White House to honor the late Ray Charles
Usher, Demi Lovato, Yolanda Adams and The Band Perry are among the contemporary artists heading to the White House to celebrate the late Ray Charles.
The White House says Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Sam Moore and Jussie Smollett also have been invited to Wednesday’s taping of “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House.” The program is to be broadcast Friday on PBS stations.
Police unions call for boycott of Beyonce
Police unions are criticizing Beyonce in the wake of her Super Bowl halftime act and new video, calling for a boycott because they think her work contains “anti-police” messages.
Unions in Miami, Tampa and Nashville, Tenn., are either calling for officers to boycott her music or urging them not volunteer to work at her shows.
Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami union, said this week that “Beyonce used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers, and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement.”
The Super Bowl halftime show – seen by an estimated 112 million people – drew praise from her fans and consternation from critics.
Beyonce’s dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party that was founded 50 years ago in the Bay area – the location of the Super Bowl.