China halts beauty contestant

Canada’s outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year’s pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending censorship.

Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong to the southern island province of Hainan after a Chinese official told her by telephone that she would not be granted a visa on arrival.

Lin is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong meditation practice, which was outlawed by China’s ruling Communist Party in 1999.

“If they start to censor beauty pageants — how pathetic is that?” Lin said in Hong Kong.

Lin, who moved to Canada from China when she was 13, told a U.S. congressional hearing in July that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their organs could be harvested and sold for transplants. The 25-year-old actress also plays an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner in an upcoming Canadian movie, The Bleeding Edge.

Jeezy helps with church meals

Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy went from handing out meals to performing in front of a sold-out crowd in Atlanta.

Jeezy took the stage at the Tabernacle on Wednesday night hours before he helped hand out 200 boxes of food at Mount Sinai Baptist Church. He held the event through his Street Dreamz Foundation.

Through Jeezy’s event, many also received a bouquet of flowers and two tickets to an Atlanta Hawks basketball game.

Rapper T.I. made a brief appearance with Jeezy on stage.

Adele to go on ‘25’ tour

Adele has announced her first tour since 2011, with a string of European dates in support of her record-breaking new album, 25.

The British singer announced Thursday that she will play venues in Britain and Europe starting Feb. 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.