Rosario Dawson to Co-Host Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer Campaign Virtual Concert

Rosario Dawson is ready to rock the vote…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress and activist will co-host Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer campaign kick-off on Thursday, June 18, a two-hour virtual concert co-headlined by Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas.

Rosario Dawson

Co-hosted by Dawson and Logan Browning with Chuck D and Eve, the event will stream live beginning at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT on democracysummer.org, and Democracy Summer’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Ne-YoBig FreediaLucy HaleAmara La NegraSaweetie, Sklyar Astin, Max, Leslie Grace, Dove Cameron, Sofia CarsonRich Brian and Michael K. Williams are among those slated to appear remotely. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro will make appearances.

“I’m excited to be a part of this kickoff to Democracy Summer 2020 with so many amazing talents, activists and speakers,” says Perry. “The young people of America are speaking loud and clear on the streets and online, and come November, it will be more important than ever to fight for justice and equality, and against systemic racism, with our ballots.”

“The young people are engaged. Their voices are loud and getting louder. The world is watching. And we need to vote,” agrees Chuck D, an early and consistent supporter of Rock the Vote, which was founded in 1990 by Virgin Records America co-chairman Jeff Ayeroff primarily to increase voter turnout among young adults.

“We are seeing the urgency for change in America happening in real time. This is the moment for us to use the most important tool on the planet to fight for that change…our right to vote,” says Ne-Yo. “Our democracy needs our voices. Voting is the moment to be the voice for injustice and for equality. But most importantly, to be the voice for humanity. We cannot let each other down in the local elections or on Nov. 3.”

Produced by BWG Live and in partnership with Voto Latino FoundationWhen We All Vote and March For Our Lives, the concert marks not only the first live-streamed event for the Rock the Vote, but also its first large-scale summer activation. 

In previous years the organization amped up in the fall before a Presidential election and typically staged a live event. Both pivots are a direct result of Covid-19.

“One of the realities is coronavirus derailed the momentum that is required in a major election cycle,” Rock the Vote president Carolyn DeWitt tells Billboard. “A few months ago we began seeing how the restrictions were affecting young people in particular, by moving them off college campuses and disrupting graduations and proms,” she says. “Our effort is really about building that momentum back up.”

With some 4 million young people turning 18 this year and innumerable issues at stake, the goal of Democracy Summer is to bring 200,000 new voters to the polls in November when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden challenges Donald Trump, as well as myriad primary and local elections throughout the summer and fall. Those interested in the event are encouraged to register at the Democracy Summer web site to get the latest details and lineup updates, although preregistration isn’t required to tune in. Viewers can go to Rock the Vote’s website to register to vote.

The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the swell of support around the Black Lives Matter movement also has catalyzed Thursday’s event. As protesters around the country have taken to the streets, Rock the Vote registered 107,000 new voters through its platforms and gained more than 25,000 new Instagram followers during the week of June 1, DeWitt says—numbers that dwarf those of a typical week.

“With what we’ve seen over the last couple weeks, the effort around Democracy Summer has become even more important. It’s not just the virus, it’s bigger than the economy standing still. The world feels like it’s on the brink of chaos and yet this moment around Black Lives Matter is bigger than that,” DeWitt says. “Frankly speaking, a big part of that is people are exercising their rights in a democracy. Young people are looking for things they can do and actions they can take in order to create change. We want to make sure we’re continuing to sustain that fire and passion into November, and make sure young people know the power of their votes and create the change they want to see.”

The live stream will include opportunities for viewers to donate to black-led and -focused organizations including the Community Justice Action Fund and National Action Network.

“Now, more than ever, voting is key for long-term change,” Black Eyed Peas said in a statement. “The youth vote is going to decide the future of America. It’s not just our duty but our honor to spread the word in an election year.”

“The diversity of America is what makes it great, and it is also what makes it our country,” says La Negra. “I am Dominican proudly, yet I am a black woman always. I matter. You matter. And together, we will always matter!”

“The need for young people to get out and vote has never been more important,” says Participant CEO David Linde. “We are proud to be working with Rock the Vote in making that need a reality and by using the inspiring, powerful message of Rep. John Lewis to make good trouble.”

Rock the Vote is planning additional Democracy Summer activations throughout the summer including on the Fourth of July and on August 6, the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Nikki & Brie Bella Among Presenters at This Weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival

Nikki and Brie Bella are headed to the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

The 34-year-old half-Mexican American professional wrestling twins, The Bella Twins, have been added to the list of presenters at iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend.

Nikki & Brie Bella

Other celebrity presenters for the festival — which takes over Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Friday and Saturday night — are Paula Abdul, Taran Killam, Ireland Baldwin, Erin Foster,Sara Foster, Ken Jeong, Sarah HylandLais Ribeiro, Shanina Shaik, Jeff GordonKristin Cavallari, KJ Apa, Skeet Ulrich, Luke Perry,Sharna Burgess, Candice Patton and Nicole Maines.

Notable attendees scheduled to hit the desert are *NSYNC‘s Lance Bass, Disney Channel star Sofia Carson and country singer Jana Kramer.

Performances kick off Friday with Fleetwood Mac, Jack White, Mariah CareyJason Aldean, Sam Smith, Panic! At The Disco, Kygo, Rae Sremmurd and Childish Gambino and then continue Saturday night with Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes and Logic. The Daytime Stage on Saturday afternoon will feature LogicDua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lil Uzi Vert, Dustin Lynch, MAX and Bazzi.

An exclusive live stream will air both nights of the festival and the Daytime Stage via CWTV.com and The CW app, as well as be broadcast across iHeartRadio stations.

The CW will then broadcast a two-night television special of the event on October 7 and 8 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm ET.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine to Perform at Hurricane Relief Show for Puerto Rico “Queens United/ Reinas Unidas”

Cynthia Lee Fontaine is ready to lip sync for her tierra

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican drag performer and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, whose real name is Carlos Hernandez, is set to perform at a drag benefit to raise funds for Puerto Rico.

Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Last month, fellow Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara announced the Hurricane Maria relief show, titled Queens United/ Reinas Unidas. Along with Fontaine, who competed on seasons eight and nine of Drag Race, the show will feature more than 25 queens of Drag Race fame, and will take place November 6 at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Other Latina drag performers set to perform include Jade Sotomayor, Naysha Lopez and Yara Sofia.

Billboard will host an exclusive live stream from the show on its Billboard Pride Facebook page.

All proceeds from the show — tickets, meets and greets and merch sales — will go to Somos Una Voz, a relief initiative started by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The foundation is rushing food, shelter, medicine, power and means of communication to Puerto Ricans in need after the island’s devastating natural disasters.

The full lineup includes: Acid Betty, Alexis Michelle, Bebe Zahara Benet, Bob the Drag Queen, Chad Michaels, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Ginger Minj, Jade Jolie, Jade Sotomayor, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Jessica Wild, Jiggly Caliente, Kandy Ho, Katya, Kimora Blac, Madame LaQueer, Manila Luzon, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Max, Milk, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Katya, Mystique Summers, Naysha LopezOngina, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Phoenix, Trinity k. Bonet and Yara Sofia.

The show is sponsored by Flip Phone MSP, and O’Hara has launched a crowdfunding page as well.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Aguilera Gives Birth to Her Second Child

Christina Aguilera is back to basics… Baby basics, that is.

The 33-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer and The Voice coach gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Christina Aguilera & Matt Rutler

It’s Aguilera’s first child with fiancé Matt Rutler, a production assistant whom she met on the set of Burlesque in 2010.

The “Ain’t No Other Man” singer also has a 6-year-old son, Max, from her previous marriage to music marketing executive Jordan Bratman.

Aguilera and Rutler announced their engagement in February and a week later revealed that they were expecting a child together. In March, they revealed the sex of the baby.

“I’m really excited to meet our baby girl,” she told People at the time. “This has been a very easy and enjoyable pregnancy.”

Meanwhile, Aguilera recently posed nude for V Magazine.

“As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she told the magazine.

Aguilera Exposes Her Baby Bump and More for V Magazine

There’s no shame in Christina Aguilera’s pregnancy body game…

The 33-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer and The Voice coach went completely naked while posing for the August issue of V Magazine.

Christina Aguilera

The pregnant singer showed off her curves and baby bump in a series of sexy photos for the magazine.

In a stunning black and white picture, Aguilera bares her nude body and growing belly. She holds her right breast with one hand and arches her back while lifting her face and closing her eyes.

Aguilera called photographer Brian Bowen Smith on purpose to capture the blissful moments before she gives birth. She felt especially inspired by her pregnancy. The entertainer talked to the magazine about being comfortable with her body.

“As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she said.

Christina Aguilera

Another photo shows Christina standing in a sheer white dress while holding her hair up in a sultry pose with her eyes closed. Her breasts are clearly visible behind the sheer material as her hand cradles her baby bump in the right position to cover her private part.

In another photo, Christina is seen laying on her back in the same see-through white dress while shirtless fiance Matt Rutler is crawling on top of her to plant a kiss.

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera is expecting her second child, which is her first with Matt. She’s already a mom to 6-year-old son Max with her former husband Jordan Bratman. While pregnant with Max, the singer also flaunted her baby bump in a nearly naked shoot for January 2008 issue of Mary Claire.

Aguilera, who is also working on a new album, will return to The Voice after delivering her second bundle of joy.

Aguilera Announces Engagement with Boyfriend Matthew Rutler

Christina Aguilera is giving marriage a second chance…

Christina Aguilera

The 33-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer and The Voice coach has announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Matthew Rutler.

The “Feel This Moment” singer shared her memorable moment with fans on Twitter with a playful message.

Christina Aguilera's Engagement Ring

“He asked and I said……” Aguilera’s tweet said along with a photo showing Aguilera and Rutler mano a mano with a large rock on the ring finger on her hand.

The setting? A terrace overlooking a tropical-looking beach.

Aguilera and Rutler have been a couple since 2010 after meeting on the set of the film Burlesque, where he was working as a production assistant.

At the time Aguidera was going through a divorce with then-husband Jordan Bratman, the father of her son Max, 6.

Q’Viva Lopez’s Peruvian Adventure

International superstar Jennifer Lopez is racking up some serious air miles in her quest to find Latin America’s undiscovered talents…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican-American bombshell spent the weekend in Lima, Peru taping her new television program Q’Viva! The Chosen.

Jennifer Lopez in Peru for Q'Viva

“I arrived in Peru and am very moved because I hope to discover great talents for QViva!” said Lopez via her Twitter account.

Lopez arrived in Peru with her children Emme and Max and her new boyfriend, backup dancer Casper Smart, according to Radio Programas del Perú.

Q’Viva! The Chosen, which Lopez is producing with her ex, Marc Anthony, will travel through 21 Latin American countries to find new singers, dancers, musicians and artists who will later fly to Hollywood to be part of an “extraordinary” talent show.

The weekly one-hour program will be taped in English, Spanish and Portuguese and air simultaneously on different networks in early 2012.

“Very soon the world’s heart will beat to the tune of Latin rhythms and we’re looking forward to experiencing history in the making,” said Lopez in a previous statement. “It is with great pride that we embark on this amazing and very personal mission to discover and celebrate the most captivating talent the world has ever seen.”