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Kanye West vows to move Yeezy manufacturing to the Americas

Nov. 7, 2019 7:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A few fun facts about Kanye West: He's running for president in 2024, he recited color psychology to wife Kim Kardashian West as she sat in a morning bath Thursday, and he was fired at 16 for shoplifting at the Gap where he worked. West, with Kim in tow, let loose with those pearls and more...

Rapper T.I. faces major backlash for 'hymen' comments

Nov. 7, 2019 3:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood and others on social media blasted T.I. after the rapper said he goes to the gynecologist with his daughter every year to make sure her hymen is "still intact." In an episode of the "Ladies Like Us" podcast that debuted this week, T.I. said that he takes "yearly trips to...

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins

Nov. 6, 2019 5:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party's election campaign. Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day...

APNewsBreak: Neptunes, Outkast, REM up for Songwriters Hall

Nov. 6, 2019 11:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Neptunes, the creative, innovative production-songwriting duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo who shaped pop and urban radio from the '90s well into the 2000s thanks to crafting hits for Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Beyoncé, are nominated for the...

Grammys to honor Dr. Dre for trailblazing production work

Nov. 1, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

Dr. Dre, who has produced hits for Eminem, Tupac, Snoop Dogg and more, will be honored by the Recording Academy for his trailblazing production work. The Recording Academy announced Friday that its Producers & Engineers Wing will pay tribute the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on Jan. 22 at Village Studios in Los...

Review: Michael Kiwanuka's 3rd album is expressive wonder

Oct. 31, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

Michael Kiwanuka, "Kiwanuka" (Interscope Records) Advice about letting your personality flourish, overcoming self-doubt, trusting your instincts and gaining the confidence to do your best work is meted out often and by many, but that's easier said than done. While Michael Kiwanuka was struggling with similar...

'Friday' actor-comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

Oct. 30, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's family issued a statement to the website Deadline saying that Witherspoon died Tuesday in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a...

Boundary-pushing Dave Chappelle receives Mark Twain award

Oct. 28, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Chappelle has built a career on pushing boundaries and challenging social conventions. But his greatest act of defiance may have come Sunday night at Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. At the end of an evening of tributes and testimonials, Chappelle came on stage to...

The Latest: Chappelle praised for his passion for music

Oct. 27, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Dave Chappelle receiving the Mark Twain prize for lifetime achievement in comedy (all times local): 10 p.m. Musician John Legend paid tribute to Dave Chappelle's passion for music and determination to use his influence to spotlight different artists. Chappelle's show, during...

Kanye West premieres new 'Jesus Is King' film, album

Oct. 24, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

INGLEWOOD, California (AP) — Kanye West has unveiled his "Jesus Is King" IMAX film, featuring a gospel choir performing at artist James Turrell's dramatic Roden Crater in the Arizona desert. It'll be in theaters nationwide for one week to coincide with Friday's release of an album with the same name. West...