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Gina Rodriguez apologizes for singing N-word lyric

Oct. 15, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Rodriguez has apologized for singing along on her Instagram story to a Fugees verse that includes the N-word. The "Jane the Virgin" actress deleted the short video she posted Tuesday and replaced it with her apology, but not before memes and other backlash ensued. Rodriguez said in her...

Meet the playwright behind a 'deeply raw space' on Broadway

Oct. 15, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Jeremy O. Harris has a rule that he doesn't cry in public. He broke that rule the night Rihanna attended his Broadway debut. Harris uses the singer's 2017 hit single "Work" throughout his searing, raw "Slave Play" and the pop star had promised to stop by one day. Harris wasn't...

Fashion's LaQuan Smith embraces that Champagne lifestyle

Oct. 15, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — LaQuan Smith is all about the Champagne lifestyle: bubbly, luxurious and, especially when it comes to the women's clothes he creates, sexy. The designer made his New York Fashion Week debut at 21 with a sleek and sassy collection he dubbed "Water Goddess." Ten years later, his rise seems...

Houston, Notorious B.I.G. nominated for rock hall of fame

Oct. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class. The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T.Rex and Thin...

Houston, Notorious B.I.G. nominated for rock hall of fame

Oct. 15, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class. The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T.Rex and Thin...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Oct. 13, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour service, from...

Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey honored at women's event

Oct. 11, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina and more stars overcame a dysfunctional teleprompter to toast one another and their charities at a women's luncheon Friday in Beverly Hills. "I'm fine but Jen (Aniston) is freaking it back there," DeGeneres said as harried staff...

Late opera star Jessye Norman's US hometown honors her life

Oct. 11, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days of...

The Latest: Prince estate slams Trump use of 'Purple Rain'

Oct. 10, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump's use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. The Trump campaign played Prince's "Purple Rain" as the audience at the...

Review: Fantasia won't be boxed in on 'Sketchbook' album

Oct. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

Fantasia, "Sketchbook" (Rock Soul/BMG) If you haven't heard Fantasia's latest singles, there's an easy summary: one's spiritual, another's about sex, and both are worth a listen. The singer draws from very different worlds on her latest album "Sketchbook" — crediting a higher power for her heavenly vocals...