Will LA Mean LeBron Behind the Scenes and On the Big Screen?
7/12/2018 10:37:05 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Space Jam 2?” A whole new “House Party” franchise? With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible. As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he could also push those two 1990s properties closer to reality and go from part-time presence to major player in Hollywood. James hasn't yet spoken about his plans for Los Angeles. But if he wants to, he's already shown he can...

Queen Latifah Celebrates with Hip-Hop Legends at Essence
7/12/2018 10:32:08 PM

By Stacey Plaisance and Chevel Johnson   NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate “Ladies First” and her 30 years in the trenches. Latifah was one of the headliners on the festival's main stage Saturday and was joined—to the delight of the crowd—by hip-hop legends MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott and Monie Love as well as rapper Remy Ma and R&B singer Brandy. She also entertained the audience with her vocal skills,...

Show on Slavery Prompts Artist to Quit Montreal Jazz Fest
7/12/2018 10:30:45 PM

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney is performing two last-minute club shows in Montreal after pulling out of the Montreal International Jazz Festival over a show on slavery performed by whites. The Black artist canceled his Tuesday performance at the jazz fest because of its ties to SLAV, a theatrical production on Black slavery put on by a primarily white group of entertainers. Sumney complained of cultural appropriation in a note to festival organizers. In the letter, he says: “Their songs are taken from them by white people and performed to...

On a Big Night for 'Panther,' Boseman Honors Real-Life Hero
6/28/2018 9:14:12 AM

By Pablo Arauz Peña   SANTA MONICA (AP)—The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel's blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. “This is going to live at your house,” Boseman told Shaw, giving him the show's golden popcorn award. The actor said while it was an honor to be...

Han Solo's Blaster from 'Return of the Jedi' Tops Auction
6/28/2018 9:12:09 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP)—Han Solo's Blaster from the “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction. Julien's Auctions says Ripley's Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday. The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction. The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. An Imperial Scout Trooper Blaster from the movie sold for $90,625. Julien's says other items at the auction included a full Superman III costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve. It sold...

Teen Actress Wears 'I Do Care' Jacket to Protest First Lady
6/28/2018 9:11:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Teen actress Jenna Ortega cares, and says Melania Trump should do the same. Ortega wore a green, hooded military jacket reading “I do care and u should too” on the red carpet at the Radio Disney Music Awards Friday night, countering the “I really don't care, do u?” jacket the first lady wore as she left Washington to visit detained migrant children this week. The 15-year-old, whose credits include “Jane the Virgin” and “Iron Man 3,” told The Associated Press Trump's jacket showed poor judgment, and she...

Give Up After Scandals? Television History Shows Otherwise
6/28/2018 9:09:35 AM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)—Say this about TV creators in 2018—they don't give up easily. Three current shows—“Roseanne,” “Transparent” and “House of Cards”—have been crippled by scandal, but each plans to continue without their disgraced stars. “The bottom line is fundamentally money,” said Karen Tongson, a professor of English, Gender Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. “These crews, these actors, these shows that have audiences, that...

Roseanne Barr in Interview: 'I Made Myself a Hate Magnet'
6/27/2018 5:49:32 PM

In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.” Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any Black person . a monkey.” Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.” She also lamented that some people...

Birthplace of Singer, Activist Nina Simone to be Preserved
6/27/2018 5:46:48 PM

The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born in 1933. Last year, four African-American artists purchased the home. National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks says the trust will work with the home's new owners and the community to honor Simone's contributions to society and to...

Los Angeles Civic Leader John Mack Dies at 81
6/27/2018 5:44:30 PM

LOS ANGELES—Funeral services were pending Tuesday for Los Angeles civil-rights leader John Mack, as tributes poured in locally and nationally for a man hailed for improving the lives of people in disenfranchised communities and helping to reshape the direction of the Los Angeles Police Department. Mack, 81, died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his family. Mack served as president of the Los Angeles Urban League from 1969 until his retirement in 2005, when he was named president of the Board of Police Commissioners of the Los Angeles Police...