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Former lead singer of legendary Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dead at 74

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Remembering Dennis Edwards, Former Lead Singer Of Temptations

The former lead singer of the legendary Motown group The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, has died in Chicago, according to news reports.

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Edwards, 74, who replaced The Temptations singer David Ruffin, died Thursday a day before his 75th birthday, his family confirmed to CBS News.

The Temptations perform on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops, 29th March 1972, London, L-R Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards, Otis Williams, Damon Harris, Richard Street. (Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The Grammy Award-winner joined the successful soul group in 1968 and was featured on a number of hits, including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Ball of Confusion.”  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a member of the Temptations

Edwards was born in Birmingham, Alabama., on Feb. 3, 1943, but considered Detroit his home. 

He was singing with a different group, the Contours, before joining The Temptations after the group fired Ruffin.

Edwards left the group around the time it split with Motown in the mid-1970s, but returned in 1980 when it reunited with Motown. He reunited with and split from the group several more times, until finally calling it quits in 1989, according to Rolling Stone.

A photo of The Temptations’ Richard Street, Otis Williams, Damon Harris, Melvin Franklin and Dennis Edwrads in a group portrait. (Echoes/Redferns)

Edwards scored a solo hit, “Don’t Look Any Further,” in the mid-1980s, which climbed to No. 2 on the R&B chart.

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Edwards was married to Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters from 1976 to 1977, and had one daughter, Issa Pointer.

He died Thursday night in Chicago. His family did not release a cause of death.

Former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert honoring Aretha Franklin during the 16th American Music Masters Tribute at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre on November 5, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller)

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Ariana Grande, rapper Mac Miller amicably split

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 5:07 PM

Mac Miller and Ariana Grande have split after nearly two years together. (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
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Mac Miller and Ariana Grande have split after nearly two years together. (Photo by Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)(Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchest)

Ariana Grande is a single woman again.

TMZ reported that the 24-year-old singer and rapper Mac Miller, 26, have ended their romantic relationship, but remain friends. According to the website, Grande and Miller’s work schedules got too busy for a relationship.

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The two dated for nearly two years, making their debut as a couple in August 2016. Miller, whose birth name is Malcolm McCormick, was a source of support for Grande when a suicide bomber detonated himself outside Manchester Arena soon after Grande’s concert in May 2017.

E! News reported that one of the last public appearances the couple made together was at Madonna’s 2018 Oscars after-party. Grande appeared at the Met Gala May 7 solo.

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Grande commented on the breakup on her Instagram story Thursday, according to E! News.

“Hi! This is one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet Malcolm McCormick,” Grande wrote, captioning a photo with Miller. “I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!

“Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you. “I can't wait to know and support you forever and I’m so proud of you!!”

Miller has not publicly addressed the split, but supported Grande’s first new single, “No Tears Left to Cry,” after the Manchester attack in an April 20 tweet.

“Very proud of this girl right here,” Miller wrote. “Welcome back. We missed you. One of a kind.”

Grande’s work schedule does look busy. She’s gearing up to release her new album, “Sweetener,” this year and will be opening the Billboard Music Awards May 20.

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Ariana Grande reportedly dating ‘SNL’ comedian Pete Davidson

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 9:10 PM

Singer Ariana Grande is reportedly
Singer Ariana Grande is reportedly "casually dating" "Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)(Jason Kempin/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Ariana Grande has been “casually dating” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” since splitting amicably with rapper Mac Miller, according to a report from Entertainment Tonight.

According to an unnamed source, ET reported that Grande and Davidson, both 24, were seen sitting together at an “SNL” after-party on May 13 after Melissa McCarthy’s hosting stint.

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“It just started and is casual,” an unnamed source told E! News.

The reported new couple comes after Grande and Davidson recently ended previous relationships.

Grande’s split from Mac Miller was confirmed May 10, although People reported that they broke up in April. Miller, 26, was reportedly arrested on DUI charges May 17 after authorities said he crashed his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon into a pole and left the accident with two passengers.

Davidson confirmed he was no longer with his longtime girlfriend Cazzie David on May 17, saying, “We’re not together anymore.” 

Neither Grande nor Davidson have commented on reports that they’re dating.

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Rapper Mac Miller arrested on charges related to DUI crash, reports say

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:07 PM

Rapper Mac Miller Arrested On Charges Related To Alleged DUI Crash

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said rapper Mac Miller was  arrested on DUI charges Thursday morning.

Us Weekly reported that, according to Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera, the 26-year-old rapper allegedly drove his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon over a curb, hitting a pole, around 1 a.m. He and two passengers reportedly got out the car and left on foot.

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A Los Angeles Police Department public information officer told People that Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, was tracked to his home when officers matched the vehicle’s license plates to Miller’s address.

Miller was arrested at home, where officers said he confessed to drunk driving and fleeing the scene, according to Us Weekly. KCBS reported Miller was booked in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. His bail was set at $15,000. He was released around 9:25 a.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. People reported Miller is due in court June 7.

A representative for Miller has not commented on the incident.

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Obamas sign multiyear deal with Netflix to make movies, TV shows

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured here at the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Obamas have just inked a deal with Netflix to produce movies and television programs for the streaming service.
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured here at the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Obamas have just inked a deal with Netflix to produce movies and television programs for the streaming service.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama has signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films and television shows on the streaming service with former first lady Michelle Obama.

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According to Netflix, the Obamas’ agreement includes scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features produced by Higher Ground Productions.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.

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“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” the former president said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

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The New York Times first reported in March that the Obamas were in negotiations with Netflix to produce shows, and learned that they don’t intend to use the platform to address President Donald Trump or conservatives.

Instead, Netflix said the plan is to highlight themes the president pursued during his terms in office.

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“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, told the Times.

We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” he said.

Obama has also recently appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix interview series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

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