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Top 10 rappers of all time: Snoop Dogg gives you his awesome list

Snoop Dogg, a man who many consider one of the greatest rappers of all time, has posted his own list of the top 10 MCs of all time.

The list, which he posted on Instagram, is made up of these 10 all-time greats:

Slick Rick -- The '80s hip-hop pioneer, known for his own solo career as well as his work with Doug E. Fresh on such classics as "The...Read more

Mary McNamara: 'Mulan' deserves more. Why a Disney+ release does the warrior heroine another disservice

LOS ANGELES -- There are many fine and lyrical Chinese proverbs about patience, forbearance and the need to accommodate the vagaries of fortune -- the mountain cannot turn but the road can, etc. -- but how infuriating is it that once again, Hua Mulan is being deprived of the huge and noisy multiscreen Disney debut she so richly deserves?

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Television Q&A: Should cable have its own awards show?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Has anyone from the broadcast networks ever suggested that cable return to its own awards show? It is unfortunate that the network shows, actors, writers, etc., get ignored by the Emmys. Don't they deserve some of the glory?

A: It has indeed been argued that broadcasters should have their own awards ...Read more

Can anyone sing gospel music? This part-Samoan, former YouTube heartthrob aims to find out

LOS ANGELES -- In his song "Old AF," get describes feeling, at age 23, as though he's already "old as f -- ."

"Some days I'm running out of breath / Some days I'm running out of time," he sings in a moist, R&B-schooled croon. It's an understandable admission from a young striver who's done a bit of everything in show business, from viral ...Read more

Inside 'Immigration Nation,' the Netflix docuseries ICE didn't want you to see

Early in the first episode of new docuseries "Immigration Nation," a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official pulls out his phone and records a video inside the agency's New York City office, where a lone immigrant sits inside the processing room. It's the start of a weeklong operation to arrest undocumented immigrants.

"Just making ...Read more

How gay feminist composer Pauline Oliveros taught us to hear with more than ears

On each of the four Saturdays in April, people from around the world -- music people, nonmusic people, critics trying to make ourselves useful -- participated in an online Pauline Oliveros "sonic meditation." We listened for silence. We waited for sounds and then sounded. We responded to our body weight, to technology, to what others were ...Read more

Telemundo layoffs hit journalist María Celeste Arrarás

Award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras has been cut from NBCUniversal's Telemundo network -- part of widespread layoffs the New York media company began this week.

Arraras is well known to Spanish-language TV viewers. She joined Telemundo in 2002 and hosted the newsmagazine "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste." Before that, Arraras was one ...Read more

Michelle Obama says no to public office, but fans still want her as vice president

One would think that after serving the American people for eight years as first lady, Michelle Obama would have earned some peace from the political spotlight with the freedom to pursue her own aspirations.

But as Joe Biden gets closer to announcing his running mate, the Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP made one more attempt to get the ...Read more

A tearful Zoë Saldaña apologizes for playing Nina Simone in 2016 biopic

Zoe Saldana has finally and tearfully apologized for playing the inimitable Nina Simone in "Nina," the doomed 2016 biopic of the iconic civil rights activist and jazz artist.

"I should have never played Nina," the Afro-Latina actress said repeatedly during a Bese interview posted Tuesday on Instagram.

"I should have done everything in my power...Read more

'Who's the Boss?' is the latest classic sitcom being revived with original stars

More than 30 years later, television is still asking "Who's the Boss?"

The 1980s family comedy starring Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano is the latest series getting a revival, with the stars confirming they'll reprise their roles in the developing sequel.

Danza, who played pro baseball star turned live-in housekeeper Tony Micelli, said Tuesday on...Read more

Migos rapper Takeoff accused of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES -- A new civil lawsuit filed Wednesday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that rapper Takeoff, of the popular hip-hop group Migos, raped a woman at a party in Encino in June.

The suit, with the defendant filing anonymously, claims that the rapper (born Kirshnik Khari Ball) pursued her at a June 23 house party she attended...Read more

1990s kids loved the dark cartoon 'Ren & Stimpy.' Comedy Central is bringing it back

"The Ren & Stimpy Show" is coming back.

On Wednesday, Comedy Central announced it is moving forward with a new reimagining of the iconic Nicktoon. The original "Ren & Stimpy," which followed an irascible Chihuahua and a simple-minded cat, debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991 and ran for five seasons.

Despite being a children's show, "Ren & Stimpy" ...Read more

Chicago police investigating whether rapper FBG Duck was killed after making video about dead gang members

CHICAGO -- Chicago police are investigating whether a rapper was killed in a brazen shooting after recently making a video featuring "derogatory statements" about rival gang members who have died.

Carlton Weekly, who performed under the name FBG Duck, belonged to a Gangster Disciple faction, and police believe it may now seek retaliation ...Read more

'How many Quibis make an episode?' An 'SNL' vet re-imagines 'Murder, She Wrote'

I first became fully aware of Paula Pell in 2014, as the co-creator and costar, with James Anderson, of "Hudson Valley Ballers," a brilliantly bizarre web series about friends who open a B&B in upstate New York. But I had seen her work on "Saturday Night Live," for which she wrote for 20 years (including a few seasons as head writer), and had ...Read more

Women break silence, tell stories of rape and groping by Ron Jeremy over 2 decades

LOS ANGELES -- Lianne Young still remembers in vivid detail the night Ron Jeremy snuck up behind her on the Sunset Strip.

The adult film actress who went by the name "Billie Britt" was wearing a bikini inside the former House Of Blues at a porn industry Halloween party when she said Jeremy shoved her onto a table and forced himself inside her. ...Read more

Review: 'She Dies Tomorrow' singularly sensory cinematic experience capturing existential dread from mysterious virus of sorts

The brilliant actor, director and producer Amy Seimetz made her directorial debut in 2012 with the hazy, sun-drenched lovers-on-the-run film "Sun Don't Shine," starring Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley. Although it's been eight years between her debut and her follow-up film, "She Dies Tomorrow," Seimetz has been very busy in the interim. She'...Read more

My worst moment: 'The Office' star Brian Baumgartner talks about an absurd audition

Brian Baumgartner played Kevin the accountant on "The Office" for all of the sitcom's nine seasons. Now he's the host of "An Oral History of The Office" podcast on Spotify, looking back on what made the show so popular, both in its original run on NBC and its second life on Netflix. (In 2021, the show will move to NBC's streaming platform ...Read more

Review: 'Howard,' a valentine to the songwriter who helped Disney get its mojo back

The Howard in "Howard," streaming on Disney Plus starting Friday, is Howard Ashman. And anyone who had the wit and the cheek to write the lyric "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" for the muscle-bound antagonist in "Beauty and the Beast" plainly deserves to have his story be told in a documentary.

Ashman's lyrics -- and, just as crucially,...Read more

Chicago saxophonist Sharel Cassity marks comeback from tough illness

CHICAGO -- If you listen to Chicago saxophonist Sharel Cassity's compelling new album, the aptly named "Fearless," you never would know how ill she was when she recorded it.

Her tone sounds full, her technique nimble, the joy of her music-making unmistakable.

But just a few weeks before the recording sessions in July 2019, Cassity received a ...Read more

Commentary: Netflix's 'Umbrella Academy' makes family dysfunction more fun than saving the world

The "Umbrella Academy's" superhero troop possesses the ability to sprout octopus arms in battle, travel through time, commune with the dead and blow their enemies' minds -- literally -- with the power of suggestion.

But it's not the clan's crime-fighting skills that set it apart from television's crowded field of onscreen avengers. Netflix's ...Read more