Janet Jackson, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi Arabia concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson and rappers 50 Cent and Future have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of after human rights orga...

Success has Malaysian rapper Bunga dreaming of music

One of the few Malaysian female rappers, Bunga says she at first didn't consider a career in music. "My initial dream was to be a politician or a lawyer," the 19-year old rapper told...

Police struggle to solve gangland reporter's killing, others

CHICAGO (AP) — A makeshift cross now marks the spot where Zachary Stoner's bullet-riddled SUV crashed into a lamppost one year ago in downtown Chicago — with the street reporter left clinging to life ...

Filipino rap sensation to perform in Taiwan

TAIPEI (CNA) Filipino rapper Geo Ong, known for his no-holds-barred rhythmic delivery in his music video "Parokyana," which has generated close to 12 million views on YouTube, will perform i...

Memorial spotlights the man behind Nipsey Hussle rap persona

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands flocked to remember the life of Nipsey Hussle at a packed memorial service Thursday that provided mourners with a deeper appreciation of Ermias Asghedom, the man behind th...

Memorial spotlights the man behind Nipsey Hussle rap persona

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands flocked to remember the life of Nipsey Hussle at a packed memorial service Thursday that provided mourners with a deeper appreciation of Ermias Asghedom, the man behind th...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. POWERFUL TORNADO STRIKES ALABAMA The F3 twister packing a...

Death of 'hood CNN' pioneer exposes gangland reporting risks

CHICAGO (AP) — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without...

Mary J. Blige, NAS, Pharrell on tap for 2019 Essence Fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2019 Essence Festival will feature headlining performances by Mary J. Blige and rappers NAS, Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott as Essence Magazine's "party with a purpo...

Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can't copyright 'Carlton' moves

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over. The denial from...

Kemba Walker enters 3rd All-Star game with uncertain future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker is preparing for his third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once shouted "This...

More Grammy nominees makes winning a greater challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When the Grammys added more nominees to its top four categories, the Recording Academy said the expansion from five to eight nominees would add more "flexibility" for voters. B...

Meek Mill, Jay-Z and sports owners back justice reforms

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment is taking on criminal justice reform. Rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z and the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brook...

Celebs, athletes give 'Dragon Ball' pop culture super status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Dragon Ball" is a revered anime that has influenced pop culture for years, earning praise from rappers in songs, tributes from athletes during games and even a massive balloon at l...

Feuding French rappers seek to take dispute to boxing ring

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two French rappers who fought a running battle inside a Paris airport with their entourages over the summer are seeking to take their dispute into a boxing ring in Belgium. ...