St. Louis, Missouri, is dealing with some brutal realities right now, which resulted in U2 and Ed Sheeran cancel their weekend shows. The Irish rockers were scheduled to play The Dome at America’s Center Saturday night, while Sheeran was to perform at the Scottrade Center on Sunday, but both felt local law enforcement wouldn’t be able to provide the typical level of security in the wake of protests in the city.
Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight….I found myself reading Dr. King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017? – Bono “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability….we are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible.”
Sheeran’s website had this statement: “With the safety of the fans being of upmost concern, and after consulting with local officials, who could not fully commit to providing a sufficient amount of police and other city services support, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel Sunday night’s show. While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed’s schedule will allow in 2018.”
Both U2 and Sheeran are offering their fans’ refunds.
Protesters began marching throughout St. Louis after a judge found former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Things escalated as demonstrators swarmed the mayor’s home Friday evening, resulting in police officers injured and the arrests of protesters.
Selena Gomez raised nearly $500,000 for lupus research
The singer-actress recently revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant, and it was symptoms from lupus that caused the kidney failure. Thanks to her fame, people are stepping up and donating to help fund research into the incurable autoimmune and inflammatory disease.
“Selena’s openness and strong emotional connection to her worldwide audience has brought extraordinary awareness to a disease that is typically overlooked. As a result of her encouragement to visit our website, LupusResearch.org, to learn about lupus, our phones have been ringing off the hook and our website traffic has soared,” the group’s president and CEO Kenneth Farber told E! News on Friday. “Selena has supported our organization in many ways, donating a portion of tickets sales for her last concert tour to the Lupus Research Alliance and requesting donations to us on the occasion of her birthday, as well as yesterday’s announcement. Together her appeals have raised almost $500,000 for research funded by the Lupus Research Alliance.”
Earlier this year, Selena made a donation to the Keck School of Medicine of USC to support lupus research, and teamed up with the school to create the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research.
Wishing her well on her continued recovery.
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
Ew, Scott Disick and Sofia Richie are actually happening
It’s true. According to Us Weekly, the reality star and Lionel Richie‘s 19-year-old daughter are “officially hooking up,” with their insider saying, “Things became official over the past week while they were in New York City together.”
The rumours first began in May when the two were spotted in Cannes together. But Richie squashed it with a tweet.
Just so everyone can get their panties out of their asses, Scott and I are just homies #relax
— Sofia Richie (@sofiarichie) May 28, 2017
Riiiiiiight. We can’t help but wonder if this is some sort of revenge coupling. It was about a year ago that Richie was dating Justin Bieber and the Biebs has long been rumoured to have had a little sexy time with Kourtney Kardashian, Disick’s ex and the mother of their three children.
The source told Us, “It’s so weird. Not just the age difference, but mostly the fact that Sofia had been a family friend for years, and was close to Kendall and Kylie.” Whatever the case, blech.
Kevin Hart apologizes to wife and kids after extortion attempt
Oh, Kevin. Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. The actor took to Instagram, apologizing to his wife and children. If you’re wondering what he’s sorry about, TMZ reported that Hart was the victim of an alleged extortion attempt, but it failed since he got in front of it and told wife Eniko Parrish and his two kids, Heaven and Hendrix (with first wife Torrei), first.
“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back and I should make smart decisions and recently I didn’t,” he said in the short clip. “I made a bad error in judgment and put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And doing that I know that I am going to hurt the people closest to, whom I have talked to — my wife and my kids.”
He concluded: “At the end of the day, I just have to do better. But I am not going to allow a person to make financial gains over my mistakes.” The caption to the post read: “Sending so many apologies to my wife & kids. I gotta do better and I will. I’m not perfect and have never claimed to be…I love you all.”
It was widely reported that Kevin and Eniko got together while Kevin was still married to Torrei. Girl, if he cheated with you, chances are he’s going to cheat on you. This can’t be a total shocker to Eniko, right? Ugh, his poor kids, though. Like they need to be going through this crap.
Ben Affleck went to the Emmys to support his new girlfriend
If you recall Affleck and Jennifer Garner‘s marriage, they kept things pretty low-key. Perhaps with the exception of his Golden Globe win for directing Argo, all we usually saw between the two was a peck on the cheek or a loving look exchanged.
Not so with Ben and his new girlfriend, Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus. Us Weekly reported Affleck “jumped up and cheered when SNL won,” while a source told ET Online that “Ben looked thrilled to support Lindsay and even accompanied her as she did press on her Emmy win.”
What he might not have been thrilled about? His seat in the middle of the auditorium. Heh.
— Sarah Ward (@ThatsSoWard) September 18, 2017