Former Destiny’s Child member arrested on disorderly conduct charge

Farrah Franklin, whose claim to fame is five months backing up Beyonce in the band Destiny’s Child, was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday. Franklin, 33, spent seven hours in the Horry County, South Carolina, jail Sunday morning after police took her into custody near summertime hotspot Myrtle Beach, according to jail records. She was released […]

Famed actor James Garner dies at 86

James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multigenerational success on both the small and big screens, has died. He was 86. Police, who were called to his residence Saturday night in Los Angeles, say he died of natural causes. Garner starred in hit TV series almost 20 years apart — “Maverick” in the […]

Stevie Wonder blends hits at Montreux for Quincy Jones

U.S. singer Stevie Wonder performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday night, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones. The African-American singer and songwriter, wearing lime […]

Tupac Shakur musical to close Sunday on Broadway

Tupac Shakur fans, keep ya head up: The Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” that uses songs from one of hip-hop’s greatest artists is closing after less than two months. Producers said late Monday that the show will close Sunday at the Palace Theatre after playing just 17 previews and 38 regular performances. Producer […]

Review: Animal Magnetism in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

It’s always darkest before the dawn, goes the saying — but in resuming a franchise already suspended on a downbeat note, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sees the simian revolution reaching unprecedented levels of bleak anarchy. An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this vivid, violent […]

2014 Chevrolet Impala

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is the first all-new car to carry the nameplate in a very long time, but the wait was worth it. Chevy has produced a stylish and very appealing large sedan that causes heads to swivel–and in the right way. It’s so different from the previous decade-old, mediocre sedan that the Impala […]

‘Do the Right Thing’ still shines brightly

You can still feel the heat from “Do the Right Thing.” Though the Spike Lee Joint, about the angry events of a scorching hot day in Brooklyn, looks a bit dated these days — gone are the boomboxes and fade haircuts of the late ’80s — there’s no fighting the film’s power. The issues raised […]

Whitney Houston biopic director Angela Bassett talks

Ever since Angela Bassett announced she would direct a Lifetime film on beloved singer Whitney Houston, diehard fans—and most of the Internet—have speculated on nearly every aspect of the film. Who would play Houston, with her prodigious voice and winning smile? Would her daughter Bobbi Kristina appear in the movie? Would her family be involved? […]

Dave Chappelle to David Letterman: ‘I never quit’

Dave Chappelle wants to clear up a misconception: He never quit “Chappelle’s Show,” his hit Comedy Central series. “Technically, I never quit,” he said in an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” “I’m seven years late for work.” Chappelle’s television appearance was a rarity. Since the last episodes of “Chappelle’s Show” aired in […]

Screen, stage legend Ruby Dee dies at 91

Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91. Dee died peacefully Wednesday at her New Rochelle, New York, home, according to her representative, Michael Livingston. Dee — often with her late husband, Ossie Davis — was a formidable force in both the performing arts […]


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