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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation on and off screen beginning with the 96th Academy Awards. The announcement on Sept. 8, 2020, became a hotly debated topic on social media with some claiming it goes too far and others saying it doesn't go far enough. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Oscars diversity criteria 'not about exclusion' say leaders

Sep. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

Any change to the Oscars is going get people talking, so the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not exactly surprised that the new best picture inclusion standards became a trending topic on social media as soon as they were announced Tuesday night. “Change doesn’t come...

FILE - Tyrese Gibson attends the Black Girls Rock! Awards on Aug. 5, 2017, in Newark, N.J.   Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Inspired by George Floyd, singer Tyrese finds a new voice

Aug. 27, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-nominated singer and “Fast & Furious” actor Tyrese grew up around police brutality, gang violence, murders and psychological trauma in the Watts neighborhood of Southern Los Angeles. But the artist known for R&B hits focused on love (“Sweet Lady”)...

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New this week: Surfing dolphins and 'Love Island' return

Aug. 24, 2020 2:25 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 — A different kind of Brighton Beach story, “Lingua Franca” follows an undocumented trans Filipina immigrant...

Today in History

Aug. 24, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2020. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24 in A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died. On this...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Aug. 23-29, Barbara Eden poses at

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 23-29

Aug. 17, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 23-29 Aug. 23: Actor Vera Miles is 90. Actor Barbara Eden is 89. Satirist Mark Russell is 88. Actor Richard Sanders (“WKRP In Cincinnati”) is 80. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 73. Singer Linda Thompson is 73. Actor David Robb (“Downton Abbey”)...

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Winfrey picks Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' for her book club

Aug. 4, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times' “1619...