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 […]

Woman who cared for Bobbi Brown impersonated nurse

A woman in charge of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s care at the hospice where she died was impersonating a nurse and faces charges that include identity fraud and nursing without a license, police said. Taiwo Sobamowo cared for Brown, the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, […]

Tupac Shakur prison manifesto goes on sale

A prison manifesto by slain rap legend Tupac Shakur, dubbed as his letter to black men, is going up for sale., a California-based memorabilia company, said it was selling the letter for $225,000. Shakur spent nine months in a New York state prison in 1995 for a rape conviction. The rapper, who insisted he […]

Michael Moore calls lack of diversity in Hollywood ‘a form of Apartheid’

Among Michael Moore’s list of grievances is the lack of diversity among Hollywood filmmakers – particularly, that the low number of female directors is “a form of apartheid.” During the audience Q&A portion of a conversation with Moore at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. director Leslie Harris […]

FDA’s new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth

Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will spend $128 million on the “Fresh Empire” campaign, which incorporates advertisements, local events and outreach to […]

Cosby testifies for seven hours in abuse suit, lawyer says

Bill Cosby testified under oath for about seven hours on Friday in response to a civil suit brought by a woman who accuses the veteran comedian of sexually abusing her when she was 15, a lawyer for the plaintiff said on Saturday. It was the first time Cosby, 78, testified under oath since dozens of […]

Bobbi Kristina Brown buried next to her mother

Family and friends gathered at a cemetery Monday to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown as she was buried next to her mother, singer Whitney Houston. Police closed the road into Fairview Cemetery for the private ceremony. Outside the cemetery, well-wishers gathered to wave to the motorcade and hold up pictures. The casket […]

Bill Cosby: New York Mag cover features 35 of comedian’s accusers

New York Magazine has published an explosive cover story chronicling the stories of nearly three dozen women accusing Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault. The cover itself features 35 of the 46 women who have come forward publicly. The magazine said it spent six months interviewing each of Cosby’s accusers separately, “and yet their […]

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