CELEB GOSS: Beyonce by the book: uni offers course

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Picture: AFP

Beyonce is one of the world’s most scrutinised pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called Politicizing Beyonce.

Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the class, tells the university’s online news site that he is using Beyonce’s career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.

The class supplements an analysis of Beyonce’s videos and lyrics with readings from black feminists. 

Allred says he’s seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption.

Rutgers also has a class examining the theology of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics.

Georgetown University has a class called, The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z, focusing on Beyonce’s rapper husband.


Zafron serenades birthday girl

Zac Efron has serenaded Ellen DeGeneres for her birthday.

The 26-year-old actor taped an appearance to air on the comedienne’s US talk show on Thursday, four days after she turned 56.

‘‘Zac actually told me during the break that he doesn’t play guitar but he learnt to play guitar and wrote a song for me on my birthday - and so I’m going to hear a song!’’ DeGeneres told the audience.

Efron, who was promoting his new film The Awkward Moment, told DeGeneres he had faced a dilemma: ‘‘What do you give somebody for their birthday who has everything?’’

So he pulled out an acoustic guitar and launched into a version of Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday.


Fears over Wolf Of Wall Street dwarf throw

British actor Warwick Davis fears a dwarf-throwing scene in The Wolf of Wall Street will glamorise the bizarre game.

The Harry Potter star is concerned over a scene in Martin Scorsese’s film about corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in which the trader and his colleagues hurl small people at a cloth target.

Davis, who runs an agency for small actors, has branded the practice ‘‘reprehensible’’ and is concerned its light-hearted use in the Oscar-nominated movie will give viewers the impression the game is fun.

‘‘It is a dehumanising practice, very reprehensible. I have been approached to provide small people for dwarf-throwing and always refuse. I hope the film doesn’t make people think it is glamorous to fling small people about,’’ he told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.em 

The Wolf of Wall Street is currently in Australia cinemas.


Bieber had marijuana and Xanax in system 

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Picture: REUTERS

Justin Bieber had marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax in his system when he was arrested earlier this month in Miami, Florida, according to a toxicology report.

The pop star was detained by police on January 23 on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired licence. 

He is now free on bail.

The drug test was administered immediately following the arrest. 

According to TMZ.com, the results show Bieber had the chemical THC (found in marijuana) and Alprazolam (an ingredient in Xanax) in his system, but he tested negative for cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine and other drugs.

Blood alcohol level results were not listed in the toxicology reports obtained by TMZ.com.

When pulled over, Bieber reportedly told police he had been smoking marijuana and that his mother gave him the Xanax. 

The singer has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due back in court on February 14.

Meanwhile, the 19-year-old singer turned himself in to police in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday and was officially charged in connection with the alleged assault of a limousine driver there in 2013.

He is scheduled to appear in court for that case on March 10.


Gwyneth Paltrow has had bee sting therapy

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Picture: GETTY

Gwyneth Paltrow has taken her passion for unusual beauty treatments to a new level by undergoing a bizarre therapy involving bee stings.

The Iron Man star has revealed she used ‘‘bee venom therapy’’ to treat an injury, which involved being stung by a live insect. 

But Paltrow is convinced the odd procedure worked as her problem subsequently healed up.

‘‘The craziest treatment I’ve tried is one where I was stung by a live bee. It’s called apitherapy and it’s apparently been used since Egyptian times to promote healing,’’ she told Britain’s Marie Claire magazine.

Paltrow is known for her love of unusual and holistic treatments and has previously hailed the benefits of practices including Chinese cupping therapy, macrobiotic diets and wrinkle-busting laser facials.