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Imprisoned Moroccan rapper announces hunger strike

July 10, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

FILE – A Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 photo from files showing Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghouat along with protesters from Morocco’s pro-democracy February 20 movement shouting in front of City Hall Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Casablanca, Morocco. A Moroccan rap artist imprisoned for writing a song alleging police corruption has gone on hunger strike...

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Review: Williams gets political on new album

July 10, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

This CD cover image released by Bocephus/Blaster shows the latest release by Hank Williams, Jr., “Old School New Rules.” (AP Photo/Bocephus/Blaster) Hank Williams Jr., “Old School, New Rules” (Bocephus/Blaster) Hank Williams Jr. kicks...

Review: 3 compelling plays make up 'DruidMurphy'

July 10, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

This undated theater image released by Lincoln Center Festival shows the cast in a scene from “Famine,” part three of the “DruidMurphy” cycle, three plays by Tom Murphy presented by the Druid Theatre Company performing as part of the...

R&B's Anthony Hamilton among Essence Fest closers

July 9, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

Fantasia performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For years, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has packed the smaller stages at the Essence Music Festival. This...

Treme Brass Band singer Lionel Batiste dead at 81

July 9, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

FILE – In this Feb. 17, 2006 file photo, Uncle Lionel Batiste, center with umbrella, dances with an unidentified woman who danced in from the sidewalk during the Krew of Cork parade through New Orleans’ French Quarter. Batiste, the vocalist, bass...

He's not Pauly D (But don't tell them that!)

July 9, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2010 file photo, TV personality Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio arrives for the MTV European Music Awards 2010, in Madrid. In Seaside Heights, N.J., New Yorker Michael Maldonado is often mistaken for DelVecchio. (AP...

Alex Boyd brings 'blue-eyed' soul to Essence

July 9, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

Mary J. Blige performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, July 7, 2012. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He’s danced with Debbie Allen, acted alongside Bruce Willis, blended his voice with Patti...

Ringo Starr turns 72 in Nashville with peace, love

July 8, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

In this photo provided by Rob Shanahan, musician Ringo Starr, center, celebrates his 72nd birthday with his wife Barbara Bach, left, and musician Joe Walsh, right, at The Hard Rock Cafe, Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Rob Shanahan)...

Former member of band charged in assault in NYC

July 8, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

FILE- In this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo, workers at New York’s Webster Hall take a break under the marquee. The New York City music venue shut its doors for the night after two people were injured on Friday, July 6, 2012, in what authorities say was a...

Chaka Khan celebrates with 'Superlife' graduates

July 8, 2012 • EntertainmentComments (0)

Women celebrate during their graduation from the Chaka Khan Foundation’s Super Life Transformation class that the singer established for women affected by Hurricane Katrina, during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, July 7, 2012....