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Ciara Surprises Patients At Seattle Children's Hospital With Sweet Christmas Carols

Ciara is definitely in the holiday spirit with this sweet gesture. 

Ciara has joined forces with the Why Not You Foundation and Amazon to visit the Seattle Children’s Hospital to bring some much-needed holiday joy to the little patients. The “Level Up” singer made her surprise visit to the hospital on Thursday (Dec. 20).

“Visiting Seattle Children’s is a family affair for us,” she told the families at the hospital. “And, visiting during the holidays and spending time with everyone here is truly one of my favorite times of the year.”

The 33-year-old mother of two sang a number of Christmas carols to the children like, “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” She was also joined by musician Preston Pohl from The Voice and Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, Dr. Jeff Sperring.

In addition to her group performances, the singer also visited the patients who are unable to step out of their rooms. The special occasion marks the second consecutive year the Grammy-award winning artist has visited the hospital. Last year, she and Kelly Rowland made a pit spot and sang for the children.

“You guys really are the superheroes, I want you all to know that,” Ciara told the kids this time around.

The Why Not Foundation was started in 2014 by Ciara's husband Russell Wilson in efforts to help empower the youth and motivate them to strive for success.  At the top of 2017, Ciara visited the hospital to give the children much-needed makeovers.

“Every time I visit Seattle Children’s, I see how strong these children are who are going through such difficult battles,” Ciara said, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I wanted to help make them feel as strong and beautiful as they are to me and to let them know I’m thinking about them. I often hear that I inspire these kids, but they’re really the ones that inspire me. They are the real superheroes of today.”

READ MORE: Ciara And Russell Wilson Want Portland To Have An MLB Team

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Creates New No. 1 Record On Amazon's Best-Selling Books List

Since the Nov. 2018 release of former First Lady Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming, consumers have quickly purchased the enigmatic figure's prose, allowing the book to reach historic heights. According to CNN, Becoming created a new streak on Amazon for its longest-selling book, surpassing a two-month run atop the roster.

Obama's book knocked out the film-spawning passage Fifty Shades of Grey's streak, which hit stands in 2012. Becoming tells stories of Obama's upbringing to life in The White House and having her every move monitored. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Obama shared that she wasn't hesitant to peel back the covers on certain parts of her life.

"...because here's the thing that I realized: People always ask me, 'Why is it that you're so authentic?' 'How is it that people connect to you?' And I think it starts because I like me. I like my story and all the bumps and bruises," Obama said. "I think that's what makes me uniquely me. So I've always been open with my staff, with young people, with my friends. And the other thing, Oprah: I know that whether we like it or not, Barack and I are role models."

In addition to this feat, Becoming was also deemed Canada's bestselling print book for 2018.

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'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Says R. Kelly's "Goons" Confronted Dave Chappelle Over Skit

One of Chappelle's Show's most recognizable skits recently popped back into the mainstream conversation after Lifetime's docu-series on R. Kelly aired in early January. The 2-minute sketch features Dave Chappelle singing and enacting a song titled "Piss on You." The skit took its cue from Kelly's ill-famed sex tape where he urinated on a 14-year-old girl and went to trial for child pornography charges.

While the skit's reception was met with mixed reactions, the main subject was far from pleased with Chappelle's production. During an interview with "The Breakfast Club," the show's co-creator/writer Neal Brennan revealed that Kelly "wanted to fight Dave. His goons stepped to Dave in Chicago and Dave's goons intervened. The goons negotiated."

Prior to that revelation, Brennan broke down the purpose of comedy, stating that, "We will observe things, we'll make fun of things. Did people want us to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do?"

People were mad last week that we did an R. Kelly sketches 15 years ago. Here's me explaining comedy to them. pic.twitter.com/FQoxIALqkr

— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) January 15, 2019

Two years ago, Chappelle briefly discussed the sketch on HOT 97 and said it almost remained in a vault of skits that were never going to see the light of day. "That was the one sketch... I was going to cut it but then I watched it, and I said, 'This is so funny' and this is the crisis — can the audience handle it? So we left it in there," he said. In an interview with GQ, Kelly said he never heard of Dave Chappelle.

Watch the full interview below.

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