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Taking Names: Recovering George Michael greets fans in London
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Mr. Michael, 48, vowed to resume his career and perform for everyone who had a ticket for his canceled shows. He also said he wants to play one show for the doctors who worked so hard to keep him alive.
Richard Gere to receive Eastman humanitarian award
Richard Gere is getting a George Eastman Award in upstate New York for his contributions to movies and humanitarian causes.
The star of such films as “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman” will be honored Feb. 16 during a ceremony at Rochester’s George Eastman House, the restored home of the founder of photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co.
Mr. Gere has appeared in more than 40 films. In 1991, he founded the Gere Foundation, which gives grants for public health, education and emergency relief in Tibet. He has long been prominent in the fight against HIV-AIDS.
Past recipients of the George Eastman Award include Lauren Bacall, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.
Kid Rock’s foundation teams with church to help needy
Kid Rock teamed up with a Detroit church to give away hundreds of gift baskets and retail gift certificates to needy families in the area where he got his start and still calls home.
According to the Associated Press, the musician’s nonprofit organization joined Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on Wednesday to distribute 100 gift certificates for Meijer retail and grocery stores, along with more than 300 gift baskets.
Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, grew up and lives in suburban Detroit. He and the Kid Rock Foundation have been honored this year for their philanthropic contributions by Goodfellows Detroit and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Detroit branch.
Common battled through low point to make album
Most people are excited before recording a new album, but Common didn’t particularly feel that way.
According to the Associated Press, he said before making his ninth album, “The Dreamer/The Believer,” he was at a low point musically.
“I hadn’t figured out what I was going to do, what label I was going to work with,” he said. “I wasn’t inspired.”
Common had major success with 2005’s “Be” and “Finding Forever,” which came two years later. The albums reached gold status and each earned multiple Grammy nominations, including a win for best rap performance by a duo or group for “Southside” with Kanye West. Both albums were mainly produced by Mr. West.
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