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Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and their kids post matching pajama pic from isolation

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore are showing us how to self-isolate in style.The actors posed for a photo wearing matching pajamas alongside their daughter, Scout Willis and her sister, Tallulah Willis’ boyfriend, Dillon Buss.Tallulah captioned the photo, “chaotic neutral.”

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Even the dog had its own matching green striped top.In one of her Instagram comments, the youngest of the Willis daughters responded saying, “made the choice to quarantine together and have been together for 27 days taking every precaution.”Their eldest daughter, Rumer, is not pictured.Willis is remarried to Emma Heming Willis and together they have two children.Moore and Willis were married from 1987 to 2000 and have remained amicable.

Moore has shared photos of their family over the years, most recently last month in celebration of Willis’ birthday.

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Anuel AA and Karol G Give Work From Home New Meaning With New Songs and Music Video

Sometimes when we feel like our lives have been turned upside-down, the most natural thing to do is to return to the habits that make us feel comfortable. This manifests in many different ways, but in Anuel AA and Karol G’s case, it’s making music. The Latin power couple has been social distancing in their apartment, and taking this time to get creative.

On her part, Karol tapped Anuel to write and record her first single of the year titled “Follow,” complete with a music video they both directed and produced in their home, showing the couple’s daily life during this time — once again giving fans an exclusive window into their relationship.

“While at home under quarantine, we couldn’t stop making music,” Karol G said in a press release. “We wanted to create a song that was cool and fresh for our fans with a video that shows how we are overcoming the reality that we are all going through. We are thinking of all of our fans out there and hope you’re staying safe and healthy during this time.”

“Follow” comes after Karol G’s smash hit “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, making it the first all-female collaboration to do so. “Follow” continues to have the “Tusa” effect and became an instant international success, debuting as the most viewed video on YouTube worldwide.

The song is the third collaboration between Anuel AA and Karol G, after their highly acclaimed songs, “Culpables” and “Secreto.”

Meanwhile, Anuel AA has also been working on a more personal track, his new single “3 de Abril,” which he released today, April 3. It commemorates the fourth anniversary of his arrest for gun possession charges. The song is the most vulnerable we’ve seen Anuel yet. While he’s known for his extravagant personality on camera, his personal life has always been surrounded by mystery.

With “3 de Abril” Anuel finally tells his side of the story, from his difficult adolescence and all the things that led him on the wrong path, to how he managed to survive the rough times, to his wake-up call to reform his life and stay focused on his passion.

Produced by Yampi and Ovy on the Drums, this song is Anuel’s promise to his fans to go back to his original sound, lyrics, and underground style that made him the Spanish trap pioneer.

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by MARIA G. VALDEZ

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Bill Withers, ‘Lean On Me’ and ‘Lovely Day’ singer, has died at 81

Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter whose soulful hits “Lean On Me,” Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day” became part of the soundtrack for a generation, has died.He was 81.

Withers died Monday in Los Angeles of heart complications, according to his family. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” his family said in a statement obtained by CNN. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world.

In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”His songs have been considered timeless and “Lean On Me” has experienced a resurgence during the coronavirus pandemic because of its uplifting message of community support.”Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen,” musician Quest Love told Rolling Stone in 2015.Withers passing was mourned Friday across musical genres and walks of life on Twitter.

“Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength,” rocker Lenny Kravitz tweeted.

“My soul always has & always will be full of your music. Your humility displayed & depth of your power as you carried us all to a better place. You’re still & always will be Bill.”Born in Slab Fork, West Virginia, Withers overcame a stutter as a child and joined the Navy as a teen.After a nine year stint in the military, Withers moved to Los Angeles in 1967 to pursue a career in music, taking a job at the Boeing aircraft company where he made toilet seats during the day.

At night Withers cut demos and eventually met the head of Sussex Records, the now famed music impresario Clarence Avant.Wither’s first album, “Just As I Am,” was released in 1971 and included the singles “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands.””Ain’t No Sunshine” was a hit and in 1972 Withers took home a Grammy for the single.That same year, “Lean On Me,” a song Withers wrote after being inspired by his childhood growing up in West Virginia, went to No. 1 on the R&B chart.The hit has since been covered by several other artists, including Club Nouveau. Their version won Withers a Grammy in 1987 as the songwriter.

The song is also the theme for the 1989 Morgan Freeman film of the same name and was performed at the inaugurations for both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.His 1972 album, “Still Bill,” launched another hit with “Use Me.”A legal battle with Sussex led to him signing with Columbia Records where he recorded “Lovely Day” as part of the 1977 album, “Menagerie.” Withers co-wrote the 1980 hit “Just The Two of Us,” which he recorded with saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. The tune won him his second best R&B song Grammy in 1981.Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.His songwriting ability was as hailed as his singing.

“We lost a giant of songwriting today,” Paul Williams, president and chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said in a statement. “Bill Withers’ songs are among the most treasured and profound in the American songbook — universal in the way they touch people all over the world, transcending genre and generation. “”He was a beautiful man with a stunning sense of humor and a gift for truth,” Williams added. “I will miss him personally as will the entire ASCAP family. We love you, Bill.

Our hearts go out to his family.”In 1973 Withers made headlines when he married “Room 222” actress Denise Nicholas but the couple divorced a year later.He married Marcia Johnson in 1976 and is survived by her and their son and daughter, Todd and Kori.

By Lisa Respers France

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HBO makes programming available free as part of #StayHomeBoxOffice

In advance of the launch of streaming service HBO Max, HBO will seek to ease the act of social distancing by making 500 hours of programming available free for a limited time, under the heading #StayHomeBoxOffice.The promotion kicks off April 3, and will include free streaming of such series as “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Veep,” as well as HBO documentaries and an assortment of Warner Bros. movies. Many of the films are aimed at kids or a family audience, such as “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” “Smallfoot” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”The programming will be available to stream without a subscription on HBO Now and HBO Go. Other series included in the promotion are “Succession,” “Barry,” “Silcon Valley” and “Ballers,” as well as the older titles “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under.”HBO Max, the company’s streaming venture, is scheduled to launch in May. HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN are all units of WarnerMedia.

Several entertainment companies have juggled release dates to serve the vast audience hunting for something to watch while living through shelter-at-home orders due to coronavirus.Separately, TNT — another WarnerMedia network — announced that it would move up by two weeks, to May 17, the premiere of “Snowpiercer,” the dystopian sci-fi series based on the movie by “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho.

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Dolly Parton donates $1 million toward coronavirus research

The legendary performer on Wednesday announced she was making a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research.”My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” she wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.

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Parton is one of many celebrities making sizable donations towards worthy causes amid the global pandemic.Rihanna’s The Clara Lionel Foundation and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation each donated $1 million to coronavirus response efforts this week.

Last week, Kylie Jenner donated $1 million to buy personal protective equipment for health-care workers, and Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively gave $1 million to two food charities.”We are incredibly grateful to Dolly (@DollyParton) for believing in our doctors and researchers as we work hard to fight COVID-19,” Vanderbilt University Medical Center said in a statement

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Lizzo treats ER staff to say thank you

Turns out Lizzo is 100% that generous.The singer treated some of those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic to a meal.On Monday a verified Twitter account Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit tweeted a thank you to Lizzo for providing lunch for its emergency room staff.

“SURPRISE! @lizzo treated our ER staff at #HenryFordHospital to lunch today and shared a message of thanks to our #HealthcareHeroes on the front lines,” the tweet read. “#Lizzo, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for making our day brighter with your generosity.”The tweet included a video of the “Truth Hurts” singer thanking the hospital workers.”I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you’re doing during this pandemic,” Lizzo said. “It’s definitely not easy and you guys are putting yourselves on the front line so because of that I wanted to treat y’all to a meal.”And Henry Ford wasn’t the only hospital to benefit.

A tweet from the verified Twitter account for M Health Fairview in Minneapolis, Minnesota, read on Monday “That moment when you’re working the ER and @Lizzo surprises you by sending over some lunch!”Lizzo was born in Detroit and moved to Houston, Texas and Minneapolis later in life.

By Lisa Respers France

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Nipsey Hussle: Family and friends remember rapper on anniversary of his death

The marathon continues.Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.He was gunned down March 31, 2019, near the clothing store he owned in South Central Los Angeles.Hussle was 33.

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The rapper’s brother, Samiel Asghedom, posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing Hussle weeks before he was killed attending the 2019 Grammy Awards with his daughter, Emani.Others tweeted about Hussle, including the NAACP and rapper/producer Termanalogy, with many using the hashtag “The Marathon Continues,” the name of the rapper’s famous 2011 mixtape.

“#RestInPower to the young brother #NipseyHussle,” a tweet from the NAACP’s official Twitter account read. “Your life and legacy of community building will not be forgotten. #TheMarathonContinues.”Frederick Joseph, founder of We Have Stories, a philanthropic organization for creatives from diverse communities, met the artist during an interview and after his death shared on Twitter stories of Hussle’s philanthropy.On Tuesday, Joseph tweeted a tribute to his slain friend.

“I can’t believe it’s been a year,” Joseph wrote. “Thank you for always trying to figure out what we can do for the community. Don’t worry, we are still down here doing the work. RIP NIP. #TheMarathonContinues.”


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NBL

ESPN Moves Up Michael Jordan ‘The Last Dance’ Documentary Release Date

ABC’s and ESPN’s debut of The Last Dance is being moved from June to April 19, ESPN confirmed Tuesday morning

The New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand first reported the news Monday night. After the announcement, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press shared the full broadcast schedule for the documentary:

The 10-part Michael Jordan documentary was originally teased in December:

Fans have been clamoring for an early release amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has halted sports globally. LeBron James joined the chorus last week:

As of March 17, The Last Dance was not completed and therefore was not under consideration to have its debut hurried.

“I know some have asked about The Last Dance, and the reality is that the production of that film has not yet been completed, so we are limited there at the moment,” ESPN executive vice president of programming, acquisitions and scheduling Burke Magnus said, per Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune. “Obviously, you can’t air it until it’s done.”

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Coronavirus: UEFA Champions League final postponed indefinitely

The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League final has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, UEFA announced on Monday.

The final of Europe’s elite club competition had been scheduled for May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

UEFA also announced the postponement of the UEFA Women’s Champions League final and the Europa League final, both originally scheduled for May.

“No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates,” the UEFA statement said. “The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available. The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”

Twelve teams remain in this season’s Champions League after only half of the competition’s round-of-16 ties could be completed before UEFA postponed the remaining matches due to the virus outbreak.

Four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals last week, including Atletico Madrid, who beat holders Liverpool across two legs, and Paris Saint-Germain, who overcame Borussia Dortmund. Atalanta advanced past Valencia, while RB Leipzig beat Tottenham.

Four round-of-16 second-leg ties have yet to be played: Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, Juventus vs. Lyon, Barcelona vs. Napoli and Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea.

Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 after UEFA reached an agreement with key governing bodies last week.

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Carlos Vela: LAFC held up Barcelona loan move in 2019

Reigning MLS MVP Carlos Vela agreed to join Barcelona early last year, but the move was held up by LAFC wanting to keep hold of their star Mexican forward.

Vela’s potential move to the Catalan side was reported back in January 2019 and the 31-year-old was keen to go.

“Barca set up a scenario of [going there for] four months at that time and I accepted it because it was a very good opportunity,” Vela said in the new edition of GQ Mexico magazine. “I wasn’t going to say, ‘Oh, I want two years, and if not, I’m not going.’

“They said four months and I’d have gone for four [months],” he continued. “But LAFC did not make it easy for me to leave, although it is understandable. In the end, they seek the best for themselves and everyone else does too. I tried, it didn’t come off and there’s no problem because I am more than happy here.”

Vela is no longer playing for the Mexican national team despite his dominant performances in MLS and stated he hasn’t particularly enjoyed the off-field aspects of the game.

“I don’t like the soccer industry and yes, I do like to play,” said Vela. “The truth is I’ve been through a lot and you see that this is a job.

“It’s not like for fans, for whom it is a feeling and a passion,” the Cancun native went on. “As a player, seeing what I see and how they treat and handle us, you end up seeing it in that way [as a job].

“You say: Well if I’m fine, perfect, and if not, I have to know what the best for me is and that’s it. I am not a person who loves to watch games and that doesn’t mean I don’t like soccer. I take advantage to do other things in my free time.”

Vela scored twice over the first two games of the 2020 season and was instrumental in helping LAFC overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit to advance past Liga MX’s Club Leon in the round of 16 in the CONCACAF Champions League.