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Lady Gaga meets Dalai Lama in US

It's not every day you see these two public figures in one room.

US pop star Lady Gaga sat down with spiritual leader Dalai Lama for a 20-minute chat at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday.

He delivered a keynote speech to the gathered mayors about the importance of building compassionate cities.

During a private question-and-answer session backstage, the 30-year-old singer asked him questions chosen from social media.

 

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One of them was about "eating disorders, addiction, self-harm and suicide".

The 80-year-old Tibetan monk said "these problems are a lack of ability (to have) compassionate feelings" as today's culture is too "self-centered" and "materialistic".

Both Gaga and the Dalai Lama revealed that they meditate. He said keeping his mind clear is the key to his youthful face.


50 Cent charged for swearing

US rapper 50 Cent was arrested and charged for his use of profanity during an appearance at a concert on the Caribbean island of St Kitts last Saturday.His representative said the 40-year-old was only "booked to host the show" but the festival organisers told him to perform even though they did not have "the clean version to his tracks".

He was granted bail of US$1,800 (S$2,500) for swearing in public as it's illegal in the Caribbean.

English singer Adele spewed 33 expletives during her 90-minute set on Saturday at Glastonbury, but didn't have to face the authorities.


Independence Day sequel in second place

Aliens are no match for a forgetful blue tang at the US box office.

Pixar's animated hit Finding Dory has held on to its No. 1 spot, amassing US$73.2 million (S$99.6 million) in its second week.

Alien invasion sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, however, debuted in second place below expectations with US$41.6 million.

It is below the opening figure of US$50.2 million of the original 1996 Independence Day movie.

Long pegged as one of movie studio Twentieth Century Fox's tentpoles of the 2016 summer season, it is directed by Roland Emmerich, who also directed the first film.


Stars honour Prince at BET Awards

The Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards on Sunday night featured a string of tributes honouring US singer Prince (above), who died in April at 57.

Taking the stage at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, US comedian Dave Chappelle said: "One of our heroes had left us, and literally, our hearts were broken."

The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal were the first to perform a medley of Prince's classic hits.

Later on during the show, Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder both covered Take Me With You.

This was followed by Jennifer Hudson's (above) emotional rendition of Purple Rain.

Others in the line-up included Maxwell, Janelle Monae and Sheila E.


You get temporary amnesia in order to further the human race, otherwise there would be no people left.

- US actress Megan Fox, who is pregnant with her third child, on mothers forgetting the pain of childbirth.

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