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British boy band One Direction
meant well when they visited Ghana this past weekend. But the trek and subsequent tweets by band members upset some local musicians and celebrities concerned about negative stereotypes.
According to Myjoyonline
, Niall Horan tweeted
regarding the visit: "Massive thanks to @rednoseday for taking us to Ghana! It was incredible! real eye opener! We take so much for granted over here!" The trek was in connection with the band's involvement with the British charity Comic Relief. One Direction recently recorded a cover of Blondie
's "One Way or Another" as a benefit single for the organization.
But in subsequent tweets
, the musician added: "I've seen the slums right in front of me! This is no joke! They really need your help! Poverty is real !" He later described the trek as the "best life experience ever!"
"Today was the most amazing day I've had so far.. In my life ever," fellow band mate Harry Styles tweeted
The comments didn't go over well with some of Ghana's celebrities and musicians, with controversial artist Wanlov the Kubolor dismissing the band and their visit to Accra and its surroundings.
"Ghana is getting worse so heaven sent 5 downcut jesuses to teach us clapping," the musician sarcastically tweeted
with an accompanying photo of the band clapping near some local children.
Nicki Minaj did to Mariah Carey
recently, by smack-talking the "Butterfly" singer on the set of "American Idol." In fact, she would've literally gone on the attack.
According to The Daily
, Nickswas being interviewed for her forthcoming documentary In Your Dreams
when the Minaj-Carey topic arose.
"How dare this little girl!" Nicks told the publication. "If I had been Mariah I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there. I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it."
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A lawsuit regarding a Seattle-based Ponzi scheme totally over $100 million could end up dragging John Mayer
into it for simply performing a normal corporate gig.
According to TMZ
, Mayer might be in possession of $465,000 in dirty money from the scheme's collapse.
The scheme revolves around Darren Berg. Berg was sentenced
to 18 years in prison for bilking investors of more than $100 million through his investment company. Trustees assigned to try and find that lost money are tracking down where the money went and thus suing everyone they can in order to recover it. This is where Mayer comes in.
Legal documents now show that Mayer's name made that list after booking agency Grabow & Associates was paid by Berg's company.
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He might have had a feeling last night was going to be a good night, but in the end Black Eyed Peas
' singer will.i.am
ended up without wheels after his custom-made Delorean was stolen in Hollywood.
According to the Daily Mail
the musician was attending his #willpower
listening party for his new album at Hollywood's The Avalon. Both the musician and Nicole Scherzinger
posed for photos near the car before entering the venue.
On leaving however, will.i.am realized something was amiss, namely his vehicle.
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Days after Madonna spoke out
in support of the three jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot
, a security alert has been announced for the pop star's upcoming concert tonight in Moscow and Thursday in St. Petersburg as part of her world MDNA tour.
Madonna took a strong stance
against censorship in media statements she made in advance of her Russian shows. "I'm against censorship, and my whole career I've always promoted freedom of expression, freedom of speech," she said. "So obviously, I think what's happening to them [Pussy Riot] is unfair. And I hope that they do not have to serve seven years in jail, that would be a tragedy."
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Canadian actor Nina Dobrev
, best known as Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries
, is doing her part to show people the dangers of sun exposure via a rap video recently posted
on Funny Or Die.
The video begins with Dobrev receiving a "Lotion Music" cassette. From there Dobrev and actor Nick Braun
) rap throughout the nearly three-minute song.
"Summer summer summer always gets me very nervous, because the largest organ on my body is my epidermis," Braun raps before Dobrev sings "All I need is my SPF."
's new video for the song "Part of Me" has rubbed some people the wrong way, including Naomi Wolf, feminist author of The Beauty Myth
Wolf took to her Facebook page
to take aim at Perry for the video featuring her dressed in military attire.
"Have you all seen the Katy Perry Marines video?" Wolf asks in the post. "It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines... I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it... it is truly shameful. I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked -- if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am."