Headlines: Fantasia Wraps Up “Color” Shoot, Jay Visits Summer Camp

Jay Copeland visits Wicomico Co. summer camp – Campers at Wicomico County’s Title I summer camp got quite the surprise on Wednesday. American Idol star and Salisbury native Jay Copeland paid the students a visit and even sang a song for them. – Watch the Video at WMDT.com

Fantasia Shares Sweet Birthday Surprise From ‘The Color Purple’ Cast and Le’Andria Johnson – Happy birthday, Fantasia! The singer turned 38 on Thursday and shared the sweetest birthday surprise she received while filming on The Color Purple with her fans on Instagram. Explaining that she is still working on the Blitz Bazawule-directed film adaptation of the Broadway musical for eight more days, the 2004 American Idol winner shared that her castmates, family and friends made a “special birthday video” for her and invited her close friend, GRAMMY winner Le’Andria Johnson, to visit her on set. – Read more at ETOnline


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Netflix’s ‘The Queen Of Villains’: Japanese Comedian & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Yuriyan Retriever To Lead – Popular Japanese comedian and America’s Got Talent contestant Yuriyan Retriever is to lead Netflix Japan series The Queen of Villains. Retriever will play the lead role of Dump Matsumoto, a professional wrestler who led the women’s boom in the sport with her cult-like popularity and took Japan by storm in the 1980s, a time when wrestling was even more male dominated than it is now. While trying to succeed as a heroic pro wrestler, she was nearly fired before becoming the most famous Japanese female wrestler of all time, and the series depicts her friendships and fights with companions. – Read more at Deadline

Scotty McCreery on Becoming a Dad & the Song That’s Still Emotional for Him To Perform – Scotty chats with Bobby Bones.

Morgan Wallen Says Things ‘Got Pretty Dark’ After He Was Caught Using Racial Slur – “It got pretty dark for sure,” the singer-songwriter told Storme Warren during an interview with SiriusXM’s The Highway that aired Wednesday (June 29). “You know, I’m a pretty … I feel like I’m a pretty resilient person, and I’m a pretty happy person in general. But that was definitely a really difficult time, you know? But we tried to keep my sight set on better things. I feel like if we just stay true to who I knew I really was, that it would … we would come out all right.” But Wallen says he’s learned important lessons during the past year. “There was definitely a few of them that’s been learned, and I’m still trying to learn everything I can … that’s part of what I love about life and that’s what I love about anything, like golf, for example,”he said. “That’s why I love golf, I can’t figure it out.” WUT? – More videos at Billboard.

Musician Ray Chew Says the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show Will Be a ‘Journey Through Cultures and Genres’ – Even if you don’t immediately recognize Ray Chew’s name, you’re undoubtedly familiar with his work — he’s the musical director and producer behind such cultural juggernauts as Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and special TV events including the Emmys and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Chew says he was asked by NBC “to come on and curate a wonderful musical journey that would speak about my experiences with the 4th of July fireworks.” To Chew, this meant creating an experience that reflects the diversity, inclusivity, and eclectic nature of New York City: – Read more at People

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