9/16/21 Entertainment News
— Barbie is out with two new dolls to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. One is Celia Cruz, a Cuban-American singer known as the “Queen of Salsa.” She recorded more than 80 albums and won five Grammys. The other doll is Julia Alvarez, a Dominican-American poet and acclaimed writer. She reacted on Instagram, saying she hopes this can “encourage young Latinas to share their gifts with the world.” The dolls are part of Barbie’s Role Model collection.
— There’s a new winner of America’s Got Talent. Spoiler alert — magician Dustin Tavella has been crowned the season 16 winner. This means Tavella won a million dollars and now gets a headlining show at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Following his win, he told People Magazine his experience on stage before finding out was wild. He also revealed that all finalists agreed before the show that they wouldn’t mind losing to each other.
— CBS is shaking up one of its upcoming series before it even comes out because of backlash. “The Activist” was originally set to be a competition show where different activists competed. However, after criticism of the show’s concept, it will now become a primetime documentary special. CBS, Live Nation, and Global Citizen said it became apparent the show’s original format distracts from “the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day.” The companies noted the “push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort.”
— Actor Michael K. Williams has been laid to rest. Hundreds gathered to pay their respect to “The Wire” actor this week in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Funeral home manager Johnathan Branam said Williams would come to Harrisburg, where his mother lived for over 20 years, as often as he could. Earlier this month, Williams was found in his Brooklyn, New York home dead after an apparent overdose.
— New Jersey native Wendy Williams has tested positive for COVID and is delaying her talk show return. Williams’ social media accounts announced she had a breakthrough case. Her team also posted they expect the 13th season of “The Wendy Williams Show” to begin on Monday, October 4th. It had been scheduled to start this coming Monday.