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NAACP Image Awards starts with a call to get out the vote

LOS ANGELES — The NAACP Image Awards kicked off Monday night with six powerful women issuing a call to get out the vote. Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Lena Waithe and Angela Robinson took the stage holding hands. Beyond declaring support for the Time’s Up initiative to stop sexual harassment and …

Gospel star Edwin Hawkins, known for ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dies

NEW YORK — Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day” and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music, died Monday at age 74. Hawkins died at his home in Pleasanton, California. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told The Associated Press. Along with …

Costner says he’s no fan of sequels as writing often suffers

PASADENA, Calif. — Kevin Costner isn’t a big believer in doing film sequels for a simple reason. Costner told TV critics Monday that the writing often isn’t as good as in the original movie and it’s the screenplay that draws him to a project. He says that’s why he’s starring in “Yellowstone,” a 10-part drama …

Cult movie ‘Heathers’ gets TV makeover, Doherty cameos

PASADENA, Calif. — The 1988 cult movie “Heathers” and the title characters get makeovers in a new TV series. In the big-screen dark comedy, the queen bees who shared the name Heather were three white high school students by played by Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker. A girl of colour and a boy …

Dolores O’Riordan, voice of The Cranberries, dies at 46

LONDON — Dolores O’Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. The singer-songwriter’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O’Riordan died in London, where she was recording, “No further details are available at this time,” …

Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after #MeToo op ed

Margaret Atwood has taken to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which she wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement. In a piece published Saturday in The Globe and Mail, Atwood called #MeToo “a symptom of a broken legal system”. The op-ed drew …

Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California. Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday for a traffic violation. Johnson says officers administered a field sobriety test, which Rodman failed. She says he …

Offred is on the run as ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ returns in April

PASADENA, Calif. — The wrenching loss of an infant to a totalitarian society is explored in season two of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” star Elisabeth Moss and the show’s producers said. The drama series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel begins with Moss’ character on the run when it returns April 25 on streaming service Hulu. …

Expletives dot the weekend TV comedy, sports landscape

PASADENA, Calif. — Expletives dotted the weekend television landscape. On “Saturday Night Live,” guest host Sam Rockwell let one slip during a skit. He was playing an increasingly frustrated TV science host trying to lead two clueless students through an experiment. “You can’t be this (expletive) stupid!” Rockwell exclaimed, immediately putting his hand to his …

Katie Couric breaks silence on Matt Lauer: ‘I had no idea’

Katie Couric, who was Matt Lauer’s “Today” co-host for several years, broke her silence Saturday on sexual misconduct allegations against him. Couric told People magazine: “I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left.” She departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the “CBS Evening News” and has been criticized …

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