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Andre Harrell, music exec who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

Andre Harrell, music exec who discovered Diddy, dies at 59

NEW YORK — 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.
Robert Caro writes, and waits, during the COVID-19 outbreak

Robert Caro writes, and waits, during the COVID-19 outbreak

NEW YORK — On most days since the coronavirus spread through Manhattan, Robert Caro has held to a familiar routine.

SeaWorld develops plans for reopening; no official date set

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld guests could be sitting in every other row of the stadium to watch orca shows when the parks eventually reopen, the company's CEO said Friday.

Arkansas venue plans concert despite state's virus limits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas venue is promoting a concert drawing more than 200 people next week despite limits the state has placed on large gatherings because of the coronavirus.
Tekashi 6ix9ine releases new video from home confinement

Tekashi 6ix9ine releases new video from home confinement

NEW YORK — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine lit up social media on Friday, releasing a new song and video created during his home confinement just weeks after being freed from a Manhattan federal lockup over coronavirus fears.
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus at 75

Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus at 75

LAS VEGAS — Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, the duo whose extraordinary magic tricks astonished millions until Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of the act’s famed white tigers, has died. He was 75.
Heritage department outlines distribution of $500 million of arts and culture COVID-19 support

Heritage department outlines distribution of $500 million of arts and culture COVID-19 support

Canada's arts and culture organizations are getting a clearer picture of how the federal government plans to divide $500 million of COVID-19 support.

Man to plead guilty to romance con of 'black-ish' star

LOS ANGELES — A man accused of romancing “black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis and three other women to con them out of money for his phoney businesses agreed Friday to plead guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud, prosecutors said.
PBS' 'Asian Americans' explores prejudice and perseverance

PBS' 'Asian Americans' explores prejudice and perseverance

A century of racist attacks detailed in the new PBS documentary series “Asian Americans” might have felt like ancient history just a few months ago. But through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in China and is now hitting the U.S.
What's that behind you? On virus-era TV, home backdrops star

What's that behind you? On virus-era TV, home backdrops star

Those who saw conservative commentator Bill Kristol on television one recent night may not remember what he said. But they'll never forget the magnificent mess of a bookcase behind him.
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