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Beyonce Lip-Synced the Star-Spangled Banner
Photos Courtesy of Revel Entertainment.

Did you watch happen to watch Beyonce’s performance at the Presidential Inauguration?  If you did, did something seem a little off to you?

Heck, you might not have noticed anything considering she looked and sounded great as she usually does.  But if you looked closely and listened closely you may have noticed that perhaps Beyonce wasn’t singing live.

At least that’s what some reports are saying - that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem.

Apparently a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band made a claim that the singer didn’t sing live, instead opting to lip sync to a prerecorded version of the song.  This claim was later rescinded and it is now looking like it might have actually been the band that used prerecorded music.

Sheesh!

Whatever.  Either way they all sounded great.

Leonardo DiCaprio Plans on Taking a Break From Acting

Fans of Leonardo DiCaprio are not going to like this one, so I apologize in advance.Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page in "Inception." Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

It seems that the actor is planning on taking a break from acting.  Calm down—he’s not retiring—just taking a breather.

In a recent interview he explained that he’s “a bit drained” and will be taking “a long, long break.”

And he should be.  In the last two years he’s worked on three films, so it isn’t really surprising that he’s tired and needs a little R&R.

Although he won’t be acting, DiCaprio won’t be sitting around either.  He still plans to get back out there and help to raise awareness about global warming.

There’s no word yet on when he plans to return, so in the meantime you’ll just have to make due with seeing him in Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Shakira and Her Husband Welcome New ChildShakira photo: blog.music.aol.com

 It seems like it was just yesterday that Shakira announced that she and hubby Gerard Pique were expecting their first child.  But, the singer was spotted heading into a Barcelona hospital in preparation to give birth, tweeting, “I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak.”

And gave birth she did—to a 6 lb, 6 oz baby boy.

The pop star and Spanish footballer have named their little one Milan Pique Mebarak.

According to a statement on her website, “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.”

Both Shakira and the baby, who is said to have instantly became an FC Barcelona member, are both doing well.

Congrats!

Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

Contact Valerie at writerval@comcast.net

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Beyonce photo: Revel Entertainment

Leonardo DiCaprio photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Shakira photo: blog.music.aol.com