Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

U.S. 11/17/19, 10:34

Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday, Nov. 17,  that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service of fame and money but “in service to God.” West spoke to a packed crowd of about 16,000 people at Lakewood Church’s ...

‘Friday’ actor-comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

U.S. 10/30/19, 01:59

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a prolific career, co-starring in three "Friday" films, appearing on "The Wayans ...

Cardi B makes court appearance in strip club melee

New York 05/31/19, 11:52

Cardi B has made a court appearance in a case stemming from a fight at a New York strip club.The Grammy-winning rapper appeared somber and did not speak during Friday's hearing. She is due back in court Aug. 9.Prosecutors said they would present the case to a grand jury.Cardi B ...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 2-8

Entertainment 05/28/19, 10:08

June 2: Actress Sally Kellerman is 82. Actor Ron Ely ("Tarzan") is 81. Actor Stacy Keach is 78. Drummer Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is 78. Actor-director Charles Haid ("Hill Street Blues") is 76. Singer Chubby Tavares of Tavares is 75. Actor Jerry Mathers ("Leave It To Beaver") is ...

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

Entertainment 05/23/19, 11:09

Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing.Hussle served time before he was ...

DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: ‘He’s like a prophet’

Entertainment 05/21/19, 10:18

During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle's final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about "our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love," Khaled recalls.The result of the session is "Higher," the latest single from Khaled's new album "Father of Asahd," released Friday. Before Hussle's March ...

APNewsBreak: Cardi B tops BET noms, Nipsey Hussle up for 1

Entertainment 05/16/19, 23:08

Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination.BET told the Associated Press late Thursday that Cardi B's nominations include two for the top prize — video of the year — with ...

DJ Khaled releasing collaboration with Nipsey Hussle

Entertainment 05/16/19, 06:27

DJ Khaled is releasing a single with Nipsey Hussle that was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles.Khaled announced on Twitter on Wednesday that all proceeds from "Higher" will be donated to Hussle's children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross.Khaled says he decided to share the single ...

Police investigating rappers’ ties to shootings around Miami

Entertainment 05/13/19, 11:16

A weekend of shootings involving rap musicians and their entourages in South Florida for a huge hip-hop festival left two people dead and four wounded, multiple vehicles riddled with bullets and at least seven people detained for questioning. Police agencies across South Florida worked the crime scenes and appealed for help ...

Officials: Rapper Kodak Black arrested on weapons charges

U.S. 05/12/19, 11:35

Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons charges just before he was to perform at a hip-hop festival.The U.S. Marshals office says in a news release that the 21-year-old Black was taken into custody Saturday at the Rolling Loud Music Festival at Hard Rock ...

Ex-Fugees rapper charged in campaign finance case

Entertainment 05/10/19, 15:01

One of the founding members of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees has been charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 election. The Justice Department announced the charges Friday against Prakazrel "Pras" Michel (pruh-KAZ'-rehl "prahs" mee-SHEHL'). A lawyer for Michel, Barry Pollack, says his client is ...

Ice Cube, others mourn director Singleton at private funeral

Entertainment 05/06/19, 16:45

Family, friends and dignitaries including Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder and Congresswoman Maxine Waters were among those mourning director John Singleton at his Los Angeles funeral on Monday.The private service was held at Angelus Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, the neighborhood formerly known as South Central, where Singleton spent part ...

Remy Ma arrested in NYC for punching reality TV co-star

Entertainment 05/01/19, 16:39

Remy Ma has been arrested on assault charges for allegedly attacking a reality television personality in New York City last month.Police say the 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, turned herself in on Wednesday. She's accused of punching her "Love & Hip Hop New York" co-star Brittney Taylor ...

Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Drake, BTS set for Billboard Awards

Entertainment 05/01/19, 11:47

Taylor Swift is set to kick off the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday with the debut performance of her new song "ME!" and she could continue her run as the most decorated winner in the show's history. Swift, a 23-time Billboard Award winner, will open Wednesday night's show at the ...

John Singleton’s work influenced generation, urban style

U.S. 04/30/19, 14:37

NNJohn Singleton brought issues of urban poverty and gang violence gripping South Central Los Angeles in the early 1990s to mainstream audiences with his classic "Boyz n the Hood."FILE - This July 20, 2005 file photo shows John Singleton, left, a producer for the film "Hustle & Flow," with actress ...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 5-11

Entertainment 04/30/19, 13:13

May 5: Actress Pat Carroll is 92. Actor Michael Murphy is 81. Actor Lance Henriksen ("Millennium," ''Aliens") is 79. Comedian-actor Michael Palin (Monty Python) is 76. Actor John Rhys-Davies ("Lord of the Rings," ''Raiders of the Lost Ark") is 75. Former MTV News correspondent Kurt Loder is 74. Drummer Bill ...

John Singleton, maker of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ dies at 51

Entertainment 04/29/19, 16:49

Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood's most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated "Boyz N the Hood" and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51. Singleton's family said Monday that he died in ...

New Prince album featuring unreleased demos out in June

Entertainment 04/25/19, 10:35

A new Prince album featuring his versions of songs he wrote for other artists will be released in June.The 15-track "Originals" will include "Nothing Compares 2 U," the No. 1 hit for Sinéad O'Connor; "The Glamorous Life," Sheila E.'s signature song and Top 10 pop hit; and Kenny Rogers' "You're ...

Bieber, Ariana Grande join Lil Dicky for Earth Day video

Entertainment 04/19/19, 12:30

Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined rapper-comedian Lil Dicky on a new song and video aimed at bringing awareness to climate change and Earth Day, which is Monday.Dicky released the animated clip for the song "Earth" on Friday, where Bieber is a baboon and Grande is a ...

Memorial spotlights the man behind Nipsey Hussle rap persona

Entertainment 04/12/19, 04:52

Thousands flocked to remember the life of Nipsey Hussle at a packed memorial service Thursday that provided mourners with a deeper appreciation of Ermias Asghedom, the man behind the up-and-coming hip-hop persona.Some of people who knew Hussle best, from his actress-fiancée Lauren London, dear friend Snoop Dogg and his mother ...

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