ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Mississippi Man Sues R. Kelly, Says Singer Ruined Marriage

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff's deputy is suing singer R. Kelly, alleging that Kelly had a years long affair with his wife that broke up his marriage. Deputy Kenneth Bryant, who married Asia...

James Earl Jones to Get Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement

NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones will soon get a third — for lifetime achievement. The Tony Awards Administration Committee said Thursday that Jones will receive the Special Tony Award...

Bill Cosby Finally Breaks His Silence

Bill Cosby is blind. It’s been more than two years since the embattled, television and film legend, who was once known as “America’s Dad,” has spoken out publicly. During a recent interview with the NNPA...

Beyoncé to Fund Scholarships for Black Women at 4 Schools

Beyonce is marking the anniversary of her album "Lemonade" by announcing scholarships for Black women to attend selected colleges. The singer announced that her Formation Scholars Award will go to a single Black woman student...

Drake Named World’s Most Popular Recording Artist in 2016

LONDON (AP) — Drake was the world's most popular recording artist in 2016, as the growth of music streaming gave global music sales their biggest boost in 20 years. The International Federation of the Phonographic...

Review: Mesmerizing Album by West African Women’s Supergroup

Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo and Mariam Doumbia, from Amadou & Mariam, are part of a supergroup of West African women whose CD "Republique Amazone" is a mesmerizing blend of female advocacy and dance rhythms. Dubbed...

Artist Who Evoked Black Pride, Barkley Hendricks, Dies at 72

Barkley Hendricks distinguished himself as a painter and photographer who invoked the grandeur and celebrated the flair of everyday Black people, memorializing them in his acclaimed life-size portraits. The artist died April 18 in...

Actress Octavia Spencer to Speak at Kent State Commencement

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University's first university wide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood as Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school. Spencer recently starred as mathematician...

Sylvia Moy, Motown Songwriter and Producer, Dies at Age 78

DETROIT (AP) — Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio's first female producer who penned or collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" and Marvin Gaye's "It Takes Two," has...

A Look at the 6 films Exploring the LA Riots, 25 Years Later

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles erupted into the most destructive civil disturbance in US history on April 29, 1992, and the 25th anniversary is being marked by six documentaries exploring the roots and...

Oprah Erupts in HBO’s Powerful ‘Henrietta Lacks’

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey doesn't scare easy and she wasn't frightened here. "But I was unsure and uncertain of myself going into this role," she says. "I did not want to do it....

‘Showtime at the Apollo’ to be Weekly Fox Series Next Season

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network says it has picked up "Showtime at the Apollo" as a one-hour weekly series set to debut next season. The show will feature as its host Steve...