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Fallon apologizes for blackface in old skit

NBC "Tonight" show host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for doing an impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of "Saturday Night Live."

Fallon tweeted on Tuesday that "there is no excuse for this."

Discussion of Fallon's 20-year-old skit surfaced this week after a video of it was posted online. According to Variety, it was first posted on Twitter by a user named "chefboyohdear," and showed Fallon, as Rock, appearing on a talk show.

Fallon tweeted that it was a terrible decision to impersonate Rock, also a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member.

"I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable," the late-night star wrote.

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The history of minstrel shows and movies where white performers donned blackface to mock blacks has made its use considered offensive today.

DJ Cuppy to host Apple Music show in AfricaApple Music is launching its first radio show in Africa.

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The streaming platform announced Thursday that "Africa Now Radio with Cuppy" will debut Sunday and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more.

Cuppy, the Nigerian-born DJ and music producer, will host the weekly one-hour show, which will be available at 9 a.m. EDT.

"The show represents a journey from West to East and North to South, but importantly a narrative of Africa then to Africa now," Cuppy in a statement.

African music and artists have found success outside of the continent and onto the pop charts in both the U.S. and U.K. in recent years. Acts like Drake and Beyonc have borrowed the sound for their own songs, while performers like South African DJ Black Coffee as well as Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and Mr Eazi — all with roots in Nigeria — continue to gain attention and have become household names.

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New 'Hunger Games' book sales top 500K copies A decade after the "Hunger Games" series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.

Suzanne Collins' "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" sold more 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country's bookstores were closed or offering limited service because of the coronavirus pandemic. The total includes print, e-books and audiobooks, according to Collins' publisher, Scholastic.

NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, reported Wednesday that "Songbirds and Snakes" topped last week's list with 270,000 copies sold. Collins' book, a prequel to her previous "Hunger Games" novels, came 10 years after the author seemingly wrapped up the Dystopian series with "Mockingjay." The Associated Press in a review praised the new novel, released May 19, as "mesmerizing" and called Collins "a master of building a fascinating world around complex characters."

The opening for "Songbirds and Snakes" was slightly higher than the numbers reported for "Mockingjay" in 2010, when Scholastic announced first week sales of more than 450,000. Collins' novels, which also include "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire," have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and are the basis for a billion dollar movie franchise.

Today's birthdays: Actor Anthony Geary ("General Hospital") is 73. Actress Annette Bening is 62. Actor Anthony Azizi ("Threat Matrix," "Lost") is 51. Actress Laverne Cox ("Doubt," "Orange Is The New Black") is 48. Rapper Playa Poncho is 45. Actor Blake Foster ("Power Rangers Turbo") is 35. Actress Lorelei Linklater ("Boyhood") is 27.— The Associated Press


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