Oprah, Beyonce tie at number 3 on Forbes America’s richest self-made women

Forbes Magazine is well-known for chronicling the lives of the rich and famous. The magazine has released its list of America’s richest self-made women and Oprah and Beyoncé made the cut! Oprah tied for third place with an estimated net-worth of $2.9 billion. Three billi? Damn, Oprah, can you adopt us???

Oprah’s net worth is thanks to her legendary career in the media industry, which just won’t quit. After taking some time offscreen following the end of her talk show, Oprah will return to the silver screen on 60 Minutes this fall. She also is at the helm of O Magazine.

Beyoncé is 46 on the list with an estimated net worth of $350 million. Bey has been on this list since it started three years ago. Her Formation World tour raked in a whopping $250 million, which helped solidify her spot. But as we all know now, her combined net worth with husband Jay Z is actually past the billion mark.

We’re excited to see two of our favorite ladies doing so well.

Congrats to all the self-made women on the list!

Written by Lainey Sidell


George W Bush and his wife admitted to hospital due to respiratory problems

George HW Bush has been admitted to an intensive care unit and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman.

The former president was admitted to the ICU at a Houston hospital on Wednesday to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia”, a family spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

George Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath. McGrath said earlier on Wednesday that the 92-year-old Bush was responding well to treatments.

The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist hospital on Saturday, McGrath said in an email to the Associated Press.

“Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out soon,” McGrath said.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot of money to be gained betting against George Bush,” McGrath said. “We’re just kind of in a wait-and-see mode.”

Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that Bush was expected to go home in a couple of days.

Bush, who served as US president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He was hospitalized in Maine in 2015 after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck, and was hospitalized in Houston the previous December for about a week for shortness of breath. He spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

Despite the loss of mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport, Maine. Last summer, Bush led a group of 40 wounded warriors on a fishing trip at the helm of his speedboat, three days after his 92nd birthday celebration.

Bush’s office announced earlier this month that he and his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara, would not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration this week due to the former president’s age and health.

George Herbert Walker Bush, born 12 June 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts, also served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice-president.

His son, George W Bush, was elected president in 2000 and served two terms. Another son, Jeb – a former Florida governor – made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2016. Only one other US president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.



Trump calls for unity in thanksgiving speech

President-elect Donald Trump shared a message of unity Wednesday in a video published on the official White House transition team’s YouTube page.

In the video, Trump acknowledges the “long and bruising” political season and says he understands that emotional divides don’t heal overnight.
“It’s my prayer that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by shared purpose and very, very common resolve,” Trump says.
The video is one of a handful of times the nation has heard from the President-elect at length since his victory.
Trump also emphasized the importance of bringing prosperity to the country’s inner cities.
“We have before us the chance now to make history together. To bring real change to Washington, real safety to our cities and real prosperity to our communities — including our inner cities — so important to me, and so important to our country,” Trump says.
Trump will spend his Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, along with his family.
“It’s time to restore the bond of trust between citizens, because when America is unified there is nothing beyond our reach,” Trump concluded.

BET honours the Obama’s with a show, “Love and happiness:An Obama celebration”

The Obamas officially have less than 70 days left in the Oval Office and BET paid fitting tribute to the nation’s most unforgettable First Family with a star-studded celebration of blackness at the White House on Tuesday evening.

Appropriately titled, “Love And Happiness: An Obama Celebration,” the uplifting event was a who’s who of entertainers and media professionals coming together to reflect on some of the many inspirational moments from the Obama family’s tenure in the White House. Terrence J and Regina Hall paired up to host the celebration, keeping the crowd laughing and smiling the whole way through. Among those who shared kind words and fond memories included actress Angela Bassett, who spoke about the couple as a strong representation of Black love, and actor/activist Jesse Williams, who spoke about the family’s positive influence on the country.

The evening also included performances from Usher, Janelle Monae, Common, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams, Jill Scott and Kierra Clark Sheard. In one of the most talked-about moments of the night, Bel Biv DeVoe also reunited to ignite the crowd with a medley of their classics.

Per usual, the program gave birth to a host of epic memes and gifs of the Obamas thoroughly enjoying the celebration from the audience, as well as a trending #ThankYouObama hashtag that quickly took over social media.




Lady Gaga tops Billboard charts for the forth time with her new single Joanne

Lady Gaga has a million reasons to be happy after Joanne took the number one spot on the Billboard albums chart in its debut week. Joanne, Gaga’s fifth solo LP, sold 201,000 units, far exceeding the expected 180,000 units music-industry forecasters predicted, reports Billboard.  This is the fourth time the “Perfect Illusions”singer has found herself in the number-one album spot — previously she claimed the title with Born This Way, Artpop, and a joint venture with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek — and the win is a significant one: she is now the only female-artist to have earned the top title with four different albums in the 2010s. As of now, power houses Beyoncé and Taylor Swift each trail Gaga with three chart-topping albums this decade. Gaga, who has been promoting the new release with appearances on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and Saturday Night Live, was elated by the news, and responded on Twitter, “That’s a grand slam!” Read her tweet below.

Obama talks about his favorite rappers reminding us why he is a cool president

It’s no secret that President Barack Obama’s super cool — especially as far as presidents go. And his coolness factor just went even higher when we heard that he revealed some of his favorite rappers.

“I think the young guys, Kendrick and Chance, are doing amazing work,” the President said on the radio show. “I love Drake and the girls love Drake, so he’s commercially just doing great, and unbelievably talented. Jay Z’s still the king. I mean he’s got a track record. Same with Kanye so there’s a lot of talent out there, but when I look at who’s breaking new ground, Kendrick and Chance, those guys are doing just amazing work.” ~Obama

Fun fact: Obama has known Chance the Rapper since Chance was eight years old (!), “so we’ve been family for a while,” the President said, reported the SiriusXM Blog.

Bonus fun fact: Chance’s dad was Obama’s state director when he was a senator in Illinois. Who knew?!

Of course, we already loved the Spotify playlists that the POTUS made, like this year’s and last year’s. And Chance the Rapper and Jay Z both made this year’s list.


Disgruntled man dismantles Trump’s Hollywood walk of fame star

An email to a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump seeking comment was not immediately returned on Wednesday.
Mr. Patten, a veteran journalist who has lived in Los Angeles for almost a decade and has worked at Deadline for just over five years, said the man may have been unable to remove the star because “these things are set very deeply in cement.”

Mr. Trump’s star, in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, has been the target of numerous attempts at defacement in the last several months. Since Mr. Trump announced his presidential bid, it has been hit with paint and graffiti, which have been cleaned off.
In July, a tiny barbed-wire fence, complete with American flags, was erected by an artist around the star.

Earlier this month, Time magazine interviewed a photographer who has been documenting people’s reactions to the star. The photographer’s images included ones showing the symbol smeared with what appears to be ketchup and adorned with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.
Even when visitors do not try to deface the star, they sometimes use it to express their feelings toward the Republican nominee, like a young man who posed with both middle fingers extended above the star in this Instagram photo.



-The New York Times

American golf icon Arnold Palmer dies at 87

American golf legend Arnold Palmer has died in Pittsburgh at the age of 87.

Palmer, one of golf’s greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as “Arnie’s Army” and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age, died on Sunday, the US Golf Association and golf media reported.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87,” the USGA said on Twitter.

The swashbuckling American and seven-time major champion is credited with bringing golf to the TV mass audiences.

No one did more to popularise the sport than Palmer and the news of his passing is certain to overshadow the 41st staging of the Ryder Cup between the US and Europe at Hazeltine this week.

British golf owes a particular debt to Palmer, who was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, as it was his example at the start of the Sixties which persuaded the rest of the Americans to travel over for The Open Championship.

Palmer, who won 95 tournaments worldwide, was nicknamed “The King” and was still a huge figure in the sport. Residing at Bay Hill in Orlando – where he staged his annual PGA Tour tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational – his health had been failing for months. However, his death will be so keenly felt for a game still in his thrall.

“Arnold is the reason golf enjoys the popularity it does today,” Jack Nicklaus said. “He made golf attractive to the television-viewing public. There never has been anyone like him before in the game of golf, and there probably won’t be another like him again.”

“We loved him with a mythic American joy,” James Dodson, who wrote his biography, said. “He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that’s Arnold Palmer in spades. He’s the defining figure in golf.”

President Barack Obama and former president George HW Bush were among the many notable names to weight in on the death of the icon.



America imposes financial sanctions on Kony’s sons

The U.S. Treasury has imposed financial sanctions against two sons of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group fighting a bloody war in Central Africa.
The Treasury on Tuesday froze all assets in the United States belonging to Salim and Ali Kony, and prohibited Americans from doing business with them. Similar sanctions were imposed on Joseph Kony in March.
“Our initiatives that target the finances of the LRA and its leaders, while combating their involvement in illicit ivory trade, are part of the concerted international effort to fight against violence in the Central African Republic,” said John Smith, acting director of the branch of the Treasury in charge of financial sanctions.
Salim and Ali Kony have been part of the hierarchy of the LRA since 2010. Ali is seen as a potential successor to his father. Both sons are responsible for enforcing discipline within the group. Treasury officials said Salim is suspected of killing members of the LRA who wanted to leave the insurgency.
Since 2014, the LRA has utilized elephant poaching and ivory trafficking to generate revenue to purchase weapons and ammunition that are, in turn, used to continue the group’s attacks against civilians across Central Africa.
Salim and Ali Kony have played critical roles in the LRA’s trafficking of ivory from Garamba National Park in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Central African Republic for sale to local merchants.

Billy Graham: Most Admired People of 2015

Continuing a 50-plus year streak, Billy Graham was again named one of the top 10 most admired men in the world this year.

The results of the annual Gallup poll were released Monday, answering the question, “What [man/woman] that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?”

[Tweet “Billy Graham has finished in the top 10 overall more than anyone else—a record 59 times. “]Next in line is Queen Elizabeth, who has made the most admired list 47 times.

This year, President Barack Obama topped the list of most admired men. In addition to Billy Graham, others on the list included former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman. Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin were also named some of the most admired women.

At age 97, Billy Graham still has a mark in society, recently releasing his final book Where I Am and maintaining a strong following on social media. But the growing trend of political figures landing higher and more often than religious leaders on the most admired list speaks to a changing landscape in America.

[Tweet “Donald Trump and Pope Francis tied for second most admired man in the world this year.”]

Gallup’s annual survey no doubt shows the great influence of politicians. It’s why Billy Graham often encouraged Christians to run for office and why his son, Franklin Graham, plans to challenge believers to do the same with the Decision America Tour in 2016.

“There now exists deep-seated antagonism and hostility toward Christianity in every seat of power in this nation—government, media, courts and education. It has become open season on Christians,” Franklin said in a recent article.

“I want people to vote and look at things like school boards. Could you imagine if evangelicals were able to get on the school boards of America—the impact that would have on our nation over the next 20 years?”

The Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham will make 50 stops—one in every state—to challenge Christians to pray for their nation, get out and vote, and boldly live out their faith.