‘Atlanta,’ ‘P-Valley’ and other shows giving Black South its due

CNN — For decades, the blueprint for a Black show has hit similar notes – a stable, middle class family based in New York or Los Angeles. Of course, sometimes the family consists of a group of friends, as seen on “Girlfriends.” And other times, the city was in the Midwest, as seen on “Family … Read more

EXPLAINER: R. Kelly acquitted on rigging trial. Why?

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors this week scored multiple convictions against R. Kelly at the singer’s trial in Chicago, but they lost on the headline charge — that Kelly obstructed justice by rigging his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted him. Kelly co-defendant and longtime business manager Derrel McDavid was also acquitted … Read more

Ryan Reynolds gets a colonoscopy on camera to raise awareness of new guidelines

CNN — It was a first for actor Ryan Reynolds, who allowed a video crew to capture his colonoscopy screening on camera to raise awareness of the increase in colon cancer diagnoses among people under 50. Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. … Read more

R. Kelly convicted on many counts, acquitted of trial fixing

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury on Wednesday convicted R. Kelly of several child pornography and sex abuse cartoons in his hometown of Chicago, delivering another legal blow to a singer who used to be one of the biggest R&B stars in the world. Kelly, 55, was found guilty on three counts of child pornography … Read more

Jury gets R. Kelly’s child pornography and trial-fixing case

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday at R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, sorting through a month of evidence and arguments on charges accusing the singer of child pornography, enticing minors for sex and rigging his 2008 child porn trial. Standing at a podium a few feet in front of jurors, Kelly attorney Jennifer … Read more

Jean-Luc Godard, iconic French New Wave director, dies at 91

GENEVA (AP) — Jean-Luc Godard, the iconic “enfant terrible” of the French New Wave who revolutionized popular cinema in 1960 with his first feature, “Breathless,” and stood for years among the film world’s most influential directors, died Tuesday . He was 91. Godard died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at his home in the … Read more

Charles III arrives in Edinburgh for queen coffin procession

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — King Charles arrived in Edinburgh on Monday to accompany his late mother’s coffin on an emotion-charged procession through the historic heart of the Scottish capital to a cathedral where it will lie for 24 hours to allow the public to pay their last respects. Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen … Read more

Marsha Hunt, ’40s star and blacklist victim, dies at 104

TORONTO (AP) — Marsha Hunt, one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s who worked with performers ranging from Laurence Olivier to Andy Griffith in a career disrupted for a time by the McCarthy-era blacklist , has died. She was 104. Hunt, who appeared in more than … Read more

Weird Al gives himself the Weird Al treatment in new biopic

TORONTO (AP) — When a young, bespectacled Al Yankovic picked up an accordion, few — especially Al, himself — would have predicted the long-running show-business career that would follow. But can you imagine if they did? That every step of Yankovic’s way — the first Hawaiian shirt, the epiphany of riffing on “My Sharona” as … Read more

King Charles III takes the throne, after a lifetime of prep.

By DANICA KIRKA September 9, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/king-charles-III-british-throne-ab21181c92dbb154a29bad12075662e9 LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has been preparing for the crown his entire life. Now, at age 73, that moment has finally arrived. Charles, the oldest person to ever assume the British throne, became King Charles III on Thursday following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth … Read more