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Singer's Born This Way nonprofit focuses on youth empowerment

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga is launching a foundation with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University.


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Funny girl Rissa Riss dishes on comedy, career and getting expelled in 3rd grade

Portland funny girl Rissa Riss dishes on comedy, career and getting expelled in 3rd grade 

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Marine captain-turned-pastor/actor reflects on fatherhood, family and his new film

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Ken Bevel is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering Technology; he's also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a MBA in Logistics Management.  After 20 years of active service in the United States Marine Corps, Capt. Bevel retired to serve in the ministry on the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. 

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He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles as well as an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his work in 'Collateral'

Here, he talks about producing "Thunder Soul," a reverential bio-pic which pays tribute to the late Conrad "Prof" Johnson (1915-2008), the founder and conductor of Houston's Kashmere High's legendary stage band.


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Touré is also the author of a collection of essays called "Never Drank the Kool-Aid," and a collection of short stories called "The Portable Promised Land"

A devoted father, Touré lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife, Rita, and their two children, Hendrix and Fairuz. Here, he talks about his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"

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O'Donnell takes over space where Winfrey taped for 25 years

CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah has made way for Rosie. Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell unveiled a sign Thursday in front of Chicago's Harpo Studios. It reads: "Harpo Studios. The Rosie Show. Former Home of The Oprah Winfrey Show." O'Donnell has started work in the same studio where Winfrey taped her talk show until it ended in May after 25 years.


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Neal Boyd plans to run as Republican for Missouri House of Representatives

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Neal Boyd got the votes to win on the TV show "America's Got Talent" in 2008. Now, the southeast Missouri native will seek voter approval again - this time in a run for the state legislature.

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Stage artist talks about exactly what makes his role as Donkey unforgettable

We spoke with the multi-talented Andre Jordan, newly cast as Donkey, about his career, his life goals, and what makes this show so much fun. Find

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Sanaa most recently appeared in the title role in the comedy 'By The Way, Meet Vera Stark' in an extended engagement at the 2econd Stage Theatre in Manhattan

Here, Sanaa talks about her new film, "Contagion," an apocalyptic thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh and featuring an ensemble cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Elliott Gould.

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Don't ask him to fix your computer, he just plays that role on TV

Aldis Hodge plays the geeky hacker, Alec Hardison, in TNT's Leverage. Shot in Portland, Ore., the show follows a group of lawbreakers turned good guys, led by a former insurance investigator played by Timothy Hutton. Now four seasons into its run, Leverage also stars Gina Bellman, Christian Kane and Beth Riesgraf.  Hodge talked to The Skanner News' Helen Silvis about Leverage, Portland and his ambitions.

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