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Billie Eilish, left, and Finneas O'Connell pose in the press room with the awards for best album, best engineered album and best pop vocal album for

Family affair: Billie Eilish, Finneas win big at Grammys

Jan. 27, 2020 1:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family. “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — created in the musicians’ Los...

Kirk Franklin, left, and DJ Khaled perform during a tribute in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Grammys honor Nipsey Hussle with a soaring performance

Jan. 26, 2020 11:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled and a host of musicians paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the Grammy Awards, filling the vast stage with a soaring performance of his music. The tribute kicked off with Mill performing a new song called “Letter to Nipsey,” which mentioned a...

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Cicely Tyson savors life, new OWN series at 95

Jan. 16, 2020 6:17 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cicely Tyson doesn’t quibble with those who marvel at her long life and career, now in its eighth decade. The acclaimed actress said she doesn't take her staying power for granted. “You know how old I am,” a smiling Tyson, 95, told a TV critics meeting Thursday....

FILE - This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Stephen King at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. King, a member of the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says he cares only about “quality,

Stephen King criticized for comments on diversity

Jan. 15, 2020 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King says he cares only about “quality," not “diversity” when deciding on awards. Some are asking why he thinks the two must be different. “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,” King tweeted this week. “It seems...

Italian Fashion Chamber President Carlo Capasa poses at the end of the Associated Press interview in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. The Italian Fashion Chamber is promoting a diversity agenda among Milan’s major fashion houses, a move that comes a year after several top Italian brands faced criticism and backlashes for designs and remarks viewed as culturally and racially insensitive. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Italian fashion world adopts manifesto promoting diversity

Jan. 12, 2020 7:48 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Italian National Fashion Chamber is promoting a diversity agenda among Milan’s major fashion houses, a year after several top Italian brands faced criticism for designs and remarks seen as culturally and racially insensitive. Its manifesto backed by major Italian fashion brands...

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Netflix leads all nominees for NAACP Image Awards

Jan. 9, 2020 2:08 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix will make its presence felt at next month's 51st NAACP Image Awards. The streaming giant on Thursday emerged with a leading 42 nominations, including for Ava DuVernay’s limited series “Whey They See Us” and the Eddie Murphy-led film “Dolemite is My...

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Pop culture in 2010s marked gains in diversity, inclusion

Dec. 29, 2019 12:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the family-friendly Hallmark Channel recently pulled, under pressure from a conservative group, a set of ads featuring a kiss between two happy brides at the altar, backlash was swift — to say the least. Within hours, stars like Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner were tweeting...

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How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

Dec. 11, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately produced hit were doled out one at a time by an established outlet, premium cable channel HBO. That...

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The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019

Dec. 10, 2019 2:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien. The...

Led by 'Marriage Story,' Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms

Dec. 9, 2019 3:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Netflix wave swept over the 77th Golden Globe nominations, where the streaming company dominated with 34 total nominations, including four films up for best picture and four series nominated for the top television awards. Noah Baumbach's divorce drama “Marriage Story” led...