Hall, Lewis, Layne, Stenberg Are Named Essence Honorees

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Essence has named four actresses as its annual Black Women in Hollywood honorees. They are Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg, who both starred in "The Hate U...

Rihanna Sues Father Over Use Of Their Last Name For Business

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose...

Alicia Keys To Host Grammy Awards Next Month

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she'll be there as a host. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb....

Kim Kardashian Confirms She and Kanye Expecting 4th Child

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their fourth child. Kardashian confirmed the surrogate pregnancy during an appearance Monday on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen." The...

Opera and the African American – ‘Figaro Meets Frederick Douglass’

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Among many other trailblazing accomplishments, W.E.B. Du Bois stood among the many African Americans who composed, sang, and otherwise reveled in opera. In 1955, Marian Anderson broke the color...

New Documentary Threatens to Expose Michael Jackson as Child Predator

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia First R. Kelly. Now it’s the late King of Pop. After the scathing and gut-wrenching Lifetime Television documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” shed more light on the alleged crimes of...

2019 Songwriters Hall Class: Missy, Cat Stevens, John Prine

By MESFIN FEKADU ,  AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott is making history as the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also includes legendary British singer...

Illinois Refuses Permit For Concert To Be Hosted By R. Kelly

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. Illinois...

Cardi B Leads iHeartRadio Awards With 13 Nods, Drake Has 8

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has 13 reasons to celebrate: She's nominated for 13 honors at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. IHeartMedia announced Wednesday that the rapper is the most nominated...

Executive Producer Dream Hampton Talks “Surviving R. Kelly”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia For Dream Hampton, who served as executive producer of the much-talked about “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, the explosive revelations in the film were just the tip of the...

The Latest: R. Kelly’s Attorney Denies Abuse Allegations

By The Associated Press STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly (all times local): 8:25 p.m. An attorney for R. Kelly says abuse allegations made against the R&B star...

Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ Draws a Strong Audience for Debut

By DAVID BAUDER ,  AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox hoped to use a week when there wasn't much else on broadcast television besides football to draw attention to its new competition "The Masked...

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