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"Avengers: Endgame" cast member, Paul Rudd, foreground from left, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner appear with Disney CEO, Robert Iger,, background center, at an event announcing the Universe Unites Charity at Disney California Adventure Park on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
April 05, 2019 - 5:27 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some of Marvel's top Avengers have assembled to support a $5 million donation to benefit seriously ill children in hospitals around the globe. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson helped unveil the donation of money...
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Tony Bennett performs onstage at the Jazz Foundation of America's 17th annual "A Great Night In Harlem" gala concert at the Apollo Theater on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
April 05, 2019 - 6:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing. Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night at "A Great Night in Harlem," the annual fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America. Introduced by Ben Stiller to a capacity audience at the Apollo Theater, Bennett didn't have...
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FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle was shot and killed Sunday, March 31, 2019 outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 04, 2019 - 6:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man charged with killing Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder charges. Eric Holder, 29, was ordered held on $5 million during a brief court appearance. His attorney, Christopher Darden, declined comment after the hearing. Holder is charged...
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In this Oct, 10, 2013, photo, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar in Bandar Seri Begawan. The sultan announced to implement Islamic criminal laws that punishes gay sex by stoning offenders to death. The legal change in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy, which also includes amputation for theft, is due to come into force Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 03, 2019 - 10:08 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation's shores. The penalties were provided...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Michelle Williams, a cast member in "After the Wedding," poses at the premiere of the film on the opening night of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Williams, who has seen first-hand the disparity in men and women’s pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Capitol Building to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Williams, who has seen firsthand the disparity in men and women's pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday in the Capitol to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. The Oscar nominee attended a news conference marking Equal Pay Day, designed to symbolize how...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Laverne Cox poses at the nominations announcement for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in West Hollywood, Calif. Cox is scheduled to speak at a conference on gender equality, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 6:04 am
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox will be visiting Harvard University to talk about gender equity and stereotyping. The "Orange is the New Black" star is scheduled to headline a campus discussion Tuesday alongside fashion designer Christian Siriano and other...
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Actor Jussie Smollett, center, leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after prosecutors dropped all charges against him on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
March 26, 2019 - 8:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Infuriating Chicago's mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the "Empire" actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his innocence...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. The power couple will be honored for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance at the GLAAD Media Awards on March 28. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
March 11, 2019 - 12:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: The power couple will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. GLAAD announced Monday that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 in...
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March 10, 2019 - 1:53 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland "only of the Jewish people," in a new jab at the country's Arab minority ahead of April's election. Netanyahu on Sunday addressed "slightly confused people" after an Israeli celebrity defended the rights of Israel's Arab...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Christina Aguilera attends the Harper's BAZAAR "ICONS by Carine Roitfeld" party at The Plaza in New York. The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization is honoring Aguilera with its Ally for Equality award. The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday, March 7, 2019, the six-time Grammy-winning singer is a true "LGBTQ icon" who uses her platform to "share a message of hope and inspiration" to those who have been marginalized. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
March 07, 2019 - 7:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization is honoring Christina Aguilera with its Ally for Equality award. The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday the six-time Grammy-winning singer is a true "LGBTQ icon" who uses her platform to "share a message of hope and...
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