Celebrity causes

This March 26, 1972 file photo shows the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking to reporters at the Operation PUSH Soul Picnic in New York as Tom Todd, vice president of PUSH, from second left, Aretha Franklin and Louis Stokes. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Jim Wells, File)
August 16, 2018 - 4:42 pm
Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2014, file photo, former running back Jim Brown stands on the field during a halftime ceremony of an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. Brown says he would never kneel during the national anthem. The 82-year-old Brown, who championed civil rights during his NFL career and became a social activist in retirement, said Tuesday night, Aug. 7. 2018, that he respects players’ rights to do what they want but his preference is they would stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner.” (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
August 07, 2018 - 6:55 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Brown has spent much of his post-NFL career fighting for social justice and change. However, the Hall of Fame running back would never kneel during the national anthem. The 82-year-old Brown, who championed civil rights during his playing career and became an activist in...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, John Legend performs at the "Families Belong Together: Freedom for Immigrants" March in Los Angeles. Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes are among the artists slated to appear at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival. The event will take place on Sept. 29 on the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
August 07, 2018 - 4:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes are among the artists slated to appear at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival. The event will take place on Sept. 29 on the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness will host the festival,...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2018 file photo LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. President Donald Trump is turning his wrath on the basketball superstar. Trump tweeted late Friday, Aug. 3 that James was interviewed "by the dumbest man on television," CNN anchor Don Lemon, but that he "made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do."(AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
August 04, 2018 - 5:26 pm
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state's favorite son, savaging NBA star LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent African-American men. Melania...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, actor Patrick Dempsey poses for photographers during a photocall for the screening of 'Bridget Jones's Baby' in Paris. Dempsey is offering to have dinner with five, randomly selected individuals who raise money for families affected by cancer. The Sun Journal reports that those who raise more than $1,000 by Sept. 1, 2018 for what’s known as the Dempsey Challenge could be picked for the dinner. Dempsey is the creator of the Dempsey Challenge bike-run-walk fundraiser that helps families affected by cancer. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
August 04, 2018 - 9:03 am
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Actor Patrick Dempsey is offering to have dinner with five, randomly selected individuals who raise money for families affected by cancer. The Sun Journal reports that those who raise more than $1,000 by Sept. 1 for what's known as the Dempsey Challenge could be picked for...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, Jonathan Demme, director of the concert film "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids," appears at the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. The archive of the late filmmaker Demme is being donated to the University of Michigan Library. The donation by Demme's family was announced Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at the Traverse City Film Festival. It includes photographs, scripts, correspondence, personal notes, unfinished documentary film footage, promotional items, costumes and props.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
August 03, 2018 - 11:53 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The archive of the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme is being donated to the University of Michigan Library . The donation by Demme's family was announced Friday at the Traverse City Film Festival ahead of a screening of "Swimming to Cambodia," a 1987 film he directed. The...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2018, file photo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a winner of a Democratic Congressional primary in New York speaks to a reporter. Ocasio-Cortez, a rising liberal star who toppled 10-term Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary, is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer,File)
August 02, 2018 - 12:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a rising liberal star who is challenging the Democratic Party establishment — was scheduled to appear Thursday in Los Angeles as part of West Coast fundraising swing. The 28-year-old startled the party when she defeated...
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Kurt Busch walks out from the garage area after practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
July 28, 2018 - 2:19 pm
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kurt Busch found another sport that suits him: The former NASCAR champion traveled to England to watch his wife play polo with a prince. The 2004 NASCAR Cup champ hit the sights in London and cheered on wife Ashley during a charity polo match with Prince Harry. Ashley Busch is...
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Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Mert & Marcus)
July 27, 2018 - 5:23 am
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Taylor Swift is helping ease the pain of a Massachusetts city mourning the recent loss of a police officer. Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund tells The Patriot Ledger that Swift donated "a significant number of tickets" to the town for her shows this weekend in Foxborough, which...
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FILE - This Feb. 9, 2005 file photo shows actors Ian McShane, who portrays Al Swearengen, left, and Paula Malcomson, who portrays Trixie, center, on the set with David Milch, creator of the HBO series "Deadwood," in Santa Clarita, Calif. HBO says it's greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago. The critically acclaimed, award-winning series was set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota mining town of the title. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
July 25, 2018 - 9:53 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. BACK TO THE BLACK HILLS "Deadwood" fans can exhale. HBO says it's greenlighted a long-discussed movie based...
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