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Solange launches library for rare books by Black authors

The thing about rare books is that they're, well, rare -- which means too many hidden gems are well out of reach for the everyday literary enthusiast.
Solange is trying to change that. The singer's creative studio Saint Heron recently launched a free community library that aims to increase access to rare and out-of-print works by Black and brown authors.
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Canadian Bruce Liu wins 18th Chopin international piano competition

WARSAW, POLAND -- The jury of the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition has announced Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada as the winner of the 40,000-euro (US$45,000) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition that launches pianists' world careers.
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Shopify partners with Spotify to give musicians new options for merchandise sales

TORONTO -- E-commerce behemoth Shopify Inc. is linking up with streaming giant Spotify in a partnership meant to give musicians more control over their virtual merchandise tables on the music platform.
The Ottawa-based company has struck an agreement with the popular subscription audio streaming service that introduces its digital retail tools onto Spotify's artist pages, allowing musicians to showcase a line of products alongside their latest singles and albums.
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R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set for Aug. 2022

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York.
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Meghan McCain book shares why she left 'toxic' atmosphere at The View

Meghan McCain says she decided to leave The View following her second day back from maternity leave in January when frequent foil Joy Behar said "I did not miss you" during a political argument.
McCain, who left this summer after four years as the daytime talk show's conservative voice, told that and other backstage stories in a new book, Bad Republican, and subsequent interview with Variety.
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Netflix posts higher 3Q earnings, solid subscriber growth

Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including "Squid Game," the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show.
The company has ramped up production, rebounding from pandemic-induced delays in the first half of the year.
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Netflix workers stage walk out over Dave Chappelle's transgender comments

Netflix Inc employees are staging a walkout on Wednesday in an unprecedented show of defiance to protest the streaming giant’s decision to release comedian Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, which they say ridicules transgender people.
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Vegas lawyers: 2 sides to Flavor Flav domestic battery case

LAS VEGAS -- Entertainer Flavor Flav will fight a misdemeanour domestic battery charge stemming from a scuffle with his girlfriend at home in suburban Las Vegas, his attorneys said Tuesday.
The 62-year-old former rapper, hip-hop and reality TV star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr.
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R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set Aug. 1

CHICAGO -- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York.
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Man who died at Phish concert did not hit railing: Chicago police

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police say a concert-goer who fell to his death from the upper level of a basketball arena is believed to have "leapt from an elevated area of the arena," causing his death.
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Fox News' Cavuto tests positive for COVID-19, urges vaccines

LOS ANGELES -- Fox News Channel anchor Neil Cavuto tested positive for COVID-19, which he said was surprising but made him grateful that he was vaccinated.
Cavuto, who learned of the test results after Monday's episode of "Your World with Neil Cavuto," wasn't on the air Tuesday.
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Donald Trump aims to countersue 'Apprentice' sex assault accuser who sued him

NEW YORK -- Former U.S. President Donald Trump wants to countersue a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of defaming her when he denied her sexual assault allegations.
Saying that Trump is being harassed to keep him from speaking freely, his lawyer asked a court's permission Monday to pursue a counterclaim against Summer Zervos.
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Travis Tritt cancels concerts at venues with COVID-19 safety measures

Travis Tritt is cancelling four concerts at venues that have COVID-19 safety protocols.
The country singer has announced he will not be performing at planned stops in Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Kentucky.
Venues in those states were requiring either mask wearing, a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination for concertgoers.
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