Coffee Talk: Aretha Franklin Slated to Perform for Pope Francis

Plus: Tweet debuts a new single, the surgeon who operated on Kanye West's mother speaks out, Zoe Saldana signs on for a new role and more! 

Taylor Lewis Sep, 15, 2015

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Pope Francis has some soul coming his way. It was just announced that Aretha Franklin has joined the line-up of artists to perform for the Pope during his forthcoming U.S. visit. The singer will take the stage with international superstars during the Sept. 26 event in Philadelphia. [USA TODAY]

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It has been far too long since we heard from Tweet, but the singer is back with a new single, "Won't Hurt Me." The song comes off her her upcoming album, Charlene, slated for a early 2016 release. Even better? She is allegedly teaming up with Missy Elliott for some of the tracks. That's how you make a comeback! [Billboard]

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Almost eight years after the death of Kanye West's mom, Donda West, the doctor who performed cosmetic surgery on her the day before she passed is speaking out and hoping to clear his name. Dr. Jan Adams claims that Donda had declined follow-up care within the facility, insisting that her nephew, who was a nurse, would care for her at home. Reportedly, while she was at home, she was given 20 Vicodin in as many hours and left alone, ultimately leading to her fatal choking. "This lady shouldn't be dead," Dr. Adams said on Inside Edition. "All [the nurse] had to do was sit her up." [Yahoo]

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Zoe Saldana is back to do what she does best: slaying the box office. The Guardians of the Galaxy star has just signed on to star in the graphic novel adaptation of I Kill Giants. She will step into the shoes of a psychiatrist tasked with helping a young patient who uses her fantasy world to escape her harsh reality. Filming is scheduled to begin next year. [A.V. Club]

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Welcome to Hollywood, Ariah! Tamera Mowry-Housley brought her two-month-old bundle of joy, Ariah, to The Real in the baby's very first television debut. During the segment, Tamera gushed about the well-tempered baby, calling Ariah the "love of her life." "She has the calmest spirit," Tamera said. "I swear, you guys. She's like such an old soul. She is such a blessing." [E! Online]

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A handful of celebs are being rightfully recognized for their hearts of gold. John Legend, Wanda Sykes and Tyrese Gibson are among the honored at next month's Triumph Awards, which are scheduled to air Oct. 3. Legend received the Presidential Award for service and humanitarianism, Skyes took home the Activist in the Arts Awards, and Gibson walked away with the Entertainer of the Year Award. Other honorees include Tichina Arnold and Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. [Huffington Post]


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