Beyoncé Gives $100,000 to 4 Historically Black Schools
4/18/2018 5:19:25 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu Beyoncé paid tribute to historically Black colleges during her groundbreaking Coachella performance, and now the singer is donating $100,000 to four black universities. The superstar singer announced Monday the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative. She plans to give $25,000 each to Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University. One student from each school will receive the scholarship money. Beyoncé's Coachella festival set...

As Prince Heirs Fume, Bankers and Lawyers Cash in On Estate
4/18/2018 5:17:15 PM

By Steve Karnowsi As the second anniversary of Prince's death approaches, his heirs have yet to collect a dollar of his estimated $200 million estate. But bankers, lawyers and consultants have earned millions from it. The long saga to settle the estate provides a cautionary tale about dying without a will, as Prince did when he died of an accidental opioid overdose at his suburban Minneapolis studio on April 21, 2016, and the heirs can't quit squabbling. Here's a look at where things stand:   NO DOUGH YET Even though it's been nearly two years since...

'This Is Us' and 'Master of None' receive GLAAD Media Awards
4/18/2018 5:13:41 PM

BEVERLY HILLS—“This Is Us” was named outstanding television drama Thursday at the GLAAD Media Awards at a ceremony that buzzed with excitement for honoree Britney Spears. The 29th annual ceremony held Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel also recognized “Master of None” for an episode in which Lena Waithe's character comes out to her family. Waithe co-wrote the episode, which drew on her own experiences coming out. Halle Berry presented her the award, and the actresses embraced before Waithe delivered her acceptance speech. The night's...

Will Ferrell Treated After Rollover I-5 Crash
4/18/2018 5:04:47 PM

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Video shows actor Will Ferrell was treated by paramedics after sustaining minor injuries from a rollover crash on a Los Angeles-area freeway. The video by OnScene.TV showed the 50-year-old Ferrell sitting on the side of the highway talking to a firefighter shortly after the crash last Thursday night. Another video by LA-OC.tv showed Ferrell talking on a cellphone as he sits on a stretcher and firefighters load him into an ambulance. Ferrell is believed to have been in a limousine SUV with three other people when a 2007 Toyota veered into their lane on...

Former Model Janice Dickinson Testifies at Cosby Trial
4/18/2018 3:30:47 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Sex, drugs, and a former supermodel took center stage during Day 4 of the retrial of comedian Bill Cosby. The comedian is on trial for three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident with former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Prosecutors have been allowed to call five witnesses who said they were drugged and raped by Cosby decades ago. Each of the witnesses, however, presented much baggage for the district attorney to overcome. Janice Dickinson, one of the five women who have previously told their stories on cable...

Hannity Vows to Bash Kimmel Until He Apologizes to 1st Lady
4/12/2018 8:46:30 PM

By David Bauder NEW YORK—Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity is vowing to continue his attacks on ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel until Kimmel apologizes for a segment in which he joked about first lady Melania Trump's accent. The dispute between the television personalities is unusually vitriolic, with Hannity calling Kimmel a “sick, twisted, creepy, perverted weirdo” during his Fox show on Friday. Kimmel, who had no show of his own on Friday, returned fire via Twitter. ABC officials had no immediate response to a request for comment on...

MLK's Grandchild Hosts Inspiring Group of Child Activists
4/12/2018 8:45:23 PM

By R.J. Nico ATLANTA—Martin Luther King Jr.'s granddaughter hosted an inspiring group of children who called on their peers Saturday to follow the civil rights leader's example and engage in community outreach. Three days after the 50th anniversary of King's assassination, about 200 people gathered at an Atlanta event hosted by Yolanda Renee King, 9, and Maryn Rippy, 7, the great-granddaughter of King's brother, A.D. King. Child actors Hudson Yang from ABC's “Fresh Off the Boat” and Storm Reid from the film “A Wrinkle in Time”...

Cecil Taylor, Pioneer of Free-jazz Movement, Dead at 89
4/12/2018 8:42:16 PM

Cecil Taylor, the visionary pianist who revolutionized jazz by launching the free-jazz movement in the late ‘50s, died last week at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. Taylor's legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner, confirmed the death to The Associated Press by phone. No more details were provided. Taylor, born in New York on March 25, 1929, was known as one of the pioneers of the free jazz movement, and was seen as both a grounding breaking and uncompromising artist. Taylor released his first album, “Jazz Advance,” in 1956. He was also known as a poet and would...

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Among National Register Nominees
4/12/2018 8:40:20 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is among 18 places in Arkansas that are being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has approved all 18 properties under consideration. Program spokesman Mark Christ says the board should hear back from the National Park Service within two months. Christ says at least 98 percent of the properties nominated by the board make the National Register, which is the official list of the...

Rosa Parks House to Be Shown, After Trans-Atlantic Odyssey
4/5/2018 3:41:21 PM

By Michelle R. Smith and David Rising The small, tired house with peeling white paint once served as a refuge for Rosa Parks in Detroit. It has traveled across the world and back in an odyssey conceived by an artist and a Parks family member determined to preserve the civil rights activist's legacy. It was rescued for $500 off a demolition list, then disassembled and shipped to Germany, and was supposed to be the centerpiece of a weeks-long exhibition at Brown University this spring: an American homecoming amid a national conversation surrounding race, history and the value of...