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Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

By 92.3 News | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79
Charles Neville

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has died. He was 79. His death came Thursday, months after he disclosed he was fighting pancreatic cancer. Neville’s …

‘Oh! Susanna’ songwriter’s statue removed amid criticism

By 92.3 News | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on ‘Oh! Susanna’ songwriter’s statue removed amid criticism

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 118-year-old statue of the “Oh! Susanna” songwriter was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo. In October, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to take the Stephen Foster sculpture out of Schenley Plaza and …

Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him

By 92.3 News | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him
Donald Trump, Kanye West

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised Kanye West on Thursday for having “good taste” for supporting the president. Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that he knew the rapper “a little bit” and always got along with him, and said West has noticed the low unemployment rate for black Americans. “He …

Avicii’s family releases 2nd statement about late DJ

By 92.3 News | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Avicii’s family releases 2nd statement about late DJ
Avicii

NEW YORK (AP) — Avicii’s family has released a second statement about their late son this week, saying the famed DJ “could not go on any longer” and that “he wanted to find peace.” The Grammy-nominated electronic dance musician, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week in Muscat, Oman at age 28. Details about …

Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl

By 92.3 News | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl
Tatsuya Yamaguchi

TOKYO (AP) — A member of the popular Japanese male pop group Tokio apologized Thursday for forcibly kissing a teenage girl at his home. Tatsuya Yamaguchi, 46, said he would suspend work with the band and other entertainment projects. Yamaguchi acknowledged at a news conference that he kissed the girl at his home in February …

Uma Thurman, Patty Griffin among readers at poetry tribute

By 92.3 News | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Uma Thurman, Patty Griffin among readers at poetry tribute
Uma Thurman

NEW YORK (AP) — As Uma Thurman rose from her chair during a poetry tribute at Lincoln Center, she turned and bowed to the reader who preceded her, visual artist Lorna Simpson. “That’s called when the evening peaks,” Thurman said Wednesday night after Simpson had completed June Jordan’s “Poem About My Rights,” an impassioned statement …

Arizona’s only black legislators chastised after race talk

By 92.3 News | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Arizona’s only black legislators chastised after race talk
Reginald Bolding Jr.

PHOENIX (AP) — The only two black members of the Arizona Legislature were formally chastised for speaking out against a Republican lawmaker’s published column, which included a racial slur and they say derided black activists while attempting to discredit leaders of a teacher group protesting for better pay. Rep. Maria Syms wrote in a column …

Sides agree to drop rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons

By 92.3 News | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Sides agree to drop rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit from a Los Angeles woman who alleged music mogul Russell Simmons raped her at his home in 2016 is being dropped, according to a federal court filing Wednesday. The two sides have agreed that the suit, filed in January, should be dismissed, with each side bearing its own attorneys’ …

Musicians to raise funds for Waffle House shooting victims

By 92.3 News | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Musicians to raise funds for Waffle House shooting victims
Brantley Gilbert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville’s musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House with a special T-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman. James Shaw Jr., lauded as a hero during the shooting that left four dead and more injured early Sunday, met with country …

Oh, Yeezus: Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

By 92.3 News | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Oh, Yeezus: Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love
Donald Trump, Kanye West

NEW YORK (AP) — Trump-West 2020? In a moment that seemed to encapsulate 2018’s social media-driven blurring of celebrity and politics, President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West on Wednesday for his recent and perhaps unexpected online support. “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” the president posted in response to the tweets …