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Tavis Smiley, suspended by PBS, vows to fight back
NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming....

2017 Breakthrough: Singer SZA is sizzling in music industry
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yes, SZA is easily in the running for best new act of 2017. But her uber-successful year really puts her in the running for female artist of the year: She's had multiple songs chart in the Top 40 in a year when male acts overwhelming dominated, and she's the most nominated woman at the upcoming Grammy Awards with five....

Tavis Smiley statement on PBS investigation of misconduct
Talk show host Tavis Smiley released the following statement on Facebook on Wednesday after allegations of misconduct:...

The Latest: Apprentice star says White House didn't fire her
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman and her departure from the White House staff (all times local):...

Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on 'Frida'
NEW YORK (AP) -- In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein's relentless advances....

Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere....

Essence magazine to honor Missy Elliott at pre-Grammy event
NEW YORK (AP) -- Essence magazine will honor Missy Elliott at a pre-Grammy Award event next year....

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business....

Fox still plans to complete Sky takeover in Britain
LONDON (AP) -- 21st Century Fox says it will still try to complete its 11.7 billion pound ($15.4 billion) takeover offer for Sky, even though Disney is buying a large part of the company owned by Rupert Murdoch's family....

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