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Eric Holder

Former AG Eric Holder to Decide on 2020 Bid in a Few Weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder said Tuesday he is in the final stages of deciding whether to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and plans to decide in...
Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama’s Mother Brings Her ‘Back to Reality’ After Grammy Appearance: ‘Meet Any of...

PHOENIX (AP) — It appears Michelle Obama received a reality check from her mom following her appearance at the Grammys. The former first lady took to Instagram Wednesday to share a text exchange with mom Marian Robinson....
Netherlands Nigeria Shell

Nigerian Widows Sue Shell for Complicity In Hanging Deaths of Environmental Activists

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The widow of a Nigerian activist executed by their country's government more than two decades ago accused oil giant Shell of complicity in his death at a civil case...
.Winston Duke

Donald Glover gets 5 Nominations for NAACP Image Awards

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Coming off a big night at the Grammys, Donald Glover and his alter-ego Childish Gambino have been nominated for five NAACP Image Awards. Glover is nominated for his acting and directing...
Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett Says He Redacted Phone Files to Protect Privacy

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett on Tuesday said he redacted some information from his phone before giving it to Chicago police investigating a reported attack on the "Empire" actor in order to protect the...

‘Fortnite’ Maker Asks Judge to Toss Rapper 2 Milly’s Dance Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The makers of "Fortnite" are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from a rapper who says the video game is illegally using a dance he created. Epic Games...
Donald Trump

Trump Not ‘Thrilled’ With Border Deal, Not Saying He’ll Sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's "unhappy" with a hard-won agreement to prevent a new government shutdown and finance construction of more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he didn't say...
Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman and More Added to Oscars Presenter Lineup

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who needs a host when Wakanda is coming to the Academy Awards? "Black Panther" stars Chadwick Boseman and Angela Bassett have been added to the starry list of presenters for...
Travis Scott

Travis Scott Fans Rush Doors After Rapper’s Show Postponed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police shot pepper balls to disperse a crowd that rushed the doors of an arena after rapper Travis Scott suddenly postponed a sold-out concert. Authorities say some fans rushed the...
Omar Israel

Trump Prompts Collective Eye Roll After Claiming Rep. Omar ‘Didn’t Mean a Word’ of...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar's apology for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so was "lame" and that...
21 Savage

Lawyers: Rapper 21 Savage Released from Immigration Custody

ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was released on bond Tuesday after spending more than a week in federal immigration custody, his lawyers said. The rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested...
Cardi B, Offset

Cardi B Deactivates Instagram Account After Grammy Criticism

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has deactivated her Instagram account following social media criticism of her winning a Grammy for best rap album. Some people said the 26-year-old rapper didn't deserve the Grammy over...
Katy Perry

Shoes Pulled From Katy Perry Line After Blackface Criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry's fashion line has pulled two types of shoes after some people compared them to blackface. The Ora Face Block Heel and Rue Face Slip-On Loafers were released last summer...
Kwame Raoul, Joseph McMahon

Prosecutors Call for Review In Laquan McDonald Case That May Result In Longer Sentence...

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois' highest court to review the less than seven year prison sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald — an...
Nicki Minaj

BET Issues Apology to Nicki Minaj After She Pulls Out of Concert Following Network’s...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj says she's canceling her appearance at the BET Experience Concert after the network tweeted about her and fellow rapper Cardi B. BET tweeted Sunday that Minaj was "being dragged...
Dapper Dan Gucci

Dapper Dan Seeks Accountability Amid Calls for Gucci Boycott

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion collaborator Daniel "Dapper Dan" Day is seeking accountability as other celebrities call for boycotts of Gucci after the fashion house apologized for producing a sweater that was compared to...
Ilhan Omar

Rep. Omar’s Criticism of Politicians Being Motivated by Money In Support of Israel Leads...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a...
Aretha Franklin

Television’s New ‘Genius’ is Aretha Franklin

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. "GENIUS" IS ARETHA The late singer Aretha Franklin...
Lil Baby Arrest

Lil Baby Arrested, Accused of Reckless Driving in a Corvette

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Lil Baby was arrested in Atlanta after he recklessly passed other cars at high speed in an orange Corvette and tried to flee a state trooper, according to the Georgia...
Kim Gray, David Harris Jr.

Arthur Ashe’s Nephew Pushes to Have Richmond Street Named After the Tennis Great: It’ll...

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A movement to rename a Richmond, Virginia, thoroughfare for groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is cresting just as the state finds itself in turmoil over a blackface scandal...
Hosea Williams

Before Multiculturalism, Blackface Rampant in US Pop Culture

At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places." Sports announcers of that time often described Boston...

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