1. Common, Kevin Hart & More Diversify Film Academy Membership

    June 27, 2015 3:10 PM EDT After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse. Kevin Hart , Common , Emma Stone, Dev Patel and Whiplash writer-director Damien…

  2. It's No Joke: A Look at Madison Square Garden's Comedy Hot Streak

    June 10, 2015 4:03 PM EDT Madison Square Garden's Comedy Hot Streak The recent success of Madison Square Garden Entertainment in presenting hot comics is no laughing matter. “This year, comedy shows at our venues have been incredibly successful and have resulted in multiple sold-out shows,” says Bob Shea,…

  3. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returns To Essence Festival

    May 05, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will close out the Essence Festival’s July 3 tribute to the city of New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The special tribute also marks the popular R&B group’s return to the Essence Festival stage. A festival closing night…

  4. Usher, Big Sean, Pharrell & More Team With UNCF For $500K In Student Scholarships

    April 25, 2015 12:53 PM EDT Anthony Anderson can recall when he worried about scrounging up money to pay for the rest of his college tuition, food and housing while attending Howard University. Now the "Black-ish" star wants to help students avoid the same struggle. The actor-comedian and other…

  5. Watch Kevin Hart Endure Short Jokes & Win Comedic Genius Award at MTV Movie Awards

    April 12, 2015 10:17 PM EDT Sitting in the front row of the MTV Movie Awards ' audience, Kevin Hart endured a rough night. Host Amy Schumer hit him with some height jokes in her opening monologue, and even when Jimmy Kimmel took the stage to prelude his big moment, his stature wasn't immune.  MTV Movie Awards…

  6. Watch Kevin Hart Promise Justin Bieber 'The Ass-Whooping He Deserves' at Comedy Central Roast

    March 16, 2015 5:43 PM EDT Kevin Hart was the roastmaster of the year's most anticipated skewering: the Justin Bieber roast, taped for Comedy Central on Saturday.  The 21 Best Jokes From Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast Now, we have a clip of Hart introducing the roast, in the first footage released from…

  7. Justin Bieber Wraps Roast with Humility: 'I've Turned a Lot of People Off the Past Few Years'

    March 15, 2015 6:34 AM EDT Justin Bieber 's Comedy Central roast was a mostly hilarious affair, until the very end when, following a rebuttal (among the highlights: "What do you get when you give a teenager $200 million? A bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours"; and "a big screen…

  8. Fiona Apple, Kevin Hart & More Join Judd Apatow at Intimate L.A. Charity Event

    March 14, 2015 11:42 AM EDT Anytime Fiona Apple plays live, it's an event. It doesn't happen that often and she's grown into one of the most mesmerizing live performers in all of music. Then to have her and Jon Brion 's captivating set bookended by Hollywood producer/writer Judd Apatow going back to…

  9. Justin Bieber Roast Lineup Adds 'Saturday Night Live' Star Pete Davidson

    March 13, 2015 4:15 PM EDT The list of comedians and celebrities jumping at the chance to roast Justin Bieber grows ever longer -- Comedy Central has just added Saturday Night Live 's Pete Davidson to the already star-studded roster of roasters. Watch Beliebers Bawl in New Promo for Justin Bieber's Comedy…

  10. Watch Beliebers Bawl in New Promo for Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast

    March 12, 2015 6:18 AM EDT Scrunchies, braces and crying faces abound in the new promo for Comedy Central's roast of Justin Bieber .  The 30-second promo features multiple Beliebers crying about the impending humiliation of their idol, while Bieber's "Baby" plays in the background. The promo closes…

  11. Kevin Hart Is On Track for the Biggest Comedy Tour of All Time

    March 06, 2015 1:30 PM EST Kevin Hart is an enormously popular comedian, with hit movies, albums and television appearances, a huge fan base and global name recognition. Yet it may come as a surprise to learn that his upcoming What Now? tour, which begins April 9 in Texas, is on track to become the highest…

  12. Watch Kevin Hart Get Schooled at Basketball by Little League Star Mo'ne Davis

    February 13, 2015 9:44 PM EST Kevin Hart 's known to run his mouth playing basketball, but at least for a moment Friday night a 13-year-old girl shut him up.  Quotes of the Week: Drake and Kevin Hart Throw Shade, Justin Bieber Atones for His Sins and More The comedian got schooled by Little League Baseball phenom Mo&…

  13. Who's Hosting Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast?

    February 09, 2015 5:21 PM EST Justin Bieber 's manager Scooter Braun recently welcomed his first child into the world . That's lucky timing, because next month, Braun's first baby will get torn to shreds when Bieber is the subject of the  latest Comedy Central roast . We now know who will lead the…

  14. 'SNL' Slams Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein Ads in Kevin Hart-Hosted Episode

    January 18, 2015 10:23 AM EST Hart got to play the Godfather of Soul and performed a stand-up routine about the dangers of mountain lions. Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time this weekend, as he played an insecure James Brown , a dog-walker in Brooklyn and a castle-dwelling guy who hates singing.…

  15. August Alsina Cancels Brooklyn Bowl London Show, Citing Medical Reasons

    October 11, 2014 12:19 PM EDT R&B singer August Alsina has canceled his performance at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 11), citing medical reasons. August Alsina Wakes From Three Day Coma Following Onstage Fall In mid-September, Alsina took a nasty spill from the stage at New York’s Irving Plaza and went…

  16. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  17. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him the most satisfaction - and perhaps the most…

  18. T.I., 'Hell You Sayin'' Feat. Iggy Azalea, Young Dro & Travi$ Scott: Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 06, 2014 3:07 PM EST DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Skee & DK MLK's mixtape 'SXEW' will debut February 10. DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Skee and DJ MLK are teaming up for a SXSW-inspired mixtape, "SXEW (South by East West)." The three veterans have produced a collaborative mixtape that covers all three of…

  19. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 10, 2013 7:50 AM EST New Chart Peak For Ed Sheeran Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week.   The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter,…

  20. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 8:10 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance with the Black Keys at the Joint in Las Vegas.…

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