August 20th, 2018

Entertainment News

Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

By Corey Williams And Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

DETROIT – To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” – a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career, she was simply “Aretha” or more ... Read More »

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Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

ATLANTA – A Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over “extensive damage” to two homes he rented. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It says one home suffered damage to electric wiring, flooring, and windows and was missing ... Read More »

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Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dies at 43

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died. A statement from Janus’ bandmates and family released Thursday through publicist Alexandra Greenberg said Janus had long struggled with mental illness, and killed herself outside Portland, Oregon on Tuesday. She was 43. Janus fronted Huntress from the group’s inception in ... Read More »

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PBS doc ‘First Lady of Television’ looks at Betty White’s incredible career

By Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2018

TORONTO – Television broadcasting did not begin in Canada until September of 1952. By that point, Betty White was already a TV veteran. “My husband, Allen Ludden, always said, ‘My wife was a pioneer in silent television,'” she joked at a 2007 press conference. “It was kind of close.” The 96-year-old actress, best known for ... Read More »

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Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

By Errin Haines Whack, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. “She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil ... Read More »

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The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New York

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

NEW YORK – The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Fans are mourning Aretha Franklin at some of the places where the legendary singer performed. Several people, some visibly mourning, walked or drove by New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit Thursday morning after news of Franklin’s death was announced. ... Read More »

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GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – Republicans have bought a bus ticket to Canada for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh), who said America “was never that great.” The state Republican Party says the $55 one-way, Albany-to-Montreal ticket is valid only on Friday and if Cuomo believes his own remarks he should leave the country. Cuomo’s primary ... Read More »

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TIFF provides platform for a TV industry that is increasingly cinematic

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2018

TORONTO – Amazon Studios’ upcoming series “Homecoming” starring Julia Roberts is among the five TV shows being presented as part of Toronto International Film Festival’s Primetime program, which features projects that are bound for the small screen. Based on the podcast of the same name, “Homecoming” stars Roberts as a caseworker at a facility helping ... Read More »

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Recording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be ‘positive’

By Anne Flaherty And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released another secret audio recording that she says proves President Donald Trump wanted to silence her after firing her from the White House. In the recording played on MSNBC, Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump offers Manigault Newman a job earning $15,000 a month. The job wouldn’t require her to ... Read More »

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Rapper Juelz Santana pleads guilty to airport gun charge

By The Associated Press on August 16th, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – Rapper Juelz Santana has admitted that he tried to get a gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. The 36-year-old Totowa resident faces up ... Read More »

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