CELEBRITIES are speaking up, expressing indigation over kidnapped girls in Africa and about strict laws enacted in Southeast Asia over adultery and same-sex relationships. Temporary Tattle notices they still have time to be involved in shannagans.
* Questlove, proud alum of the High School for Creative and Performing Arts here, is executive producing "SoundClash," a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage.
Its debut is July 23 with Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy and British group London Grammar. The aim is to showcase A-List musicians and rising acts performing a range of songs, from current hits to covers to collaborative numbers, instantaneously.
* The proposed movie "Gosnell" - about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive during procedures - reached its $2.1 million goal four days early on the crowdfunding site Indigogo, Deadline.com reported.
It's the highest crowdfunding campaign for a movie done on the site and is the third-highest crowdfunding movie project ever, behind the Kickstarter-funded "Veronica Mars" ($5.7 million).
Brothers David and Jason Benham were given the boot by HGTV before their upcoming real-estate show, after the lobbying group Right Wing Watch labeled David an "anti-gay extremist."
Right Wing Watch said David Benham led a prayer rally in 2012 to "stop homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation" and he publicly supported passage of a North Carolina constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Celebrities are in on the Twitter #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which is demanding release of more than 250 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Poehler and Michelle Obama have joined the campaign for the girls, who were taken by an extremist group that seeks to deny the girls a Western education.
Celebrities and regular folks have urged a boycott of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, in the hopes the head of state sells it.
Brunei's new Islamic criminal laws punish serious offenses like adultery and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning. Beverly Hills City Council passed a resolution calling for a change in the laws or the sultan's divestment of the hotel.
* Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands in 1951 to cover issues impacting African-Americans, will cease regular print publication next month and go all digital, according to Johnson Publishing, which owns both Jet and Ebony. The Chicago-based company says the move is an effort to adapt to its readers' preferences.
Willow Smith, 13-year-old daughter of Overbrook High grad Will Smith, raised eyebrows when she appeared in a picture with 20-year-old actor Moises Arias. He was topless and they posed on a bed.
Actor/director/Batman impersonator Ben Affleck was banned for life from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas because he was "too good," a hotel source told People magazine. The TMZ.com version purports that the casino caught Affleck counting cards, which is not illegal, but frowned upon.