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...

Taraji P. Henson Finally Gets Her 'Fatal Attraction' Role
4/5/2018 3:39:53 PM

By John Carucci Tyler Perry says he knew if he was going to have Taraji P. Henson star in his latest film, he would have to work fast. The writer-director filmed “Tyler Perry's Acrimony,” his third collaboration with the actress, in a mere eight days. Perry said it was easier to film the revenge thriller around Henson's “Empire” shooting schedule because she comes in prepared for a role, and she's especially good at playing bad characters. “She's a director's dream,” he said at the film's premiere earlier this...

Actress Stacey Dash Withdraws from California House Race
4/5/2018 3:36:30 PM

Actress-turned-conservative-commentator Stacey Dash has ended her campaign for a Southern California congressional seat. The “Clueless” actress said on her website Friday that she believed the bitterness in politics and the rigors of campaigning and holding office would be detrimental to her family. Dash is a Republican and pulled out about a month after she entered the contest in the heavily Democratic 44th District. It includes part of Los Angeles, the city of Compton and other communities running south of downtown L.A. In her statement, she laments a political...

'Chicago Fire' Actress DuShon Monique Brown Dead at 49
3/29/2018 9:25:35 PM

CHICAGO—Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show “Chicago Fire,” has died at age 49. The Cook County medical examiner's spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Brown died Friday at St. James Olympia Field Hospital outside Chicago. The cause of death wasn't given. Brown was a veteran of Chicago theater. She worked as a crisis counselor at a Chicago high school and led its drama program before winning the role of Connie on “Chicago Fire”. She played the assistant to Chief Boden, played by Eamonn Walker. Brown also had a...

15th Defense Lawyer in Suge Knight's Murder Case Leaves
3/29/2018 9:21:09 PM

By Andrew Dalton LOS ANGELES—Marion “Suge” Knight lost another defense lawyer—his 15th—on Friday and the three-year wait for his murder trial to start will grow even longer. Judge Ronald S. Coen released attorney Dominique Banos, citing a conflict of interest. Banos said outside court that she had told the judge she believes she is a target in the witness-tampering investigation that led to the indictment and removal of two of Knight's lawyers. She denied any wrongdoing and said she regretted leaving a case she felt was winnable. The moment...

Judge Allows Five More Accusers to Testify Against Bill Cosby
3/29/2018 8:06:55 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   The judge in the Bill Cosby case reversed his own decision from a year ago, allowing five additional accusers to testify in the comedian’s upcoming criminal trial. Judge Steven O’Neill, who last year ruled against a prosecution motion to allow 13 accusers to testify against Cosby, reversed course this time and will allow five of the 19 requested by prosecutors. Neither side would comment on the decision on Thursday, March 15. The women have not been identified, but at least one accuser that prosecutors asked for has accusations that...