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Danai Gurira writes about her heritage in a new Glamour essay.
Danai Gurira writes about her heritage in a new Glamour essay. (Christopher Smith / Associated Press)

In "Black Panther," Danai Gurira's name is Okoye. On "The Walking Dead," it's Michonne. And in real life? Well, for a long time the actress wasn't exactly sure. 

The self-proclaimed “Zimerican” — a salute to her dual heritage — was born to Zimbabwean parents in Iowa, where her nickname quickly became Dede.

When she was 5, she found out she was actually Danai. 

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  • Late-night

Olympic fever is everywhere, including late-night television. 

Jimmy Kimmel lamented that he couldn’t legally show any clips from any actual events on his show Monday night, but that didn’t keep him from gushing about the international sporting affair. But his focus was not on the athletes. 

“The stars of the Olympics so far are the cheerleaders from North Korea,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host declared, referring to the cheerleading “army” Kim Jong Un sent as part of the North Korean delegation to the Games. 

  • Birthdays
(Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times)

I wasn't in it for the money or the fame; to me it was all about the expression of something I could give that maybe no one else could in quite the same way. I felt like I had a real purpose.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: An enduring bombshell

  • Celebrity
Gigi Hadid models at New York Fashion Week last week.
Gigi Hadid models at New York Fashion Week last week. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

Gigi Hadid is so over people commenting on how and why her body has changed over the years, and she decided it’s time to explain: She has Hashimoto's disease.  

When she started modeling at 17, she wasn’t yet diagnosed and was suffering from inflammation and water retention, she said Sunday on Twitter. She was also suffering from comments about how she was initially too big to be a successful model. 

With Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid, causing it to underperform. Hypothyroidism symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, joint and muscle pain and more, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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  • Music
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is hitting the road with a newly announced, eight-city musical tour.
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is hitting the road with a newly announced, eight-city musical tour. (Smallz & Raskind / the CW)

CW musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is bringing its particular brand of crazy to a city near you.

On Monday, CBS Television Studios and the CW announced an eight-city music tour showcasing the series and including select cast members and songwriters.

“There is nothing like performing musical comedy live,” said Rachel Bloom, co-creator, executive producer and star, in a statement. “It’s not just a performance, it’s an ongoing dialogue between the performers and the audience.”

(The CW)
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Marlon Brando, left, is shown in 1955. Richard Pryor is shown in 1970.
Marlon Brando, left, is shown in 1955. Richard Pryor is shown in 1970. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images, left; CBS Archive via Getty Images)

Late last week, comedian Richard Pryor’s daughter said her dad never slept with actor Marlon Brando. Now Brando’s oldest living son is saying the same thing.

"The Marlon Brando family has heard the recent comments by Quincy Jones and we are disappointed that anyone would make such a wrongful comment about either Marlon Brando or Richard Pryor,” Miko Brando told TMZ on Monday. 

“Daddy did NOT have relations with Brando,” Rain Pryor wrote Thursday on Facebook, responding to Jones’ assertion in an interview that New York magazine’s Vulture published last week.

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Michelle Wolf in her HBO comedy special "Nice Lady."
Michelle Wolf in her HBO comedy special "Nice Lady." (Craig Blankenhorn / HBO)

Comedian Michelle Wolf is getting her own Netflix talk show this year.

The former “Late Night” writer and correspondent for “The Daily Show” will host a half-hour weekly series for the streaming giant that is being billed as “a break from the seriousness of late-night comedy.”

“You can expect the types of jokes my former bosses would tell me we couldn’t do on TV,” said Wolf, 32, who promised no preaching or political agenda — unless it’s funny.

Peter Rabbit is in trouble again, and this time his most recent creators are the ones making the apologies. And it’s all because of a food allergy. 

In Sony Pictures’ new “Peter Rabbit” film, Beatrix Potter’s famous garden animals try to get the better of farm owner Tom McGregor, who wants them off his land.

The farm owner (Domhnall Gleason) has a blackberry allergy and is pelted with said berries until he is forced to use an EpiPen to thwart his allergic reaction. Ultimately, he collapses. That didn’t sit well with food-allergy advocates, who voiced their complaints and concerns.

  • Arts
The former first lady is featured in grayscale, a nod to photographs of African Americans taken in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were on hand Monday to unveil their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

President Obama’s portrait was painted by New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley, best known for his colorful, large-scale paintings of African Americans, and depicts the former president seated in front of a floral background.

The floral elements represent different aspects of Obama’s history. Chrysanthemums represent Chicago, jasmine is a nod to his native Hawaii and African blue lilies serve as a remembrance of the president’s late father.

  • Celebrity
Britain's Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle.
Britain's Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle. (Chris Jackson / Associated Press)

Clear your schedules: The royal wedding timeline has landed.

Britain’s Kensington Palace on Monday shared several details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials, including the ceremony time and who’s hosting the reception.

The wedding service, taking place at 15th century St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, will begin at 12 p.m. local time. (The time difference might pose a problem for early-morning viewing on the West Coast, but mercifully, it’s a Saturday.)