LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nas says he's focusing on music and his children after striking a deal to dismiss a civil contempt charge against him.
A Los Angeles judge dismissed the contempt allegation against the rapper Monday after he paid nearly $50,000 in child support to his estranged wife Kelis.
A sell-out crowd is expected Friday, April 16, at the Urban Arts Dance Company, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a Spring concert, "Pulse," 8 p.m. at the Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland.
Now in its seventh year, the LHAAFF is a staple in Seattle's Central District for giving the neighborhood the opportunity to see unknown indie films specifically about African American culture. It takes place this year April 17-25.
A rap music smackdown looms in a federal courtroom between oft-troubled impresario Marion "Suge" Knight and controversial star Kanye West over a shooting at a star-studded Miami Beach party.
Knight, founder of Death Row Records and promoter of some of rap's biggest acts, was shot in the right leg in August 2005 by a still-unknown assailant at the ultra-trendy Shore Club. West was hosting the party before the MTV Video Music Awards held that year in Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The name of David Mills kept coming up in a conversation last week about "Treme," HBO's zesty drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans, premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT.
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) -- Madonna laid the first brick of her new girls' academy near Malawi's capital Tuesday, in which she encouraged Malawian girls to ``dare to dream,'' according to the inscription on the brick.
Less than two years ago, Usher was glorifying his evolution as a man with "Here I Stand," a CD that found him celebrating his new role as husband and father while shunning the image of a sexy bad boy unable - or unwilling -to make a lasting commitment.
Now, with the release of his latest album, "Raymond v. Raymond," the 31-year-old talks about maturity again. But this time, it comes from lessons learned after disappointment - not only in the discouraging sales of that album, but in the failure of his two-year marriage to Tameka Foster Raymond, the mother of his two young sons.