ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    HBO Begins Filming of 'VEEP' in Maryland

    Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today that HBO will begin filming the series VEEP in Maryland this week. The pilot episode for the series shot in Maryland in February. VEEP is a comedy set near...

    Afro-Blue Holds Tight on ‘The Sing-Off’

    WASHINGTON - Afro Blue, Howard University’s award-winning vocal ensemble, made it through the second round of the hit NBC a cappella talent show series The Sing-Off. This week, the talented group performed two hits,...

    ‘Keeping up with the Mandelas ‘

    Nelson Mandela’s three grandchildren will join the reality show bandwagon, the family announced Sept. 29. The show, which will air in 2012, will show Africa’s “new middle class of intellectuals,” according to one granddaughter....

    T.I. Released from IncarcerationAgain

    Grammy award winning rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris was released from a halfway house on Sept. 29 to end his federal prison sentence for violating probation. “He’s out, he’s good,” Jason Geter, who co-founded Grand Hustle...

    Sylvia Robinson, Soul Singer, `Rapper’s Delight’ Producer, Dies at 75

    Sylvia Robinson, soul singer and producer of the pioneering rap hit “Rapper's Delight” died in New Jersey on Sept. 29 from congestive heart failure. She was 75. According to NewsOne, a family spokesman confirmed to...

    Tyrese Ejected from Radio Station

    R&B singer Tyrese Gibson recently got the boot from a Delaware radio station after voicing his opinion about liquor stores in the inner city. According to Delaware Online, Gibson appeared on Wilmington's WJKS (KISS) 101.7...

    Unsung Diva Passes On

    The 1980s undoubtedly had its fair share of R&B divas, but singer Vesta Williams may have been one of the era's most underrated talents. The big-voiced songstress was found dead in her El Segundo, Calif....

    Jamie’s Soulful Thunder

    Born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas on Dec. 13, 1967, Jamie Foxx was raised by his grandparents from the age of 7 months, following the failure of his parents’ marriage. He sang in...

    Songwriter, Gospel Singer Jessy Dixon Dies at 73

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam...

    R&B Singer Vesta Williams Found Dead in L.A.

    EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) — Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a...

    Jay-Z, Coldplay Open iHeartRadio Concert in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jay-Z rapped about his beef with corporate radio in the monster jam "99 Problems," noting that stations won't play his hits if he doesn't do their shows. But on Friday,...

    Michael Jackson Saw Salvation in Dangerous Drug

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson was physically exhausted from a day of grueling rehearsals for his marathon 50-night comeback tour. But his nightly battle with insomnia had just begun. After showering and getting...

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