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Grammy Award-Winning Singer & Songwriter Estelle to Perform at HRC Los Angeles Gala

Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken, Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah McNeill, Kaitlin Doubleday, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Bryshere Gray will represent ‘Empire’ which is being honored with the HRC Equality Award; Ryan Murphy to Present HRC Visibility Award to ‘The Hunger Games’ producer Nina Jacobson WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay,…

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Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken, Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah McNeill, Kaitlin Doubleday, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Bryshere Gray will represent ‘Empire’ which is being honored with the HRC Equality Award; Ryan Murphy to Present HRC Visibility Award to ‘The Hunger Games’ producer Nina Jacobson

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Estelle will perform at the 2016 HRC Los Angeles Gala this Saturday. Acclaimed television sensation “Empire” will be honored with the HRC Equality Award and will be represented by Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken, Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah McNeill, Kaitlin Doubleday, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Bryshere Gray. Ryan Murphy will present the HRC Visibility Award to Nina Jacobson – whose work includes the blockbuster hit “The Hunger Games” and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

“Estelle is an incredibly talented musician who is inspirational both on and off the stage,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “She’s a strong ally to the LGBT community, and we’re thrilled to have her join us this year at HRC’s Los Angeles Gala.

Estelle has received widespread critical acclaim and numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “American Boy” with Kanye West, two Brit Award nominations, three MOBO Awards, and a World Music Award. She refuses to let barriers hold her back, and relates to the LGBT community through many of the experiences she’s faced personally in life. According to one interview, “She feels her own encounters with harsh judgment have provided a special understanding of similar experiences faced by the LGBT community…and anyone who has ‘been told they can’t.’”

Additional special guests include Maria Bello, Dan Bucatinsky, Cheryl Burke, Candis Cayne, Jason Collins, Guillermo Diaz, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Pauley Perrette, Dana Goldberg, DJ Young 1, Jim Obergefell, Bradley Bredeweg, Charlie Carver, Betty DeGeneres, Jonathan del Arco, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, Alec Mapa, Peter Paige, Jonathan Slavin, Wrabel, Frank Valentini, Harry Shum Jr, Matthew Daddario, Daniel Franzese, Joanna Johnson, Max Mutchnick and Erik Hyman, Raymond Braun, Ingrid Nilsen, Joey Graceffa, Kingsley, Carrie Rad, Max Emerson, Todrick Hall, Miles Jai, Stephanie Frosch, Erika Jayne, Bookeem Woodbine, event co-chairs Gwen Baba, Chris Boone, and Travis Pham, plus many more.

The event is expected to draw over 1,000 guests, and will be held this Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the JW Marriott LA Live. Tickets and more information are available at www.hrcladinner.com/

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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