30 years later, Janet Jackson is still in ‘Control’

When Janet Jackson released her “Control” album on February 4, 1986, she hadn’t had much success in the music industry. The Jackson clan’s youngest girl’s 1982 debut album, “Janet Jackson,” just barely cracked the top 100, and her 1984 followup, “Dream Street,” didn’t even do that well. Jackson was better known as an actress, first […]

Maurice White, leader and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

Maurice White, the Earth, Wind & Fire leader and singer who co-wrote such hits as “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song” and “September,” has died, according to his brother, EWF bassist Verdine White. He was 74. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White said in […]

Abe Vigoda, of ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ fame, dies at 94

Abe Vigoda, who played the decrepit Detective Phil Fish in the television sitcom “Barney Miller” and Mafia lieutenant Sal Tessio in the original “Godfather” movie, died Tuesday, according to his manager, Sid Craig. He was 94. Though Vigoda achieved a good bit of fame from his 1970s “Godfather” role, his years on “Barney Miller” and […]

Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in British TV movie

With all the controversy over #OscarsSoWhite, now may not have been the best time to announce that a white actor has been cast as African-American pop star Michael Jackson. According to The Guardian, Joseph Fiennes will play the late superstar in a made-for-TV drama to appear on the British channel Sky Arts. The TV movie […]

‘Fresh Prince’ actress slams Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscars boycott

Referring to Pinkett Smith as “Miss Thing,” Hubert opens her video by asking, “Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?” before launching into her thoughts on the controversy that has drawn so much attention (it even prompted the Academy to release a rare statement on Monday.) “I find […]

Mexico probes possible money tie between actress, drug boss

There are indications that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had business dealings with actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged a meeting between the drug boss and actor Sean Penn, Mexico’s attorney general said in an interview published Tuesday. Arely Gomez told the newspaper El Universal that officials are investigating possible money laundering involving the […]

Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as “This Will Be” and “Our Love” and recorded “Unforgettable … With Love,” a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole, died Thursday evening. She was 65. Cole’s death was confirmed by publicist Maureen O’Connor. “A voice from […]

Allen Toussaint, New Orleans R&B legend, dies at 77

Influential New Orleans songwriter, musician and producer Allen Toussaint died Monday of a heart attack, his son said in a statement Tuesday. Toussaint, 77, had been touring in Madrid, Clarence Toussaint said in the statement. Artists in nearly every major genre recorded Toussaint’s songs or collaborated with him, including the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Herb […]

2016 Toyota 4Runner

Remember what SUVs used to be like? The Toyota 4Runner is one of the few remaining utility vehicles left on the market that keep to that old body-on-frame formula—with all the truck toughness, plus just enough refinement and modern ride-and-handling attributes thrown in. If you keep almost only to the streets and highways, or never […]

Lee Daniels to pay Sean Penn’s legal fees in defamation suit

Lee Daniels has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum towards Sean Penn’s legal fees as he backs down from insisting the defamation suit goes to federal court. The Empire co-creator’s attorneys filed a letter in federal court Tuesday withdrawing a previous attempt to move the case up the ranks, Deadline reported. “Having considered the arguments […]

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