Moving Tributes Usher Nina Simone into Rock Hall of Fame
4/19/2018 8:29:15 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu Nina Simone, the “High Priestess of Soul,” who taught herself to play piano by ear at the age of 3 in rural North Carolina, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past weekend in Cleveland. The late icon was welcomed to the prestigious music club with show-stopping performances from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day. Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock Hall in a groundbreaking way from performers who she has deeply inspired, from Hill to Mary J. Blige. Hill was exceptional, stretching her voice as wide as possible, and singing...

A Somber Close to the Bridal Fashion Career of Amsale Aberra
4/19/2018 8:26:44 PM

By Leanne Italie NEW YORK—It was a somber end Friday to the last bridal collection created by the late Amsale Aberra, closing silently with the first gown she ever designed for her namesake line—a sleek satin column look with an illusion neckline from 1990, when so many brides favored huge ball skirts and pouffy sleeves. The music was shut off and only the clicks of photographers' cameras were heard as the model in Aberra's “A101” dress walked on a terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel, on the city's first warm and sunny day of spring. The model was of...

Eva Longoria Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
4/19/2018 8:25:21 PM

HOLLYWOOD—A star was unveiled Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor Eva Longoria, fulfilling a prophecy the "Desperate Housewives" star said she made in 1998. The ceremony came nearly 20 years to the day when Longoria moved to Hollywood from Texas and "I stood on the corner of La Brea (Avenue) and Hollywood Boulevard and said, `One day, I'm going to have a star,"' Longoria said. "To be here is so surreal," Longoria said. Longoria recalled being an extra for two years before getting a line of dialogue, including on the 1999 Ricky...

Commercial and Critical Darling Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer
4/19/2018 8:21:44 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu NEW YORK—Compton native Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize. The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don't live on the pop charts. The 30-year-old won the prize for “DAMN.,” his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album. The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular...

California to Join Guard Border Mission, But with Conditions
4/19/2018 8:20:42 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne and Elliott Spagat SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Jerry Brown accepted President Donald Trump's call to send the National Guard to the Mexican border, but rejected the White House's portrait of a burgeoning border crisis and insisted that his troops will have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. The Democratic governor broke a week of silence last Wednesday by agreeing to contribute 400 troops, though not all will be on the border. Brown's commitment brought the pledges from four states that border Mexico to just shy of the low end of the...

DIMAS: YOU MUST FORMAT THIS AS IN SCREENSHOT ATTACHED, THANKS
4/19/2018 8:19:16 PM

CALDWELL BEING By Melina Cervantes   It cages you with wires An idea of danger The urgency to get to the other side a path, a structure That is what its physicality tells you it is But it is not just a path It houses the running feet the sliding on its rails the gossip of the women who walk their children to school Echoes! of all that passes through it He never sleeps, he is relentless his humble ways of giving his entire being to the city And at night he watches over Don’t be scared he watched you grow up Running as a child to...

Pioneering Black Choreographer, Director Donald McKayle Dies
4/19/2018 8:18:15 PM

Donald McKayle, a modern dancer and choreographer who brought the Black experience in America to the Broadway stage in musicals such as “Raisin” and “Sophisticated Ladies,” has died. He was 87. His wife, Lea McKayle, told the University of California, Irvine that McKayle died Friday night. He was a UCI professor emeritus of dance. Born in Harlem, McKayle began dancing as a teenager. McKayle choreographed works that focused on Black life and socially conscious themes such as poverty, homelessness and discrimination. His 1959 work “Rainbow 'Round My...

Robinson's Daughter Says Black MLBers Reluctant to Speak Out
4/19/2018 8:16:46 PM

NEW YORK—Jackie Robinson's daughter thinks Black baseball players are more reluctant to speak publicly about racial issues than their NFL and NBA colleagues because they constitute a lower percentage of rosters. She spoke at Citi Field on Sunday to mark Jackie Robinson Day, the 71st anniversary of her father breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. While more than 200 NFL players protested racial inequality last season by kneeling or sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was the only...

California Governor Creates Committee on Census Outreach
4/19/2018 8:15:32 PM

By Sophia Bollag SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Jerry Brown has created a committee to help ensure the 2020 census reflects an accurate count of the state's population, his office announced Friday. An accurate census count is essential to the state because it determines representation in Congress and federal funding, said Brown, a Democrat. His announcement came amid worries that immigrants will be afraid to participate in the census because of a citizenship question the federal government is adding to the survey. California is suing to bar that question from the census....

Deported Veteran Becomes U.S. Citizen after California Pardon
4/19/2018 8:10:05 PM

SAN DIEGO—A decorated former U.S. Army paratrooper whose work on behalf of deported veterans drew widespread attention to his cause became a U.S. citizen last week, giving immigration advocates a rare reason to celebrate. Hector Barajas, who was deported to Mexico in 2010, beamed after taking his citizenship oath in a small, private ceremony at a government office in San Diego in full military uniform. “I get to live the American Dream for a second time,” he said, holding a small American flag in his hand at a jubilant news conference. Barajas founded the Deported...