June 13, 2013
By JESSICA GRESKO
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to a museum being built on Washington’s National Mall that will document African-American history, officials said Tuesday.
The media mogul and former talk-show host previously gave $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the museum says her $13 million total contribution is its largest to date. As a result, the museum's 350-seat theater will be named after Winfrey, who is also a member of its advisory council.
Construction on the $500 million museum began in early 2012. When it’s finished in 2015, the museum will be the 19th Smithsonian museum. The U.S. government is providing half of the funding. To date, about $140 million has been raised in private funds.
“I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come,” Winfrey said in a statement released by the museum.
Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s director, said that Winfrey has been very involved in the museum’s creation and that he wouldn’t be surprised if she was one day on the stage of the theater that will bear her name.
The museum is also in talks with Winfrey to acquire memorabilia from her career, Bunch said. He said he’d love to have a microphone used on her television show to add to the museum’s collection of over 22,000 objects.
Those objects help tell the story of African-American history from slavery to the post-Civil War period, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance and the 21st century.
Some of the highlights of the collection include a lace shawl owned by abolitionist Harriet Tubman; a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car; slave rebellion leader Nat Turner’s Bible; and the glass-topped casket that held the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman helped spark the civil rights movement.
The museum's most recent big acquisition was a South Carolina slave cabin dating to the 19th century. The cabin from Edisto Island was disassembled in May in preparation for its move to the museum.
June 13, 2013
ARIES Everybody’s in a good mood this week, and you’ll want to join friends or family in sharing good food and feelings. You may be asked to grow, or move. Think seriously about it, because it could enhance your spiritual growth. Soul Affirmation: In order for money to come I must think about money as my friend. Lucky Numbers: 45, 47, 51
TAURUS At work, some matters have been on hold but now you will get the green light. Continue to work as diligently as you have been in the pass to ensure success. Have faith that your plans are on target. Soul Affirmation: Anticipation of a beautiful immediate future lights up my week. Lucky Numbers: 14, 53, 54
GEMINI Quit rushing around. You frequently help others so why are you troubling over asking for the help you need this week? Ask and when you receive say Thank You! You are blessed with many supportive friends. Soul Affirmation: I smile and trust in the powers beyond myself. Lucky Numbers: 3, 20, 44
CANCER Keep all your ducks in a row this week. No mixing work with fun or business with pleasure. Save your affection for the home front and stay focused on the work in front of you on the job. Things are working out perfectly. Soul Affirmation:This week I find joy in the gifts that life has already given me. Lucky Numbers: 1, 8, 14
LEO Why not take each perfect moment as it comes? You are struggling to find a solution that time can and will provide. Perform your tasks cheerfully this week and let the future take care of itself. Soul Affirmation: Worry will only create more worry. I stop all worry. Lucky Numbers: 32, 50, 51
VIRGO Your anxiety about an important issue can now be seen as needless. You don’t have to worry! Have faith that things are working out perfectly and they will! Soul Affirmation: I am uplifted by the presence of friends. Lucky Numbers: 2, 17, 22
LIBRA You can be discreet and cut down on some of the envious comments you are attracting. Or you can continue to flaunt it since you’ve got it. Your choice this week! Watch for a pleasant change in a romantic partner’s attitude. Soul Affirmation: The winner is me. I smile for the cameras. Lucky Numbers: 23, 39, 43
SCORPIO Center yourself at every opportunity during this busy week and keep your quest for emotional and spiritual balance in the forefront. Make an effort to take your time; that way you’ll recognize opportunity from impulse-control problems immediately. Soul Affirmation: My spirit gives me limitless possibilities. Lucky Numbers: 10, 20, 31
SAGITTARIUS Lucky! Your natural ability to shine is magnified this week. You’ll be garnering positive attention on a project you recently completed. Bask in the glow of public admiration! Soul Affirmation: This week I forgive myself for everything that has happened. Lucky Numbers: 11, 13, 29
CAPRICORN A celebration is in store and you are the guest of honor! You’ve achieved something wonderful and you need to take some time to enjoy it. Let yourself enjoy the applause then move onward and upward. Soul Affirmation: I entertain wild ideas about making money this week. Lucky Numbers: 19, 24, 36
AQUARIUS Let someone else make a few decisions this week. Take a backseat and enjoy the respite from doing all the driving. You’ll enjoy the ride more this week if you just admire the view as it goes by. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy living in my dream. Lucky Numbers: 19, 43, 50
PISCES Sometimes you imagine that everyone needs to hear your sensible opinions on all matters of significance. And other weeks you know that you are wise and generous enough to listen to others as they share their good ideas. This week is a week for listening. You’ll learn much. Soul Affirmation: I listen with an open heart. Lucky Numbers: 15, 21, 27
June 13, 2013
By MESFIN FEKADU
NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says his new album is all about giving.
The multiplatinum rapper held a listening for “Yeezus” late Monday in New York City, where Jay-Z and wife Beyonce were among the few hundred attendees.
West said his sixth effort will showcase his growth over the last two years and that he “had to learn about giving ... this whole process is all about giving.”
“I feel like I know who I am,” said West, who turned 36 on Saturday.
“Yeezus” is out June 18. It has a dark, moody vibe that expands beyond his last two solo efforts, 2010’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and 2008’s “808s & Heartbreak.” It’s also a departure from his first three albums, which featured a plethora of radio hits.
West held the listening in the loading dock of Milk Studios in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The room was dark as lights burst onto the walls to display colorful visuals that assisted the 10 songs the rapper played.
Busta Rhymes also attended the listening. West’s new album features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and rapper Chief Keef.
West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child.
June 13, 2013
(AP) — Paramedics were dispatched to Paris Jackson's home on a report that the 15-year-old had taken 20 Motrin pills and cut herself with a kitchen knife, audio of an emergency dispatch released Tuesday shows.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department released audio of a call describing the need for paramedics between one of its dispatchers and a sheriff's department dispatcher who was relaying information from the home.
Paris is the only daughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson and was hospitalized after the June 5 incident.
The teen was described as conscious and breathing during the call, but no other details about her condition or what led to the injuries were given on the call, which lasted approximately a minute.
Perry Sanders Jr., a lawyer for her grandmother and guardian, has said Paris is physically fine and receiving appropriate medical treatment. He did not return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday.
Paris and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by their grandmother against concert giant AEG Live LLC. The negligent hiring suit alleges AEG and its top executives failed to properly investigate the doctor convicted of administering a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Michael Jackson in 2009, and that AEG Live missed warning signs about the entertainer's failing health.
The trial is in its seventh week, with AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips on the witness stand.
Prince and Paris are listed as potential witnesses, although Sanders said last week there was no indication that stress from the trial had led to the teenager's hospitalization.
Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, returned to court Tuesday, her first day back since her granddaughter's medical emergency. She attended only the morning session and was not present for afternoon testimony, which occurred after the dispatch call's release.
June 13, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say platinum-selling rapper 2 Chainz was robbed in San Francisco just hours before he was scheduled to perform at a concert.
Sgt. Dennis Toomer says the hip-hop star, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was walking with five members of his entourage near downtown on Sunday afternoon. They were approached by three men, one of them holding a handgun.
Toomer says one shot was fired as the rapper had his cellphone and wallet with credit cards and cash inside stolen.
Police say the suspected shooter apparently got away in a gray sedan.
The Atlanta-based rapper was in the Bay Area to perform at KMEL-FM's annual Summer Jam concert Sunday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.