Newton, 'Game of Thrones,' True Love Triumph at Emmys
9/21/2018 8:52:57 PM

LOS ANGELES—Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy honors and HBO's "Game of Thrones" recaptured the best drama series award Monday at a ceremony that largely slighted its most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Amazon's freshman sitcom about an unhappy 1950s homemaker liberated by stand-up comedy, earned best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan. Her castmate Alex Borstein earned the supporting actress trophy and the series creator, Amy...

Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett Clash at Pre-Emmy Party
9/21/2018 8:37:42 PM

LOS ANGELES—Actor Tom Arnold and producer Mark Burnett apparently got into a physical altercation at a pre-Emmy Awards charity event, according to social media posts. Arnold accused Burnett of choking him Sunday night at “this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain,” Arnold tweeted. “I'm waiting for LAPD.” There was no indication police actually were called to the scene, Officer Ray Brown of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. Burnett's wife, actress Roma Downey,...

‘Ain’t Too Proud’ and the Weight of Lead Singers
9/21/2018 8:36:34 PM

By Larry S. Buford   Last night I went to see the play “Ain’t Too Proud” at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a very entertaining performance; the cast and orchestration were superb. I applaud award-winning playwright and native Detroiter Dominique Morriseau. Being a native Detroiter myself, I was glad to see such an eclectic ethnic audience really enjoying and appreciating the Black music that we grew up on. However, the story was too predictable as in, it was still told through the lens of lone surviving group member Otis Williams. Somehow the...

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Complete ‘Hitting for the Cycle’
9/13/2018 4:59:56 PM

By Steven Herbert   LOS ANGELES—Singer John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Sir Tim Rice Sunday became the 13th, 14th and 15th individuals to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competition by receiving Emmys as executive producers of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert." The concert which aired on NBC on Easter night received the Emmy for outstanding live variety special on the final night of the two-night Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Legend, born John Roger Stephens, is the first Black man to win all...

Serena Williams: Umpire Treated Her Differently Than a Male Player
9/13/2018 4:58:49 PM

By Howard Fendrich   NEW YORK (AP)—Serena Williams thought she was treated more harshly by the chair umpire in the U.S. Open final than a man would have been. Williams was cited by official Carlos Ramos for three code violations during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which cost her a point; and for calling the chair umpire a thief, which cost her a game. “I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and...

Rapper Mac Miller Has Died at Age 26
9/13/2018 4:57:28 PM

By Andrew Dalton and Mark Kennedy   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, has died at the age of 26. His family said in a statement that Miller died Friday but gave no further details. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans,” the statement said. Miller, who also drew headlines for his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year,...

LA Chamber Orchestra Names Rising African-American Composer Derrick Spiva Jr its First Artist Educator
9/6/2018 8:10:09 PM

Derrick Spiva Jr, an esteemed music educator and composer noted for his music influences that reflect Southern California’s multicultural fabric, has been named Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) first Artist Educator, it was announced by LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. Spiva, previously associated with the Orchestra as 2015-16 Composer In Residence, brings enhanced creative vigor to LACO’s educational and music programs. The three-year appointment, beginning in this season, runs through the 2020-21 season. Spiva will have a major artistic role during each...

Acclaimed ‘Funk Brother’ Eddie Willis Dead at 82
9/6/2018 8:03:29 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Eddie “Chank” Willis, a member of the famed Motown session group known as “The Funk Brothers,” died at his home in Gore Springs, Mississippi. The 82-year-old was part of a team of musicians who helped create some of the most memorable hits in music history. “His guitar playing was heard worldwide on countless Motown Records classics, including the Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Was Made to Love Her,’ and ‘My Cherie Amour,’” the Recording...

Sam Cooke to Whitney Houston: The Funerals of Musical Greats
9/6/2018 7:51:39 PM

By Leane Italie   NEW YORK (AP)—Elvis and Whitney, Prince and Biggie. And now, Aretha. The funerals and public memorials of music royalty have been as varied as the work they created. Some were private affairs and others lasted days with tributes around the world. The body of James Brown went through three wardrobe changes. Sam Cooke's body was on public view in Los Angeles for three days. More than 80,000 people descended on the procession route for Elvis Presley in Memphis. And Janis Joplin? She set aside $2,500 for a party. Maya Angelou wrote a poem...

Center to Hold Start-to-End Reading of 'Bless Me, Ultima'
8/30/2018 6:58:50 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold a beginning-to-end reading of Mexican-American writer Rudolfo Anaya's “Bless Me, Ultima” as part of an exhibit of the seminal novel. The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based center is scheduled in October to host the complete reading of the book and has invited activists, dignitaries and acclaimed writer Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez to join the event. The center has been celebrating “Bless Me, Ultima” since an exhibit opened in March around the 1972 novel. The exhibit will be open through...