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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.

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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.)

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Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Let's share. Let's learn about each other's culture and enjoy. Because we tried fighting, we tried separating ourselves and we've realized that none of that works.

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Betty Buckley is heading up the national tour of "Hello, Dolly!" launching Oct. 2 in Cleveland.
Betty Buckley is heading up the national tour of "Hello, Dolly!" launching Oct. 2 in Cleveland. (Christina House / For The Times)

Hello, Betty!

Actress Betty Buckley, the Broadway veteran also known for her roles on the TV series “Eight Is Enough” and in the film “Carrie,” is heading up the U.S. national tour of “Hello, Dolly!”

The touring version of the musical, which won four Tonys last year, will feature Buckley in the central role of matchmaker and manipulator Dolly Levi.

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Stacey Dash, seen in 2010, says she's considering a run for Congress.
Stacey Dash, seen in 2010, says she's considering a run for Congress. (Peter Kramer / Associated Press)

Outspoken conservative actress Stacey Dash — who has raised eyebrows with her stances on Black History MonthDonald Trump and the transgender community — said Saturday that she is eyeing a run for Congress. 

“In response to numerous calls for me to run for office, I am considering a run for Congress,” she said. “Would love to know what my fans and friends think.”

Dash originally floated the idea Friday when she conferred with her Twitter followers on whether she should consider a run.

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(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

They don't write aggressive characters for my age anymore. I'm not the swinging bachelor who stepped out of a Cosmopolitan layout and into your bedroom now, either. In the past, I didn't allow myself to be open to new writers or risky roles. I wanted to do them, but I may have isolated myself too much when I was on top.

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"Saturday Night Live" standout Leslie Jones just reminded everyone all over again why she’s a must-follow on Twitter.

The actress, who amusingly live-tweeted the 2016 Olympic games, is back at it, lending her (couchside) commentary to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In a series of more than 100 tweets, the comedian alternated between tweeting and filming herself talking to the television during the first night of the ice-skating competition:

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In my lifetime, I have only had two artistic experiences that were entirely female dominated. In both of those areas, they've cut into the marrow of my spirit and soul. It's about being part of something that's authentic, being in a female-driven experience that is truly at heart seeking out the kernel of truth and is in support of women.

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Miranda Kerr on the red carpet at the Broad.
Miranda Kerr on the red carpet at the Broad. (Jonathan Leibson /

A host of stars including Miranda Kerr, Ricky Martin and Karlie Kloss were among the lucky dozens of people to get a preview of the Broad’s new “Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth” exhibition Thursday night during a VIP cocktail reception and dinner. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Saturday, is supported by French luxury brand Louis Vuitton, which Kerr and Kloss wore for the occasion.

“My son loves it here,” said Kerr, who held hands with husband Evan Spiegel as she made her way through the downtown Los Angeles-based museum. “My son was asking me last night, ‘When can we go back?’ I didn’t have the heart to tell him that we were coming here tonight because he would not have let me leave. I told him, ‘We’re going to a work dinner.’ Under my breath, I was like, ‘What a coincidence.’”

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Rob Delaney.
Rob Delaney. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Time)

“Catastrophe” star and co-creator Rob Delaney revealed Friday that his youngest son, Henry, died of cancer in January. Henry was 2½.

“My wife and Henry’s older brothers and I are devastated of course,” the 41-year-old Twitter celebrity wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “Henry was a joy. He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals.”

Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, Delaney said. He had surgery to remove the tumor and underwent further treatment through early 2017, but the cancer returned in the fall.