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Bud Billiken Parade, a longtime Chicago tradition, cancelled

Jun. 29, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade, a traditional African American back-to-school event for about 90 years, organizers announced Monday. Tens of thousands of spectators yearly attend the parade, in which similar numbers march through...

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Jun. 28, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers,...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, director Spike Lee arrives at the world premiere of

Free 'Do the Right Thing' rental; Spike Lee talk offered

Jun. 22, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Do the Right Thing” is free to rent on several platforms all week and an online discussion will be held with director Spike Lee on his 1989 film about racism, protests, police brutality and a New York neighborhood in turmoil. Universal Pictures is offering the film for...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, D.L. Hughley speaks during TV One's

Comedian DL Hughley COVID-19 positive after fainting onstage

Jun. 21, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Comedian D.L. Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee. The stand-up comedian, 57, lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized, news outlets...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks with members of the media after the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Jacksonville, Fla. When the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone indoors — away from their everyday environments — creativity was the key. Marrone held weekly contests for his team, including a cooking competition last month with judging based solely on appearance and presentation. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

NFL teams went high-tech for team bonding this offseason

Jun. 20, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players and coaches went home in March and stayed there for the next few months, along with most of the world. Football pads were replaced by iPads. Handshakes and high-fives gave way to emojis and video chats. When the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone indoors — away from...

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, director Spike Lee, with cast members from his film

Hollywood says Black Lives Matter, but more diversity needed

Jun. 18, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As protests erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd, every major entertainment company in Hollywood issued statements of support for the black community. But as unanimous as that show of solidarity was, it was also clear that this wasn't a fight Hollywood could watch...

FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, actor Delroy Lindo attends the NBC Network 2013 Upfront in New York.  Lindo stars in Spike Lee's latest film,

Delroy Lindo on his titanic performance in 'Da 5 Bloods'

Jun. 16, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the jungle of Spike Lee’s sprawling and anguished “Da 5 Bloods,” Delroy Lindo’s titanic performance as a Vietnam veteran rises to a ferocious, even Shakespearean pinnacle. Lee’s film, now streaming on Netflix, follows four African American veterans...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, driver Bubba Wallace waits for the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Martinsville, Va. Bubba Wallace now counts Spike Lee and Demi Lovato – his admitted celebrity crush – as those loudly in his corner since he’s become the leader of NASCAR’s push for change. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

AP Interview: NASCAR'S Bubba Wallace finds voice

Jun. 15, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bubba Wallace can count Spike Lee and Demi Lovato in his corner since he became the leader of NASCAR’s push for change. Where he has failed to find support is from corporate America. Wallace is the only black full-time driver at NASCAR's top level and has had to scrap for...

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, filmmaker Spike Lee, from left, with Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors and Norm Lewis on the set of

Spike Lee issues apology after defending Woody Allen

Jun. 14, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Eliah Drinkwitz is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. Last week, members of the Missouri football team marched from The Columns on campus to downtown Columbia in protest of racial injustice. The idea came from sophomore safety Martez Manuel, but it quickly gained the support of new coach Eli Drinkwitz and his staff. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

Jun. 13, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus. The student-led movement five years...