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Sean Combs to speak at Howard U. commencement

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University’s commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Combs was a Howard student in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate [...]

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Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival

  Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year. The rap duo headlined the first night of the music festival Friday, Apr. 11, in Indio, Calif., performing well-known hits such as “Hey Ya!,” ”Ms. Jackson,” ”The Way You Move,” [...]

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Flavor Flav taking plea deal in Vegas battery case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, April [...]

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Common brings inspiration and motivation to Norfolk State

  by Antonio Garland Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., appeared at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center on April 8, to encourage students to follow their goals and dreams. Common spoke of how he got involved with the L.E.A.D. program, wanting to motivate young people. He said that coming to [...]

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M.I.A., Janelle Monae perform hologram duet

      WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms. M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.’s likeness. Both artists have ideas for [...]

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Universal unbundles Def Jam, Island, Motown labels

  Universal Music Group has announced a major restructuring, splitting Island Def Jam into three stand-alone labels as Barry Weiss resigns as chairman and CEO of the label’s East Coast group. A Tuesday news release says historic labels Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Motown Records will once again become independent operations, effective immediately, while [...]

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Review: Ledisi wows with latest album

  Ledisi, “The Truth” (Verve Music Group) Despite multiple Grammy nominations, being one of Michelle Obama’s faves and having a voice that is among the most beautiful you will hear today, Ledisi still hovers far below the radar of music’s mainstream listeners. Her latest studio album, ”The Truth,” probably isn’t going to change that, but it should: It’s [...]

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Pharrell Williams, Zimmer create ‘Spidey’ opera

    BC-US–Music-Spider-Man 2/530 (Eds: With AP Photos.) Pharrell Williams, Zimmer create ‘Spidey’ opera MARCELA ISAZA, Associated Press       LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Marc Webb and famed composer Hans Zimmer assembled a supergroup of influential recording artists, including the “Happy” chart topper Pharrell Williams, for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The hope was [...]

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M.I.A., Janelle Monae perform hologram duet

    BC-US–Music-Holograms-MIA-Janelle Monae,1st Ld-Writethru/584 Eds: Expands with quotes, details. With AP Photos. M.I.A., Janelle Monae perform hologram duet SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer       WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms. M.I.A. performed in New [...]

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to tour North America

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American tour. It was revealed Friday that the musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 50-city tour in New Orleans on June 9. It will [...]

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Noah’ rises to top of box office with $44M debut

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After weathering a sea of controversy, “Noah” arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount’s biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The imaginative take on the tale of Noah’s Ark from “Black Swan” director Darren [...]

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