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Ciara's 15-Carat Sparkler Takes Center Stage in Houston | Ciara

Caught in the Act

Ciara's 15-Carat Sparkler Takes Center Stage in Houston

Originally posted 10/29/2013 07:20PM

Ciara's birthday party continues.

On Monday, the singer celebrated her big day – and engagement to rapper/producer, Future – by hosting an event at the Moët Rosé Lounge in Houston.

While the celebration was in honor of the "Body Party" singer turning 28, all eyes were on her massive engagement ring.

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Beyoncé & Jay-Z Celebrate All-Star Weekend in Houston | Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z

Beyoncé & Jay-Z Celebrate All-Star Weekend in Houston

Originally posted 02/18/2013 06:00AM

It's Beyoncé's world and we're all just living in it.

On Saturday night, Blue Ivy's pop star mom, her husband Jay-Z and LeBron James held court in Houston at the Sprite Two Kings private dinner at RDG + Bar Annie.

While fans were buzzing about the singer's new documentary, Life Is but a Dream, Beyoncé slipped into the late night event dressed in a white pantsuit with her honey-hued hair in curls.

As the event continued, Chef Robert del Grande served mixed surf and turf with starters of Maine lobster salad, seared foie gras po' boys and entrees including wood grilled prime beef and gulf red snapper.

American Idol

American Idol Finds Big Talent, Big Drama in Texas

Originally posted 01/27/2012 08:30AM



It was American Idol's ninth visit to Texas, the same state where Kelly Clarkson was discovered a decade ago. And judging by Thursday's episode, taped in Houston, the judges may have found a competitor to match the original Idol's talent.

Kristine Osorio was the night's clear highlight and her stunning version of Adele's "One and Only" immediately caused Jennifer Lopez to remark, "Thank you, God!" Osorio, a 28-year-old student, also has one of the season's more compelling back-stories. A mother of three whose music career was sidelined when she got pregnant, Osorio is struggling to pay bills and embattled in a divorce from her husband. But instead of paying off her legal fees, Osorio chose to pay for a ticket to audition instead. Wise move: Steven Tyler praised her "beautiful tenor" and all three judges unanimously agreed to send her to Hollywood.

Ramiro Garcia also had one of the more heartbreaking stories of the night. The 28-year-old was born without ears and doctors had initially said he would be mute. But at age 4, he underwent reconstructive surgeries and eventually became able to hear. Garcia wowed the judges with his soulful version of "Amazing Grace." (Watch a clip below.) "I like what I'm hearing," said Tyler. "I like your insides as well. You're a power of example, to say the least."

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Patrick Schwarzenegger Makes a Splash on – and off! – the Runway!

Patrick Schwarzenegger Makes a Splash on – and off! – the Runway!

Originally posted 10/19/2011 05:55AM

Patrick Schwarzenegger debuted his new clothing line, Project 360, at Houston Fashion Week – and he let the clothes take center stage. The young designer stayed backstage to help prep the models, but he also took time to meet his fans. "He was very popular with the females in the audience," an onlooker says. When he wasn't busy, Schwarzenegger was playing Word with Friends on his iPhone. He also hit up the Houston Galleria during his brief time in Texas. – Jessica Wedemeyer

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