ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

A Boston College to Name School for Late Journalist Gwen Ifill

BOSTON (AP) — A college in Boston will name one of its schools after the late Gwen Ifill (EYE'-ful), a co-host of PBS' "NewsHour" and veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates. Simmons College...

Hundreds Rally in Support of Imprisoned Rapper Meek Mill

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Philadelphia to protest rapper Meek Mill's imprisonment on probation violations. Celebrities and athletes spoke at the rally Monday evening near City Hall, including former 76er Julius...

Spike Lee Discusses Racism at Charlottesville Film Festival

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Director Spike Lee asked the audience at the Virginia Film Festival to observe a moment of silence to remember the Charlottesville woman killed after a car plowed through a group...

New Orleans Writer & Tulane Professor, Ladee Hubbard, Wins Gaines Award

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Inspired by W.E.B. DuBois' 1903 essay "The Talented Tenth," a New Orleans writer has written a debut novel that earned her recognition with this year's Ernest J. Gaines Award for...

Natalie Madden, Artistic Painter who Transformed Ordinary People into Royalty Dies at 42

ATLANTA (AP) — Tamara Natalie Madden, an artist and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, has died. She was 42. The Tom M. Wages Funeral Home outside Atlanta confirmed her...

UK Magazine Apologizes to Lupita Nyong’o over Edited Hair

LONDON (AP) — British magazine Grazia U.K. has apologized to Lupita Nyong'o after the actress accused it of altering her hair on its front cover "to fit a more Eurocentric notion" of beauty. The Academy...

Director Charles Burnett Turns Hobby Ambitions into an Oscar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Burnett expected filmmaking to be a hobby, a way for him to tell the stories of the people he knew growing up in south central Los Angeles. They weren't stories...

Poet Nikki Giovanni Shares Memories, Tears in New Collection

NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Giovanni has a thing about words, even a single one — like "needed." "I'm not needed," the beloved poet, drinking coffee at a hotel lounge in midtown Manhattan, insisted during...

Nicki Minaj’s Brother Convicted in Rape Case of Preteen Girl

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of predatory sexual assault after being charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. Jurors delivered their verdict...

‘The Frankie Lymon Story’ Brings Doo-Wop Back to D.C.

A local nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, increasing awareness and preserving the legacy of Black heritage in the Black Theatre, recently put on a production of Fool in Love: The Frankie Lymon...

Sean Combs ‘Just Joking’ on Name Change from Diddy to Love

Sean Combs says he was only joking when he announced over the weekend that he had changed his nickname from Diddy to Love, as in Brother Love. The rapper and producer took to Twitter and...

Kevin Hart Gets Serious, Beats Tiki Barber in NYC Marathon

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart got serious about training for the New York City Marathon. So serious, he beat former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber. The comedian and actor posted a video...