Oprah Donates $12 Million to Washington, D.C. Museum

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The Color Purple star’s gift will help cover the costs of the building, which is currently under construction and due to open in 2015.

As a result of the 59 year old’s generosity, bosses will name the the site’s 350-seat theater in her honor.

A statement from the former talk show host reads, “I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole. I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honour and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.”

The Oscar nominee, who has been on the museum’s advisory council for nearly a decade, previously cut a $1 million check to the organization in 2007.


Lady Gaga Opens Up About Sometimes Feeling ‘Worthless’


Lady Gaga confessed she wants to have enough children to form a”soccer team” when she sat down with talk show maven Oprah Winfrey for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” In the intimate chat, which took place at Gaga’s childhood home in New York City, the never-press-shy Gaga made another big announcement.

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“Other than this interview, Oprah, I don’t intend to speak to anyone for a very long time. I have to shut out the noise,” Mother Monster told Winfrey, according to Gossip Cop. “The latest thing I do is I don’t read a damn thing. No press, no television. If my mom calls and says, ‘Did you hear about?’ I don’t want to know nothing about anything that is going on … I shut it all off.”  Read more>>

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Steven Tyler Sits With Oprah For Premier Of New Primetime Show


Steven Tyler is slated to appear on the premiere of Oprah’s new primetime series, Oprah’s Next Chapter. The American Idol judge sat for an interview at his New Hampshire home in September for the episode.

The interview reportedly covers several facets of Tyler’s past and present, including his rough and tumble marriages, drug addictions and gig on Idol.

Other celebs to sit for future episodes include Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra,Sean Penn, George Lucas and Paula Deen.

For her part, Oprah boasted that the new show would be an improvement from her old show:

“We’re not sitting on The Oprah Winfrey Showin those chairs anymore, people.”

Oprah’s Next Chapter premieres on Sunday, January 1 from 9-11 PM EST on OWN TV.

Top Five Embarrassing Surgeries Celebs Don’t Want You to Know About

We like to think of the rich and famous as flawless – at least, they would like us to think they are… They are, right? Actually, they are anything, but. Ironically, these people who make their living off of being beautiful (Um, can someone say the Kardashians?) typically end up doing everything they can to hide their incredibly human flaws.
Most think of celebrities as abusing plastic surgery but many do not realize the variety of other embarrassing types of surgeries these very real celebrities undergo and would be horrified if their public found out about them.  So what starts out our list of the top five incredibly embarrassing surgeries our beloved, but not-so-perfect celebrities would hate for us to know about?
#5 – Hair Transplant Surgery – OK, OK, this is borderline cosmetic. With all the fake bosoms floating around Hollywood, it’s about time someone gave the men a hard time. And not just any men – beautiful men have had a little work done, too.
For instance, heart throbs: Matthew McConaughey, Jeremy Piven and the incredibly dreamy Jude Law. Sure, nothing’s been proven. We’ve seen the photos, though, and we ask you to be the judge.
#4 – Excessive Sweating Surgeries – Gross. Of course, one would think that these perfect, photo-shopped celebrities don’t even have the ability to sweat; however, all evidence to the contrary. Indeed they do sweat and sometimes it’s a little more than we can handle.
Did you know that there’s a surgery for excessive sweating? It’s called a hyperhidrosis surgical treatment and it’s probably been used and abused by nearly every celeb to walk the red carpet. Botox injections are inserted into the armpits to obstruct the sweat from coming out.
Beautiful women such as the sixth richest woman in entertainment –  Matthew McConaughey, Jeremy Piven  – who has based her career on her beautiful pop voice and seriously hot body could do with some of those, along with her beautiful entertainment peer – the lovely but sweaty miss Scarlette Johanson. They could both do with one of those, don’t you think?
#3 –Colonic – With the incredible health craze that is going on these days, it’s important to take care of the bowels – at least that’s what many of the most well-known celebs have to say. Trendy and un-intrusive colon cleanses have been promoted shamelessly by some of the most glamorous Hollywood queens such as Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow and even Oprah.
While they are not so shy to tell about their trendy colon drinks, they are much more tight-lipped about any colonic procedures they may or may not have had. Certainly celebs get these embarrassing colon surgeries; however, unlike the colon cleanse drinks, they are kept on the down-low.
#4 –Urinary Incontinence Surgery – Did you think you were the only one who still pees their pants long after potty training? You’re in good company, my friend. The incredibly famous Kris Jenner along with about one in three women is right there with you in the fight against urinary incontinence. 
There are several causes for urinary incontinence ranging from pregnancy, having had multiple pregnancies, high birth weight in newborns, genetics, smoking, etc.  Any celeb whose undergone surgery to help keep their pants dry certainly isn’t shouting it from the rooftops.  And until Kris Jenner stops wetting herself on her national hit reality show, it’s a safe bet that she hasn’t gotten around to getting it done just yet, either.
#5 – Last but not least, there’s hemorrhoid surgery. It’s estimated that over half of the population will have dealt with hemorrhoids in one form or another by the age of fifty. From there, the numbers sky rocket. So why is this incredibly common problem so embarrassing? It just is. That’s why when word gets out about a celeb that had to get a hemorrhoid surgery it’s kind of a big deal.
How does word get out about such an embarrassing ailment, you ask? In the case of famous American rapper, Lil’ Wayne, it was scattered all throughout his court documents that his jail sentence had to be suspended until his raging case of hemorrhoids could be surgically taken care of. This is one hemorrhoid treatment that will never be forgotten as it tops our top list of most embarrassing surgeries for celebs.

Chaz Bono Talks ‘Becoming Chaz,’ Cher on ‘Oprah’

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After years of struggling with his sexuality, Chaz Bono opened up about transitioning to a man on today’s “Oprah.”

“Life was always so much more difficult,” he told Oprah Winfrey about his former life as Chastity Bono. “It also felt like my body was literally betraying me.”

“The boobs threw you off,” Winfrey said. “Ugh,” Bono grunted. “You have this image of yourself and all of a sudden your body does the exact opposite of what you feel.”

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Revloution Underway!

The countdown is on!  With just over 2 weeks left until the May 23rd release of Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album Born This WayMother Monster is kicking her cultural baptism into high gear.  

Yesterday marked the premiere of the EPIC new music video for “Judas,” which racked up over 1,000,000 views in its first few hours on VEVO.
Gaga then appeared on Oprah, surprising the audience with an acoustic rendition of “Born This Way” and a performance of “You and I,” the new ballad she lent to American Idol‘s Haley Reinhart, from atop – what else? – a giant high-heeled stiletto piano. No big deal.

But the NOT-TO-BE-MISSED event of this week’s monster media takeover is tomorrow night at 9pm when HBO airs the premiere of Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden.  

Filmed at her show at Madison Square Garden on February 21st, the two-hour special switches between the concert and black-and-white footage of her arriving to the show, changing between sets and her off-stage remarks. 

Lady Gaga’s sold-out Monster Ball tour has been circling the globe since November 2009 and wraps up today in Mexico City after 201 phenomenal concerts worldwide. 

Gaga is slated to perform on Saturday Night Live on 5/21, American Idol on 5/25, and Good Morning America where she will kick off the Summer Concert Series on 5/27, plus some big surprises.  Stay tuned…
Born This Way

Emotional Marie Osmond TV Performance

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Marie Osmond  was forced to halt a U.S. TV performance of opera classic “Pie Gesu”  after becoming so overcome with emotion as she dedicated the song to her late son.

The veteran star opened up for the first time about the tragic suicide of her 18-year-old son Michael Bryan earlier this year (10) during an emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Thursday (Nov 11).
She took to the stage at the end of the chat to perform the song in memory of the teen, but failed to keep the tears from falling as she belted out the tune.
As her voice faltered a few lines into the song, Osmond held up her hand, instructing the band to stop the music, and turned around as she took a few seconds to compose herself.
She apologised to the audience, telling them, “One more time, sorry,” and took a deep breath before saying, “OK, here we go”, and relaunching into the song once again.
And her efforts were well received – her determination to finish the track earned her a standing ovation from Winfrey and the studio audience.
Watch  Osmond’s performance of “Pie Gesue” on Oprah here.
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The O’Neals, Judds Sign Talk Show Deals With Oprah Winfrey

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Ryan O’Neal, his daughter Tatum and country music stars The Judds are the latest celebrities to sign TV deals with media queen OPRAH WINFREY – for the mogul’s new U.S. cable network.

The long-estranged O’Neals will attempt a reconciliation in their series on Winfrey’s new cable network, OWN, which is set to launch in January (11).
Meanwhile, The Judds’ show will follow mum Naomi and daughter Wynonna as they prepare for their first tour together in a decade and “continue to explore their complex relationship”.
An OWN network spokesperson reveals both shows will air sometime next year (11) The celebrity families join a growing number of stars set to work with OWN – Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Mariel Hemingway and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne have all agreed to develop documentaries for the mogul’s new network.
Country music singer Shania Twain will also star in Why Not? With Shania Twain, which will follow her life on the rebound after a messy public divorce, while Jenny McCarthy and Rosie O’Donnell have reportedly landed deals for their own talk shows.