ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    Aretha Franklin is Engaged to Longtime Friend William “Willie” Wilkerson

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a statement Monday that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla. The Queen of Soul wants...

    “Fresh Prince” Actress Blasts Will Smith: “He’s Still an Egomaniac”

    An actress from the 1990s NBC series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” recently slammed the show’s star, Will Smith, following a reunion luncheon that the cast attended. According to TMZ, actress Karyn Parsons, who...

    D.C. Arena Stage’s Playwright Development Program Relocates to Boston

    Not-for-profit Washington D.C. theater Arena Stage will relocate a major portion of its American Voices New Play Institute, including a program focused on Black playwrights, to Emerson College in Boston, the organization recently announced. The...

    Philly Names Sonia Sanchez Its First Poet Laureate

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city that anchors one end of the Walt Whitman Bridge has named a teacher and activist its first poet laureate. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter bestowed the honor Thursday on poet Sonia...

    Etta James Condition Better, Taken Off Respirator

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Etta James' manager says the terminally ill blues singer is breathing on her own after being taken off a respirator. Lupe De Leon says Friday that the change in her condition...

    Jennifer Hudson Sings Duet With Heavier Self in New Weight Watchers Commercial

    Singer Jennifer Hudson has recorded a new duet featured in a commercial for Weight Watchers, belting out a tune alongside an image of her heavier self. Creatively using footage from a 2004 performance on...

    Showtime Releases Premiere of Don Cheadle’s “House of Lies” for Free Online

    Continuing a marketing strategy it began earlier this year, Showtime is offering the premiere episode of the Don Cheadle dark comedy series “House of Lies” for free online. The series based on a book by...

    Rapper Young Vito Charged in Slim Dunkin Murder

    A man charged with killing an Atlanta rapper at a recording studio has turned himself in to police. WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/sRwHlA ) that Vinson Hardimon, known as rapper Young Vito, surrendered to Atlanta police Monday...

    Kevin Peck Proves He’s Able

    Ever present in the background, Kevin Peck has had the kind of success in his career that most producers can only dream of. Manager of the popular group, Dru Hill from 1992 to 1996,...

    LA Coroner Issues Heavy D’s Death Causes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles coroner's office says Jamaican-born rapper Heavy D died of natural causes. The self-proclaimed "overweight lover" of hip hop, who became one of rap's top hit makers with a...

    Dutch Magazine Editor Resigns After Racist Rihanna Article

    The editor-in-chief of a Dutch fashion magazine has resigned after publishing an article about pop star Rihanna that used a racist slur. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackie magazine's Eva Hoeke stepped down after receiving...

    John Legend Engaged to Model Chrissy Teigen

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend will no longer be a bachelor: He's engaged. The singer's publicist said Tuesday that Legend proposed to his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen, recently in the Maldives. No more details are...

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