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Rita Moreno Defends Lin-Manuel Miranda Amid In the Heights Colorism Backlash: “Leave It Alone”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to “Hamilton” Criticism

Rita Moreno has a lot to get off her chest surrounding the backlash toward Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s film In the Heights.

The 89-year-old Puerto Rican acting legend was a guest on The Late Show on Tuesday, June 15, where host Stephen Colbert asked if she’d ever struggled with being an icon for her community, and she said she never had. But this led the star to bring up a related topic that appeared to be weighing on her, which was the recent criticism of the lack of Afro-Latinx performers in lead roles for In the Heights

“Can we talk for a second about that criticism about Lin-Manuel? That really upsets me,” the One Day at a Time star shared. “You can never do right, it seems. This is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rico-ness to America. I couldn’t do it. I would love to say I did, but I couldn’t.”

She continued, “Lin-Manuel has done that, really, singlehandedly, and I’m thrilled to pieces, and I’m proud that he produced my documentary.” Rita was referring to Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, a documentary about her life that is set to be released later this month and counts the Hamilton mastermind as an executive producer.

When Stephen asked if Rita was saying she understood the concerns but found them to be “misplaced,” the West Side Story actress further explained herself.

She replied, “I’m simply saying, can’t you just wait a while, and leave it alone?

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Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Fuel Rekindled Romance Speculation With Hot PDA In NYC

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June 15, 2021 11:59PM EDT

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott cuddled on and off the red carpet of the Parsons Benefit, where the rapper was honored with an award, and he also called her his ‘wifey’ in his acceptance speech.

Are Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott back together? That’s what many fans are asking after the makeup mogul, 23, and the rapper, 29, cuddled while posing at the Parsons Benefit in New York City on June 15. Travis was honored with an award at the event and his former lady love flew out to support him with their three-year-old daughter Stormi.

Kylie Jenner, Travis ScottKylie Jenner and Travis Scott at the Parsons Benefit. (MEGA)

Kylie, who wore a stunning fitted green dress to the benefit, took to Instagram to share one behind-the-scenes photo that showed her standing in front of the father of her child, who wore a black blazer and pants, as he wrapped his arms around her waist and she placed her hands on his. “24 hours in NYC,” she captioned it.

She also shared a TikTok video that documented the day, including the moment she was getting glammed up as well as the moment Travis was making his acceptance speech. Their adorable tot, who wore a cute black mini dress, could also be seen in the clips and she even cheekily posed on the red carpet with her proud parents.

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24 hours in NYC 🤍

♬ BUTTERFLY EFFECT – Travis Scott

The PDA-filled moments between Kylie and Travis aren’t the only moments that got attention at the event. Travis’ acceptance speech also had people talking after he reportedly called Kylie his “wifey” while thanking her and Stormi.

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CeeLo Green Says Management Told Him Not To Lose Weight

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The pop music industry is notorious for impossibly high standards of beauty and pressuring stars to lose weight, but it turns out this was not true for CeeLo Green. The “Crazy” singer was, in fact, told the opposite when he was looking to trim down.

Green, 46, wrote on Instagram, “#lol do y’all know my label and Mgt asked me not to lose weight? They said ‘noooo it’s your look’ what y’all think?”

He also posted a photo with text that read, “When I lose my stomach, please don’t speak to me. I plan on acting funny.”

RELATED: Cee Lo Green: I Want My Own Spinoff of The Voice

Sounds like a new look might be coming for CeeLo, but clearly he is loved at any size.

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Riverdale's Charles Melton Admits He Misspelled This Simple Word That's Now Tattooed on Fan's Body

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Are Camila Mendes & Charles Melton Back Together?!

Riverdale‘s Charles Melton might know a thing or two about love, but spelling it appears to be a different story. 

The 30-year-old actor visits The Kelly Clarkson Show on Tuesday, June 15, as seen in preview footage. During the appearance, the actor known for playing Reggie Mantle admitted to host Kelly Clarkson that a fan once approached him to write what would appear to be a simple phrase so she could get it tattooed on her wrist, but he somehow botched it. 

When asked to name his craziest fan experience, Charles shared, “I’d probably say the time a fan came up to me, and she asked me to write, ‘Love is love,’ and for some reason, I misspelled love, but she was gonna get it tattooed on her wrist. And I was like, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and she was like, ‘No, no, no, I’m gonna keep it.'”

This response elicited laughter from Kelly, but Charles continued undaunted by explaining, “So, I haven’t seen it today, but I’m sure if you see someone that has, ‘Love is love,’ with the love crossed out, that’s my artwork.” He then added some laughter of his own.

Kelly commiserated by saying she gets stressed when fans want her to write out her song lyrics for their tattoos, and Charles was quick to agree. 

He lamented, “It’s so much pressure because I’m like, ‘All right, now do I do cursive? Do I do box letters? What do I do?'”

While the word might have the Sun Is Also a Star performer stymied, the emotion itself appears to be important one to him.

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Officer Who Killed Botham Jean Will Appeal Next Week

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Amber Guyger, the police officer who killed Botham Jean in his own home, will have her appeal heard next week. 

According to CBS in Dallas, Guyger’s appeal argues she killed Jean by misake and that her conviction should not have been murder, but criminally negligent homicide. If her appeal goes through, the sentence for criminally negligent homicide is six months or up to 2 years in state jail.

In September of 2018, Guyger entered Jean’s apartment in Dallas, Texas and shot him to death while he was eating ice cream on his couch. During her trial, she testified that she thought she had entered her own apartment in the complex where they both lived, and therefore “had the right to act in deadly force.”

In the new appeal, which was filed in August of 2020, Guyger’s attorneys argue that the evidence originally submitted in the case “was legally insufficient to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Guyger committed murder.”

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They claim Guyger was confused about where she was in her apartment complex since both the third and fourth floors where her and Jean’s apartments were located look identical.

“Her mistaken belief negated the culpability for murder because although she intentionally and knowingly caused Jean’s death, she had the right to act in deadly force in self-defense since her belief that deadly force was immediately necessary was reasonable under the circumstances,” the appeal reads.

Guyger had both a taser and pepper spray on her along with the gun she used to kill Jean.

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Ne-Yo Shares His Advice For Friend J.Lo After She Rekindles Her Romance With Ben Affleck

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Ne-Yo had encouraging words for Jennifer Lopez amid her reunion with Ben Affleck.

Jennifer Lopez, 51, and Ben Affleck, 48, are giving their love a second chance, and her longtime friend Ne-Yo is all for it! The R&B hitmaker — who reconciled with his wife Crystal Renay during the COVID-19 quarantine — told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that he believes in second chances.

“It doesn’t have to be over,” Ne-Yo, 41, said, when asked what advice he’d have for his former World of Dance co-star amid her “rekindled” romance with Ben. “It is not an easy thing to do, to be honest it is not easy, which is why I thank God for the quarantine because it forced [Crystal and I] to do it.”

Ne-Yo Jennifer Lopez Relationship Advice Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are giving their love another try. [Shutterstock]

Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal split in February 2020. But, four months later they reconciled and the “Miss Independent” singer credits the COVID-19 pandemic for re-uniting them. “I genuinely don’t really know if we would have been mature enough to do it on our own,” he admitted, “but the [COVID-19 pandemic] almost made it mandatory for us to get it right. Praise to God. I am happy.”

Prior to re-uniting, the couple had decided to call it quits and were “no longer” communicating, Ne-Yo revealed. “Right before the quarantine happened, we had fallen on a rocky point, and we got to a place where we couldn’t really talk to each other. You know what I mean? It was that kind of thing where there was obviously something wrong and I could tell something was wrong.”

“When I would say something is wrong,

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Bachelor Nation's Ali Fedotowsky Shares Blood Disorder Diagnosis Requiring IV Treatment

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Former The Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky informed fans on June 13 that she’ll return to the hospital this week to be hooked up to an IV after being diagnosed with a blood disorder.

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Bachelor Nation‘s Ali Fedotowsky is sharing her health journey with fans following her struggles with exhaustion. 

The 36-year-old mom of two took to her Instagram Story on Sunday, June 13 to explain she will need intravenous treatment in the coming days after recent blood work revealed she suffers from iron-deficiency anemia. The former Bachelorette said the ailment had led to her feeling “tired all the time.”

Ali shared in the footage, “I almost did not tell you guys this because, honestly, it feels like it has been one thing after another. But I feel like I have to because everyone’s going to be like, ‘Why are you tired all the time?’ So I ended up going to the doctor, got a bunch of blood work done, testing everything under the sun.”

The star continued, “After getting all this blood work done, it turns out I am super anemic, which I didn’t know. My ferritin levels, which is how your blood stores iron, are basically zero, so my doctor’s like, ‘Um, no wonder you’re exhausted all the time. Like, I’m surprised you’re out and about.'”

Ali went on to tell her followers that she has started taking iron supplements and will need to return to the hospital soon to be hooked up to an IV drip. 

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“I’m on an iron regimen now—I’m taking it three times a day,” she said. “And I’m going and getting, this week, an iron IV,

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NFL Player Kevin Ware Arrested After Girlfriend Goes Missing

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Former NFL tight end Kevin Ware Jr. was arrested Friday (June 11) after missing his bond supervision hearing and was expected to face questions from investigators stemming from the disappearance of his girlfriend Taylor Pomaski, KPRC 2 reported.
 

Deputy U.S. Marshals apprehended Ware in the parking lot of a Spring, Texas shopping center. The arrest warrant stemmed from previous charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with the intent to deliver controlled substances.

Pomaski, 29, was last seen at an April 26 house party.

After the arrest, Eric Zulegar, Pomaski’s ex-boyfriend, told KPRC 2 that Pomaski’s family believes Ware knows something about her disappearance.

“There could be others that were around the house that night,” he said. “I’m not for certain, but Kevin knows exactly what happened.”

RELATED: NFL Player’s Terrifying Arrest Video Shows Cop’s Gun In Bashaud Breeland’s Face

The police first arrested Ware on April 19 on weapon and drug charges, ABC 13 reported. He was released on a $23,000 bond. Days later, witnesses said Ware and Pomaski got into a “fairly violent” fight during the party at their home.

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Gwen Stefani Rocks Diamond Band On Wedding Finger Sparking Rumors She Wed Blake Shelton

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Days after she appeared to celebrate with a bridal shower, Gwen Stefani rocked what looked like a new, diamond ring — possibly a wedding band!

Could Gwen Stefani, 51, and Blake Shelton, 44, be married? The former No Doubt singer appeared to debut a diamond band on her engagement ring finger while stepping out with her country star fiancé on Saturday, June 12 — see the photos on Page Six here. The couple were also joined by her adorable son with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, 7-year-old Apollo.

Gwen and Blake twinned in navy blue, collared shirts and jeans for the outing, while Apollo stayed sporty in a blue Adidas logo shirt and matching striped shorts. Gwen kept her face hidden under a baseball cap that read “somewhere” and sunglasses, while Blake also opted for a hat. The duo — who met while working on NBC’s The Voice back in 2015 — were most recently at Blake’s Oklahoma ranch, the outlet also reported.

The new photos curiously come just a day after Blake posted a photo captioned “SHE’S GETTING MARRIIIEEEED” to her Instagram account. In the image, Gwen held onto a gift wrapped in white paper along with a green, plant like ribbon and pink bow. She sipped a glass of wine as she looked off to the side, showing off her bright red manicure and matching signature lipstick.

She simply captioned the gorgeous photo with wedding-related emojis — including an engagement ring, a bride, women’s gender symbol, and a face with hearts around it — hinting that she was perhaps enjoying a bridal shower. As always, stylish Gwen stunned in a bold, geometric printed blazer and a ’90s inspired ripped jean.

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