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Jamie Foxx and Mayor London Breed take part in a

Celebs take to streets for historic demonstrations

Jun. 1, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx stood shoulder-to-shoulder with activists in Minneapolis, proclaiming that “we’re not afraid of the moment.” In Los Angeles, pop star Halsey and “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson were hit with rubber bullets during a tense stand-off. And in...

FILE - In this April 28, 2018, file photo, Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, Calif. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday on June 2, 2020 as riots erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have spoken out following Floyd’s death and the worldwide riots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Music industry calls for Black Out Tuesday amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as violent protests erupted around the world sparked by...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians make their way in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. Met Opera will delay opening night of the season to Dec. 31, calling off four of five new productions, eliminating February break. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Met Opera cuts season by 3 1/2 months, to shorten some shows

Jun. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera season is getting shorter, along with some of its shows. The Met said Monday it is pushing back opening night by nearly 3 1/2 months to the latest start in the company’s 137-year history and calling off four of next season’s new productions in fallout...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, Rapper Kanye West watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles. Drawings by West from when the rapper was a high school student in Chicago are now worth thousands of dollars, according to an appraiser. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill File)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13

Jun. 1, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13: June 7: Actress Virginia McKenna (“Born Free”) is 89. Singer Tom Jones is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (“The Crown”) is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (TV’s “The Crown,” film’s “The Best Exotic Marigold...

Cheldon Williams named director of WVU marching band

Jun. 1, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Cheldon Williams has been named director of West Virginia University's marching band. Williams will take over on Aug. 1, WVU said in a news release. He replaces Stephen Lytle, who resigned on May 1. Williams most recently was a graduate teaching assistant with the marching band at...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2009, file photo, radio host Jose Masso introduces a song during the bilingual

Legendary DJs use shows to ease virus exile among Latinos

Jun. 1, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A woman who identified herself Rachel from San Ysidro, California, called in the syndicated “The Art Laboe Connection Show” last month with a message for Alex “the Wizard.” “Babe, I want you to know I love you more than the distance between...

Virus changes plans for West Virginia farm food truck owner

May. 31, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

VICTOR, W.Va. (AP) — Nicole Linkfield had a busy summer planned for her Riverchick Farm Food Truck. “I was scheduled for a lot of big fairs and festivals,” she says, listing events including Fayette County’s Mountain Music Festival, Snowshoe Mountain’s 4840, the Lewisburg...

In this Feb. 26, 2016, photo, Walter Grooms, of Harrisonburg, Va. at left, plays the fiddle with Ira Carte, of Mount Jackson, Va., during a Friday night bluegrass jam session at the New Market Community Center in New Market, Va. Since the March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have adapted to streaming shows online and collaborating with distant artists for songs in solidarity, but revenue and environmental changes have caused some music makers to reflect on and experiment with their artistic intentions. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Musicians explore innovation during new age 'wild west'

May. 31, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — At the foot of the bed rests a glittery blue drum set and lodged between a worn leather sofa and his desk are four instruments crammed, but within arm’s reach. Boundaries between personal, private and work life have become obsolete for many, but Valentin Prince has chosen to...

Radio stations play more upbeat music during the pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Life can get difficult during a pandemic. Pop radio stations want you to know they’re here for you. Adult contemporary stations across the country have been playing more upbeat, hopeful and nostalgic songs since the country went into lockdown. At local station 103.7 Play,...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...