Wednesday’s Wilder wonders

Hey there, hi there! 

Today’s installment of Music and Entertainment news starts with a great humanitarian mission from Rihanna. Do watch the video to the right, it certainly puts “Back to School” in a totally different perspective!

Rihanna recently traveled to the South African country of Malawi where she met with government officials, students and families from the village of Muzu. Rihanna’s foundation, the Clara Lionel Foundation has partnered with the bicycle sharing company ofo, in addition to working with the Global Scholarship Program to not only provide bicycles to students so they can actually get to school each day, but to also help improve the opportunities for students with Scholarship programs. “I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna explains.

From the never judge an album by its cover (ne book by ITS cover) a great collision occurred in 1992, that really goes to show people really can be something besides what you assume! 

While performing his song “Don Henley Must Die” at an Austin nightclub, the psychobilly artist Mojo Nixon (go watch “Elvis is Everywhere” or Debbie Gibson is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child” – you’ll see (awesome and hysterical songs btw)) is surprised when Henley, who happened to be in the neighborhood, climbs up on stage and starts beatboxing along with it. Nixon says it was the first time in his life he was left speechless. Henley seeing the humor in the song forces his critics to rethink what they perceive as his earnest arrogance.


  • Butch Patrick (actor, The Munsters‘ Eddie) (64)
  • Joe Lynn Turner (singer, RainbowDeep Purple) (66)
  • Apollonia Kotero (TV/Movie actress, R&B singer) (58)
  • Garth Hudson (keyboardist-saxophonist, the Band) (80)
  • Andy Fairweather-Low (singer-guitarist; known best for his work with Eric Clapton, but has also played with the WhoRoger WatersProcol HarumStevie Nicks, and David Crosby, among others) (69, disputed)
  • Charlie XCX (singer) (25)
  • 1924 Actor Carroll O’Connor (All In The FamilyIn The Heat Of The NightMad About You) is born.
    1932, Actor Peter O’Toole was born today. 

Other notable events that happened on August 2nd…

  • 1776 –  Members of the Continental Congress begin adding their signatures to the Declaration Of Independence.
  • 1962 – An obscure folk singer named Robert Zimmerman has his name legally changed to Bob Dylan.
  • 1975 – The Eagles’ “One Of These Nights” hits #1 in the US, where it stays for one week.
  • 1973, American Graffiti premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Directed by George Lucas, the film stars Richard Dreyfus and Ron Howard.
  • 2007, Elvis Presley Enterprises announces plans to revamp Graceland, the singer’s home, with a visitor’s center, convention hotel, and high-tech multimedia displays. (See? Elvis really is everywhere! ^^)