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The combination photo shows, from left, W. Kamau Bell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Common, Lecrae, Mandy Moore and Kerry Washington. For months, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to call for justice in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor. After a grand jury indicted one of the Kentucky police officers on criminal charges, but not for her death, celebrities reacted to the news mostly negatively. (AP Photo)

Celebs, long vocal about Breonna Taylor case, decry decision

Sep. 23, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For months, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to call for justice in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, including at Sunday's Emmy Awards. Her picture was used on the cover of O:The Oprah Magazine this year and even...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015, file photo sportscaster Bryant Gumbel speaks on stage at HBO 2015 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Gumbel turns 72 on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3 Sept. 27: Today’s Birthdays: Actor Kathleen Nolan is 87. Actor Claude Jarman Jr. (“The Yearling”) is 86. Singer-guitarist Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 77. Singer-actor Meat Loaf is 73. Actor Liz Torres (“Gilmore...

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New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys

Sep. 14, 2020 10:52 AM 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 — “All In: The Fight for Democracy": Directors Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés document a timely subject, voter...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Sept. 20-26 shows Sophia Loren, from left, Billy Porter, Tatiana Maslany, Anthony Mackie, Ben Platt, Will Smith and Olivia Newton-John. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 20-26

Sep. 14, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 20-26 Sept. 20: Actor Sophia Loren is 86. Bassist Chuck Panozzo (Styx) is 72. Actor Tony Denison (“Major Crimes,” “The Closer”) is 71. Actor Debbi Morgan (“Power”) is 69. Jazz guitarist Peter White is 66. Actor Betsy Brantley...

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At 70, Billy Ocean returns with an album to 'lift you up'

Sep. 13, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Ocean is angry. But you won't hear it in his music. Now 70, he's frustrated by structural racism and by Black people being shot by police. He's fed up with hatred and thinks society is often going backward. Yet none of that is unleashed in his mix of soul, reggae, R&B and pop...

FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. In a statement from a family member, Hibbert died on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77

Sep. 12, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Toots Hibbert, one of reggae's founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement through such classics as “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and "Funky Kingston," has died. He was 77. Hibbert, frontman of...

FILE - In this May 30, 2009 file photo, Little Richard performs at The Domino Effect, a tribute concert to New Orleans rock and roll musician Fats Domino, at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans. ESPN is changing their “Monday Night Football” theme song. The season will feature a new version of Little Richard's hit “Rip It Up,” featuring new instrumentals and backup vocals from the Virginia-based band Butcher Brown. Hank Williams Jr. had sung the theme song for years in a version of his hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.

Little Richard song to introduce 'Monday Night Football'

Sep. 11, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

ESPN is hoping that one of the architects of rock n' roll can bring some new energy to their “Monday Night Football” show with fewer fans in the stands this year. The new season starting Monday will feature a new version of Little Richard's hit “Rip It Up” featuring new instrumentals...

Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) beats Kansas City Chiefs safety L'Jarius Sneed (38) to the end zone as Johnson scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Latest: Texans lead Chiefs 7-0 in NFL opener

Sep. 10, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest from the opening game of the NFL season between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans (all times local): 8 p.m. David Johnson ran 19 yards for a touchdown to give the Houston Texans a 7-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs after the first quarter in the opening game of...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Kelly can remain behind bars awaiting multiple trials on child pornography and other charges in three states, an appeals court in New York said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, as a lawyer for the R&B singer cited another inmate's attack on Kelly last month as one reason he should receive bail. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Appeals court agrees R&B singer R. Kelly should stay jailed

Sep. 8, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly can remain behind bars awaiting multiple trials on child pornography and other charges in three states, an appeals court in New York said Tuesday as a lawyer for the R&B singer cited another inmate's attack on Kelly last month as one reason he should receive bail. The 2nd U.S....

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 3, 2018, Andrew Lloyd Webber is interviewed at Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, USA.

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns arts 'at point of no return'

Sep. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “The Phantom of the Opera” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has told British lawmakers that the arts are “at the point of no return,” and urged the government to set a date for theaters to be allowed to reopen. Lloyd Webber spoke about the struggles of staging socially...