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Rihanna to headline the next Super Bowl halftime show

Sep. 25, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna will take center stage at February's Super Bowl halftime show. The singer, who declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday along with Jay-Z's...

Ari Lennox's 'age/sex/location' revels in infatuation

Sep. 23, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Writer’s block confined Ari Lennox during the creation of her latest album, “age/sex/location,” but her label head and friend, rap superstar J. Cole, suggested she begin journaling to unlock her creativity. “He was like, ‘I just want you to write and just...

Apple Music becomes new sponsor of Super Bowl halftime show

Sep. 23, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Music will be the new sponsor of the Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL announced early Friday morning. The multi-year sponsorship will begin with this season's Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. Apple Music replaces Pepsi, which...

Teller, Gleeson, Megan Thee Stallion host first 'SNL' shows

Sep. 20, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Straight out of “Top Gun: Maverick,” actor Miles Teller will host the opening episode of the 48th season of “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 1. Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar will be the musical guest on opening night, his third appearance on “SNL," NBC...

Rapper Mystikal pleads not guilty to rape, drug charges

Sep. 19, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman at his home in Louisiana and of possessing several drugs. The 51-year-old performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent of all...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 25-Oct.1

Sep. 19, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1: Sept. 25: Newswoman Barbara Walters is 93. Singer Ian Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 89. Polka band leader Jimmy Sturr is 81. Actor Josh Taylor (“Days of Our Lives,” “Valerie’s Family”) is 79. Actor Robert Walden (“Lou...

Hurt in June shooting, Ludacris' manager faces murder charge

Sep. 18, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The manager for the rapper Ludacris faces a murder charge in Atlanta in connection with a June shooting. The Atlanta Police Department said Chaka Zulu, whose legal name is Ahmed Obafemi, turned himself in to face charges Tuesday. Atlanta news outlets report that he...

Rapper-actor Common to make his Broadway debut in November

Sep. 16, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and actor Common will make his Broadway debut this fall in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Between Riverside and Crazy.” The Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy Award-winner will join actors Stephen McKinley Henderson, Elizabeth Canavan, Liza...

Rapper Mystikal to be arraigned on rape, other charges

Sep. 16, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Grammy-nominated hip-hop performer Mystikal is scheduled for arraignment on charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman, and illegally possessing drugs at his Louisiana home. Charges the performer will face during his arraignment Monday will include...

Kanye West and Gap splitting up after 2 years

Sep. 15, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West is breaking up with the Gap. An attorney for Kanye West, who goes by Ye, told The Associated Press that a letter has been sent to the clothing chain Thursday seeking to terminate the contract between Gap and West's company, Yeezy. The...