Actress Gabrielle Union traveled to Ghana recently as part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mission delegation trip designed to help reduce the rate of breast cancer among women in the country. She also joined Ghana President John Kufuor for a dedication ceremony at the new HopeXchange Medical Center, a state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnostic and treatment facility in Kumasi. Nearly 70 percent of all Ghanaian women who have breast cancer don’t see a doctor until the disease is in advanced stages. Essence spoke to Union about her trip abroad, how breast cancer has affected her own life, and why this issue is so important to her. Click here to read.
*WENN is reporting that Michael Jackson is currently planning a 30-date world tour to begin in 2009. Britain’s The Sun newspaper quotes a source who claims to have overheard the King of Pop discussing it Thursday during a visit to an antiques store in Hollywood. “Michael said he wasn’t doing a Vegas residency but was going on a world tour, taking in 30 cities next year,” the source said. “He said he wanted to do it for his kids. He wants them to see what he does, and he wants to take them on the road. He said he was on his way to Los Angeles to finalize the details.”
*The New York Post’s Page Six is quoting a source from the set of TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” who claims the filmmaker is a diva. “Tyler makes everyone on his staff – the crew and cast – call him ‘Mr. Perry’ to his face. He won’t respond to anyone who calls him Tyler,” said the source. However, a rep for Perry told Page Six: “That’s totally preposterous. I call him Tyler. Some people do call him ‘Mr. Perry,’ but it’s out of respect.”