Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 20-26
Oct. 20: Actress Melanie Mayron ("thirtysomething") is 67. Director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," ''Trainspotting") is 63. Actor Viggo Mortensen ("Lord of the Rings") is 61. Drummer Jim...
Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and...
College leader: Football ‘hype’ videos broke law, policy
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi community college says football team videos that cost thousands of dollars violated copyright law and college policy, but the process has been reformed to make...
Big Sean’s foundation helps tackle student homelessness
DETROIT (AP) — Rapper Big Sean's philanthropic foundation continues to support a program created to deal with student homelessness at Detroit's Wayne State University.
Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey honored at women’s event
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina and more stars overcame a dysfunctional teleprompter to toast one another and their charities at a women's luncheon Friday...
Atlanta TV star: $750,000 in jewelry stolen from Lamborghini
ATLANTA (AP) — The reality television star and wife of rapper T.I. says more than $750,000 in jewelry was stolen from her Lamborghini outside an Atlanta bar.
Thousands show up for free Kanye West “service” in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of people showed up to an outdoor shopping center in Utah to see rapper Kanye West perform what he calls a worship service.
Kansas apologizes for risque Snoop Dogg show at hoops event
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse...
Voice smooth as shea butter, Ari Lennox is a future R&B star
NEW YORK (AP) — Ari Lennox was drunk on a plane as she headed to meet J. Cole for the first time in 2016 to work on music the rapper had been putting together for Rihanna.
T-Pain relishes in new success following ‘Masked Singer’ win
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Pain is not a fan of early mornings, but it’s the price you pay when traveling the country to highlight entrepreneurs and startup companies.
Dr. Dre, Iovine unveil high-tech new building at USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine want a new high-tech building bearing their names at the University of Southern California to become a place where young creatives can...
Model wins $15M rape lawsuit against Grammy-winning producer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A model and aspiring singer who alleged in a lawsuit that she was raped and sexually and emotionally abused by Grammy-winning music producer Detail has been awarded $15...
J. Lo, Shakira to perform at Super Bowl halftime show
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are going to bring the heat to the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the superstar performers,...
Reggaeton acts call out Latin Grammys for lack of noms
NEW YORK (AP) — Popular Latin performers such as J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Maluma are lashing out at the Latin Grammys for dismissing musicians from the reggaeton and Latin trap world in the top...
Louisiana police: Men filming music video waved stolen guns
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say they've arrested eight people who were waving stolen guns and assault rifles around in public while filming a music video.
East St. Louis rapper fatally shot at gas station
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a well-known East St. Louis rapper has been shot and killed in a gas station parking lot.
Kanye West attracts thousands to Wyoming for worship service
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Kanye West has held an outdoor worship service that attracted thousands of people to the Wyoming city where he owns a ranch.
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5
Sept. 29: Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 84. Actor Ian McShane is 77. TV theme composer Mike Post is 75. Actress Patricia Hodge is 73. Guitarist Mike Pinera of Iron Butterfly is 71. Singer-guitarist...
Producer Brian Grazer traces his success in ‘Face to Face’
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Brian Grazer says that if weren't for Eminem making eye contact with him during a tense meeting a few years ago, the rap film "8 Mile" probably wouldn't...
Detroit Youth Choir finishes second in TV talent competition
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Youth Choir came in second in the finale of season 14 of the reality talent competition "America's Got Talent."
Amazon Prime Video to stream Rihanna’s lingerie show
NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna believes women of all shapes, colors and sizes should be celebrated, and that spirit of inclusion has made her lingerie and beauty lines massive successes.
Tekashi 6ix9ine recounts abduction for jury at NYC trial
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine described for a Manhattan jury Wednesday details from his life of crime with a violent street gang, including getting abducted at gunpoint amid a dispute...
Song lyrics lead to terroristic threat charge at university
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say a University of South Alabama student is accused of making a terroristic threat after he wrote song lyrics by a popular rapper on a large flip chart in the...
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 22-28.
Sept. 22: Singer-dancer Toni Basil is 76. Actor Paul Le Mat ("American Graffiti") is 74. Singer David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple) is 68. Actress Shari Belafonte is 65. Singer Debby Boone...
Kanye West brings ‘Sunday Service’ to Georgia
LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West brought his collection of choir singers and musicians to an Atlanta-area megachurch for his religious popup performance called "Sunday Service."
Man sentenced to life for shooting of St. Louis rapper
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting during the taping of a rap video.
Daniel Williams was sentenced Friday to seven years...
- Business WireJ. Cole Wins Big at the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2019 With 3 Wins Followed by Cardi B, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Nas X With 2 Wins EachOctober 9, 2019
- Business WireHip-Hop Sensation Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring Award-Winning College Planning Tour Back to WisconsinSeptember 25, 2019
- Business WireAriana Grande, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Top Nominations for the 2019 “VMAs” Airing Live Globally on MTV Monday, August 26th at 8:00pm ET/PT from Prudential CenterJuly 23, 2019
- Business WireADDING MULTIMEDIA Soulfrito - The Urban Latin Music Festival Takes Over NYC’s Barclays Center in Brooklyn Friday, August 30thJuly 17, 2019
- Business WireMTV and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, the Grammy® Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Artist and Business Mogul, Announce the Epic Return of “Making the Band” In 2020July 15, 2019
Cardi B, A$AP Rocky and more support Rihanna’s Diamond Ball
NEW YORK (AP) — Like many kids, Rihanna dreamed of someday growing up to be rich, but helping others was at the forefront of her vision.
New Orleans man guilty in death of celebrity’s brothers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man has been convicted in the double-murder of a reality television star's two brothers.
New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office says jurors...
With “Eve,” Rapsody gains traction in the best rapper debate
NEW YORK (AP) — The debate over who reigns supreme as the greatest rapper of the moment is never-ending and never settled. From LL Cool J vs Kool Moe Dee, Tupac vs. Biggie, Jay-Z vs. Nas, it's a...
Florida rapper filmed part of video inside police station
MIAMI (AP) — Police in South Florida say they never gave permission for a rapper to film a portion of a video inside their lobby.
The video begins with IV Leo Little sitting on the ground...
Pyer Moss celebrates black culture with fashion and music
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y."; a spoken word artist who reminded...
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 15-21
Sept. 15: Actor Forrest Compton ("Gomer Pyle USMC") is 94. Comedian Norm Crosby is 92. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 74. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 73. Movie director Oliver Stone is 73. Drummer...
Injuries reported in stampede at Lil Wayne’s music festival
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A crowd stampede injured several people attending a New Orleans festival organized by rapper Lil Wayne.
Large portions of an audience estimated to include 15,000 people...
Nicki Minaj tweets that she’s retiring to ‘have my family’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is Nicki Minaj really hanging up the mic?
The chart-topping rapper announced Thursday on Twitter that she "decided to retire & have my family." Her announcement comes as a...
Rapper DMX helps family with back-to-school purchases
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rapper DMX has helped a Maine family with its back-to-school purchases.
The rapper was in Maine to perform at Rock Row when he crossed paths with Nikki Cutchens...
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 8-14
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 8-14:
Sept. 8: Ventriloquist Willie Tyler (with Lester) is 79. Actor Alan Feinstein is 78. Singer Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels is 77. Actress...
Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor named NFL Inspire Change advocates
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor are helping kick off the new social change partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z before the season-opening game in Chicago next week.
In new Hulu series, RZA dives deep into the Wu-Tang ‘Saga’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — RZA could have created a Wu-Tang Clan biopic like the NWA-based "Straight Outta Compton" film, but felt the nine-member rap group needed more room to tell their story....
MTV, Save the Music launch grant named after J Dilla
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV and the Save the Music nonprofit organization have launched a grant named after the J Dilla, the highly influential rapper-producer who died in 2006.
How Diplo and Morgan Wallen’s collaboration came about
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising country singer Morgan Wallen has a new collaboration with three-time Grammy-winning mega-producer Diplo, but Wallen admits Diplo probably didn't know who he was before they...
Residente worked with scientists to create his new album
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper Residente has some new collaborators on his upcoming album: scientists.
The Puerto Rican performer said he studied intensely with professors at Yale...
TV viewership down, social media up for VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) — If Taylor Swift, Missy Elliot and a 1990s rap reunion couldn't halt the shrinkage of MTV's television audience for its Video Music Awards, perhaps nothing can.
Elliott recalls crazy moments it took to make iconic videos
NEW YORK (AP) — After celebrating her two-decade-plus career at the MTV Video Music Awards with a performance featuring a slew of her hits, Missy Elliott knew she did a great job when the first...
Now free from legal limbo, Meek Mill eyes prison reform
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge Tuesday in a deal that resolves a 2007 arrest that has kept him on probation or in prison for most of his adult...
Missy Elliott honored at MTV VMAs; Swift wins top prize
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Missy Elliott, the rapper-singer-songwriter-producer-dancer whose music videos have moved the needle over the last two decades, was honored at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards,...
The Latest: MTV VMAs, in Jersey for the 1st time, flaunt it
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards, being held Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (all times local):
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 1-7
Sept. 1: Actor George Maharis ("Route 66") is 91. Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 80. Actor Don Stroud is 76. Singer Archie Bell of Archie Bell and the Drells is 75. Singer Barry Gibb of the Bee...