EL James takes Fifty Shades of heat on Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter had a bit of fun Monday at the expense of EL James. The hashtag “AskELJames” trended nationwide as the “Fifty Shades of Grey” writer took questions, including some not-ready-for-prime-time doozies, but surely she’s...
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NBC severing business relationship with Donald Trump

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. NBC said it would no longer air...

Melissa Block to step down from NPR ‘All Things Considered’

WASHINGTON (AP) — NPR says Melissa Block is stepping down as host of the flagship newsmagazine “All Things Considered” after 12 years anchoring the national broadcast. The public radio network said Monday that Block will become a special correspondent for NPR,...
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Diddy’s son Quincy calls father’s arrest a ‘hiccup’

AP Photo/Rob Latour LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diddy’s son Quincy Brown has dismissed his father’s recent arrest as a “hiccup.” Brown walked the red carpet of the BET Awards with Diddy’s three young daughters. He brushed aside questions about...

Petition for NBC to cut ties with Trump draws 200,000 names

NEW YORK (AP) — A petition asking NBC to fire Donald Trump has collected more than 200,000 signatures. Posted on the Change.org website, the petition calls out NBC of choosing business over “ethics, principles and values” in the wake of Trump’s recent...
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Early, weighty choices in ‘Frontline’ doc ‘Growing Up Trans’

AP Photo/Frontline NEW YORK (AP) — “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as...
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Looking for love on a dating app? You may find music instead

AP Photo NEW YORK (AP) — In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music. From Madonna to Mariah Carey, an increasing number of acts are looking to platforms like Tinder and Match to promote their...
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Seattle art exhibit puts spotlight on race, identity

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson SEATTLE (AP) — Race, identity and the masks people wear are the themes explored in a new exhibit of contemporary, multimedia art at the Seattle Art Museum. The themes feel especially relevant with the recent opening of the show “Disguise:...
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Rodgers and Hammerstein bio coming in 2018

AP Photo NEW YORK (AP) — A biography of Rodgers and Hammerstein, written with the cooperation of the late Broadway team’s publishing arm, will be come out in 2018. Henry Holt and Company announced Monday that Todd S. Purdum’s book, “Rogers and...
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‘Magic Mike’ taught Pinkett Smith to be playful with husband

AP Photo/Rebecca Cabage WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for “Magic Mike XXL,” but she certainly didn’t expect to come out of a movie about male strippers with some new...