Celebrity causes

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2018 file photo shows Natalie Merchant performing at Cyndi Lauper's 8th Annual "Home for the Holidays" benefit concert in New York. Merchant is the sixth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award, and will headline a tribute concert to the former Beatle in New York on Dec. 6. She's also getting an award from ASCAP this month. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
October 10, 2019 - 4:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — At this stage of her life, Natalie Merchant is more proud of getting an honor named for John Lennon because of what it says about her activism than her music. She's the sixth recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award, and will headline an upcoming tribute concert to the former...
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FILE - This July 4, 2010 file photo shows American opera singer Jessye Norman performing on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. Norman died, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She was 74. (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre, File)
October 07, 2019 - 3:49 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The public funeral for opera star Jessye Norman has been set for Saturday in Georgia and will feature tributes from actor Laurence Fishburne, civil rights activist Vernon Jordan and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald. The funeral will be at the William B. Bell Auditorium in...
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This combination photo shows Will Smith at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 23, 2019, left, and Helen Mirren at a special screening of "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw," in London on July 23, 2019. Smith and Mirren will read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness. They will each tell their story from different locations during the World’s Big Sleep Out on Dec. 7. The campaign will encourage people in 50 cities globally to sleep outside for a night in hopes of raising $50 million for the charity. (AP Photo)
September 16, 2019 - 7:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren will read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness. Smith and Mirren will each tell their story from different locations during the World's Big Sleep Out on Dec. 7. The campaign will encourage people...
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This Aug. 22, 2019 photo shows Rapsody posing for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album "Eve." (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
September 11, 2019 - 1:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The debate over who reigns supreme as the greatest rapper of the moment is never-ending and never settled. From LL Cool J vs Kool Moe Dee, Tupac vs. Biggie, Jay-Z vs. Nas, it's a time-honored discussion that's likely to be heard in any barbershop or boardroom where rap fans converge...
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of the film "Joker" at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 2:13 am
TORONTO (AP) — In a gala dinner held Monday amid the Toronto International Film Festival's unspooling premieres, the festival paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. With the city teaming with stars in town for the festival, TIFF...
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This combination photo shows comedian Jon Stewart, left, and Bruce Springsteen at "Springsteen On Broadway" opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. Stewart and Springsteen will once again headline this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
September 09, 2019 - 10:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Two New Jersey icons — Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart — will once again headline this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families. The comedy and musical event will also feature John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj and Ronny Chieng. It will be...
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This combination photo shows actress Debra Messing during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on May 2, 2019, left, and President Donald Trump during a visit to Shell's soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pa., on Aug. 13, 2019. Trump is calling Messing, the liberal activist and “Will & Grace” star, a racist and saying she should be fired from the NBC sitcom. Earlier this week, Messing apologized after tweeting in support of an Alabama church sign which read “a black vote for Trump is mental illness.” (AP Photo)
September 05, 2019 - 11:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is again attacking Debra Messing, calling the liberal activist and "Will & Grace" star a racist and saying she should be fired from the NBC sitcom. Messing apologized earlier this week after tweeting in support of an Alabama church sign which reads "a...
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Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones, left, and Dallas Wings center Kristine Anigwe dive to the floor after a loose ball during a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 10:17 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones spent a few hours Wednesday night playing basketball, the rest of this week her focus has been on family and friends in her native Bahamas and the destruction from Hurricane Dorian Jones has not been able to talk to her parents for...
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This combination photo shows performers, from left, Meghan Trainor, Meek Mill and Rapsody, who will perform in a free pregame concert on Sept. 5 in Chicago's Grant Park before the Bears face off against the Green Bay Packers. (AP Photo)
August 30, 2019 - 2:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor are helping kick off the new social change partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z before the season-opening game in Chicago next week. The NFL and Roc Nation announced Friday that Mill, Trainor and Rapsody will perform in a free pregame concert Sept. 5...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting (26) grabs Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
August 19, 2019 - 7:35 pm
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills objected Monday to recent comments from rapper Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick. Jay-Z and the league last week announced a partnership he characterized as a progressive step to carry on...
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