Pam Grier and Jessye Norman Win Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. DuBois Medals

September 26, 2016

Actress Pam Grier and opera soprano Jessye Norman win Harvard University’s 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois medals honoring, they have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture. Grier and Norman will be honored at the fourth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 6. Other medalists this year include hip hop artist and activist Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, writer and producer David Simon and the 1966 Texas Western Miners…


Ryan Lochte Feels Hurt After Two Men Arrested for Rushing His Performance

September 13, 2016

Ryan Lochte feels hurt after two men were arrested for rushing the stage following his performance on “Dancing with the Stars.” The two men, wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts, were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez said. They had rushed the stage while Lochte was getting his scores from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for his debut performance during Monday night’s live installment of the celebrity…


2017 Miss America Pageant Latest News – Savvy Shields Has Been Crowned

September 12, 2016

Here are the latest news on the 2017 Miss America pageant (all times local): 11 p.m. Savvy Shields, of Arkansas, has been crowned Miss America 2017. The winner of the nationally televised pageant was announced Sunday night. The outgoing Miss America, Betty Cantrell, placed the crown on the head of her successor. Shields won the talent competition on the second night of preliminaries with a jazz dance to a song…


New Miss America Savvy Shields Has advice for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

September 12, 2016

Miss America Savvy Shields had a clear vision of what she hopes America will look like at the end of her term next year. “I hope that at the end of my year, we’re starting to reward politicians for compromise,” she said. Shields, who represented Arkansas in the pageant, won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City. She was asked during her onstage interview what she thought of Democratic nominee Hillary…


2017 Miss America : Miss Arkansas and Miss Maryland Win the 2nd Night

September 8, 2016

Miss Maryland and Miss Arkansas have won preliminary contests in the second night of the Miss America pageant. The second night of the Miss America pageant, Miss Maryland and Miss Arkansas have won preliminary contests. Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer won the swimsuit competition, while Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields won the talent portion by jazz dancing to a song from the former TV show “Smash.” The competition was held at Boardwalk Hall in…


‘New York Spectacular’ reinvents itself quite nicely – Reviews

July 6, 2016

A year or so after creating a nonstop, messy, sloppy show as part of their hope to create a non-Christmas event, the Rockettes star in a sleek, pretty summer musical at Radio City Music Hall. It’s got new songs, a new story and a new look. It’s reinvented, New York-style. NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is all about reinvention. Want to change something about yourself? Sure, go right…


Jimmy Buffett musical unveiled creative team and new name

July 2, 2016

The musical, now titled “Escape to Margaritaville,” will feature choreography by Kelly Devine (“Rocky”), scenic design by Walt Spangler (“Tuck Everlasting”), costumes by Paul Tazewell (“Hamilton”), lighting by Howell Binkley (“Hamilton”) and sound design by Brian Ronan (“If/Then.”) NEW YORK (AP) — The Jimmy Buffett musical making its world premiere next year in California has a new name and a Tony Award-winning creative support team. The show, combining Buffett’s tunes…


BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

June 28, 2016

Sheila E., jamming on the drums and guitar, singing and dancing without shoes, closed the three-hour-plus show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with “Let’s Work,” ”A Love Bizarre,” ”The Glamorous Life,” ”America” and more. She was joined by “Purple Rain” actor Jerome Benton and Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who danced alongside the background dancers throughout the set. They ended by raising a purple guitar in the air as…


Leslie Odom Jr. to exit ‘Hamilton’ in July – Next out

June 23, 2016

The actor, who plays Aaron Burr in the hip-hop hit musical about Alexander Hamilton, announced Sunday on Facebook that he’ll leave the show on July 9 when his contract is up. He has been with the show since it first began performances in early 2015 downtown. NEW YORK (AP) — A week after winning a best leading actor Tony Award, Leslie Odom Jr. has announced he will leave the hit…


The bluegrass musical Bright Star to close

The complex love story set against the American South written by comedy god Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell will close June 26. It will have played some 140 performances. NEW YORK (AP) — The bluegrass musical “Bright Star,” which failed to win a Tony on Sunday, is going into the Broadway sunset. The show earned five Tony nominations but hasn’t set the box office alight, earning less than…

June 15, 2016