Lady Gaga is taking her Born This Way Foundation on the road.
The singer announced Thursday that the Born Brave Bus Tour will tailgate outside her upcoming U.S. concerts and provide a space for 13- to 25-year-olds to learn more about local resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention and mental health services.
Her foundation focuses on youth empowerment and self-confidence.
While there still remain questions about the future of The Civil Wars, there’s new music on the way.
Joy Williams, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo with John Paul White, said Thursday during a Twitter chat that she was in the studio listening to new Civil Wars songs.
It’s a tantalizing clue to the future of the group, which appeared in doubt when a European tour unraveled last month due to irreconcilable differences.
At the time, the duo said it hoped to release an album in 2013. It’s not clear if Williams was referring Thursday to music for a new album or for a documentary score they have composed with T Bone Burnett. They’re also set to release an Unplugged session on iTunes on Jan. 15.
Nate Yetton, the group’s manager and Williams’ husband, had no comment – though he has supplied a few hints of his own by posting pictures of recording sessions on his Instagram account recently. The photos do not show Williams or White, but one includes violin player Odessa Rose.
Rose says in an Instagram post: Playing on the new Civil Wars record... Beautiful sounds.
BET Honors set
Actress Halle Berry and musician Chaka Khan will be honored at the 2013 BET Honors.
The network announced Thursday that basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes will also be celebrated at the Jan. 12 event in Washington at the Warner Theatre. The special airs Feb. 11.
Actress Gabrielle Union will host the special. Performers will be announced at a later date.
Baby on way
Shiri Appleby has a baby on the way with her fiancé, chef Jon Shook, the Roswell and Life Unexpected actress told People magazine for a story published on its website Thursday.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Freddie Hart is 86. Actor Ed Nelson is 84. Talk-show host Phil Donahue is 77. Actress Jane Fonda is 75. Singer Carla Thomas is 70. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 64. Singer Betty Wright is 59. Actress Jane Kaczmarek is 57. Singer Lee Roy Parnell is 56. Actor-comedian Ray Romano is 55. Singer Christy Forester of the Forester Sisters is 50. Actor-comedian Andy Dick is 47. Actor Kiefer Sutherland is 46. Actress Karri Turner is 46. Singer Brad Warren is 44. Actress Julie Delpy is 43. Singer-guitarist Brett Scallions is 41.