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Barack Obama posted a Joe Biden meme and Twitter can’t handle it

So ardent was the bromance between former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden that the “barackandjoe” Twitter account is a thing.

If you have time to kill and need a chuckle by way of photos of Biden pointing at stuff or smiling cheekily complete with clever captions, check it out – or just search the hashtag #JoeBidenMemes.

And now there’s one more, contributed by Obama himself, to celebrate Biden’s birthday. Within minutes the post had been liked, retweeted or commented upon more than 100,000 times.

MORE: Joe Biden memes are taking over the Internet

ME: Joe, about halfway through the speech, I’m gonna wish you a happy birth– BIDEN: IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! ME: Joe. Happy birthday to @JoeBiden, my brother and the best vice president anybody could have. pic.twitter.com/sKbXjNiEjH — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 20, 2017

 

Woman leading prayer faints during Facebook Live; audience calls for help

An Atlanta woman might have died if she didn’t have an audience watching her when she fainted — while leading a prayer on Facebook Live.

Francine Sims-Gates and her family now credit the social media website for saving her life, Channel 2 Action News reported.

She was almost finished leading her daily prayer service when she suddenly felt ill.

“I don’t mean any harm, but right now I do need you to pray for me,” she told her audience.

RELATED: Local kratom users question official warnings about related deaths

Then she passed out in her southwest Atlanta apartment bedroom, she told the news station. 

Her son, who is legally blind and has autism, couldn’t help Sims-Gates. 

But someone called the woman’s daughter, East Point Municipal Court Judge Rashida Oliver.

“Surely when this occurred the first thing I thought was thank God she was on Facebook,” Oliver told Channel 2.

Oliver asked a neighbor to call the leasing office because the apartment was part of a senior living facility, and an agent checked on Sims-Gates and called 911.

Doctors said Sims-Gates’ blood pressure was extremely high and she had blood clots that could have killed her, Channel 2 reported.

The video also helped doctors decide on a treatment plan for Sims-Gates.

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Della Reese, of TV's 'Touched by an Angel,' has died at 86

Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86.

Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area. No further details were included.

Before "Touched by an Angel" debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had costarred on "Chico and the Man," ''Charlie and Company" and "The Royal Family."

Reese was a TV groundbreaker, according to the Television Academy: She was the first African-American woman to host her own talk show, "Della," which aired 1969-70, and in 1970 became the first black woman to be tapped as a guest host for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show."

It was "Touched by an Angel" that endeared her to viewers, although the drama wasn't an instant hit. The story of an apprentice angel (Roma Downey) and her supervisor (Reese) being sent to Earth to solve people's problems appeared to have little chance in a TV world dominated by sitcoms and police dramas.

The first season brought mediocre ratings, but slowly the CBS show's audience grew until it became one of television's highest-rated dramas. It lasted until 2003.

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on 'Touched By An Angel,'" Downey wrote in a statement. "I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

Reese had been ordained by the Universal Foundation for Better Living and performed the ceremony when co-star Downey married.

Reese's singing career began in church, when she joined the junior gospel choir at the Olivet Baptist Church in her hometown of Detroit. Soon she was singing at other churches, at civic events and on the radio.

When famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson came to Detroit, she needed a singer to replace a member of her troupe and turned to Reese, who was only 13.

Jackson was so impressed by the teenager's voice that she enlisted her for a summer tour, and Reese went on to tour with her for five summers. In later years she would remark that she would never forget what she learned from the legendary gospel singer, including "how to communicate with people through song."

Her love of music drew her to singing at local clubs, where Deloreese Patricia Early adopted a new name. New York agent Lee Magid recognized her talent and in 1953 booked her to sing with Erskine Hawkins' orchestra.

A recording contract followed, and she quickly turned out two hits, "And That Reminds Me" and "Don't You Know?" Soon she was singing in the country's best night spots and appearing on TV variety shows.

In 1979 she was taping a segment of "The Tonight Show" when, as she recalled later, "I hit a horrendous note— the flattest I've ever sung."

Her left knee buckled and she fell to the floor, having suffered a brain aneurysm. She underwent surgeries that allowed her to resume a busy career as a TV actress, although she later was diagnosed with diabetes.

Over the years, she appeared on shows including "Night Court," ''L.A. Law," ''Designing Women," Welcome Back, Kotter," ''The A Team," ''MacGyver" ''The Love Boat" and, more recently, "That's So Raven." She appeared in the 2005 movie "Beauty Shop" and had a prominent role in the 1989 film "Harlem Nights."

In one memorable "Harlem Nights" scene, Reese and Eddie Murphy face off in a bare-knuckled brawl after Murphy's character accuses Reese's Vera of stealing.

"C'mon sucka, let's get it on," Vera snarls, then decks him.

Reese complained in her 1997 autobiography, "Angels Along the Way," that until "Touched by an Angel" she had difficulty avoiding being typecast for TV.

"There were usually only three types I was ever considered for — the singer, the aunt or the mother (or) neighbor," she said. "God knows how I wanted to break out of those three categories and show what else I could do as an actress."

In 1997, Reese went public with a salary complaint, claiming CBS had reneged that season on an agreement to match her "Touched by An Angel" pay increases to those of Downey. CBS said at the time it was "puzzled" by her comments.

"I'm trying not to believe it's because I'm black, 'cause I was black when they hired me," Reese said at the time. "They knew what age I was. ... I don't know what it is."

After previous marriages ended, Reese was wed to Franklin Lett, who became her manager and producer. She remained Della Reese as a performer and took the name Della Reese Lett for church matters.

Reese never won a major award but she did accomplish something in her career that was the envy of many performers — longevity.

"I've had a hard climb, but I was meant to have longevity," she once said. "People don't have to stop and say, 'Whatever happened to Della Reese?' Here I am."

Reese is survived by her husband and three children.

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AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney and the late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

‘Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dead at 91

Earle Hyman, the actor best known for playing Russell Huxtable, Bill Cosby’s wise father on “The Cosby Show,” died Friday. He was 91.

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Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his nephew, Rick Ferguson, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hyman played Othello on stage, was a regular on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for his performance as Oscar in the 1980 play “The Lady From Dubuque.” He also played the voice of Pantro on the animated series “ThunderCats, according to the Reporter.

From 1984 to 1992, Hyman played the father of obstetrician Cliff Huxtable and offered sage advice to his five grandchildren.

Hyman received an Emmy nomination in 1986 for outstanding guest performance in a comedy series on “The Cosby Show” episode “Happy Anniversary.”

"That's the one episode that was the most loved, most seen. People just loved it. It just shot off the charts,” Hyman said in 2009 on the podcast “Just My Show.” “We just had a ball, and the atmosphere just went over into a kind of reality. We were no longer Clarice and Earle, we were really Anna and Russell Huxtable.”

Born on Oct. 11, 1926, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Hyman was the son of schoolteachers with Native American and African roots. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and began his film career with an uncredited appearance in the Oscar best picture winner “The Lost Weekend” (1945), according to the Reporter.

LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell made history Saturday night as she was elected New Orleans’ first female mayor, the Times-Picayune reported.

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Cantrell defeated fellow Democrat and former Judge Desiree Charbonnet to become the 51st mayor in a city that will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its founding 2018.

Cantrell, a city councilwoman, got 60 percent of the votes over Charbonnet, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.  She won by a margin of 51,342 to 33,729 to take the city's top elected spot after a month-long runoff, WWL reported.

"Almost 300 years, my friends, and New Orleans, we're still making history," Cantrell told supporters at the New Orleans Jazz Market. 

Cantrell also told the crowd she had spoken to Charbonnet over the phone and congratulated her on making history. “Our history was two women making that runoff, and we both deserve to be proud of that,” Cantrell said.

"I truly do not regret one moment of anything about this campaign -- resigning from my position, working every day and talking to people, touching our community and knowing exactly what the needs are. I am so proud to have been in that race," Charbonnet said. "Listen, y'all. If she does well, we all do well."

Cantrell will take over in May, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu steps down after eight years in office, the Times-Picayune reported.

Bodies of Atlanta rapper, cousin found

The bodies of an Atlanta rapper and his cousin have been found in Alabama, according to authorities.

The bodies of Edward Reeves, whose stage name is Bambino Gold, and cousin Kendrick Stokes were found in Macon County, Ala., the sheriff confirmed.

The bodies were found Friday night and Saturday, according to a report by WTVM, a Columbus television station.

The first body was discovered in a wooded area off County Road 13, according to the report. The second body was found in the woods off Highway 80, about 4 miles from where the first body was found.

MORE: Atlanta rapper, cousin reported missing

Macon County is about 40 miles east of Montgomery.

Reeves, 29, went missing after he and Stokes left Nov. 5 for Montgomery, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, WTVM reported.

Reeves has collaborated with rapper Lil Boosie, who is best known for the 2006 hit, “Wipe Me Down.”

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'The Incredibles 2' trailer released

Fans were given a special treat Saturday as Disney released the long-awaited official trailer for “The Incredibles 2.” 

The trailer clocks in at just under one minute long and features baby Jack-Jack testing some of his superpowers.

“The Incredibles 2” features the voice work of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Disney announced on Twitter that the release date for the film is June 15, 2018.

What Rev. Al Sharpton learned from Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr.

NEW YORK – Even after Maynard Jackson was no longer Atlanta’s mayor, he maintained an active role in city politics. On his way out after serving three terms, Jackson invited his friend Rev. Al Sharpton to come down to Atlanta.

“I got there and there were police there. I said, ‘Oh God, what did I do now?'” Sharpton said. “He said, ‘Follow me!’ He shut me in a room with Shirley Franklin, who had become the new mayor. He said, ‘You guys need to know each other.'”

Sharpton was interviewed for “Maynard,” the documentary about Atlanta’s first black mayor. After its premiere here last night, he shared his thoughts about Maynard the man and “Maynard” the movie.

“It was unreal that the capital of the Confederacy would elect a black mayor,” Sharpton said. “He was the first black mayor that I know that talked about black folks making money.”

MORE: “Maynard” premieres in New York

FROM THE AJC ARCHIVES: Maynard Jackson’s obituary

In the video clip below, Sharpton discusses the impact Jackson had on him.

Cobb’s Jaylen Brown rocks Warriors after learning best friend died

After dominating the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jaylen Brown’s thoughts were on a lonely lunch table inside Wheeler High School.

The second-year Boston Celtics forward had just played one of the best games his life, 22 points and seven rebounds, having just found out about the death of his best friend.

“He inspired me to come out and play and I played in his spirit,” Brown said about his friend Trevin Steede.

Brown said the circumstances of Steede’s death are still being determined and he declined further comment out of respect for his family, The Associated Press reported.

READ: 10 from Cobb County to watch in college basketball this year

All six feet and four inches of Brown transferred to Wheeler as a freshman. 

“I remember I didn't have any friends,” Brown said. “The first few days I sat at the lunch table by myself — I'm super quiet and didn’t know anybody.”

Steede noticed Brown sitting alone one day and told him he could sit with him. 

READ: What are the biggest high schools in Cobb County?

“Ever since then we’ve been best friends. ... He’s been my brother,” Brown said.

He came out of Wheeler a five-star recruit ranked eighth in the nation by ESPN and first in Georgia. He went on to play at Cal.

The Celtics selected Brown as the third pick of the 2016 draft. They entered the game Thursday on a 13-game winning streak.

After the final buzzer, teammate Kyrie Irving walked over and embraced Brown. “Ky gave me the game ball and said, ‘This one was for Trevin,’ ” Brown said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Steve Harvey vs. Ryan Seacrest: host battle royale

Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

With Steve Harvey hosting the Fox New Year’s special starting this December 31, he is now competing directly with Ryan Seacrest, who has the ABC Rockin’ New Year’s Eve on lockdown.

The two don’t always go head to head but their careers have certainly crossed some common paths. And both have strong Atlanta ties.

Harvey still has a residence in Atlanta but now spends most of his time in Los Angeles. Seacrest left Atlanta in 1994 after graduating Dunwoody High School and spending a brief time at the University of Georgia. He now lives both in New York and Los Angeles.

Even if their personalities are divergent, both are workhorses who seem to squeeze 30 hours into each 24-hour day.

Let’s break down this not-so-real-but-still-amusing competition by category:

DAYTIME TV

Harvey: He has not one but two daytime syndicated talk shows. He has been host of the sturdy game show “Family Feud” since 2010, which he has since re-fashioned into his own image. It’s bawdy with room to allow Harvey to show off his improvisational humor. (It’s seen locally on CW69 at 7 p.m. weekdays.). He also hosts his own talk show, now called “Steve.” He moved from Chicago and took control of the show, which is now focused more on celebrities. (It airs locally on Fox 5 at 3 p.m. weekdays.)

Seacrest: He joined Kelly Ripa in May on her 9 a.m. show “Live With Kelly and Ryan.” He took over for Michael Strahan, who moved to “Good Morning America.” This type of TV show, which is very much like a radio show on TV, fits his chipper personality to a tee.

Edge: Harvey. Two beats one.

CREDIT: KIIS-FM

RADIO

Harvey: He has one of the most popular urban morning shows in America with more than 100 affiliates, reaching more than 8 million listeners every week. He’s heard in most major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, D.C. and Boston. In Atlanta, where his show used to be based before he moved earlier this year to Los Angeles, it’s heard on Majic 107.5/97.5.

Seacrest: He has hosted a morning show in Los Angeles, the No. 2 market in the nation, since 2004. His show is also heard on more than 100 stations nationwide, though not always during mornings. Power 96.1, for instance, in Atlanta takes his show from noon to 4 p.m. He also hosts the weekly AT Top 40, heard on hundreds of affiliates worldwide on weekends, from Nambia to Singapore, from Charlottesville, VA to Charlottetown, Canada, from Bangalore to Barbados.

Edge: A tie

PRIME-TIME HOSTING GIGS

Harvey: Besides his new Fox hosting gig, he also hosts ABC’s “Funderdome,” a “Shark Tank” knockoff; “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC in prime time; NBC’s “Little Big Shots” about super-talented young kids; NBC’s “Little Big Shots, Forever Young” about seniors with cool talents and the Miss Universe pageant on Fox.

Seacrest: He returns in March, 2018 as host of “American Idol” for its 16th season. (It was once the biggest show on TV for many years.) He has also hosted “ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” since 2006, the first few years with Dick Clark, who had suffered a stroke, then passed away in 2012. Seacrest also leads the red carpet on the biggest awards shows for E!, including the Academy Awards and the Emmy’s.

Edge: Harvey

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS — Season: 9 — Pictured: (l-r) Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

TV PRODUCTION

Harvey: He now runs his own TV talk show “Steve” with IMG. But he hasn’t focused much attention on TV production.

Seacrest: Love him or hate him for it, his company Ryan Seacrest Productions is behind the Kardashians’ TV show on E! and all the ancillary spin-offs. His company has also produced other TV shows including Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” and Jennifer Lopez’s NBC drama “Shades of Blue.” He has modeled himself after both Clark and Merv Griffin, a powerhouse behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

Edge: Seacrest

Clothing

Harvey: He began selling ties and hats more than a decade ago but now sells suits as well in retail stores such as Belk, Sears and Kohl’s .

Seacrest: He started his clothing line in 2014. It now includes clothing, accessories, outerwear, sweaters, pants and more and is available exclusively at Macy’s.

Edge: Harvey, simply because he’s been doing it longer and his fashion look is more concrete to fans.

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 05: Host Ryan Seacrest speaks onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner’s TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Money

Harvey: Forbes said he tooko home $42.5 million in the past year. He’s ranked at #53 on the Celebrity 100 of 2017.

Seacrest: Forbes estimates he earned $58 million last year.  He is ranked #27 in the Celebrity 100. 

Edge: Seacrest

BOOKS

Harvey: He has written four best-selling books including the big one “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” that was ultimately turned into a hit movie.

Seacrest: He has written no books.

EDGE: Harvey

Who wins? It’s pretty much a tie. They’re both insanely accomplished. I’ll just leave a poll up and you can decide:

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Jameis Winston denies groping Uber driver in 2016 incident

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been accused of groping a female Uber driver in 2016.

Winston’s representatives denied the claim Friday that the former Florida State quarterback grabbed the crotch of an Uber driver in the early morning of March 13, 2016.

"We categorically deny this allegation,” Winston’s representatives said in a statement, according to Buzzfeed. “It is our understanding the Uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver... The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his Uber account was used to call the ride."

In a letter from the NFL special counsel for investigations obtained by BuzzFeed, the League said they were informed of the incident. 

“The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter,” the statement said, according to Buzzfeed.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the accusation is under review, according to Bleacher Report.

Twitter slams J. Crew for photo of black model with unkempt, messy hair

J. Crew is facing a bit of criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

» RELATED: Bad makeover of black woman's hair on Today Show points to bigger issues in haircare industry 

The black woman, dressed in a Madewell dress, was photographed with her natural hair messily pulled back in a ponytail. But everyone wasn’t impressed with the look.

One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the lady with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

»RELATED: Shea moisture commercial: New ad receives backlash from black women

Others, including the model Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

#BlackHairChallenge: A celebration of black hair on Twitter

After the barage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter. 

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

Take a look at the full response below. 

Guests hope to bridge gaps at ‘Come Meet a Black Person’ mixer

The half dozen or so white people who showed up to the first-ever “Come Meet a Black Person” mixer Thursday had, in fact, met a black person before.

“I cheated coming here. I do have some black friends,” said Niall Mathieson, a white Barnesville retiree who drove nearly 90 miles to the event because he was interested in bringing the concept to his community. “We meet every morning at McDonald’s and talk about things.”

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The event, run by Lawrenceville arts group Urban Media Makers, welcomed a group that was about a quarter white and three-quarters black to get to know each other at a downtown coworking space Thursday night. Guests participated in a “cultural scavenger hunt,” talking to each other to find out who had done things like march in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade or who had family that had immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island. 

For two hours Thursday night, the small group chatted over cornbread and chilli long after completing their scavenger hunt sheets. With wide eyes and a big smile, organizer Cheryle Moses looked at the group and felt that it was a success.

“They’re so engaged,” she said.

Moses was planning a 16th anniversary event for her group, Urban Media Makers, when she stumbled upon a study that said the average white American’s social circle was 91 percent white, and the average African American’s social circle was 83 percent black. The numbers surprised her, and she was moved to use her group’s anniversary as an opportunity to try and chip away at those statistics. 

“My spirit said, ‘Call it Come Meet a Black Person,’ ” Moses said. “I wrote the description as it came to me and went to sleep,” Moses said. “I woke up the next morning and [the response] was crazy."

Moses was flooded with Facebook comments and emails.

In the week before the event, some people were outraged by the name or concept, Moses said. One woman was so disturbed when she heard about the event, she called “screaming,” Moses said. The woman on the phone was white, but said she had black family members and worked at a company whose employees were 80 percent black. The woman, her family and her coworkers were all upset about the event, Moses said.

“You could feel her anger. She wanted to come through the phone and choke my neck,” Moses said. 

Moses asked the woman if she had read the invitation, and the woman said she had only read the first four lines.

“I started explaining to her and you could feel her relaxing through the phone,” Moses said.

One guest at the event was still skeptical of the concept, but Moses said Friday morning that she’d already received an email from him asking about future events.

Moses, a black woman, said she’s dealt with racism all her life, but that it has been “just blatant” recently, making her feel obligated to do something to combat the problem. She said she’s had white people touch her blonde dreadlocks in the grocery store without asking, something she said they wouldn’t do if they had a close black friend.

“How can you learn about a person if you’ve never had that person in your life?” Moses said.

Lisa Fields-Miller, a black woman from Lawrenceville, shared Moses’s shock when she read the study about racial boundaries in friendships.

“The statistics I read were unbelievable,” said Fields-Miller, who has had white friends all her life. “Who are these people? Are they living under a rock?”

At the end of the event, as participants took turns introducing themselves to the entire group, Mathieson said he was impressed with the event and hoped to replicate it back at his church in Barnesviille.

Mathieson said that if the attendees Thursday night went home and did nothing, the impact would be small. But if they continued the effort, it could grow. “... they talk to 50 people, and those 50 people talk to 50 more people, you have a classic pyramid,” Mathieson said.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Well-known civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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“Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he wrote in a statement released Friday. “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”

The American Music Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is performing at the AMAs?

The 45th American Music Awards ceremony is set for Sunday in Los Angeles, and if the past is any indication, you can expect a night with a few surprising moments. 

Remember Garth Brooks declining the award, or the time Pat Boone dressed in leather? Yeah, it’s likely to be that kind of night.

The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here’s what you need to know about the show.

What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET

What channel: The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC.

Who is hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross, star of “black-ish,” is hosting.

What about a pre-show: What would a music awards show be without a pre-show? AJ Gibson, Marc Malkin, Laura Marano and Oliver Trevena will host the official pre-show, “AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit.”

The two-hour pre-show will stream live from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the show on Twitter. Find it here. live.twitter.com/amas or via @AMAs. You can also watch “E! Live from the Red Carpet” from 6-8 p.m. ET. on the E! Network.

Who has the most nominations: Bruno Mars has the most nominations this year – eight.

Who is nominated for Artist of the Year: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are up for the award.

Who is up for Video of the Year: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ("Despacito"), Bruno Mars ("That's What I Like") and Ed Sheeran ("Shape of You") are the nominees.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Who is performing: Here is a list of those scheduled to perform:

Alessia Cara Alesso BTS Christina Aguilera  Kelly Clarkson  Florida Georgia Line Niall Horan Selena Gomez Imagine Dragons Lady Gaga Nick Jonas Khalid Demi Lovato  Shawn Mendes P!nk Portugal. The Man Diana Ross Hailee Steinfeld watt Zedd

Anything special: Diana Ross, mother of host Tracee Ellis Ross, is both performing and receiving a lifetime achievement award.

NCAA champion South Carolina women decline White House invitation

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley said the only invitation that interests her is one to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

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That was one of the reasons why Staley declined an invitation from the White House to attend a ceremony Friday to honor college sports’ championship teams, ESPN reported.

“We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend,” Staley said in a statement. “As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”

The White House did not provide a list of the teams attending, ESPN reported.

The Gamecocks won their first national championship in April. At the time, Staley said the team would go to the White House because “it's what it stands for. It's what national champions do.”

However, Staley told The Associated Press in September that the South Carolina squad had yet to receive an invitation.

“That in itself speaks volumes,” she said, adding that she was not sure the Gamecocks would accept an invitation after “some things transpired over the last few months,” ESPN reported.

President Donald Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House in June. The University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship men's basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit.

Report says Tyrese Gibson is facing serious financial problems

Tyrese Gibson’s problems continue to pile up, and the latest rumor is that he’s in a significant amount of debt.

According to celebrity gossip site The Blast, the actor filed documents that stated he earns $105,686 per month, but his expenses total close to $107,576 per month.

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He reportedly spends $7,500 on child support, $14,869 on his mortgage and another nearly $10,000 on groceries.

On Nov. 1, Gibson posted a tearful video on Facebook claiming his legal fees in his custody battle over his 10-year-old daughter tally up to nearly $13,000. The documents also state that the actor has $884,658 in cash and savings.

RELATED: Tyrese takes his feud with “The Rock” to new heights in an eyebrow-raising tirade

Gibson has made headlines recently after he was cleared of child abuse charges. But just this week, he skipped out on a court hearing, leaving his attorney to speak on his behalf. At the hearing, a lawyer for his ex-wife, Norma Mitchell Gibson, requested a mental evaluation on Gibson.

A protective order was placed on Gibson in September after Norma Mitchell Gibson alleged he was abusive to her and their daughter. Gibson responded to the protective order by calling Mitchell Gibson “bitter and resentful.” He has since been cleared of abuse charges, but he has been prohibited from talking about his daughter, Shayla.Gibson claimed Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith gave him $5 million to help with his financial problems, but neither one of the pair has confirmed the claim. According to TMZ, the payment claim isn’t true.

Google honors Nigerian author Chinua Achebe with doodle

Have you peeped Google today? It’s all about Chinua Achebe, a famed Nigerian author. 

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The search engine site, which sometimes uses its homepage to honor prominent figures, is highlighting the artist to celebrate him on what would have been his 87th birthday.

Born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe in the Igbo village of Ogidi, the writer grew up in a household of storytellers. He later pursued an education to learn to tell his own. 

But he didn’t initially choose English as his major. He studied medicine at first, but, after reading European literature and its negative portrayal of African people, he abandoned the sciences. 

His first story was for his college’s newspaper. The article was called, “Polar Undergraduate,” and it used irony to celebrate the intellect of his classmates. 

His most famous piece, however, came in 1958 with “Things Fall Apart.” Based on his own upbringing, the novel documented an Ibo man in Nigeria during the 19th century British rule. The book was so popular and influential that it became required reading for many schools. 

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The award-winning novelist continued to write “the story of Nigeria through the eyes of its own people,” Google wrote. 

“His pen brought to life the land and traditions of the Igbo: the hum of everyday village life; the anticipation and excitement of sacred masquerades; the stories of the elders and the honor of warriors; the joy of family and the grief of loss,” the company continued

Known as the father of modern African literature, he was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2007 and has received more than 30 honorary degrees from universities across the globe. Now, Google is paying tribute to him. 

Check out the doodle archive to see Achebe’s animated doodle.

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Report: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian set to wed Thursday

According to some reports, Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian will be husband and wife by the weekend.

Numerous publications are reporting that the couple plan to wed in front of family and friends in an intimate ceremony in New Orleans. The Daily Mail reported that the nuptials could take place as early as Thursday. If the reports are true, the wedding would come just three months after the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1.

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People reported that several rumored high-profile guests, including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kris Jenner and possibly Williams’ friend Meghan Markle are set to show up at the wedding.

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“Serena and Alexis have spared no expense on their dream wedding. They have hired the best of the best and can’t wait to get married,” an unnamed source told The Daily Mail of the party. It is rumored to take place at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

“Serena and Alexis chose the Contemporary Arts Center because of its incredible architecture and history. They have instructed (celebrity wedding planner)  Preston (Bailey) to fill the hall with thousands of dollars worth of crystals and flowers. The hall will be totally transformed,” the source added.

Guests are also reportedly banned from using their cellphones during the ceremony and reception, as Williams has reportedly signed a deal to share her photos in Vogue magazine. There are allegedly as many as 250 people on the guest list and the couple has decided to beef up security to maintain as much privacy as possible on their big day.

As for baby Alexis, the Mail’s source says she won’t be left out of the festivities: “Alexis will have a babysitter on hand just for her the entire night. Both parents wouldn’t dream of not having her there. She will be a part of the wedding as much as possible for an 11-week-old. They are totally and utterly besotted with her.”

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People reported Nov. 7 that Williams celebrated her upcoming nupitals with a bachelorette party in New York. Williams, her sister Venus, actress LaLa Anthony and singer Ciara enjoyed tea and brunch, spa treatments and dancing to celebrate the tennis star.

Ohanian and Williams announced their engagement in December 2016 after just over a year together.

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