Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union Help Raise Funds for the American Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative

Hosted by Queen Latifah and featuring appearances by Gabrielle Union and a performance by Katharine McPhee-Foster, the American Lung Association streamed its first-ever live digital fundraising event, #Act4Impact, on Saturday (Sept. 26).

At the top of the event, Queen Latifah expressed how the novel coronavirus pandemic “has made glaringly clear the startling inequities in our nation and spotlighted the human toll they have had on our most vulnerable populations.” She added the event’s emphasis on aiding those most at risk by the virus — Black, Latinx and indigenous communities.

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade appeared in their home to partake in the #lungflexchallenge, displaying how much one can do with just one breath — in their case, how much they could dance. Union put on some dance moves for about 15 seconds, with Wayne going just a few seconds more, making the actress remind viewers her husband does happen to be a professional athlete with a strong lung capacity. The two encouraged viewers to also participate in the challenge on social media and donate to #Act4Impact.

Katherine McPhee sang a heartfelt rendition of “The Prayer,” accompanied by husband David Foster on piano. The singer dedicated her performance to frontline and essential workers “who have saved so many lives, touched so many hearts, and kept our world going during this impossible moment.”

The two-hour benefit also brought forth scientists, healthcare workers and people impacted by COVID-19 to spread awareness on the ongoing healthcare disparities that continue to affect marginalized communities during this pandemic.

Latifah held one panel alongside Dr. Juanita Mora, an allergist/immunologist at the Chicago Allergy Center, Dr. Cedric “Jamie” Rutland, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California Riverside, and Dr. Sumita Khatri, director of the Asthma Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The trio touched on issues impacting marginalized communities, from language barriers with healthcare providers to a lack of resources to ensure safety for themselves and loved ones, as well as evolving solutions, such as telemedicine that offers increased accessibility for those who cannot physically get to a doctor’s office.

Dr. Mora shared her personal story of wanting to keep the Chicago Allergy Center open as other healthcare locations closed at the start, knowing the lack of options the Latinx community faces being a first-generation Mexican-American. When asked by Latifah why it was so pertinent to do so, Dr. Mora said she thought at the time, “This could be my family… I can’t turn my back on my family. I have to help guide them.”

#Act4Impact also featured musical performances, comedy sketches, and more entertainment from stars including Common, Laura Dern, Jimmy Fallon, Vivica A. Fox, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Funds raised from the event support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative and its efforts to provide free education and cloth masks to those in need, protect public health by advocating for COVID-19 and flu vaccines in underserved communities of color, and prevent future outbreaks by investing in respiratory virus research. To learn more about the American Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, their #Act4Impact event, or to make a donation visit lung.org/act4impact.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Chrissy Teigen Pays a High Compliment to Miley Cyrus

Chrissy Teigen is spending her Saturday turning up some Miley Cyrus tunes.

She took to Twitter to share one of the singer’s live performances from over the summer, raving about her vocals.

“sounding like a weed smoking dolly angel,” Teigen commented on the clip of Cyrus covering The Beatles’ “Help” in an empty Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl for June’s “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” concert.

“her voice is so different from anyone out there now,” she wrote. “I love it.”

“Global Goal” streamed over the summer to shed a light on communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “I dedicated this performance to everyone who is working tirelessly for testing, treatments and vaccines so all of us can come together in places like this empty stadium…. I can’t wait to be together again,” Cyrus said at the time.

See Teigen’s latest tweet, and watch the performance, below.

Rick Ross and Tory Lanez Beef Over ‘Daystar’ Album, Breonna Taylor Protests

Rick Ross and Tory Lanez are sparring on social media following the release of Lanez’s new album, Daystar.

On the album’s lead song “Money Over Fallouts,” the 28-year-old Canadian rapper and singer, whose real name Daystar Peterson, denies claims that he shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot after a Hollywood Hills party in July.

“Gotta see a couple questions: how the f–k you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?” Lanez raps on the track. “Megan people tryna frame me for a shootin’ … Knowin’ I ain’t do it but I’m comin’ at my truest.”

Ross clearly wasn’t impressed by the Daystar project or the fact that it was released one day after a Kentucky jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the death of Breonna Taylor.

“Tory Lanez, poor decision brother,” Ross said on his Instagram Stories. “Dropping that project… Just outta respect for Breonna Taylor, bruh, we gotta respect these sisters. That ain’t how you address the accusations you facing. That was a poor choice, homie. You ain’t getting no money with that shit.”

Ross and Lanez previously collaborated on the song “Super Freak.”

Lanez responded to Ross’ video on Twitter, writing: “I respect u 2 much as a black man to disrespect you in these times,however I went out and marched 9 DAYS STRAIT for Breonna Taylor ..IN YOUR CITY …I didn’t see the ‘boss’ out there once ?…also stop tagging your endorsements in post about her . It’s a poor decision @RickRoss”

Ross fired back again on his Instagram Stories.

“First off, lil boy, I appreciate how you responded swiftly to Rozay, but that’s how you should’ve did the sister that accused you of shooting,” the rapper said. “That’s what you owed her family, that’s what you owed all the Black women in America.”

Ross also responded to Lanez’s claim that he wasn’t present during protests for Taylor in Miami.

“But more importantly, let’s get to you protesting,” Ross said. “You ain’t protest in Miami, the only reason you was out there was cause the condo that you stayed in $1,500 a month and the dam protest was coming right down there, so you went down there and took a photo opp… Poor decisions is putting together an album and trying to profit off some shit that people like myself was wishing to hear you address this shit and move on. Not get a wax on or a wack album that’s ain’t gonna get you no money, nor no new supporters. So lil boy, boss up.”

Willie Nelson Encourages Americans to ‘Vote ‘Em Out’ in New Animated Video

With the U.S. election just weeks away, artists are imploring their fans to get out and vote on November 3. Country music legend Willie Nelson, however, decided to take his advice one step further.

In a new animated video for his 2018 single “Vote ‘Em Out,” the outspoken star is asking that voters use the election to unseat those in power with a simple message; “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ‘em out.” The new clip shows cartoon voters casting their ballots, which Nelson pointedly calls “the biggest gun we got.”

Nelson originally premiered the song at a 2018 rally for then-Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke in Austin, Texas as he ran against longtime Republican senator Ted Cruz. Throughout the song, Nelson lambasts the Republican party as he sings, “If it’s a bunch of clowns you voted in / Election day is comin’ ‘round again.”

The video arrived just ahead of Nelson’s Saturday performance at the 35th anniversary of Farm Aid, the first all-virtual edition of the annual celebration, which is also slated to feature guest performers like Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and many more.

Check out Nelson’s new video for “Vote ‘Em Out” below:

 

Kanye West Teases New Song ‘Believe What I Say’: Listen

Kanye West has shared a snippet of a new song called “Believe What I Say.”

The rapper and presidential hopeful took to Twitter on Saturday (Sept. 26) to post a 38-second clip of the track, which samples Lauryn Hill’s 1998 hit “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The tweet was accompanied by a video shot on a boat.

“You ask him to feel protected/ And still feel protected,” West raps on the song. “Just one time for the record/ Just one time for the record/ Don’t agree with the message/ Don’t agree with the methods.”

Last week, the rapper waged a one-man war against the music industry, tweeting that he’s “not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal.”

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, West said he’s currently “in discussions” with Universal, but noted, “I don’t want them to just fix my situation. I want this to be about fixing everyone’s situation.”

Earlier this summer, Kanye announced that his next album, Donda, would arrive in late July. The release, which he said would be accompanied by a movie, has not yet been released.

Check out a preview of West’s “Believe What I Say” below.

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Wife Welcome Third Child

Congratulations are in order for Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife, Hayley, who recently welcomed their third child.

The couple’s new son, Atlas Roy Hubbard, was born in Nashville on Thursday (Sept. 24), weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz., and measuring 21 inches long.

“We are so excited to have Atlas here! It’s been an amazing journey and we are feeling so thankful,” the Hubbards told People. “Having three under 3 was not our plan but clearly it was God’s plan, and now we can’t imagine it any other way. Liv is so excited and ready to meet her baby brother.”

Atlas Roy Hubbard joins his 2-year-old sister, Olivia, and 13-month-old brother, Luca.

The singer-songwriter and his wife told People that their newborn son’s name “stands for strength” and “represents our family’s passion for travel and experiencing different cultures.”

Tyler added, “Roy was the name of my dad, who passed away when I was 20. Getting to name our son after him is so special to us. Atlas will carry on my dad’s legacy and will always be a reminder of how well he loved everyone.”

The pair married in 2015 and two years of dating.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020: Listen To The Ultimate Latin Divas Playlist

Hispanic Heritage Month is here, and it’s time to celebrate Latin culture and music.

On this occasion, Billboard is honoring Latin women in the music industry who are proud of their heritage with the ultimate Latin Divas playlist.

The list gathers 40 of the best songs—classic and new—from Latin music’s biggest female artists, including Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Karol G, Thalia, and Becky G, to name a few.

Dale and play our Latin Divas playlist!