People: GLAAD to honor Beyonce, Jay-Z
Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: The power couple will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.
GLAAD announced Monday that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The award, previously given to Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio Banderas, honors "allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people," GLAAD said.
GLAAD said Beyonce, who has a large gay fanbase, is being recognized for speaking out about marriage equality nationwide; for including members of the LBGTQ community in her music videos; and for dedicating one of her performances to the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.
Jay-Z received the GLAAD Special Recognition Award last year for his song and video for "Smile," which featured his mother Gloria Carter, who is a lesbian. GLAAD said the rap icon is being honored because of his inclusion of LGBTQ artists in his work, from Janet Mock to James Baldwin, and for his support of marriage equality.
Private gift from Joni Mitchell out in fall
A private gift from Joni Mitchell will arrive in bookstores this fall.
"Morning Glory On the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings" will be published Oct. 22, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday. The book collects materials the singer-songwriter assembled in the early 1970s and sent to friends — just 100 copies, all signed. The release this year will include a new introduction by Mitchell and additional paintings not included in the original edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will also publish a signed, limited edition of "Morning Glory On the Vine."
Mitchell, who turned 75 last year, is known for such classic songs as "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Free Man in Paris" and such albums as "Blue" and "For the Roses."
George Foreman's daughter dies
Freeda George Forman, the daughter of former heavyweight champion George Foreman and briefly a boxer herself, has died at a suburban Houston home. She was 42.
The Harris County sheriff's office said Monday that emergency crews found her Friday. The sheriff's office says its investigators also responded and preliminary indications were that her death was a suicide, but the medical examiner's office will make the final determination.
Foreman tweeted Sunday night: "First Sunday in 42 years without my Freeda. She's With her maker now." He said when she told him she wanted to box he told her to get a degree first, and she did.
Freeda Foreman fought briefly and was 5-1. Her career spanned 17 months in 2000-01.
Today's birthdays: Jazz drummer Roy Haynes is 94. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 80. Actor William H. Macy is 69. Actress Dana Delaney ("Body of Proof," ''China Beach") is 63. Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is 59. Actress Annabeth Gish ("The West Wing," ''The X-Files") is 48. Musicians Natalie and Nicole Albino of Nina Sky are 35. Actor Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild") is 34.
— The Associated Press
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