Serena Williams adds television to tennis
Yesterday saw her take to the tennis court to claim her fifth Wimbledon title. But that's not the only notable event going on this weekend for Serena Williams. The tennis ace will be guest starring on comedy show Drop Dead Diva in an episode which aired last week. The sports star plays a high-powered attorney in the show and will appear alongside Brandy Norwood, who has a recurring role in the series. The plot will see Serena's character help Brandy's to fight a court case against her ex-boyfriend. Brandy plays Elisa Shayne and has an ongoing role throughout the current fourth season of the show. Her character is a woman who becomes involved in a custody battle when her ex-boyfriend discovers they have a child together. Serena is following in Brandy's footsteps with a role on the show, although it is unknown how many episodes she will appear in. And Brandy and Serena aren't the only stars to grace the fourth season of the hit Lifetime show. Kim Kardashian recently appeared on Drop Dead Diva in a three episode arc. She played a juice bar waitress turned relationship guru by the name of Nikki.
— Daily Mail
Lauryn Hill puts on brave face as possible jail term looms
Lauryn Hill put her legal woes aside last Wednesday as she returned to the stage after pleading guilty to tax evasion. The former Fugees star was the surprise closing act at the annual Wawa Welcome America concert for July 4 in Philadelphia. She performed in front of thousands gathered the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the show, which also featured Daryl Hall, Queen Latifah, Common and Joe Jonas. It comes just five days after the 37-year-old singer appeared in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, to admit she failed to file returns between 2005 and 2007, despite an income of more than $1.8 million from recording royalties. The mother-of-six could face up to three years in jail — one for each count of evasion — and was released on $150,000. She will face sentencing in November. This is the second legal wrangle Lauryn — best known for her work with the Fugees and solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill — has faced in recent years. Lauryn found herself in a legal wrangle after her former fashion consultant accused her of stealing clothes. Company Via Davia Vintage claimed in 2011 Hill took the majority of a "wardrobe of high fashion items" from them after they agreed to provide them for her 2007 tour of Europe. She was also sued in relation to the tour for harassment and unpaid wages by Jay Gore, a guitarist in her band, who claimed she would insult the band while he toured with her. Part of the lawsuit stated: "After shows, Hill would demand that the musicians and road support personnel attend meetings where she would engage in a person-by-person critique and berating."
— Daily Mail
Rihanna's face of pain
A tearful-looking Rihanna was spotted leaving her hotel on the way to her grandmother's funeral. The 24-year-old singer looked visibly upset as she walked hand in hand with a female friend. The What's My Name singer was wearing a plunging Navy blue dress and wore her hair up in a bun. She was spotted departing her Manhattan hotel, en route to the ceremony in Brooklyn. Last week she attended her grandmother Dolly's wake and again cut a sombre figure. Although a native of Barbados, Clara 'Dolly' Brathwaite's wake — who was on Rihanna's mother Monica's side — was held at a funeral home in Manhattan. It was through a Twitter posting July 1 that Rihanna revealed her beloved grandmother had died of cancer at a New York City hospital. Rihanna has been keeping her Twitter followers up to date with her emotions after her grandmother succumbed to cancer. She posted an Instagram snap of a note which she had apparently written.
It read: "IMA TRY TO BE A BIG GIRL NOW #DearDolly."
— Daily Mail