Thursday, September 20, 2018

Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

Director Mahesh Bhatt’s Birthday

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Today is Director Mahesh Bhatt’s birthday. Mahesh Bhatt completed 70 years today. He is not only a director but also a producer as well as a screenwriter. His Saransh (1984) catapulted him to fame with the depiction of the author-bagged character of an old man, whose son dies in a foreign country and he struggles to get the ashes...

Actor Anoop Kumar’s Death Anniversary

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Today is Actor Anoop Kumar’s Death Anniversary. If he had not expired in 1997, he would have been 92 today. Born Kalyan Kumar Ganguly, Anoop Kumar was a Bollywood actor featured in more than 75 movies. He was late Actor Ashok Kumar’s younger brother. He also had 2 younger siblings – Sati Devi and the late Singer-Actor Kishore Kumar....

The Latest: Moon returns home after North Korea trip

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local):5:45 p.m.South Korea's president has returned home following a trip to North Korea for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Local media pool footage showed a plane carrying President Moon Jae-in...

Dutch police: 4 children killed in crash between train, bike

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Four children were killed and two other people were critically injured Thursday after a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands.Police said the accident happened on a railway line in the town of Oss, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail crossing close to the town's railway station....

Austria urges EU to launch migrant talks with Egypt

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) - Austria urged its European Union partners Thursday to enter talks with Egypt to help stem the flow of migrants entering Europe from Africa, amid deep divisions over how to manage the challenge.Kurz, whose country currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, and EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Cairo over the weekend for talks with President...

Heavy security, arrests as Ugandan pop star set to come home

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Arrests began as Ugandan security forces deployed heavily before the return of pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine from the United States on Thursday, enforcing a ban on rallies they said threaten public order.Police detained the singer's brother and at least two other people who were driving to the airport to welcome him home,...

GOP says time running out for Kavanaugh accuser to talk

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in one of the GOP's sharpest attacks on her credibility.With Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination dangling in the balance,...

Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey” turns 30

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According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the album's original title was to be "Sons of Beaches." However, "New Jersey" is better, some would argue. At any rate, the follow-up to 1986's mega-popular "Slippery When Wet," was released Sept. 19, 1988. The album proved that Bon Jovi had what it took to sustain the momentum that the band had begun to...

Giant bong, huggable buds: Marijuana museum opens in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.Las Vegas' newest attraction - and Instagram backdrop - is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana,...

New landslide kills at least 4, buries houses in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A massive landslide buried dozens of homes in two villages near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least four people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent cellphone text messages pleading for help, officials said.The avalanche surged down on about 30 rural houses after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province,...