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Oscars Body Appoints more Black and Women Members

Academy Award organizers invited more than 300 new members Friday to join the award-giving body, including a number of female and black stars after criticism that nominations for the 2015 race lacked diversity.

"As filmmaking evolves, so do we. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," the body said on its website.

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Music, what Music? Glastonbury Caters for all Tastes

Glastonbury may be best known for its music, but many of the 175,000 people gathered at Worthy Farm come for the spiritual, political and family events that this year include Pussy Riot and the Dalai Lama among the performers.

British band Florence and the Machine kicked off three days of major acts with a headline performance on the main Pyramid Stage on Friday, stepping in for the Foo Fighters who canceled after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg.

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Mexican-American Singer Becky G Takes on Donald Trump

The teenage Mexican-American singer Becky G released a song Friday in celebration of immigrants as she voiced outrage over derogatory statements by tycoon turned Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The 18-year-old singer and rapper, often described as an up-and-coming star of Latin pop, put out via Twitter a song called "We Are Mexico" and dedicated it to Trump.

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'Love Won': U.S. Celebrities Praise Gay Marriage Ruling

Pop stars, Hollywood celebrities and even a few sporting figures were quick to join the chorus of praise Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.

"Really encouraged to be an American today," singer Katy Perry wrote on Twitter, where she has the most-followed account.

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In Reversal, Taylor Swift to Stream Only on Apple

Pop superstar Taylor Swift said Thursday she would stream her latest album only on Apple, capping an 180-degree about-turn after she threatened a boycott.

The big loser in Swift's reconciliation with Apple stands to be Spotify, the leader in the booming sector of streaming, which offers unlimited, on-demand music.

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Patrick Macnee, Star of 1960s TV Show 'The Avengers', Dead at 93

Patrick Macnee, the British actor who rose to international fame as the star of the popular 1960s television spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday at his home in California. He was 93.

The Briton -- who earned legions of fans for his portrayal of eccentric but suave secret agent John Steed, armed with only his trusty umbrella-sword -- died of natural causes with his family at his side, his son Rupert said on the actor's website.

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HBO Launches Two New Shows on Facebook

HBO posted the first episodes of its two newest comedy series on Facebook on Thursday, turning the social networking site into a new platform for TV viewing.

"Ballers" and "The Brink" will be available on Facebook "for a limited time" for free, the pay television giant said in a statement.

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Eyeing Jazz Empire, Blue Note Club Expands to China

Blue Note, one of the world's best-known jazz clubs, announced an expansion Thursday to China as it banks on a growing appetite for live performances among moneyed consumers.

The club, based in New York's Greenwich Village, said it would open a Blue Note Beijing in the Chinese capital in March, and within three years spread to Shanghai and Taiwan's capital Taipei.

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S.African Model Thando Hopa Revels in Her Albino Skin

Thando Hopa grew up in the shade, her porcelain skin protected by long sleeves and sunscreen until the day the South African decided to fight prejudice against albinos by becoming a model.

Petite and born with an inherited depigmentation of her skin from head to toe that can lead to discrimination and even death, Hopa entered the fashion world without the usual vital statistics required of a catwalk model.

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Kim Kardashian to Speak to Prestigious Commonwealth Club

Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

The 34-year-old reality star is set to speak to San Francisco's venerable Commonwealth Club next week to discuss her new book of selfies and her famous family. Also on the agenda, according to the Commonwealth website, is "the business of millennial culture" and "the objectification of women in media."

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