It took awhile to go public, but Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has addressed how she really felt about Beyoncé’s use of her “We should all be feminists” TED Talk in a 2013 album.
She recently told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant: “I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé.”
She says she didn’t talk much about it at the time because she didn’t want to “perform” in an expected “charade” by claiming, “thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.”
She also added that she and Beyoncé don’t necessarily have the same view of feminism, in that the pop star “gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men.” She added, “I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger?”
Meawhile, Adichie’s 2013 National Book Critic award-winning book “Americanah” is slated for a film adaptation starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo as the leads.
Miley Cyrus may (or may not) be romantically involved with Liam Hemsworth — but she doesn’t want to label herself.
The actress told Variety she feels “very neutral” about her gender and sexuality.
“I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay,” said Cyrus, who identifies as “pansexual,” adding that for a long time, she was confused about what that meant.
She told the publication: “My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl. My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick.”
New Century Chamber Orchestra has named British violinist Daniel Hope to the post of “artistic partner” for 2017-20 as the group searches for a permanent successor for departing music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. … Orlando, Portland, Miami and Tampa ranked higher than San Francisco on website WalletHub’s 2016 list of “best foodie cities,” which used metrics from “cost of groceries” to “affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants”; The City did rank No. 1 for volume of gourmet specialty food stores, craft breweries and wineries, and coffee and tea shops per capita.
Actor Josh Hutcherson is 24. … Runner Marion Jones is 41. … Actor Kirk Cameron is 46. … Actor Hugh Jackman is 48. … Trumpeter Chris Botti is 54. … Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave is 81. … Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 84.
— Staff, wire reports