Common has been nixed as a commencement speaker at a school in New Jersey after police took issue with one of his more controversial tunes, "A Song for Assata," which takes a sympathetic view of a woman convicted in the 1973 death of a state trooper.
The Oscar winner was announced as speaker Monday on social media and then pulled Tuesday by Kean University, New Jersey's third-largest public university, according to the Associated Press.
"The students expressed interest in Common because he composed the Oscar-winning song 'Glory' with our prior commencement speaker John Legend," Kean spokeswoman Susan Kayne told the Record on Tuesday night, adding that the school respected his talent even though it was looking for a different speaker.
The announcement had been made prematurely, she said.
Common and John Legend's Oscar acceptance speech had political overtones, with the rapper commenting on performing their song on the bridge in Alabama where the first of three famous civil rights...Read more
Hannibal Buress was one of the few comedians who called out Justin Bieber's roast for what it probably was: a way to get back in the public's good graces.
The embattled pop star was made the butt of jokes during the Comedy Central Roast, which happened March 14 and aired Monday, but several jokes didn't make the cut -- including a very pointed one made by Buress.
The 21-year-old Bieber changed the tone of the raunchy insult fest at the end by issuing a sincere apology for his rash of antisocial antics, aiming for redemption once all the jokes had landed.
"Broad City" actor Buress, like several of the lesser-known comics on Bieber's dais, illuminated the fact that the roasters were there for their own self-promotional reasons.
"They say that you roast the ones you love, but I don't like you at all, man. I'm just here because it's a real good opportunity for me," Buress deadpanned during the taping. "Actually you should thank me for participating in this extremely transparent attempt to...Read more
Hilary Duff is back in the spotlight and seems to have a lot to say.
The newly dyed TV star said "it's been a big year" for her, but tried to keep the focus on her professional life, talking to E! News at the premiere of her TV Land comedy, "Younger."
"Everyone knows a lot of what goes on in my personal life, and thank God I have exciting things happening in my professional life as well, like the show and my record," she said, acknowledging her March filing for divorce from Mike Comrie and her much-delayed album. "My record's finally done. So I'm really excited for whatever adventure is in my future. I think it's going to be exciting."
The "Lizzie McGuire" star, who is mom to 3-year-old son Luca, said she's "the worst dieter" but is proud of her body.
"I'm, like, accepting of what it is," she said. "I'm not ever going to be 110 pounds again, so working with what you've got and just trying to feel strong and powerful I think is a good motto for a mom who's 27."
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Olivia Wilde was happy to see her lady parts again, post-pregnancy, but she's not unhappy if her post-baby body isn't the same as it was before she became a mom.
"I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience," the actress, 31, writes in an essay for Shape magazine, which features her on its April cover.
Though her job requires her to get back into shape, she's not aiming for "some subjective definition of perfection" designed to please others. Instead, she wants to rebuild her strength as she sheds weight. And she advises readers to know what they're seeing in the mag's glossy pages.
"The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced," Wilde says. "The truth is, I'm a mother, and I look like one."
It's been not quite a year since Wilde gave birth to Otis, her son with fiance Jason Sudeikis -- and she's now seeing fit to...Read more
Giuliana Rancic has revealed another setback in her quest with husband Bill Rancic to have another child: Their surrogate miscarried their third and final embryo on New Year's Eve.
She also has revealed why she's so skinny -- more on that later.
"We thought, 'This is definitely going to work. This is our last shot,'" the E! personality told People about the pregnancy. Getting the bad news, especially after being so optimistic, was painful, she said.
The Rancics had two embryos successfully implanted in their surrogate Delphine last year, and dealt with another miscarriage last June. This miscarriage happened about nine weeks into the pregnancy and left the couple "devastated," she said.
Delphine is the one who helped them welcome son Duke, who turns 3 at the end of August. Pregnancy would be dangerous for Giuliana, 40, who discovered in 2011 that she had early-stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction soon after.
Then 36, she'd had a mammogram at her...Read more