“I wanna slow jam the news, and I’m not the only one,” Fallon introducing the veteran anchor. ”Hello, I’m Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News and ladies and gentlemen, I too wish to slow jam the news,” said Williams to a cheering audience.
During the jam sesh, Fallon congratulated the artist known as “Breezy Weezy” on his 10 year anniversary of hosting NBC Nightly News, “from all of us here at NBC, we wanna say congratulations on 10 years of hosting the 16th hour of the TODAY Show.”
Saturday Night Live opened their show this week with a skit mocking President Obama’s controversial executive order. Parodying the classic ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ program, Kenan Thompson begins singing, ”I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill. But I know I’ll be a law someday, at least I hope and pray that I will, but today I am still just a bill.”
Jay Pharaoh, playing the President, pushes Thompson down the steps of the Capitol and explains, ”There’s actually an even easier way to get things done around here, and it’s called an executive order.” Bobby Moynihan then shows up dressed as an Executive Order and sings, “I’m an executive order, and I pretty much just happen.
With attendance estimates tipping 800,000, expectations for last night’s Concert for Valor were high to say the least. But whatever the turnout, HBO, Chase Bank and Starbucks put on one hell of a show.
As is the case with almost any DC event, the night began with politics. Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the crowd and viewers at home with a somewhat awkward appeal for DC statehood. Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, however, got things on track with a great opening performance. From the very funny hosts Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Jack Black, John Oliver and Bryan Cranston, to the awesome musicians The Zach Brown Band, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carie Underwood, The Black Keys, Eminem and Rihanna, the star-studded lineup did not disappoint.
The event was not without controversy, however. From Eminem’s slew of F-bombs to a rendition of Creedence Clearwater’s anti-war “Fortunate Son” sung by Springsteen, Grohl, and The Zach Brown Band — the internet had plenty of material to blow out of proportion.
My fav buzzy topic had to be Rihanna’s attempts at patriotism. As you may recall, during the World Cup this past summer, the pop star was deliberately rooting for any team the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team was playing against, tweeting out ”Lets go Portugal; Lets go Germany” during matches in which they were playing the US. Despite her trolling and questionable soccer loyalties, Rihanna kinda killed it with her performance last night, so it’s hard to stay mad.
Overall, the concert seemed to be a huge success.
CNN obtained audio from the Anchorage Police Department Tuesday night relating to the September brawl involving members of Sarah Palin’s family, in which daughter Bristol Palin describes defending her 20 year old sister.
For more on the altercation, in which there’s apparently video footage, click on over to CNN.
A recent piece on Politico.com highlights a police report filed at the scene of a Wasilla, Alaska house party last month attended by the family of Sarah Palin that involved punches being thrown by daughter Bristol and a shirtless son Track.
POLITICO’s Lucy McCalmont writes:
“An Alaska man told police that Bristol Palin was “punching him in the face repeatedly” during a wild drunken brawl last month at a house party in Wasilla, Alaska, according to a police report released Thursday.”
“Both Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol and her son Track appeared heavily intoxicated when cops arrived after the fight, which involved about 20 people, the report said. Sarah Palin was at the scene when police arrived, but no interview with the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate is included in the report.”
If you read one thing this Friday, let it be this.
The Daily Caller: What To Expect From Benny Johnson At National Review
EVENT: Harvard’s Institute of Politics presents “A Conversation with the Feminist Protest Art Collective Pussy Riot”
POLITICO: Dylan Byers reports that Thursday morning, ABC News president James Goldston will announce the promotion of ABC’s “This Week” executive producer Jonathan Greenberger to Washington bureau chief and VP.
Mediaite: George Clooney set to bring the News of the World phone hacking scandal to film.
Huff Post: USA Today cuts 60+ jobs.
Taking the stage at Lollapalooza this past weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park was Eminem, Outkast, Calvin Harris, Lorde and Iggy Azalea and there for Chance the Rapper’s performance was First Daughter Malia Obama.
Sixteen year old Malia travelled with her Secret Service detail to the outdoor music festival with two girl friends and one guy friend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Several attendees took to social media to announce the First Family sighting. Cheers to not feeling old!
J chillin with Malia Obama✌️ pic.twitter.com/IuM0A88g9B
— Sarah (@cleaaaaver) August 4, 2014
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