July 18, 2019 

Associated Press 


Beyonce's new album inspired by “The Lion King” features collaborations with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.


Beyonce announced Tuesday that “The Lion King: The Gift,” which will be released Friday, also includes songs with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez.


In the new version of “The Lion King,” in theaters Friday, Beyonce voices the character of Nala and Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is Simba. Beyonce curated and executive produced “The Lion King: The Gift,” which also features collaborations with Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and 070 Shake.


Jay-Z appears on the song “Mood 4 Eva.” Blue Ivy is featured on “Brown Skin Girl.”


Beyonce's song “Spirit,” released last week, is featured in the film and appears on both the official “Lion King” soundtrack as well as “The Lion King: The Gift.”

Category: Arts & Culture

July 18, 2019 


Associated Press 


A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free.


“If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999 then he's still attracted to middle school girls,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber. “That's who the defendant is and that, your honor, makes him a danger today.”


Leinenweber said that under federal law Kelly would have to prove that he was not a danger to the public and Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, had failed to do so.


Kelly was arrested while walking his dog in Chicago last week and faces an array of sex-related charges in Chicago and New York . Appearing in court wearing an orange jumpsuit and shacked at the ankles, he said only two words, “Yes, sir,” when the judge asked him if he understood the charges. Two of his girlfriends, Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage, attended the court hearing Tuesday.


The ruling Tuesday means that Kelly, who pleaded not guilty to the charges contained in the Chicago indictment, will remain in custody to face a separate indictment in New York. He is charged there with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child.


It was unclear when that hearing would be held and if he would have to be transported to New York for the hearing, or could appear via a video linkup from Chicago.


The decision to deny bond raised the possibility that the 52-year-old Kelly could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, said that “each of the federal indictments could take one to two years to go to trial.” Depending on delays in the case, Mariotti said Kelly’s stay in jail awaiting trial could go on a lot longer than that.


Krull portrayed Kelly as a predator who went to great lengths to find young girls and kept them under his control. She said that the evidence in the federal indictments against him is overwhelming. If convicted, the maximum sentence for the charges contained in the Illinois indictment is 195 years in prison and 80 years for the charges contained in the New York indictment.


Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was first arrested on sex-related charges in 2002 after a video of Kelly having sex with 14-year-old girl was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times. After extensive delays, a Chicago jury acquitted him in 2008 in part because the girl did not testify at the trial, Krull said Kelly was acquitted only because he paid off the victim and her family. She said the alleged victim in that video has since testified before a federal grand jury and confirmed it was her.


“Electronic monitoring can't stop obstruction of justice, witness tampering...” Krull said. “He can entice victims to his own home.”


Kelly's legal troubles mounted when he was arrested in February and charged with 10 counts in Illinois of sexually abusing three girls and a woman. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.


Then on May 30, Cook County prosecutors added 11 sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage. The federal charges filed last week are separate from the Illinois case.


Greenberg said preparing for trial will be a long process made even more difficult because Kelly does not know how to read and therefore someone must visit him in jail to read him the reams of documents the case will generate.


He said Kelly is no longer rich and has filed for bankruptcy.


“How could he flee?” Greenberg asked. “He has no money.”

Category: Arts & Culture

July 18, 2019 


MAR 21 - APR 19 

If you're in a relationship because of the status or security it provides rather than the emotional fulfillment, then this might be a tough week. You'll feel like it's suddenly turned into a very long, cold winter in the middle of July thanks to a series of astrological events that force you to brace yourself for this relationship storm. On the flip side, it's also possible that this week you will realize that you have spent so much energy on your career and fulfillment of your goals that you've forgotten about love. Maybe it's time to let it in.



APR 20 - MAY 20 

There are several different ways of attaching to another person that either support or prevent us from fulfilling romantic relationships. This week, you might have to contend with the fact that you or your partner's way of relating is not serving to fulfill either of you in the way you hope. There might even be some ice-cold communication between the two of you, pointing out the inherent blocks between you that have always been there. There is a way out of this, but it requires you to grow mentally, spiritually, and psychologically. Are you ready?



MAY 21 - JUN 20 

A financial storm might be happening between you and your partner and, if that's the case, this week neither one of you will feel sheltered from it. It's possible that your partner will suffer a loss of income and, if so, you may need to carry more of the money burden in your relationship while your partner regroups. Give him or her a minute to process this loss and make changes. Don't allow fear into the equation -- it will only weaken your love connection. Work through this slump together.



JUN 21 - JUL 22 

You and your partner are in for a major shift. Neither one of you can ignore reality anymore and, truth be told, neither one of you wants to. You might feel as though your love connection has cooled off considerably and, at its worst, you may feel more like roommates than lovers these days. If intimacy has been lacking, you'll both want to consider where things started to go wrong. The upside of this week's difficult Astrology is that you will be able to identify this negative force in your relationship and, should you choose, cut it out at its root.



JUL 23 - AUG 22 

Is your love life bad for your health? If so, Leo, you're going to have to address it. Although you might feel strong love for someone, it doesn't necessarily mean you are in a well-functioning relationship that honors and feeds your soul. There might be something not quite right about your current love life scenario that is literally or figuratively making you sick. This might be your inability to fight with your partner or set proper emotional boundaries for yourself. If you feel like you're the one constantly giving and your mate isn't reciprocating, well, it's time to do something about it.



AUG 23 - SEP 22 

Sometimes love really bites. A Lunar Eclipse in your romance sector followed up by both Saturn and Pluto opposite Venus doesn't sound like a recipe for romantic success. In fact, it feels more like proverbial death and endings -- or at least very difficult transitions. If you're dating someone or you're in a relationship, it looks as if you'll have to accept the limitations of the person you're with if you want the bond to endure. If, however, you're in a situation that is truly a dead end, you might decide it's time to break things off.



SEP 23 - OCT 22 

If you're tired of being the one who always makes compromises in your relationship, then this week you might radically shift your priorities. Tending to family matters seems to have become most of what you spend your energy on. Your partner may have started to become extremely comfortable with the fact that you're picking up all the slack in the domestic arena of your life together. A family crisis this week, however, might lead you to the realization that if your partner isn't willing to help, you might not be in a partnership after all. Sometimes the loneliest people are in a relationship. Is this you?



OCT 23 - NOV 21 

You might experience a week of reckoning with your mate when it comes to your mutual perspectives about a situation that affects your life together. This seems to have everything to do with the way each of you problem-solve. As much as you hate to admit it, it does seem that your partner has a way of smoothing over a situation that is much more productive than your approach. You'll want to kill something off at the first sign of weakness, while your partner prefers to nurse it back to health. Trust your sweetheart on this one. Don't give up so fast.



NOV 22 - DEC 21 

If you're in a relationship, you may be in a position where your spouse or partner acts as your cushion if you are experiencing a rough patch with money. He or she might even become your temporary provider if things have gotten so out of control that you need to regroup. If you've been unhappy at a job situation for far too long, your love might be the one who says, "Baby, quit. Figure out what you really want to do. I'll take care of us while you do." Yes, it might be that dramatic. You'll be grateful for the support.



DEC 22 - JAN 19 

Between a Lunar Eclipse in your sign and both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn opposite Venus this week, you might be ready to completely give up and call "time of death" to a love connection that you feel you just can't seem to resuscitate. If you've taken this road as far as you can together and realize there's no life left in your love situation, it might very well be time to end things. At the same time however, your partner may not want to give up. Endings that need to happen won't be easy. They never are.



JAN 20 - FEB 18 

If your love life isn't going the way you would like -- or if it's currently nonexistent -- you may realize that you've been more of a barrier to love than you'd care to admit. Perhaps you've been shutting out opportunity as it tries so hard to knock at your door. Isolating yourself out of self-protection has only made you feel even lonelier and unfulfilled. Fortunately, you are ready to make a change, even if you're afraid and don't know how. It's a good time to talk to a trusted therapist or counselor.



FEB 19 - MAR 20 

In love sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Sometimes hearts soar and sometimes they hurt. This week, if your love life doesn't go according to plan, please remember that it's the lover, not the love, who broke your heart. If a romantic dream isn't turning out the way you hoped, then maybe you really are better off accepting that this love just isn't for you after all. Once you realize this, you may also recognize that you haven't lost anything. In fact, you've gained heart space to love even deeper in the future. 


Category: Arts & Culture

July 11, 2019 

By The Associated Press 


Beyoncé is dropping a new original song from Disney’s live-action “Lion King.”


The song, “Spirit,” will be released later Tuesday and should get a push for Academy Award consideration.


A news release says the song comes at a pivotal moment for Nala, the character voiced by Beyoncé, in the film that comes out on July 18. She also co-wrote the song.


It’s part of an album called “The Lion King: The Gift” that Beyoncé is executive producing and performing on along with other artists.


The collection is a companion to the main “Lion King” soundtrack, which consists mostly of songs from the animated film, along with a new number from Elton John and Tim Rice, who wrote the songs for the original.

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