'A Strange Loop’ makes history at Tonys; ‘Company’ wins 5
“A Strange Loop,” an irreverent, sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness took home the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on Sunday, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season by choosing an envelope-pushing Black voice.
Gabrielle Union, NBC settle dispute over racism allegations
LOS ANGELES – Gabrielle Union and NBC said Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on “America's Got Talent,” which she said was retaliation for her complaints that the show tolerated racism on the set. “We’ve reached an amicable resolution," Union and the network said in a joint statement. "NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect.”Both sides declined further comment, and would not give further details. Variety reported soon after that Union, who is Black, believed she was fired because she had asked NBC and the show’s producers to respond to an environment that tolerated racist jokes and remarks from judges and producers. NBC said the investigation "found an overarching culture of diversity on the show.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton.
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey headline arena like rock stars
Michelle Obama, left, and Oprah Winfrey participate at "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" tour at the Barclays Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. “Does this feel like déjà vu for you?” Winfrey asked. “He’s going to kill me.”When Winfrey asked if the energy in their home was different now that the kids are gone, Obama exclaimed: “It is so good, y’all.”“OK, you guys, get out of the gutter!” Obama added. “Just vote.”The conversation turned slightly political, again, when Winfrey asked Obama what the next chapter of her life would entail. When the topic turned to health and Winfrey asked Obama what she appreciates about her body, she said: “It’s mine.
Julianne Hough mourns her dogs' deaths in touching Instagram tribute
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(CNN) - Julianne Hough is mourning the death of her beloved dogs, Lexi and Harley. The "America's Got Talent" judge on Saturday shared a photo on Instagram of herself cuddling the two "babies." "Pure love is real, it existed through us," Hough wrote in the caption. "Lexi and Harley were not just pets to us, they were our children, and we loved them as such." "Thank you Lexi and Harley, for teaching me grace, softening my heart, and showing me love.