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Rock icon Bob Seger postponing Runaway Train tour over ‘urgent medical issue’

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

Bob Seger Postpones Tour Because Of Health Issue

Bob Seger has been forced to postpone a series of upcoming dates on his Runaway Train tour, including a sold-out show in Atlanta scheduled for Saturday.

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The legendary singer said Tuesday afternoon that his doctor has ordered him to attend to an “urgent medical issue” concerning his vertebrae.

Seger, 72, performed at a sold-out show in Pittsburgh last week, but postponed his Sept. 30 concert in Columbus.

Rescheduled dates will be announced soon; previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new dates.

For more information, visit www.bobseger.com.

The following tour dates have been postponed:

Sep 30 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Oct 5 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Oct 7 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
Oct 10 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Oct 12 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Oct 14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Oct 19 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Oct 21 Frisco, TX Ford Center at The Star
Oct 24 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Oct 26 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Oct 28 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov 2 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Nov 4 Inglewood, CA The Forum
Nov 7 Boise, ID Ford Center
Nov 9 Portland, OR Moda Center
Nov 11 Seattle, WA KeyArena

>>Related: Rocker Tom Petty has died at age 66, manager says

Nov 13 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena
Nov 15 St. Paul, MN XCEL Energy Center
Nov 17 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

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Spotify should ban Chris Brown, Eminem, others after R. Kelly music ban, women’s group says

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Recording artist Chris Brown attends a basketball game at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Brown is another artists a women’s group wants Spotify to ban after the music streaming service banned R. Kelly songs from its playlists recently.
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Recording artist Chris Brown attends a basketball game at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Brown is another artists a women’s group wants Spotify to ban after the music streaming service banned R. Kelly songs from its playlists recently.(Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)

Women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet wants Spotify to extend its artist ban beyond R. Kelly and XXXTentacion to other musicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Chris Brown, Nelly, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and 6ix9ine.

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“[These] two men are not the only abusers on your platform. We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote,” the organization’s executive director Shaunna Thomas wrote in an open letter Monday to Spotify head Daniel Ek. “Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse,” the group wrote. “That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”

Last week, Spotify announced a new policy to curb content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

>> Related: Spotify removes R. Kelly music from playlists

The policy change went into effect following a #MuteRKelly social media movement sparked by the multiple allegations of sex abuse against the artist. Spotify no longer actively promotes the artist’s music, though the songs are still available on the service.

As of May 10, Kelly’s music was no longer be available on the site’s editorial or algorithmic playlists, including Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, RapCaviar and any of the platform’s popular genre- or mood-based playlists.

Apple Music and Pandora followed suit.

>> Related: #MeToo: A timeline of 2018’s sexual harassment scandals

The Grammy-winning artist has been accused of many crimes over the years and allegedly “held women against their will in a cult” at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta. He has denied the accusations and is currently not facing any charges. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.

>> Related: Why do black people still listen to R. Kelly?

In a statement to Billboard, Spotify said, "We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

In response to the platform changes, Kelly’s team told BuzzFeed News that Spotify’s “actions are without merit” and are “based on false and unproven allegations.”

Some of the musicians listed by Ultraviolet have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual abuse or domestic violence, but not all of them have been charged with a crime.

>> Related: R. Kelly off Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora playlists but remains on Atlanta radio stations

The group, which was founded in 2012, applauded Spotify’s hate content and hateful conduct policy and hopes the open letter will urge other streaming platforms to follow Spotify’s lead.

Read Ultraviolet’s open letter to Spotify.

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Arrest made in death of rapper XXXTentacion

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:24 PM

Man Arrested, Charged In Connection With Death Of XXXTentacion

Police in Florida have arrested a man in connection to the death of rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach on Monday, according to sheriff’s deputies.

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Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter confirmed Thursday that Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested in connection to the death of 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion.

 

Broward County Jail records show Williams was charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, among other charges. He was being held Thursday without bond at the Broward County Jail, according to the Palm Beach Post.

>> Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

The newspaper reported that deputies pulled over Williams around 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pompano Beach. He was wanted on a warrant for driving with an invalid Florida license and a suspended ID, according to the Post. Broward County Jail records show Williams is on a felony probation.

Williams is believed to have had an “active part” in Onfroy’s deaeth, deputies said in an arrest warrant obtained by the Post.

>>Who was XXXTentacion? 5 things about the late rapper

Onfroy was shot Monday outside a motorcycle dealership. Deputies said he was leaving RIVA Motorsports when he was approached by two armed people in an apparent robbery. At least one of them opened fire, hitting the rapper.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Omarosa in Dayton today for grand opening and you can see her

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

Omarosa Manigault-Newman and her best friend  Shannon Jackson of Dayton.
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Omarosa Manigault-Newman and her best friend  Shannon Jackson of Dayton.(Contributed)

The friendships forged in college don’t always last. 

But it turns out that the one Dayton realtor Shannon Jackson and Omarosa Manigault-Newman formed in a Central State University communications class 26 years ago was made out of super strong stuff. 

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“We connected on so many different levels,” said Manigault-Newman, a reality TV star and former assistant and a director of communications in the President Donald Trump administration. “She’s has had my back through good times and bad times and through rough patches.” 

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Manigault Newman, who is often referred to as just Omarosa, will have Jackson’s back today as Jackson and Kurt Jackson — her husband of 8 years and an agent for 25 years — open their HER Realtors office at 1024 W. Third St. in Dayton’s historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.  

>> Omarosa says she wasn’t fired; CBS News reports she was

There will be a 12:30 p.m. flyover in Xenia today at Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport led by Allan B. Taylor, Jackson’s brother, to recognize the neighborhood’s aviation heritage.  

>> 5 budget-friendly updates that can help sell your house

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the new office. 

Jackson said she chose the neighborhood partly because it is central located, as her business serves all of the Miami Valley. 

She said she also is happy to contribute to Wright-Dunbar  revitalization. The building also contains the City of Dayton’s Innerwest Priority Board office. 

“I want to see the westside grow and develop, and I want to be a part of it,” Jackson said. 

>> RELATED: What is Omarosa’s connection to Central State? 

The office will have about 10 to 15 agents, Jackson said. 

Manigault-Newman now lives in Jacksonville, Florida and married Pastor John Allen Newman, the senior pastor of The Sanctuary at Mount Calvary, last year. 

An ordained minister herself, Manigault-Newman works with her husband. The Youngstown native studied at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton and the Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce. 

>> RELATED: Wilberforce grad one of the ‘Hidden Figures’ who helped launch John Glenn into space

She said she and Jackson both share a deep connection to their mothers and keep faith as the center of everything they do. 

 “Our marriages are based on hope, faith and love,” she said. “This move into her new physical space is a move so she can help the community more. So people can experience the greatest thing you can as an American and that is to be a homeowner.” 

Omarosa Manigault-Newman and her best friend  Shannon Jackson of Dayton.(Contributed)

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Pete Davidson confirms engagement to Ariana Grande

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:58 AM

What You Need To Know: Ariana Grande

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson has confirmed his whirlwind engagement to singer Ariana Grande.

The 24-year-old appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday and said he’s gotten support from other men on the street.

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“You know you didn’t have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show,” Fallon joked.

“But I did, though,” Davidson said. “I feel like I won a contest. It’s so sick. It’s so (expletive) lit. It’s so lit, it’s so funny when you’re walking down the street, dudes are walking by and (tipping their hat).

“Some guy came up to me and said, ‘Yo man, you like gave me hope.’ I didn’t know I was that ugly.” 

Getting more serious, Davidson admitted he was lucky to be with Grande.

“I’m a lucky (expletive),” he said. “I’m forever known as her plus-one.”

Davidson appeared to confirm the engagement before his “Tonight Show” appearance in the form of an Instagram post. In the photo, Davidson hold Grande in his lap and her reported $93,000 engagement ring is on display.

u know what you’d dream it be like ? it’s better than that

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The couple seems to be moving fast. According to TMZ, they purchased a $16 million apartment in New York. Refinery29 reported that, over the weekend, Grande made a post on her Instagram story that seemed to indicate that the couple moved in together. 

Reports emerged that Grande and Davidson were dating in May. 

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