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Chance the Rapper, Steph Curry appear in Barack Obama's new PSA
Chance the Rapper and NBA star Steph Curry have cameos in former President Barack Obama's new public service announcement for his My Brother's Keeper Initiative.

The one-minute clip, features Chance and Curry watching Obama speak about empowerment and opportunity for young men throughout the United States.

"There's not a single thing more important to the future of America than whether or not young people all across this country can achieve their dreams," Obama says.

Chance is seen watching the speech while sitting near a piano with Curry viewing it while practicing on a basketball court.

My Brother's Keeper Initiative is an organization that promotes mentorship and offers opportunities for young men of color. "We are the ones to inspire our generation and stand for the idea of opportunity for everyone," says the description for the video.

Chance donated $1 million to Chicago public schools in March.

Lindsay Lohan suffers snake bite in Thailand, says she's OK
Actress Lindsay Lohan announced on Instagram Story she was bitten by a snake in Thailand this week.

E! News reported the 31-year-old Mean Girls and The Parent Trap alum -- who has been living in London and Dubai in recent years -- was on holiday in Phuket, Thailand, when the reptile encounter occurred.

"I love this, it's so beautiful, amazing place... aside from my snake bite," Lohan said in a video she posted to her social-media account.

"Hi! I'm still in Phuket in Thailand, it's beautiful here and, yeah, I got bit by a snake on a hike the other day," she said in a separate home movie.

"The positive side of it is, I'm OK. Happy New Year and God bless. Ciao," Lohan said in another clip.

The actress also made headlines earlier this week when People magazine reported she owed the U.S. government $100,710.55 in back taxes from the years 2010, 2014 and 2015 -- a period during which she appeared in the film Machete, guest starred on 2 Broke Girls and headlined the short-lived, reality series Lindsay.

Lohan's battle with substance abuse, reported erratic behavior and a series of brushes with the law eclipsed her once-bright career, prompting her to seek work abroad, away from the harsh spotlight of the American media. She is now starring on the British sitcom Sick Note.

"She signed on for two seasons and she got good reviews. Not trouble on set and she's on time every day," a friend told People magazine. "I think she'll give it another year or so and I think she will come back and say, 'I'm ready.'"

"I did a film where I basically was told I was fat every day, yet I was the skinniest I'd ever been."
--Julianne Hough, on experiencing body-shaming comments, to Redbook

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Singer and actress is pregnant with her second child?

Iliza Shlesinger sued for turning away men at women-only comedy show
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger has been sued for holding a women-only comedy event on grounds that two men who bought tickets for the show but were told to leave because of their gender.

According to the lawsuit, Shlesinger hosted "Girls Night In with Iliza -- No Boys Allowed" at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. The event was promoted as women performers for an all-women audience. But George St. George, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, bought a ticket and attended the event, despite being a man.

At first, theater employees told St. George and his male friend they would be allowed to attend the show, but had to sit in the back row, despite there not being assigned seating, the lawsuit states. Moments later, they were told that Shlesinger and management decided they would not be able to attend the show and would be refunded their money for the tickets.

The lawsuit compares St. George's experience of being turned away from the all-women comedy event to the Civil Rights struggle of black people in the United States.

St. George's experience "can best be described as skin to the Montgomery City Lines bus company in Montgomery, Alabama circa 1955 morphing into the Woolworth's Department Store lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit goes on to say that the state of California prohibits businesses "from treating patrons unequally based on their sex."

The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that St. George's attorney, Alfred Rava, has sued several companies for gender discrimination, including the Oakland A's for giving plaid hats to women on Mother's Day in 2004.

'Krypton' to premiere on Syfy March 21
Syfy has announced the premiere date for its new Superman prequel series Krypton.

"Before #Superman came to Earth, #Krypton forged its own legends," the show's Twitter account said Thursday. "From the writer of #ManofSteel & #TheDarkKnight, witness the beginning, 3.21 on @SYFY."

Starring Cameron Cuffe, Ian McElhinney, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan and Ann Ogbomo, the series is being executive produced by David S. Goyer.

"Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet, Krypton follows Superman's grandfather -- whose House of El was ostracized and shamed -- as he fights to redeem his family's honor and save his beloved world from chaos," a synopsis said.

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Singer and actress is pregnant with her second child?

Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant with her second child.

"Looks like we are starting off 2018 with another big milestone...sooo happy to announce that Maddie is FINALLY going to be a big sister," Spears captioned an outdoor photo of her holding hands with Jamie Watson -- her husband since 2014 -- and Maddie, her 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

"2017 was filled with some of the biggest challenges of my life, as well as some of the biggest blessings, so I made a choice to lay low this year to focus on truly becoming my best self as a person and as an artist. During that time, I continued working on my music and telling my story, which has created some of my most honest work and I CANT wait to share that with you all very soon. 2018 is going to be filled with many milestones both personally and professionally. I appreciate each of you for your patience and support through it­ all. 2018 has a lot coming, so GET READY."

Spears, 26, is the former star of TV's Zoey 101 and the younger sister of pop-music icon Britney Spears. Jamie Lynn was in the media headlines last February after Maddie was seriously injured when the ATV she was driving veered into a pond, submerging her. She has since recovered from her injuries.