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'Who is Meek Mill and why do we want to free him?' Someone, somewhere, is in dire need of this article

'Who is Meek Mill and why do we want to free him?' Someone, somewhere, is in dire need of this article

(CNN) - #FreeMeekMill has been a big deal for quite a while, but on Monday, the rapper's supporters celebrated an encouraging move from a Philadelphia district attorney.District Attorney Larry Kra ... Continue Reading
Fall TV preview: 30 new and returning shows

Fall TV preview: 30 new and returning shows

(CNN) - If you think your TV to-do list is long now, just wait. The annual deluge known as fall TV is upon us as broadcast networks unleash new programming and bring back returning favorites. Simu ... Continue Reading
Drake intruder raided rapper's fridge

Drake intruder raided rapper's fridge

(CNN) - We knew Drake fans can be "thirsty," but this story takes it to a whole new level.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman Monday after she allegedly broke into the rap ... Continue Reading
'SNL' brings out Fallon's Kushner and McCarthy's Spicer as the Easter Bunny

'SNL' brings out Fallon's Kushner and McCarthy's Spicer as the Easter Bunny

(CNN) - For its first live show coast-to-coast, "Saturday Night Live" brought out Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner and Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer as the Easter Bunny.Fallon, who was Saturday nigh ... Continue Reading
'Big Little Lies' is over so now what

'Big Little Lies' is over so now what

(CNN) - Invariably these things always come to an end.Whether it be binge watching or enjoying a series, there's often a let down after it is all over.Thus is the life today for fans of the lim ... Continue Reading
Musicians remember Chuck Berry's genius

Musicians remember Chuck Berry's genius

(CNN) - Many of rock 'n' roll's greatest guitarists list Chuck Berry as one of their influences. As do many other musicians.Keith Richards famously said he lifted all of Berry's licks.John Lenn ... Continue Reading
Emma Watson's revealing Vanity Fair photo: Feminism or hypocrisy?

Emma Watson's revealing Vanity Fair photo: Feminism or hypocrisy?

(CNN) - Can you be a feminist and pose in a nearly see-through top for Vanity Fair? Actor Emma Watson and a British broadcaster are on opposite sides of that debate after Watson -- a UN Women Good ... Continue Reading
Oscar nominees have these gifts in the bag

Oscar nominees have these gifts in the bag

(CNN) - Don't call it an Oscars gift bag.The 2017 "Everyone Wins" nominee swag bag is not affiliated with the Academy Awards, nor is it available to everyone.But that last part is not for lack ... Continue Reading
'Billions' second season looks less like a sure thing

'Billions' second season looks less like a sure thing

(CNN) - "Billions" raced through so much story during its highly entertaining first season that the second, perhaps inevitably, yields diminishing returns. Yet the show is also somewhat victimized by ... Continue Reading
Rachel Lindsay will be the first black 'Bachlorette'

Rachel Lindsay will be the first black 'Bachlorette'

(CNN) - ABC is finally delivering on its long-held promise to bring a diverse lead to its Bachelor franchise. The network on Monday night announced its new bachelorette will be Rachel Lindsay, a 3 ... Continue Reading
Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing

Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing

(CNN) - Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years."I have ... Continue Reading
Amy Schumer headed to Netflix for comedy special

Amy Schumer headed to Netflix for comedy special

(CNN) - Amy Schumer is the latest big name comedian to sign on at Netflix.Schumer will star in a stand-up special on March 7 "Very happy to be a part of the Netflix family for this special," Sc ... Continue Reading
Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

(CNN) - Tennis great Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged. A spokesperson for Ohanian confirmed that he popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome. Will ... Continue Reading
1998: George Michael comes out in CNN interview

1998: George Michael comes out in CNN interview

(CNN) - British music icon George Michael was one of the world's most well recognized gay rights activists. For nearly 20 years, he was a champion for LGBT rights, fiercely dedicated to AIDS research ... Continue Reading
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

(CNN) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced.This year's inductees are Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. The group was se ... Continue Reading
Jimmy Kimmel jokes about being tapped to host Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel jokes about being tapped to host Oscars

(CNN) - Jimmy Kimmel finally landed his long-sought after Oscar hosting job and he almost can't believe it.

On Monday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the comedian joked he likely got the job based on the proximity of his show's studio.

"The producers and the Academy went through a long list of names -- and in the end, they decided that -- since I am already right across the street from where they do the show -- I was the closest person to host," Kimmel said. "I guess I have to get a tux now. Or maybe I'll wear jean shorts?"

Kimmel also announced his wife is expecting their second child.

"There's a lot of exciting stuff going on. Congratulations to me," he said. "I'm hosting the Oscars and I had sex. Two things as a teenage boy I never thought would be possible."

Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are betting on Kimmel to infuse the show with new energy -- and boost ratings -- after an 8-year low for last year's ceremony.

ABC has an agreement with the Academy to broadcast the Oscars through 2020. Coming off Kimmel's well-received performance as Emmy host in September, Disney/ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood made no secret about wanting him at the helm on Oscar night.

"We thought Jimmy elevated the Emmys. We thought Jimmy has earned it and we're very hopeful that Jimmy will get [the Oscars job]," Sherwood said.

Kimmel's got a tough task ahead of him -- as several previous Oscar hosts can attest to.

Still, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs expressed confidence they've found the right host.

"He knows who he is, he knows the audience and he knows how to captain a ship with many moving parts," Isaacs said in a statement Monday. "We're thrilled he has agreed to host our show."

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Saroo Brierley's inspiring search for family roars to life in

Saroo Brierley's inspiring search for family roars to life in "Lion"

(CNN) - Saroo Brierley's search for his birth mother is a story about unwavering determination against incredible odds, the strength of the human spirit and one man's faith in the capabilities of Google Earth.

Brierley was 5 years old when he was separated from his older brother one night while at a train station in rural India.

Brierley's older brother had left him sleeping on a bench, but when he returned, Brierley -- then known as Sheru -- was gone.

Young Sheru had awoken from his nap and boarded a train in search of his older brother. His day-long journey landed him more than 700 miles east of his home, in a place where he didn't speak the language.

He'd later learn he'd ended up in Calcutta.

For weeks, he lived on the streets, escaping a bevy of dangers. Eventually, he was taken in at an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia, after officials failed to locate his family and hometown.

Since Sheru did not know how to spell his name, Brierley ended up going by an incorrectly spelled version -- "Saroo."

Twenty years later, Brierley decided to launch a search for the mother, siblings and home he remembered only in fuzzy childhood memories. To do this, he decided to retrace his steps using Google Earth.

Those who don't know the rest of the story soon will. (Warning: Some movie spoilers follow below.)

Brierley's journey to find his family in India is the subject for The Weinstein Co's "Lion," a movie due out November 25 that is a likely Oscar contender.

But when he started his quest, Brierley said the possibilities -- the interest in his story, his subsequent book and the film starring Dev Patel that now tells his tale -- were the farthest thing from his mind.

"I was just so high on hope and so determined to find what I'd been sort of yearning for for some time and defuse the weight off my shoulders," Brierley told CNN in a recent interview.

Brierley has now seen "Lion" a few times, he said. And even though he lived the experience, he said the film was a "roller coaster of emotions."

"I tried to suppress my tears but I couldn't," he said. "It was just so hard to."

He wasn't the only one. Brierley said his Australian mother Sue, played in the film by Nicole Kidman, was "enchanted" by the movie.

"She was speechless at some times, to the point where she grabbed my leg and almost dug her nails into it," Brierley said, laughing.

Brierley's warm relationship with his adoptive mother is one of many emotional drivers in the movie. And though some parts of the movie were "heightened" for storytelling purposes, Brierley said it was important to him and the filmmakers that the characters be portrayed authentically.

He was especially pleased with one key scene between Patel and Kidman, in which they talk about her motivation for adopting him as a boy.

"The way that was acted out was just so organic and pure," he said.

There's one key opinion Brierley is still waiting to get -- that of his birth mother, Fatima Bi Munshi.

He said they're working on getting the movie translated into her native Hindi, as she does not read. Though he's recounted his experience to her before, he thinks the movie will put the journey into a greater perspective.

"I think it's going to give her a shock as in, 'Whoa, I didn't realize that this is actually what happened,'" he said.

CNN's Sara Sidner visited Brierley's mother back in 2012, shortly after the two had been reunited.

Then, she recounted the disappearance of her son and spoke about the devastating second loss she experienced the same year. Brierley's oldest brother, who had accompanied him that fateful night, was killed a month after Brierley went missing.

"I would go to sleep at night and my mind would wander in madness," she said. "I didn't feel like eating. I kept looking out for him on the streets, asking people about his whereabouts. I found him nowhere. It was a very difficult time."

Brighter days have fallen upon the once fractured family.

Brierley said he's been back to India about 14 times since they were reunited, in part thanks to the trips he's taken as a result of the interest in the story of their reunion.

"It's worked pretty well and I'm so touched and humbled about everything --- that things like this can happen," Brierley said. "I wish there were more stories like this."

He's working to make that happen.

Brierley said he hopes to get into script writing, with a focus on penning films that lift people's spirits. He wants them to walk into the theater "thinking about things that are going to change their minds in a positive way [or] ... who they are as humans."

Brierley's life has undoubtedly changed as a result of what started as an against-the-odds quest. And though the ultimate result came with some sadness, he said at the end of the day, "that's just life."

"I guess this was my destiny," he said.

CNN's Sara Sidner contributed to this report.

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump on 'SNL' for the first time since the election

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump on 'SNL' for the first time since the election

(CNN) - Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to portray President-elect Donald Trump for the first time since the election.Baldwin opened this weekend's episode of the longtime NBC varie ... Continue Reading
'Shooter' misfires in leap from movie to USA drama

'Shooter' misfires in leap from movie to USA drama

(CNN) - USA Network delayed the premiere of "Shooter" twice, each time because of a real-life event that made the sniper-themed drama seem awkwardly timed. That's a lot of grief, public-relations-wis ... Continue Reading
Beyonce gets country and performs at the CMA Awards

Beyonce gets country and performs at the CMA Awards

(CNN) - Beyonce brought down the house at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards Wednesday night.The Texas native performed "Daddy Lessons" off her most recent album Lemonade. But Queen ... Continue Reading
Live-action 'Snow White' musical in the works at Disney

Live-action 'Snow White' musical in the works at Disney

(CNN) - Disney is on a live-action roll and not looking to stop it any time soon. The studio is currently in development on a musical, live-action version of "Snow White," CNN has confirmed. Er ... Continue Reading
Drake drops action-packed short film

Drake drops action-packed short film

(CNN) - Drake just reminded his fans that he's a renaissance man -- not just a musician, but an actor as well. On Monday the rapper released a short film titled "Please Forgive Me" exclusively on ... Continue Reading
Ryan Lochte on 'Dancing with the Stars' incident: 'I wanted to quit'

Ryan Lochte on 'Dancing with the Stars' incident: 'I wanted to quit'

(CNN) - As an Olympic champion, Ryan Lochte is not the kind of man who throws in the towel during a competition. But he admits there was a brief period following his drama-filled "Dancing with the St ... Continue Reading
'Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp' star Hugh O'Brian dies, age 91

'Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp' star Hugh O'Brian dies, age 91

(CNN) - Actor Hugh O'Brian, best known for his portrayal of the title role in the 1950's TV Western "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," has died. He was 91.Javi LaFianza, President and CEO the Hu ... Continue Reading
'Better Things,' 'One Mississippi' ride TV's dark comedy wave

'Better Things,' 'One Mississippi' ride TV's dark comedy wave

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Comedian Tig Notaro's new autobiographical Amazon series, "One Mississippi," is labeled "a traumedy." That's a good description of not just her show, but the recent strain of dark, ... Continue Reading
'Queen Sugar' finds dramatic sweet spot for Oprah's OWN

'Queen Sugar' finds dramatic sweet spot for Oprah's OWN

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - OWN put on two new dramas this summer, and on paper they're virtually identical. Yet "Queen Sugar," which premieres this week, is much superior to "Greenleaf," a testament to how s ... Continue Reading
'Bridget Jones' Baby' cast teases sequel's 'interesting new dynamic'

'Bridget Jones' Baby' cast teases sequel's 'interesting new dynamic'

(CNN) - Renée Zellweger knows just how tough the choice her character, Bridget Jones, faces in "Bridget Jones' Baby" is. The third film in the beloved franchise centers on the titular character's ... Continue Reading
Nocturnal Wonderland features celeb DJ lineup

Nocturnal Wonderland features celeb DJ lineup

(CNN) - For some people Labor Day Weekend isn't just about soaking up the last rays of summer. It's all about EDM (electronic dance music). Nocturnal Wonderland kicks off its three-day music festi ... Continue Reading
Thomas Gibson suspended from 'Criminal Minds' after on-set altercation

Thomas Gibson suspended from 'Criminal Minds' after on-set altercation

(CNN) - Actor Thomas Gibson is two weeks into a suspension from CBS's long-running procedural "Criminal Minds," following an on-set altercation with one of the show's writers."There were creative ... Continue Reading
'Star Trek Beyond' returns to its roots breezily, if not boldly

'Star Trek Beyond' returns to its roots breezily, if not boldly

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Near the beginning of "Star Trek Beyond," Captain Kirk complains about life on the Starship Enterprise having grown "episodic." The same can largely be said of this third outing wi ... Continue Reading
Robin Williams remembered on his birthday with touching tribute from his daughter

Robin Williams remembered on his birthday with touching tribute from his daughter

NEW YORK (CNN) - Robin Williams' memory lives on through his children. The late Oscar-winner's daughter, Zelda Williams, 26, posted a touching tribute to her dad Thursday, on what would have been his ... Continue Reading
Emmy nominations: 'People v. OJ' scores big

Emmy nominations: 'People v. OJ' scores big

(CNN) - Nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning, as "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson and "Gilmore Girls" star Lauren Graham announced 12 categories. ... Continue Reading
Taylor Swift's secret songwriting makes everybody watch Calvin Harris' Twitter feed

Taylor Swift's secret songwriting makes everybody watch Calvin Harris' Twitter feed

(CNN) - Just when you thought Taylor Swift's breakup with DJ Calvin Harris was amicable and so last month, things have gone south Hiddleswiftly.

The former couple apparently mixed business with pleasure and the result while catchy, isn't playing out pretty. A representative of Swift told People magazine Wednesday that the pop star secretly wrote the song "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym,"Nils Sjoberg." The hit, recorded by Harris and Rihanna, has been at the top of the charts all summer.

Swift's contribution, of course, was not news to Harris, who one would assume was there when the collaboration happened. But he quickly launched into live-stream-of-conscious mode about the reveal in a series of tweets.

Though initially complimenting Swift as an "amazing lyric writer" and saying his ex "smashed it as usual," Harris was not pleased that sole credit was going to one of the most successful songwriters of all time.

"I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym," he wrote. "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though."

What Harris tweeted next reads slightly bitter ex-boyfriend.

"I figure if you're happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do," Harris added, referring to Swift's relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston. "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it."

Swift is no stranger to social media spats, previously exchanging words with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry.

Harris concludes by appearing to address Swift directly, "Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you've earned a great one."

Considering Swift has spent her summer throwing celebrity-packed Fourth of July parties and locking lips with Loki, it seems she's already doing so. Let's just hope she and Hiddleston keep their collaborations on the dance floor and out of the studio.

Jay Z drops new song 'Spiritual' calling out police brutality: 'Don't shoot'

Jay Z drops new song 'Spiritual' calling out police brutality: 'Don't shoot'

NEW YORK (CNN) - Jay Z dropped an emotional new song about the killings of black men by police officers, "Spiritual," Thursday night. "Got my hands in the air in despair/don't shoot/I just wanna do ... Continue Reading
'Eat, Pray, Love' author announces separation from husband

'Eat, Pray, Love' author announces separation from husband

(CNN) - Elizabeth Gilbert announced she is separating from her husband a decade after writing about their romance in the best selling book, "Eat, Pray, Love.""I am separating from the man whom man ... Continue Reading
Roseanne Barr denies she's a Trump supporter

Roseanne Barr denies she's a Trump supporter

(CNN) - If Roseanne Barr is going to endorse anyone for president, she's going to go with a potential candidate she knows really well -- herself. The actress told Yahoo that despite some reports, ... Continue Reading
Anton Yelchin: Hollywood's promising star

Anton Yelchin: Hollywood's promising star

(CNN) - Anton Yelchin, a promising Hollywood star best known for his role as "Chekov" in the rebooted "Star Trek" films, is being remembered by his colleagues in the entertainment industry.The 27- ... Continue Reading
'Nashville' coming to CMT and Hulu

'Nashville' coming to CMT and Hulu

(CNN) - Rejoice Nashies, as your prayers have been answered.The Tennessean is reporting that CMT network has picked up season 5 of the canceled ABC drama "Nashville."The series ended recently w ... Continue Reading
There may be good news for 'Nashville' fans

There may be good news for 'Nashville' fans

(CNN) - Fans of the canceled ABC TV show "Nashville" are already celebrating.That's because there are reports the show is nearing a deal to be picked up for a fifth season, with speculation of an ... Continue Reading
Jon Stewart comes out of retirement to play with a tiny horse

Jon Stewart comes out of retirement to play with a tiny horse

NEW YORK (CNN) - Jon Stewart is back! The former 'Daily Show' star made a cameo on Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal' on June 6, and it looks like retirement is treating him well. The normally clean-shaven ... Continue Reading
Matt Damon slams Donald Trump at MIT commencement

Matt Damon slams Donald Trump at MIT commencement

(CNN) - Matt Damon returned to MIT, but this time he wasn't mopping the floors. The 45-year-old actor delivered his first-ever commencement address for MIT's class of 2016 Friday, and wasted no time ... Continue Reading
Judd Apatow thinks haters of new 'Ghostbusters' are Trump supporters

Judd Apatow thinks haters of new 'Ghostbusters' are Trump supporters

(CNN) - Director Judd Apatow has an interesting theory about those who have been hating on the "Ghostbusters" reboot with an all-female cast.In an interview with the news and culture website Uprox ... Continue Reading
'The Voice' crowns its season 10 winner

'The Voice' crowns its season 10 winner

(CNN) - History was made Tuesday night on "The Voice." The show crowned Alisan Porter winner of its 10th season. She becomes the first woman to ever win after being mentored by a female coach, Chr ... Continue Reading
Billboard Music Awards 2016: What you missed

Billboard Music Awards 2016: What you missed

(CNN) - The 2016 Billboard Music Awards were held Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was non-stop star power and performances.If you didn't get a chance to see it, her ... Continue Reading
Tupac's Hummer sells for more than $300K

Tupac's Hummer sells for more than $300K

(CNN) - A Tupac fan will be starin' through the rear view of the slain rapper's fully loaded Hummer H1 after paying well above a quarter-million dollars.Shakur's customized off-road vehicle, bough ... Continue Reading
Sinead O'Connor found safe

Sinead O'Connor found safe

(CNN) - Police in a Chicago suburb called off their search Monday for singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor after she was found safe.Officer Fred King of the Wilmette, Illinois, Police Department told ... Continue Reading
Sharon Osbourne opens up about split from Ozzy

Sharon Osbourne opens up about split from Ozzy

(CNN) - Sharon Osbourne strolled onto the set of her CBS daytime talk show, "The Talk," with a glass of lemonade.It was a nod to Beyonce's new album with its themes of love, loss, infidelity and b ... Continue Reading
Reg Grundy, Australian 'Neighbours' producer, dies aged 92

Reg Grundy, Australian 'Neighbours' producer, dies aged 92

(CNN) - Pioneering Australian media mogul and television producer, Reg Grundy, has died in Bermuda aged 92. Best known for his role as producer of the internationally popular TV soap opera, Neighb ... Continue Reading
Prince's estate: Family heads to court

Prince's estate: Family heads to court

MINNEAPOLIS (CNN) - You know that vault Prince supposedly left behind in Paisley Park?It exists, Prince's half-brother, Alfred Jackson, told CNN. He doesn't know what's inside, but if it's music, h ... Continue Reading
Inside Prince's private faith

Inside Prince's private faith

(CNN) - The world knew Prince as a pop star with a flamboyant, larger-than-life stage presence, overtly sexual songs and videos and gifted musical genius. But at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, S ... Continue Reading
'Our northern star': Minneapolis and Prince, a love story

'Our northern star': Minneapolis and Prince, a love story

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Early in his career, Prince would walk into the First Avenue club in Minneapolis and hand first versions of his songs on vinyl to DJ Kevin Cole.The venue that would b ... Continue Reading
How Prince stayed so private in the age of celebrity

How Prince stayed so private in the age of celebrity

(CNN) - There was no slipping unnoticed into a room when Prince was around.

"He would ask me 'Who is that? Who just walked in the room,'" recalled Kim Berry, Prince's hairstylist and friend for over 20 years. "He was watching at all times."

Prince Rogers Nelson was a man who couldn't afford not to be.

In an age where many celebrities don't want to do anything away from the public eye, Prince avoided the spotlight. Instead, he wanted it to shine on his art.

Which is why it's no surprise that just as quietly, his remains were cremated and a private ceremony held following his death at the age of 57.

He was a man who, despite his showmanship, shied away from fanfare. Having crafted a musical empire, taken on his industry to fight for the rights of artists and survived with a career artists half his age would have envied, Prince was careful and built his inner circle almost as meticulously as he did his compositions.

His conversion

Friends paint a portrait of a funny, giving, and spiritual man who quietly gave whenever and wherever he could to help others and who was deeply protective of his privacy. He was the antithesis to the current culture of reality and social media stars who stay bathed in the glow of their followers.

Not that Prince was against being famous.

More that to him, fame was a tool to get his art better seen by the masses. Before today's artists were offering free downloads of music, Prince was giving away CDs at concerts and sharing his music in any way he could.

What we do know is that transformed from a man whose sexual lyrics caused him to be condemned by the more conservative to a devout Jehovah Witness who would not allow swearing in his presence.

Toure, who penned the book "I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon," told WBUR that Prince appealed to our desire to spiritually connect.

"And there were a lot of people following, worshiping celebrity at another level," Toure said. "And when you have Prince as this massive celebrity who's sort of feeding your sexual needs, and also giving you this sort of spiritual, religious thing, it's a very seductive cocktail."

Despite his earlier reputation as a lover with high profile relationships including some of his protegees, Prince slowed his roll in recent years where the ladies were concerned. In 2014, he told Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt that he was celibate.

"Libido is energy," Prince said. "I go back and forth. It's like fasting: it's a practice and you get better at it over time, you know, but no one is perfect ..."

It was all a part of how he insulated himself and his life.

His benevolence

His family was his band and his crew, and he was deeply devoted to that family. They were the ones who knew of his many philanthropic efforts that were done with such little fanfare. There are homeless people who have no idea that coats they are wearing came from the singer and his Love 4 One Another Foundation.

Berry knows first hand about his largess.

When her friend's son died, she said, the woman had no insurance and Prince stepped up to bury the boy. He always wanted to bless others, even as he was scrupulous about who he allowed into his inner circle.

"To be that big in the music industry you have to be guarded," Berry said. "So many people were takers. Everybody was trying to see what they could get from him, how they could steal from him, how they could con him into doing something he would regret later. So he was very closed."

That meant using fake names when he traveled, throwing potential groupies off by putting the band and crew up at a different hotel so fans thought Prince was also there. And always engaging in activities that his group could enjoy together like going to the movies, traveling the world or even just playing basketball on his court at Paisley Park.

Prince was loyal to those who he allowed in and they returned that loyalty.

Berry first met the singer in 1992 when she was dating one of his bodyguards. When Prince's hairstylist quit, Berry offered her services to which he asked her if she traveled. She hadn't really, but she grabbed the tools of her trade and went for it when Prince announced that their flight was leaving in an hour and a limo would be picking her up.

She got the job, but with one caveat: Prince needed her to lose her long nails as he had a sensitive scalp.

"I said 'OK' and started popping [the nails] off in front of him," Berry said. "He started laughing and said, 'You're funny!' He said, 'You're gonna work out. Go back to the hotel, we leave for Miami in the morning. ' "

His comedy

No one loved a good jest better than Prince.

CNN commentator Van Jones was a good friend of Prince, and called him "a comic genius."

"He could easily have given Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart a run for their money," Jones said. "Sometimes we would watch black comedy acts together on his computer, and then he would riff their routines. He could always make them 10 times funnier -- without ever using curse words!"

Berry said Prince was very cognizant of the celebrity culture and those stars who were tabloid fodder. She said they would sometimes watch television together while she did his hair, and Prince would remark on the openness of celebs in this day and age.

"He said he didn't understand how people lived that way," Berry said. "His business was his business. That's how he stayed mysterious."

As questions linger about his death, what is clear is that one of the biggest stars on earth knew exactly his place on this earth, even if fans didn't know as much about him as they did other stars.

In one of his last interviews in November, he said he didn't miss the years before he was famous.

"These days, I can get more done," he said. "I'm far more respected than I was before, when I say something with regard to changes in the music industry."

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' includes cameos by Serena Williams, others

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' includes cameos by Serena Williams, others

(CNN) - Beyonce got a little help making "Lemonade" from some fellow celebs.Yes, that was Serena Williams donning a body suit and getting her life on, dancing in Beyonce's hourlong visual album th ... Continue Reading
5 memories of Prince from some of the celebs who knew him

5 memories of Prince from some of the celebs who knew him

(CNN) - When Prince died on Thursday at the age of 57, many struggled to find words to describe his greatness. This was a man who literally defied speech -- living under a symbol for years and speaki ... Continue Reading
First Avenue: Fans remember Prince at iconic club

First Avenue: Fans remember Prince at iconic club

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Hours after learning of pop icon Prince's death, hundreds of fans -- many wearing purple -- shut down the street in front of the famous First Avenue nightclub in Minneap ... Continue Reading
Prince Rogers Nelson: 'Every song was either a prayer or foreplay'

Prince Rogers Nelson: 'Every song was either a prayer or foreplay'

(CNN) - Prince Rogers Nelson's music transcended genres and generations. There were songs you could sing every word to, ditties that drove you to dance and ballads so poignant in their descriptions o ... Continue Reading
'Purple Rain' and Prince gems: He went against the flow of the stream

'Purple Rain' and Prince gems: He went against the flow of the stream

(CNN) - When a musician dies, interest in his or her catalog skyrockets. Imagine that response on steroids now that Prince has passed away. Five No. 1 songs. Twelve Top 10 hits. Four No. 1 albums. ... Continue Reading
Beyonce putting on event to aid Flint

Beyonce putting on event to aid Flint

(CNN) - Beyonce is teaming with the United Way to help the residents of Flint, Michigan.The superstar singer is putting on a "special signature event" in Detroit that will serve as "a celebration ... Continue Reading
Wrestler, entertainer Chyna is dead at 45

Wrestler, entertainer Chyna is dead at 45

(CNN) - Joan Laurer, the ground breaking female wrestler known as Chyna, has died.

Police in Redondo Beach, California confirm that Laurer, 45, was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday. Police say they were notified by a friend who went to check on her and found Laurer unresponsive. The cause of death is under investigation, but police say there are no signs of foul play.

"It is with deep sadness to inform you that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world, has passed away," said a post on her website.

After graduating from the University of Tampa, Chyna started training in the world of professional wrestling and in 1996 she was named the "Rookie of the Year for the Women's Championship," according to her website. She wrestled in the Royal Rumble and King of Ring tournaments and became the only undefeated Women's Champion in WWF (World Wrestling Federation) history.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to Chyna's family. She was always cool with me. #Rip9thWonder," wrote wrestler James Storm on Twitter.

Stephanie McMahon of WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) posted "She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna."

Chyna also appeared in TV, magazines, music videos and in adult films. Her 2001 autobiography is titled "If They Only Knew" and calls her "part feminist, part superhero, Chyna blazed a trail where no woman had gone before."

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