Dec. 26 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Farmington welcomes home new winner of ‘The Voice’

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A celebration in Farmington was held Saturday to welcome the winner of NBC's "The Voice" back to her hometown. Fans watched a procession for Chevel Shepherd after she flew into town. At the Farmington High School Arena, Shepherd rushed to embrace some of her friends and family members from whom she has been separated since early November, when she traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the remainder of the 15th season on "The Voice," the Farmington Daily Times reports. She told the audience at the school: "I feel all the support and all the love, so thank you so much." Shepherd, who is 16, was declared the winner of "The Voice" on Tuesday after weeks of competition. Singer Kelly Clarkson was her coach. She tells the Daily Times that she plans to schedule a concert for January in her hometown.

Netflix named The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press. The streaming service started 2018 with almost 118 million subscribers and went on to win its first feature-film Oscar. It briefly surpassed Disney as the most valuable U.S. media company and lured the likes of superstar show runners Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, not to mention Barack and Michelle Obama. Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the company is 'humbled' by the honor. Netflix topped other candidates including Donald Glover, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper and Michelle Obama, among others.

Museum acquires statue, complete with glitter, nail polish

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Museum of Art has acquired an impressive marble sculpture of the first king of Israel, which had disappeared from public view for 150 years. The sculpture titled "Saul Under the Influence of Evil" was exhibited in Dublin in 1865 and then wasn't seen again. Turns out, an English barrister had bought the statue and taken it to his country house in England. The house later became a boarding school, which sold "Saul" to the museum earlier this year. The public can watch conservators as they clean the statue in public at the museum, removing things such as glitter stuck in crevices. Curator John Coffey says students liked to dress up the statue as various characters at the holidays, and they left the remnants of those costumes on "Saul."

‘Green Book’ movie fuels filling station preservation

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — For blacks, the adventure and excitement of traveling the early roadways of America was tempered by the certain knowledge that a pit stop made at the wrong place could be deadly. Bigotry loomed large in the form of “Whites Only” restaurants, hotels and other establishments. And getting caught out after sunset in an anti-black “sundown town” was fraught with peril. During the Jim Crow era, the Threatt Filling Station in Luther provided “a safe haven” for black travelers and locals on Route 66, said Edward Threatt, whose family owns the property. The building that housed the filling station is already on the National Register of Historic Places for several reasons including its distinction as a black-owned filling station along the “Mother Road.”