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Creator fires 'Law & Order' spin-off writer for online posts

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 3:05pm

A TV writer who has worked on “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.” was fired from an upcoming “Law & Order” spin-off because of online posts about social unrest in Los Angeles.

Late-night hosts say fighting racism means more than talk

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:49pm

Six of America's late-night television comedy hosts — five of them white men — turned serious after the nation's weekend of unrest following the death of George Floyd to suggest they and others need to do more than talk about racism.

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 1:51pm

Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S.

'Just Mercy,' drama of racial injustice, to be free in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:09am

The 2019 film “Just Mercy,” which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death, Warner Bros. said Tuesday.

Books on race and criminal justice top bestseller lists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 6:13am

As nationwide protests against racism and police violence continue, readers are seeking out books old and new on race and criminal justice.

Cartoonists to thank frontline workers playfully this Sunday

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 5:38am

The funny papers this Sunday will have more than laughs.

Christo, artist known alongside late wife Jeanne-Claude for massive, fleeting displays, dies at 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 3:01pm

Christo, artist known alongside late wife Jeanne-Claude for massive, fleeting displays, dies at 84.

Kylie Jenner, Forbes spar over story on billionaire status

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:38pm

Forbes magazine, which once declared Kylie Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the title, but Jenner is pushing back.

Ricky Martin makes 'Pausa' to channel newly found anxiety

Sigal Ratner-Arias, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:11pm

The world paused and for the first time in his life Ricky Martin felt anxiety.

Lincoln Center artistic director leaving during shutdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:28am

Lincoln Center artistic director Jane Moss is departing on Aug. 1 after 27 years, leaving the performing arts center without a key leader while it remains shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 8:14am

and first Oscar nomination — came for the 1982 blockbuster “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.”

Ai Weiwei says new security law is the end of Hong Kong

Juwon Park, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 5:03am

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believes the newly passed national security law for Hong Kong augurs the end for the semi-autonomous city.

ASCAP to honor songwriters, publishers with virtual awards

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 8:36am

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is going virtual with its annual awards shows this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Czech National Museum exhibits masks made during pandemic

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 6:46am

The National Museum in Prague has put on display the most visible symbol of the Czech Republic's response to the coronavirus - face masks.

Apple Music to launch its 1st radio show in Africa

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 12:06am

Apple Music is launching its first radio show in Africa.

Robb Forman Dew, prize-winning novelist, dead at 73

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:21am

Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died.

Fallon apologizes for using blackface in 20-year-old skit

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 8:14am

NBC “Tonight” show host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for doing an impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

Japan police arrest man in Kyoto anime arson that killed 36

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 7:25pm

Japanese police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio last year after he recovered enough from his own severe burns to respond to the police investigation.

Wilson, Rapinoe, Bird to host remote ESPYS feting heroism

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 9:51am

It’s a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.

The Doobie Brothers reschedule 50th anniversary tour

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:31am

The Doobie Brothers are rescheduling their 50th anniversary tour because of the coronavirus pandemic.