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meandbrunomars: BRUNO BLID (Found this joke f…


BRUNO BLID (Found this joke funny, Brown in norwegian is Brun, and it’s this tanning place called Bruno og Blid…there for Bruno blid… yes…no? Ok lest start the translation)

From Hawaii to Hollywood. The gold-throat Bruno Mars has taken the music world by storm. Vi met the heartthrob in Stockholm.

Come in, screams an eagerly Bruno Mars from his gigantic suite in Lyndmar hotel in Stockhom. The 27-yearold is on visit in the Swedish capital to promote his new album, and is in a wonderful good mood. The little man with the big voice are impeccably dressed in rust-red trousers, a brown tweed jacket and black hat. According to different websites Bruno is 165cm tall – he looks suspiciously much lower than that.

-Coffee? asks Bruno, and fill himself a cup, before he throw himself down at the couch. Where there lies a stack of Topp-magazines. 
– Why aren’t i on the cover? Asks Bruno while giving me a seriously look while he takes a sip of his coffee.
Because you’re a boy. We usually have girls on the cover. I answer carefully.
– I can put on a wig, Bruno laughs and scroll curious through the magazine.

Have you ever been in Norway?
– Yeah, i’ve been in Copenhagen once!
Sorry to disappoint you, but that’s not in Norway. Thats in Denmark.
– Hahaha, really? I feel like i’ve been to Norway, but maybe i’m wrong. So then i have to answer no.

But we know your planning your tour – maybe you will come visit us then?
YES! Of cours. I wanna go to norway!

Wanted to be like Elvis
In the recent years Bruno’s songs have plundered charts-lists domestic and foreign. But even tough he’s a relatively new name on the star-heaven, he’s no newbie in the industry.
– I can’t even remember the first time i was on a stage, tells Bruno, and reminisces back to his childhood in Hawaii. Where he was a star in his fathers show on a local hotel, and he enjoyed the spotlight form the very first second.
– To be honest i don’t remember so much about it. But i do remember i loved the microphone, and to hear my own voice fill the room over the speakers, Bruno explains eagerly.

I got some photos from your childhood with me, and wondered if we could take a look together? 
-Wow! Look at him! Exclaims Bruno and picks up the child-photos.

You looked like a pretty cool dude already back then –  do you remember a lot about it?
– I was obsessed with Elvis and doo-wop music! I loved watching videos of Elvis. I saw all the girls screaming for him and thought ” i want that” Bruno laughs.

Who made the costumes you used on stage? 

Is it still her who dress you up?
– Ha ha. No, unfortunately. But i wish it was. I looked so much more awesome at that time!

Did you ever miss a “normal”childhood?
– For me, this is normal. If my parents didn’t put me on stage, i got devastated.

What do you thing when you’re on stage, do you ever get nervous?
– I’ve been on the stage my whole life, so i’m actually more comfortable preforming than i am with anything else. 

If you could choose, do you prefer a large or small crowd?
– I find just as much joy in both. There is something special about hearing thousands of screaming fans. But also something special about when you get to make eye-contact with people in a small crowd.

Creative by night
While weekends and nights was spent in his fathers show, Bruno still had to spend the week at school like everyone else.
– School wasn’t exactly my thing. says Bruno, who also admits  he had a hard time keeping his concentration up.

What was your favorite class?
 – I took a class called oral interpretation, much like drama. I took it cause it was my favorite teacher that had the class. I though it could be a subject i could easily get a good grade in. But i didn’t know the whole subject was based on using the whole year making an act, that you were gonna play out at the end of the school year.

And that is not what you wanted?
–  He he, that meant that you had to show up to all the classes all the time. And my teacher had an good eye on me…

 When are you most creative?
– When I’m as free as possible 

That is when?
– You never know! But maybe most at night. 

When you write music, what comes first to you – the lyric or the music?
– Both actually, everything can happen when you write music. It could be that I’m humming a tune, or that i say something, and i think “wow, that was a cool phrase”

What about “young girls” as an example. Where did you write it?
– I wrote that song in New York. You often uses music as therapy. And on this album I really feel that I have been in touch with myself and really used personal stuff used in the lyrics.

You travel a lot – what do you have to bring?
– A warm jacket and my watch. 

If you could just jump on a plain and travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
– Hmmmm… i think Bora Bora!

Not Norway?
 Yes of course Norway! Does it snow there? Can you go skiing? I’ve never seen that in real life, i’m from Hawaii you know!

Throwback interview! 💕

Peter Gene Hernandez wowed the universe before…

Peter Gene Hernandez wowed the universe before he was Bruno Mars:

He’s a Grammy award winning, record selling entertainment king that has dominated music charts for years. But for many of Bruno Mars’ fans in Hawaii, his days on stage captivated fans long before he even mastered his ABCs.

His father says the aspiring entertainer started performing at the age of 2. His dance moves in Waikiki showrooms eventually launched him onto a national stage.

Mars’ hunger and dedication on stage never burned out. His talent was well known at his Alma mater, Roosevelt High School.

Even attracting attention from school faculty. Cary Kano was his PE teacher, he recalls his humble heart.

“So much pride. Proud he was just such a nice person to begin with so I’m very happy for him because of the way he was in high school treating people with respect, always trying to get people involved and couldn’t happen to a better person,” Kano said.

After Mars left Hawaii, fame didn’t arrive immediately but when it did, it hit big!

In January, he took home 7 Grammy awards. KITV4 spoke with his father in Kaimuki about the superstar’s big win and his never ending love for Hawaii.

For many who knew him before reeling in world wide success, they carry nothing more than pure pride.  

“Just keep it up, we are proud of you. Roughrider country all the way and you won’t beat me in basketball yet,” Kano said.

His teacher recalling a big game at Roosevelt where Mars’ team couldn’t out win their teachers.

He may not be a master of hoops but is certainly a master of pop with the fans to prove it…

Local boy, local roots, returning home to Hawaii.

Restaurants near Aloha Stadium preparing for t…

Restaurants near Aloha Stadium preparing for tens of thousands of expected Bruno Mars concertgoers:

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Electronic traffic signs posted on roadways around Aloha Stadium flash the warning: “Traffic Alert, Bruno Mars concerts.”  

With an estimated 36,000 concert-goers for each of Bruno’s 3 nights, parking is expected to be pretty tight.

The neighborhood directly across from the stadium have already taken measures. Some homeowners have put cones on the streets in front of their homes.

“I expect everyone to cone off the front of their house and maybe park their cars to save parking for relatives and family,” said Halawa Valley Resident Nalu Enos.

There are multiple alternate parking sites for the concert, like Stadium Marketplace Shopping Center which once housed Kmart.

Radford High School is another official parking spot for Bruno Mars concert-goers. The school is canceling after-school activities tomorrow in anticipation of a full parking lot.  

Though traffic may be a pain, local businesses around the Stadium say the rush of potential new customers is thrilling.

“This is a superstar coming to Hawaii, once in a lifetime. Especially with 36,000 people coming. It’s going to be way different than a UH game,” said Stadium Camellia Restaurant manager Chris Kim.

The Korean buffet at the Stadium Mall Shopping Center says reservations on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday are filling up.

“We noticed everyone is making reservations at 5 p.m., they want to enjoy dinner and drinks, have some fun, and go to the concert after,” explained Kim.  

They’re also expecting big crowds at Restaurant 604 by Pearl Harbor Visitors Center,

“We sat down and we all thought: everybody get ready. This is going to be it. We’re all hands on deck for this. Everybody is coming in, we are fully staffed. We’re ready to rock. This is our Superbowl, as our boss would say. It’s our Superbowl!” said Restaurant 604 manager Rickey Bailey.

They’re not taking reservations on the nights Bruno Mars will be performing, but they are offering a free shuttle for restaurant-goers to and from Aloha Stadium.

“We figured that’s the least we can do, offer a free shuttle going back and forth,” said Bailey.

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Schools near stadium adjust schedules to prepa…

Schools near stadium adjust schedules to prepare for Bruno Mars concert gridlock:

November 7, 2018 at 2:19 PM HST – Updated November 8 at 5:51 AM
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Radford High will end the school day early on Thursday to ensure students and parents aren’t stuck in Bruno Mars concert traffic.

The schedule will also allow for on-campus parking for event-goers.

Radford High said it will end the day at 12:45 p.m., instead of the normal 2:10 p.m.

The parking lot at the school will open to concert goers at 3:30 p.m.
[ Even if you’re not going to see Bruno Mars, you might get stuck in the traffic ]
Nearby Makalapa Elementary, meanwhile, will end its day at 2 p.m. Thursday as usual. But parents are being asked to pick up their children by 2:30 p.m.
All after-school activities at both schools have been canceled.

Aloha Stadium officials have urged people to prepare for bumper-to-bumper traffic Thursday associated with the concert. Mars will also perform on Saturday and Sunday.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

First-Ever Bud Light Super Bowl Festival Taps …


Ahead of Maroon 5’s Super Bowl Halftime performance this year, On Location Experiences, the hospitality partner that works with the NFL and Bud Light, is giving the opportunity for even more live music leading up to the main event.

Today (Nov. 7), the company announced the first ever Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival. The special event will take place over three nights at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena between Thursday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 2 ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

Day one of the festival will feature Ludacris, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Metro Boomin and a DJ set by Lil Jon. Day two will be headlined by Aerosmith, while the final day will feature Bruno Mars and Cardi B – the two together at last.

“Atlanta is a city with such a strong music culture, that we wanted to work together with our partners at On Location Experiences to bring a music festival to the city that has something for everyone and pays homage to the city’s history of iconic music,” said Shana Barry, Director of Experiential, Bud Light. “Between bringing some of the biggest acts out there right now along with some local Atlanta flavor, we hope that we can give people a chance to come together, drink a few beers and have an unforgettable experience during Super Bowl weekend.“ Adds John Collins, CEO of On Location Experiences: “Super Bowl Music Fest was created from the vision of bringing the scale of a top-tier music festival and building it around the excitement of one of the world’s biggest sporting events.”

In addition to the star-studded lineup, the festival will also feature celebrity and athlete appearances. Tickets to the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m. and will be available through Ticketmaster and


Hawaii’s Bruno Mars brings 24K Magic tour to A…

Hawaii’s Bruno Mars brings 24K Magic tour to Aloha Stadium:

Bruno Mars comes home this week, but the pop music megastar’s welcome came five months ago, when his first two announced shows each sold out in a couple of hours. A third was added and sold out just as quickly, and now the moment his fans waited months for is finally here.

For the fourth time, the Roosevelt grad born here as Peter Hernandez is back, bringing his mega-successful 24K Magic World Tour to Honolulu for a little homestand.

This visit is his biggest yet, befitting of his ever-growing profile, as he revives Aloha Stadium as a viable concert facility with a venue-record three sold-out shows, capping a 213-concert tour that spanned six continents, 38 countries and nearly two years.

About 110,000 fans will attend the three shows, reinforcing the pop-music superstar’s description of his home state in a 2011 web documentary.

“They got love, man,” Mars said then. “Hawaii … this place is the best.”

Hawaii earns the nickname “The Aloha State” in many ways. From the lei we give out on special occasions to the way we always make sure our potlucks have too much food rather than too little. From the aloha shirts many businessmen favor over three-piece suits to the way we welcome guests — both into our state and into our homes.

But some of our greatest aloha is expressed in the way we support our own.

>> Where: Aloha Stadium
>> When: 7 p.m., Nov. 8, 10 and 11 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
>> Tickets: $49.50 and up, available at
>> Guest acts: Charlie Wilson (Nov. 8); The Green and Common Kings (Nov. 10 and 11)
Every Little League team that makes it to the World Series — which only seems to happen every other year — gets the full weight of the state behind it. When Mililani’s Jasmine Trias and Maui’s Camile Velasco were “American Idol” finalists, the show became appointment television from Kalapana to Kekaha, and our telephone votes carried Trias to a third-place finish.

So when one of our own becomes perhaps the biggest pop star in the world? Well, it’s like we ourselves are along for the ride — singing along to every No. 1 song, gushing over every Super Bowl halftime show, celebrating every Grammy Award win.

And when that pop star comes home for a visit? We throw the biggest party we can.

The hoolaulea for Hawaii’s own Bruno Mars begins Thursday at Aloha Stadium. It lasts for three concerts across four nights, with more than 100,000 of his closest friends having already RSVP’d, “Hell yes.”

>> 19: Top 40 singles
>> 11 million: Albums sold
>> 79 million: Singles sold
>> 7: No. 1 singles as a performer
>> 8: No. 1 singles as a songwriter
>> 32: Weeks spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
>> 32: Countries where Mars has had a No. 1 single
>> 11: Grammy Awards won
>> 27: Grammy nominations
>> 14.049 billion: Total YouTube views for Bruno Mars’ official music videos
>> Miles traveled: 113,201
>> Days: 594
>> Shows: 213
>> Continents: 6
>> Countries: 38
>> States: 29
>> Cities: 123
>> Stops: 141

Take away something as simple as birthplace and Mars is still very much the kind of pop megastar Hawaii fans would love. Start with the fact that he’s half Filipino. So rare has it been for us to see Asians and Polynesians in the national limelight that we grab on for dear life when one — be it in music, movies or sports — rises to national or worldwide prominence, even if he’s not from Hawaii. A Steve Perry-less Journey would not sell out one concert here if it weren’t led by Arnel Pineda, a singer from the Philippines. In the world of sports, Ichiro Suzuki, Troy Polamalu and Jeremy Lin were local faves.

But the “half” in Mars’ ethnic makeup is as important as the “Filipino” to a state that has three times as many multiracial residents per capita as any other state, for we also pride ourselves on our multiculturalism. Sure, racial prejudice exists in Hawaii, but we’re still the state with the most ethnic variety, and Mars embodies that diversity — his father is most prominently Puerto Rican and Jewish and his late mother was Filipino, but he has flecks of other ethnicities laced in with those. For a state of “poi dogs,” one moving the most assuredly toward a true post-racial society, who better to identify with than a pop star who defies racial categorization?

And Mars is a big enough star that even if he wasn’t from Hawaii, the coming shows would be significant. That said, the fact that Mars is “one of us” certainly adds to the fervor surrounding his arrival on these shores this week. And let’s face it — he probably wouldn’t be coming here if he weren’t from here. Honolulu is on one of its greatest runs of concerts in many years, but while more and more stars are finding their way to our islands, the biggest are not visiting at their peak the way Mars is. We’re getting some great acts, but we’re not getting the Taylor Swifts, the Ed Sheerans, the Beyonces of contemporary pop music. Will that change? Mars’ three sellouts seem to have opened the door to more shows at the stadium, with the Eagles and Guns N’ Roses due in December, and there are rumblings that other stars could be on their way.

Whatever happens down the road, with Mars coming to town, Honolulu for once is included in a worldwide tour by an artist in the upper stratosphere. Mars’ 24K Magic Tour has sold well past 2 million tickets worldwide, with revenue surpassing $250 million. The album it was named after was the second-best seller of 2017. Overall, Mars has certified sales of more than 90 million records/downloads in the U.S. alone less than a decade after he put himself on the map with a smooth guest spot on rapper B.o.B.’s chart-topping “Nothin’ on You.”

All of which serves as a reminder of another reason Hawaii loves Bruno: He always remembers where he came from.



“Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (2010)
>> Peak: No. 3
>> Sales: 5 million copies
>> Singles: “Just the Way You Are” (No. 1 for 4 weeks, 9 million); “Grenade (No. 1 for 4 weeks; 7 million); “It Will Rain” (No. 3, 3 million); “The Lazy Song” (No. 4, 3 million)

“Unorthodox Jukebox” (2012)
>> Peak: No. 1
>> Sales: 4 million copies
>> Singles: “Locked Out of Heaven” (No. 1 for 6 weeks, 6 million); “When I Was Your Man” (No. 1 for 1 week, 6 million); “Treasure” (No. 5, 3 million)

“24K Magic” (2016)
>> Peak: No. 2
>> Sales: 2 million copies
>> Singles: “That’s What I Like” (No. 1 for 1 week, 7 million); “Finesse feat. Cardi B” (No. 3, 3 million); “24K Magic” (No. 4, 5 million)

Other singles
>> “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (2015, No. 1 for 14 weeks, 11 million)
>> “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars (2010, No. 1 for 2 weeks, 3 million)
>> “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars (2010, No. 4, 2 million)
>> “Lighters” by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars (2011, No. 4, 2 million)
>> “Young, Wild & Free” by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars (2012, No. 7, 4 million)

Sources: Billboard Magazine, Recording Industry Association of America

The pop superstar born in Honolulu as Peter Hernandez has brought his show to town for the tours following all three of his albums, with each visit growing on pace with his skyrocketing career — from one sold-out show at Blaisdell Arena to three there and now three at Aloha Stadium, a venue with about four times the capacity of the arena. For his hometown fans, it was a long wait through a tour that has gone on for almost two years, but in the end he did not forget about us.

Mars’ backstory is well-known, and it both adds to the Bruno Mars mythology and makes him that much more likable.

He started his career as a 4-year-old Elvis impersonator in Waikiki and entertained at hotel shows throughout his youth. During a “60 Minutes” profile in November 2016, he also recollected, with no negativity or sense of self-pity, how he spent part of his childhood homeless, living with his father and brother in an abandoned shack in Manoa Valley.

Mars has credited his humble beginnings for his work ethic and his start in Waikiki for his broad appeal.

“Because of my upbringing performing for tourists, I had to entertain everyone. Not just black people, not just white people, not just Asian people, not just Latin people. I had to perform for anybody that came to Hawaii,” Mars told Rolling Stone for a November 2016 cover story. (Mars had not granted the Star-Advertiser an interview at press time.)

That requirement to entertain all comers has also resulted in a command of various musical styles. His latest album, 2016’s “24K Magic,” is pretty much a straight-up tribute to old-school R&B and funk, but his prior two albums showed off his versatility as a singer and his dexterity at crossing genres, with forays into belted balladry (the soaring yet somber “When I Was Your Man”); post-punk reggae-rock (the Police-­inspired “Locked Out of Heaven”); folksy, island-inflected pop whimsy (“The Lazy Song”); and even an amalgam of styles including Motown and surf rock (“Runaway Baby”).

Those songs and those sounds all come from Bruno. In an era in which so many pop stars lean on hitmakers such as producers Max Martin and Benny Blanco, Mars has had a hand in writing and producing every song he’s appeared on. He works with outside producers at times — most notably Mark Ronson, with whom he recorded the megahit “Uptown Funk” — but compared with his peers, such collaborations are minimal. More commonly, Mars and his production teams — previously The Smeezingtons and now Shampoo Press & Curl — work in the opposite direction, shepherding hits for such artists as Adele (“All I Ask”) and CeeLo Green (“Forget You”), the former earning him one of his 11 Grammys.


Mars takes that same hands-on approach with his dancing, that extra something-something that takes him from star musician and singer to maybe the best showman currently working, a worthy successor to great entertainers such as James Brown and Michael Jackson.

Phil Tayag, one of the founding members of the renowned hip-hop dance crew the Jabbawockeez, works with Mars on many of his routines — peep him in the video for “Finesse,” among others — but won’t go so far as to call himself Mars’ choreographer.

“He’s not one of those artists that just wants somebody to prepare something for him,” Tayag told in January. “We build everything together. He is very involved in all aspects of what he does when it comes to music production and everything. So it’s the same with dancing and creating and choreographing — super involved. … I was thinking in the beginning that he was just one of these artists that wants to be fed this choreography and all that, but he’s not. He’s super involved in everything, so we create together. He is a choreographer as well.”

The choreography is one part of translating powerfully sung songs to a live platform. Mars sees the brotherhood — in one case literal — he shares with his eight-piece band, the Hooligans, as an even more essential part.

“I think the best part of our show is that you can tell that we’re all friends up there,” Mars said in a documentary short posted to his YouTube page, “and you go in thinking, like, ‘Oh, OK, I’m gonna go see this guy sing these love songs,’ but then you kinda get a treat, you get … one of my best friends, (sideman and writing partner) Philip Lawrence, and me and him are just having the time of our life. You got my brother (Eric Hernandez) on drums, and I think that’s where the magic happens.”


>> Oct. 8, 1985 — Born Peter Hernandez in Honolulu.

>> Feb. 14, 1990 — Graces the cover of Midweek at a mere 4 years old, drawing attention for his gig as an Elvis impersonator at the Esprit Nightclub at the Sheraton Waikiki. Mars goes on to appear in costume in the Aloha Bowl halftime show in December and in the Nicolas Cage film “Honeymoon in Vegas” two years later.

>> June 7, 2003 — Graduates from Roosevelt High School. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.

>> Feb. 8, 2009 — “Right Round” by Flo Rida (featuring an uncredited Kesha) becomes Mars’ first No. 1 hit as a songwriter (six other writers and the band Dead or Alive share credit).

>> May 1, 2010 — “Nothin’ on You,” a collaboration with rapper B.o.B., becomes Mars’ first No. 1 single as a performer. Five months later, “Just the Way You Are” becomes Mars’ first fully solo chart-topper.

June 15, 2010 — Network TV debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

>> Oct. 4, 2010 — Debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” is released.

>> Dec. 19, 2010 — Plays a sold-out show at the Blaisdell Arena.

>> Feb. 13, 2011 — Wins first Grammy Award, for best male pop vocal performance for “Just the Way You Are”

>> October 20, 2012 — Hosts “Saturday Night Live” and serves as musical guest, one of only 25 performers ever to do double-duty. (He also appears as a musical guest only on Oct. 9, 2010, Nov. 22, 2014 and Oct. 15, 2016.)

>> March 16, 2013 — “Unorthodox Jukebox” becomes Mars’ first (and so far only) U.S. No. 1 album.

>> June 1, 2013 — Mother, Bernadette Bayot, dies of a brain aneurysm at age 55. Mars told Latina magazine in 2017, “She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would.”

>> Feb. 2, 2014 — Wows the world as the lead Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performer, with a guest appearance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (He returned two years later at Super Bowl L as a guest with Beyonce at the request of main act Coldplay.

>> April 18-21, 2014 — Plays three sold-out shows at Blaisdell Arena.

>> Jan. 17, 2015 — “Uptown Funk,” a collaboration with British producer Mark Ronson, spends the first of 14 weeks at No. 1, tied for third-most in Billboard history.

>> July 4, 2015 — Performs at the White House as part of President Barack Obama’s Independence Day celebration.

>> Nov. 20, 2016 — CBS news program “60 Minutes” airs a segment on Mars, his roots in Hawaii and his rise to fame.

>> Dec. 13, 2016 — Appears on the “Carpool Karaoke” segment of “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” About 50 segments have aired and Mars’ is among the most viewed on the internet.

>> Nov. 29, 2017 — His special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” airs on CBS.

>> Jan. 28, 2018 — Wins six Grammys, including the big three of album, record and song of the year, bringing his career total to 11 Grammys.

>> June 9 and 16 and Aug. 3, 2018 — Three shows at Aloha Stadium this month sell out within hours.

Half of Bruno Mars’ $1 million donation spent …

Half of Bruno Mars’ $1 million donation spent on playgrounds, park repairs:

FLINT (WJRT) (10/18/2018) – “Tonight, I want to donate $1 million to our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan.” The promise singer Bruno Mars made a year ago at his concert in Auburn Hills.

The city of Flint can already see and benefit from his gift.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint created a video to show the singer impact he’s made over the past year. In it, several Flint kids can be seen telling Bruno Mars ‘Thank you!’

CEO Isaiah Oliver said they’ve been working directly with Mars and his team because the singer wanted to decide where his dollars went.

So far, $579,000 has been spent on building two playgrounds, refinishing basketball courts, rebuilding Broome Park’s tennis courts and supporting the MSU pediatric public health initiative.

“The work that Dr. Mona’s doing,” Oliver explained. “Most people know that the registry’s happening and we’re talking about how we engage people and how we track stuff, not only people and access to opportunities, but how we make sure we have the right interventions. In most cases, we don’t think about the back office support necessary to run those programs." 

It’s all an effort to help kids recover from the effects of the water emergency, specifically those poisoned by lead.

"What we know is unstructured play is probably the best cognitive development for 0 to 6 year olds. So why not build out spaces to have that happen?” Oliver said.

Positive changes all made possible by a high-profile celebrity with no distinct connection to the Flint community.

“He’s probably never stepped foot in Flint, probably has not engaged with people directly from Flint; but, he cared enough about what was happening to our community at that time and a lot of the stuff that continues to support us and give us hugs by way of a large gift,” Oliver said.

For more information on the Foundation and how you can apply for a grant, click on the ‘Related Links’ section of this story.

Bruno Mars Won’t Play Prince in New Movie

Bruno Mars Won’t Play Prince in New Movie:

A rep for the pop star calls “Daily Mirror” report “100 percent false.”

A representative for Bruno Mars says a report claiming he will portray Prince in a new movie is “100 percent false.”

The Daily Mirror, a British tabloid, published a story over the weekend saying that Mars was “being lined up to play Prince” in a biopic to air on Netflix. The story was picked up by several online sites and was circulating widely.

But Mars’ representative says the story is not true and Netflix says there’s no film in development. 

Paul Cockerton, online deputy digital editor, said in an email to The Associated Press that the paper was reaching out to the reporter on the story to see if it needed to be corrected or clarified and checking with Netflix and Mars for an official statement.



Bruno Mars Assembles One Of The Largest Crowds…

Bruno Mars Assembles One Of The Largest Crowds In Lollapalooza’s Chicago History:

What a difference a day makes.

Following a slow start in terms of attendance Thursday on day one of Lollapalooza 2018 in Chicago’s Grant Park, day two did brisk business early, with a massive crowd gathered on the festival’s south end by 4PM central Friday.

All of that can be credited to headliner Bruno Mars. Lollapalooza is the only American festival date Mars has booked and was easily the weekend’s most anticipated concert performance.

A massive throng gathering at the Grant Park main stage more than four hours before Mars’ 8:30PM slot. 

Large crowds moved south, seemingly en masse, following sets by Post Malone and Texas pop-rap collective Brockhampton for not just the biggest performance of the weekend, but in recent Lollapalooza history: Bruno Mars.

A giant crowd on the festival’s south end turned out for Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2016. That crowd was topped during a Lollapalooza Chicago homecoming set by Chance the Rapper last summer. But both of those gatherings were easily eclipsed by the one assembled Friday night for Bruno Mars.

Mars is the rare pop star whose appeal spans generations, conjuring up images of Prince for fans on the older end alongside an unquestionable charisma that’s ageless.

“Is Chi-Town in da house?” asked the star rhetorically following “24K Magic” second in his set. Fireworks soared above the stage, interacting with the Chicago skyline to provide a virtually unparalleled urban festival backdrop.

Mars, who barred photographers from his set, continued to roll out the hits, following quickly with “Treasure.”

“Chi-Town, I wanna see y’all movin’!” he declared, working the immense crowd into a frenzy with “Perm.”

Bruno Mars Makes History in Hawaii With Third …

Bruno Mars Makes History in Hawaii With Third Stadium Show in Honolulu:

Bruno Mars will have quite the homecoming run when his 24k Magic World Tour hits Honolulu in November. The Grammy-winning singer has added a third date to his stop at Aloha Stadium, Nov. 8. Reacting to high demand, the bonus show comes ahead of already booked performances on Nov. 10 and 11, all three of which have sold out.

After hitting Europe, the Far East and Australasia, Mars’ tour, produced by Live Nation, picks up its North American route on Sept. 7 in Denver, Colorado.

In booking the trio of homecoming shows, Mars becomes the first artist to break the concert attendance records of U2 and Michael Jackson, both of whom played for two nights at the 50,000-capacity stadium.

Tickets moved swiftly as Mars offered priority sales to zip code-restricted Hawaii residents for the first 48 hours.

Playing two nights in Hong Kong in May, Mars grossed $4,814,632 on ticket sales of 27,847, according to Pollstar.

The 24K Magic trek marks Mars’ first full-length tour since his Moonshine Jungle Tour launched in 2013, which sold 2 million tickets globally across 155 sold-out dates.