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15 months later, Radio City reopens with Dave Chappelle

Jun. 20, 2021 01:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen months after shuttering for the pandemic, New York's Radio City Music Hall reopened its doors Saturday for the Tribeca Festival premiere of a new Dave Chappelle documentary for a full-capacity, fully-vaccinated audience. The debut of “Dave...

Can we talk? Gannett promotes effort at bridging gaps

Jun. 18, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The conversation between Brian Roy and Brian Webb felt, at first, like a blind date. In the same way, the people who brought them together hope that it's the start of something. They were participants in an effort backed by the media company Gannett to...

Q&A: Abdul-Jabbar talks new documentary, MLK, social justice

Jun. 17, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend, but the man known for his trademark skyhook shot has also devoted his life advocating for equality and social justice. Abdul-Jabbar will take another step in his activism walk as an executive producer and...

Amanda Kloots hopes people don't forget COVID-19 devastation

Jun. 18, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As COVID-19 restrictions lift in the U.S., many are reacquainting with friends and loved ones, attending parties, booking vacations and celebrating a return to normal. But for Amanda Kloots, 39, a fitness instructor and TV personality, it's not a return...

'Fire and Fury' author writes new Trump book 'Landslide'

Jun. 17, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “Fire and Fury,” the million-seller from 2018 that helped launched the wave of inside accounts of the Trump White House, will have a last take coming out next month. Michael Wolff's “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump...

Janet Malcolm, provocative author-journalist, dies at 86

Jun. 17, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Malcolm, the inquisitive and boldly subjective author and reporter known for her challenging critiques of everything from murder cases and art to journalism itself, has died. She was 86. Malcolm died Wednesday at New York Presbyterian Hospital,...

No apology: Tavis Smiley makes comeback bid after PBS firing

Jun. 17, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after workplace misconduct allegations cost veteran TV and radio talk-show host Tavis Smiley his job and a national forum, he’s ending his silence. Smiley, who continues to deny the claims of unwanted sexual behavior that led PBS to drop...

Review: In Pixar's 'Luca,' young life as a stolen adventure

Jun. 16, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

A brisk and bright sun-dappled fable of above-ground adventure and below-the-surface identity, Enrico Casarosa's “Luca” — a summery, shimmering fish-out-of-water fairy tale — is one of Pixar's most pure and condensed enchantments. Pixar has plunged into the sea...

Chlöe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life

Jun. 16, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is celebrating this year’s Juneteenth with a new EP about the Black experience featuring actor and activist Yara Shahidi, Chlöe Bailey of Chloe x Halle and rapper YBN Cordae, who is donating his proceeds to students attending historically Black colleges and...

Review: Album of exploration from jazz guitarist Julian Lage

Jun. 17, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

Julian Lage, "Squint” (Blue Note Records) In the right hands, 12 notes multiplied by six strings can produce endless variety. Here's proof. Jazz guitarist Julian Lage's Blue Note Records debut is an exuberant, engaging, endlessly inventive...

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The Latest: Delta variant behind spike of cases in Portugal

Jun. 20, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities have confirmed suspicions that the new delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a spike in new cases in the Lisbon region. Portugal’s National Health Institute said Sunday that the highly infectious variant that was first...

Virginia drama teacher takes his final bow after 30 years

Jun. 20, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — The show must go on, as they say in the theater world. But after 30 years as a drama teacher at Thomas Harrison Middle School, Michael Strawderman will get to watch the show from the seats and not the wings of the stage. With the conclusion of...

15 months later, Radio City reopens with Dave Chappelle

Jun. 20, 2021 01:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen months after shuttering for the pandemic, New York's Radio City Music Hall reopened its doors Saturday for the Tribeca Festival premiere of a new Dave Chappelle documentary for a full-capacity, fully-vaccinated audience. The debut of “Dave...

Trained local workers help lure filmmakers to Augusta

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Amy Rhinehart Bailey never, in a million years, aspired to be a movie producer. But as a mother to seven children and the co-owner of two Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar restaurants with her husband, Craig, she craves organization. ...

Auburn University band names first Black female drum major

Jun. 20, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Brianna Jarvis will lead the Auburn University Marching Band into Jordan-Hare Stadium when the football team plays Akron on Sept. 4. She will also be making history as the band’s first Black female drum major. The music...

Mississippi students’ time travel film competing nationally

Jun. 20, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — If you could go back in time and provide crucial information to your past self, what would it be? That is the plot of a short film titled “Jimmie’s Time Quest,” being submitted under the Video on Demand category to the national...

Night of the stars: Dressel, Ledecky keep winning at trials

Jun. 19, 2021 23:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — America's biggest swimming stars shined brightly on the next-to-last night of the Olympic trials. Their only complaint? Both wanted to go a bit faster Saturday. Caeleb Dressel added another event to his Tokyo program, powering to...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...

Dolce&Gabbana's "light therapy'' collection celebrates life

Jun. 19, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Dolce & Gabbana are coaxing men off their sofas and back into the world with a resplendent collection inspired by the extravagant lighting installations of southern Italian street festivals. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana called their...

Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus

Jun. 19, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was smiling broadly as she attended the final day of the Ascot races on Saturday, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to press politicians to act faster against climate change. The 95-year-old queen, a keen racing fan and...