ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Pepper Spray, Assault Arrests, Follow Boosie Badazz’s Mississippi Shopping Trip

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At first, it was a rap star on a spring break shopping jaunt on a Mississippi Sunday afternoon. Then, cellphone video shows a security guard pepper spraying rapper Boosie Badazz...

John Ridley, ‘Guerrilla’ Drama Creator Defends Portrayal of Black Females

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Ridley said he expected his "politically sharp" TV miniseries "Guerrilla," about England's 1970s Black power movement, to be provocative. But criticism that the drama excludes the role played by Black...

Whitehead’s ‘Underground Railroad’ Wins Fiction Pulitzer

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," his celebrated novel about an escaped slave that combined liberating imagination and brutal reality, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Monday's announcement confirmed the book...

Fans Say Farewell to Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Chuck Berry

LOUIS (AP) — Fans lined up before dawn on Sunday to pay their final respects to music legend Chuck Berry, roughly three weeks after his death at age 90 near his hometown of St....

Rock Hall 2017 Class Includes Tupac, Pearl Jam, and Journey

NEW YORK (AP) — The late rapper Tupac Shakur, Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, and 1970s hitmaking band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. Joan Baez, Electric Light...

Baltimore Native Pens a Woman’s Guide on Determining the Pursuit of Marriage

Joi-Marie McKenzie had been living in limbo for years, waiting for her boyfriend to propose—and she was restless.   The Baltimore native was 28 years old and ready for the big fairytale wedding, the children...

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Honored with Literary Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison is collecting another prestigious prize. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is scheduled to be presented with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Emerson-Thoreau Medal. The prize was...

Rappers Becoming Fixtures on Food Scene

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Snoop Dogg furiously stirred flour into a creamy bechamel sauce, a whisk in one hand and a microphone in the other during a cooking demonstration with chef Guy...

‘Empire’ Actor Morocco Omari Charged with Domestic Battery

CHICAGO (AP) — An actor on the television show "Empire" has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago. In a news release, police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday afternoon. They...

Comedic Actress Michaela Coel Talks ‘Chewing Gum’ and Colorism

What British comedic actress Michaela Coel witnessed on her first day of secondary school was quite at odds with what one would expect given the exceedingly proper name of the  institution. Coel attended Bishop...

Inside the Drug Fueled, Brilliant Mind of Rick James

Peter Benjaminson is no stranger to writing about the music industry.  He has written about several Motown music stars although few had lives that were as scandalous as that of the late Rick James,...

Pepsi Pulls Ad Criticized for Trivializing ‘Black Lives Matter’ and other Social Justice Causes

NEW YORK (AP) — Pepsi on Wednesday pulled an ad after it was widely mocked and criticized for appearing to trivialize protests for social justice causes. "Pepsi was trying to project a global message of...