Nigeria’s Nollywood hails economic ‘approval’

Nollywood directors and investors on Monday hailed the industry’s inclusion in Nigeria’s economic data for the first time, calling it a recognition of the sector’s growing power and influence. Africa’s most populous nation and leading oil producer became the continent’s largest economy on Sunday when the government announced the long-overdue recalculation of gross domestic product. […]

‘Captain America’ sets April record with $96.2M

Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around. Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million, topping the previous record-holder, 2011′s “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million. “The Winter […]

Nephew claims self-defense in rapper’s shooting

The nephew charged with shooting hip-hop artist and reality TV star Benzino during a weekend funeral procession on a Boston-area highway acted in self-defense, his lawyer said Monday. Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder. He was ordered held without bail pending a […]

Robin Thicke breaks silence after split

As his marriage with Paula Patton unravels, Robin Thicke is leaning on his fans for support. On Wednesday, after pulling out of three previously scheduled performances, Thicke made his first public statement since he announced February 24 that he and his actress wife are separating. “I want to thank everyone for the well wishes these […]

Chris Brown booted out of rehab, taken into custody by LA sheriff’s deputies

Singer Chris Brown has been booted from court-ordered drug rehab and taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, a sheriff’s spokesman confirmed Friday. Details were not immediately available about why Brown, 24, was kicked out of the Malibu facility where he has been treated for the past four months. Nor was it clear […]

Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans Europe Express’ started the musical revolution

Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europe Express” is the most important pop album of the last 40 years, though it may not be obvious. The first high-art electronic pop record, “Trans Europe Express” set the tone for the coming revolution, became one of the central texts of hip-hop, pop and electronic dance music. Recorded in the same few […]

“Women of soul” wow the White House, first lady

Soul-singers spanning generations wowed the White House on Thursday as Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle and Janelle Monae warmed up the place for a “women of soul” concert showcasing musical legends and up-and-coming female artists. At a morning workshop for high school and college students, first lady Michelle Obama called soul “the kind of music that […]

Taraji P. Henson to Host 14th Annual “Celebration of Gospel”

Academy Award® nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has been chosen to host BET’s #1 gospel music special, “Celebration of Gospel.” The multi-talented Taraji takes over the role as Steve Harvey, king of comedy and all things media, ends his historic 13-year run. Taraji will bring her own charming and high voltage personality to the stage […]

Lupita Nyong’o is Hollywood’s new fixation

Lupita Nyong’o is preparing herself for normalcy. After the frenzy that’s followed her gripping performance in “12 Years a Slave,” she wants to be ready for life back home in New York. “I try to keep my regimen — rest, water, eat well, workout — so that when this is all over, I don’t experience […]

Malcolm X family upset with Nicki Minaj for photo

Malcolm X‘s family and estate said Nicki Minaj’s use of a famous photo of the black nationalist with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song’s artwork is disrespectful and offensive. In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Friday, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, said […]