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Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

Apr. 13, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Global Citizen is unveiling an ambitious campaign to help medical workers in the world’s poorest countries quickly receive COVID-19 vaccines. The anti-poverty...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

Nas, Eve, Snoop, Aaliyah's mom react to death of rapper DMX

Apr. 09, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the death of Grammy-nominated rapper DMX, who died Friday at 50. — “Earl Simmons was a wonderful, caring father, and a sensitive, thoughtful man. Unfortunately, Dark Man X took over and ran amok, tormented and struggling to find the...

'Nothing less than a giant': Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

Apr. 09, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — DMX, the iconic hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” whose distinctively gruff voice and thoughtful messages in his rhymes made him one of rap’s biggest stars, has died, according to a family statement Friday. He was...

Keri Hilson is basking in her 'manifestation season'

Apr. 08, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

Keri Hilson is projected to have a busy year, but it doesn’t include releasing new music. The two-time Grammy nominee is preparing for the release of several film projects, and if that surprises you, you’re not alone. “It took even me by surprise,” said the...

New this Week: 'Kung Fu,' 'Rebel' and 'Thunder Force'

Apr. 05, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Against the odds, Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 11-17

Apr. 05, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 11-17 April 11: Actor Joel Grey is 89. Actor Louise Lasser is 82. Actor Peter Riegart (“Animal House”) is 74. Actor Bill Irwin (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 71. Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 64. Guitarist Nigel Pulsford...

'The ball is tipped': Recollections of 'One Shining Moment'

Apr. 04, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

Nearly everyone involved in the men’s college basketball tournament, it seems, cherishes a “One Shining Moment” memory. Rutgers swingman Ron Harper Jr. recalls “just stalking YouTube” looking for that set-to-song montage. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin can croon...

Visiting Uganda, rap star Akon seeks business opportunities

Apr. 02, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — American rap artist and singer Akon is visiting Uganda Friday in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city. Akon's arrival in the East African...

Chrissy Teigen graces cover of People's 'Beautiful Issue'

Mar. 31, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen will grace the front of People magazine’s “The Beautiful Issue” in a cover story that delves into her evolved definition of beauty, facing racism growing up and her heartbreaking miscarriage last year. The magazine revealed the...