Cuban artist puts on hair competition to bolster black pride

A young Afro-Cuban performance artist transformed a Havana cultural center into the stage of a black hairstyle competition this weekend in a rare public commentary on racial beauty standards in Cuba, where prejudice remains widespread and largely undiscussed. Politics, particularly detente with the U.S., is a common subject matter at this year’s international art fair. […]

Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned ‘ridiculous’

Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s care in his final days have accused King’s two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King’s estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King […]

Ice Cube says son playing him in ‘Compton’ was like ‘back to the future’

When it came time to cast the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, the filmmakers didn’t have to go far to find the perfect person to play O’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube. Their choice: the rapper-actor’s 24-year-old son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., who doesn’t just have the bloodline but is also a spitting image […]

JLo heading to Vegas

That’s right: #JLoVegas is trending around the world with the news that the pop star and actress will be headlining a residency in Sin City. She announced her new gig on “American Idol” on Tuesday. The news comes on the heels that “Idol,” on which Lopez is a judge, will be canceled next year. “The […]

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night. He was 89. His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after […]

Ice-T Drafts the Game, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for First Art of Rap Festival

Ice-T has put together what he’s calling “the most prolific and essential hip-hop festival ever” with his inaugural Art of Rap Festival. Taking place over two days in two California locales, the fest will feature co-headliners the Game and Ice-T at its July 18th Irvine date and Ice-T headlining its Mountain View gig on July […]

5 reasons the Mariah Carey Christmas movie has to happen

All we want for Christmas is you, Mariah Carey! According to EW, New Line Cinema is planning a Mariah Carey Christmas movie. Producer Jonathan Shestack confirmed that he is working on the yet-untitled project with Carey’s good friend director Brett Ratner co-producing. “It’s a little bit about how music can take you back in time,” […]

Blues legend B.B. King hospitalized

Blues legend B.B. King was hospitalized for dehydration, though the ailment didn’t keep him out for long. King’s dehydration was caused by his Type II diabetes, but he “is much better,” his daughter, Claudette King, told the Los Angeles Times. The legendary guitarist and vocalist released a statement thanking those who have expressed their concerns. […]

Trevor Noah defends self in backlash to old tweets

Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of “The Daily Show,” rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy. “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a […]

Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to “The Daily Show” a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart’s replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving “The Daily Show” following 16 years […]

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