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Katy Perry pulls shoes from line after criticism

Katy Perry’s fashion line has pulled two types of shoes after some people compared them to blackface.

The Ora Face Block Heel and Rue Face Slip-On Loafers were released last summer in nine different colors. They included protruding eyes, nose and red lips.

In a statement released Tuesday by the singer and company, they said the shoes were “envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism.” The singer says she was saddened when she learned they were being compared to blackface and were “immediately removed” from the company’s website.

Perry’s is the latest company to withdraw products after they were compared to blackface. Gucci took a sweater off the market last week and Prada removed a series of accessories that resembled black monkeys with red lips in December.

Bush daughters to co-host author breakfast

Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring’s BookExpo convention.

Guests at the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner and author Lupita Nyong’o. Others appearing will be fantasy novelist Tomi Adeyemi, “Artemis Fowl” author Eion Colfer and best seller Da Chen.

The event will take place May 31 at the Jacob Javits center in Manhattan.

The Bush twins are the daughters of former President George W. Bush and granddaughters of former President George H.W. Bush, who died last November.

Fans rush doors after Travis Scott show postponed

Tulsa police shot pepper balls to disperse a crowd that rushed the doors of an arena after rapper Travis Scott suddenly postponed a sold-out concert.

Authorities say some fans rushed the doors of the BOK Center Monday night after learning of the show’s postponement. Video from outside the arena showed fans trying to enter despite a large marquee that read “POSTPONED.”

One fan also threw a water bottle at the arena’s doors, causing the glass to crack. Authorities say no injuries were reported

On Twitter, Scott said “last minute production issues” were to blame, and that the show was rescheduled to March 26.

The Houston rapper had performed Sunday night at the Grammy Awards and during the halftime show of this year’s Super Bowl.

Today’s birthdays: TV personality Hugh Downs (“20/20”) is 98. TV personality Pat O’Brien (“The Insider,” ”Access Hollywood”) is 71. Actor Ken Wahl (“Wiseguy”) is 62. Actress Sakina Jaffey (“House of Cards”) is 57. Actor Simon Pegg (2009’s “Star Trek”) is 49. Actor Jake Lacy (“The Office”) is 33. Actor Brett Dier (“Jane the Virgin”) is 29. Actor Freddie Highmore (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” ”Bates Motel”) is 27.

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