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John Legend, Chrissy Teigen donate $25,000 to Parkland shooting survivors’ March for Our Lives

Celebrity couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are joining the likes of Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney in supporting survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting.

The Blast reported that the singer and his cookbook author and TV personality wife donated $25,000 to March for Our Lives, the group started by some survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

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“We support the students,” Legend told The Associated Press Feb. 27. “We’re proud of the students. We’ve already sent them money. We sent them $25,000 to help with whatever costs they have for organizing, and we believe that our gun culture needs to change in America.”

On Feb. 14, a 19-year-old former student opened fire at the school, killing 17 people and injuring many others. He has been changed with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Classes resumed at the school Wednesday.

Related: George, Amal Clooney donate $500,000 to Parkland shooting survivors, Oprah Winfrey matches amount

On Feb. 18, survivors David Hogg, Alex Wind, Cameron Kasky, Jacqueline Coren and Emma Gonzalez announced a March 24 event in which students and supporters of March for Our Lives will march on Washington, D.C., for stricter gun laws.

The Clooneys announced they would participate in the march and donate $500,000 to the group Feb. 20. Winfrey later said she would match that donation. 

“We stand out among other major countries in the world when it comes to these types of massacres, but also in the everyday gun violence that people have to deal with,” Legend told The AP. “I don’t think that we should accept that as normal. I think we’ve decided that everyone having unfettered access to guns is more important than all of us being safe, and I think we need to reshape that balance a bit so that we’re all more safe.”

“I’m glad these kids from Parkland are saying, ‘Enough is enough,’ and we support them,” Legend said.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite 2,640 to watch their arrival on wedding day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inviting more than 2,000 people to watch their arrival at Windsor Castle on their wedding day, the Daily Mail reported.

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The royal wedding in the United Kingdom is scheduled for May 19.

People who will be invited include 1,200 people “who have served their communities,” and will be chosen by representatives of Queen Elizabeth II.

The guest list also will include 200 people who represent charities supported by the royal couple, the Daily Mail reported.

Also invited are 100 students from two local schools, 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 members of the royal household.

According to Kensington Palace, the total number of invitees is 2,640.

In a statement today, Kensington Palace said that “'Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations, too.”

Kelly Ripa defending ‘Live’ co-host Ryan Seacrest amid sexual harassment claims

Kelly Ripa is standing up for her “Live with Kelly and Ryan” co-host and friend Ryan Seacrest amid sexual harassment allegations against him.

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On Thursday’s show, Ripa took a serious tone when she addressed Seacrest early on the show.

“I just want you to know you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you, and I am speaking on behalf of all of us here,” she said. “I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day. And we love you.”

Seacrest replied, hugging her, “You are happiness.”

“You are happiness wrapped in chocolate,” Ripa said before the two kicked off the show.

Ripa wasn’t the only colleague to come forward in Seacrest’s defense this week. Seacrest’s stylist and makeup artist Jayson Stacy opened up to People magazine about working the TV host for 13 years.

>> Related: Ryan Seacrest will still host Oscars red carpet despite sexual harassment allegations

“There has never been any ill words spoken to me about him,” he said. “He’s never been mean. With women, there’s so many females that work with us. … I never once heard anyone say that he’s done anything to make them feel uncomfortable — that he’s been mean to them, that they wanted to leave their job because of him.”

Earlier this week, Seacrest’s accuser, Suzie Hardy, claimed that Seacrest was inappropriate with her on more than one occasion, including a time she claims he threw her on a bed in a hotel room and rubbed his erection on her body.

Seacrest denied the allegations in another statement with E! News on Tuesday.

>> Related: Reba McEntire returning to host ACMs for 15th time

“Much has been said about the #MeToo and Times Up movement(s) and the importance of providing women and men with the opportunity to share their stories of workplace misconduct, in an effort to change our culture and the systemic inequalities that exist,” he said, in part.. “I absolutely support this cause unequivocally and applaud all the brave souls who have come forward to share their stories.”

Seacrest continued, “This person who has accused me of horrible things tried to buy her silence by asking for money on multiple occasions — I refused. I have worked extremely hard to achieve my success and I don’t take my opportunities for granted.” He concluded, “I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth, but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing and put the matter to rest.”

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Bobby Brown believes Whitney Houston died from a broken heart, not drugs

Even though Whitney Houston was found to have had drugs in her system at her time of death, her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, believes she died from something entirely different: a broken heart.

“I don’t think she died from drugs,” the 49-year-old singer told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “No, not at all. She was really working hard on herself to try to be a sober person and, um [pauses] she was a great woman.”

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After Houston was discovered unresponsive in a hotel bathtub in 2012, a coroner’s report determined that her “death was complicated by chronic cocaine use and heart disease,” having detected cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl and other medication in her system. While Brown indicated that he believes she did not have drugs in her system, his wife and manager, Alicia Etheridge-Brown, stopped him to say, “There were drugs in her system.”

Instead, he said he thinks the singer died from “just being broken-hearted.”

About three years after Houston’s death, Brown suffered another loss when their daughter, Kristina Bobbi Brown, was also found unconscious in a bathtub. She remained in a coma for six months before passing away that June at the age of 22. Her boyfriend Nick Gordon was found liable for her wrongful death in September 2016 and was ordered to pay $36 million to her estate — something her father doesn’t see as justice.

>> On Bobby Brown remembers Bobbi Kristina Brown two years after her death

Gordon is still under investigation in the ongoing criminal case regarding her death and has been accused of giving her a “toxic cocktail” before she was found unresponsive.

Oprah says God would have to tell her to run for president

Oprah Winfrey previously made it clear that she has no plans to run for president of the United States in 2020, but she revealed to People magazine that there’s one thing that could make her change her mind: God.

Winfrey received calls to run for president from friends and fans alike after giving an inspiring speech at the Golden Globes in January, but she later denied that she was planning to run. However, instead of just ignoring the calls to run for president, she decided to turn to prayer.

>> Oprah on 2020 presidential run: 'That's not for me'

“I went into prayer,” she told People. “‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”

Winfrey was surprised to hear the response to her moving speech, telling the publication that she was happy with her speech, but she never expected the reaction that it got.

“When I walked off with Reese [Witherspoon], I thought, ‘I got that done,’” Winfrey said. “It wasn’t until I was back in the press room that they said, ‘Do you realize you’re trending?’”

Soon after the speech, people started contacting her, encouraging her to run, including close friends, such as best friend Gayle King, and billionaires offering to fund her campaign.

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“I had people – wealthy, billionaires – calling me up and saying, ‘I can get you a billion dollars. I can run your campaign,’” she revealed. “That many people saying something made me think, ‘Am I at least supposed to look at the question?’”

Still, Winfrey had previously said the job doesn’t “interest” her and that she doesn’t think she has the “DNA” to be president, the Telegraph reported.

Will Smith, filming a movie in Savannah, just can't handle the bugs in Georgia

Actor Will Smith is accustomed to traveling and filming movies around the world, but Georgia has something he just can’t handle: bugs.

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Smith arrived for his first day of filming on his new movie “Gemini Man” near Savannah on Tuesday.

“I love Georgia, but y’all got to do something about the bugs,” he said in a hilarious video he posted on Instagram.

Smith said Georgia is gorgeous, but that not even Off! bug spray could keep them away.

“Y’all need to fix it,” Smith says. “I make my living with my face.”

“Somebody do something about it, quick,” Smith said, wearing a mosquito netting over his face.

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The Fresh Prince star is fairly new to Instagram, but has attained and entertained 11 million followers since December.

Dolly Parton donates 100 millionth children’s book to Library of Congress in late father’s memory

Dolly Parton took over the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a ceremony to dedicate a copy of her children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors,” as the 100 millionth book donated from her organization, the Imagination Library. The children’s literacy program mails free books around the world from the time children are born until they reach kindergarten.

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“I always like to say that 100 million books have led to 100 million stories,” Parton said in a news release Wednesday. “I am so honored that our little program has now grown to such a point that we can partner with the Library of Congress to bring even more stories to children across the country.”

“This is one of the most precious things and the proudest I am of any program that I’ve ever been involved in in my life, is working with the little kids,” Parton said at the event Tuesday.

The Imagination Library started out as a small program in Parton’s native Sevier County in Tennessee. She was inspired to mail out books to kids in the area after watching her father, Lee, struggle with the fact that he never learned to read or write.

“My dad was a very hardworking man. He grew up in a family of 14 or 15 kids, and my dad never had a chance to go to school,” Parton said. “Daddy couldn’t read or write, but he was the smartest person I’ve ever known. I wanted to do something special for him. As the years went by, I saw how he thought he couldn’t learn to read after he was grown. It was just one of those things. So, I had the idea to do something special for him.”

Parton said at the event that the only book her family had in their house when she was growing up was the Bible, and her inspiration for launching the Imagination Library comes from Ephesians 6:2-3. The verse that says,  “’Honor your father and mother’— which is the first commandment with a promise — so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the Earth.”

“In the Bible, where it talks about honoring your father and mother, I don’t think that necessarily means to obey them,” Parton said. “I think it means to bring honor to their name, if you can.”

Lee Parton, who died in 2000, lived long enough to see the Imagination Library become a success.

“(Daddy) took such pride in the fact that the little kids called me ‘The Book Lady.’ He was prouder of that than anything,” Parton said. “So it started from a true place in my heart, and it’s done so much good for so many people through the years.”

Parton is living proof of the power of reading. At age 72, she credits her love of books with keeping her mind sharp and helping her create her music and other projects.

“I do some of my best thinking when I’m reading,” Parton said. “I read at least 52 books a year. About a book a week, I try to read. I’ve just always been a reader. There’s a part of my brain that can kind of think of other things while I actually am reading. It does relax my body, and I’ve always just loved to read. I think, with kids, too, with the books that they read, it kind of inspires you to dream. If you can dream, that’ll lead you to success and to other things. That’s why I think it’s so important to get the books in the hands of all these special little kids so they can start early.”

More information on Dolly’s Imagination Library can be found at

Dr. Phil, wife Robin McGraw mourn death of sister-in-law Cindi Broaddus

Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife, Robin McGraw, are mourning the death of Robin McGraw’s sister, Cindi Broaddus, People reported. She was 68 years old.

Broaddus survived a random acid attack 17 years ago. According to an obituary in The Duncan Banner, she died on Feb. 19. Her funeral was held on Feb. 23, her birthday.

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“In 2001, Cindi survived a random act of violence when someone threw a jar of sulfuric acid off an overpass. This one act started her journey of courage and the inspiration for her book ‘A Random Act’. Spreading her message of courage, she inspired a multitude of people. She was brave until the very end,” the obituary read.

Robin McGraw shared a tribute to her sister on Instagram Feb. 24, writing, “I am so proud of you and Angela and Shelli. We are all heartbroken and will miss her everyday. She was our hero. You 3 all made her life a dream. She lived everyday for her daughters and you always made her the happiest woman ever! I will celebrate her and her strength and her unwavering support for me the rest of my life. I miss her dearly.”

She is survived by three daughters, five grandchildren, one brother and three sisters.

Photos: Meghan Markle appears with royals Harry, Kate, William at first joint engagement

Prince Harry; Meghan Markle; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attended the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on Feb. 28, 2018, in London, England.

Kate Middleton has emotional reunion with midwife who delivered Princess Charlotte

Duchess Catherine had a happy reunion with one of the midwives who reportedly helped deliver both of her children.

>> Duchess Catherine sparks outrage by not wearing black at BAFTAs

On Tuesday, the duchess visited the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a royal patron when she ran into Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, who delivered her daughter, Princess Charlotte, and may have even assisted in the delivery of Prince George, according to E! News.

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The duchess received a certificate from Professor Lesley Regan, the president of the college, during her visit and spoke with several nurses about women’s health issues, including the stigma surrounding mental health.

The day wasn’t finished after her visit to the college, as the duchess later received a warm welcome from the Nursing Now campaign. She was taken on a nurse-led tour of St. Thomas’ Hospital, where she met with several nurses and patients at the hospital.

The duchess addressed the crowd to mark the launch of the new campaign during the visit.

She said: “This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses. They would have learned first-hand from working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Red Cross about the care and compassion that sometimes only nurses can provide.

“Your dedication and professionalism are awe-inspiring. I have been struck today by the enormous range of responsibilities that nurses have, not only in providing access to healthcare, but also in terms of providing a holistic approach to caring for our physical and mental health. You also promote good health and disease prevention. In some parts of the world, nurses are perhaps the only qualified healthcare professionals in their communities, so your work is all the more vital.”

She continued: “I would like to congratulate and thanks all nurses everywhere on what you achieve on a daily basis. The difference you make should not go unrecognized.”

The duchess braved the weather for her day out in London, as it was a snowy day. The palace shared a few photos from the snow-covered estate Tuesday.

Clarence House, the official Twitter account for updates on Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, also shared a photo of their snowy view.

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