Race struggle gets personal on new Kendrick Lamar album

Near the end of Kendrick Lamar’s intense new album, the voice of rap legend Tupac Shakur rises from his grave to warn, “In this country a black man only have like five years (to) exhibit maximum strength. “Once you turn 30, it’s like they take the heart and soul out of a man — out […]

Jamaica moving to reclaim global dominance in reggae

For decades, the sound of Jamaica has been reggae, the infectious, uniquely syncopated music that transformed the small Caribbean island into a cultural powerhouse. But the genre’s success has taken it far beyond its roots, and now many in Jamaica worry that reggae-lovers abroad are forgetting the motherland where it was born. “Reggae was given […]

Leolah Brown claims Nick Gordon is under investigation for attempted murder of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Lolah Brown isn’t holding back. Bobby Brown’s sister is claiming in a new Facebook post that Nick Gordon is under investigation for attempted murder of her niece, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Leolah made the allegations in an open letter to Dr. Phil on Saturday, Mar. 7, just days after Gordon had a staged intervention with the […]

Cancellations have dogged Cosby’s tour

Four shows the comedian had scheduled for February have been canceled: February 8 in Boston, February 21 in Pittsburgh and February 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina. No reasons were given for the Pittsburgh and Charlotte cancellations. Cosby said weather concerns led to the Boston cancellation, but the date has not been rescheduled. A fourth show, […]

Jon Stewart leaving Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’

Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, will leave his job as host of Comedy Central’s parody newscast “The Daily Show” later this year, he told his studio audience at the end of Tuesday night’s episode. Stewart, 52, who has starred on the show since 1999, said he […]

Concerns over Bobbi Kristina’s estate emerge as police investigate possible foul play

As family members gather around a comatose Bobbi Kristina Brown, Atlanta area police have reportedly launched a criminal investigation into how the 21-year-old wound up unresponsive in her bathtub about a week ago. What initially appeared to be an eerily tragic homage to her mother, singer Whitney Houston, who drowned in a bathtub almost three […]

Suge Knight pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run, has chest pains in court

Knight, 49, stood in a defendant’s box next to his attorneys and intently read the complaint against him as the hearing opened. Wearing a Los Angeles County orange inmate jumpsuit, he glanced back into the gallery several times in the Compton, California, courtroom during the brief hearing and answered the judge’s questions politely with, “Yes, […]

Cosby’s Denver show draws protests

The show must go on. That was the message Bill Cosby sent Saturday night as the embattled comedian performed back-to-back shows in the Mile High city. Cosby, 77, was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation as he walked on stage wearing a gray sweatsuit with the words “Hello Friend” written on the front. Cosby […]

2 more women join defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

As Bill Cosby faces a slew of sexual assault allegations, two women are joining a defamation lawsuit against him. Linda Traitz said that she and fellow accuser Therese Serignese are joining the suit, which was originally filed by Tamara Green. Traitz, Serignese and Green are three of at least 23 women who have accused the […]

Ice Cube premieres ‘Straight Outta Compton’ movie trailer

One of the most controversial rap acts of all time will soon have a movie that chronicles their rise to fame and infamy. Ice Cube premiered the trailer for the biopic “Straight Outta Compton” about his group N.W.A. The rapper/actor shared the trailer at a recent concert in Sydney, Australia, and some fans uploaded the […]

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