeslie.com, according to reports.

The website was taken down around noon Wednesday.

Last month Jones found herself the victim of a series of racist tweets that led her to leave social media and abandon her Twitter account for a short period of time. 

Jones recently returned from Brazil where she was serving as an online and on-air correspondent for NBC at the Rio Olympics. The comedian is expected to join her fellow "SNL" cast members when the show’s 42nd season debuts this fall.

Jones has not commented publicly on Twitter following the most recent hack.

But Questlove tweeted support for the actress, describing the attacks against her as "hate crimes."



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<![CDATA[Courteney Cox 'Regrets' Plastic Surgery Procedures]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:39:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/courtney-cox-split.jpg

Courteney Cox expressed regret over choices she's made about her physical appearance while dealing with the pressures of aging in Hollywood during her recent appearance on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."

"Getting older is not the easiest. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with being older," Cox said. "I have done things that I regret, and luckily they're things that dissolve and go away, so that's good, because that's not always been my best look."

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Cox, 52, rose to fame as a star on NBC's "Friends" from 1994 to 2004, and later headlined the show "Cougar Town" from 2009 to 2015.

She told Grylls that as her fame grew she got caught up in the cycle of trying to maintain a youthful appearance and made questionable choices along the way.

"You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go 'Oh, God, I look horrible,'" she said.

Cox also spoke about the vicious attacks she's been subjected to on social media. "People can be pretty mean," she said.  "The comments...if I ever want to feel really bad about myself I just click on one of those 'Daily Mail' comment sections."



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<![CDATA[E-40 Donates $25K Worth of Backpacks to his Alma Mater]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/e40main1.jpg

Bay Area rapper E-40 is giving back to his alma matter in a big way. The Vallejo, Ca. native, whose real name is Earl Stevens, donated $25,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to students from Franklin Middle School in his hometown Tuesday.

The platinum-award-winning 48-year-old rapper, who is known to throw turkey, backpack and toy drives, told reporters at the event that he had grown up on nearby Magazine Street and made the honor roll in eighth grade.

“This is very important to me, school’s everything,” he said. “I’m just giving back. I love the kids. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

His message to the kids: “Stay in school, stay out of trouble, stay positive.”

A Title 1 school, Franklin Middle School has been providing backpacks and school supplies to students on the first day of school for the past two years. When E-40 found out that the school has been unable to secure a grant this year he made sure that every student was able to choose a Jansport backpack, which came filled with necessary supplies like pencils, pens, notebooks, binders and folders.

"Kids are our future and we must invest in them," E-40 said. "It's good to be involved in your community. If you're in a position to help someone, I think you should do it. I'm playing my position."

Every backpack also came with a handwritten note from E-40:

Dear Franklin Scholars,

Welcome to Franklin Middle School! For the past two years, Franklin Middle School has been providing backpacks and school supplies to our students on the first day of school through community donations and grants. When Earl “E-40” Stevens learned that the school was unable to secure a grant for the beginning of the school year, he was more than willing to meet the need of our school site. E-40 stated, “Kids are our future and we must invest in them. Not every kid is privileged to afford school supplies, but every kid deserves to be equipped with the tools necessary to succeed.” Every student at Franklin Middle School is able to select a Jansport backpack filled with school supplies and a personal message from our sponsor, E-40.

Earl “E-40” Steven is a true example of what you can accomplish with hard work and motivation. One of the most celebrated rappers of all time, E-40 has attained legendary status in hip-hop. At age 48, E-40 is an anomaly in hip-hop, maintaining his relevance over a career that spans four decades, which boasts several platinum and gold singles. E-40’s success extends beyond the music industry, most notably through his entrepreneurship in other industries. E-40 is continuing his unprecedented longevity and success as an independent artist with his double album, The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 & 2, scheduled for late 2016.

As a former Franklin scholar, it was important for him to equip each and every student with the tools necessary to succeed, while also motivating them by sharing his story. As a person who has thrown several turkey drives, backpack drives, toy drives, and more, this backpack drive for his alma mater is the latest example of his commitment to his community and Vallejo youth. E-40 concluded, “It’s good to be involved in your community. If you’re in a position to help someone, I think you should do it. I’m playing my position.” Along with E-40, this endeavor would not have been possible without the support of our amazing staff at Franklin Middle, our friends at Bridgeway Church, our Full Service Community School Site Collaborative Team, Mayor Osby Davis and staff, and our Franklin parents and families. We are truly thankful for the generosity and support of E-40 and wish everyone good luck in the new school year!



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<![CDATA[Pearl Jam Stops Mid-Song, Ejects Fan at Wrigley Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-490195308.jpg

Perhaps he seemed to "recognize his face," as the song goes.  

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder stopped mid-song during Monday night’s Wrigley Field concert to teach an apparently unruly fan a lesson in minding his manners.

"Hey, hey, mister!" Vedder shouted into the audience, in a moment captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. "Hey, get your finger out of that woman’s face!"

The crowd reacted with sporadic applause, cheers and chatter as Vedder, an Evanston, Illinois, native, let the unidentified audience member know "all the fingers are pointing at you."

"Come on, clear out, mister," Vedder chided to growing applause.

He then appeared to address the woman who allegedly had the finger stuck in her face, asking if she was okay to claps and whistles from fans. He admired how she handled herself then launched back into the interrupted tune "Lukin," and then into "Mind Your Manners."

A few commenters appear to be supportive of Vedder’s actions.

“He definitely is one of a kind! Absolutely what I love about him,” commenter Michelle Hall posted. “Glad Eddie kick(ed) that man out of the concert and that was so sweet of Eddie to ask the woman if she was okay! Love what he said after it was all over with. You gotta take care of ur woman.”

Another commenter endorsed Vedder’s intervention and had a few words for the man in question.

“Another reason for me to love him,” user RebeccaCrum posted. “This was an awesome moment last night. Mind your manners, dude and take your crazy out of our show.”



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