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The covered Kate Smith statue sits outside Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Friday, April 19, 2019. The Philadelphia Flyers covered the statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” from their library. They say several songs performed by Smith “contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization.” (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
April 21, 2019 - 6:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." "The NHL principle 'Hockey is for Everyone' is at the...
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April 21, 2019 - 11:58 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested on a parole violation after being wounded in the Los Angeles shooting that killed Nipsey Hussle has been released from jail. Kerry Lathan had been in custody since being shot March 31 along with the rapper. KABC-TV reports Lathan walked out of LA's...
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This combination photo shows, from left, rapper-comedian Lil Dicky, singers Justin Bieber, Ariana grande and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who participate on a new song and video aimed at bringing awareness to climate change and Earth Day, which is Monday. Dicky released the animated clip for the song “Earth” on Friday, where Bieber is a baboon and Grande is a zebra. The video, featuring 32 artists, also stars Ed Sheeran (koala), Miley Cyrus (elephant), Shawn Mendes (rhino), Katy Perry (pony) and Kevin Hart dressed as Kanye West. (AP Photo)
April 19, 2019 - 12:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined rapper-comedian Lil Dicky on a new song and video aimed at bringing awareness to climate change and Earth Day, which is Monday. Dicky released the animated clip for the song "Earth" on Friday, where Bieber is a baboon...
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Choreographer Melanie Hamrick poses with dancers at the gala of Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition, on Thursday, April 18, after the U.S. premiere of her new ballet, “Porte Rouge” (Red Door), based on classic Rolling Stones tunes arranged by her partner, Mick Jagger. The Stones frontman, recovering from medical treatment, watched from backstage and addressed the audience briefly via microphone before the show. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Noveck)
April 19, 2019 - 9:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about your "Moves Like Jagger." The recovering rocker made a stealth appearance at the ballet, slipping backstage Thursday evening to support his partner, Melanie Hamrick, as she presented her new dance based on Rolling Stones songs. It was Hamrick's first work as choreographer...
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FILE - In this May 13, 1975, file photo, Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. The New York Yankees have suspended the use of Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. (AP Photo, File)
April 18, 2019 - 7:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "...
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FILE- In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Franklin is still getting R.E.S.P.E.C.T. after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, April 15, 2019, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
April 15, 2019 - 2:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the award...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong actors Chan Hung-chun, right, and Lung Koon-tin, dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, pose during a press conference to promote their upcoming Chinese opera "Trump on Show" in Hong Kong. President Trump is the inspiration for "Trump on Show," a four-day Cantonese opera that reimagines the president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
April 14, 2019 - 3:49 am
HONG KONG (AP) — With the blond wig and red tie, the star of the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong may look familiar. The Chinese actor and singer has the lead role in "Trump on Show," a four-day comedic opera reimagining the U.S. president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in...
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A hearse leaves a burial service for the late rapper Nipsey Hussle at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
April 12, 2019 - 6:41 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on slain rapper Nipsey Hussle (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been buried at a Los Angeles cemetery that is the final resting place of numerous celebrities. Hussle's family was seen at the Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills cemetery for the private...
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People watch as a hearse carrying the casket of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle passes Hussle's clothing store The Marathon, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. Hussle’s casket, draped in the flag of his father’s native country, Eritrea in East Africa, embarked on a 25-mile tour of the city after his memorial service, drawing thousands to the streets to catch a glimpse of the recently-anointed hometown hero. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
April 12, 2019 - 9:44 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands flocked to remember the life of Nipsey Hussle at a packed memorial service Thursday that provided mourners with a deeper appreciation of Ermias Asghedom, the man behind the up-and-coming hip-hop persona. Some of people who knew Hussle best, from his actress-fiancée...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, British grime artist Stormzy performs at the Brit Awards 2018 in London. The Austrian music Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria, is apologizing to Stormzy, who pulled out of an appearance on Wednesday April 10, 2019, after accusing security staff of racial profiling. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, file)
April 12, 2019 - 3:56 am
BERLIN (AP) — An Austrian music festival is apologizing to British grime artist Stormzy, who pulled out of an appearance after accusing security staff of racial profiling. Snowbombing festival organizers said security responded Wednesday night to a report that an individual at the show in Mayrhofen...
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