New York City’s official booster Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the city’s public schools.
The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as “global welcome ambassador” last year even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York.
Some also complained that her song Welcome to New York from the album 1989 was bland and lifeless. The Blank Space singer responded by announcing last October that she would donate proceeds from the single to the city’s schools.
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Not to be outdone by Swift, rocker Jon Bon Jovi is sponsoring a community restaurant in a Jersey shore community still struggling mightily to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, he is providing financial backing to Spoon Full of Hope. The church project, which lost funding last summer, began serving meals in January in a firehouse in Union Beach, New Jersey, near his childhood home of Sayreville.
Patrons can either pay a minimum donation or give an hour of time to earn a dining certificate for the volunteer and four family members. It’s similar to the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant Bon Jovi founded in Red Bank in 2011.
A Philadelphia man has been arrested in the stabbings of two members of rapper Nicki Minaj’s tour, one of whom died.
Authorities say 31-year-old Pierce Boykin was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses. Police say the stabbing occurred outside a bar after the victims argued with a man inside.
Neil Patrick Harris knows he didn’t get the best reviews of his Oscar hosting gig. But the How I Met Your Mother star remained a good sport about the whole thing.
“My iPhone shattered the morning of the Oscars,” he tweeted. “I probably should have read more into that. #harbinger”