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Museum must ask 'hard questions' after racism, toxic workplace reports, says chair

Museum must ask 'hard questions' after racism, toxic workplace reports, says chair

VICTORIA — The Royal British Columbia Museum has been thrust into a public modernization of its internal and external culture after reports alleging racism and toxic working conditions at the institution, says the Crown corporation's board chairman.
Review: A star-making lead performance in 'The Mauritanian'

Review: A star-making lead performance in 'The Mauritanian'

It’s often the case that movies based on true stories offer a glimpse of the real-life characters at the end.
Chinese TV features blackface performers in New Year's gala

Chinese TV features blackface performers in New Year's gala

BEIJING — Chinese state TV included dancers in blackface portraying Africans in a holiday gala for the second time in three years, prompting criticism online, as Asia welcomed the Year of the Ox with muted festivities amid travel curbs to contain ren

Singer Ricky Martin joins efforts to build Pulse memorial

ORLANDO, Fla. — Singer Ricky Martin will be a spokesman for a foundation that is building a memorial and museum to honour the 49 victims who died during a massacre at a gay Florida nightclub nearly five years ago, foundation officials said Thursday.
China bans BBC news broadcasts in apparent retaliation

China bans BBC news broadcasts in apparent retaliation

BEIJING — China has banned the BBC World News television channel from the few outlets where it could be seen in the country in possible retaliation after British regulators revoked the license of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN.
Chick Corea, jazz great with 23 Grammy Awards, dies at 79

Chick Corea, jazz great with 23 Grammy Awards, dies at 79

NEW YORK — Chick Corea, a towering jazz pianist with a staggering 23 Grammy Awards who pushed the boundaries of the genre and worked alongside Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, has died. He was 79.
Attorneys spar over powers held by Britney Spears' father

Attorneys spar over powers held by Britney Spears' father

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for Britney Spears and her father sparred Thursday over how he should share power with a financial company newly appointed as his partner in the conservatorship that controls her money.
Review: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo go on a beach romp

Review: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo go on a beach romp

There's a tiny oasis on the west coast of Florida where the men wear Tommy Bahama from head to toe and women of a certain age stroll around poolside in tube tops and full jewelry.
Cineplex CEO says cinemas 'could help in a big way' as potential vaccination sites

Cineplex CEO says cinemas 'could help in a big way' as potential vaccination sites

TORONTO — The head of Cineplex Inc. is ready to turn Canada's multiplexes into temporary COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Ludacris is cooking in the kitchen on new streaming show

Ludacris is cooking in the kitchen on new streaming show

LOS ANGELES — Ludacris can rap, write songs, and act. He just can’t cook, and no, opening cans and slapping together bologna or grilled cheese sandwiches doesn’t count.