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In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Roddy Ricch wears a shirt that says Black Lives Matter while performing during the BET Awards. (BET via AP)

A how-to: BET pulls off artistic, virtual, political success

Jun. 29, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — You’d think trying to produce the 2020 BET Awards during the coronavirus pandemic would be filled with restrictions, but instead, show producers took another approach: We’re not limited to a single stage, so sky’s the limit and let your creative minds run free....

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 14-20

Jun. 8, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 14-20: June 14: Actress Marla Gibbs is 89. Singer Rod Argent of The Zombies and Argent is 75. Singer Janet Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 74. Guitarist Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish is 73. Drummer Alan White of Yes is 71. Actor Eddie Mekka (Carmine on...

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...