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NBC’s Holt adds empathetic commentaries to news anchor role

December 23, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” and host of “Dateline NBC” on the set of his weekday evening news set in New York. Holt spent a couple of nights locked up in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison earlier this year for a “Dateline NBC” episode about criminal justice reform. The episode airs Friday…

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Billy Porter to join New Year’s Eve show from Times Square

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Actor Billy Porter attends the world premiere of “Like a Boss” at the SVA Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) ASSOCIATED PRESS Last New Year’s Eve, Billy Porter was working in New Orleans. This year he’ll still be working — but in New York City. The…

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Charley Pride overcame racial barriers as country music star

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Charley Pride performs during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the Country Music Association Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Pride, the son of sharecroppers in Mississippi and became one of country music’s biggest stars and the first Black member of the Country Music…

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Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, who played Deebo in ‘Friday,’ dies

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister arrives to the world premiere of the film titled “The Grand”, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Friday, April 27, 2007. ( AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) By Jonathan Landrum Jr. ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES  — Tommy “Tiny” Lister, a former professional wrestler who was known for his bullying…

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New Orleans stage and screen actor Carol Sutton dies at 76

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Carol Sutton arrives at the World Premiere of “Poms” in Los Angeles. Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy “Steel Magnolias” and the TV series “Queen Sugar,” died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, from…

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Women’s Hall of Fame honors Aretha Franklin, Morrison, Lacks

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before the Super Bowl XL football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) ASSOCIATED PRESS SENECA FALLS, N.Y.  — “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and Nobel laureate and “Beloved” author Toni Morrison will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame last…

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Graduate thanks Nicki Minaj for tuition, med school next

December 12, 2020

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who just graduated is thanking rap artist Nicki Minaj for paying his tuition. Three years ago, someone on Twitter reached out to Minaj with a request for the musician to help pay for college. Minaj agreed — on the condition that they show her…

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With red carpets rolled up, the Oscar race goes virtual

December 11, 2020

By Jake Coyle associated press NEW YORK— This is the time of year when Hollywood’s awards-season-industrial complex usually shifts into high gear. It’s a frothy, festive run of the year’s final premieres and screenings — all part of a carefully orchestrated dance to court tastemakers and, ultimately, academy voters. The movies may be finished —…

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‘B.A.P.S.’ star Natalie Desselle Reid dies at 53

December 11, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: This photo provided by Je’Caryous Entertainment shows Natalie Desselle Reid. Reid, who starred alongside Halle Berry in the 1997 film “B.A.P.S.” and on the sitcom “Eve,” died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. She was 53.  (Leonard Reid/Courtesy of Je’Caryous Entertainment via AP) By Jonathan Landrum Jr. associated press LOS ANGELES — Natalie Desselle Reid,…

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