NEW YORK (AP):
Solange Knowles is getting another honour this one from the Harvard Foundation. The singer, songwriter and artist has been named the foundation's artist of the year, and is set to accept the accolade on March 3.
The Harvard Foundation is dedicated to exploring intercultural and race relations, and it's certainly been a major theme in Knowles' work. Her Grammy-winning 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, touched on racial politics and empowerment issues, and featured hits like Don't Touch My Hair.
Knowles also had an exhibit on black womanhood at London's Tate Modern last year.
Knowles was a Glamour Woman of the Year honouree last year.
Previous Harvard Foundation artists of the year include Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Shakira, Viola Davis and Salma Hayek.
LOS ANGELES, California (AP):
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage.
The couple said on Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press released through a publicist that the decision to split "was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year."
The couple said they are making the announcement publicly "in an effort to reduce any further speculation."
"Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly," they said in the statement released by Aniston's long-time publicist, Stephen Huvane. "Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else's fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."
Aniston and Theroux were engaged in August of 2012 and married in August of 2015. They have no children.
PARKLAND, Florida (AP):
Jimmy Kimmel opened his late night show by replaying clips from President Donald Trump's statement about the killings of 17 people by a teenager with an AR-15 assault weapon at a Florida high school including the part where Trump said "no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning."
Kimmel said he agrees, "and here's what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, all the family men who care so much about their communities, that what we need are laws, real laws, that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that!" he said to strong applause.
Kimmel called on Trump to "force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets from the NRA (National Rifle Association) to do something, now. Not later, now. And don't you dare let them say it's too soon to be talking about it."
Kimmel urged people to go to the gun safety group 'Everytown.org' for information on how to write and call their representatives, "and if they don't listen, vote them out of office."