Tags: Jada Pinkett Smith, New Village Academy, private school, scientology, will smith
Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, have founded the New Village Academy, scheduled to open in September.
The school will use instructional methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard called study technology. And a few teachers belong to the church.
But the couple say they are not Scientologists, and the academy’s director insists the facility has no religious affiliation.
“We are a secular school, and just like all nonreligious independent schools, faculty and staff do not promote their own religions at school or pass on the beliefs of their particular faith to children,” New Village Academy director Jacqueline Olivier told the Los Angeles Times.
Oliver said some of the school’s staffers are Scientologists, Muslim, Christian or Jewish.
In addition to reading and math, the school offers classes on yoga, robotics and etiquette.
Tags: Ashanti, Pepsi Smash, The Way I Love You
Here are some behind the scene pictures of Ashanti preforming ‘The way I love you’ at Pepsi Smash.
Tags: beverly hills, Kimora Lee Simmons, sunglasses
Kimora Lee Simmons shops for designer sunglasses at Optometrix, an eyewear boutique located in Beverly Hills.
Tags: Alabama, American Idol, R&B, Ruben Studdard, teedy bear, wedding
Former “American Idol” Ruben Studdard has married Surata Zuri McCants at a church in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. But there was no singing during the 30-minute ceremony — just an exchange of vows, prayers and music provided by a string ensemble. A reporter from The Birmingham News attended the ceremony.
The groom, nicknamed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” on “Idol” for his big frame and sonorous voice, wore a black tuxedo with white bow tie for Saturday’s ceremony. His bride wore a white and ivory wedding gown.
Alabama will be their home as the 29-year-old-singer gets set to release a new album later this year.
Tags: British Airways, Naomi Campbell, racist slur, sky news
British Airways rejected claims of racism on Saturday after supermodel Naomi Campbell, who pleaded guilty to assault in a foul-mouthed “air rage” incident, said she was likened to a black “Golliwog” doll during the flight.
BA said it did not accept the accusation made by Campbell, who was convicted of assault on Friday and sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community work, that someone on the flight called her a “Golliwog supermodel.”
“British Airways does not accept any allegations of racism,” the airline said in a statement. “We are proud of our diversity.
“We have strict policies concerning dignity at work and have long-standing training programs on diversity and inclusion.”
Campbell, 38, told Sky News in an interview that her flash of air rage, in which she assaulted two police officers, swore repeatedly and screamed abuse at the captain of the Los Angeles-bound BA flight, was partly prompted by racist comments.
“I was called a racial name on that flight and that was part of my reaction,” she said. “I was called a ‘Golliwog supermodel’ — I don’t think that’s really fair, do you?”
Asked who had used the term, which refers to a black rag doll from children’s literature, Campbell said: “Someone on the flight, not the passenger.”
During Campbell’s court case, prosecutors said Campbell ordered the airline captain to find her missing luggage and became violent when police tried to escort her off the aircraft.
The model pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers and to a public order offense. Neither she nor her lawyers mentioned racist comments during her court case.
As well as the community service sentence, Campbell was ordered to pay 200 pounds ($395) compensation to one of the police officers, 150 pounds to the captain and 2,300 pounds in fines.
Apology for police
In the Sky interview, Campbell apologized to London’s Metropolitan Police force, but added: “As for British Airways, I just think they are disgusting.”
Campbell is famous for her fiery temper and has been in trouble with the law before.
Tags: Barack Obama, Italy, menswear, Milan
Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,”Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”
Chatting with reporters in the cool of the garden of her private palazzo in downtown Milan at an after-show dinner party, the designer also had some fashion tips for the campaign trail. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt,” she said.
In fact, there were no ties in Donatella’s latest show, and shirts under jackets were either super easy with rolled up sleeves or replaced by a silk T-shirt.
The new Versace suithas a structured jacket softened by a double lapel or no lapel at all and slim trousers with slick techno-fabric sheen. Crazy zigzags break up the monotony of pinstripes and checks, while the pastel palette gives the collection a warm summer feel.
Sitting in the front row, actor Rupert Everett applauded enthusiastically, showing that even if it was not dedicated to him, he found the collection right up his alley.
Overall, this round of “moda Milanese” menswear preview collections, which ends Wednesday, promises to be all about chilling out, a refreshing thought in a Milan in the grip of this summer’s first heat wave.
The relaxed feel of the collections is epitomized by the return of the unlined jacket, which, when coupled with wide loose trousers, creates a casual yet elegant summer suit.
Tags: birthday, concert, London, Nelson Mandela, Oprah, South Africa
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He is due to attend an outdoor concert in his honor in Hyde Park on Friday. Performers include Queen,, and the Soweto Gospel Chior. Troubled diva is also scheduled to sing, if her doctors allow it. She was taken to a hospital last week after fainting at home.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the 46664 charity, the AIDS charity named for the number Mandela wore while imprisoned by South Africa’s apartheid authorities.
Mandela also is due to meet prominent supporters, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former U.S. and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
Mandela, who turns 90 on July 18, has visited London many times, and has expressed gratitude to the city for the constant vigil that was held outside the South African Embassy during the apartheid years.
Friday’s concert coincides with the 20th anniversary of London’s Free Mandela concert, held to demand he be freed from prison.
He was released in 1990 after 27 years behind bars, and was elected South Africa‘s first black president in 1994.
Tags: alcohol, amy winehouse, cigarettes, cocaine, drugs, emphysema, kill, lungs, smoking
The heartbeat, and has been warned that she will have to wear an oxygen mask unless she stops smoking drugs.quoted Mitch Winehouse as saying that Amy has early stage emphysema and an
“The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs, it won’t just ruin her voice, it will kill her,” Mitch Winehouse was quoted as saying. “There are nodules around the chest and dark marks. She has 70 percent lung capacity.”
Winehouse, 24, collapsed at her north London home Monday after signing autographs for a group of fans and was taken to a London hospital for tests. She remained there all week.
She is still scheduled to sing at a concert in London on Friday celebrating the 90th birthday of , the South African Nobel Prize-winner, and plans to take part in the the following day.
Mitch Winehouse said it would be good for his daughter to perform.
“When she’s been inactive work-wise then that’s when the problems really start. The doctors have said that medically there isn’t any reason why she can’t do Glastonbury,” the paper quoted him as saying.
He also pleaded with her drug-taking friends to stay away from her.
“What hope does she have if people are taking drugs around her,” he said.
Chris Goodman, spokesman for Amy Winehouse, said “If that’s what Mitch says, that’s what he says. It sounds right.”
Mitch Winehouse could not immediately be reached for comment.
Tags: Atlanta, DUI, hip hop, Jay Jenkins, Love in this club, R&B, rap, usher, Young Jeezy
The multi-platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, was driving a Corvette when he was stopped about 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 85,Officer James Polite said.
The arresting officer noticed the vehicle did not have a Jenkins was driving., but Polite could not say how fast
Jenkins was charged with speeding, driving with no proof of insurance or license plate, having an open container, reckless driving and driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.
He was released from the Atlanta City Detention Center a few hours later on a $4,100 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court July 17.
His attorney, Scott E. Leemon, said in a news release that Jenkins was arrested after leaving a recording studio, where he was working on his new album.
“A court date has been scheduled and Jeezy looks forward to getting the matter resolved,” Leemon said. Jenkins is due in court on July 17.
Jenkins’ collaboration, “Love in This Club,” with R&B star Usher is currently sixth on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.