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R. Kelly Wants Ex-Wife to Stop Talking About Him Publicly
7/10/2019 10:52:35 AM

CHICAGO (AP)—Lawyers for R&B singer R. Kelly are asking a judge in Chicago to fine and jail his ex-wife for breaking a confidentiality clause in their divorce agreement. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg said in a Tuesday filing that Andrea Kelly appeared “on countless media outlets disparaging Robert Kelly and making accusations and charges.” The singer faces more than 20 sex-related counts in Cook County criminal courts alleging he abused and assaulted women. He denies all wrongdoing. Andrea Kelly's lawyer says the singer...

Ebony, Jet Fire Remainder of Staff, May Close its Doors for Good  By Miana Massey
7/10/2019 10:51:02 AM

It’s official, Ebony Magazine—along with its sister publication Jet Magazine—has potentially closed its doors for good. Former employees of the company took to Twitter last week using the hashtag #EbonyOwes to air out their frustrations with the company, as it has fired all of its employees with little to no notice. According to USA Today, members of Ebony magazine’s digital team say they’ve been fired and haven’t received their final paychecks in the latest controversy to hit the struggling publication that has chronicled black life in America for...

Dementia Tied to Hormone-Blocking Prostate Cancer Treatment By Lindsey Tanner
7/10/2019 10:36:53 AM

CHICAGO (AP)—Alzheimer's disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found. Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. But experts say the new results stand out because they're from a respected national cancer database and the men were tracked for a long time—eight years on average. Among 154,000 older patients, 13% who received hormone-blocking treatment developed Alzheimer's, compared with 9% who had other treatment or...

Stevie Wonder Says He's Getting a Kidney Transplant in Fall By Gregory Katz
7/10/2019 10:34:05 AM

LONDON (AP)—Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall. The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement after performing “Superstition” at the end of a packed British Summer Time concert in London's sprawling Hyde Park. He said he was speaking out to quell rumors and sought to reassure fans that he would be okay. “I'm going to be doing three shows then taking a break,” he said. “I'm having surgery. I'm...

Taylor Swift pens scathing screed excoriating Scooter
7/4/2019 12:13:53 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   Taylor Swift is not staying silent over the sale of her masters to Scooter Braun. In a scathing Tumblr post Sunday, the pop superstar writes she is sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun, whom she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying, referencing clashes with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “This is my worst case scenario,” Swift writes. Braun's Ithaca Holdings announced Sunday that it is acquiring Big Machine Label Group, which released all of Swift's studio albums and owns...

'One Day at a Time' rescued from cancellation by Pop TV
7/4/2019 12:11:54 PM

There are more days ahead for “One Day at a Time.” The CBS Corp.-owned cable channel Pop TV says Thursday it's greenlighted a new season of the reboot canceled by Netflix. In a statement, Pop TV President Brad Schwartz called the series both “culturally significant” and funny. The original 1975-84 sitcom about a single white mom was reimagined with a Latino family at its center, a TV rarity. Justina Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban American parent and military veteran, with Rita Moreno playing her mother, Lydia. “One Day at a Time”...

Elba says race talk around Bond casting disappointing
7/4/2019 12:09:31 PM

Even though Idris Elba isn't trying to become the next James Bond, he's disheartened that some people don't think he should be considered for the spy role because he's Black. The British actor says in the August issue of Vanity Fair that it's frustrating that there are people who say “'It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin.” Some have speculated that the “Luther” star would make the perfect Bond. Elba says although Bond is a coveted, beloved character that he would be fascinated to play, he doesn't...

XFL's plans for upcoming season starting to take shape
7/4/2019 12:05:51 PM

By Joe Reedy   LONG BEACH (AP)—Oliver Luck's first year as the XFL's commissioner has mostly been confined to the office and getting the league's framework set up. The next couple months are what Luck refers to as the fun part of preparing for next year's return. “We're still a long way from a football game but we are starting to see more of what we are trying to do,” Luck said. The league—which will begin play the week after Super Bowl 54—is in the middle of conducting “Summer Showcases” in the eight cities where...

Trump Administration Agrees to Delay Health Care Rule
7/4/2019 12:03:22 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The Trump administration has agreed to postpone implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while the so-called “conscience” rule is challenged in a California court. The rule was supposed to take effect on July 22 but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit mutually agreed Friday to delay a final ruling on the matter until Nov. 22. The agency called it the “most efficient way to adjudicate” the rule. A...

68-Year-Old Swimmer Competes in National Senior Olympics
7/4/2019 12:01:15 PM

By Jannelle Walker   Last week, 68-year-old Loretta Griffin became the first African-American Memphian to compete in the National Senior Olympics for swimming, coming full circle from her days of doing water aerobics at the Davis YMCA in Whitehaven. The New Tri-State Defender talked to Griffin before she left for Albuquerque, N.M., where the swimming competitions were being held. Griffin, a retired teacher, began swimming five years ago. She had been taking water aerobics classes at the YMCA for about three years and when she became comfortable with the water, she decided it...