LONDON – A paper cup Elvis Presley once drunk from has gone up for sale.

The late music legend is said to have taken some sips from the Dixie beverage holder after his concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956, and the item has already attracted five bids up to $157.50 just hours after going on sale on online auction site eBay.

The sales pitch states: “You are bidding on an AUTHENTIC Dixie Cup that Elvis Presley drank from on 19 April 1956 at 10:30am at the corner of 3rd and Boston in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

“Presley had performed the night before in Tulsa (18 April 1956).”

“This cup was obtained from Elvis Presley the following morning (19 April) at 10.45am after he left his hotel.”

“He ate and went shopping that morning before heading to Oklahoma City for his concert there later that night. (sic)”

The cup comes with a letter of authenticity and a notebook full of “research” which has been collected relating to the events surrounding the beaker.

The winning bidder will be sent the cup inside the box it has been stored in since 1956.

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Where are the Kids of MICHAEL JACKSON now?

The world star pop sensation Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The King of Pop succumbed to an overdose and died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering from cardiac arrest. The world continues to mourn the death of the superstar. In life, Jackson was a reclusive celebrity who kept a private personal life. In the aftermath of his death, we’ve seen his three children—Paris Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson II—emerge into the spotlight. Here’s where they are now.

Young Adults

At the time of Jackson’s death, his children were literally young kids. Fans remember a young Paris tearfully speaking at her father’s funeral. “I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say, I love him so much.” They’re all grown up now. Paris is now 19, Prince Michael is 15 and Michael Joseph is 20.

Michael Jackson famously named his youngest son, Prince Michael Jackson II, “Blanket.” Since 2015, the young man (seen left) changed his name, after reportedly being bullied, to the name “Bigi.”

Personal Struggles

Being the daughter of Michael Jackson hasn’t been easy. Paris revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017 that she struggled with depression and addiction. She tried to kill herself at age 15, slashing her wrist and downing 20 Motrin pills. “It was just self-hatred,” she says, “low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.” She shared that some of her many tattoos cover her scars, including places she used to intake drugs.

Family Drama

The Jackson children were raised by their large extended family. Drama that affects the Jacksons affects them as well. In 2017, family matriarch Katherine Jackson was in the middle of a heated legal battle with her nephew. Paris and Prince were notably kept away from their grandmother during this time, so as not to reportedly affect her legal testimony. The Jackson children continue to keep their father’s memory alive. In 2016, Paris honored the superstar with a tattoo. The new ink recreates the artwork of her father’s 1991 album, Dangerous. Prior to that, she got the phrase “Queen of my Heart” inked on her wrist, which was written in her father’s handwriting. “To everyone else he was the King of Pop,” she wrote on Instagram. “To me, well, he was the king of my heart.”

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Madonna celebrates Daughter Mercy’s birthday

The musician took to social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show her love for Mercy who turned 12 on Monday, January 22.

Madonna American Pop star on Monday posted messages on social media to celebrate the birthday of her Malawian daughter Mercy James.

On Facebook, Madonna posted a picture showing a smiling Mercy and the singer with Madonna’s arms around the child.

“Happy Birthday to this Rare and Beautiful Child!! Chifundo (Mercy) James!” Madonna said.

Madonna adopted Mercy from Mchinji in 2009. She also has three other children adopted from Malawi namely David Banda and twins Stella and Estere.

Last year, Madonna opened the state of the art children’s hospital in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre.

The hospital which was named after the birthday girl is called the Mercy James Centre.

Speaking during the opening last year, Madonna said she grew up without a mother and this made her to have a desire to take care of children.

“I grew up without a mother and all my life I have longed to be a good mother,” she said.

Mercy James also spoke during the event and she hailed her mother calling her the bomb.

Rod Temperton: Thriller songwriter dies…

Rod Temperton, the British songwriter best known for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Rock With You, has died.
Temperton died in London last week at the age of 66 after “a brief aggressive battle with cancer”, Jon Platt of Warner/Chappell music publishing said.
Temperton’s other hits included Off The Wall and Baby Be Mine for Jackson and Boogie Nights for his band Heatwave.
Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers was among those paying tribute, tweeting: “Your genius gave us a funkier world!”
Michael Jackson’s sister LaToya wrote: “A brilliant prolific #songwriter Rod Temperton may you #RIP one of my favorite #songs Rock With You #Thriller #legend #Music #MichaelJackson”
Producer and DJ Mark Ronson wrote: “So devastated to hear that Rod Temperton has passed away. a wonderful man & one of my favourite songwriters ever. thank you for the magic x”
Temperton, whose private funeral has taken place, was nicknamed The Invisible Man because of his low profile.

Rod Temperton’s greatest hits
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Boogie Nights – Heatwave
Give Me The Night – George Benson
Baby, Come to Me – Patti Austin and James Ingram
Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald

Arundhati Roy to publish second novel…

Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy is to publish her second novel – 20 years after her bestseller The God of Small Things came out.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness will be published in June 2017.
“I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world,” Roy said.
She has written a wide range of non-fiction but this will be her first work of long-form fiction since her debut.

“Only Arundhati could have written this novel,” Roy’s literary agent David Godwin said, describing it as “utterly original”.
He added: “It has been 20 years in the making. And well worth the wait.”
Simon Prosser and Meru Gokhale of publishers Hamish Hamilton and Penguin said in a statement: “To publish this book is both a pleasure and an honour.
“What an incredible book it is – on multiple levels; one of the finest we have read in recent times.
“The writing is extraordinary, and so too are the characters – brought to life with such generosity and empathy, in language of the utmost freshness, joyfully reminding us that words are alive too, that they can wake us up and lend us new ways of seeing, feeling, hearing, engaging.
“It makes the novel new – in the original meaning of novel.”
The 54-year-old, who won the Booker Prize in 1997, is one of India’s best-known authors.
She faced arrest for sedition for challenging India’s right to rule over the disputed Kashmir region in 2010.
She is also known for criticising Western multinationals and the excesses of capitalism.
Roy recently featured on the cover of Elle magazine, saying she wanted to break the myth of the typical Indian beauty.
“I’m a black woman. Most of us are. Ninety percent of us are. This obsession that Indians have with white skin and straight hair makes me sick,” she told the magazine.