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Beyoncé donates $100,000 to historically black colleges in four states

After headlining Coachella music festival over the weekend, Beyoncé announced a major donation to four historically black colleges in four states.

The internationally-recognized superstar is giving $25,000 each to Tuskegee University in Alabama, Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University in Ohio.

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“The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender,” a news release on the program said. “The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.” 

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Beyoncé made the donations to the Homecoming Scholars Award program at the schools for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative.

“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment said in a statement. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

The scholarship follows last year’s Formation Scholars Awards Program, which was established to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade.”

Each university will select the winners, which will be announced this summer.

John Cena, Nikki Bella call off engagement

John Cena and Nikki Bella have called it quits. The two decided to end their 9-month engagement and called off the wedding.

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“After much contemplation and six years of being together, Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple,” the couple said in a statement.

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

Cena proposed to Bella in April 2017 during WrestleMania 33. They started dating in 2012.

Longtime paranormal radio host Art Bell dead at 72

Longtime radio host Art Bell, whose paranormal-themed show “Coast to Coast AM” was nationally syndicated, died Friday at his Nevada home, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He was 72.

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The Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced Bell’s death.

Bell’s show was broadcast on approximately 500 North American radio stations during its peak in the 1990s. Bell’s program aired from his hometown of Pahrump before he left the late-night show in 2002. He had a brief stint on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013, the Review-Journal reported.

Bell was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on June 17, 1945. He was a medic during the Vietnam War.

According to the Coast to Coast AM website, Bell was an FCC licensed radio technician at age 13. The website also said that Bell set a Guinness World Record for a solo broadcast marathon, at more than 116 hours, while working as a DJ on KSBK in Okinawa, Japan. That record has since been broken; the current mark of 205 hours, 2 minutes, 54 seconds was set in 2016 by Stefano Venneri on Radio BBSI in Alessandria, Italy, Guinness said on its website

"Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus' director Milos Forman dead at 86

Director Milos Forman, who won Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” died Friday in the United States after a short illness, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.

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Forman, a native of Czechoslovakia, won an Oscar for “Cuckoo’s Nest,” the 1975 film that was adapted from the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey and starred Jack Nicholson. The film won five Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor, best actress, director and adapted screenplay.

Forman picked up another Oscar for the 1984 film “Amadeus,” which won eight awards, including best picture and director.

Forman earned his final Oscar nomination for the 1996 film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” a drama about Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt. In 1999, he directed “Man on the Moon,” a film about comedian Andy Kaufman.

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He was born Jan Tomas Forman on Feb. 18, 1932, in Caslav, a town outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. His parents were killed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, and he spent much of his youth in a boarding school for war orphans.

Forman became an American citizen in 1975, continued his success in 1979 with “Hair” and in 1981 with “Ragtime,” which was nominated for eight Oscars.

He married Martina Zborilova, his third wife, in 1999. 

Will Ferrell injured in 2-car crash in California

Actor Will Ferrell was injured Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash reported on Interstate 5 in Orange County, according to multiple reports.

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A representative for Ferrell told TMZ that the comedian was not seriously hurt. The gossip site was the first to report on the crash, which happened around 11 p.m.

Ferrell was among three men and a woman who were injured when a vehicle struck the SUV that the actor was riding in, according to KTLA and TMZ. The SUV spun and flipped over, briefing stopping northbound traffic, KTLA reported.

A spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority told the news station that all four of the injured people were in the SUV at the time of the collision. Three of them suffered minor injuries while the fourth person, who was not identified, was admitted to a hospital as a trauma patient, KTLA reported.

Authorities declined to identify the people involved in Thursday’s crash to KTLA, but video obtained by TMZ appeared to show Ferrell being loaded into an ambulance. 

Officials do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Authorities continue to investigate.

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Ryan Reynolds trolls Hugh Jackman … AGAIN

It seems like they have a love-hate relationship, but in all reality, it’s what two friends would do to each other, whether they’re the average Joe or two of the biggest stars.

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Hugh Jackman posted a happy anniversary message to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness on his Twitter page. The “Wolverine” actor and his actress wife celebrated 22 years of marriage on Wednesday, Huffington Post reported.

But “Deadpool” actor, Ryan Reynolds didn’t let the day go unnoticed either. The “merc with the mouth” lived up to his character’s moniker by trolling Jackman.

The two superhero actors have been having a fake feud on the screen and on social media, Huffington Post reported. Both men have been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and Reynolds made reference to Jackman’s honor in 2016’s “Deadpool.”

Jackman trolled Reynolds before Reynolds got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, claiming that he was staring in “Crocodile Dundee 7,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

The “Deadpool 2” trailer hit the big screen in front of Jackman’s final outing as the clawed superhero in “Logan.”

Reynolds and Jackman starred together in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

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Mark Zuckerberg made $3 billion while testifying before Congress

While Mark Zuckerberg was sweating under the glare of senators as he testified before Congress, the Facebook CEO was making a cool $3 billion, CNN reported.

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Shares of Facebook have increased 3 percent since Zuckerberg began his testimony. Zuckerberg, who owns 401.4 million shares in Facebook, became nearly $3 billion richer, making his stake in the company to $66 billion, CNN reported.

The company’s total market value has increased by nearly $23 billion since Tuesday morning.

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Investors in other social media stocks are also enjoying increased value. Shares of Snap, Inc. -- the parent company of Snapchat -- have increased more than 8 percent. Twitter stock has risen 5 percent, CNN reported. 

Shares of Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, have risen 1 percent, CNN reported. 

Khloe Kardashian welcomes first child, a baby girl with Tristan Thompson

Khloe Kardashian has given birth to her first child.

After weeks of rumors, a confirmation, and in the midst of the cheating scandal, the youngest of the three Kardashian sisters gave birth to a baby girl, according to TMZ. People also confirmed the news through an unnamed source.

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Kardashian gave birth early Thursday morning at a hospital outside Cleveland, TMZ reported. The site also reported that Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney and Kim, as well as Kardashian’s best friend Malika Haqq were at the hospital. The baby girl doesn’t have a name yet, TMZ reported.

According to The Blast, Kardashian’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson was there for the birth. Thompson is at the center of multiple cheating allegations after video footage showed him with another woman Saturday in New York. 

On Tuesday, TMZ posted video footage from October 2017 showing Thompson kissing one woman and being groped by another at a Washington, D.C. hookah lounge.

Related: Tristan Thompson allegedly cheating on Khloé Kardashian with multiple women, reports say

Kardashian was thankful when she announced her pregnancy in a Dec. 20 Instagram post.

“I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing,” Kardashian captioned the post. “I simply had to trust in Him and be patient. I still at times can't believe that our love created life! Tristan, thank you for loving me the way that you do! Thank you for treating me like a Queen! Thank you for making me feel beautiful at all stages! Tristan, most of all, Thank you for making me a MOMMY!!!”

Related: Khloe Kardashian confirms pregnancy: ‘My greatest dream realized’

It’s the first child for Kardashian and the second child for Thompson. The 27-year-old has a 16-month-old son named Prince Oliver from a previous relationship.

Kardashain joins her half-sister, Kylie Jenner, and older sister, Kim Kardashian, in motherhood this year. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a third child, daughter Chicago West, via gestational carrier Jan. 15. Jenner and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, gave birth to her first childdaughter Stormi Webster, Feb, 1.

Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar tells congregation don’t criticize Snoop Dogg

Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar recently told his congregation not to throw shade at rapper-turned-gospel performer Snoop Dogg.

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The California-based godfather of rap and actor recently released “Bible of Love” through his All the Time Entertainment, in association with RCA Inspiration. 

The “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper said he was inspired by his grandmother and pulls in some heavyweight gospel talent like the Clark Sisters and Rance Allen.

Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International, said the church should focus on grace and not past behavior. He was preaching on the “Spirit of Grace.”

>> Related: Snoop Dogg releases gospel album

“I’m gonna say something publicly. I don’t know if I’m really correct in saying this but I want to say something publicly,” Dollar said. “Recently, a man in California, he’s a rapper, in fact, he’s known as a legend, they call him, I think his nickname is Snoop Dogg. He just released a gospel album to minister to people ‘cause his grandmamma ministered to him and he had it on the inside of him. Isn’t it sad that he received rejection and flak and ‘how y’all gon’ support somebody like this after what they did and what they said?’ What’s wrong with us?” Dollar asked. 

While Snoop Dogg may have received criticism for going in another direction musically, his album has also received positive reviews.

Here are lyrics from one of the singles:

“I know god is calling me 

I'm not where I'm supposed to be 

Sitting here smoking trees 

When I should be on my knees”

>> Related: Snoop Dogg’s first gospel album goes to #1 on Billboard

Dollar said the “Holy Ghost police” were wrong to go in on the rapper because they don’t know his heart or spirituality. 

Dollar said he might call Snopp Dogg himself.

Someone should have said “Congratulations, thank you so much, thank you so much for releasing something that can minister to people and encourage people and help people,” he said.

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