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Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Biden teases VP pick: 'Are you ready?'
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate this week, teasing a reporter on Sunday by asking, "Are you ready?"Biden has said he will choose a woman as his vice presidential pick, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice having emerged as frontrunners. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and California Rep. Karen Bass have also been floated by analysts as potential picks."[Biden] has a very difficult decision to make … but it's almost an embarrassment of riches," Howard University political science professor Niambi Carter told USA Today, while others have worried that Biden's delay has made his choice "messier than it should be" and pitted "women, especially Black women, against one another." Check out the seven candidates The Week's Matthew Walther believes have the best chance here.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump is trying to steal the election Susan Rice conspicuously left off DNC speakers list ahead of Biden's veep announcement Alyssa Milano reveals hair loss from COVID-19


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Lauryn Hill & Rohan Marley's Daughter Selah Marley Openly Spoke About Her Childhood Trauma, Clarifies ‘Don't Go Bashing' Parents (Billboard Music News)

Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
Tasha Cobbs Leonard & More Set for Grammy Webinar on ‘Race & Reconciliation' in Gospel & Contemporary Christian Music
It's been said that the most segregated hour in America occurs on Sunday mornings. That's even true in the Grammy Awards, where gospel and contemporary Christian music are separate categories in the same field. The Recording Academy is addressing this division in a webinar, "The Best Is Yet to Come: Music, Race and Reconciliation in the…

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Music Rights Awareness Foundation and WIPO Join Forces to Raise Awareness of IP Rights For Creators (Billboard Music News)

Yahoo! TVAug 11, 2020
Hollywood Reacts to Kamala Harris Being Named Biden's VP: ‘Finally a Presidential Ticket That Looks Like America'
Hollywood was left buzzing after Democratic candidate Joe Biden officially announced that Sen. Kamala Harris will be his running mate in this year's presidential race. Many celebrities shared their reaction to the news on Twitter, including actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner, who celebrated the fact that Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman […]


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Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Fauci has questioned whether Russia's coronavirus vaccine is safe amid concerns nations are cutting corners to win the vaccine race
President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had approved a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke of his concerns on July 31.


VultureAug 11, 2020
About That ‘Controversial' Black-ish Episode …
Watching the newly resurfaced episode "Please, Baby, Please" today, it seems even more ridiculous that ABC wouldn't air it back in 2018.

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Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell complains of unusual guards and special uniform as she requests to be moved from ‘onerous' New York jail
Ghislaine Maxwell has requested to be moved from her New York prison cell amid claims that she is being watched by guards who do not appear to be "regular personnel" at the jail where she is being detained.Lawyers for Ms Maxwell, 58, have written a motion to Judge Alison Nathan asking that their client be moved into the general prison population at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Biden VP pick: Kamala Harris chosen as running mate
The California senator is the first black woman to be chosen as a running mate.


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Playbill NewsAug 11, 2020
Back to School Digital Theatre Workshops Will Focus on Teaching Theatre Online
The professional development program from Broadway Teaching Group will give arts educators tools for teaching theatre during a pandemic.

Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Cher & More Cheer for Joe Biden's Vice Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris
It's official. Democratic nominee Joe Biden, following through on his vow to pick a female running mate, selected Kamala Harris as his vice presidential candidate on Tuesday (Aug. 11).

NYTimes ArtsAug 11, 2020
New York Comic Con Is Going Online
The show is partnering with YouTube for the con, which is usually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Mother says son with autism was 'kicked out' of church by priest
Julia Vicidomini said her son, Nicholas, was instructed to leave the church after he dropped a toy.


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Fact check: Viral post claiming Dems didn't wear masks at John Lewis' funeral uses photo from 2015
A viral post falsely claims Democrats were maskless at Rep. John Lewis' funeral but actual photos of the event show what really happened.


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Money offered for info on disappearance of ‘Tiger King' star Carol Baskin's husband
A lawyer for the family of Don Lewis, who was declared legally dead in 2002, announced an independent investigation into his disappearance Monday.


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Violence grips Bengaluru over a Facebook post: local media


Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
Trini Lopez, ‘If I Had a Hammer' and ‘Lemon Tree' Singer, Dies of COVID-19 at 83
He also designed Gibson guitars and appeared in such films as 'Dirty Dozen' and 'Marriage on the Rocks.'

Yahoo! TVAug 11, 2020
'America's Got Talent' judge Howie Mandel talks dealing with OCD during coronavirus pandemic
Mandel suffers from fear and depression as a result of his OCD, which he feels guilty about, especially when sitting next to Heidi Klum on "AGT."


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Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
Maluma's ‘Hawai' Hits Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs Chart
Maluma' ‘Hawai' Hits Top 10 on Hot Latin Songs Chart

NYTimes ArtsAug 11, 2020
Trini Lopez, Singing Star Who Mixed Musical Styles, Dies at 83
His blend of American folk, Latin and rockabilly music captivated listeners worldwide. His secret: arrangements that people could dance to.

Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
What Is Your Song of the Summer 2020? Vote! (Week 11)
Lewis Capaldi comes in hot on Billboard's Songs of the Summer tally this week (dated Aug. 15) with "Before You Go" debuting at No. 20.

Yahoo! TVAug 11, 2020
'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' reboot is in the works, but there will be one big difference
The idea for a rebooted "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is based on a faux trailer that went viral last year.


NYTimes ArtsAug 11, 2020
Happily Ever After? Harry and Meghan Will Settle for Normal
In "Finding Freedom," the veteran reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand show how the British royal family's fairy tale turned into a cautionary one.

Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
Five Burning Questions: Harry Styles Earns His First Hot 100 No. 1 With ‘Watermelon Sugar'
How shocking is the ascent of "Watermelon Sugar"? And what could the song mean for Harry Styles' future at the Grammy Awards? Billboard staffers answer these questions and more below.

VultureAug 11, 2020
Gritty Fresh Prince Fan Trailer Leads to Actual Gritty Fresh Prince Reboot
It's currently being shopped to streamers, who never seem to turn down a good reboot.

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Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
DaBaby's ‘Rockstar' Rules Songs of the Summer Chart, Harry Styles' ‘Watermelon Sugar' Hits Top 10
Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" surges from No. 13 to No. 8 on the summery summary.

Playbill NewsAug 11, 2020
Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 11
Academy Award and two-time Tony winner Viola Davis celebrates her birthday.

Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Mississippi's new flag won't have Elvis on it, but it could feature a mosquito
Despite the best efforts of some creative residents, Mississippi's new flag will not feature Elvis Presley, Kermit the Frog, or beer cans.Mississippi's old flag — the last one in the U.S. to feature a Confederate battle emblem — was retired in late June amid public outcry and anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. A nine-member commission appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, and state House speaker was tasked with selecting a design for a new flag. There are just two rules: It cannot include the Confederate battle emblem and it must have the phrase "In God We Trust."The public was invited to send in designs, and nearly 3,000 were submitted; the 147 that made it to the second round were posted Monday to Mississippi's Department of Archives and History website. Designs with food and famous people and characters were rejected, The Associated Press reports, but many with magnolias and stars — and in one case, a mosquito surrounded by stars — made the cut.On Friday, the commissioners will meet to pick their top five choices, and by early September, they will narrow it down to one; if they can't choose one, they do have the option of creating their own design. It will then be up to the people of Mississippi, who will vote either for or against the final design on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump is trying to steal the election Trump is stil

Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
There's been a huge spike in Democratic voter registration in the epicenter of Black Lives Matter protests
Voter registration surged among Democratic voters following national unrest over police brutality, according to a new analysis.


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
AOC slams New York Governor Cuomo over reopening schools in autumn
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a swipe at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over his decision to allow schools to open this fall, a rare case of Democrat-on-Democrat sparring during the pandemic."If it's not safe enough for indoor dining, what makes it safe enough for indoor schooling?" Ocasio-Cortez asked in a tweet. "And restaurants actually have soap in the bathrooms."


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Suspicious husband sets up hidden camera to prove wife was poisoning him, NC cops say
She was spiking his and his son's drinks with cleaning chemicals and paint primer, police say


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
'If I die from the virus, it was just meant to be': 250,000 descend upon tiny South Dakota town for world-famous motorcycle rally
Experts worry the rally, complete with a Smash Mouth concert, could overwhelm the rural area and create a superspreader event as people return home.


Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Big Tech Allies Join Biden Campaign
The Biden campaign has enlisted several allies of big tech companies as part of its policy planning initiatives, the New York Times reported on Monday.While the campaign is facing pressure from more progressive advisers to take a combative stance against companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, a number of former consultants for and senior employees of those companies are now advising the campaign.The advisers include Avril Haines, a former Obama administration national security official who worked as a consultant for data-mining firm Palantir; Antony Blinken, a veteran of the Obama State Department and co-founder of lobbying firm WestExec, which has worked with Google; and Cynthia Hogan, a former lobbyist for Apple who is now part of Biden's vice-presidential selection team.Other veterans of the tech industry or consultants for tech companies have joined the Innovation Policy Committee, the Biden campaign's 700-person policy advisory team. The presence of big tech allies in the Biden campaign comes despite statements from Biden himself saying that internet companies should lose certain legal protections."Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one," Biden said in a 2019 interview with the Times. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives legal immunity to internet companies if a third party publishes false or defamatory content on their platforms. Biden and other Democrats have complained that platforms such as Facebook allow the Trump campaign to spread misinformation.Matt Hill, a spo

VultureAug 11, 2020
Maya Rudolph Is Ready to Report for Duty as Kamala Harris on SNL
"That's spicy."

VultureAug 11, 2020
The 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now
Moonstruck, The Natural, Sunset Boulevard, and more.

NYTimes ArtsAug 11, 2020
In ‘Zo,' Love Must Overcome Class Difference and Disaster
Xander Miller's debut novel asks how we can stay together when the world is coming apart.

NYTimes ArtsAug 11, 2020
Kurt Andersen Asks: What Is the Future of America?
"Evil Geniuses" diagnoses the troubling changes that have taken place in America over the last several decades, and how to fix them.

USA Today: BooksAug 11, 2020
'Finding Freedom' tells Harry and Meghan's reasons for flight: 'Blindsided' by racism, tabloid coverage
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex say they did not cooperate in the book about them, "Finding Freedom." But it reads as if they did.        

NYTimes ArtsAug 11, 2020
When Railroads Controlled the Country
Michael Hiltzik's "Iron Empires" describes how 19th-century robber barons created and destroyed wealth on an unprecedented scale.

VultureAug 11, 2020
On Top of Everything Else, Apparently There's Still Baby Nut
Don't we have enough to deal with?

BBC Entertainment & ArtsAug 11, 2020
Coronavirus: Manchester march for 'forgotten' live event workers
Music venue and theatre staff march to highlight the coronavirus-fuelled crisis they are facing.

AV Club FilmsAug 11, 2020
Baby Nut is now a 21-year-old boozehound named Peanut Jr.—and everyone still hates him
Baby Nut has been a thorn in our goddamn sides since he first showed up back in February. While Planters introduced their infant legume as the heir to Mr. Peanut's dead, dried up husk, he quickly became viewed as the harbinger of 2020's sad, rotten, cursed plague world. We have no place for him in our society, and he…

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AV Club FilmsAug 11, 2020
Walton Goggins is John Bronco in the teaser for John Bronco, a mockumentary about John Bronco
Did someone actually go and make a worthy starring vehicle for the southern comedic genius that is Walton Goggins? We can only hope. But the trailer for John Bronco inspires a little optimism. Directed by Jake Szymanski (7 Days In Hell), the mock-doc stars Goggins as John Bronco—"the greatest pitchman who ever lived,"…

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Billboard Music NewsAug 11, 2020
TikTok Sparks Priscilla Block's Billboard Chart Debut: ‘This Is by Far the Biggest Moment of My Life'
Priscilla Block scores her first Billboard chart entry with TikTok sensation "Just About Over You."

BBC Entertainment & ArtsAug 11, 2020
Venues and crew signal 'red alert' for live music and theatre
Music industry workers join a day of action to highlight the crisis facing the events scene.

Yahoo! BooksAug 11, 2020
Trump's attorney general under fire for calling Black Lives Matter a ‘Bolshevik organisation' with ‘fascistic' tactics
US attorney general Bill Barr made waves with a Fox News interview this weekend in which he called the Black Lives Matter movement "Bolshevik" and "fascistic" - and the fallout is still simmering.Host Mark Levin, who conducted the interview, is now pushing back against the mainstream media's coverage of the segment, accusing newspapers' fact checkers of lying about Black Lives Matter's true nature and declaring that journalists are in cahoots with "violent Marxists".


Playbill NewsAug 10, 2020
Sara Bareilles, Brittney Johnson, Daphne Rubin-Vega, L Morgan Lee, and More Join Playbill's Women in Theatre: A Centennial Celebration
The August 26 special marking Women's Equality Day and honoring 100 years of women in theatre will feature songs from Waitress, Fun Home, and Wicked, as well as Broadway-bound musicals Gun & Powder, Jeannette, and more.

Yahoo! TVAug 10, 2020
Record-breaking shark breach caught on camera: 'The photo you dream of'
Discovery's "Shark Week" returned Sunday, and "Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach" helped launch the annual tradition.


Billboard Music NewsAug 10, 2020
What Should Be Harry Styles' Next Single From ‘Fine Line'? Vote!
"Watermelon Sugar," Harry Styles' fourth single from his No. 1 album Fine Line, became his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week (dated Aug. 15). So which Fine Line song could be his next hit single?

New York Times BooksAug 10, 2020
Adin Steinsaltz, 83, Dies; Created Epic Translation of Talmud
A rabbi and scholar, he wrote more than 60 books, but his crowning achievement (he called it his hobby) was his 45-year, 45-volume translation of a key Jewish text.

VultureAug 10, 2020
Porsha Williams Hasn't ‘Really Talked' to the White Housewives About Activism
"Even though we've been in quarantine, I've been busy as hell!"

Yahoo! TVAug 10, 2020
Kelly Clarkson to Fill in for Simon Cowell on ‘America's Got Talent' After His Back Surgery
Kelly Clarkson will be filling in for her former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell on "America's Got Talent" this week while Cowell recovers from back surgery, NBC said Monday.Clarkson will join Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara at the judges' table on this week's live episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday."My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won't be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday's live shows for AGT, but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson ???? You're welcome in advance!," Clarkson said in a statement.Also Read: Simon Cowell Offers Up 'Some Good Advice' About Electric Bikes After Breaking His BackCowell underwent five-hour surgery on Saturday night after suffering a serious injury while testing his new electric bike outside his Malibu, California, home. His representatives said in a Sunday statement that the operation involved "a number of fusions and metal rod put into his back," and Cowell remained in the hospital recovering.The British star took to Twitter Monday to make light of the injury, writing, "Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time."Production on this 15th season of "America's Got Talent" resumed back in June after shutting down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic back in March. This week's episodes — which feature new s

Yahoo! TVAug 10, 2020
'Hamilton' star Leslie Odom Jr. almost didn't do the movie over pay equity: 'If my Black life matters, make sure I can take money home to feed my children'
Odom says he was still in negotiations for his salary for the filmed version of "Hamilton" the day before it was set to begin shooting.


Billboard Music NewsAug 10, 2020
Kelly Clarkson to Temporarily Fill in for Simon Cowell on ‘America's Got Talent' Following His Bike Accident
American Idol's inaugural winner Kelly Clarkson is helping out her old friend and former AI judge Simon Cowell.

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AV Club FilmsAug 10, 2020
Zac Efron secures his spot as the new Steve Guttenberg by signing on to Three Men And A Baby remake
Zac Efron, years after graduating from High School Musical, is finally returning to Disney's loving embrace: According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's going to star in a Disney remake of Three Men And A Baby. Will Reichel wrote the script, with THR adding that it's "unclear" how this will differ from the original and…

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VultureAug 10, 2020
The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Hulu
Free Willy, Antz, Abominable, and more.

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