Rodef Shalom will honor the late Fred Rogers, host of the landmark children’s television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” on June 22 with the 2014 Pursuer of Peace Award, The Jewish Chronicle reports.
The award is a biannual honor the congregation bestows upon an individual from the Pittsburgh community whose work and commitment contribute to the pursuit of peace through interfaith understanding and humanitarianism.
Rodef Shalom means “pursuer of peace” in Hebrew.
Rogers will become the third recipient of the award since it was first presented in 2010, and the first to receive it posthumously. He joins Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Bill Strickland, president and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corp., as honorees.
The late Presbyterian minister and television celebrity is being recognized for his “life’s work on behalf of the emotional well-being of children,” according to a prepared statement.
Typically, the honoree, in accepting the award, delivers the Pursuer of Peace address from the bima of the main sanctuary. He (or she) also directs which cause or program shall receive a financial contribution from the congregation.
In this case, Rogers’ widow, Joanne, will accept the award for her husband, and the congregation will direct this year’s contribution, which will be split between the Circle Camps for Grieving Children and Quest Therapeutic Camps.
It sounds like Team Cee Lo may be no more.
After four years as coach on “The Voice,” Green, 39, won’t be returning to the singing competition.
“I’m not coming back, guys,” Green told Ellen DeGeneres on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday. “I don’t want to wear out my welcome there.”
But it won’t be the last you see of him.
“I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk-show opportunities later in the year,” he said.
He’ll also focus on his own music.
“We will appreciate the music, but we will miss you on ‘The Voice,’ ” DeGeneres said as her other guest, Lionel Richie, made his own surprise announcement — and that included Green.
“The good news is, he’ll be with me on the road,” Richie said of Green’s musical plans. “He’s going to join me on tour.”
In a statement, Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night programming, said, “Cee Lo Green has been an instrumental part of the success of ‘The Voice,’ and we deeply appreciate all his contributions. We’re looking forward to working with him on other upcoming projects that will tap into both his musical and entertainment expertise.”
In his own official statement, Green said: “There are numerous reasons that led to this decision, which has been amicably reached with NBC, but I’m excited to be developing several other ideas with the network, and my association with NBC remains strong. … Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!”
Season six of “The Voice” returns Monday with veteran coaches Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Amy Adams is understandably still hurting in the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
While appearing on Wednesday’s episode of “Inside the Actors Studio,” the “American Hustle” star became very emotional when host James Lipton asked her about the late Oscar winner, E! News reports.
“Gosh, I wish you could all get a chance to work with him. He was beautiful, a beautiful spirit. And he has this unique ability to see people, really see them,” said Adams, as tears began to well up in her eyes.
“And he will be missed. Sorry, I really … I just really loved him and I know so many people did, and I just don’t know how much more I can talk about it now. Sorry.”
Adams, 39, worked with Hoffman in 2012’s “The Master” and 2008’s “Doubt.” For both films, the co-stars each received Academy Award nominations.
Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor in his New York City apartment after an apparent drug overdose on Feb. 2. He was 46.
Adams attended a wake for Hoffman days after his passing. Others on hand included Joaquin Phoenix, Cate Blanchett, Justin Theroux, Michelle Williams and Ellen Burstyn.
After battling with his major label for years, 50 Cent has decided to become an independent artist, The Associated Press reports.
The rapper announced Thursday that he’s leaving his longtime record label, Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, and Eminem’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath.
The Grammy winner and his G-Unit Records have signed a distribution agreement with Caroline, the independent label at Capital Music Group. Capitol is one of the many labels that are part of Universal Music Group.
50 Cent launched an ultra-successful, six-times platinum debut with “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ” in 2003, when he burst on the music scene with Eminem as his mentor. His sophomore album, 2005’s “The Massacre,” was almost as successful, but other albums didn’t match his previous efforts, and he expressed his unhappiness with his label. 50 Cent had been planning to release a fifth album on the label, but it was set with multiple release dates and singles and eventfully didn’t see a release.
His last album was 2009’s “Before I Self Destruct,” which also had several release dates.
50 Cent had a plethora of hits early in his career that dominated the pop, rap and R&B charts, from “P.I.M.P.” to “Candy Shop” to the anthemic “In da Club,” which introduced the young rapper aside Dr. Dre and Eminem.
The rapper, born Curtis Jackson, has also been a success outside of music, from film roles to fashion to books.
50 Cent’s new album, “Animal Ambition,” will be released June 3. Caroline has recently distributed albums by Korn and rapper E-40.
The eclectic trio of Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White will headline this summer’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the AP reports.
Organizers announced the lineup for the June 12-15 festival Wednesday night. As usual, it offers a bit of something for everyone.
Sir Elton will be attending his first Bonnaroo, while West will be making his first return after one of the most memorable appearances in 2008. That year he made fans wait nearly two hours for his early morning set, which didn’t start until 4:30 a.m.
Other performers scheduled to appear in Manchester, Tenn., include Frank Ocean, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Lauryn Hill, and Skrillex, who will host one of Bonnaroo’s SuperJams.
Tickets go on sale at noon Saturday on the festival’s website.
International advocacy group Oceana says it has received a $3 million grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for its work to protect threatened ocean habitat and keystone marine species such as sharks, the AP reports.
Oceana said in a statement Thursday that the grant, which will be spread over a three-year period, will also support its work to advocate for responsible fishing measures, including a ban on California drift gillnets.
CEO Andy Sharpless said DiCaprio’s support will help Oceana in its efforts to win more protections for countless sharks and other marine animals and for ocean habitats in the Pacific and Arctic, “which include some of the most productive ocean places in the world.”
Oceana said it’s working to ban drift gillnets off California in order to protect dolphins, whales, turtles and other marine animals from being caught and killed as “bycatch.”