NIPSEY HUSSLE VIDEO TO BE RELEASED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — We’ll get to see another bit of music featuring Nipsey Hussle. DJ Khaled (KAH’-leed) is releasing a single with the slain rapper. Khaled says the video for the single was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles. The single is called “Higher” and Khaled says all proceeds will be donated to Hussle’s children, 10-year-old Emani (ee-MAH’-nee) and 2-year-old Kross. Khaled says he decided to share the single after praying about it _ and getting the full support of Hussle’s family. The song also features John Legend. Hussle was shot to death in what police in Los Angeles say was a personal dispute on March 31. The man charged in the shooting has pleaded not guilty.
ROLLING STONES READY
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rolling Stones are ready to rock _ now that Mick Jagger is healthy again. The legendary band has announced new dates for the No Filter tour. It will launch in Chicago with a pair of shows June 21 and 25. The band says all the cities on the original schedule will be played _ and there is a new show date in New Orleans. Those holding tickets for the original dates are good to go _ those tickets will be honored. Those who can’t make the rescheduled shows can get refunds through Ticketmaster. The original concert swing was to start last month in Miami. But doctors told Jagger he needed medical treatment.
HOLLYWOOD AND POLITICS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remember when Hollywood reared up against Georgia when the state came close to passing a bill threatening LGBTQ rights? So far, there hasn’t been a similar reaction now that Georgia has approved the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. So far, no major film or TV studios has commented on the issue _ or changed plans to do business in the state. Some smaller studios have _ and some individual stars have suggested they will boycott working in the state. Two top Hollywood producers, Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, say they will go forward with plans to do their projects in Georgia _ but will donate some of the money generated from their productions to organizations fighting the anti-abortion law. Many companies produce films and TV shows in Georgia because it offers generous tax breaks to entertainment companies doing business there.
CW RELEASES SCHEDULE
NEW YORK (AP) — Female power rules in the CW’s new fall TV series. The network says it’s offerings will include series featuring Batwoman and teen detective Nancy Drew. The Drew series will star Kennedy McMann as the title character. And Ruby Rose will don the cape as Batwoman. Another CW series will be “Katy Keene.” It’s a spinoff from “Riverdale,” which is drawn from the Archie comic book series. Another proposed spinoff won’t be making the rounds, though. CW didn’t include “Jane the Novela,” which was the spawn of the just-ended series “Jane the Virgin.”
“BIG BANG THEORY” - FINALE
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Get the remote, DVR _ and tissues _ ready as CBS airs the final episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” The popular sitcom ends its very successful 12-year run tonight. Members of the cast say they have said their final goodbyes _ and Jim Parsons says the end of the series feels like a “real rite of passage moment” _ full of anticipation, memories and some tears.
PRESIDENT TRUMP - JUSSIE SMOLLETT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House isn’t saying whether President Donald Trump was referring to the Jussie Smollett case when he spoke at a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers. During his address yesterday, Trump called for those who file false police report to “face full legal consequences.” Because the statement was paired with criticism of prosecutors in Chicago, some thought the words were a “dogwhistle” to those criticizing the handling of the Smollett case. The black and gay “Empire” actor claimed he was the target of a hate crime. But police investigating the incident determined he staged it. After he was charged with a series of felonies for lying to authorities, Chicago prosecutors dropped all the charges against him.
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BRUCE WILLIS THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH IN PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — He certainly looked like a baseball player, decked out in his pinstriped Philadelphia Phillies uniform with the number 19 and his name on the back. But when he got on the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, Bruce Willis looked like, well, an actor. His pitch didn’t make it all the way to the plate, bouncing once before being caught by Philly pitcher Aaron Nola. Willis also took some swings during batting practice of last night’s game.
SANDRA LEE - N.Y. GOVERNOR
NEW CASTLE, N.Y. (AP) — Food Network star Sandra Lee is clapping back at talk that she and New York governor Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) have hit a rough patch _ or worse _ in their relationship. Lee has acknowledged she is selling her home in the state for $2.3 million. But when the New York Post suggested she and are Cuomo breaking up, Lee’s online comment to the Post was succinct: “knock it off.” She insists she and Cuomo are still “very much together.”
“HAMILTON” TO END CHICAGO RUN
CHICAGO (AP) — “Hamilton” will soon end its three-year run in Chicago. Producers say the show will close out on Jan. 5. The Tony Award-winning musical about the life of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton has had a successful run in Chicago, with producers saying more people have seen it in the Windy City than anywhere else. And producers say it will return. Meanwhile, there are also productions of the Lin Manuel Miranda musical playing in New York, San Francisco and London _ and there is a U.S. touring company.
MATT DAMON, CHRISTIAN BALE TO SERVE AS INDY 500 STARTERS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale will wave the green flag as honorary starters for this year’s Indianapolis 500. The two are co-staring in the movie “Ford v Ferrari,” which profiles the corporate battles waged by American car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles. They teamed up to use a Ford car against Enzo Ferrari’s dominant team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. The movie is scheduled for a Nov. 15 release. The race is scheduled for May 26.
ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW ARCHIE BUNKER, LIVE ON YOUR TV?
New York (ap) _ Archie Bunker is coming back to prime-time network TV and he might look a little different even if what he says is exactly the same. Woody Harrelson is stepping into the role as part of a 90-minute ABC special celebrating writer and producer Norman Lear. The live special will recreate one original episode from “All in the Family” and another from “The Jeffersons.” Jimmy Kimmel spearheaded the move, taking inspiration from the recent trend to mount Broadway musicals on TV. It airs May 22.
HUSTON NOT SORRY FOR CRITICAL COMMENTS ON DE NIRO, OTHERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anjelica Huston isn’t apologizing after making pointed comments about some of her acting contemporaries and past relationships during press tour for “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.” Huston has a key role in the Keanu Reeves action movie, which premiered in Hollywood on Wednesday. She’s been talking about her past while promoting the movie, making pointed jabs about Robert DeNiro’s acting choices and a new Diane Keaton movie in the process. Huston says she’s tried not to hurt people and while she may sometimes say something that’s politically incorrect, that’s also a part of who she is.
SPANISH COURT CLEARS SHAKIRA, VIVES OF PLAGIARISM
MADRID (AP) _ A Spanish court has cleared Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives of a plagiarism claim after rejecting a lawsuit brought against them by a Cuban-born singer and producer. The court in Madrid issued its ruling in favor of Shakira and Vives on Thursday. Livan Rafael Castellanos had accused Shakira and Vives of plagiarizing his 1997 song “Yo te quiero tanto” in their award-winning hit “La Bicicleta.” “La Bicicleta” won two of the three biggest Grammy Latino awards for 2016, including song and record of the year.
BARBIE JOINS PRESTIGIOUS RANKS OF FASHION COUNCIL HONOREES
NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Michelle Obama. Barbie? The Council of Fashion Designers of America will follow up those prestigious honorees of its Board of Directors’ Tribute Award with the ever-evolving doll. The council said in a statement Thursday the idea is to celebrate Barbie as a fashion icon, coinciding with her 60th anniversary. The council’s president says Barbie has had a “wide influence on American fashion and culture.” A human, presumably, will pick up the award at a June 3 ceremony. In addition to Steinem, Richards and Obama, other past honorees include Tom Ford, Janelle Monae and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Among Barbie’s fashion collaborators: Oscar de la Renta, Jeremy Scott, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Bob Mackie and Vera Wang have made special Barbies.
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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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