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Tiffany Haddish explains why she won't perform in Georgia

Jun. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish says she chose to join a boycott of Georgia after she read the state's new anti-abortion legislation. Haddish announced this week that she had cancelled a show in the state and explained her reasoning Tuesday at the launch of a "Harry Potter" mobile augmented-reality...

Spike Lee calls for Hollywood to 'shut it down' in Georgia

Jun. 7, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat. Most studios that have commented have said they're waiting to see if the so-called "heartbeat" law actually...

Julia Roberts, Spike Lee toast Denzel Washington at event

Jun. 7, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denzel Washington was the man of the hour Thursday night with everyone from Julia Roberts to Spike Lee turning out to celebrate him as this year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. But when he finally took the stage to accept the honor he did something unexpected: At his own...

Spike Lee to present Denzel Washington with AFI Award

Jun. 4, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spike Lee will honor Denzel Washington's career by presenting his friend and collaborator with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. AFI said Tuesday that Lee will present the actor and director with the honor at a gala Thursday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Lee has...

Column: Let's ignore Drake for the rest of the NBA Finals

May. 31, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Obnoxious sideline celebrities are as much a part of the NBA as slam dunks and getting away with an extra step or two. From Jack Nicholson to Spike Lee to Jimmy Buffett, we've grown accustomed to boorish, entitled superstars doing their best to make themselves part of the game. Welcome to the club, Drake. The...

DC's go-go sound becomes anti-gentrification battle cry

May. 30, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the soundtrack of "Chocolate City," the nonfederal Washington that has traditionally been a tent pole of black America. Go-go music, a distinctive D.C.-specific offshoot of funk, has endured for decades through cultural shifts, fluctuations in popularity and law enforcement purges....

WNBA star Tina Charles adds filmmaker to her resume

May. 6, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her already impressive resume. The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label — known as Charlie's Calypso City and Charlie's Records, respectively — and it debuted over the...

Notable reaction to the death of filmmaker John Singleton

Apr. 30, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Notable reaction to the death of "Boyz N the Hood" filmmaker John Singleton: "Thank you John for being my friend, brother and mentor for 30 years. For believing in me when I was unsure of myself. Your passion for telling our stories from our point of view was more than an obsession, it was...

John Singleton found a perfect marriage of movie and moment

Apr. 30, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rarely have a filmmaker and a moment been so perfectly matched as John Singleton and the summer of 1991. When "Boyz N the Hood" was released that July, Singleton took what had become a cultural obsession — South-Central Los Angeles and the young black men growing up in it —...

John Singleton, maker of 'Boyz N the Hood,' dies at 51

Apr. 29, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood's most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated "Boyz N the Hood" and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51. Singleton's family said Monday...