Celebrity causes

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle was shot and killed Sunday, March 31, 2019 outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 04, 2019 - 3:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man charged with killing Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder charges. Eric Holder, 29, was ordered held on $5 million during a brief court appearance. His attorney, Christopher Darden, declined comment after the hearing. Holder is charged...
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In this Oct, 10, 2013, photo, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar in Bandar Seri Begawan. The sultan announced to implement Islamic criminal laws that punishes gay sex by stoning offenders to death. The legal change in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy, which also includes amputation for theft, is due to come into force Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 03, 2019 - 7:08 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation's shores. The penalties were provided...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Michelle Williams, a cast member in "After the Wedding," poses at the premiere of the film on the opening night of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Williams, who has seen first-hand the disparity in men and women’s pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Capitol Building to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Williams, who has seen firsthand the disparity in men and women's pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday in the Capitol to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. The Oscar nominee attended a news conference marking Equal Pay Day, designed to symbolize how...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Laverne Cox poses at the nominations announcement for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in West Hollywood, Calif. Cox is scheduled to speak at a conference on gender equality, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 3:04 am
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox will be visiting Harvard University to talk about gender equity and stereotyping. The "Orange is the New Black" star is scheduled to headline a campus discussion Tuesday alongside fashion designer Christian Siriano and other...
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Angelina Jolie, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy, address a meeting on U.N. peacekeeping at U.N. headquarters, Friday March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 30, 2019 - 12:33 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress and activist Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children. "But in many ways, they go hand in hand," she said in an interview late Friday with The Associated...
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Actor Jussie Smollett listens as his attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after prosecutors dropped all charges against him, Tuesday morning, March 26, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 4:18 am
In the two months since Jussie Smollett reported a late-night attack by assailants shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, the "Empire" actor and activist went from victim to defendant. Police and many in the black community rallied to his defense before condemning his account as a hoax. On Tuesday,...
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Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
March 27, 2019 - 7:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:15 p.m. An attorney for Jussie Smollett says she is disappointed authorities in Chicago are "continuing their campaign" against the "Empire" actor despite prosecutors dropping the charges against him. In a statement...
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Actor Jussie Smollett, center, leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after prosecutors dropped all charges against him on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
March 26, 2019 - 5:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Infuriating Chicago's mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the "Empire" actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his innocence...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018 file photo, Cyndi Lauper performs at the 8th annual "Home for the Holidays" benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. A university in Vermont has announced Lauper will return to the school to give its commencement address. Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18, 2019. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
March 24, 2019 - 7:50 am
JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — A university in Vermont has announced singer, songwriter and activist Cyndi Lauper will return to the school to give its commencement address. Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18. The 65-year-old attended what was then known as Johnson...
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during an event in St. George, S.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Harris is spending two days in South Carolina, home of the first southern presidential primary in 2020, spending time with voters in rural and coastal areas. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
March 20, 2019 - 10:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris is in California for a fundraiser hosted by prominent Hollywood power players, including the prolific television hitmaker Shonda Rhimes. The Wednesday evening event is billed as a "reception in support of Kamala Harris for the People...
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