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

December 6th, 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

October 16th, 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

January 22nd, 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

November 21st, 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.

August 25th, 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'

November 23rd, 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

July 23rd, 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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John Travolta's Alleged Extortionist Claims Innocence

January 31st, 2010 9:00am EST
John Travolta
The former Bahamas senator who stands accused of trying to extort $25 million from John Travolta following the death of the star's son has quoted Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. in a statement maintaining her innocence.

Pleasant Bridgewater, along with Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, is alleged to have conspired to have the Grease legend and his wife Kelly Preston hand over the huge sum of cash to stop them leaking details surrounding Jett Travolta's death last January to the media.

The pair went to trial in October, only for a mistrial to be declared after a bumbling jury m...

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

November 30th, 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'

August 17th, 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...

Steven Spielberg Set To Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Biopic

May 19th, 2009 11:31am EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is to fulfill his longtime dream to bring the life of legendary civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. to the big screen - he has been granted permission to make a biopic by the King estate.

King, who was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39, was a leading campaigner over equality for African-American citizens.

Spielberg's production company DreamWorks has won a long running battle to acquire the rights to the late activist's intellectual property - meaning the director will be able to use King's speeches, books and famous works which...

Tori Amos Slams Gay Marriage Ban

May 8th, 2009 11:51am EDT
Tori Amos
Tori Amos has blasted voters who pushed through a gay marriage ban in California - because it goes against the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The God hit-maker, whose father is a Methodist minister, insists outlawing same-sex unions is un-Christian and a breach of civil rights. And she is confused Californian voters passed the Proposition 8 bill - which reversed a previous ruling permitting gay marriage in the state - on the same day Barack Obama was elected President last year.

She tells Attitude magazine, "(I was) extremely disappointed. Well, we go back to this concept ...

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

March 26th, 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...

Kanye West Pulls A Diddy And Changes His Name

January 26th, 2009 7:38pm EST
Kanye West
Rap superstar Kanye West is reinventing himself - he wants to be known as Martin Louis The King, Jr. The Gold Digger star has long been a fan of designer Louis Vuitton, and now wants to incorporate his love of the French fashion house with a tribute to iconic U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr..

West debuted his red Louis Vuitton sneaker design earlier this month at Paris Fashion Week, and he admits the pride and emotion he felt when the models stepped out onto the catwalk in his sports shoes has prompted him to initiate a name change.

In a video posted on his blog aft...

Aretha Franklin Wants To Work For Obama

January 20th, 2009 12:33pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Music legend Aretha Franklin is pitching for a new job, as one of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's top advisors.

The singer is a huge supporter of the new leader, and has performed in Washington, D.C. as part of his inauguration ceremony. However Franklin is eyeing a more prestigious post. In an open letter to Obama, she says, "You should put me on your advisory team. But I am serious if you are interested."

And her first piece of advice concerns the presidential diet: "Eat plenty of good soul food, Indian, Hawaiian, Chinese, gourmet etc. Because as Dr. (Martin Luther) King u...

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

January 19th, 2009 7:00pm EST
Martin Luther King Jr.
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Top 5 Underrated & Overrated Holidays

November 21st, 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...

Michael Stipe 'Despises' Bush

August 28th, 2008 10:50am EDT
Michael Stipe
R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has hit out at American president George W. Bush, admitting he "can't stand the guy."

Stipe, who is a staunch supporter of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, confesses that the band's song Man-Sized Wreath was inspired by his hatred for Bush. The track begins with the lyrics: "Turn on the TV and what do I see/A pageantry of empty gestures all lined up for me."

Stipe explains, "That's a reference to our current president, who I very publicly despise. I just can't stand the guy or his administration and it was about him going to the graveside of...

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

August 2nd, 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

June 23rd, 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...

Stevie Wonder Backs Barack Obama

June 6th, 2008 10:13am EDT
Stevie Wonder
Soul legend Stevie Wonder has heaped praise on U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama, insisting he will be a great leader if elected into the White House.

The Superstition hitmaker launched his European tour on Thursday with a question-and-answer session with reporters at the Hard Rock Cafe in London, where he showed his support for the Illinois Senator.

Asked his opinion of Democratic nominee Obama, Wonder said: "He's a combination of JFK, and Martin Luther King (Jr.). With that he can't lose."

The R&B star's European trek continues on September 8 in Birmingham, England and...

History Presents 'King' With Tom Brokaw, April 6

April 5th, 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...

Samuel L. Jackson Paints Railings At MLK Murder Site

March 27th, 2008 1:50pm EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Actor Samuel L. Jackson painted the railings on the motel balcony where civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968 on Tuesday. The Pulp Fiction star helped clean up the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee ahead of the 40th anniversary of King's murder next week.

The civil rights icon was shot dead there by James Earl Ray on 4 April, 1968.

Jackson, 59, said, "Being a Tennessean, being part of the civil rights movement, growing up through it, being in it, of it, around it, knowing the significance of preserving our history and having a place peop...

'U23D': Turn It Up Loud, Captain!

February 5th, 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...

Wyclef Jean Risked Life To Make Gang Documentary

January 26th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean feared he'd be killed while making hard-hitting gang documentary ”Ghosts of Cite Soleil” in his native Haiti after learning he was a wanted man. Gang leaders disapproved of the star's 2006 expose on the mean streets of Port-Au-Prince - and some wanted him shot dead.

The singer/songwriter says, "I thought I'd die before that documentary was finished. One time I was going to see a gang leader, and they'd told him to shoot me on sight.

"He said, 'Boss, these people have given me the authority to shoot you. What do you want me to do?' I said, 'Tell them I come in peace. ...

Denzel Washington Teaches Kids To Ignore Hatred

January 22nd, 2008 2:16pm EST
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington was inspired by late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to teach his kids to avoid becoming "a hater." The father-of-four revealed his parenting philosophy on Monday, as America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Speaking on 'The Early Show,' Washington said, "I try to teach my children there are going to be obstacles. Someone may not like you just because they don't like themselves. But, don't you get bogged down. Don't be a hater. Don't let hatred destroy you. Overcome it, move on, educate them, if you will."

-Denzel Washington Pictures

(This n...

'1968 With Tom Brokaw' Premieres This Weekend

December 8th, 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...

Harry Belafonte Praised For Civil Rights' Work

November 25th, 2007 11:30am EST
Harry Belafonte
Calypso singer Harry Belafonte was awarded the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews' International Diversity Award at a gala dinner on Thursday.

The 80-year-old - who was a personal friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and supported the civil rights movement in its early days - was awarded for "his contribution to the advancement of human rights and dignities."

On receiving his award, Belafonte says, "My social and political interests are part of my career. I can't separate them. My songs reflect the human condition. The role of art isn't just to show life as it is, but to show lif...

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

July 10th, 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...

A Cavalcade Of Stars Unite For Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Benefit Gig

June 21st, 2007 4:19pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana and Ben Affleck are joining forces at a benefit concert to raise funds for a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. The Radio City Music Hall gig in New York City on September 18 will feature performances from Wonder, Franklin, Santana, Robin Thicke, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans and Jessye Norman.

More acts are to be confirmed.

Actor Affleck, basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal and American football star LaDainian Tomlinson will form host committee at the event, which will be hosted by U.S. TV weatherman Al Roker.

The ...

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