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Remy Ma beats Nicki Minaj at BET Awards; '90s R&B shines

Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist Sunday in Los Angeles, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Ma last won the prize in 2005, and was sentenced to prison three years later after she shot a former friend after accusing her of theft.

"I wanna thank God first and foremost," said Ma, who named two correctional facilities in her speech and thanked her mentor Fat Joe and husband-rapper Papoose. "You can make mistakes and come back."

In March, Ma released the hostile diss track "Shether," which earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song.

At the live show at the Microsoft Theater, '90s R&B favorites New Edition and Xscape were the most welcomed performers of the night.

New Edition, whose three-part biopic was a white-hot ratings success for BET earlier this year, earned the lifetime achievement award and received a lengthy tribute. It started with the child actors from the movie singing "Candy Girl," later followed by the older actors for some of the band's hits apart from the group, including Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" and Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity."

The real group then hit to stage to sing "Can You Stand the Rain" and "Mr. Telephone Man." The actors later joined New Edition for "If It Isn't Love."

Girl group Xscape, set to launch a new reality show on Bravo, reunited at the BET Awards and sang the popular hits "Just Kickin' It," ''Understanding" and "Who Can I Run To?" The crowd was in awe, singing along and filming the performance with their phones.

Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by '90s R&B, also shined Sunday. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year — the top prize but not televised — with their hits "24K Magic" and "Sorry." Mars also won best male R&B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, "Perm."

"To the fans, you know I love you. My first BET Award," he screamed.

Kendrick Lamar surprised the audience when he performed with Future and won best male hip hop artist. He gave a shout-out to fellow nominee Chance the Rapper, who earned the humanitarian award at the age of 24. Chance also won best new artist and best collaboration.

In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance, who has raised $2 million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance "since he was a baby rapper."

"Chance is showing our young people that they matter," she said. "Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves."

Beyonce, who reportedly had her twins earlier this month though she hasn't commented on the topic, was the top nominee with seven. When it was announced that she won the viewer's choice award, Chloe x Halle — the young duo signed to Beyonce — recited a speech given to them from the pop star. Queen Bey was the big winner with five, also taking home album of the year for "Lemonade," best female R&B/pop artist and video director of the year for "Sorry."

Solange, Beyonce's younger sister, also had a big night: She won the Centric award and called Sunday "the best birthday ever" (she turned 31 on Saturday).

"My arm pits are sweating so much right now," said Solange, who thanked BET for showing her "queens" like Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and others during her teenage years.

Solange held a moment of silence later on, and the show also honored some of the minorities who died at the hands of police officers, including Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner and others.

Other winners included gospel rapper Lecrae and Migos, who took home best group. The hip-hop trio also won over the audience with its performances of the hits "Bad and Boujee," ''T-Shirt" and "Congratulations," with Post Malone. Chance the Rapper, and his mom, danced during the long set; as did Queen Latifah, Cardi B., "Stranger Things" actor Caleb McLaughlin and "black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi, who won the YoungStars award.

Though most of the performances were upbeat, others charmed with slower songs: Tamar Braxton and Maxwell gave vocally impressive performances, and Mary J. Blige sang songs from "Strength of a Woman," her recent album that includes emotional tunes about her divorce.

"Mary J. got that break up body. Whoa," screamed Jamie Foxx, who presented an award after Blige's performance.

Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" hosted the four-hour show. El DeBarge and Kamasi Washignton performed "Careless Whisper" in honor George Michael, who died last year on Christmas Day, while Janelle Monae collaborator Roman GianArthur excitedly sang "Johnny B. Goode" in tribute to Chuck Berry, who died in March.

New York rapper Prodigy, who died last week, was remembered in words by his Mobb Deep partner Havoc and Lil Kim, who appeared on the remix of the memorable Mobb Deep hit, "Quiet Storm."

Former BET executive Stephen Hill, who the network said was stepping down in March, was praised throughout the night with kind words from Mars and Bobby Brown.



Erin Andrews, ex-NHL player Jarret Stoll marry in Montana

Sportscaster Erin Andrews and former NHL player Jarret Stoll have tied the knot.

Publicists for Andrews confirm that the 39-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host married Stoll on Saturday, his 35th birthday.

People magazine first reported the nuptials. According to the magazine, the wedding was held at sunset in Montana in front of a small group of family and friends. Andrews wore a gown designed by Carolina Herrera.

The couple, who started dating in 2012, got engaged in December at Disneyland.

The wedding follows a rocky year for Andrews.

In September 2016, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, months after winning a stalking lawsuit. She settled with two hotel companies that were found partially to blame for the stalker, who got a hotel room next to hers and posted nude video of her on the internet.

Stoll played in the NHL for 13 years, for Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota and the New York Rangers.

Inmate charged in brutal jail beating of Peter Tosh's son

A man accused of attacking and seriously injuring the son of late reggae icon Peter Tosh at a New Jersey jail is facing an aggravated assault charge, authorities said.

The count against Kyrie Baum stems from a Feb. 21 attack at a county jail that left 37-year-old Jawara McIntosh with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma, according to the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The charge was made public Friday, and the agency said Baum has already been indicted.

It wasn't known Sunday if Baum has retained an attorney.

Authorities have not said what sparked the attack, which they say lasted less than 10 seconds and took place in a general custody housing unit. Baum, 40, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was being held at the jail on robbery and gun possession charges at the time.

McIntosh is hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive and in a coma, suffering from brain damage, said attorney Jasmine Rand. She also said that McIntosh's family has filed notice that it plans to sue and also wants the U.S. Justice Department to investigate.

McIntosh, of Boston, was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car. He eventually pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack.

Bergen County sheriff's officers immediately responded to the attack, authorities said, adding that McIntosh was treated by medical personnel at the jail before he was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.

The major crimes unit of the county prosecutor's office was notified of the attack due to the serious injuries McIntosh suffered.

McIntosh performed under the stage name Tosh1. His father was a Jamaican-born musician and activist who started The Wailers along with Bob Marley. His 1976 hit, "Legalize It," remains a rallying cry for those pushing to make marijuana legal.

McIntosh is also a pro-marijuana activist and performed the song outside of the New Jersey statehouse in April 2014 during a rally pushing for state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. His family says that he is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization.

Tosh was killed in Jamaica in 1987 during a home invasion robbery.

Rastafarians regard cannabis as a sacrament.

'Transformers: The Last Knight' debuts to a franchise low

The hulking machines of "Transformers" are no longer box-office behemoths in North America. But they're still big in China.

Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth installment in the Hasbro series, scored a franchise-low domestic debut with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend and a five-day total of $69.1 million since opening Wednesday. All previous "Transformers" sequels opened with $97 million-plus.

But Paramount Pictures' "The Last Knight," the second "Transformers" movie to star Mark Wahlberg, still showed its might overseas. It took in $196.2 million internationally, including an impressive $123.4 million in China.

Future business will tell whether those grosses are enough to cover a hugely expensive movie: $217 million to make, plus nearly as much to market. Studios reap a smaller percentage of ticket sales from Chinese theaters. And reviews — though never much of a factor in "Transformers" land — were worse for "The Last Knight" than the earlier films. Audiences gave this one a B-plus CinemaScore.

Yet "Transformers" has been increasingly skewing international. The previous film, 2014's "Age of Extinction," made $858.6 million of its $1.1 billion global haul abroad.

"Transformers' is built for a global audience," said Kyle Davies, president of distribution for Paramount. "You really have to consider how we did in the overall and it was really strong overseas and in China. That's how we treat 'Transformers': It's a global property. So we're hopeful that we're going to get to a good place."

"Wonder Woman" and "Cars 3" tied for second place, both with $25.2 million. Nearly a month after opening, Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" continues to be a major draw. In four weeks, it has surpassed $300 million domestically. And at $652.9 million globally, it's the highest grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.

In limited release Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy "The Big Sick" landed the best per-screen average of the year. It opened in five theaters, grossing an average of $87,000 from each. Amazon plunked down $12 million for the Judd Apatow-produced Sundance Film Festival hit. Lionsgate is handling the theatrical release.

Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" wasn't far behind. In four theaters, it earned a per-screen average of $60,136. The Focus Features release, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, is a remake of Don Siegel's 1972 Civil War-era gothic thriller about a wounded Union soldier taken in by a Southern all-girls school. At the Cannes Film Festival last month, Coppola won best director, becoming only the second woman to do so.

Both "The Big Sick" and "The Beguiled" expand nationwide in the coming weeks.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $ 45.3 million ($196.2 million international).

2. (Tie) "Wonder Woman," $25.2 million ($20.5 million international).

2. (Tie) "Cars 3," $25.2 million ($11.9 million international).

4. "47 Meters Down," $7.4 million.

5. "All Eyez On Me," $5.9 million ($1.1 million international).

6. "The Mummy," $5.8 million ($16.5 million international).

7. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $5.2 million ($8.3 million international).

8. "Rough Night," $4.7 million ($2 million international).

9. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," $4.3 million ($1 million international).

10. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $3 million.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $196.2 million.

2. "Wonder Woman," $20.5 million.

3. "The Mummy," $16.5 million.

4. "Cars 3," $11.9 million.

5. "Baywatch," $10.3 million.

6. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $8.3 million.

7. "Despicable Me 3," $7.2 million.

8. "Everything, Everything," $2.8 million.

9. "77 Heartbreaks," $2.5 million.

10. "Alien: Covenant," $2.3 million.


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Prince Harry once 'wanted out' of Britain's royal family

Prince Harry says he once "wanted out" of the British royal family.

In an interview published in the Mail on Sunday, the prince said the time he spent in the army was "the best escape I've ever had" and that he thought about giving up his title.

He said: "I felt I wanted out, but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself."

Harry is fifth in line to the throne.

The comments followed an interview published in Newsweek in which he said he doubted anyone in the royal family wanted to be king or queen.

He said his family "will carry out our duties at the right time" and that they're "not doing this for ourselves, but for the greater good of the people."

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional Noh theater in Rome.

At the performance Saturday in Rome at the Palazzo della Cancelleria, a Renaissance architectural masterpiece housing Vatican tribunals, visitors were shown how to wear a Noh theater mask.

Japan's ambassador to the Vatican, Yoshio Matthew Nakamura, says Noh theater absorbs cultural elements from various countries and civilizations.

Japan has been a strong admirer of Vatican artistic treasures. Decades ago, Japanese television sponsored the restoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which was frescoed by Michelangelo.

Presenting his diplomatic credentials last year to Pope Francis, Nakamura gave him binoculars "to see the lives of people in the periphery," an area where Francis says the church must pay more attention.

Lanvin fuses sartorial and street to cap Paris menswear week

Actress Gabrielle Union joined French actor Reda Kateb on the front row of the edgy Lanvin show at Paris Fashion Week.

Here are some highlights from Sunday, the last day of spring-summer 2018 menswear collections.


It was sartorial fused with street. As VIP guests looked on, Lucas Ossendrijver's passion for hybrid styles found its voice on the catwalk for Lanvin.

The veteran Dutch menswear designer took suits with a flavor of the 1950s and mixed them up with sports references, on-trend baggy pants, hoodies and sneakers. The combinations produced a strong spring-summer collection from the storied Parisian house.

A loose, rippling gray worker's overall was given a luxurious makeover, worn under a dark gray wool knee length coat. Loose double breasted jackets with retro rolled up sleeves were accessorized with white, '50s belts and white streetwear sneakers.

But it was not all wintery — owing to unexpected flashes of bright red summer Bermudas.

There were also plenty of clever fashion ideas.

A sartorial Prince of Wales check jacket was fused into sportswear with geometric patterning on the shoulder, zips, studs, tassels and an exposed bright orange interior. Bright Cerulean blue gave a freshness to an inverted sartorial raincoat and made guests dream of the ocean.



The stereotype of young VIP Fashion Week attendees as rich, soulless attention-seekers wasting their parents' money has now been transformed into a fashion concept.

"Enfants Riches Deprimes" (Depressed Rich Kids) was founded some years ago by a conceptual artist not lacking in irony called Henri Alexander Levy. Levy was profoundly marked by his education at the super-rich Institut Le Rosey boarding school in Rolle, Switzerland, and various other boarding schools. He decided to turn those experiences into fashion.

Since 2013, one of the core values of the house is simply to maintain exorbitant price tags — T-shirts cost up to $1,000 and couture jackets are priced as high as $95,000.

Its first Paris Fashion Week show was being held — in a humorous touch — at the symbol of all things moneyed — Christie's auction house.

The label's style of juxtaposing tailored wear with brutally ripped garments at eye-watering prices has earned the house somewhat of a cult-like following. Fans now include celebrities such as Jared Leto, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Courtney Love, Justin Bieber, Guns N' Roses, and Zayn Malik.



The fashion magazine shoots of the 1950s and '60s were the muse for French designer Agnes B.'s playful spring-summer menswear display.

Male models struck sometimes exaggerated retro poses against the backdrop of a giant photograph of what could have been the French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea.

It harked back to the retro photos of Vogue magazine — and was very much tongue in cheek. The styles, on the whole, mirrored this era — barring the odd tail coat and soft contemporary overall.

Blue suede shoes, black-and-white brogues mixed with a single-breasted '60s suit that was buttoned high.

The best look was a bright yellow '50s jacket with vivid blue pants, capped with a giant square '60s travel bag. The model who wore it posed with his right foot behind his left foot in opposite directions as post-war fashion models used to do. It provoked chuckles from the guests.



Kenzo went against its grain and channeled the sartorial for spring-summer.

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who normally do not stray from the unpredictable street vibe, buttoned up at the start of their menswear show

High double buttons, ruffled Asian sleeves, and triple pockets defined the very stylish suit styles, some of which were given street cred with baggy Asian-style Burmudas.

Suits in purple sported utilitarian pockets that evoked Chinese revolutionary garb.

It was very cool.

But menswear fashion isn't what it used to be.

The collection also showcased women's designs for spring-summer, a growing trend for designers.

The fusion from men's to women's clothes was handled with sensitivity via stripy statement socks, bold patterns and pure colors.

Lim and Leon then had some fun with optical kinetic stripes that were asymmetrical and draped.


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Prince Harry affectionately calls Duchess Kate the 'big sister he never had'

In an interview with Newsweek, Prince Harry opened up about his relationship with sister-in-law Kate Middleton and how she helped him come to terms with his mother’s death.

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“There was no filling the hole left by Diana’s death, and Harry seemed to be growing up without someone emotionally available he could lean on,” an excerpt from the story reads. “Kate has helped fill some of that gap. When she and William got engaged, Harry called her the big sister he never had. He often pops into their apartment at Kensington Palace, where she cooks him a meal — roast chicken is reportedly a particular favorite.”

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Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate all live together at Kensington Palace in London, where Harry lives in a two-bedroom cottage on the grounds, and his brother and Middleton live in a 22-room apartment in the palace itself. Their proximity allows them to maintain a close bond.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

“Kate has quite a different relationship with Harry than she has with William. Harry appeals to her sillier side because he is carefree, footloose and loves banter. He finds things funny about people and says so,” a source told the Daily Mail last year. “Kate also adores the way Harry plays with her children — he is very good with them, a charming big kid and silly uncle.”

Now, the in-laws often carry out their royal duties together, such as promoting their “Heads Together” campaign to raise awareness on mental health.

NJ college: Professor fired for racially insensitive remarks

A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor after officials say she made racially insensitive comments on Fox News.

Essex County College's president announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Lisa Durden's appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

College officials said they received complaints about Durden's interview with Carlson. Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Matter group.

When Carlson asked her thoughts, Durden interrupted the host, saying: "Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card" to attend the event.

The show aired June 6, and the school suspended Durden with pay two days later. She addressed the matter during a public meeting Tuesday with school officials, but was soon fired.

Essex County College President Anthony Munroe said the school "supports and affirms the right of free speech and independent views and expressions of those views" for faculty and staff. He also noted that although Durden did not mention her affiliation with the school during her television appearance or claim to be representing its views, "her employment with us and potential impact on students required our immediate review into what seemed to have become a very contentious and divisive issue."

Durden has said the school "publicly lynched" her.

Durden told on Friday that she has received a lot of support from school staff members and students, but compared her experience to a rape victim who is blamed for the crime, and a person who returns from war to a hostile environment.

Durden's attorney, Leslie Farber, said she believes her client's free speech rights were violated. Farber said they were considering whether to take legal action in the matter.

"I fully believe that institutions of higher learning must provide a safe space for students to explore, discuss and debate, not only academic philosophies, but the harder issues related to living harmoniously and growing together in our communities and as a country," Munroe wrote in a statement announcing the firing. "The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity. Racism cannot be fought with more racism."

Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality

Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality.

"This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another," the pop star said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.

The pride parade in New York City, Gaga's hometown, kicks off Sunday.

The Grammy-winning performer, like Madonna, Cher and others before her, has a strong gay fan base who credits the singer with pushing gay rights to the forefront.

Gaga said she's touched to witness the "beautiful pride that I see so many of friends and the LGBTQ community have."

"It's a beautiful pride that we all should be in awe of," she added.

Sunday's parade in Manhattan, which starts on Fifth Avenue, ends in the West Village.

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