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Fred Willard, the comedic improv-style actor, has died at 86

May 22, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Fred Willard at the A CATbaret! – A Celebrity Musical Celebration of the Alluring Feline at the Avalon on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA Willard died last Friday.  He was 86.  (Photo: Shutterstock) By Jonathan Landrum Jr. associated press LOS ANGELES — Fred Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept…

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TV cliffhanger: New season in jeopardy amid virus shutdown

May 22, 2020

By LYNN ELBER ASSOCIATED  PRESS  LOS ANGELES — The first new TV season of the coronavirus era is facing an understandably shaky start that comes with a tacit disclaimer: No one is sure when it will arrive. Studios, guilds and trade groups are huddling to find ways to ease a near-complete production shutdown, among the…

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The Upside: Hart surprises New Jersey doctor with bit part

May 17, 2020

By DAN GELSTON PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Hart found an upside to putting his name to a charitable cause during the coronavirus pandemic: the comedian offered a walk-on role in a future film to a health-care worker in the COVID-19 fight. Henry Law, an anesthesiologist in New Jersey, got the call from Hart (“Jumanji”) that…

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Little Richard to be buried at historically black college

May 17, 2020

By KRISTIN M. HALL NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama. Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said the private funeral will be held Wednesday and will not be open to the public. Little Richard’s close friend Pastor…

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Andre Harrell, music exec who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

May 15, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Andre Harrell attends a special screening of “Beyonce Live At Roseland: The Elements of 4” at the Paris Theatre in New York. Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip-hop and R&B in the late ’80s and ’90s and also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, has died,…

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Betty Wright, Grammy-winning soul music icon, dies at 66

May 15, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Betty Wright (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) By Alexis Reese BET.COM Betty Wright has passed away at the age of 66. The 70s music icon invested her vocals into R&B and soul. Wright’s niece first confirmed the news on Sunday morning; Billboard reported that the cause of death was cancer. Playing a major role in…

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Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87

May 15, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Little Richard (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) By Kristal M. Hall ASSOCIATED PRESS NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Little Richard, one of the chief architects of rock ‘n’ roll whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, died Saturday after battling bone cancer. He was 87. Pastor…

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PBS’ Asian American explores prejudice and perseverance

May 15, 2020

By Terry Tang ASSOCIATED PRESS A century of racist attacks detailed in the new PBS documentary series “Asian Americans” might have felt like ancient history just a few months ago. But through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in China and is now hitting the U.S., being painted as a foreign enemy has…

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