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Grand Ole Opry Gives Rare Salute to Soul Genius Ray Charles

As an impoverished blind child in Florida, Ray Charles grew up listening to the country and western stars on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. That music of his childhood stayed close to his heart for the rest of his career, and it was his landmark two-volume set, “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music,” that …

Taylor Swift Wins Big at AMAs and Encourages Fans to Vote

Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Swift won artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine …

Exhibit Looks at Key Traumatic Moments in Czechoslovakia

The voices of the witnesses are quiet. Their heads are projected on screens behind a chain-link fence in complete darkness at the site of a former monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Their topic: the most painful moments in the history of Czechoslovakia.   A multimedia exhibition is marking the 100th anniversary of the creation …

Black US Sports Trailblazer George Taliaferro Dies at 91

African-American sports pioneer George Taliaferro — the first black player to be drafted by the National Football League — has died at 91. Taliaferro was a college football superstar for the University of Indiana when the Chicago Bears chose him in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft. It was the first time any …

Post #MeToo, Opportunity Still a Mixed Bag for Women in Film

In the year after the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of #MeToo awareness, women in Hollywood are still processing and evaluating what, if anything, has fundamentally changed in their business — from the nature of scripts to an increase in basic opportunity.  Some say that things have absolutely changed, while others struggle to …

Soldiers Given Voice in Century-old Footage in Jackson’s New War Film

For his new WWI documentary film, “They Shall Not Grow Old”, director Peter Jackson was adamant the soldiers should tell their own stories. To do that, the acclaimed New Zealand director hired forensic lip-readers to go through old silent film footage of the war and uncover the conversations that took place in the trenches and …

IOC Session Ratifies Three Bidders for 2026 Winter Olympics

The cities of Calgary and Stockholm and an Italian bid involving Cortina D’Ampezzo and Milan officially became candidates for the 2026 Winter Olympics on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee ratified their bids. The IOC Executive Board last week recommended the three as candidates for the Olympics in eight years time, dropping Turkey’s Erzurum. The …

Former FIFA Official Prince Ali Takes Soccer Charity Global

Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali is taking his charity project worldwide to build on its work of bringing soccer to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The prince detailed plans Tuesday for the Association Football Development Program Global to fund projects, donate equipment and provide expert management at a launch at Arsenal’s home stadium in London. …

FIFA Announces Global Strategy to Boost Women’s Football

FIFA announced a new global strategy for women’s football on Tuesday in an effort to create revenue streams and increase grassroots participation. FIFA said in a statement that it would work closely with member associations through workshops and special initiatives to “encourage female empowerment” through football. “The women’s game is a top priority,” FIFA’s secretary …

Amandla Stenberg: I’m Still Finding My Voice

Actress Amandla Stenberg was named after a 1989 Miles Davis album – a lush, African-tinged funk fusion that takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for “power.” In South Africa under apartheid, “amandla” was – and still is – a rallying cry against oppression. It’s a lot for Stenberg to live up to.  …