Belafonte gets honorary degree
Boston’s Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte.
The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue upon receiving the degree.
Berklee students and faculty performed the celebration of Belafonte’s life and music, from “Banana Boat Song” to “We are the World.”
Belafonte was a confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. In the 1980s he helped start the USA for Africa project to fight hunger, and also pushed for an end to apartheid in South Africa.
Mizrahi to write memoir
Isaac Mizrahi will tell the whole story.
The fashion celebrity has a deal with Amy Einhorn Books for a memoir that will track his rise from an unhappy childhood in Brooklyn to hanging out at Studio 54 to international fame.
Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Thursday that the book is scheduled for release in 2016. It is tentatively titled, “I.M.” The 52-year-old Mizrahi previously wrote the fashion advice book “How to Have Style.”
‘Batkid’ meets Spider-Man
A California boy who was treated for leukemia and became famous as “Batkid” got to spend time with another superhero after his planned appearance at the Academy Awards was cut.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Andrew Garfield, who plays Spider-Man on the big screen, spent time on Monday with 5-year-old Miles Scott and his family at Disneyland.
The two had been set to be on the Oscars the previous day, but the academy said segments sometimes have to be cut when producing a live show.
Miles battled the Riddler and Joker as Batkid last November in San Francisco. His wish was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
His family said Miles was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old and ended treatments in June.
New ‘Cosmos’ set to air
Astronomer Carl Sagan become Mr. Science for a generation after his 1980 series, “Cosmos,” took audiences on a groundbreaking TV journey through the universe.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” the 21st-century edition debuting Sunday, has a head start with a Twitter following of 1.7 million that’s just edged by the starry likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green.
Tyson, a go-to expert for news reports on Earth-threatening asteroids and other science developments, said his public profile frees him from comparisons to Sagan. The educator and author with a gift for conveying the wonder of discovery died in 1996 at age 62.
The new version begins its 13-episode run at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday on Fox and other Fox Networks Group channels including National Geographic, FX and Nat Geo Mundo. Viewers have a second chance to catch each episode at 10 p.m. Monday on National Geographic.