Comic Who Called Cosby Rapist Credited After His Conviction
5/3/2018 11:43:58 AM

By Andrew Dalton   Standup comic Hannibal Buress, whose 2014 remark about sexual-assault accusations against Bill Cosby went viral, is getting another serious surge of attention. The path to Cosby's conviction on Thursday on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home arguably started 3 1/2 years earlier in a Philadelphia comedy club, where Buress during his standup act mocked Cosby's smug preachiness and called him a rapist. “I've done this bit on stage, and people think I'm making it up,” Burress said....

‘Black Panther’ Actor Boseman to Deliver Keynote Speech at 150th Howard University Graduation
5/3/2018 11:24:53 AM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman, 40, will give the keynote address at the school’s 150th commencement ceremony on May 12. The star of the movie “Black Panther” will also be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. “I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” Boseman said in a statement announcing the keynote address. “Let’s listen, learn and build with one another.” The movie “Black Panther” has...

Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood Roars Back into Action
4/26/2018 2:32:51 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   LOS ANGELES—Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of “Avengers: Infinity War” Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn't be coming at a better time. The box office for the year is down nearly three percent, and the industry is looking to redeem itself after last summer, which, despite hits like “Wonder Woman,” had its worst performance in more than a decade. Although all studios are embracing the year-round blockbuster schedule and massive hits can emerge in any...

Accepting Rights Award, Kaepernick Decries 'Lawful Lynching'
4/26/2018 2:31:57 PM

By Mike Corder   AMSTERDAM—Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job. Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings of African Americans and Latinos in the United States as lawful lynchings. “Racialized...

Clinton: Free Press Is Under 'Open Assault' in Trump Era
4/26/2018 2:30:40 PM

By Jocelyn Noveck   NEW YORK—Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are “under open assault” in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime. “We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason,” Clinton said at the PEN America World Voices Festival, in Manhattan. “When leaders deny things we can see with our own eyes, like the size of a crowd at the inauguration, when they refuse to accept...

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...