WILLIE NELSON’S FOURTH OF JULY - REDUX
SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) — Too busy with your own Fourth of July weekend plans to hang out with Willie Nelson and his musical pals at his annual picnic? You can still catch have the experience. The virtual event streamed live on the Fourth — but is still available on demand until July 11. You can link to it through the williepicnic.com site.
KACEY MUSGRAVES DIVORCING
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Kacey Musgraves and her musician-husband, Ruston Kelly, have filed for divorce. Representatives for both singers confirmed the news over the weekend to The Associated Press. In a joint statement, Musgraves and Kelly say they made the “painful decision together.” And they say despite the split, they have “a soul connection that can never be erased." Both are 31 — and were married in 2017.
BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM GAINING IN USE IN WAKE OF GEORGE FLOYD'S DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the hymn popular among African Americans called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been resurrected as a beacon of hope. In recent weeks, countless rallies from coast to coast featured people of different races singing the song while marching against racism and police brutality. The protests were ignited after the death of George Floyd, who was killed when a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes — as he cried for help. The NAACP designated “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as the Black national anthem in 1919. Interesting that happened more than a decade before “The Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as the national anthem.
PRINCE ROYCE HAS COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Royce says he got a wake-up call when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 — and now wants to alert others to the danger. The Bachata singer told The Associated Press he had developed the new coronavirus disease. Royce is 31 and says he decided to speak up as the weekend began because he sees so many young people going to gatherings without wearing masks. He said he wanted to spread the word about his illness because he feared more people might be infected over the holiday weekend.