ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

APNewsBreak: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars lead BET Awards nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé dominated last year's BET Awards with "Lemonade," but there's more juice in her cup. The pop star is nominated for seven awards at the 2017 BET Awards, the network told...

After 6 Years, L.A. Reid Out as Chairman of Epic Records

After spending six years at Sony's Epic Records, L.A. Reid is no longer leading the label. Sony Music Entertainment released a seven-word statement Saturday announcing the exit: "L.A. Reid will be leaving the company." The label...

Cosby Says He Doesn’t Expect to Testify at Sex Assault Trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify at his Pennsylvania sexual assault trial. The comedian spoke to Sirius radio host Michael Smerconish in an interview being broadcast Tuesday. Smerconish says he agreed...

Ethiopia’s Star Singer Teddy Afro Makes Plea for Openness

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia's superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with "Ethiopia," which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat...

Big Sean Joins Fight to Help Flint Water Crisis

Rapper Big Sean has joined a celebrity lineup helping to raise money for residents of Flint, Mich. still grappling with poisoned water. The “Bounce Back” rapper joins Russell Simmons, Common, CNN political commentator Van Jones,...

Former MTV Star Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin Dies at 45

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Former MTV reality show star Christopher "Big Black" Boykin has died at the age of 45. Boykin's ex-wife Shannon Turley tells Entertainment Tonight that Boykin died at a Plano, Texas, hospital...

Samira Wiley Battles For Survival in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

One of the most shocking and unforgettable moments in television over the past year was the brutal death of the character Poussey on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” Actress Samira Wiley,...

Black Photo Exhibit Brings Humanity into Focus

If a single picture is worth a thousand words, the decision by curators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture to make selections from its photo collection the first temporary exhibition,...

‘Men Are Trash’ Meme Swamps Twitter

Twitter’s brought up a lot of conversations in the past, but if you were on the social media platform this past weekend, your timeline may have been flooded with tweets that circulated around one...

‘Dear Ijeawele’ Offers Feminist Advice for Black Women

After reading {Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions} by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, I believe that this is a mandatory read for women young and old. I gained a sense of freedom,...

Burglar Arrested at 50 Cent’s Connecticut Mansion

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a suspected burglar at rapper 50 Cent's mansion in Connecticut. Farmington police say the suspect set off an entry alarm Tuesday at the 50,000-square-foot home that...

Academy Award Winning Director Steve McQueen to Direct Authorized Tupac Shakur Documentary

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen is set to direct a documentary about Tupac Shakur. Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment said Tuesday that the film is fully sanctioned by...