Going hip-hop for health
Michelle Obama is making a cameo appearance in a video for a hip-hop song recorded to encourage kids from minority groups to take care of their bodies.
The song, “Everybody,” is one of 19 on an album called “Songs for a Healthier America,” set for release next month. The album is being produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, both of which support the first lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign. Statistics show higher rates of overweight and obesity among black and Latino children
The song itself is sung by rapper Doug E. Fresh, along with Jordin Sparks, Dr. Oz and others.
A grand romantic gesture
Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping the guitarist of Guns N’ Roses execute a grand romantic gesture.
Daren Jay “DJ” Ashba posted a photo on Instagram Saturday of himself and his girlfriend, Colombian actress and model Nathalia Henao, wearing helicopter headgear. He thanked the Las Vegas police department for “the most amazing” private helicopter tour over the city, saying that it ended in a field at police headquarters, where he proposed amid roses and “a bottle of the bubble stuff.”
Las Vegas police issued a statement Saturday acknowledging two civilians were granted a ride-along in a helicopter, although they didn’t mention names and didn’t offer many details.
The helicopter ride comes as the department is already strapped for cash. Last week, Sheriff Doug Gillespie continued his push to increase sales tax in Clark County – which includes Las Vegas – from 8.1 to 8.25 percent.
‘Maids’ gets 2nd season
The Lifetime channel says it’s renewing “Devious Maids” for a second season.
Lifetime says the series about the lives of domestic workers and their wealthy bosses has proved the network’s fastest-growing drama since its June debut.
“Devious Maids” is from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and includes Eva Longoria, who starred in the ABC drama, as an executive producer.
Inspired by a Spanish-language telenovela, the “Devious Maids” ensemble cast includes Ana Ortiz and Judy Reyes. Lifetime ordered 13 episodes for the second season.
No apologies necessary
Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.
In a recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
Swiss tourism officials and the store’s owner apologized for the incident last week, but Winfrey insists there’s no need.
“It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag,” she said. “So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States do we apologize in front of the whole country? No!”