Tailgating for a cause

Lady Gaga is taking her Born This Way Foundation on the road.

The singer announced Thursday that the Born Brave Bus Tour will tailgate outside her upcoming U.S. concerts and provide a space for 13- to 25-year-olds to learn more about local resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention and mental health services.

Her foundation focuses on youth empowerment and self-confidence.

Organizations like The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and the National Association of School Psychologists will assist on the bus.
Participants will not need a ticket to the show to partake.

The Born Brave Bus will be open ahead of each Gaga concert for several hours. The U.S. leg of the Born This Way Ball Tour kicks off Jan. 14 in Tacoma, Wash.


BET to honor Berry, Khan

Actress Halle Berry and musician Chaka Khan will be honored at the 2013 BET Honors.

The network announced Thursday that basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes will also be celebrated at the Jan. 12 event in Washington at the Warner Theatre. The special airs Feb. 11.

BET Honors highlights African- Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more.
Maya Angelou was among the honorees at this year's BET Honors. First lady Michelle Obama presented her award.

Actress Gabrielle Union will host the special. Performers will be announced at a later date.


Beauty queen's rapid rise

The 20-year-old Rhode Island who brought the Miss Universe crown back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years is hoping that her quick rise through the beauty pageant ranks will show women that anything is possible.

Olivia Culpo told the Associated Press that her yearlong transformation from Boston University sophomore to pageant winner proves that women can accomplish anything to which they set their minds.

"My first pageant was a year ago," she said.

She pointed to the fact that she stumbled on her red velvet evening dress on Wednesday night before beating out 88 beauty queens from six continents as proof that confidence and poise matter more than perfect performance.

Her coronation ended a long losing spell for the U.S. in the competition. An American had not won the Miss Universe title since Miss Hawaii Brook Lee won in 1997.

Culpo, a middle child of five, was studying theater and communications at Boston University when she decided to enroll in the Miss Rhode Island pageant last year.

She ended up winning that contest in a rented $20 dress with a hole in the back. She claimed the Miss USA crown in the spring, despite losing an earring during the interview portion.

She took a year off from Boston University to fulfill the obligations that come along with being Miss USA and now says she will not return to her former college.