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Beyonce honors Aretha Franklin
DETROIT (AP) — Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press reports the moment came early in the show Monday night at Ford Field with Beyonce saying, “We love you” and thanking the ailing 76-year-old for her “beautiful music.”
Opening the show, DJ Khaled got the crowd excited when he played one of Franklin’s biggest hits, “Respect.”
A person close to Franklin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that the singer is seriously ill. No more details were provided.
Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, have offered prayers and well wishes to the iconic soul singer.
Movie theaters try 3-screen immersion
LONDON (AP) — Sit at the back of the movie theater, and it’s possible to see the appeal of ScreenX, the latest attempt to drag film lovers off the sofa and away from Netflix.
Instead of one screen, there are three, creating a 270-degree view meant to add to the immersive experience you can’t get from home TV.
First adopted in South Korea in 2012, the system is being launched in the U.K. and theater chain Cineworld plans to add over 100 screens to its worldwide count of 151.
It’s the latest attempt by movie theaters to attract viewers amid the popularity of online subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. They’ve ranged from 3D screens to ultra-high resolution IMAX projectors and 4DX, which features moving chairs and real-life special effects like snow.
Trump and Omarosa spar, N-word claim
WASHINGTON (AP) — That’s no rerun — President Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault Newman have returned to their roles as reality TV boss and villain as they spar over what she claims the president said and what he contends his former White House aide is making up.
Manigault Newman says she heard an audiotape of Trump using the N-word. The president counters that the word isn’t in his vocabulary and calls her “wacky and deranged” and “not smart.”
Their war of words touches on sensitive issues in Trump’s White House, including a lack of racial diversity among senior officials, security in the executive mansion, and a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia.
In an unusual admission, Trump says the public back and forth is perhaps beneath a person in his position.