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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin, 76, dies at home in Detroit

(Reuters) - Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools," died on Thursday at the age of 76, officials said. Read More

 

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With pictures and songs, fans pay tribute as Madonna turns 60

LONDON (Reuters) - From pictures of their favorite Madonna looks to naming their top tracks by the songstress, fans paid tribute to the "Queen of Pop" on Thursday as the "Material Girl" turned 60. More »

 

After #MeToo, Hollywood women seize power behind TV camera

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When writer and producer Stacy Rukeyser suggested featuring a female venture capitalist looking for a husband on the Lifetime television drama "Unreal," network executives asked if she could turn the character into someone with "a much more traditional, demure sense of femininity." More »

 

#UnfairCommercialPractice? UK investigates celebrities over social media promotions

LONDON (Reuters) - Celebrities and influencers who endorse products without labeling their social media posts as paid-for by brands were warned on Thursday that they were breaking the rules as Britain's regulator launched an investigation into the trend. More »

 

Rapper Stormzy to fund Cambridge university scholarship for two black students

LONDON (Reuters) - Rapper Stormzy said on Thursday he will fund two black British students to go to Cambridge university through a scholarship, after criticism of some top UK universities that their admissions processes do not do enough to ensure diversity. More »

 

Walmart teams up with Ellen DeGeneres to launch fashion line

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc said on Wednesday that it would tie up with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to launch a women's fashion line, its latest attempt to make deeper inroads into the apparel space and gain market share in the category. More »

 

British actress can sue Weinstein for sex trafficking: U.S. judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie producer Harvey Weinstein must face a U.S. lawsuit by a British actress who has accused him of violating sex trafficking laws by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. More »

 

Ailing Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson

(Reuters) - Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who has fallen gravely ill, was visited at her Detroit-area home on Tuesday by fellow recording artist Stevie Wonder, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman, her publicist said. More »

 

Crazy rich on film, proud to be Asian

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The film is called "Crazy Rich Asians," but the cast is proud to be showcasing such a rare array of Asian culture and identity in a Hollywood movie. More »

 

'Simpsons' creator brings animated fantasy show to Netflix

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creator of the long-running animated TV series "The Simpsons" brings his first new show in 20 years to Netflix this week, a story that centers around a drunken princess, an elf and a demon. More »

 

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