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The Sochi Report: Seven Days In Review

The 2014 Sochi Olympics has successfully reached the halfway-point and what a week its been. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest headlines from the last seven days.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony is usually a show of epic proportions, but, for Sochi's turn, a tiny fail was blown out to epic proportions. Despite the event’s dazzling fireworks, glow-in-the dark roller skaters and rich Russian culture, it was a technical glitch during the presentation of the Olympic rings that stole the show.

USA Olympian Sage Kotsenburg skipped the opening ceremonies to keep his mind on his sport, the first-ever showing of men's slopestyle in snowboarding at any Olympics. It paid off. He won the first gold medal for the US at the games.

Canada's Dufour-Lapointe sisters, Justine and Chloe, won the gold and silver medals in the women’s freestyle skiing event.

Following Kotsenburg's win, things went a bit downhill for the US. The US Alpine Ski Team failed to bring home any gold, despite being favorites for the win at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Snowboard legend Shaun White went home empty-handed after bowing out of the men's slopestyle event, and then placing fourth in the men’s halfpipe competition.

But things eventually turned around for the stars and stripes out in Sochi. US athletes dominated the podium during the slopestyle skiing event. 22-year-old Joss Christensen took home the gold, and did it for his late dad.

Entering day seven of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Norway is in the overall lead with 13 medals while the Netherlands and USA are tied with 12. Eighteen medals will be awarded today. Stay tuned to see which athletes will take the podium.

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Police Conducted Welfare Check On Wendy Williams Over Alleged Poisoning

Police reportedly conducted a wellness check on Wendy Williams at her New Jersey home earlier this year after an anonymous caller claimed the TV personality's husband, Kevin Winter was poisoning her, People reports.

The incident reportedly occurred during Williams' television hiatus in Jan. 2019. According to the police report obtained by People, police arrived at Williams' residence shortly after the call was made. Hunter reportedly answered the door, claiming his wife was recovering from an illness.

Authorities noted that Hunter was "hesitant" to let the police inside the house but eventually did. There, they found Williams in bed with a "blanket covering her from neck to toe." Williams told the cops she was recovering from a broken shoulder.

Williams reportedly "became tearful" when they asked if there was any truth to the poisoning allegation, but she ultimately denied that any wrongdoing was taking place. Police said Hunter "then responded saying something to the effect of there had never been any calls to his house regarding domestic violence."

While the couple might not have received calls to the house, there have been rumors of domestic abuse. Many assumed that was one of many reasons why Williams filed for divorce against Hunter earlier this month. Even so, the Williams maintained that she was leaving on good terms.

"I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he said a recent episode of her self-titled show. "No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine."

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Matthew Knowles To Produce "Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical"

Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles, is reportedly producing a musical based on R&B/hip-hop group, Destiny's Child, according to TMZ. "Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical" will give fans a behind-the-scenes view of one of the greatest female music groups of all time.

According to Knowles, who previously managed the group during their heyday, the musical will be an honest tale of DC's conception and career. The show's message is that "building a dream takes sacrifice," TMZ reports.

Destiny's Child was a group from 1990 until 2006. The group went through a lot of early changes in regards to its line-up. The group's final line-up was comprised of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. It's unclear if the musical will walk the audience through those shifts, but Knowles assures fan the music will feature a mix of exciting music and dance routines.

"Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical" is slated to premiere in Houston in 2020 with additional dates for Broadway and London's West End. Stay tuned for more details.

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Phylicia Rashad Marks Broadway Directorial Debut With 'Blue'

Phylicia Rashad plans to embark on a new career journey, and its base is Broadway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the famed thespian will direct a forthcoming play titled Blue.

The production, originally scripted by Charles Randolph-Wright, will hit Broadway in 2020. It's based on a South Carolina family and their journey of self-exploration and the battle of un-hesitant trust in the midst of their wealth. "I am happy to be directing this play that brought me so much joy," Rashad said. "It affirms the importance of theater and its power to touch the human heart."

Randolph-Wright also expressed his elation in the play's resurgence. Rashad initially acted in the production's debut in 2000 and again in 2001. "Part of the inspiration for writing Blue was that I had never seen a family like mine on stage," he said. "I am thrilled that Blue will continue to open doors to a more diverse world, and also spread a little joy."

As she prepares for a new venture, Rashad has continued to showcase her one-of-a-kind talent in front of the camera. The 70-year-old actress recently guest-starred on NBC's This Is Us, a recurring role on FOX's Empire, and on the silver screen with Creed II.

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