Who’s in the news: TCM honors Cicely Tyson with hand and footprint ceremony

March 30, 2018 GMT

TCM honors Cicely Tyson with hand and footprint ceremony

LOS ANGELES — Cicely Tyson’s legend is being cemented into film history.

Turner Classic Movies says it will honor the 93-year-old actress and activist with an official hand-and-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on April 27.

Tyson is best known for performances in films like “Sounder” and television films “Roots” and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” An Emmy- and Tony Award-winner, Tyson has also been honored by the NAACP and the Kennedy Center and in 2016 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The ceremony will run in conjunction with the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. Previous TCM honorees have included Jane Fonda, Frances Ford Coppola, and Carl and Rob Reiner.

LL Cool J to launch new SiriusXM classic hip-hop channel

ATLANTA — LL Cool J wants to make old-school hip-hop music relevant for today’s listeners with a new SiriusXM channel.

The two-time Grammy-winning rapper tells The Associated Press that he will launch his new classic hip-hop channel called “Rock the Bells Radio” on Wednesday. He will host an invitation-only roller skating event to help launch the channel during a live broadcast in Los Angeles.

LL Cool J hopes to create an avenue for old-school rappers to play their past songs and promote new work. He says the channel will feature interviews and classic rap songs from Ice Cube, Kool Moe Dee, Outkast, Public Enemy and Snoop Dogg.

The channel’s name is derived from LL Cool J’s 1985 hit song, “Rock The Bells.”

Common to perform at lynching memorial openingconcert

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Concert for Peace and Justice with a lineup that includes Usher, Common, The Roots and Kirk Franklin has been announced for the grand opening of a memorial in Alabama to victims of lynching.

WSFA-TV reports that the Equal Justice Initiative announced the lineup for the April 27 concert celebrating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Concert tickets start around $50 and go on sale Friday. The memorial also will have an opening ceremony , featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock and Rep. John Lewis. And there’s a two-day summit with an array of national leaders and civil rights advocates on April 26 and 27.

The memorial overlooking downtown Montgomery is dedicated to racial terror lynchings of African Americans and the legacy of slavery and racial inequality in America.

JJ Hairston top winner with 5 trophies at Stellar Awards

LAS VEGAS — JJ Hairston was the top winner at the Stellar Awards with five, but Travis Greene took home artist of the year and three other trophies at the annual event honoring gospel music.

The ceremony Saturday in Las Vegas included mainstream acts Snoop Dogg and Tori Kelly, as well as a reunion by the sister duo Mary Mary.

Hairston & the Youthful Praise choir won song of the year for “You Deserve It,” and also CD of the year for the album of the same name.

The awards, hosted by Kirk Franklin, are set to premiere on TV One on Friday and will be syndicated on other networks through May.

Killer Mike apologizes for National Rifle Association video

Killer Mike posted two videos Sunday apologizing for a video interview he did with the National Rifle Association.

The rapper, who was born Michael Render, had faced backlash after NRA TV shared the piece on the same day the March For Our Lives rallies were held across the country. Killer Mike said the interview had been shot a week before.

Well known for his political and social activism, the rapper has frequently spoken out on various topics including police brutality.

In the NRA video, he criticized National School Walkout Day — in which students left classes to pay tribute to the 17 people killed at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a month earlier and to demand stricter gun control laws.

Killer Mike said in the video he posted on social media Sunday that he supports the youth-driven gun control movement.

“I’m sorry that an interview I did about a minority, Black people in this country, and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys,” he said. “That was unfair to you and it was wrong, and it disparaged some very noble work you’re doing.”

Rapper Fabolous facing charges in domestic violence incident

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Rapper Fabolous is facing domestic violence charges in New Jersey.

Englewood police say the rapper, whose real name is John Jackson, turned himself in around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. They say the alleged incident occurred earlier that day, but they would not identify the victim or say who reported it.

Fabolous was charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. He was released Wednesday night.

The rapper lives in Englewood with his girlfriend, Emily B, a former cast member on the “Love & Hip Hop: New York” reality show.

Fabolous’ agent did not respond Thursday to a message seeking comment on the charges.

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