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Lupita Nyong'o Was Crowned People's Most Beautiful

Sorry Gwyneth, we’ll miss you! It was announced this morning on NBC's Today Show that Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave star, Lupita Nyong’o, succeeds Gwyneth Paltrow for the title of People’s Most Beautiful Woman this year! With a very humbling interview, the stunning 31 year old actress revealed how she felt about gracing the cover of the magazine’s annual “50 Most Beautiful” issue. Nyong’o explained she never dreamed or expected something like this would happen telling the Today Show, “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment.”

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Avril Lavigne's New 'Hello Kitty' Music Video Pulled From YouTube


We all still love Avril Lavigne, right? The punky black eye-liner, high-top converse and hot pink studded belts will always be in our hearts. So why was it that when Avril released the music video for her latest single “Hello Kitty” on Monday, it had disappeared from YouTube only hours later?

Apparently the Asian-themed video quickly stirred up complaints about its over-embellished and obsessive view with the Japanese culture. Many people went as far as to say that the video and Avril herself were “racist” and “immature.” According to MTV, they assume the video was taken down because of these complaints, considering the actual video itself did not violate any of YouTube’s restrictions.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Prepping For A Joint Summer Tour

Mrs. Carter may soon be joined onstage by Mr. Carter. Several sources are hinting that Beyonce and Jay-Z are preparing for a joint summer tour. Billboard's reigning power couple is expected to perform 20 shows across the US beginning in late June. It's also being reported they may perform in NYC on July 4th.

Beyonce and Jay have collaborated on a string of hits together. The dynamic duo began their professional relationship with Jay's "03 Bonnie & Clyde" and Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." Most recently, their talent and love for each other was shown with the production of the hit single, "Drunk in Love." However, this will be the first time the two have ever officially toured together.

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Sources Report Celebrities Are Being Paid to Attend Coachella


Being famous has its perks, sure. But when does the line between cult of celebrity and human advertisement begin to blur?

It appears that some stars have already begun to cross this line.

Recently, The Daily News reported that a number of celebrities were being paid to attend Coachella, the California music festival. Among them, the anonymous source reported, were Lea Michele and Aaron Paul. The two would be compensated by Lacoste, the clothing company, which offered Michele $20,000 to sport their products to the festival. Paul was reportedly offered $15,000.

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Mickey Rooney Dies at Age 93

Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney died on April 6 at the age of 93 with his cause of death still yet to be released. The actor’s career spanned over nine decades and throughout it he received two Academy Awards, the Academy Juvenile Award in 1939 and an Honorary Academy Award in 1983, two Golden Globes and one Emmy Award.

Rooney, whose real name is Joseph Yule Jr. was born on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn and started performing in his family’s vaudeville act at a young age. After his parents divorced he moved to Hollywood with his mother where he starred in a series of seventy-eight short films as “Mickey McGuire.” He signed with MGM at the age of 14 and starred in multiple films with Judy Garland. He also starred in the popular Andy Hardy film series which brought him much success.

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Adrien Brody Transforms in New MANHATTAN Magazine

For their upcoming April issue, MANHATTAN magazine chatted with actor Adrien Brody, who is most known for his Oscar-winning performance in Roman Polanski’s 2003 drama, The Pianist. This is not to be outshined, however, by a few very sexy Gillette commercials he's starred in. He is currently on location in Australia filming a thriller called Backtrack (directed by Michael Petroni) but can be found on the big screen in the uproariously funny The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Dies at 59

The Godfather of House music, Frankie Knuckles, passed away yesterday afternoon, March 31st, at the age of 59. It is believed he died due to complications with type II diabetes.

Frankie Knuckles was a successful NYC disco DJ in the 70’s, and as disco began to struggle, Knuckles opened his own club in Chicago, The Warehouse, where he could play his own style of music. His first forays involved remixing his favorite tracks simply to extend their length, giving world and soul music the traditional disco treatment. This latter-day disco fused with soul and became its own genre, so strongly associated with the Warehouse that it was dubbed House music. As his music grew in popularity and reputation, the black, gay audience of the Warehouse became increasingly white and straight, and Knuckles left in 1982.

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College to Offer Sociology Course Based on Miley Cyrus


Although twerking will not be required, Skidmore College, located in Saratoga Springs, NY will be offering a summer sociology course focused on Miley Cyrus. The course is called, “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media,” and will be taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Carolyn Chernoff.

After Cyrus’ performed at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Chernoff got the idea for the new course. “I was teaching a course called Youth Culture in and out of School, and the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards became the twerk heard ’round the world. I showed that video to my class, and the students had so much to say,” Chernoff stated to the Saratoga Springs newspaper The Saratogian.

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The Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls Are Possibly Teaming Up for a Possible World Tour

In an effort to bring about world peace and happiness, Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys told the U.K. newspaper, The Sun, “We are actually in early talks about maybe doing a world tour together with the Spice Girls.” Following this act, angels sung, mankind rejoiced, and eternal bliss descended upon the earth.

Okay well maybe not entirely, but close enough.

During the late 90s, these two pop mega-groups took the world by storm with their catchy tunes, charismatic smiles, and killer dance moves, selling out arenas around the world within a moment’s notice. For those who grew up during the era they were more than just pop-stars, they were pop Gods; offering pearls of wisdom with their music and fashion choices. So to hear that they may be teaming up for a world-wide tour is not only the best news since ever, it is life changing.

Until this is confirmed, we will keep our fingers, toes, and arms crossed. This is to say, hurry up and make our wish come true Brian, because this is a rather uncomfortable position.

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Paul Walker's Mom Seeks Guardianship of His Daughter


Paul Walker’s mother, Cheryl Ann Walker, has filed a petition seeking guardianship of his 15-year-old daughter Meadow. The papers that were filed seeking guardianship state, “parental custody would be detrimental to the minor.”

As part of the guardianship, Walker wants to protect her granddaughter because she is set to inherit $16 million from the late actor and because she thinks her mother is an unfit parent. The petition states, “The mother has a drinking problem. Petitioner will act as the guardian of the person and estate of the minor.”

A hearing for the matter has been set for April 30. The late actor died in a car crash on November 30 in Santa Clarita, California.