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Yahoo! BooksFeb 22, 2019
GOP senators to watch on Trump's emergency declaration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall is heading to the GOP-controlled Senate, putting Republicans in the uncomfortable spot of deciding whether to back his declaration of a national emergency.

Trump vows veto as Democrats try to block emergency order (Yahoo! Books)

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Jussie Smollett's Lifelong Friends 'Numbed' by Alleged Hoax Attack
Nothing about the recent, allegedly criminal behavior by Empire star Jussie Smollett squares with the dynamic young man Ralph Louis Harris...

Fox cuts Smollett's character from 'Empire' after arrest (Reuters Entertainment)
Hate crime hoaxes, like Jussie Smollett's alleged attack, are more common than you think (Yahoo! Books)

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
R. Kelly Turns Himself In to Chicago Police on 10 Sexual Abuse Charges
R&B star R. Kelly has arrived at a Chicago police station hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving...

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 22, 2019
R&B crooner R. Kelly charged with sexually assaulting teenage girls
Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly was charged in Chicago on Friday with aggravated sexual assault of four people, including three teenage girls, following years of accusations against the performer.

R Kelly: Singer charged with sexual abuse in Chicago (BBC Entertainment & Arts)
R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Sexual Abuse in Chicago (NYTimes Arts)

Yahoo! TVFeb 22, 2019
Trevor Noah Amazingly Finds A Silver Lining In The Jussie Smollett Story
Trevor Noah has somehow managed to find a sliver of good news when it comes tothe controversy surrounding Jussie Smollett and his alleged planning of a fakehate crime against himself

New York Times BooksFeb 22, 2019
New in Paperback: ‘The Strange Order of Things,' ‘The Pisces'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

TV by the NumbersFeb 22, 2019
Thursday cable ratings: NBA retakes the top, ‘Game of Clones' premieres mild
The NBA made a comeback in Thursday night's cable ratings,…

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 22, 2019
Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girls
Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly was charged on Friday with criminal sexual abuse of at least three girls under 17, a prosecutor said, following years of allegations against the 52-year-old R&B singer.

Time EntertainmentFeb 22, 2019
Jussie Smollett Will Be Written Out of the Final Episodes of Empire This Season
Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been removed from the show's final episodes in its current season following his arrest for allegedly faking a hate crime attack, producers for the Fox drama said. Smollett, who plays the openly gay character Jamal Lyon on Empire, is being written out of the show one day after Chicago police…

Jussie Smollett Won't Be on Final Episodes of ‘Empire' Season (NYTimes Arts)

TV by the NumbersFeb 22, 2019
TV Ratings Thursday: ‘Grey's Anatomy' rebounds, ‘Legacies' hits new low
Broadcast primetime live same-day ratings for Thursday, February 21,…

‘The Masked Singer' adjusts up, ‘The World's Best' and ‘Match Game' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings (TV by the Numbers)

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Michael Buble Invites Fan to Sing at Concert & Is Shocked By Her Incredible Voice: Watch
One of Michael Buble's fans gave the singer a run for his money at his recent concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday...

Billie Eilish & YouTube Partner to Help Launch Platform's New Short-Form Mini Series Initiative (Billboard Music News)
Mick Jones & Lou Gramm Explain How Diana Ross Inspired 'Jukebox Hero The Musical' (Billboard Music News)

New York Times MoviesFeb 22, 2019
Oscars 2019: Your Guide to All the Best Picture Beefs
How to navigate a fractious, scandal-plagued year at the movies.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Reporter's Notebook: The One Big Awards Show That Didn't Lock Out Women Directors
The Independent Spirit Awards nominated a record number of female directors. Why did no other award-giving groups come close to following suit?

One of the Over-the-Top Looks From Moschino's Game Show-Themed Runway Show Was a TV Dinner Cape (Time Entertainment)

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
What Track Should Win Best Song at the 2019 Oscars? Vote Now!
The Oscars will air live on Sunday (Feb. 24), but until the coveted best original song Academy Award is revealed, what song do you think should win?...

Yahoo! BooksFeb 22, 2019
As tensions over aid rise, Venezuelan troops fire on villagers, kill two
The United States, which is among dozens of nations to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate president, has been stockpiling aid in the Colombian frontier town of Cucuta to ship across the border this weekend. With tensions running high after Guaido invoked the constitution to declare an interim presidency last month, Maduro has denied there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela despite widespread shortages of food and medicine and hyperinflation. The socialist president, who took power in 2013 and was re-elected in an election last year widely viewed as fraudulent, has declared Venezuela's southern border with Brazil closed ahead of the opposition's plan to bring in the aid on Saturday.

Curacao blocks Venezuela aid ship cargo, citing security (Yahoo! Books)

Yahoo! TVFeb 22, 2019
Jussie Smollett Cut From Last 2 'Empire' Episodes After Police Say He Staged Attack
Jussie Smollett will not be in the last two episodes of "Empire," according toa statement from Fox

Kamala Harris Is 'Frustrated And Disappointed' By Jussie Smollett's Alleged Staged Attack (Yahoo! TV)

Yahoo! BooksFeb 22, 2019
Jussie Smollett hate attack claim: 'Bogus police reports cause real harm,' police say
While hoaxes are rare, each one diverts resources from real victims, sows doubt about real attacks and gives material to those who minimize real hate

Yahoo! BooksFeb 22, 2019
Robert Kraft prostitution scandal exposes depth of modern slavery, sex trafficking industry
Sex trafficking won't stop until the costs are high enough to make rich, powerful men feel that buying Chinese girls from a local spa isn't worth it.

When rich men like Robert Kraft get charged with soliciting prostitutes, we forget so fast (Yahoo! Books)

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 22, 2019
As Smollett faces charges 'Empire' TV show cuts his character
Actor Jussie Smollett's character is being removed from the final two episodes of Fox's hip-hop drama "Empire" after he was arrested and accused of staging a hoax hate crime attack on himself, show officials said on Friday.

Empire executives suspend Jussie Smollett and say his character Jamal will not appear in final two episodes (Yahoo! Books)

NYTimes ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Otherworldly: Sublime New Fantasy Fiction
An epic debut, poems as sharp as blood-tinged spindles, a stand-alone novel narrated by a god: There's something for everyone here.

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 22, 2019
'It's very sad': Trump on Patriots owner Robert Kraft's soliciting prostitution charges
President Donald Trump said he was surprised by the news of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Nonfiction: ‘Say Nothing' — Part History, Part True Crime — Illuminates the Bitter Conflict in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe's stunning new book uses the 1972 murder and abduction of a Belfast mother of 10 to tell the story of the Troubles.

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 22, 2019
Actor Smollett's character cut from 'Empire' episodes after arrest
Actor Jussie Smollett's character is being removed from the final two episodes of the Fox hip-hop drama "Empire" after he was arrested and charged with staging a hoax hate crime attack on himself, show officials said on Friday.

Jussie Smollett Exits 'Empire': Fox Drama Opts to 'Remove' Embattled Actor From Season's Final 2 Episodes (Yahoo! TV)

NYTimes ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Essay: Joan Castleman, Meet Glenn Close. What Happens When a Book's Character Comes to Life.
"The first time I saw ‘The Wife' I felt as if I were watching a home movie I hadn't known existed."

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Michael Jackson Accusers Detail Road to 'Leaving Neverland'
Wade Robson and James Safechuck didn't know what to think when the lights went up after the first public screening of "Leaving Neverland... Entertainment NewsFeb 22, 2019
Today in Movie Culture: Thanos Reviews the Best Picture Nominees, the True Stories of ‘BlacKkKlansman' and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Oscar Nominees Recap of the Day: The Oscars are just a few days away, and for the occasion, the animated web series Villain Pub got Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War to comment on all the Best Picture contenders, including A Star is Born, Green Book and fellow Marvel movie Black Panther:   Actor in the Spotlight Speaking of the Oscars, Best Actor nominee Willem Dafoe, who can...

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Yahoo! BooksFeb 22, 2019
Maduro's Troops Kill 1; Guaido Defies Travel Ban at Border
The violence began a weekend in which Venezuela's opposition plans to confront autocratic President Nicolas Maduro by attempting to bring food and medicine through heavily guarded international crossings around the nation. Supporters of National Assembly leader Juan Guaido were spurring on volunteers with a music festival in the western border town of Cucuta, Colombia, and he defied Maduro's order not to leave to country to appear there. Maduro, meanwhile, mounted a smaller competing event in Las Tienditas on the Venezuela side.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Brody Stevens Mourned by Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Whitney Cummings & More Comedy Peers
Comedian Brody Stevens was reportedly found dead at age 48 in his home on Friday (Feb. 22) of an apparent suicide by hanging. The comic was...

R.I.P. comedian Brody Stevens (AV Club Films)

New York Times MoviesFeb 22, 2019
Oscars Provide Stage for Participant Media's Comeback Story
The film and television company, which focuses on issues-oriented entertainment, has 17 nominations, just a couple of years after laying off half its staff.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Chino & Nacho Reunite at Venezuela Aid Live Concert: Watch
After two years of separation, the duo Chino & Nacho reunited to support Venezuela. On Friday (Feb. 22), Nacho traveled to Colombia to perform at...

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
ITZY Make Major Debut on World Digital Song Sales & YouTube Chart With 'Dalla Dalla'
Less than two months into 2019, the K-pop scene already has a monster rookie on its hands as new girl group ITZY earns a collection of Billboard...

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Comedian Brody Stevens Dead at 48 of Suicide: Report
Brody Stevens has reportedly died of an apparent suicide by hanging. He was 48. Billboard has reached out to Stevens' reps for...

NYTimes ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Graphic Content: Graphic Novels in the Age of Trump
In his latest Graphic Content column, Ed Park looks at James Sturm's "Off Season" and Elly Lonon and Joan Reilly's "Amongst the Liberal Elite."

Yahoo! BooksFeb 22, 2019
Trump says U.S., China reach deal on currency manipulation as trade talks continue
President Donald Trump says the U.S. and China have reached an agreement on currency manipulation as part of their overall talks for a new trade deal.

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Trump news - LIVE: House prepares to vote on national emergency resolution as new attack launched on abortion access
House Democrats have filed their "resolution of disapproval" challenging Donald Trump‘s decision to call a national emergency in order to build a wall on the US southern border with Mexico. While the president has claimed there is a "crisis" of illegal immigration in the United States, Democrats have questioned his motives — and noted that Mr Trump himself has suggested that he did not need to declare the emergency. Meanwhile Ahmed Ali Muthana, the father of Alabama Isis bride Hoda Muthana, announced he is suing the administration for its "unlawful attempt" to rescind her citizenship and block a return to the US.

AV Club FilmsFeb 22, 2019
Who do you want to win at the Oscars?
This question is in honor of Sunday's 91st Academy Awards:


New York Times MoviesFeb 22, 2019
Anatomy of a Scene: Watch: Directors Speak About Their Best Picture Nominees
The Oscars best picture nominees are out. We interviewed directors on how they put together their favorite scenes.

Billboard Music NewsFeb 22, 2019
Jason Derulo, NCT 127 & EXO's Lay Drop Michael Jackson Tribute Single 'Let's Shut Up & Dance': Watch
Jason Derulo, K-pop boy band NCT 127, and EXO's Lay have unveiled the video for "Let's Shut Up & Dance" -- jam-packed...

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Saudi Arabia strikes $10 billion China deal, talks de-radicalisation with Xi
The Saudi delegation, including top executives from state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco, arrived on Thursday on an Asia tour that has already seen the kingdom pledge investment of $20 billion in Pakistan and seek to make additional investments in India's refining industry. Saudi Arabia signed 35 economic cooperation agreements with China worth a total of $28 billion at a joint investment forum during the visit, Saudi state news agency SPA said. "China is a good friend and partner to Saudi Arabia," President Xi Jinping told the crown prince in front of reporters.

BBC Entertainment & ArtsFeb 22, 2019
Michael Jackson estate sues HBO for $100m over Leaving Neverland film
The singer's family claim that a new film about his alleged sexual abuse breached an old contract.

NYTimes ArtsFeb 21, 2019
‘The Changeover' Review: Stranger Danger
Fine performances help this chilly tale of a supernatural romance surmount its clichés.

BBC Entertainment & ArtsFeb 21, 2019
#MeToo Oscars: Why aren't there more female directors?
One year after #MeToo came to the Oscars red carpet, there are no female nominees for best director.

Yahoo! BooksFeb 21, 2019
Police slam US actor, say he staged racist attack to boost career
An American TV actor was criminally charged Thursday for allegedly masterminding an elaborate "publicity stunt" that sought to exploit the "pain and anger of racism" with a staged assault on the streets of Chicago. It was the latest twist in a weeks-long saga that has seen 36-year-old Jussie Smollett, the gay, African-American actor who stars on Fox music industry drama "Empire," go from victim to suspect after he reported an assault late last month. In a sign of the national attention the case has drawn, President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday, taking issue with the fact Smollett claimed his assailants invoked the president's "Make America Great Again" slogan along with homophobic and racist slurs during the purported attack.

Reuters EntertainmentFeb 21, 2019
Jussie Smollett staged Chicago 'hate crime' seeking higher pay: police
Actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers to stage a racist and homophobic attack on him and pose as supporters of President Donald Trump because he was unhappy with his pay on the hip-hop TV drama "Empire," Chicago's police chief said on Thursday.

Time EntertainmentFeb 21, 2019
Michael Jackson's Estate Sues HBO Over Upcoming Documentary on Molestation Accusations
The film premiered January at the Sundance Film Festival

New York Times MoviesFeb 21, 2019
It Was the Hottest Oscar Night Party. What Happened?
Vanity Fair has ruled the roost, but its guest list is bloated by corporate sponsorships. And now there's competition from Jay-Z.

TV by the NumbersFeb 20, 2019
Sunday cable ratings: NBA All-Star game leads, ‘The Walking Dead' takes a hit
This year's NBA All-Star Game (predictably) ruled over the Sunday…

Saturday cable ratings: NBA All-Star Saturday Night dominates (TV by the Numbers)
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