Hip hop and rap

FILE - In this April 28, 2018, file photo, Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, Calif. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday on June 2, 2020 as riots erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have spoken out following Floyd’s death and the worldwide riots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 01, 2020 - 5:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as violent protests erupted around the world...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Sil Lai Abrams, back row from left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, seated left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film "On the Record" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film provides an intimate portrayal of the agonizing process of calculating whether to go public with harassment and abuse claims. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
May 27, 2020 - 12:33 pm
There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2010 file photo, media executive Andre Harrell speaks during the 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors in Washington. A tribute to Harrell, the late music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday on BET, BET Jams, BET Soul and REVOLT TV, where Harrell served as vice chairman. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
May 19, 2020 - 3:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A tribute to Andre Harrell, the influential music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday. The memorial broadcast dubbed “Mr. Champagne and Bubbles” — a nickname of Harrell’s — will feature tributes from Chris Rock, Mariah Carey,...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2020, file photo, University of Pittsburgh graduate Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban congratulates members of the Class of 2020 during a virtual commencement on a computer screen in Pittsburgh. As the coronavirus leaves colleges holding “virtual graduation” events online, many schools are recruiting famous figures to deliver speeches over their laptops instead of the lectern. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 15, 2020 - 5:13 am
This year's college graduates won’t get to take their triumphant walk across the stage. They won’t get to toss their caps amid a sea of classmates. Instead, they have to settle for online ceremonies while their diplomas are mailed home. But at least one aspect of the traditional graduation ceremony...
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In this Aug. 2, 2018, photo, David Jassy, from left, front, a formerly incarcerated advocate, hip hop artist Common and Imagine Justice political advisor Michael Latt tour San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. They are joined by Aun Madison, rear from left, Common's assistant, Jessica Jackson co-founder and National Director of #CUT50, Alex Gudich the Deputy Director of #CUT50. Common and Imagine Justice has launched a campaign with dozens of advocacy and activist groups calling attention to the threat coronavirus poses on millions of people jailed or imprisoned in the U.S. (JT McGlockton/Imagine Justice via AP)
May 13, 2020 - 6:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and activist Common went into quarantine concerned about incarcerated people he has met during visits to jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers around the U.S. and who aren't able to maintain social distance or adopt rigorous hygiene routines to prevent the spread of...
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REMOVES “UNARMED” AND ADDS THAT AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT CONFIRMED THAT ARBERY WAS EITHER ARMED OR UNARMED - People react during a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Brunswick Ga. Two men have been charged with murder in the February shooting death of Arbery, a black man in his mid-20s, whom they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
May 10, 2020 - 3:27 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The social justice arm of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company on Sunday called on Georgia officials to take quick action in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say was killed by two white men as he ran through a Georgia neighborhood. Musicians Shawn “Jay-Z”...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2010 file photo, media executive Andre Harrell, right, presents an award to Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Warner Theatre during the 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors in Washington. Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip-hop and R&B in the late ’80s and ’90s with acts like Mary J. Blige and Heavy D and also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, has died, several members of the music community revealed late Friday, May 8, 2020. He was 59. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
May 09, 2020 - 11:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Andre Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who shaped the sound of hip-hop and R&B in the late ’80s and ’90s with acts such as Mary J. Blige and Heavy D and also launched the career of mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, has died. He was 59. Diddy’s REVOLT company confirmed the death...
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FILE - In a Saturday, July 13, 2019 file photo, cast member Idris Elba, center, arrives with his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, left, and Isan Elba, right, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw", at the Dolby Theatre. Idris Elba says he and his wife had their lives “turned around” after contracting the coronavirus. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
May 08, 2020 - 1:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — British actor Idris Elba, who battled the coronavirus this year, has lent his voice to a new song about black men and mental health that will benefit pandemic relief efforts. Elba is featured on the song “Kings” by Kosine, a singer-songwriter-producer best known for crafting hits...
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May 01, 2020 - 3:32 pm
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan and Roc Nation have partnered to stage a virtual live event on Sunday headlined by Alicia Keys that will pay tribute to workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Italy and beyond. Funds raised through the event will benefit global humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief...
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This image released by Lifetime shows Ashley "Ms. Minnie" Ross of the Atlanta-filmed reality TV show “Little Women: Atlanta.” Ross died in a Georgia car crash on Monday, April 27, her representative confirmed Tuesday. The Lifetime series follows the lives of a group of women with dwarfism trying to make it big in Atlanta’s hip-hop and rap music scene. (Lifetime via AP)
April 28, 2020 - 10:56 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Ashley Ross of the reality TV show “Little Women: Atlanta” has died in a Georgia car crash, her representative confirmed Tuesday. Ross, who was known as “Ms. Minnie,” died of her injuries Monday at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, her publicist Liz Dixson said in an email to The...
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