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Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

September 24, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Melvin Van Peebles (By s_bukley / Shuttertsock.com) By Jake Coyle associated press NEW YORK — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. In statement, his family said that Van Peebles, father of…

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Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

September 23, 2021

Fashion designer Joy Meribe poses in front of her creations , in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). By COLLEEN BARRY MILAN (AP) — Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just…

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Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

September 23, 2021

By JAKE COYLE NEW YORK (AP) — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. In statement, his family said that Van Peebles, father of the actor-director Mario Van Peebles, died Tuesday evening at…

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Dionne Warwick, star of a new documentary, keeps smiling

September 20, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Singer Dionne Warwick, the subject of the documentary film “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over,” poses for a portrait during the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Jake Coyle ASSOCIATED PRESS The first standing ovation Dionne Warwick ever received was as…

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Norm Macdonald, former ‘Saturday Night Live’ comic, dies

September 20, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Norm MacDonald (2015) (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) By David Bauder ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Comic Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who was “Weekend Update” host during the 1990s, has died. Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after a nine-year battle with cancer that he kept private, according…

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Kamala Harris to face panelists on ‘The View’ Friday

September 20, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit “The View” studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president. She’ll answer questions about the pandemic, Afghanistan and other topics. Harris appeared three times on the ABC talk show — all remotely due to…

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Gabrielle Union on using ‘radical honesty’ to tell her story

September 19, 2021

By Hilary Fox LONDON (AP) — Gabrielle Union’s using “radical honesty” in her new book, which combines lively lighthearted stories with chapters dealing with her recovery from sexual assault, racist encounters and mental health struggles. The actor says she “left nothing out on the table” for the already released “You Got Anything Stronger?”, which adopts…

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Chris Rock says he has COVID-19, urges vaccination

September 19, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Rock on Sunday said he has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and sent a message to anyone still on the fence: “Get vaccinated.” The 56-year-old comedian wrote on Twitter: “Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated.” Rock has previously said he was…

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Q&A: Ali gets the Ken Burns treatment in 4-part PBS film, Sept. 19-22

September 17, 2021

By Dan Gelston ASSOCIATED PRESS Considering the number of movies, documentaries and other entertainment vehicles made about Muhammad Ali, it would seem that — much like the former heavyweight champion at the end of his 1971 fight against Joe Frazier — there’s not much left to offer that’s fresh. Will Smith played Ali. Ali even…

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