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Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

Sep. 23, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet. The last time the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t...

Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson win top Americana awards

Sep. 22, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile added another trophy to her shelf as she won artist of the year at the 2021 Americana Honors and Awards show, while country singer Sturgill Simpson took home the album of the year award. The annual...

Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

Sep. 22, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. In statement, his family said that Van Peebles, father...

R. Kelly's rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

Sep. 22, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly got away with sexually abusing underage victims for more than two decades by ruling his inner circle enablers with an iron fist, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday at the R&B singer’s sex-trafficking trial. “The defendant set rules,...

Fendi, Del Core lead Milan fashion's runway return

Sep. 22, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s fashion capital is again alive with the sound of shoppers swarming boutiques and editors filling socially distanced fashion week venues, a sign of a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Milan Fashion Week opened Wednesday with 42 live runway...

As Texas draws its maps, Latinos push for political power

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a Dallas County commissioner, Elba Garcia represents some 670,000 people — nearly the population of a congressional district. The majority of her constituents are Latino and live in the fast-growing suburbs west of Dallas, where they share worries about managing...

Review: Mickey Guyton soars on her powerful, personal record

Sep. 22, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

“Remember Her Name," Mickey Guyton (Capitol Records Nashville) It's hard enough to be Black woman in America, but Mickey Guyton's path in country music has been especially fraught with obstacles she had to overcome. On her debut full-length album released a decade after...

Met season to open with first-ever opera by Black composer

Sep. 22, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Blow recalls being in the audience at the premiere of the opera based on his memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” and watching the scene that depicts his sexual abuse as a child by an older cousin. “To be honest,” he said, “it was more...

Rihanna takes time with album while unveiling lingerie line

Sep. 22, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna might be extremely consumed with rolling out her popular lingerie line, but finishing her forthcoming album is still a priority. The multi-Grammy winner is just taking her time to “experiment.” She suggests her new music will sound much...

University of Southern Maine to open new $10M music school

Sep. 21, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine will be opening a new $10 million music school, thanks to a longtime supporter. D. Suzi Osher gave the USM Foundation its largest-ever donation. The donation will serve to advance plans for a new Center for the...