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Paris Hilton Victimized By Online Prankster With 'Stupid Fake' Nelson Mandela Tweet

12/6/2013 9:02am EST
Paris Hilton
American heiress Paris Hilton has blamed an Internet practical joker for faking a message from her Twitter account suggesting she had confused Nelson Mandela with Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Thursday night, bloggers were sent into a tizzy when a screen grab of a message, purportedly from Hilton's account, appeared on the web in the hours after news of Mandela's death broke.

The tweet, which reports suggested had been deleted from Hilton's page after a few minutes, read, "RIP Nelson Mandela. Your 'I Have a Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man."

However, the 32 year-old sociali...

Harry Belafonte Files Lawsuit Against Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Estate

10/16/2013 8:45am EDT
Harry Belafonte
Legendary singer/actor Harry Belafonte is suing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s estate after officials blocked the sale of three historic documents.

On Tuesday, the 86 year-old humanitarian filed a lawsuit against the late Civil Rights Activist's three children, Dexter, Bernice and Martin Luther King III, insisting the papers belong to him.

The three documents feature a draft Vietnam War speech, notes on a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tennessee, and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife following the civil rights leader's assassination in 1968.


Samuel L. Jackson's Martin Luther King Jr. Play Breaks Even On Broadway

1/22/2012 11:43am EST
Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett's Broadway play "The Mountaintop" is officially a success - the production has recouped its $3.1 million costs.

The stageshow, starring Jackson as civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., is based on playwright Katori Hall's reimagining of the events in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968 - the night before King's assassination.

The play began previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs theater in September and it's proved to be a box office hit, recovering the full production costs just days before the curtain falls on the show for the final time on Sunday.

The Rolling Stones To Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame

11/21/2011 3:50pm EST
The Rolling Stones
Classic recordings by Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones are among the 2012 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Every year, the Recording Academy's trustees select a collection of tracks and albums considered to be of lasting significance that are at least 25 years old.

And this time around Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It will be entered alongside The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. album and Gloria Gaynor's disco classic I Will Survive.

Also set for the honor are late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,...

Stevie Wonder To Donate $10,000 A Year So Blind People Can Feel Face Of Martin Luther King Jr.

8/25/2011 9:55pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder has created a foundation for blind visitors to fully experience the majesty of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s new memorial in Washington, D.C.

King's face and torso have been carved in stone and the memorial will officially be unveiled at the National Mall next week.

Sightless soul man Wonder was able to touch his hero's stone face during a ceremony earlier this week - and now he's making it possible for other blind people to get a feel for the monument.

Announcing his plans at a gala on Wednesday night, Wonder said, "Through the Wonder Foundation, I commit $10,000 a year tha...

T.I. Brands His Jail Sentence 'Petty'

11/23/2010 2:23pm EST
T.I. has branded officials who sent him back to jail "petty" for punishing him over his recent arrest - because he had managed to turn his "life around" since his last prison stint.

The hip-hop star was jailed earlier this month for parole violation after he and his wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle were detained by police officers who allegedly found drugs during a search of the couple's car.

The arrest came just months after he was freed from a previous stint behind bars on weapons possession charges. The rapper is adamant court officials should have taken into consideration his efforts to me...

Halle Berry Only Needs Two Buttons To Contain Her Hotness

7/23/2010 2:17pm EDT
Halle Berry
We spotted Halle Berry in West Hollywood earlier this week wearing a loose button-up shirt and denim cut-offs. The actress and a couple of friends had lunch at Toast.

It wouldn't matter if Halle dressed in a garbage bag, she'd still look stunning.

The actress will make her Broadway debut opposite her "Jungle Fever" co-star Samuel L. Jackson in Katori Hall's acclaimed play "The Mountaintop." The Oscar winner will play a hotel maid who delivers a meal to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the evening before he's assassinated on April 3, 1968.

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Q&A: An Inside Look With Jesse Ventura On Conspiracy

11/30/2009 10:00am EST
Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura has had many titles. He has been a Navy seal, a professional wrestler, an actor, a mayor and Governor of Minnesota, and now with his new truTV show Ventura is taking on a new title: conspiracy theorist.

On "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," which premieres on Dec. 2nd at 10 pm, Ventura and his team of researchers take on a number of curious conspiracies and postulate if the terrorist attack on 9/11 was an inside job, or if the mysterious High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) complex in rural Alaska has the power to create tidal waves and control minds....

'Mad Men' Recap: 'Out of Town'

8/17/2009 11:17am EDT
Mad Men
Hello, 2009. I would take this time to introduce myself, but, you see, you may already know me. If you don't know me, I guarantee you know of me. So, if nothing else, I can at least extend my limited hospitality and try to reintroduce myself. My name is 1963, and welcome; you're going to be spending some time with me for the next few weeks.

Let's clear the air: You've probably heard I have a pretty bad reputation. Racial inequality engulfs the United States; hell, that rapscallion George C. Wallace became governor of Alabama during me with the rallying cry "segregation now, segregation t...

Rob Schneider Talks About 'Big Stan', 'SNL' And His Famous Feuds

3/26/2009 11:26am EDT
Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider has never been one to back away from controversy and as we discussed his new film Big Stan -- released on DVD this week -- this became all the more apparent as this interview went along. Rob is very candid about what he thinks of a fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus and expresses his love for Roger Ebert, a man he once engaged in a very public dispute.

Mike: So, how was the transition to directing?

Rob: Not a big transition because I always felt I had a hand in directing all my movies. So, I really knew what I wanted and it took so many months to finally get the m...

The Dream Comes True In... Today's Links

1/19/2009 7:00pm EST
Martin Luther King Jr.
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the tubes.

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Former celebrities who need to stop being on TV - Campus Squeeze

Official word comes in: Britney Spears is hot again - On 205th

Balloon sex. (NSFW) - College Can...

Top 5 Underrated & Overrated Holidays

11/21/2008 10:07am EST
Ah, the Holidays. There's nothing like them, is there? Kick back, relax, forget about work and the world for awhile. Is their anything better on a work calendar than the words "Paid Holiday"? Absolutely not.

Of course, not every holiday falls into this category. In fact, most do not. But we still celebrate them like we have the day off anyway. They're not always as good as the ones we get paid for, but sometimes they are even better.

Still, some of these holidays (even the paid ones) are celebrated to an extent that doesn't really fit their quality. While others (even the p...

'I Got The Feelin': James Brown In The'60s' 3 DVD Box Set Out Aug. 5

8/2/2008 8:00pm EDT
James Brown
Multi-Grammy Award winning artist James Brown, best known for his smoldering singing and revolutionary rhythmic style, is recognized worldwide as one of the most prolific figures in 20th century popular music. He remains a strong cultural influence as a newsmaker, musician, activist and peacemaker that transcends even the awesome celebrity he achieved as the "Godfather of Soul." A whole new generation is discovering James Brown today through his music and his pivotal presence in American political affairs in the 1960s. DVD & music collectors and fans of the late James Brown will be treated...

Concert Review: R.E.M. in Atlanta, GA 6/21/08

6/23/2008 2:27pm EDT
It's been a long wait for the fans of R.E.M. Not so much to see their band play live, but to grab hold of such a high quality piece of work as this year's "Accelerate." Not since the early nineties have they recorded a rock and roll album with such intensity. It seems that since the departure of drummer Bill Berry in 1997, they have drifted aimlessly from album to album. Don't get me wrong…there have been some real gems. But overall, no "big plays." Not until 2008, and what turned out to be one of R.E.M.'s most critically praised releases in years.

For the final stop on their Nor...

History Presents 'King' With Tom Brokaw, April 6

4/5/2008 6:00am EDT
Tom Brokaw
Forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at age 39, a new History special, "King," with newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers on an unprecedented journey back in time and forward to today. "King" goes beyond the legend to delve into the man, the questions, the myths and, most importantly, the relevance of Dr. King’s message in today’s world. The two-hour special will premiere on History on Sunday, April 6 at 8pm/7C.

“Dr. King led a revolution of change fighting for the most basic of human rights – equality,” said Dubuc. “As we reflect on the fortieth anniversary...

'U23D': Turn It Up Loud, Captain!

2/5/2008 4:53pm EST
What could possibly be considered innovative for the band that's done it all? A 3D IMAX film? Yes, that would do it. Since their first album, Boy, was released in 1980, Irish rock group and BBITW (Biggest Band In The World) U2 has pushed the limits of celebrity, musical experimentation, and how to look at the world.

With Bono at the helm, anything seems possible. It has been said that U2 release albums in series of threes. Boy (1980), October (1981), and War (1983) were all straight-ahead rockers with enough hooks to catch a school of piranha. Then came The Unforgettable Fire (19...

'1968 With Tom Brokaw' Premieres This Weekend

12/8/2007 9:15am EST
Tom Brokaw
Cities burned. Students marched. Idealism flourished. Drugs flowed. A nation mourned its slain leaders. It was a year both tragic and galvanizing. But was 1968 truly as revolutionary as it felt? Did its fury and pain propel us forward?

Now a new, two-hour special on The History Channel explores the significance of 1968 and the ways it continues to affect the American landscape. The special “1968 with Tom Brokaw” premieres Sunday, December 9 at 9-11pm ET/PT on The History Channel.

Brokaw, author of the newly released book BOOM! Voices of the Sixties, Personal Reflections on the ’6...

Stars Provide Voices For 'Inspired By - The Bible Experience (Old Testament)'

7/10/2007 10:57am EDT
Nick Cannon
The most ambitious, critically-acclaimed presentation of the Bible ever produced, "Inspired By... The Bible Experience," has confirmed more than 200 cast members for the "Old Testament" prequel to its bestselling "New Testament" edition.

Highlighting the cast is 2007 Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker as the voice of Moses, along with Angela Bassett (Esther), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jonah), Denzel and Pauletta Washington (Song of Songs), LL Cool J (Samson), Nick Cannon (Adam), Eartha Kitt (Serpent), Bishop T.D. Jakes (Abraham), Bishop Eddie L. Long (Joel), Della Reese, Bernice and t...

The Sundance Channel Goes Green With 13-Part Original Series 'Big Ideas For A Small Planet'

3/26/2007 9:00pm EDT
Robert Redford
Sundance Channel's THE GREEN, a new weekly primetime destination focusing on environmental topics, launches April 17, 2007 at 9pm. With THE GREEN, Sundance Channel becomes the first television network in the United States to establish a major, regularly-scheduled programming destination dedicated entirely to the environment.

Consisting of three hours of programming, THE GREEN will present original series and documentary premieres about the earth's ecology and concepts of "green" living that balance human needs with responsible care for the planet. THE GREEN reflects the current tip...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 15

1/15/2007 3:00am EST
Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy Birthday to tennis pro Mary Pierce (1975), character and voice actor Regina King (1971), actor Chad Lowe (1968), actor/director Mario Van Peebles (1957), British actor Julian Sands (1958), comedic stage and screen star Andrea Martin (1947), Spanish singer/actress Charo (1942), civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929; d. 1968), TV Lois Lane Phyllis Coates (1927), actor Lloyd Bridges (1913), and jazz drummer Gene Krupa (1909; d. 1973).

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

12/25/2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 15

1/15/2006 3:00am EST
Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy Birthday to tennis pro Mary Pierce (1975), character and voice actor Regina King (1971), actor Chad Lowe (1968), actor/director Mario Van Peebles (1957), British actor Julian Sands (1958), comedic stage and screen star Andrea Martin (1947), Spanish singer/actress Charo (1942), civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929; d. 1968), TV Lois Lane Phyllis Coates (1927), actor Lloyd Bridges (1913), and jazz drummer Gene Krupa (1909; d. 1973).