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Throw a Simply Chic Fourth of July Party with Celebrity Event Planner Sharon Sacks

Want to throw the best Fourth of July bash on the block? We thought so.

To help, we enlisted event planner extraordinaire (and the woman behind the lavish nuptials of Kim and Kayne) Sharon Sacks to help us pick the perfect party décor.

“The day is all about friendships, fun and old-fashioned patriotism, making it the perfect occasion for a festive summertime bash,” Sacks says. Whether treating your guests to a big backyard BBQ or a cozy picnic, the president and founder of LA-based Sacks Productions chooses to mix patriotic with practical. It’s a great way to “celebrate the amazing country that we call home,” she says.


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Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 70

06/28/2014 at 09:20 AM EDT

Bobby Womack, a colorful and revered R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details.

With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like “Across 110th Street,” ”If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much” captured the imagination of future stars in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B.

“He had a style that nobody else could ever capture,” longtime friend, gospel singer Candi Staton, said in a statement. “I loved him and I will miss him so, so very much.”

In a statement, musician Peter Gabriel said: “I’m very sad to learn of Bobby Womack’s death … His songs and his voice have been so much a part of the fabric of so many musical lives. In recent years, it was great to see Richard Russell and Damon Albarn bringing his music back into our attention. He was a soul legend. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this time.”

Womack’s death comes as something of a surprise. Though he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate and colon cancer, recently he seemed in good health and spirits when he performed earlier this month at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

He told the BBC in 2013 the Alzheimer’s diagnosis came after he began having difficulty remembering his songs and the names of people he had worked with.

And there have been many. The soul singer cut a wide path through the music business as a performer and songwriter in a career that spanned seven decades. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, long after he’d lost his fortune and his career to addiction.

He spoke of kicking his substance abuse problems in a 2012 interview with the Associated Press and all the friends he’d lost to drugs over the years.

“I think the biggest move for me was to get away from the drug scene,” Womack said. “It wasn’t easy. It was hard because everybody I knew did drugs. … They didn’t know when to turn it off. So for me looking at Wilson Pickett, close friends of mine, Sly Stone, Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and I can go on and on and on, and I say all of them died because of drugs.”

A Gospel Influence

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and sang gospel music at a young age, performing with his brothers in The Womack Brothers. Under the influence of gospel and R&B legend Sam Cooke, who signed the group to his personal label, Womack moved into secular music. In the early 1960s, his group recorded “It’s All Over Now,” which was covered by the Stones and became the band’s first No. 1 hit.

His songs have been recorded by multiple artists, and he played as a session musician in Memphis in the 1960s.

Albarn and XL Recordings president Richard Russell helped Womack regain his career with the 2012 comeback album The Bravest Man in the Universe. The album was a departure for Womack, full of electronic music and beats. But it was lauded by critics for a simple reason: That distinctive voice of his still brought chills.

“I don’t think he ever really thought that he would do anything again,” Albarn said of Womack in March. “Watching his rehabilitation and watching his ability to confront new material and new challenges was nothing short of miraculous at the time, and he still today continues to battle his demons and his illness. But he’s a beautiful person, and when he opens his mouth and that voice comes out, it is something that is somehow touched by God.”


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10 Things You Need To Know About Justin Theroux That Doesn’t Involve Jennifer Aniston


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On Sunday, Justin Theroux returns to the small screen with his starring role in HBO’s The Leftovers as Kevin Garvey, the police chief in the suburban community coping with life after the rapture. Theroux, who has starred in a number of movies and appeared on popular shows, such as Six Feet Under, has recently become most famous for being Jennifer Aniston’s boyfriend. That’s why his return to TV is so exciting.

The role is his first on screen appearance since 2012′s Wanderlust, which co-starred you’ll never guess who. While the film was a mild success, it didn’t showcase the many talents of Theroux, which are often overshadowed by his relationship with Aniston. Are they getting married? Is she pregnant? Is Theroux better than John Mayer? Does he have cold feet? Does she? Frankly, we don’t care because we are excited about the man that appears on screen but also does a lot behind the scenes, including writing and directing the sequel to the cult-classic, Zoolander. How is that for unexpected?

So click through the gallery above to enjoy looking at, while learning a little bit about Theroux. Trust us, there’s more to him than being Mr. Aniston.

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