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Beyoncé rocks chic 'mom haircut' in new photo

When it comes to hair, Beyoncé has done it all, but now, she’s bringing back a classic look.

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Fans have seen her in everything from the long ponytail she sported at Serena Williams’ wedding to the signature cornrows she had on the album cover of “Lemonade.” In her latest hair debut, Queen Bey is bringing back a fan favorite — the affectionately known “mom” haircut. The chic look — a short, chin length wavy bob in golden blonde — re-emerged in a series of photos on her website. The look first appeared soon after the Grammy winner wrapped up her self-titled album’s world tour.

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The look was shown off in a series of photos snapped by her husband, Jay-Z. As mother of infant twins Rumi and Sir Carter, and 5-year-old Blue Ivy, the “mom” look is very fitting.

>> Destiny’s Child might reunite when Beyoncé performs at Coachella

The pop star’s hair stylist recently revealed her natural hair look a few weeks back, sending fans into a frenzy. A dismayed Neal Farinah, however, found himself calling out people who couldn’t believe the singer’s flowing tresses were real.

“Sometimes women make choices, and black women are not the only ones who wear wigs, weaves and pieces. Remember that!” he said in an Instagram video.

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“And underneath wigs and weaves? Black women have some of the most beautiful, curly hair. It’s a choice a woman makes — and that’s the choice a black woman makes to wear wigs or weaves. If she wants to, ain’t nothing wrong with it!” he added.

“So, the myth about Black women not having hair … y’all think again 'cause they have some of the most beautiful textured hair. Recognize!”

Jon Bon Jovi dines at South Florida restaurant

Wanted …. tuna tostada?

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That was on the  menu for celebrity rocker Jon Bon Jovi during his visit to a South Florida restaurant Wednesday afternoon. Bon Jovi and a party of nearly 20 adults and children dined at Benny’s on the Beach in Lake Worth.

His visit was not a surprise, Benny’s manager Justin McCall said.

Bon Jovi is a friend of Benny’s owner Lee Lipton and it was known that he would be stopping in. His appearance was not promoted out of concern that it might attract a larger-than-capacity crowd, McCall said.

“He was super chill,” McCall said of Bon Jovi, who ordered the seared Tuna Tostada, one of the restaurant’s best sellers. “He came and he ate and on his way out out, he stopped and took pictures with anybody who asked him.”

Rihanna urges end to gun violence after cousin shot to death

Rihanna paid tribute to a slain man she named as her cousin in an Instagram post, calling for an end to gun violence, New Music Express reported Wednesday.

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Sharing a picture of herself with Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, the singer wrote: “RIP cousin. … can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!”

She ended her post with the hashtag “#endgunviolence.”

Nation News in Barbados reported that Alleyne, 21, was fatally shot at 7 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Saint Michael.

According to the report, Alleyne was “walking through a track in the area of his house when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.”

Police are still investigating the shooting, New Musical Express reported.

Jamie Lynn Spears announces second pregnancy on Instagram

Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with her second child, and she broke the news to her fans via Instagram.

Spears, the younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears, delivered the news about her growing family on Christmas Eve. After sharing the news that her 9-year-old daughter Maddie would finally be a big sister in 2018, Spears said that 2017 had brought some of the biggest challenges of her life. In February, Maddie was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

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In the Instagram photo, Spears shows off her baby bump while holding hands with Maddie and husband Jamie Watson. This will be the couple's first child together. Maddie's father is Spears' ex-fiance Casey Aldridge.

Jamie Lynn said that after her daughter's accident, she chose to “lay low” and write new music, which she hopes to share in 2018.

Lorde cancels concert in Israel amid criticism

New Zealand crooner Lorde has canceled a planned show in Tel Aviv amid pressure from activists who oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine, according to multiple reports.

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Lorde planned to perform in Tel Aviv on June 5, 2018, according to news.com.au.

She said in a statement obtained Sunday by The Jerusalem Post that she got “an overwhelming number of messages (and) letters and … had a lot of discussions with people holding many views” before making her decision to cancel the performance.

“I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” the statement said. “I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one. Tel Aviv, it's been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”

The announcement came after a pair of New Zealanders wrote an open letter to Lorde asking her to reconsider her decision to perform in Tel Aviv.

The letter, published last week on TheSpinOff.co.nz, was penned by Justine Sachs, who is Jewish, and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is Palestinian.

“Today, millions of people stand opposed to the Israeli government’s policies of oppression, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, occupation and apartheid,” the letter said. “As part of this struggle, we believe that an economic, intellectual and artistic boycott is an effective way of speaking out against these crimes. This worked very effectively against apartheid in South Africa, and we hope it can work again.”

The pair urged Lorde to “act in the spirit of progressive New Zealanders who came before you and continue their legacy,” by canceling her show.

Lorde acknowledged the letter last week in a tweet and said she was "considering all options."

Some fans praised Lorde’s decision, while others decried it. Miri Regev, Israel's culture minister, urged Lorde to rethink the cancellation.

“Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine’ like the title of your first album,” Miri Regev said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. “To be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”

Lorde was not the first performer pressured to cancel a planned appearance in Israel by pro-Palestinian activists. According to the country’s Ynetnews, Elvis Costello and Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore have canceled shows in Israel amid criticism. Rock band Radiohead was also urged to cancel a show last summer in Tel Aviv but went through with the performance after corresponding with critics, Ynetnews reported.

Snoop Dogg surprises Texas youth football team at banquet

Snoop Dogg paid a visit to a Texas restaurant that was honoring a local youth football team Wednesday night, KENS reported.

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The Smoke BBQ Brew Venue was hosting a banquet honoring the San Antonio Outlaws, which won the 12-and-under national championship in the Snoop Youth Football League.

Snoop was in San Antonio to perform at the Aztec Theater on Wednesday. Last week, the Outlaws defeated Snoop’s team, known as the Carson Colts, in San Jose, California.

The San Antonio Outlaws partnered with Snoop’s management team to have the rapper surprise the players during dinner at Smoke BBQ. Snoop spoke to the players and congratulated them on their victory, KENS reported.

Go-Go's musical 'Head Over Heels' ticketed for Broadway

Their lips are no longer sealed. 

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The musical “Head Over Heels,” which will feature songs from the 1980s female group The Go-Go’s, will be heading to Broadway for the 2018-19 season after opening next spring in San Francisco, Variety reported.

Gwyneth Paltrow will be one of the producers for the show, described by Variety as “an unlikely pairing of an Elizabethan romance with the pop hits of the all-female band.”

Familiar songs in the production will include Go-Go’s hits like “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels,” Variety reported. Other songs will include solo hits by Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle, including “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is A Place On Earth.”

The production premiered in 2015 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and had a developmental workshop at New York Stage and Film the following year, Variety reported.

Nick Jonas plays impromptu session at Tampa Starbucks, buys fans coffee

Singer Nick Jonas performed twice in Florida on Saturday. He appeared as scheduled at Tampa’s Amalie Arena to sing at the annual Jingle Ball, and also made an impromptu stop several hours earlier at a Starbucks to sing and buy coffee for fans.

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Jonas tweeted about the appearance around 3 p.m., The Tampa Bay Times reported. The singer said he was heading to a Starbucks in the Westshore area of Tampa “for a little holiday surprise around 3:30 p.m. See you there?"

Fans greeted him at the coffee shop, and Jonas told them he was buying them all coffee. “How’s that?” he posted to his Instagram Stories account.

The appearance was a joint promotion for Starbucks' #GiveGood campaign and drinkware company Ember Technologies, the Times reported.

While at the Starbucks, Jonas picked up an acoustic guitar to play a couple of songs, including “Home,” and handed out some gift cards, the Times reported.

Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits among 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has announced the class of 2018.

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The list is comprised of five artists or bands in the Performer Category and one performer for the Early Influence Award.

Going into the Hall of Fame as performers next year are: 

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi started in the early ‘80s in New Jersey and had hits like “You Give Love A Bad Name” and Livin’ On a Prayer.” They’ve had over 120 million albums sold and performed 2,600 concerts all over the world.

The band was made up of David Bryn, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such and Tico Torres.

The Cars

The Cars were founded in 1976 by Ric Ocasek as part of the New Wave sound. they combined ‘60s pop, ‘70s glam and brought it into the ‘80s. The Cars had 13 Top 40 singles from six studio albums. Co-founder Benjamin Orr died in 2000, but the surviving members released an album, “Move Like This” in 2011.

The band was made up of Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr.

Dire Straits

Dire Straits had their first hit single in 1978 with “Sultans Of Swing.” Then they rode the music video wave with the fledgling MTV channel with their hit “Money For Nothing”

The band was made up of Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley, David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers.

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues was founded in 1964 as an R&B-based rock band. Known for the hit “Nights In White Satin,” the song is from one of the first progressive rock albums, according the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Moody Blues are said to have influenced bands like Yes and Genesis.

The band was made up of Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.

Nina Simone

Mary J. Blige said that inductee Nina Simone, who started singing in 1964, could sing anything. Simone considered herself a folk singer, but she didn’t perform just that genre. She sung Israeli folk songs, songs from the Bee Gees, music by Leonard Cohen and even compositions by George Harrison. She also sang Spirituals and children’s songs.

Simone has been honored by Lauryn Hill, sampled by Kanye West and covered by George Michael and Whitney Houston.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The Award for Early influence will be given to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Tharpe, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “is one of the essential figures in the history of rock and roll.” She is said to have been an inspiration for Elvis, Little Richard, Johhny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

She hit the stage in 1938 with her song “Rock Me” and continued her career through the ‘40s and ‘50s. In 1947, she gave Little Richard his break at the age of 14. In the ‘60s, her career in the U.S. had waned and she moved to England, playing for blues fans in London and Liverpool.

Artists have to wait 25 years after their first album or single is released before they can be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone reported.

Bon Jovi, The Cars and The Moody Blues could reunite with former members for the induction concert. Nina Simone passed away in 2003. Sister Rosetta Tharpe passed away in 1973. Dire Straits has been silent as to whether they will take the stage together, Rolling Stone reported

The ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018 in Cleveland. Information on ticket sales will be released in January.

Pat DiNizio, singer for The Smithereens, dies at 62

Pat DiNizio, frontman for alt-rock-pop band The Smithereens, has died at the age of 62.

The band posted the news on its Facebook page shortly after midnight Wednesday:

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"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band," the post said.

"Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers."

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New Jersey native DiNizio, with bandmates Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, buzzed around the rock charts in the late '80s and early '90s with stinging yet melodic songs including “Only a Memory,” “A Girl Like You” and “Blood and Roses.”

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On Saturday, DiNizio posted a lengthy update on Facebook and assured fans that he was receiving “the best medical care and attention possible to repair the damage done to my neck and back in my recent falls.” He also said his treatment was helping him get in shape for the band’s upcoming shows.

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