Barbie joins prestigious ranks of fashion council honorees

Entertainment 05/16/19, 12:53

Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Michelle Obama. Barbie?The Council of Fashion Designers of America will follow up those prestigious honorees of its Board of Directors' Tribute Award with the ever-evolving doll. The council said in a statement Thursday the idea is to celebrate Barbie as a fashion icon, coinciding with her ...

Time releases its 100 most influential people issue

Entertainment 04/17/19, 11:19

Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Salah are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time's annual "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne Johnson. Fellow Democrat Hillary ...

Chicago police union wants federal probe in Smollett case

Entertainment 03/19/19, 12:27

The Chicago police union's president alleges that the county's top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself and wants the Justice Department to determine if she broke any laws. WLS-TV in Chicago reports that Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wrote the Justice Department ...

Michelle Obama’s Grammy appearance did not impress mom

Entertainment 02/13/19, 08:26

It appears Michelle Obama received a reality check from her mom following her appearance at the Grammys. The former first lady took to Instagram Wednesday to share a text exchange with mom Marian Robinson. Obama had received a standing ovation opening Sunday's awards show with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez ...

Rap artists, women take center stage at Grammys

Entertainment 02/11/19, 03:09

Rap artists and women have both felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they took center stage.Childish Gambino's disturbing look at race relations, "This is America," won record and song of the year on Sunday's telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won ...

Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at Grammys Awards

Entertainment 02/10/19, 21:20

Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys. The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives. Obama's initial comments were interrupted by raucous applause and many in the ...

Parents wonder if kids are learning amid Los Angeles strike

U.S. 01/15/19, 01:38

Kathleen Whitehead vowed to keep her 14-year-old daughter home Tuesday, after the teen reported not learning much the day earlier at a Los Angeles high school staffed by a skeleton crew of substitutes as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job in the nation's second-largest school district.Whitehead said ...

Netflix named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year

Entertainment 12/21/18, 15:34

After a year like this, Netflix shows no signs of chilling.The dominant online video streamer started 2018 with almost 118 million subscribers, went on to win its first feature-film Oscar, briefly surpassed Disney as the most valuable U.S. media company, lured the likes of superstar show runners Shonda Rhimes, Kenya ...

Obama says designer’s energy informed her fashion choices

Entertainment 12/20/18, 00:32

For Michelle Obama, choosing what designer to wear while she was in the White House involved many factors, from diversity to whether they were a nice person. Obama talked the decisions behind the outfits that made headlines during her time as first lady during a conversation with another fashion trendsetter, Sarah ...

Big plans in store for Dav Pilkey’s ‘Dog Man’ series

Entertainment 12/11/18, 08:24

Dav Pilkey and his publisher have high hopes for the next installments of his best-selling "Dog Man" series. On Tuesday, Scholastic announced a first printing of 5 million copies for "Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild," which comes out Dec. 24. By comparison, Michelle Obama's million-selling "Becoming" had an announced first ...

Civil-rights lawyer’s memoir to be reissued, made into film

Entertainment 12/03/18, 08:01

A memoir by the late civil-rights activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree is being reissued, and a film version is in the works.Algonquin Books announced Monday that a 10th-anniversary edition of Roundtree's "Mighty Justice" is coming out next November. Co-written by Katie McCabe, the book was originally called "Justice Older Than the ...

Update: President Trumps mourn Bush for ‘unflappable leadership’

Politics 12/01/18, 01:00

The Latest on the death of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 12: 23 p.m. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are mourning the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. In a statement, the Trumps praise Bush for his “sound judgment, common sense and unflappable leadership.” The Trumps say ...

Chicago defends location of Obama library in federal court

U.S. 11/23/18, 21:06

The city of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn't subject to restrictive public-trust laws. City attorneys made those and other legal arguments in a federal court motion to ...

Michelle Obama launches Global Girls Alliance for education

Entertainment 10/11/18, 11:58

Michelle Obama has launched a program to help empower girls worldwide through education.The former first lady announced the Global Girls Alliance, which aims to support more than 1,500 grassroots organizations combating the challenges girls encounter in their communities. The alliance will feature social fundraising to help them.Mrs. Obama made the ...

#BringBackOurGirls activist runs for Nigeria’s presidency

World 10/10/18, 00:49

The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists is now running for president, saying she is fighting for "the soul" of Africa's most populous nation.Oby Ezekwesili is the most prominent woman to seek the presidency in Nigeria, where politics, as in many ...

Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

U.S. 09/21/18, 15:01

Check out the upcoming events at Chicago's United Center and you'll see Bulls games, Blackhawks games and concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Nicki Manaj and Cher, among others.And former first lady Michelle Obama, to launch her book tour in November.Just for the scale of its venues, there has never been a ...

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