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Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In San Francisco, revelers wearing rainbow tutus and boas held signs that read ... Read More »

Inmate charged in brutal jail beating of Peter Tosh’s son

Jawara McIntosh

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of attacking and seriously injuring the son of late reggae icon Peter Tosh at a New Jersey jail is facing an aggravated assault charge, authorities said. The count against Kyrie Baum stems from a Feb. 21 attack at a county jail that left 37-year-old Jawara McIntosh with traumatic brain injuries and in a ... Read More »

Bruno Mars, nominated for 5 honors, to open BET Awards

Bruno Mars

The “B” in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce or Bruno Mars. Both pop stars are the top nominees at Sunday’s show, where they will compete in four of the same categories, including video of the year. Beyonce, who dominated last year’s show with multiple wins and a show-stopping performance, is up for seven honors. Mars, who will open the ... Read More »

Opera pops up at NYC garage, dive bar, basketball court

NEW YORK (AP) — Opera has been popping up recently at the most unlikely New York places: a revamped garage, a dive bar, a basketball court and even an old aircraft carrier. It’s part of a festival with an in-your-face goal — to bring this once grandiose art form to ordinary places where people hang out. The New York Opera ... Read More »

Concert in Utah park honors man killed in London attack

Melissa Cochran

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The life of a Utah man who ran a recording studio at his home before he was killed in a high-profile London attack that also injured his wife was celebrated Saturday with the local music he loved. Among the attendees was Keith Malda, a police officer in London who was one of the first responders ... Read More »

Gaga on gay pride: It’s a time to shine light on equality

Lady Gaga

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality. “This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another,” the pop star said in an ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

Radiohead

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s famed Glastonbury music festival has embraced an unlikely headline act: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn, 68, received a rock star welcome from thousands of festival-goers, who chanted his name and held up signs that read “I love Jeremy Corbyn” as he took to the festival’s main stage. Corbyn gave a wide-ranging speech on women’s rights, ... Read More »

Writer sues Tupac filmmakers, alleges copyright infringement

Tupac Shakur

NEW YORK (AP) — A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper. Kevin Powell says in the federal lawsuit filed Friday that “All Eyez On Me” borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did ... Read More »

John Legend: Singer, songwriter, spelling bee champ

John Legend

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — John Legend’s work has won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before achieving global fame, the Legend-to-be took home another prize: spelling bee champ. A 1989 story in The Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/2sQ6VSD ) proclaimed, “Product of home teaching wins bee.” The newspaper noted the future R&B singer’s sharp attire, his steady gaze and crisp ... Read More »

Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

Johnny Depp

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death of Abraham ... Read More »