March 12 — Jay-Z and Beyonce Announce ‘OTR II’ Joint Tour Dates

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Audrey Hepburn avec Hubert de Givenchy a la soiree des 40 ans de creation du styliste le 21 octobre 1991
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HEADLINER – Monday March 12

Gun Laws & Arming Teachers.  President Trump’s White House is changing tunes when it comes to strict gun laws. Following the February mass shooting in Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he had initially suggested arming teachers then said they would look into age requirements, on Sunday the White House released statement that they would provide “rigorous firearms training” to some school teachers and formally endorsed a bill to tighten the federal background checks system, but it backed off President Trump’s earlier call to raise the minimum age to purchase some guns to 21 years old from 18 years old. The president is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The president also took to Twitter this morning to say that “watching court cases and rulings before acting’ in regards to gun age limit…..Read more


• Five people are dead in a photo shoot helicopter ride in New York’s East River. The pilot of the New Jersey-based Fly Liberty Charter Eurocopter AS350 that went down around 88th Street survived the crash as the FAA begins their investigation. Two people were declared dead on the scene and the three other survivors were pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.

In Chicago news: Loyola’s Men’s basketball team are headed to the NCAA tournament after the 68 teams that will be playing in the tournament were announced Sunday. The No. 11 seed Ramblers will face the Miami Hurricanes, No 6 seed, on Thursday in Dallas. The game is set to tip-off at approximately 3 p.m EST.  Global investment firm Goldman Sachs, with an office here in Chicago has named David Solomon will become the sole president and next CEO of the company, the eventual successor to Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein. Goldman’s current co-president Harvey Schwartz will leave in April though no departure date has been revealed for Blankfein; a report says by year’s end.

• Over The Weekend: President Trump was in Pennsylvania campaigning for Republican Rick Saccone, who is running against Democrat Conor Lamb and it somehow turned into the Trump show. He called NBC’s Chuck Todd a  “sleeping son of a bitch,” and called congresswoman Maxine Waters someone with a “low IQ.”  He debuted the slogan of his 202 campaign as Keep America Great. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night and what an interview. She’s faced criticism during her tenure and her responses to Lesley Stahls questions did not clarify her or what her deptartmen’s doing to help improve quality of education in some challenging schools. A wealthy Turkish socialite and her friends were among the 11 people killed on Sunday when a private plane bringing them home from a Dubai bachelorette party crashed into an Iranian mountainside. Black Panther has crossed the $1 billion mark after its weekend release in China. Tim McGraw collapsed onstage Sunday night during a performance in Dublin.


• The iHeartRadio Music awards took place Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood. Cardi B kicked off the night with a medley performance and then took home the award for Best New Artist watch her acceptance speech. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” won for song of the year. Eminem, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, all performed. Taylor Swift debuted the new music video for her single “Delicate,” though it did not go over so well in the venue. Attendees included Paris Hilton and fiance Chris Zylka, Ashley Greene, NeYo, Ashanti, Laverne Cox, Bebe Rexha, Chance the Rapper to name a few. Speaking of music, Jay Z and Beyonce finally announce their upcoming joint tour, OTR II, beginning June 6 in the UK through October 2 in Canada. Their US tour dates include a stop at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Aug. 10. Tickets go on sale, starting Monday, March 19 with presales starting March 14.

Black-ish, the ABC network show that’s tackled racially charged issues on past episodes  had creative differences between the network and creator Kenya Barris. An episode titled “Please baby please” which tackled the right of athletes to kneel during the national anthem, was pulled at the last minute before its Feb. 27 air date.



• The dates for Chanel, Prada and Max Mara’s upcoming Cruise shows have been set. Chanel will present its Cruise collection on May 3 at the Grand Palais. Prada’s presentation will take place on May 4 in New York. Max Mara will take their Cruise collection presentation to Italy’s Reggio Emilia on June 4. Zendaya is partnering with Boohoo, the British fast fashion brand, for a curated collection that will launch March 21. According to WWD, the Zendaya Edit is a 50-piece range that includes ath-leisure, denim, figure-hugging dresses, jumpsuits, cropped tops, slogan T-shirts, bell-bottom trousers and jackets.  Lastly, the founder of the French fashion House, Givenchy, Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy who’s main muse was Audrey Hepburn died Saturday at the age of 91. Givenchy sold his label, Givenchy Couture Group, to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1988 for $45 million after 36 years of independence.

“All a woman needs to be chic is a raincoat, two suits, a pair of trousers and a cashmere sweater. ”― Hubert de Givenchy

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Hailey Baldwin attends the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California.
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