CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs accused the media of ignoring the severity of the AIDS epidemic before performing at an AIDS-awareness concert Saturday. "I don't think you see enough of this story in your face," an indignant Combs told reporters. "There are millions and millions of people that are dying and a lot of it is ... because it's Africans, it's black people that are dying at this high rate."
When Duncan Teater, a 23-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky, graduated from IU last spring, he had no intention of working for someone else. He lightheartedly describes himself as "totally incompetent with the real world," so instead, he chooses to concentrate on marketing his original one-man play, "Father Psalm," in hopes that he can develop a unique career of his own. Combining his talents in acting, directing and writing, Teater uses his experience in the arts to create original pieces of theater that identify personal issues in society and promote social change.
BERLIN -- Michael Jackson said he made a "terrible mistake" by holding his infant son over the railing of a fourth-floor balcony at a Berlin hotel to show fans below but shocking many people who watched the scene captured on video. Television around the world repeatedly broadcast footage of the reclusive pop star's brief appearance Tuesday at the Hotel Adlon across from Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Joe Ehlers, president of the IU Ballroom Dance Club, sat on the floor of HPER 169 brushing the bottom of his suede shoes. His dance partner looks on, waited for him to get ready so the two could practice for their upcoming competition. "Either you go to clubs, stand on the side and watch thinking that 'person can really move,' or you're that person who's the center-of-attention," said Ehler, adding that ballroom dancing helps students learn how to dance so they won't remain sidelined at parties.
NEW YORK -- The author of a book accusing firefighters of looting ground zero after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks defended his work Monday against mounting criticism by union officials. Critics of William Langewiesche's American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center have focused on a passage about the discovery of dozens of new jeans -- still tagged, folded and stacked -- inside the cab of a fire truck pulled from the rubble.
LOS ANGELES -- James Coburn, the lean and lanky actor who rose to fame playing villainous roles in early action films and won an Academy Award decades later as an alcoholic father in "Affliction," has died of a heart attack. He was 74. Coburn and his wife, Paula, were listening to music at their Beverly Hills home on Monday when he suffered the heart attack, said Hillard Elkins, the actor's longtime friend and business manager. He was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
LONDON -- American writers won't be given a chance to win Britain's most prestigious literary award, organizers of the Booker Prize said Monday. The organizers rejected a proposal to expand eligibility for the annual prize beyond writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies.
LOS ANGELES -- Jason Alexander, best known as the underachieving George Costanza on "Seinfeld," has a new role -- he's a college professor. Alexander, who dropped out of Boston University in his junior year to pursue acting, has been sharing his smarts this term with undergraduates at the University of Southern California as the School of Theatres first George Burns Visiting professor.
"Saturday Night Fever," the stage version of the 1977 film that helped rocket John Travolta to stardom, will play at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 at the IU Auditorium. The stage version, originally produced in London's West End, takes us back to a time when Jimmy Carter was Chief Executive, bell-bottom pants were the rave and disco was hotter than the surface of the sun.
CHICAGO -- The influential literary magazine Poetry has rejected Ruth Lilly's verse for decades, but it's not about to snub her latest offering -- a multimillion-dollar gift. The ailing, 87-year-old billionaire heiress to the Eli Lilly and Co. pharmaceutical fortune will give the publication, which ran the first major works of Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens, millions of dollars a year under a new estate plan. "Ruth Lilly has ensured our existence into perpetuity," Poetry editor Joe Parisi said in announcing the gift Friday at a dinner at the Arts Club of Chicago.
BERLIN -- They kidnapped business leaders, gunned down police officers and hijacked an airliner. But even after Sept. 11, the failed German revolutionaries who spread fear in the 1970s and '80s have acquired a certain chic. Left-wingers were always nostalgic for the ideals of the student movement from which the feared Red Army Faction terrorists sprang -- strident opposition to the Vietnam War, rebellion against their parents' silence on World War II, a society still not completely purged of old Nazis.
Over 200 students crowded into the Marketplace in the Indiana Memorial Union last Tuesday to see the first ever showing of Union Board's Titanium Chef. The event, a cook-off between the chefs at Malibu Grill and the City Grille, was a large draw for students interested in the culinary arts. Though the event started an hour late, the crowd was eager to see some quality competitive cooking. The wait was well worth it, as the event was a true crowd-pleaser. Full Frontal Comedy served as the emcee for the event.
Looking for an all-around good time? Ever try the opera? If you've seen this weekend's performances of "The Tales of Hoffmann," you know exactly what I'm talking about. This opera has more enjoyable experiences rolled into it than the mind can possibly imagine. It has engaging stories, hilarious comedy, tear-jerking tragedy, incredible singing, imaginative costumes, spectacular scenery and, of course, wonderful music. It was magical yet sophisticated, light yet dramatic, and fanciful yet meaningful -- a work truly appealing to all ages and tastes.
LOS ANGELES — The Platters have settled a lawsuit against a former lead singer they said tried to use the venerable group's name with his new band.
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Reclusive pop star Michael Jackson took the witness stand Wednesday in a $21 million lawsuit by his longtime promoter that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts. Jackson spoke softly while testifying, saying yes or no or asking for questions to be repeated. He paused frequently when asked about his business relationship with the plaintiff, concert promoter Marcel Avram.
The "Golden Age of Radio" may be long gone, but in Bloomington, audio theater is very much alive thanks to the not-for-profit organization Mind's Ear. Mind's Ear, founded in 1991, produces modern audio theater, where unlike television and movies, the audience sets the scene itself. Also, unlike audio books, audio theatre uses several actors, music, and sound effects.
Indiana Review is hosting a poetry and fiction reading tonight to celebrate the journal's special publication that features influential writers of color. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall.
Every other week at Collins Living Learning Center, sophomore Andrew Waple can prepare for his big audition. He wants work in improv comedy. The new bi-weekly event, "Drama O'Rama" which will be held tonight, gives students a chance to perform improvational skits through different types of games.