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Jason Aldean Shares The “Not So Pretty” Side Of Parenting

Jason Aldean has been a dad for quite a few years now as he has two teenage daughters. But he and his wife Brittany just had their first child which was a little boy, Memphis. If you follow Brittany on Instagram she posts almost daily, adorable pictures of baby Memphis. Like this…

One thing that she doesn’t show is pictures of Memphis on his bad days. Jason Aldean calls her out by posting a photo of his son when he is NOT in a good mood and captions it “ @brittanyaldean  is always posting pics of Memphis that are good, But this is actually the stuff she doesnt post.  #reallife   #hangry” oh man… the joys of a newborn. So bittersweet. More sweet than bitter but you get the idea.

Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards

Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris are among the presenters announced Wednesday. The SAG Awards honor outstanding performances in television and film, with "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Big Little Lies" the leading nominees.

The show is one of the most reliable predictors of who will take home acting honors at the Academy Awards.

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong'o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran are also scheduled to present during Sunday's ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Kristen Bell will host the show, which for the first time in its 24-year history will feature a host.

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Award may drop name of author tied to sterilization movement

The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended changing the name of a children's book award that now honors a prominent Vermont author and activist accused of once supporting sterilizing people with severe mental and physical disabilities.

The board said it wants to remove the late Dorothy Canfield Fisher's name from the award to better match contemporary times and connect with young readers. The award, which was named after Fisher in 1957, honors excellence in children's literature.

The board's unanimous recommendation to the state librarian last week came after discussions about Fisher's association with the state's eugenics movement, which had been described as an attempt to deal with social and economic problems through sterilization and breeding in the 1920s and '30s.

Fisher, who wrote novels, nonfiction and short stories, was on a committee of the Vermont Commission on Country Life, which was linked to the eugenics movement.

In the 1930s, some Vermonters of mixed French Canadian and Native American heritage, as well as poor, rural whites, were placed on a state-sanctioned list of "mental defectives" and degenerates and sent to state institutions, such as the Home for the Feeble Minded in Brandon. Some had surgery after Vermont in 1931 became one of more than two dozen to pass a law that allowed for voluntary sterilizations for "human betterment."

Judy Dow is a descendant of one of the families targeted and a teacher of Native American culture. When she raised concerns about Fisher's association with the movement and her treatment of Native American and French Canadian characters in her writing, Fisher's 81-year-old granddaughter, Vivian Scott Hixson, balked.

"Many of the leaders of that movement were racists. Dorothy Canfield Fisher was not," Hixson, who has a Ph.D. in sociology and taught at Michigan State University, wrote to the board. "In fact, DCF combatted racism all her life."

Hixson, of East Lansing, Michigan, said Fishers' temporary support for "the sterilization of people with severe mental and physical handicaps" stopped in the early 1930s when Fisher's soon-to-be son-in-law — Hixson's father — and others convinced her otherwise. Hixson's father, John Paul Scott, was a genetics and psychology researcher.

"It's just unfortunate that people are looking for someone to attack," Hixson said.

Helene Lang, a former literature professor at the University of Vermont who has portrayed Fisher in living histories, also stood up to protect Fisher's name. She said Fisher's service on the committee did not mean she ever supported eugenics.

"My goal was to protect her because she was a woman who did a lot of good and was particularly the antithesis of the eugenics movement," Lang said Wednesday.

The name change recommendation should not be interpreted as an indictment of Fisher, said Bruce Post, chairman of the Board of Libraries.

"The Board was aware, to varying degrees, of the Vermont eugenics movement, but it felt that it was not the purview of the Board to involve itself in that larger issue," he said by email.

The board also recommended to the state librarian that the name of the award be reviewed every 15 years or sooner if appropriate. The state librarian did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Hixson said she understands the need to connect to the children of today and what they're reading.

"I have grandchildren," she said. "And their world is so different than the world that we grew up in."

Domestic battery charge against 'Glee' actress dismissed

A domestic battery charge against an actress on the former hit show "Glee" has been dismissed in West Virginia.

WCHS-TV reports that the case against 30-year-old Naya Rivera ended after her husband decided not to seek prosecution.

An order was filed Friday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said Rivera was arrested Nov. 25 for domestic battery in Chesapeake after Ryan Keith Dorsey told a deputy that Rivera struck him in the head and face.

Agency spokesman Sgt. Brian Humphreys said the two were arguing over their child and Dorsey didn't require medical attention.

Rivera was released after being arraigned.

She is known for playing Santana Lopez on "Glee." Dorsey is also an actor and has appeared on shows including "Pitch" and "Nashville."

London Zoo names okapi 'Meghan' to celebrate royal wedding

London Zoo has honored Prince Harry's fiancee by naming its newborn okapi after her.

The zoo said Wednesday the animal born in early December was named Meghan to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

The okapi (oh-COP-ee) have striped hindquarters like zebras but are related to giraffes. Native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, they sometimes are called a forest giraffe or zebra giraffe.

Zoo officials say the young mammal is doing well and that Meghan's mother, Oni, watches over her while she sleeps.

Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said the birth is "a great opportunity to draw attention to the okapi, which is an extremely endangered species."

Harry and Markle's wedding is planned for May 19.

Katie Couric returning for Winter Olympics opening ceremony

NBC is bringing back Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea, and will live-stream the pomp for the first time.

Couric will work with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games, for the Feb. 9 ceremony.

The torch-lighting and parade of nations that begins every Olympics took on greater resonance Wednesday with the announcement that the rival Koreas will form their first unified Olympic team and march together in the ceremony.

"It's going to be really emotional for the athletes, for the crowd and for everybody sitting at home," said Jim Bell, executive producer of the Olympics for NBC.

The decision to live-stream the ceremony starting at 6 a.m. ET in the United States takes some critical heat off NBC. Some fans thought it odd that during the 2016 summer games in Brazil, NBC allowed every competition to be shown live online but not the opening ceremony. The live-stream will be available for free to cable subscribers.

The prime-time broadcast NBC will show on television will likely be edited for brevity.

Similarly, NBC will show its nightly Olympic prime-time broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. on the East Coast live across the country; given the time difference, there will be a lot of events taking place live during that time, daylight the next day in Korea. That means the West Coast "prime-time" broadcast will begin at 5 p.m.

The moves are a further recognition by NBC of the difficulty in showing tape-delayed events at a time the audience accustomed to seeing things when they want to.

Hoda Kotb would have been a natural pick to host the opening ceremony, but Bell said he didn't want to burden her when she just got the new lead job at "Today." So, instead, he called Couric, the former "Today" host who handled Olympic ceremonies in 2000, 2002, 2004 with Costas.

She joked at a news conference Wednesday that she and Tirico "go way back, to 45 minutes ago."

NBC also said that it had hired Joshua Cooper Ramo, a co-chief executive of the Kissinger Associates consulting firm and an Asian expert, to provide analysis during the games.

The thaw in relations between North and South Korea — however temporary — adds an intriguing element to an Olympics that has had little advanced buzz. NBC's most promotable American stars going in are Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White, two veteran athletes hoping for a last hurrah in Pyeongchang.

It means NBC is braced for a dip in its prime-time ratings, something that might be expected anyway because live television viewership in general is down from four years ago.

"I hope not," said NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus. "But I just think media gravity takes us that way."

Instead, NBC is intent on convincing its advertisers that even if prime-time television viewing is off, that more people will consume Olympics content on cable, online and through venues like Snapchat, he said.

Cuomo donates $111K from Harvey Weinstein to women's charity

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has followed through on a promise to donate campaign contributions he has collected from disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

State campaign finance filings show Cuomo gave $111,000 he received from Weinstein to Women's Justice Now, a New York City-based charitable organization associated with the National Organization for Women.

Cuomo first said he would give the money back in October, after several women stepped forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual activity.

Cuomo says he plans to seek a third term this November. He also has been mentioned as a possible White House candidate in 2020.

A fundraising report filed Wednesday says Cuomo has $30 million in his campaign account.

Longtime Miss America staffer named its executive director

A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations.

Karen Nocella's appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization's Atlantic City office.

Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 as a tour manager for Miss America and has served as business manager and executive director for promotions and licensing.

Before joining Miss America, Nocella worked in public and community relations for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nocella's appointment is the latest change for the organization since leaked emails surfaced late last year showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance and intellect of former Miss Americas.

Haskell resigned Dec. 23. Most of the previous board members also have resigned.

U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar, who is up for seven Grammys, were also added to the lineup. Previously announced performers include Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, SZA, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kesha, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Logic, Patti LuPone and Ben Platt.

Two days after the Grammys, the academy will hold "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute," where Smith, Cyrus and others will pay tribute to the Rocket Man.

The week leading up to the Grammys will also feature some high profile performers: Eminem, Dave Matthews and Childish Gambino are part of the "Citi Sound Vault" from Jan. 24-28 at Irving Plaza in New York City.

Thirty Seconds to Mars will kick it off on Jan. 24, followed by The National, Eminem, Gambino and Matthews with bandmate Tim Reynolds.

Curry says she wasn't surprised by Lauer allegations

Former "Today" show anchor Ann Curry said Wednesday that the atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment when she worked at the morning show left her not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired.

Meanwhile, the show she left behind named a new executive producer for its first two hours, making women the hands-on supervisors for all four hours of "Today."

Curry resurrected some unpleasant memories for "Today" with an interview at competitor "CBS This Morning." She's promoting a new PBS show. Curry offered no specific examples of harassment or wrongdoing associated with Lauer, who was fired in November for an inappropriate relationship with a colleague that began in 2014.

"I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed," Curry said, later amending that to add the word "sexual."

She said the world is "waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time.

"I think it will continue until the glass ceiling is finally broken," she said. "This is about power, a power imbalance where women are not valued as much as men."

NBC News and Jim Bell, executive producer of "Today" during Curry's tenure as anchor, declined comment. Curry lost her job after less than two years as Lauer's co-anchor in 2012, and her tearful farewell was a low point that contributed to ABC's "Good Morning America" ending NBC's long-time reign at the top of the morning ratings. She left NBC in 2015.

Many viewers blamed Lauer for Curry's unceremonious exit. When asked if she believed he was behind her firing, Curry said that "I'm not the one to ask."

"You're the only one to ask," said CBS' Gayle King.

"I don't know what was all behind it," Curry said. "I do know that it hurt like hell. It wasn't a fun moment. I've learned a great deal about myself. I've really at this point let it go."

NBC's announcement that Libby Leist is replacing Don Nash as executive producer for the first two hours of "Today" comes two weeks after NBC appointed Hoda Kotb as Lauer's replacement, working alongside Savannah Guthrie. The show has two women in its lead on-air roles for the first time in its history.

Nash has been with "Today" for 30 years, as executive producer of the first two hours since 2012. He said he's leaving to spend more time with his family; behind-the-scenes leadership changes are not uncommon when anchors change at shows.

Leist, the new boss for the 7 to 9 a.m. hours at "Today," joined NBC in Washington in 2001, and has been a senior producer at "Today" for five years. She joins Jackie Levin, who oversees Megyn Kelly's "Today" hour at 9 a.m., and Tammy Filler, executive producer of the 10 a.m. hour. NBC News President Noah Oppenheim is the executive with overall oversight of the show.

Curry saluted Kotb's appointment to a job she once held.

"Many of the viewers of the morning broadcast are now women," she said. "It's overwhelmingly women. And so the idea that women are involved, speaking to women is actually an overdue idea."

Since Kotb began filling in for Lauer at the end of November, "Today" has won every week in the ratings to eclipse "Good Morning America." With the publicity boost and viewership sampling that usually accompanies the Olympics, NBC has the chance to turn what seemed like a disastrous story in Lauer's firing into the turnaround point for a real change in the morning pecking order. Morning shows are the most lucrative properties for television news divisions, so that means more than bragging rights.

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