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May 24, 2012

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino regulators are investigating whether the 19-year-old daughter of late pop singer Whitney Houston gambled at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

 

State Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that investigators are checking if Bobbi Kristina Brown played slot machines at the MGM Grand, and whether casino employees knew if she did.

 

The legal gambling age in Nevada is 21. Underage gambling is a misdemeanor, and resort owner MGM Resorts International could face fines.

 

Celebrity website TMZ.com posted a video Monday allegedly showing Brown playing slot machines while she was in town Sunday to attend the Billboard Music Awards for a segment honoring her mother.

 

Bobbi Kristina Brown is the daughter of Houston and entertainer Bobby Brown. Houston died in February.

 

Spokesman Gordon Absher says the casino is cooperating.

 

Parent Category: Lifestyle
Category: Arts & Culture

May 24, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater’s gala and awards ceremony.

The historic Harlem theater confirmed Friday that the “I Feel for You” singer will perform in her friend’s ­memory.

Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater’s hall of fame during the June 4 gala. Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and songwriter Nick Ashford will also be honored posthumously.

Richie’s first Apollo appearance was in the early 1970s. The “Hello” singer says he's thrilled to be chosen for the hall of fame.

James was known for ballads like “At Last.” She performed at the Apollo in 1957 and again in the 1960s.

Past inductees include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.

 

Parent Category: Lifestyle
Category: Arts & Culture

May 24, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers say the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan.

The Wall Street Journal says the plans also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporate rooms, and a gift shop.

The company’s business development manager, Bobby Fisher, says the address won’t be released until July because the deal is still being wrapped up.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards television show was broadcast by the cable network BET in the 1990s. The awards were no longer televised after high-profile murders of hip-hop stars. The Hall of Fame last inducted honorees in 1997.

The awards show will return to television in November, broadcast from the Apollo Theater.

Parent Category: Lifestyle
Category: Arts & Culture

May 24, 2012

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police have arrested a popular Jamaican dancehall deejay on a U.S. extradition warrant.

 

Authorities say that Busy Signal is a fugitive wanted on decade-old drug conspiracy charges in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

 

Agents with Jamaica's organized crime division arrested him at the international airport in the capital of Kingston. He had just arrived on a flight from London, where authorities first detained Busy Signal for allegedly traveling with false documents.

 

Police said Tuesday his real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, but he was reportedly traveling with a passport that listed his name as Reanno Devon Gordon.

 

His first court hearing is Thursday. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

 

Busy Signal is best known for the dancehall tracks "Step Out" and "These Are the Days."

 

 

Parent Category: Lifestyle
Category: Arts & Culture

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