Oprah Winfrey slated to address graduates at 2 colleges

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has agreed to will give commencement speeches at colleges in Massachusetts and New York. Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, both say Winfrey will address students at their...

Yale professor's guide to resisting tyranny coming next week

NEW YORK (AP) — A Yale University history professor’s suggestions for resisting Donald Trump’s presidency and his warnings about the demise of democracy, a list widely shared on social media, have been expanded into a book. Timothy Snyder’s “On...

APNewsBreak: Beyonce out of Coachella; will perform in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the pop...

Matt Reeves steps in to direct 'The Batman'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct “The Batman” for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film....

Oscars made strides, but Octavia Spencer wants more growth

Even though Octavia Spencer is pleased with the record number of blacks nominated for acting Oscars this year, she’s still disappointed by the lack of recognition for other people of color. “Diversity doesn’t mean just black,” Spencer said in a recent...

Rihanna is named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year

AP Photo/Thibault Camus CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. The Grammy Award-winning singer will receive the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony scheduled for Feb. 28....

Jimmy Kimmel talks about Trump and other pre-Oscars concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel says he never really wanted to host the Academy Awards. “If anything, what I wanted is for people to publicly say that I should be the host and that it’s an outrage that I am not the host, but then to not actually have to host...

'24:Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The executive producers of the new Fox series “24: Legacy” are apologizing for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people. A statement Thursday from Evan Katz and Manny Coto says “we regretfully included...

New Edition's Ronnie DeVoe announces wife expecting baby

New Edition member Ronnie DeVoe has announced he and his wife, Shamari, are expecting a baby. DeVoe made the announcement Wednesday with an Instagram picture of himself and Shamari, who’s sporting a small baby bump. In the caption, he writes that they have been blessed with...

Review: A schmaltzy history lesson in 'Bitter Harvest'

“Stalin’s tyranny could destroy their country. But not their love.” Yep, that’s the tagline for “Bitter Harvest,” the new movie about young love during the Holodomor, the 1932-33 forced famine in Ukraine orchestrated by Josef Stalin that killed...