Plus, Beyonce donates $125K to baby incubator research and sells 'Drunk in Love' emoji t-shirts, Spike Lee debuts soccer film short, brain dead teen Jahi McMath gets honorary diploma.
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Starz has renewed Power for a ten-episode second season. The show stars Starring Omari Hardwick as a wealthy New York nightclub owner living a double life as a drug kingpin. Naturi Naughton plays Hardwick’s wife. Power premiered this Saturday, pulling in more than 2 million viewers. Production on season two will begin in September.
Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old who became brain dead after a routine tonsil surgery, will receive an honorary diploma from E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, California. Jahi was on course to graduate prior to her surgery. Her diploma will be given to a family member during the Friday ceremony. [TheRoot]
Beyonce has donated $125,000 to Embrace Innovations, an organization behind an infant warmer and low cost alternative to the incubator. Beyonce’s donation will aid in the research and pilot testing of the device in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda; possibly saving the lives of over 1,900 underweight babies. [TheYBF] Beyonce has also added emoji t-shirts to her online store. The shirts are fashioned from her now famous lyrics from “Drunk in Love” including a surfboard emoji and “Blow” featuring a cherry emoji. [Vibe]
Spike Lee has released a short film entitled The Game about Brazil’s love for soccer for the kick off of the World Cup 2014. In the a Brazilian boy follows a football through the streets of his hometown, chasing his ultimate dream of scoring a goal in the stadium. The short will be the latest film track from Pepsi Max’s Beats of the Beautiful Game visual album. The tournament kicks off Thursday night in Rio. [HollywoodReporter]
Tony Award winner Audra McDonald stopped by Late Night with David Letterman last night where she shared a little bit more about Billie Holiday, whom she portrays in the musical, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
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