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Global superstar Rihanna, full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has filed a lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, over the name of his entertainment company. Rihanna claims that his talent development company Fenty Entertainment, which was founded in 2017, breaches her trademark of the “Fenty” name. Despite it being the name he passed down to her, Fenty […]

With Monday night’s (Jan. 7) national championship game capping off the college football season and another crop of elite athletes forgoing their scholarships for NFL contracts, the ABA program Alston v. NCAA: Will “Amateurism” Survive examines the debate over amateurism in college athletics. The topic is the subject of a January 8 teleconference that explores […]

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When ABC revealed that “Black-ish” would have a spinoff, sister network Freeform raced to sign the series up. For Freeform, “Grown-ish” would hit all the right notes — it came with a proven pedigree in creator Kenya Barris, and even more important, featured a young, diverse cast. The decision was a wise one, indeed. “We […]

Talk about your blank spaces: Taylor Swift is about to have one in the spot where her label affiliation goes. In less than three months’ time, she’ll be a free agent, as the first anniversary of the release of her sixth album, “Reputation,” marks the official expiration of her obligation to Big Machine Records and […]

(CNN) With her powerhouse voice, Aretha Franklin could make any song an event. The late singer drew from a range of inspirations — her life, her loves, her faith — to bring passion to every verse. When she sang it, you believed it. Behind every great song is a story. Here are five of hers. […]

Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin. The setting for the public viewings could not be more fitting, according to Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech. “I think it’s […]

LeBron James and his multimedia platform, Uninterrupted, were sued by a Detroit barbershop that claims trademark infringement over the NBA star’s web series. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Sebastian Jackson, owner of the The Social Club Grooming Co. He says the concept for […]

The nephew of an Egyptian composer has no standing to sue Jay-Z and producer Timbaland for copyright infringement for sampling a flute melody in his rap hit “Big Pimpin’,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

State constitutions may protect players who are fined for violating the NFL’s ban on protests during the national anthem, according to incoming Harvard law professor Nikolas Bowie. The revised NFL policy gives players a choice of remaining in the locker room or standing on the field during the anthem. In an article for Slate, Bowie […]

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are asking the 9th Circuit to give their “Blurred Lines” appeal another listen, after the court in March upheld a jury verdict that found the artists infringed on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” The controversial verdict has been a hot-button issue in the music industry, as songwriters, artists […]