People: Wiz Khalifa, Roman Antopolsky, Lady Gaga, Anderson Cooper, Josh Brolin
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Wiz Khalifa had better take any tummy troubles elsewhere!
The rapper, 25, and fiancee Amber Rose welcomed their first child, son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz Thursday, the proud dad -- born Cameron Thomaz -- announced via Twitter, People reports.
"Happy Birthday!!!" he writes. "Everyone welcome this perfect young man into the world."
After confirming the pregnancy while walking the MTV Video Music Awards' red carpet in September, the couple posed for a series of intimate shots that showed off the model's budding baby belly.
"I've decided that I'm going to have an all-natural water birth. No medicine," the mom-to-be, 29, told XXL at the time. "I want those bragging rights! The next time Wiz has a stomachache ... I'll say, 'I popped a baby out all natural!' "
It seems the couple's son had other plans though, as Khalifa tweeted a photo of himself dressed in scrubs and mask, ready for delivery (see http://instagram.com/p/WAZ-2tndi-/).
In January, Rose celebrated pending parenthood with a colorful baby shower surrounded by close family and friends, and earlier this month, the couple attended the Grammys, where Khalifa joked that he'd like his lady to "stay pregnant forever."
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh announced Thursday that Roman Antopolsky, a Pittsburgh-based poet, novelist and translator, has won the 2013 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize.
Antopolsky was chosen from a pool of applicants from Western Pennsylvania who have published at least one full-length book of poetry, fiction or nonfiction. The 2013 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh prize consists of a monthlong all-expenses-paid writing residency in Brussels. Applications were judged by PEN and Pushcart award-winning poet Toi Derricotte, an English professor at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founder of Cave Canem: a Home for Black Poetry.
The prize is part of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh's Bridges initiative, which will create a number of international residencies for Western Pennsylvania writers. This residency is a collaboration with the Belgian literary organization, Het beschrijf, and is hosted at the Passa Porta literary center in Brussels.
In selecting Antopolsky, Toi Derricotte stated, "I was especially impressed with the beauty and power of his language and formal construction and his ability to break down barriers to identification with and compassion for his characters. His writing drew me in at a human level."
Lady Gaga says she's had surgery to fix her hip, The Associated Press reports.
The 26-year-old singer posted on her blog late Wednesday that she had hip surgery, and it "happened so fast." She canceled her "Born This Way Ball" tour last week.
She thanked her fans in the post, saying they gave her "a lot of strength." Lady Gaga said that as she was wheeled to surgery, she reflected on her fans. She wrote: "Sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it's even possible."
Lady Gaga canceled more than 20 dates on the remainder of her tour, which began in April. She originally postponed four dates last week after experiencing difficulties during her concert in Montreal. She explained to fans on Twitter that she'd hurt herself while performing some time ago.
This just in: Anderson Cooper is about to be feted by GLAAD, E! News reports.
The gay rights organization plans to honor the vaunted CNN journalist with its Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16.
The accolade is given to an openly gay, lesbian or transgender media figure who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Cooper, who came out last July, has been a longtime advocate for the LGBT community, having covered such vital issues on "Anderson Cooper 360" including bullying of LGBT youth and families supporting their transgender children.
"By sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an integral part of our cultural fabric," said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick in a statement.
"Good Morning America" anchors Sam Champion, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer have been tapped to host the ceremony taking place in New York on March 16.
nAfter eight years of marriage, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are splitting, their reps confirm to People.
The pair, who married in a 2004 ceremony at Brolin's central California ranch, were first introduced by the actor's stepmother, Barbra Streisand, at a party in 2002.
But just four months after saying "I do," Brolin, 45, was arrested for spousal battery, following "a misunderstanding at [the couple's] home," his rep said at the time. Lane, 48, did not press charges.
Brolin was more recently arrested for public intoxication just before midnight on New Year's Eve.
Spotted without his wedding ring the following day, Brolin, donning sunglasses, seemed unfazed by the trouble as he ate with a male friend at Sauce on Hampton in Venice, Calif.
A few days later, Lane headed to the Palm Springs Film Festival -- without her husband -- where she presented an award to her "Unfaithful" co-star, Richard Gere.
Brolin was previously married to Alice Adair, with whom he has two children. Lane previously wed Christopher Lambert, and they have one child together.
Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case, the AP reports.
U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m. He was being held at the Oneida County Jail in central New York as he awaited word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he'll serve time in the tax case.
The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion that ran concurrently.
Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house, defense attorney Stacey Richman said. Back taxes are one of the main reasons he wants to get back to work, she said.
"Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again," Richman said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack said Atkins owed the IRS $1.1 million and didn't immediately know what if any had been paid. Once out of custody, Atkins also faces a year of supervised release, he said.
Ja Rule scored a Grammy Award nomination in 2002 for the best rap album with "Pain Is Love." He also has appeared in movies, including "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001 and "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.
Goodbyes are often a necessarily evil on "American Idol." But on Wednesday -- which kicked off the show's first-ever sudden-death round -- they were downright nasty.
"I hated it. I really did," Mariah Carey told People of cutting five of 10 female contestants in Las Vegas. "Everybody was talented and different. There were some special people we had to get rid of."
Nicki Minaj happened to agree: "I don't want to hurt people's feelings," she said, "but I guess that's what we're required to do."
Keith Urban even had to tell a contestant who had his support that her time on the show was over.
"I couldn't get enough votes," he said. "It was just simple as that. We all take turns saying 'yay' or 'nay' to the girls, and I actually had to say it to the girl I had voted for. That's particularly hard."
The lobbying for artists "gets impassioned," he added. "You need re-discuss and re-discuss what is it we're really looking for and what are we basing this decision on. Even that is never easy. There is no clear cut decision on that."
Wednesday's episode was the first of three weeks for "Idol" to broadcast from the Beatles Love Theatre in Vegas. On Thursday, 10 men were slated to perform with five slated to go home. The entire process will repeat with the remaining 10 women and 10 men on next week's shows.
"This is a different thing than we've ever done," veteran judge Randy Jackson said. "This is 10 sing and five gotta go. This is sudden death."
Viral videos are hits on the Web, and now they can help propel a song to the top of the Billboard charts, the AP reports.
Billboard has announced that U.S. YouTube data is now one of the factors used when ranking Hot 100 songs and songs on its other charts.
The new rule went into effect this week, with the viral-video hit "Harlem Shake" debuting at No. 1. Other factors include radio airplay, digital download sales, physical single sales, on-demand audio streaming and online radio streaming. Billboard's new rule incorporates all official videos on YouTube, including Vevo.
"Harlem Shake" by Brooklyn producer Baauer features few lyrics. The video has a heavy dance-flavored beat. It became a viral success thanks to hundreds of YouTube videos of people dancing to the song.
First Published February 22, 2013 12:00 am