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Hip-hop, health care share spotlight in pivotal House race

Oct. 18, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Hip-hop, health care and Brett Kavanaugh have emerged as issues in a tight congressional race in New York's Hudson Valley that pits a freshman Republican congressman against a rapper-turned-corporate lawyer seeking his first political office. Democrat Antonio Delgado is running on...

Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal

Oct. 17, 2018 1:54 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, "The Melody of Life." Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny announced the selection Wednesday. He saluted the Grammy Award-winning singer's efforts as an activist and praised her...

Quavo on cutting collaborations, solo album, Migos and Drake

Oct. 16, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quavo may be one-third of the uber-successful hip-hop group Migos, but he's also a rapper in high demand, appearing as a featured act on Top 10 hits by Post Malone, DJ Khaled, Drake and Liam Payne. The 27-year-old star said he was collaborating with others so much that he had to turn...

Kanye West meets Uganda's president, gifts pair of sneakers

Oct. 16, 2018 3:54 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent. The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about...

Melania spokeswoman calls for boycott of T.I. over video

Oct. 16, 2018 3:21 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Melania Trump spokeswoman is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady stripping in the oval office. WXIA-TV reports that Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, tweeted Saturday asking how...

Kanye West meets Uganda's president, gifts pair of sneakers

Oct. 15, 2018 11:15 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers on Monday during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent. The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" about...

Chance The Rapper goes undercover to raise money for arts

Oct. 15, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job as a Lyft driver to spread the word. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago-born Grammy-winning hip-hop artist who has given millions of dollars to Chicago Public...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 14-20

Oct. 15, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

Oct. 21: Actress Joyce Randolph ("The Honeymooners") is 94. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 78. Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's is 77. Singer Elvin Bishop is 76. TV judge Judy Sheindlin ("Judge Judy") is 76. Actor Everett McGill ("Twin Peaks") is 73. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago is 72. Actor...

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West visit Uganda

Oct. 13, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan officials say Kanye West and his wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, have arrived in Uganda on a private visit. Information Minister Frank Tumwebaze told The Associated Press late Saturday that West's visit is "an endorsement of our tourism resources." Government...

Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

Oct. 12, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer's vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit "Halo" and "Ava Maria" after saluting the character of...