Smollett says he redacted phone files to protect privacy

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett on Tuesday said he redacted some information from his phone before giving it to Chicago police investigating a reported attack on the “Empire” actor in order to protect the privacy of contacts and people who are not relevant to the attack. Smollett’s representatives issued a statement a day after police […]

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Gucci creative head breaks silence over ‘blackface’ sweater

NEW YORK (AP) — Gucci’s creative director broke his silence Tuesday over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface, saying racism was never his intention. Alessandro Michele, a design force at the Italian fashion house, lamented in a letter to employees both his own pain and “that of the people who saw in one of my […]

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4 Oscars will be given off air

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The film academy has finally revealed the Oscar categories that will be presented during the commercial breaks of this year’s broadcast in an attempt to shorten the show to three hours. The Oscars for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short will be presented off-air at this year’s ceremony, […]

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Nicki Minaj pulls out BET concert after network’s tweet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj says she’s cancelling her appearance at the BET Experience Concert after the network tweeted about her and fellow rapper Cardi B. Minaj said Monday on social media that she won’t perform at the concert or BET Awards. It comes after BET tweeted Sunday that Minaj was “being dragged by […]

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Hundreds turn out for Buju launch party

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – (February 10, 2019) – Hundreds of reggae and dancehall fans turned out recently for the launch party of Buju Banton’s Long Walk To Freedom tour. Banton is scheduled to perform for 15,000 screaming fans on March 30, 2019 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. According to Paradise Productions, which is organizing […]

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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival begins

WEMYSS BIGHT, ELEUTHERA — Wemyss Bight Primary School female students show that they are “Phenomenal Women” as they recite Maya Angelou’s famous poem, on February 7, 2019, during the E. Clement Bethel National Art Festival Adjudications at their school in Eleuthera.  Also pictured, Jayanna Gibson recites a poem by Robert Graves.  (BIS Photos/Eric Rose)

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Drake wins rap song Grammy, Childish Gambino makes history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake surprised the music world Sunday when he emerged on the Grammy stage to accept the best rap song trophy but told the room of musicians that winning awards isn’t necessary if you have real fans attending your concerts and singing your songs. Drake, who rarely attends awards shows, won the […]

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List of winners in top Grammy Award categories

A list of top winners at the 61th annual Grammy Awards.   Best rap album: “Invasion of Privacy” by Cardi B Best rap song: “God’s Plan” by Drake Best country album: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves Song of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson Best pop duo/group performance: “Shallow” by […]

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Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at Grammys Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys. The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives. Obama’s initial comments were interrupted by raucous applause and many in […]

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Memorial concert, arts endowment honours Audrey Dean-Wright

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The late Audrey F. Dean-Wright had an almost infectious enthusiasm and excitement for the arts that was paralleled by her fierce commitment to educating and enlightening the youth who were drawn to her. As an educator, she shared her knowledge without reservation; as a choir director, she poured her passion into her […]

Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots’ competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football’s annual spectacle in a decade. A boycott by disgruntled New Orleans Saints fans, a campaign by fans of quarterback Colin […]