West performs for Texas jail inmates
HOUSTON — Kanye West has followed the Johnny Cash route and performed for inmates at a Houston jail.
In secret from the public, the star rapper-turned-gospel singer performed songs Friday from his new gospel album “Jesus is King.” He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates at one jail facility before crossing the street to another jail facility and performing for a smaller crowd of female inmates.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said West’s representatives asked jail officials about doing secret shows.
The Friday concerts were performed two days before West is to speak at Joel Osteen’s vast Lakewood Church in Houston
The events were reminiscent of prison concerts given by country singer Johnny Cash in California.
Fresh batch of producers selected for the 92nd Oscars
LOS ANGELES — The 92nd Oscars is getting some fresh faces behind the production.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday that Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain will produce the February show.
While newcomers to the Academy Awards, both are veteran producers in the industry. Howell Taylor is an Oscar-nominated producer of “A Star Is Born.” Allain, who runs the company Homegrown Pictures, has been behind films like “Hustle & Flow” and “Dear White People.”
Film academy president David Rubin said they’ll bring dynamism and excitement to the show, but it remains unclear whether there will be a host.
Last year’s host-less Oscars saw an uptick in viewership after a record-low year.
The 2020 Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on Feb. 9.