Alicia Keys writes memoir

for Oprah Winfrey imprint

Alicia Keys has a memoir coming out in November, to be published by Oprah Winfrey's imprint.

Flatiron Books announced Wednesday that Keys' "More Myself" will be released Nov. 5 through Winfrey's "An Oprah Book" imprint. Flatiron is calling the memoir a "360-degree perspective" on her life, from her childhood in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan to her spectacular, Grammy-winning rise.

 

R. Kelly appears in court

for child support case

R. Kelly's publicist says the R&B singer wants his child support payments lowered, but it doesn't appear that they were reduced during the most recent hearing in the case.

The judge in Kelly's child support case has sealed it and prohibited attorneys from talking to the media about it, so it's unclear if Kelly made such a pitch during Wednesday's hearing in Chicago. However, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kelly's criminal defense lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said there would be "no change in anything."

Wednesday's court appearance was Kelly's first since last week, when a judge ordered him jailed for failing to pay more than $160,000 in back child support. Kelly was released Saturday after the money was paid.

 

Attorney: Brothers helped

Smollett out of friendship  

The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement.

Gloria Schmidt represents Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo. She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the brothers agreed to help Smollett because of their friendship with him and the sense that he was helping them in their careers.

Schmidt says the brothers have come to realize how much the incident has negatively affected minorities and particularly victims of actual hate crimes.

Smollett is expected to enter a plea on Thursday.