Pain of racism can sting more when source is familiar

Timothy Welbeck remembers being 24 and at work venting to colleagues in his majority white office about how police had pulled him over 22 times in 19 months – a phenomenon known among African-Americans as “driving while black.” A white female co-worker whom...

Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for 'Rocky'

AP Photo/Uncredited LOS ANGELES (AP) — John G. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” – two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises – died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father...

Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for 'Rocky'

AP Photo/Uncredited LOS ANGELES (AP) — John G. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” – two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises – died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father...

Monterey Pop celebrates 50th with Eric Burdon, Norah Jones

AP Photo/Eric Risberg MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — The Monterey International Pop Festival turned 50 on Friday and celebrated its anniversary by kicking off another three-day concert that’s bringing back a few acts from a half century ago. Back in 1967, the Monterey...

Michael Phelps' latest challenge: 'Shark Week'

“Shark Week” has a new star attraction: Michael Phelps. Discovery Channel’s list of “Shark Week” programming next month includes a July 23 show titled “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.” Discovery Channel billed it as...

Jada Pinkett Smith calls Tupac biopic 'deeply hurtful'

NEW YORK (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith is calling the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” ”deeply hurtful” for its portrayal of her relationship with the rap legend. In a series of tweets Friday, just as the film is opening in theaters, Pinkett Smith...

Music Review: 4 years later, Lorde still a royal singer

NEW YORK (AP) — Lorde, “Melodrama” (Republic) Grammy-winning New Zealander Lorde created “Royals” and the rest of her debut album in her teen years. Now, at 20, she’s back with a sophomore release just as exceptional, and with a growing sound....

Ontario securities watchdog bans former mogul Drabinsky

TORONTO (AP) — Ontario’s securities watchdog says former Broadway theater mogul Garth Drabinsky has been permanently banned from becoming a director or officer of a publicly traded company in Canada’s largest province. He and business partner Myron Gottlieb...

Apologies demanded from Steve Harvey after Flint comment

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man who talked trash with Steve Harvey over the Cleveland Cavaliers' losing in the NBA finals says the comedian went too far when he made fun of Flint's lead-tainted drinking water during an exchange on his radio show….

Yoko Ono, a co-producer on 'Imagine,' gets writing credit

NEW YORK (AP) — Yoko Ono, who was previously credited as a co-producer on John Lennon’s “Imagine,” will earn a co-writing credit on the 1971 song. David Israelite, the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association, said Wednesday at...