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AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

Dec. 7, 2019 12:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Ari Lennox, “Shea Butter Baby”: A message to the Grammy Awards, in the words of pop music philosopher Mariah Carey: “Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion.” Them is the Grammys, and...

The AP names 'Surviving R. Kelly' top TV show of 2019

Dec. 6, 2019 2:14 PM EST

1. "Surviving R. Kelly," Lifetime. No other series made the kind of real world impact that this one did. Allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R. Kelly for years: The superstar was even acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. But it wasn't until after the airing of Lifetime's six-part...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 6, 2019 6:37 AM EST

1. 'DO IT NOW, FAST' President Trump is embracing a new strategy if he gets impeached, focusing on the Senate, where he and his allies see a potential political upside to a public trial on friendlier turf. 2. HOW TINY CLUES HELP SOLVE CHILD SEX CASES Homeland Security Investigations has a victim identification...

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

Dec. 5, 2019 10:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a...

Judge sets Sept. 14 trial date for R. Kelly's state trial

Dec. 4, 2019 7:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered singer R. Kelly to stand trial on one of four sexual abuse cases on Sept. 14, but it remains unclear which of the cases prosecutors will take to trial first. During the hearing in Chicago, Judge Lawrence Flood told prosecutors he wants to know by...

Not just arabesques: Misty Copeland imparts her life lessons

Dec. 2, 2019 10:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — No other ballet dancer has crossed over into mainstream popular culture quite like Misty Copeland. That was Copeland at the recent American Music Awards, dancing a passionate duet with partner Craig Hall as Taylor Swift sat at the piano singing her hit “Lover.” She’s...

NFL Notes: Iron Bowl trash talk and taunting among Titans

Nov. 29, 2019 3:43 PM EST

NFL players love to trash talk each other about their alma maters, especially during rivalry week. Tennessee Titans linebacker Daren Bates has taken it to a new level. Bates grabs his big speaker whenever his Alabama teammates talk to reporters and plays the call for the famous “Kick Six” play that...

Get in the holiday mood with Ne-Yo, Lea Michele and Chicago

Nov. 26, 2019 4:18 PM EST

Here's a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. _________ Ne-Yo, “Another Kind of Christmas” (Motown/Compound Entertainment) When it comes to holiday albums, Ne-Yo’s got two great things going for himself: a beautiful voice, plus a merry and bright charisma that makes...

Diahann Carroll’s legacy as a trailblazer remembered

Nov. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the poignant memorial service for Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress was remembered for all the things that made her famous — her glamour, her sublime talent, her beauty and her elegance. But with each luminary and loved one who remembered her, what was also underscored...

Review: ‘Queen & Slim’ is romantic, urgent and beautiful

Nov. 25, 2019 2:53 PM EST

Rarely has a Tinder date ended so poorly than the one shown in “Queen & Slim.” Even more rarely has a bad Tinder date produced such a great film. The remarkable “Queen & Slim” is a romance and a road movie, a film about outlaws on the run, two journeys of self-discovery and a...