Fergie Apologies For National Anthem Performance at the NBA All-Star Game

Following a plethora of criticism, Fergie has apologized for her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”at the NBA All-Star Game this past Sunday (Feb 18).

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in a statement acquired by PEOPLE. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Fergie, 42, performed what many have now classified as a jazzy-sultry version of the anthem.

However, many of the players and on-lookers were confused by the arrangement. Many expected her to segue-way into a differ song altogether. The rendition was met with several players holding back laughter or just looking around perplexed by what was taking place.

Fergie has since disabled comments on her Instagram, where she was constantly being mocked by the masses.


Oprah Winfrey Covers the March issue of WSJ Magazine

Oprah Winfrey has been the topic of conversation ever since the Oscars a few weeks ago and now the entrepreneur is covering the March issue of The Wall Street Journal.

Though she has dismissed the potential for a 2020 presidential run, Oprah definitely has lots to talk about in this Women’s issue of the magazine.

On her new Disney film, “A Wrinkle in Time:

“One of the reasons I love ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is because I get to play this grand, wise, angelic creature, and one of the things she says is, ‘The darkness is spreading so fast these days; the only thing that is faster than light is the darkness.’ I really do believe that we are going through some dark times, so you have to make a choice not to be pulled into it.”

On what she learned from the late Maya Angelou about being in your 50s: “There’s a quickening that happens, and your body, your hormones, everything is saying, ‘Hey, you don’t have as much time as you once had—let’s get on with it!’ You get to step into your true beauty, your true value, your true worth, without everyone else’s opinions and judgments of what you should be.”

Check out the March issue of WSJ for more.

Harry Connick Jr.’s Syndicated Talk Show Cancelled After Two Seasons

Harry Connick Jr.’s syndicated daytime talk show has been cancelled after two seasons.

The show, titled “Harry,” is currently midway through its second season. New shows will continue to be taped and air until September.

“’Harry’ is ending its run after two seasons. Harry is a phenomenal talent and it’s been a great partnership working with the Fox Stations and other supportive groups on this truly unique show,” an NBCU TV Distribution spokesperson said in a statement.

The show originally had a two-year deal, so this cancellation isn’t a complete blow to Connick and it’s staff.

“I have truly loved doing this show and appreciate your welcoming me into your homes every single day. I’m incredibly proud of the show we produced over the past two seasons. We tried to create a safe place where families could gather to be entertained, uplifted and inspired and where we could celebrate everyday women who work hard to make our world a better place. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and will continue to find avenues to uplift our country,” Connick Jr. said in a statement.

But don’t feel too sad for Connick, as he has a major project coming up. He is set to star in “The Sting” next year, which is a new musical based on the movie. It will debut at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse.

Big Brother Alums Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf are Engaged

CBS Big Brother has produced yet another married couple, as alums Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson are engaged!

The couple, who appeared on Big Brother 19 and are currently appearing on The Amazing Race 30, got engaged on February 13 at Runyon Canyon.

The pair have been inseparable since they appeared on BB19 in June 2017.

Graf posts a video of their proposal on Instagram and captioned it by writing,

“I said yes! 💍
On Tuesday, February 13th my best friend asked me to marry him. He’s made my dreams come true every day since we met!
I love you + there’s no one else in the world for me. You’re my person and I thank God for you coming into my life!

We were trying to keep it under wraps until we could tell our families but you guys beat us to it! Lol Thank you to Joey Hamra from Hamra Diamonds for helping my FIANCÉ 😉 design my dream ring!! I’m a happy happy girl! ☺️👰🏽”

Ciara FINALLY Introduces the world to her Daughter Sienna

Ciara is finally sharing her baby girl, Sienna with the world!

Since being born 9 months ago, fans and onlookers have not seen much of the tiny tot. Now, Ciara, 29, has decided it’s time to show the world her mini-me.

The photos appeared on the TraceMe app, which also includes behind-the-scenes footage from the lair’s photoshoot, which was photographed by dad and husband Russell Wilson.

“I’m so excited to be opening up my world to you on TraceMe,” Ciara told fans. “You guys know that I tend to be private with a lot of things, but with TraceMe I can have a genuine, unfiltered connection with you all.”

“My motivation for this was to give back all of your support throughout the years,” adds the 32-year-old. “We now have a special place where you can get to know more about me, and see all the fun things that go on with my music, my family, my fashion and so much more.”

Ciara is also mom to 3 1/2 Future Zahir from her previous relationship to rapper Future.

Amy Schumer is a Married Woman!

Amy Schumer and longterm boyfriend Chris Fischer are married.

The pair exchanged vows during a private ceremony on Tuesday in Malibu.

Some of the guests in attendance included Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Larry David, Jake Gyllenhaal, and David Spade.

The couple were first photographed together last November in New York. Neither confirmed or denied the relationship until just a few days ago, when Schumer posted a photo of them kissing.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Danielle Herrington Becomes Third Black Woman to Cover Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

Danielle Herrington covers the 2018 Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated, making her the third Black woman to grace the cover of the magazine.

On top of this achievement, this is also Herrington’s first magazine cover ever. The model took to Instagram to express her excitement.

She posted her official cover and captioned it, “THANK YOU @si_swimsuit for having me on your COVER. This is my first cover ever and I am beyond speechless!
I dedicate this to all the young girls out there. Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and your DREAMS WILL COME TRUE!
……I am the luckiest and most grateful girl DREAM BIG. WORK HARD. BE RESPECTFUL. LOVE EACH OTHER. OWN IT!”

On February 13, Herrington, 24, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where she was surprised by Tyra Banks, who was the first Black woman to cover the Issue. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was the second.

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