Wallis FILE - In this June 26, 2016 file photo, QuvenzhanÃ© Wallis arrives at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Wallis is releasing two children's books: “Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! ,” which chronicles the lives of two best friends at a performing arts school, and “A Night Out with Mama,” a picture book inspired by her experience at the Oscars. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Lil Wayne FILE - Lil Wayne performs at the Lil’ WeezyAna Fest at Champions Square on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in New Orleans. Fans of rapper Lil Wayne will be offered refunds after the recording artist on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 refused to pass through a security check to enter the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, and skipped the concert. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
Stefani Gwen Stefani introduces a performance by Cher at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 1:00 am
Teen actress adds author to résumé
Quvenzhane Wallis, whose stunning portrayal of Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” earned her an Oscar nomination at age 9, is launching a new career path.
The now 14-year-old is adding author to her résumé.
Today, through Simon and Schuster, Wallis is releasing two children's books: “Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg,” which chronicles the lives of two best friends at a performing arts school, and “A Night Out with Mama,” a picture book inspired by her experience at the Oscars.
“Reading is one of my favorite things to do,” Wallis said during a recent appearance in New Orleans at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. “It's something I would want everyone to do, especially teenagers my age. I don't think we read as much as we should.”
Rapper skips security
The refunds promised to fans of rapper Lil Wayne after he refused to pass through a security check to enter a South Carolina arena and skipped the concert have been thrown into question.
News outlets report Ben Hated, LLC and Victory Promotions sent a letter to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday saying they had collectively decided not to offer refunds for Saturday's 2nd Annual Fall Ball 2017. Colonial Life Arena had previously said Sunday that refunds would be issued Monday.
Colonial Life Arena said in a statement that it's negotiating with the promoters, but refunds won't be available at the originally scheduled time.
The promoters said they decided not to issue refunds as Lil Wayne wasn't the event's headliner. Cardi B, 2 Chainz and Tory Lanes performed as scheduled.
Show marks holiday
If Juneteenth fails to ring a bell, the season debut of ABC's “black-ish” should fix that.
With help from The Roots and Aloe Blacc, the sitcom delves into the holiday that marks June 19, 1865. That's the date on which a Union Army general ordered Texas to put a stop to slavery in the months after the Civil War ended.
Today's episode of “black-ish,” airing at 9 p.m., uses Juneteenth as a platform to debate what America celebrates.
The sitcom includes an animated segment in which The Roots and Blacc perform a song titled “I'm Just a Slave.”
Among today's celebrity birthdays: Singer Chubby Checker is 76. Actor Alan Rachins is 75. Magician Roy Horn is 73. Singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is 68. Blues singer Keb' Mo' is 66. Drummer Tommy Lee is 55. Actress Janel Moloney is 48. Singer Gwen Stefani is 48. Singer Kevin Richardson is 46. Actress Neve Campbell is 44. Actress Lena Headey is 44. Singer India Arie is 42. Actor Seann William Scott is 41. Actress Tessa Thompson is 34. Actress Meagan Holder is 33. Singer Ashlee Simpson is 33. Rapper A$AP Rocky is 29. Actor Noah Schnapp is 13.