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Former ‘Glee’ star
Lea Michele is engaged
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and singer Lea Michele has announced her engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich with a social media photo of a diamond ring on her finger and the word “Yes.”
A representative of the former star of “Glee” said Saturday that Reich, president of clothing company AYR, proposed with a 4-carat elongated radian cut ring that he personally helped design. They’ve been dating more than a year.
Michele is gearing up for a tour with fellow “Glee” alumnus Darren Criss. The duo will hit the stage together and solo, performing songs from Broadway, “Glee” and original songs from their recent solo albums.
She previously was in a relationship with former “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, who died in 2013 due to a mixture of intravenous heroin and alcohol.
Ashley Judd: Healing is our birthright
NEW YORK (AP) — Ashley Judd has issued a personal message to fellow survivors of sexual assault, telling them healing is not only possible, it’s “our birthright.”
The actress was one of the first women to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, helping to launch the #MeToo movement. She was speaking Saturday at an all-day event hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival and Time’s Up, the movement fighting sexual harassment and promoting gender equality. She was joined at the event by actresses including Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.
Judd read aloud from an emotional letter she penned to fellow survivors, telling them it’s possible to find peace of mind, even after the trauma of assault, and that every person needs to find their own journey to recovery.
Fats Domino honored at New Orleans Jazz Festival
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino was remembered in death as he lived his life – with music.
Al ‘Lil Fats’ Jackson played the classic Domino song “Blueberry Hill” as crowds gathered Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s ancestor area to remember Domino, who died last year.
The festival unveiled a painting of Domino sitting at his piano to join the other paintings of luminaries associated with the festival who have passed away.
One of Domino’s grandchildren, Angele Green, thanked the crowd for coming and then called on them to – in the words of her grandfather – “shake, rattle and roll.”
Carolyn Stark was part of the crowd. She said she’d only seen Domino perform once but was struck by how happy he looked while playing and wanted to come pay her respects.