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BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

Jun. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EDT

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, a respected...

Judge clears Robert Kraft's attorneys of contempt accusation

Jun. 14, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge handed another loss to the prosecution in New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's misdemeanor prostitution solicitation case Friday, dismissing allegations that his attorneys tried to verbally intimidate a police officer and falsely accused him of lying. Judge...

Missy Elliott, in tears, gets inducted into Songwriters Hall

Jun. 14, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters...

Woodstock 50 in doubt but organizers say in talks with venue

Jun. 10, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — The fate of the Woodstock 50 festival was unclear Monday when the host of the event pulled out, but organizers said they were in talks with another venue. The festival has faced a series of setbacks, and the latest came Monday afternoon, when Watkins Glen International announced...

The Latest: Woodstock 50 in talks with alternate venue

Jun. 10, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Woodstock 50 festival (all times local): 8:15 p.m. A principal organizer of the Woodstock 50 festival says he and others are in discussions with another venue to host the event after Watkins Glen International pulled out. Gregory Peck said organizers "look...

Bruins' consistency faces final test in Game 7 vs. Blues

Jun. 10, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The strains of Jay-Z and Linkin Park's "Numb/Encore" mashup emanated from a small speaker on the hallway floor outside the visiting locker room following the Boston Bruins' morning skate. "I don't know what you're expecting of me ... put under the pressure ... of walking in your shoes."...

Remembering when Prince wrote that song for you

Jun. 4, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — By the mid-1980s, the Bangles were already a successful band, touring across the world with airplay on college radio, but they hadn't hit the mainstream in a major way. That's when Prince gave them the gift of a lifetime by crafting a perfect piece of pop confection known to the masses as...

Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career

May. 30, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life and career: — Jan. 8, 1967: Robert Sylvester Kelly is born in Chicago to Joann Kelly, a schoolteacher. R....

District attorney says Meek Mill should get new trial, judge

May. 22, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has been biased against him. District Attorney Larry Krasner's office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas Court...

DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: 'He's like a prophet'

May. 21, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle's final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about "our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love," Khaled recalls. The result of the session is "Higher," the latest single from Khaled's new album "Father of...