Mathew Knowles launching his own Beyonce boot camp 

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Watch out, Beyoncé: your secrets to stardom are about to be spilled.

Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé’s dad and former manager, is launching a “boot camp” for aspiring music professionals at Houston Community College Central, Black Entertainment Television reported Thursday.

The daylong course, The Entertainment Industry: How To Get In?, promises to teach showbiz hopefuls how to navigate the industry.

“I’ve been in the music and entertainment business more than 20 years and I know how it works,” said Knowles, who was fired in 2010 amid allegations that he had pilfered money from his famous daughter.

He was also forced to pay a former paramour child support that year, TMZ says, and is facing a new paternity lawsuit from another woman.

The daylong course costs $295 ($350 at the door).

Ginsburg OK being notorious

Don’t call Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg out of touch: the 81-year-old is a big fan of “Notorious R.B.G.,” a Tumblr blog devoted to her judicial prowess, fight for women’s rights and trademark lace collars.

“I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks,” she said in an interview with Katie Couric that was posted on Yahoo! News on Thursday. She called the blog, which features a rap song, fan art and T-shirts, a “wonderful thing.”

The fan blog drew new attention after Bader wrote a 37-page dissent opposing the court’s June ruling that retailer Hobby Lobby could use its religious convictions to deny employees insurance coverage for birth control.

“Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to, to control her own destiny,” Ginsburg told Couric.

She also let Couric browse her wardrobe of lace collars, including one particularly severe-looking number.

“It looks fitting for dissents,” she joked.


Stand-up comedian Marc Maron is in town and documenting his culinary adventures on Twitter. His favorite burrito is at Taqueria Cancun on Mission Street, reports the Mission Mission blog. He also called the chicken at Zuni Cafe “f---ing life changing.”

The Hollywood Reporter has named San Francisco State one of the top 25 film schools in the U.S., citing its instructors and Oscar-winning alumni such as screenwriter Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”) and documentarian Steven Okazaki (“Days of Waiting”).


Giants starting pitcher and All-Star Madison Bumgarner is 25.

Actress Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”) is 41.

Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy is 54.

Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 83.

Actor-director Geoffrey Holder (“Doctor Dolittle”) is 84.

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