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‘Welcome home’: Meek Mill attends Philadelphia 76ers game after prison release

Hours after it was announced he would be released from prison, rapper Meek Mill attended Game 5 of the NBA playoffs between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.

“Welcome home Meek Mill,” the public announcer said at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, The Associated Press reported. Cheers erupted from the crowd and Meek walked out onto the court to ring a Liberty bell Replica with fellow Philadelphian Kevin Hart. The comedian and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin had visited Meek in prison earlier Tuesday, hours before his release.

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“Mill being here tonight was amazing, but him being here tonight was bigger than the Sixers,” Hart told WPVI after the game. “It was more about getting out, beating something that was incorrect and now having the opportunity to stand in front of that incorrection and correct it. It's about saying, OK guys, look, in the system that we have today in Philadelphia and everywhere else there’s a lot of injustice, and now we have the opportunity to poke holes in that injustice and shine a light on it and hopefully correct it. I think he’s going to take full advantage of his opportunity, his platform, the pedestal that he stands on, and really draw more attention to it and hopefully make other people look at it in a way that we can start to change it.”

Related: Rapper Meek Mill released from prison after 5 months

Hart added that Meek, whose birth name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was at the game with his son, 7-year-old Papi.

“I’m glad that my friend, my brother got out tonight. More importantly, he got to be with his family -- his son,” Hart said. “His son was there on the sideline with him. So the Sixers winning is a great moment, it's a highlight. For him, his son, that's the best thing about today. As soon as he got out, the first thing he did was call his son. ‘Get him here. Get him down here.’ They flew him straight to the game. He got his son there. His family, his mother. That’s ultimately what it’s about.”

In a statement issued after his release was announced, Meek said that he would use his platform to bring attention to people of color in the justice system. The 30-year-old rapper served five months in prison for violating probation on a drug and weapons conviction when he was 21. His release was celebrated by not only Hart and many in Philadelphia, but celebrities like JAY-Z -- who initially criticized Meek’s sentencing -- Rihanna, T.I., Rick Ross and QuestLove

“Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” JAY-Z said in a statement Tuesday. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”

The 76ers won 104-91 against The Heat.

A movie, popcorn and a drink for $10? Tuesday AMC deal is making it happen

Going to the movies is an expensive night out for many.

But now, AMC is offering a special deal every Tuesday.

Its $5 Ticket Tuesday deal that was initially only supposed to last a limited time will now be permanent.

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So, how does it work?

  • AMC Stubs members can purchase a $5 movie ticket at any AMC, AMC CLASSIC or AMC DINE-IN location (or online) each Tuesday.
  • They can also indulge in the $5 Cameo Combo Tuesday deal: get a small popcorn and a small drink.

It’s free to join, and members get to enjoy other perks such as collecting points for discounts and free popcorn refills.

Find the nearest AMC theatre near you or view our map below.

10 Years Ago: Def Leppard Take Some Risks on 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge'

When Def Leppard fans heard that country star Tim McGraw had been brought in as guest singer on a track from the band’s 10th album, 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge,' they got worried.

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France's cultural clout resonates during Macrons' US trip

From fashion, to food and even art — the Macrons' visit to the United States has been a PR coup for France.

From the moment French First Lady Brigitte Macron put her well-heeled feet down on American soil Monday, clad in a hot pink cashmere coat by Louis Vuitton, France's cultural prowess has been touted at every turn.

Mrs. Macron's style-looks — all Louis Vuitton — were no less than French brand diplomacy for the world's most lucrative high-fashion house. A pale yellow dress at Mount Vernon was followed by an ecru-colored gown with gold brocade at the state dinner Tuesday night at the White House that was attended by a swathe of French cultural leaders — including Bernard Arnault, CEO of Vuitton's parent company, LVMH.

The three-day trip has showcased France's sizeable soft power — as a world leader in the luxury sector that famously punches above its weight in the cultural sphere.

The Trumps also rolled out the red carpet to French know-how. U.S. First Lady Melania Trump chose to trumpet French style by donning a stalwart of Parisian fashion, Chanel, to the state dinner. It was an active choice, not an obligation for Mrs. Trump to wear clothes by the visiting country, given that Mrs. Macron herself wore clothes by French, not American designers, during the Trumps' visit to Paris last July.

Often criticized for preferring European-made clothes in the face of her husband's "America First" mantra, wearing French on the occasion of the French state visit — a black Chantilly lace haute couture gown, hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystal and sequins — has shielded Mrs. Trump from the usual criticism and won her rare praise for on-point cultural diplomacy.

Melania Trump's love of French style is no secret and goes back to living in Paris as a young model in the mid-1990s.

The dinner menu was also very French, celebrating Gallic gastronomic influences on American dishes such as Goat Cheese Gateau and Creme Fraiche Ice Cream. Donald Trump, who famously doesn't drink, even took a sip of the wine made from French plants harvested in Oregon.

Ahead of the dinner, Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, was clear in what she was most looking forward to — "Everything French!"

On Tuesday, the first ladies shared a rapport as they went on a visit to an exhibit celebrating French post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne at the National Gallery of Art.

The white, wide-brimmed hat Mrs. Trump wore for that art tour, which has turned out to be her most talked about style choice on the state visit, was also designed by a Frenchman, Herve Pierre.

The statement piece set the internet alight with comparisons to Joan Collins' Alexis Carrington-Colby on "Dynasty," Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope on "Scandal," and even to Beyonce's headwear in the video to the hit "Formation."

Pierre said it might have captured a French touch.

"Designing is too big a word for a hat so classical," he told The Associated Press.

"There is perhaps a certain French elegance in her look as a homage to France," he said, before adding "fashion doesn't always need to be analyzed! There isn't always a 'why,' a message."

The large hat may well have been designed by a man born in France, but it was certainly not designed to facilitate the French two-cheek kiss.

Donald Trump was forced to air-kiss his wife owing to the headwear piece's wide brim.

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10 Years Ago: Def Leppard Take Some Risks on 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge'

When Def Leppard fans heard that country star Tim McGraw had been brought in as guest singer on a track from the band’s 10th album, 'Songs From the Sparkle Lounge,' they got worried.

Continue reading…

Oliver Stone, visiting Iran, calls US a global 'outlaw'

Oliver Stone, making his first-ever visit to Iran, says the United States is a global "outlaw" that has made a mess of the Middle East.

The director of "JFK" and "Platoon" spoke at a press conference Wednesday during his visit to the country, where he attended an international film festival.

Stone reprised his criticism of the 2003 Iraq war and suggested the U.S. has acted similarly in Libya and Syria, saying: "We are outlaws, we're doing something that is outlawed internationally, we had no permission to invade Iraq from the U.N., we did it, and we continue to do this."

He went on to say that "national security has trumped artistic freedom," claiming "you cannot make a film critical of the United States' foreign policy."

His remarks drew applause.

Fleetwood Mac Announce Expansive 2018-19 Tour Without Lindsey Buckingham

Fleetwood Mac are ready for their first tour since parting ways with Lindsey Buckingham.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay's NY farmhouse could be closed

Edna St. Vincent Millay's farmhouse in New York's Hudson Valley is in danger of being shuttered.

According to The New York Times , the Millay Society says the historic site in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz will close in November unless $1 million is raised.

Millay and her husband bought the property in 1925, when it was still a blueberry farm.

In the poem "Steepletop," published posthumously in 1954, she wrote about tending to the plants there.

Millay lived at Steepletop until her death in 1950, and the couple is buried there.

The site was named a National Historic Landmark in 1971 and became home to the Millay Colony of the Arts, which offers residencies and workshops. The Millay Society opened the house and gardens to visitors in 2010.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

See Judas Priest and Deep Purple Together at Jones Beach

DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST

ANNOUNCE SUMMER  CO-HEADLINE TOUR

  SEPTEMBER 1 – NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER

Citi Pre-Sale Begins Tuesday, April 24; Tickets Available to the General Public Starting

Friday, April 27 at LiveNation.com

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See the full line-up of shows in the WBAB Summer Concert Series at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater HERE

DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

8/21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center

8/22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort*

8/27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre

8/29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre

8/30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron

9/1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

9/5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater

9/6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center

9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

9/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&amp;T Pavilion

9/11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion

9/12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily’s Place

9/14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre

9/16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum

9/18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre

9/20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino*

9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah’s Council Bluffs*

9/23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center

9/26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

9/27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre

9/29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre

9/30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre

 

Photos: Jennifer Lopez, other honorees walk Time 100 Gala red carpet

Jennifer Lopez and other stars attended the Time 100 Gala celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018, in New York.

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