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Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
"Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs on new video questioning the meaning of July 4 for Black Americans
"Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss a powerful new video questioning the meaning of the Independence Day holiday for Black Americans, and how Frederick Douglass' July 4 speech resonates today.

Where You Can See the Stars of ‘Hamilton' Now (New York Times Movies)

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Kim Jong Un says North Korea prevented coronavirus from making inroads
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party the North had stopped the novel coronavirus from making inroads in the country, state news agency KCNA said on Friday. "We have thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved," Kim Jong Un said in a statement carried by KCNA.

Coronavirus in North Korea: Kim Jong-un claims 'shining success' (Yahoo! Books)

Billboard Music NewsJul 04, 2020
5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (July 4)
From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week.

Playbill NewsJul 04, 2020
Celebrate 51 Years of Broadway's 1776, Starring Betty Buckley and William Daniels
The original production, directed by Peter Hunt, opened at the 46th Street Theatre March 16, 1969.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Concern over coronavirus mars Trump's Mount Rushmore trip
President Trump will visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration, despite controversy about large crowd gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

For July 4, national parks plan restrictions, closures and one Trump party (Yahoo! Books)

VultureJul 04, 2020
The Baby-Sitters Club Recap: California Girls
Dawn may have overestimated her powers as a messy mother-whisperer.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Native American protesters blocked the road leading up to Mount Rushmore and faced off with the National Guard in the hours before Trump's fiery speech
The protesters were sprayed with pepper spray and 15 people were arrested during the demonstration on Friday.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 04, 2020
Prayers for the dead as Myanmar's young jade miners mourned
COVID-19 has a proven antiviral remedy called Remdesivir, but buying up three months' worth of the drug's global supplies has put the United States in the crosshairs of international criticism, making America look both heartless and hypocritical.

Billboard Music NewsJul 04, 2020
How to Watch ‘A Capitol Fourth' 40th Anniversary Special on PBS
Capital Concerts will be hosting a 40th anniversary presentation of its July 4th tradition on PBS, A Capitol Fourth.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
There is no epidemic of fatal police shootings against unarmed Black Americans
Ideally officers would never need to take anyone's life. But the data on police killings doesn't support reducing or abolishing law enforcement.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Drone Footage Shows Luxurious New Hampshire Retreat Where Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and one-time associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, July 2, on charges that she assisted Epstein’s sexual abuse of minors and helped him groom young girls.

She was arrested at a luxurious New Hampshire home that was sold in December 2019 for approximately $1 million via Four Seasons Sotheby’s Realty. The listing has since been removed from the Sotheby’s site. Maxwell purchased the house using cash through a “carefully anonymized LLC,” according to authorities.

The indictment of Maxwell alleges that, between 1994 and 1997, she “facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims by… inducing and enticing, and aiding and abetting the inducement and enticement of, multiple minor victims.” Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing.

This drone footage shows the spectacular property, near the small town of Bradford. Credit: Gaba Shakour via Storyful

Playbill NewsJul 04, 2020
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Mandy Gonzalez, More Are Part of PBS' A Capitol Fourth Concert July 4
Vanessa Williams and John Stamos host the annual celebration.

NYTimes ArtsJul 04, 2020
8 Picture Books That Let Young Minds Wonder and Wander on Their Own
These journeys of the imagination explore what it means to be human.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
A Black woman questioned her hotel bill — and an employee called police, NC suit says
The suit comes days after a video showed a worker at another hotel in North Carolina call police on Black guests at the hotel pool.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say
KABUL, Afghanistan -- He was a lowly drug smuggler, neighbors and relatives say, then ventured into contracting, seeking a slice of the billions of dollars the U.S.-led coalition was funneling into construction projects in Afghanistan.But he really began to show off his wealth in recent years, after establishing a base in Russia, though how he earned those riches remained mysterious. On his regular trips home to northern Afghanistan, he drove the latest model cars, protected by bodyguards, and his house was recently upgraded to a four-story villa.Now Rahmatullah Azizi stands as a central piece of a puzzle rocking Washington, named in U.S. intelligence reports and confirmed by Afghan officials as a key middleman who for years handed out money from a Russian military intelligence unit to reward Taliban-linked fighters for targeting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to American and Afghan officials.As security agencies connected the dots of the bounty scheme and narrowed in on him, they carried out sweeping raids to arrest dozens of his relatives and associates about six months ago but discovered that Azizi had sneaked out of Afghanistan and was likely back in Russia. What they did find in one of his homes, in Kabul, was about half a million dollars in cash.American and Afghan officials for years have maintained that Russia was running clandestine operations to undermine the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and aid the Taliban.But U.S. officials only recently concluded that

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case. As demonstrators marched near the Renaissance palazzo-style home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Sunday, video posted online showed him wielding a long-barreled gun and her with a small handgun. The protesters, estimated at around 500 racially mixed people, were passing the house on the way to the nearby home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
America's World War II Nightmare: Hitler Tries to Invade the U.S. Homeland
Invading a country doesn't guarantee success.

Yes, World War II Is Still Killing People (This Picture Is Proof) (Yahoo! Books)

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
School districts pushed to reopen say there isn't enough money to do it safely
"They're caught between a rock and a hard place, and the biggest fear is they're going to be forced to open schools without the safety guidelines."

Yahoo! BooksJul 04, 2020
Airbnb is banning some users under 25 from renting certain listings to help crack down on party houses
The changes to Airbnb's platform come after a mass shooting at an Airbnb house party last Halloween left five people dead.

NYTimes ArtsJul 04, 2020
What's on TV Saturday: ‘Family Romance, LLC' and Fireworks
Werner Herzog's documentary explores Japan's rent-a-family industry. And fireworks displays will be broadcast from New York and Washington.

Billboard Music NewsJul 03, 2020
Saroj Khan, Top Bollywood Choreographer, Dies at 71
Saroj Khan, a top Bollywood choreographer, died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital on July 3, her family said.

Saroj Khan, Choreographer Who Made Bollywood Sparkle, Dies at 71 (NYTimes Arts)
Renowned Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan Dies at 71 (Time Entertainment)

Yahoo! BooksJul 03, 2020
Kim Guilfoyle, campaign official and girlfriend of Trump Jr., tests positive for coronavirus in South Dakota
Guilfoyle did not have coronavirus symptoms prior to the rally.

Yahoo! TVJul 03, 2020
‘The Lord of the Rings' Television Series and ‘Cowboy Bebop' Allowed to Begin Production in New Zealand
The crew members of Amazon Prime Video's television adaptation "The Lord of the Rings" and Netflix's upcoming take on Japanese animated series "Cowboy Bepop," have both been granted permission to enter New Zealand to begin or resume production, along with five other projects. According to New Zealand media website Stuff, the Ministry of Business, Innovation […]

Billboard Music NewsJul 03, 2020
First Out: New Music From Madame Gandhi, Abisha, Rina Sawayama & More
From Madame Gandhi's stunning new music video, to an R&B jam courtesy of Abisha, check out some of our favorite new releases this week.

Kanye West, Ellie Goulding, Pop Smoke and More: What's Your Favorite New Music Release? Vote! (Billboard Music News)

VultureJul 03, 2020
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Recap: Et Tu, BRute?
India Ferrah knows that a surefire way to deflect negative attention is to start bringing up some old drama.

Yahoo! TVJul 03, 2020
Duffy Writes Open Letter to Netflix to Remove 365 Days
Earlier this year, British singer Duffy reemerged after a lengthy, mysterious absence. We found out in a lengthy essay that the singer had been kidnapped and raped, but now, she's using her platform to help victims. In an open letter, Duffy is asking Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to remove the Polish film 365 Days, a…

Duffy Slams Netflix Over ‘Irresponsible' Film ‘365 Days' in Open Letter to CEO (Billboard Music News)

Billboard Music NewsJul 03, 2020
The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (July 3)
Take a look at some of the week's biggest music happenings, including Beyonce being honored at the 2020 BET Awards.

Billboard Music NewsJul 03, 2020
How to Watch CNN's ‘The Fourth in America' Special with Don McLean, Barry Manilow and More
On Saturday (July 4), CNN is set to air its very own patriotic special, The Fourth in America featuring Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride and more.

Yahoo! TVJul 03, 2020
From 'Hamilton' to 'Tiger King,' here are the 25 best things we've streamed in 2020 (so far)
No movie theaters, no problem. Here's the best streaming content — movies, series, documentaries and more — from the first half of the year that you can watch from the comfort of your couch.

Billboard Music NewsJul 03, 2020
Dave Grohl Reflects on Nirvana Days & Foo Fighters' Debut Album on Its 25th Anniversary
Dave Grohl joined Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music for a conversation about the time period from his early days in Nirvana through the release of the first Foo Fighters album.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 03, 2020
New coronavirus cases skyrocket on Fourth of July weekend
Health officials warn the outbreak will spiral further out of control if Americans don't stay home this weekend.

NYTimes ArtsJul 03, 2020
Lonnie Wheeler, 68, Dies; Helped Ballplayers Tell Their Stories
A longtime sportswriter, he collaborated with Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson and Mike Piazza on their autobiographies. "I was there," he once said, "to make the subject more literary."

Billboard Music NewsJul 03, 2020
50 Cent and Steven Victor Talk Pop Smoke's Posthumous Album, Murder Investigation and More
Late rapper Pop Smoke was remembered by his friends 50 Cent and Steven Victor during a recent episode of Rap Life on Apple Music.

First Stream: New Music From Pop Smoke, Kanye West & Travis Scott and More (Billboard Music News)

AV Club FilmsJul 03, 2020
Good things happen to a terrible person on a fun, timely Twilight Zone
In these uncertain times (as the TV ads say), it's not unusual for popular entertainments to acquire a relevance that might not have been entirely intended when they were conceived. Such is the case—sort of—with "A Small Town." I'm sure some of what this Twilight Zone episode is about was always part of the plan for…


BBC Entertainment & ArtsJul 03, 2020
Pop Smoke has 'left us something special' with debut album
Radio 1 Newsbeat hears from fans of the rapper as his posthumous album is released.

Playbill NewsJul 03, 2020
Stars in the House Welcomes Tony Winner Andrea Martin July 3
The live stream benefits The Actors Fund.

NYTimes ArtsJul 03, 2020
Rudolfo Anaya, a Father of Chicano Literature, Dies at 82
His coming-of-age novel "Bless Me, Ultima" reframed the way many in New Mexico viewed their own history, even as school districts tried to ban it.

AV Club FilmsJul 03, 2020
Hamilton on Disney can't replace the live theatrical experience, but it's a triumph all the same
Today, the world knows a lot more about the intensity of Jonathan Groff's enunciation than it did yesterday. Over the course of two performances in 2016, nine cameras captured Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's juggernaut musical retelling of the life of America's first Secretary of the Treasury, in intimate detail.…


NYTimes ArtsJul 03, 2020
We Got ‘Hamilton.' Why Can't We Stream Every Broadway Show?
Even in lockdown, it's still hard to cut a streaming deal for a professional show. Here what viewers can expect, for now.

Lil Wayne Drops Revamped ‘Free Weezy Album' on Project's 5th Anniversary: Stream it Here (Billboard Music News)

NYTimes ArtsJul 03, 2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and Disney : A Timeline
Disney is streaming a live-capture film of "Hamilton." It's just the latest chapter in a deepening relationship between the company and the musical's creator.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 03, 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested at a $1 million luxury 4-bedroom New Hampshire house that was bought last year in cash
Maxwell, a former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, is accused of helping him sexually abuse underage victims over the course of many years.

Metacritic Movie ReviewsJul 03, 2020
Family Romance, LLC
Love is a business at Family Romance, a company that rents human stand-ins for any occasion. Founder Yuichi Ishii helps make his clients' dreams come true. But when the mother of 12-year-old Mahiro hires Ishii to impersonate her missing father, the line between acting and reality threatens to blur.Rated: Not RatedRelease Date: Jul 03, 2020

VultureJul 02, 2020
Duffy Asks Netflix CEO to Remove Polish Film 365 Days for ‘Glamorizing' Rape
She says it "eroticises kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a ‘sexy' movie."

AV Club FilmsJul 02, 2020
Werner Herzog explores the strange business of rented relatives in Family Romance, LLC
Werner Herzog is one of few major filmmakers whose work is rather equally split between fiction and nonfiction: Over half a century, he's steadily churned out both documentaries and narrative films, sometimes even making one of each on the same topic. With his latest project, Family Romance, LLC, Herzog comes closer…


BBC Entertainment & ArtsJun 27, 2020
Paul Weller: 'People weren't ready for my house record'
The returning rock star reflects on underground sounds, happy times, and "shocking" race issues.
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