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This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 24-30 shows, from left, Daveed Diggs, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming, Alan Alda, Oprah Winfrey and Christian Bale. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30

Jan. 19, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30 Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 85. Singer Ray Stevens is 82. Singer Aaron Neville is 80. Singer Neil Diamond is 80. Actor Michael Ontkean (“Twin Peaks”) is 75. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 71. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 70. Actor William...

In open letter to Dr. King, Stevie Wonder calls for equality

Jan. 18, 2021 8:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder, whose advocacy helped make the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, is urging the incoming Biden administration to form a national commission on equality. Wonder released a video message Monday in the form of an open letter to King, who was assassinated...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Garth Brooks performs on stage during the 2020 Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Jan. 18, 2021 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. “This is a great day in our household," the country music superstar said during a virtual press conference Monday, two days before Biden is to be sworn in. “This is not a political...

Flags are placed on the National Mall, looking towards the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day

Jan. 18, 2021 4:44 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pitched in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden and his...

This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his

Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics

Jan. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style in the 1960s and created hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina...

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New this week: 'MLK/FBI,' Why Don’t We and 'Prodigal Son'

Jan. 16, 2021 12:31 PM EST

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 — Regina King’s directorial debut “One Night in Miami” brings Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020 file photo, Lady Gaga performs during a drive-in rally for then Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  Lady Gaga will sign the national anthem at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president next Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

Jan. 15, 2021 9:15 AM EST

The A-list is back. How A-list? Try Lady Gaga and J. Lo. Inauguration officials announced on Thursday that the glittery duo would appear in person on Jan. 20, with Gaga singing the national anthem as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, and Jennifer Lopez giving a...

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Q&A: Kingsley Ben-Adir breaks out as Malcolm X

Jan. 15, 2021 8:34 AM EST

British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir may not be a household name yet, but that’s poised to change with his scene-stealing performance as Malcolm X in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami....” The film, which imagines an electric meeting between the civil rights icon, Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 17-23 shows James Earl Jones, from left, Kevin Costner, Dolly Parton, Rainn Wilson, Geena Davis, Diane Lane and Chita Rivera. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23

Jan. 11, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23 Jan. 17: Actor Betty White is 99. Actor James Earl Jones is 90. Talk show host Maury Povich is 82. Singer Chris Montez is 79. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 76. Actor Joanna David (“Downton Abbey”) is 74. Actor Jane Elliott (“General...

Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) shoots between Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) and center Jarrett Allen (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Brooks leads Grizzlies to 1st home victory 115-110 over Nets

Jan. 8, 2021 11:47 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Despite losing another key player — this time for coronavirus safety concerns — the Memphis Grizzlies were able to hold on for their first win at home this season. Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and Memphis pulled out a 115-110 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday...