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Grammy-nominated Album Shines Light on Transgender Pioneer

For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed out nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971.  Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors who paid big money for her vinyl records. But in 2010, …

Pregnant Meghan Laughs Off ‘Fat Lady’ Comment on Charity Visit

 A stranger’s comment on one’s growing stomach may not always be welcome but a pregnant Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, took it all in her stride on Wednesday when a pensioner called her “a fat lady.” Prince Harry’s wife, who told well-wishers this week she is six months pregnant, laughed off the remark, meant as …

Colorism Reveals Many Shades of Prejudice in Hollywood

The breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood blockbusters has ignited a frequently overlooked discussion about whether prejudice isn’t just about the color of a person’s skin, but the shade. “Colorism,” the idea that light-skinned minorities are given more privilege than their darker-skinned peers, is a centuries-old concept that many insiders say remains pervasive in the …

Street Singer Gives Voice to Venezuela’s Growing Diaspora

A year ago, Venezuelan migrant Reymar Perdomo was singing for spare change on jammed buses, struggling to make ends meet while building a new life in Peru’s capital. But her life took a turn when she wrote a heartfelt reggae song about leaving her homeland that went viral on the internet and has brought tears …

Razor Burn: Gillette Ad Stirs Online Uproar

A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash, with accusations that it talks down to men and groups calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn’t mind sparking a discussion. Since it debuted Monday, the Internet-only ad has garnered nearly 19 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter …

Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to Headline 50th Jazz Fest

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival. Organizers Tuesday confirmed reports that Mick Jagger and his band will play. Also headlining are Katy Perry, the Dave Matthews Band, Al Green, Pitbull, Santana, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville and gospel great …

Sports Illustrated Moves Swimsuit Issue to May

The upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is moving its publication date, pushing it from the chill of February to warmer May, closer to bikini-weather.   Editor of the issue MJ Day tells The Associated Press the shift makes more sense for greater impact. She says that “It’s always hard to think about buying a swimsuit …

Kim Kardashian West Confirms She and Kanye Expecting 4th Child

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their fourth child.   Kardashian confirmed the surrogate pregnancy during an appearance Monday on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” The 38-year-old reality star says the boy will arrive “sometime soon.”   Kardashian says she got drunk on Christmas Eve and had told some people the …

Alicia Keys to Host Grammy Awards Next Month

Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she’ll be there as a host. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Keys has won 15 Grammys. She says …

Alleged Victim of R. Kelly’s Sexual Abuse Claims He Has Threatened Her

An alleged victim of American singer and songwriter R. Kelly says she has proof the R&B star threatened her after she filed a lawsuit against him last year claiming sexual assault and deliberate infection with herpes. Faith Rodgers spoke to reporters Monday together with her lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing several other Kelly accusers. …