During the finale of an Ariana Grande concert Monday (May 22) in Manchester, England, a suicide bomber set off an explosion that killed 22 concert goers, and left at least 59 injured. The incident has left many, including Ariana, broken, especially with the loss of so many young lives.
Following the attack, Grande took to twitter with some sober words for her fans. She wrote "broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” After some time took away some of the shock, the "The Way" singer offered a few more words saying “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”
Just yesterday (May 26), the 23 year old artist announce plans to hold a benefit concert in Manchester. The money raised from the concert will benefit the bombing victims and their families.
According to ABC News, 10 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation. Salman Abedi, 22, was identified as the suicide bomber. Details on the incident are still forthcoming.
In the wake of the Manchester attack, Netflix is canceling its upcoming London premieres. The streaming giant has scrapped plans for a special screening of Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is The New Black and GLOW, her new wrestling dramedy.
Additionally, Universal Pictures has canceled the U.K. premiere of Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy, in the wake of Monday’s attack. The premiere had been set for June 1.
The BBC said Thursday that Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival will take place “as planned” this weekend in Hull, England after the bombing. Added the public broadcaster: “We ask for the patience and cooperation of anyone coming to the event on the weekend and that they allow extra time to pass through security.”
On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terrorism threat level from “severe” to “critical,” and warned that another attack on the U.K. could be “imminent.” Six men and one woman have been arrested so far in the U.K. in connection to the deadly attack.
Before Saturday's (May 20) season finale of "Saturday Night Live," fans had already learned that two of the shows regulars were done after the show. Long time "SNL" fixtures Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer had announced they were leaving the show, but no we know of a third cast member who will not be returning, Sasheer Zamata.
Zamata join the show in 2014 after 'SNL' was under heavy criticism over not having any black female cast members. While Zamata was well deserving of the gig, it did put a lot of pressure on her since she became the first black woman to be a cast member since the 2007 departure of Maya Rudolph. She had a slow start on the show but by the 2015 season Zamata was dazzling the audience with her comedic timing, incredible impressions that included Rihanna and First Lady Michelle Obama, and her role on 'Black Jeopardy'. If there was any bad thing about Zamata's run on 'SNL' it would be that she was often under utilized, often only appearing as an extra in skits and sometimes not being used at all. Now that she is leaving, hopefully she can reach her full potential.
While she’s remained silent about her departure, Zamata gave it a mention on her Instagram Sunday (May 21).
The comedian recently dropped her stand up special “Pizza Mind” on streaming sites Seeso and Amazon Prime.
The Shawn Carter Foundation co-founder Gloria Carter, Jay-Z's mom, is coming together with eBay for Charity to help underprivileged youth fulfill there dreams of getting a college education.
The eBay for Charity auctions campaign launched on Monday (May 15) and runs through Wednesday, May 24, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation’s educational programs and scholarship fund. During the 10-day campaign, fans will have the chance to donate and bid on unique experiences and celebrity memorabilia from Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, among others.
Among the unique experiences on auction are a VIP lounge party at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City, Made in America VIP passes and the chance to meet the New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia or the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano. Signed guitars from Nick Jonas and DNCE are also up for auction.
Fans can also donate directly to the Shawn Carter Foundation. They will be automatically entered to win a VIP Day at Roc Nation headquarters. The final VIP Day will include a meeting with Roc Nation executives, hosting a listening session with members of Roc Nation’s A&R and marketing teams, a photo shoot on Roc Nation’s famous gold couch and dinner for two at the 40/40 Club with accommodations and flights included.
Shoppers can make donations in the form of symbolic gifts ranging from $10 to $100 as well. These gifts will assist students who can’t afford public education ($10), are struggling to afford a college meal plan ($25) or need help to defray the cost of required academic materials not covered by tuition ($50). The $100 donations will help students participating in the foundation’s college tours.
The Shawn Carter Foundation/eBay for Charity campaign will run until May 24 at 4 p.m. PT at eBay.com/SCF.
At the beginning of May, Nicki Minaj chose to pay off the college tuition balance of a few lucky fans. This led to more students who were drowning in student loan debt to reach out to the Queens native once she revealed her generous pursuits on Twitter. Now she’s showcased the fact that she fulfilled her word in a descriptive Instagram post.
As you can see by the Instagram post, Nicki is planning to launch an official scholarship/grant very soon. The rapper also says that she will be selecting more fans to help out in the next month or two.
According to a report by Variety, Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid will be vacating his position after six years. It is still unknown why he would resign,
Reid, has been a major part of the music business for quite a few years. He was worked with TLC, Usher, Mariah Carey, Travis Scott, Future and DJ Khaled.
As more information on this departure comes we will report it here.
Thursday nights on ABC has been must see TV for awhile thanks to show creator Shonda Rhimes. "Grey's Anatomy," "How To Get Away With Murder" and "The Catch" has drawn millions of people to the Disney owned channel, but no show has people buzzing like the Kerry Washington led political drama "Scandal." The show is set to come back for it's seventh season next year, but now TVLine is reporting that the next season may be the show's last.
Next week at ABC's upfront, it is expected that Rhimes will officially make the announcement. The show at it's peak averaged near 9 million viewers, but this season the show is averaging 5.7 million viewers, which may be the reason why the show will soon end.
The Season 6 finale of "Scandal," directed by Goldwyn, is set to air May 18 at 9 p.m. PDT.
Fresh off the success of his directorial debut "Get Out," Jordan Peele has inked a two year deal with Universal Pictures. The deal will give Universal the first look at any projects Peele does through his Monkeypaw Productions company. The deal also includes a follow up to his first film "Get Out" and it comes with a budget five times bigger than the original.
“I am thrilled to continue the work we started together on Get Out — pushing the boundaries of storytelling, not only on the next film but with all of Monkeypaw’s future projects,” the 38-year-old writer-director said in a statement.
"Get Out" is to date the most successful debut by a first-time black director with a global box office over $200 million so far.
After showing fans a teaser yesterday, Future has released the full video of his hit single "Mask Off." The track is from Future's self titled album released earlier this year and is currently in the No. 5 spot on the Billboard 100. The video, which Future described as a movie, also stars model Amber Rose.
You can check out the new video below.