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R. Kelly nears OK for new legal team for upcoming trial

Jun. 17, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jailed R&B singer R. Kelly will likely get to keep a new lawyer in his federal sex-trafficking case despite questions about the attorney’s texts and other communications with one of Kelly’s ex-girlfriends. Kelly, 54, is accused of leading an...

Winfrey, Hearst have Black journalists tell elders' stories

Jun. 15, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and Hearst Magazines are teaming up for interviews that pair young Black journalists with elders who include civil rights activists, celebrities and others sharing some lessons learned in life. The project, “Lift Every Voice,” will be...

New this week: Kevin Hart in 'Fatherhood, 'iCarly' & 'Luca'

Jun. 14, 2021 16:56 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 — In Enrico Casarosa's enchanting Pixar feature “Luca," two young sea...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 20-26

Jun. 14, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 20-26: June 20: Actor Bonnie Bartlett (“St. Elsewhere,” ″Once and Again”) is 92. Actor James Tolkan (“Back to the Future” films) is 90. Musician Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 79. Actor John McCook (“The Bold and...

R. Kelly seeks to shake up defense team ahead of NYC trial

Jun. 10, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jailed R&B singer R. Kelly wants to shake up his legal defense team two months before he is set to go on trial in New York on federal racketeering charges. His top two attorneys, Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard, of Chicago, filed a motion this...

Underwood wins at CMT Awards; Gladys Knight, H.E.R. perform

Jun. 09, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood has another reason to rejoice — she extended her record as the most decorated artist in the history of the CMT Music Awards, thanks to her song “Hallelujah.” The music video for the singer's hit, a collaboration with John Legend,...

ASCAP to honor Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and D-Nice

Jun. 08, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three acts who kept music alive during the worldwide pandemic will be honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers later this month. The performing rights organization ASCAP announced Tuesday that Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and D-Nice...

Walker, Castilla, Sabathia to play in All-Star softball game

Jun. 07, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Rockies sluggers Larry Walker and Vinny Castilla will play in the All-Star celebrity softball game following the Futures Game at Denver's Coors Field on July 11 along with Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia, former All-Star Hunter Pence and Olympic gold medal...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 13-19

Jun. 07, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 13-19 June 13: Actor Bob McGrath (“Sesame Street”) is 89. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 78. Singer Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 72. Actor Stellan Skarsgard (“Mamma Mia”) is 70. Actor Richard Thomas is...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 6-12

Jun. 01, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 6-12: June 6: Singer-songwriter Gary “U.S.” Bonds is 82. Country singer Joe Stampley is 78. Jazz pianist Monty Alexander is 77. Actor Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) is 74. Singer Dwight Twilley is 70. Playwright-actor Harvey...