- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 22, 2004

Aretha in Arkansas

Associated Press

Little Rock will get a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T when Aretha Franklin performs Nov. 16 as part of the festivities leading up to the Clinton Presidential Library’s grand opening.

“This is huge,” Skip Rutherford, president of the nonprofit foundation building the $165 million library, said of Miss Franklin’s appearance.

The library’s grand opening will take place two days after her concert.

“The challenge has always been to get people here,” Mr. Rutherford added. “This concert helps. It will add to the national stature of Little Rock and Arkansas, add to the city becoming a cultural masterpiece.”

The Queen of Soul is slated to sing for more than 80 minutes, accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and her own band. The symphony will play classical American music for the first half of the show, and Miss Franklin will perform after a 15-minute intermission.

Tickets for the show, ranging in price from $35 to $250, went on sale Friday.

Bad blood continues

New York Post

The riff is still apparent between D.C. resident Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and her nemesis from “The Apprentice,” Ereka Vetrini.

Mrs. Manigault-Stallworth — the reality-show diva who’s trying to raise cash via a 900 number on which she talks about herself for $3.95 a minute — showed up last week at the Florida wedding of former “Apprentice” co-starKatrina Campins to Ben Moss at the Trump International Sonesta Resort at Sunny Isles Beach.

Ah, but no one mentioned her impending arrival to Miss Vetrini — the New York native whom Mrs. Manigault-Stallworth accused of being a racist after Donald Trump booted the latter from the show last spring.

“If I had known Omarosa was coming, I wouldn’t have gone,” Miss Vetrini told the New York Post from the set of Tony Danza’s upcoming daytime talk show, where she’ll be Mr. Danza’s sidekick.

“I went down there to celebrate a wedding, not a press conference. I feel I was lied to by the bride,” Miss Vetrini said.

Turns out Mrs. Manigault-Stallworth and another former “Apprentice” star, Amy Henry, were invited via e-mail at the last minute just three days before the event at the behest of Miss Campins’ father.

Make mine mink

New York Post

Looks like PETA has lost another ally.

Like Naomi Campbell before her, Cindy Crawford — who posed 10 years ago in the animal rights group’s “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign — is wearing fur.

The supermodel is the latest spokeswoman for Blackglama, following in the footsteps of Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth.

Edward Brennan, CEO of American Legend, the marketing cooperative behind Blackglama, told Women’s Wear Daily that Miss Crawford modeled five coats for the campaign. “She can have any one she wants,” he said. “I hope she took all five.”

On to ‘Glory’

Variety.com

Tatyana Ali, best-known for her six-year run on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” (1991-1997), is the latest cast addition to “Glory Road.”

The actress has landed a role opposite Derek Luke (“Antwone Fisher”) as his love interest in the Disney basketball film, which recounts the story of the Texas Western basketball coach who altered NCAA history when his all-black lineup of players won the championship in 1966. Josh Lucas stars in the film as coach Don Haskins.

Miss Ali, also a singer-songwriter and recent Harvard University graduate, is working on her next album. Her debut CD, “Kiss the Sky,” was released in 1998.

Using my religion

New York Post

Scientology finally has a new famous face — maybe.

Brandy, who insists she hasn’t joined the controversial church, admits she’s taking Scientology courses. “It basically consists of questions that probe really deeply into your life,” the singer-actress told Africana.com.

“You are confronting all of your experiences, and I knew, if I could confront every experience in my life and be cool with it, then nothing could stop me.

“They ask the questions, and you provide the answers. I am not a Scientologist, but I do love what I have experienced.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.


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