Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Geena Davis expecting twins

Los Angeles -- Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is pregnant with twins, her publicist said Tuesday.

The 46-year-old actress and her husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, have a daughter, Alizeh, who was born last year.

She has been "concentrating on being a mom," but is scheduled to shoot a guest appearance on "Will & Grace" soon, publicist Samantha Mast said.

A date for knighthood

London -- After months of uncertainty, Mick Jagger has managed to fit Queen Elizabeth II into his busy schedule.

The Rolling Stones singer said Tuesday that he'll go to Buckingham Palace on Dec. 12 to accept his knighthood.

After difficulties caused by his touring schedule, Jagger was initially scheduled to be knighted on Dec. 10, the same day rugby star Jonny Wilkinson will be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE. But Jagger didn't want to detract attention from the man who led England to the rugby World Cup title last month.

The spokesman said the singer's 90-year-old father, Joe, will join him for the big day.

King Center to salute Bono

Atlanta -- U2 lead singer Bono will be recognized for his humanitarian work at an awards dinner hosted by the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Irish rock band's lead singer will be honored at the 2004 King Center "Salute to Greatness" awards dinner Jan. 17 in Atlanta.

"We are fortunate this year to honor Bono for exemplifying many of the qualities that my husband, Martin, indicated were imperative to moving our society into the beloved community of which he so often spoke," said Coretta Scott King, King's widow and the founder of the King Center.

Mrs. King pointed out Bono's work on behalf of Third World debt relief and on focusing attention on the AIDS crisis in Africa.

Rap gets bad rap

Providence, R.I. -- Continuing his criticism of rap, Spike Lee told an audience at Brown University that popular music portrays blacks in a negative light.

Speaking to an audience of more than 400 students Monday night, the director of films including "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" repeated the complaints he's made at colleges and universities over the past year.

"I've always felt you can feel the progress of African Americans by listening to their music," Lee said. "Some of this 'gangsta rap' stuff, it's not doing anybody any good. This stuff is really dangerous."

He said some black adults equated education, good grammar and good grades with "being white," but when he was growing up, those things were seen as positive goals.

"You were not ridiculed if you spoke correct English," he said. Lee urged the audience to make their voices heard by not buying or viewing anything that portrays blacks in a negative way.