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Watch Taylor Swift’s Mom Give a Moving Speech at the Country Music Awards

"And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her"

The love is flowing in the Swift family. At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, Andrea Swift— mother to Taylor Swift—took the stage to present the Milestone award to her famous daughter.

In front of a cheering audience, Swift spoke proudly of her daughter, saying, “For many years, I was her constant companion. And I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become one with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in. Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need.”

“I am a very proud mom,” she added. “I want to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her. And for that, I thank you eternally.”

Taylor Swift revealed this month that her mom had been diagnosed with cancer following a health screening.

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Here’s the First Picture of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Baby Boy

The littlest Timberlake is a Grizzlies fan

Just a week after Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel became new parents, they’ve introduced the littlest Timberlake to the world via Instagram.

On Sunday, Timberlake posted a snap of his wife holding their son, Silas, who was dressed in a tiny Memphis Grizzlies basketball shirt. (It’s dad’s favorite team)

The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on

The photo included the caption, “The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR.”

The couple has reportedly made plans to raise their son in Montana, away from Hollywood paparazzi. But we’re likely to catch a few more pics of little Silas from his social media-happy parents.

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Luke Bryan Snags Top Honor at the ACM Awards

50th Academy Of Country Music Awards - Press Room
C Flanigan—WireImage Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19, 2015

Miranda Lambert picks up album and song of the year

Luke Bryan was voted entertainer of the year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards deep in the heart of Texas on Sunday night.

“Thank you to my wife, my kids … my fans, country radio,” said Bryan as he accepted the award in front of a record-breaking audience at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, according to the Associated Press.

The Georgia native, who also served as the ceremony’s co-host, beat out a slew of country heavyweights, including Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert, to claim the fan-voted award for the second time in three years.

Despite missing out on the evening’s top honor, Lambert racked up four awards of her own, including album and song of the year.

“I don’t even realize what’s happening tonight,” said Lambert, reported AP. “I love my job so much. I will never not love my job.”

The awards ceremony, which is typically held in Las Vegas, broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the most attended live awards show with more than 70,000 guests, according to co-host Blake Shelton.

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Bobby Brown Says Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown ‘Is Awake’

Bobbi Kristina Brown attends "The Houstons: On Our Own" Series Premiere Party at Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City on Oct. 22, 2012.
Jim Spellman—WireImage/Getty Images Bobbi Kristina Brown attends "The Houstons: On Our Own" Series Premiere Party at Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City on Oct. 22, 2012.

But a Brown family source tells PEOPLE that she has yet to wake up

Bobby Brown told a crowd at a concert on Saturday that daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is “awake” nearly three months after she was found unresponsive in her Georgia home.

“Bobbi is awake,” Brown, 46, said at a Frankie Beverly concert in Dallas on Saturday, where he was a special guest. “She’s watching me.” The crowd went wild.

It’s unclear if 22-year-old Bobbi is actually awake. A Brown family source tells PEOPLE that she has yet to wake up.

“As far as I know, there’s been no change,” the source said. “We’re still hoping and praying that God will perform a miracle. We are leaving it in God’s hands.”

Bobbi’s condition has been touch and go ever since she was discovered in her bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home on Jan. 31.

Bobbi was placed in a medically induced coma when she was first hospitalized. Attempts to lift the coma resulted in violent seizures. She has since been moved to a long-term care facility in Georgia.

Brown has mostly remained by his daughter’s side shortly after she was discovered in her home. He has slowly been entering back into the public eye,making his first public appearance on April 11 at the Soul Food Festival in Los Angeles.

“I wanna thank all of y’all for coming out tonight, for supporting me and my family,” he told a crowd at the time. “Rough times are rough times. Hard times are hard times. I don’t know what the hell I’m going through right now, but I’m giving it to God.”

This article was originally published at PEOPLE.com

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Meryl Streep Funds Writers Lab for Female Screenwriters

The size of Streep's contribution is said to be "significant"

A new writers lab announced Sunday that will encourage women over 40 will be funded by Meryl Streep.

Variety reports the project, which received a “significant” contribution from Streep, will be called Writers Lab. It will be run jointly by New York Women in Film and Television, which Streep has long supported, and IRIS, a group of female filmmakers. Eight female screenwriters over the age of 40 who have successful submissions, accepted from May 1 to June 1, will receive the mentorship of successful female filmmakers and attend a retreat in upstate New York.

Mentors in the inaugural program will include producer Caroline Kaplan, of Boyhood, and writer Kirsten Smith, of Legally Blonde.

[Variety]

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Ben Affleck Asked PBS to Not Reveal Slave-Owning Ancestor, Leaks Shows

Ben Affleck
Bill Clark—AP Ben Affleck testifies during the Senate Appropriations Committee State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on March 26, 2015.

The information didn't air, as the host said other ancestors were highlighted

Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, host of the show that traces the ancestry of well-known guests, said in separate statements that they didn’t censor the slave-owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of the actor emerged and Gates chose to highlight them in October’s segment featuring Affleck, they said in the statements posted on the PBS website…

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Zayn Malik Thanks One Direction Bandmates in First Public Appearance Since Split

Zayn Malik
Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Zayn Malik poses for photographers upon arrival at The Asian Awards in central London, April 17, 2015.

"Everything I've done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life"

This is not a drill.

Zayn Malik attended the Asian Awards in London on Friday in his first public appearance since leaving One Direction, reportedly thanking his bandmates in an acceptance speech.

“I’d like to thank my mum and dad, and I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I’ve ever met, everything I’ve done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he told the audience, according to Now Daily.

The singer is also sporting a brand new look. His hair, which had previously been shaved into a viking ponytail, was completely buzzed off at the event.

Malik’s new nose ring, too, was on display. The stud in his left nostril was first seen when British music producer Naughty Boy Tweeted out a photo late Thursday, leading to mass Directioner hysteria.

(Especially given Naughty Boy’s tendency to “wind up” One Direction’s fans, as Malik’s former bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, once accused.)

The singer, 22, appeared at the awards with his mother, Trisha, as his date.

In other 1D news, Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan attended a Great Gatsby-themed event on Thursday to benefit Trekstock, a cancer charity for which both Payne and Harry Styles act as ambassadors

Payne, 21, has been doing his part to raise funds for the charity via Prizeo by offering updated One Direction merchandise (that is, without Malik pictured) and the chance to spend time with the band at an upcoming show on their On the Road Again tour.

Since the band took a break from their world tour earlier this month, Styles, 21, has taken up residence in Los Angeles. OTRA will pick back up in Cardiff, Wales, on June 5.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Everything to Know About Suge Knight As He Turns 50

Suge Knight arrives at the NFL Draft Inauguration Party hosted by Desean Jackson and Fred Davis at Sugar nightclub on April 29, 2008 in Hollywood.
Jesse Grant—Getty Images Suge Knight arrives at the NFL Draft Inauguration Party hosted by Desean Jackson and Fred Davis at Sugar nightclub on April 29, 2008 in Hollywood.

What to know about the former Death Row Records head, who celebrates his birthday while facing a murder charge

The 1990s hip hop mogul is spending his 50th birthday in jail as he faces a murder charge, but the latest legal drama is just part of a troubled past. Here’s what you need to know.

How to say his name: Suge is pronounced like sugar, which is where he gets the moniker from—Sugar Bear was a childhood nickname. He was born Marion Hugh Knight Jr. in Compton, Calif., to Maxine and Marion Knight Sr. on April 19, 1965.

Why he’s famous: He’s best known for co-founding Death Row Records, the gangsta rap hub that was home to artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and many others in the 1990s. But he’s as famous, if not more so, for his repeated run-ins with the law (of which there are many timelines) that continued even after Death Row declined (thanks in part to a five-year prison stint related to an assault and the exodus of several artists from the roster in the wake of Tupac’s murder). Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006.

His current legal drama: Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder, and two hit-and-run counts this year after a January incident in which he allegedly put his car in reverse and ran over two men, killing one of them. The confrontation was reportedly a continuation of an argument that took place on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton (in which Knight is played by R. Marcus Taylor). Knight has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney says Knight was behind the wheel but that he was trying to flee out of fear for his life. Knight’s health in the months since has made headlines, too: He’s been hospitalized multiple times since being charged, as recently as this week.

His sports past: Knight played football throughout college and had a very brief NFL career. He was cut from the Los Angeles Rams during training, but he went on to play two games for the the team as a replacement in 1987 during the NFL’s players’ strike. It was after that that he got into music, working as a concert promoter and a bodyguard for Bobby Brown.

Famous feuds: Knight had a reputation for allegedly using brute force to conduct business in the 1990s. He was rumored to have dangled Vanilla Ice off a balcony in order to get him to sign over “Ice Ice Baby” royalties (one of Knight’s clients co-wrote the song but hadn’t been paid), though the rapper and others have denied the story.

A few years later, Knight ignited rap’s west coast-east coast rivalry when he took shots at Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs of Bad Boy Records in an acceptance speech at the 1995 Source Awards. “Any artist out there that want to be an artist and stay a star, and don’t have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos … come to Death Row,” he said.

In 1996, Knight was behind the wheel of the car Tupac was murdered in during a drive-by shooting, and rumors that Knight orchestrated both Tupac’s death and the later murder of Notorious B.I.G. rank among the greatest conspiracy theories in hip-hop. Knight has never been charged in either shooting and has denied any involvement. His relationship with Snoop Dogg declined after that, and the two exchanged harsh words in the media for several years before burying the hatchet in 2013.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Recovering From Quadruple Coronary Bypass Surgery

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network And Stand Up To Cancer Discuss The Importance Of Cancer Research
Paul Morigi—WireImage/Getty Images NBA hall-of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Stand Up To Cancer discussion on the importance of cancer research at Cannon House Office Building in Washington on March 17, 2015.

Doctors said the basketball legend was on track to a full recovery

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent what his doctors are calling a successful quadruple coronary bypass survey on Thursday.

The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery, after Abdul-Jabbar, a TIME columnist, was admitted to the hospital this week with cardiovascular disease. Sherman said in a statement that he expected Abdul-Jabbar, 68, to make a full recovery.

“At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon,” read a statement from the hospital.

“He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest.”

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Victoria Beckham’s Most Memorable Looks

In honor of her 41st birthday

Fashion designer, singer, mother … model? Leave it to Victoria Beckham to be the most stylish walking advertisement of all time. The Spice Girl-turned-acclaimed fashion designer is celebrating her 41st birthday today, and we’re taking a look back at her most memorable sartorial moments in honor of it.

Whether on the street, at the airport, or on the red carpet Beckham always has impeccable outfits—and more often than not she’s donning her own designs. And when it comes to developing your personal style, Beckham has an important tip to keep in mind. “At the beginning, you should try everything. Good, bad, awful,” she previously told InStyle. “As you get older, you start getting a good idea of what suits you. Trust your gut, not a stylist or a rule maker.”

One thing’s certain: Victoria Beckham will always be fashionably Posh to us.

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This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

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