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Reggae star Banton joins Roc Nation

Jay-Z's Roc Nation company has added reggae star Buju Banton to its jam-packed roster.

On Friday Roc Nation announced the partnership with the reggae and dancehall king, whose comeback concert held earlier this year in his native Jamaica was one of the country's largest shows. More than 30,000 people attended the concert.

Banton, 46, celebrated the new deal with Friday's music video release for his song "Steppa." The performer released his first album in the earlier '90s and he's become one of the important and respected acts in reggae. His last album, 2010's "Before the Dawn," won the Grammy for best reggae album.

Banton was released in December 2018 after serving seven years in federal prison on drug charges.

Tomlin: Sorry she agreed to end show

Regrets? Lily Tomlin has at least one: Her decision to end her Netflix sitcom "Grace and Frankie," which co-stars Jane Fonda.

"Well, Jane and I are kind of sad about it, you know, because, I mean, we talked about doing it," Tomlin explained on Thursday night before she was honored by the Paley Center for Media along with Bob Newhart, Norman Lear, Carl Reiner and Carol Burnett.

"I mean, we've talked about it with (production company) Skydance and Netflix... We kind of decided to wrap it up after seven seasons. And now that it's come, Jane and I are sorry. We really love it. We love this show. We love each other and we love our cast, our crew. Marta (Kauffman) and Howard (J. Morris) are so great having created the show. And then we'll be out of a job."

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If there is a silver lining, the now-or-never pressure of a final season may finally inspire Tomlin and Fonda's "9 to 5" co-star Dolly Parton to accept a long-standing invitation to do a guest shot on the series.

"Yeah, we hope," Tomlin said. "We hope Dolly makes it this last season. She's got to. Write her and tell her."

Rappers report $366K in stolen jewelry

Rappers Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti have told Atlanta police that $366,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from their rental home.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a police report filed Nov. 17 lists 19 pieces of jewelry including diamond rings, platinum bracelets and luxury watches.

Amethyst Kelly, who performs as Iggy Azalea, told police the theft occurred Nov. 14, when the back door was unlocked so Jordan Carter, known as Playboi Carti, could get in.

The report says that at some point, they realized a designer bag in which they keep jewelry was missing from the second-floor dining room of their 6,500-square-foot home.

It says surveillance video shows a masked gunman wearing gloves coming in the back door just after 9:50 p.m. and leaving within 10 minutes.

Today's birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 81. Singer Tina Turner is 80. Bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 74. Actress Jamie Rose ("Falcon Crest," ''St. Elsewhere") is 60. Actress Kristin Bauer ("True Blood") is 53. Hip-hop artist DJ Khaled is 44. Singer Natasha Bedingfield is 38. Singer-actress Rita Ora is 29.

— The Associated Press


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