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Last Update on April 18, 2014 07:14 GMT

MILEY CYRUS CANCELING MORE SHOWS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Those with plans to see Miley Cyrus perform in concert this weekend will need to make other plans. The singer has postponed more shows because she's ill. She is hospitalized after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Because she's on the mend, a rep says the singer won't do her show tonight in Nashville, Tennessee or tomorrow night in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier this week, she missed shows in St. Louis and Kansas City -- and put off a date in Charlotte, North Carolina last week because she had the flu. Her next scheduled concert is Monday -- when she is supposed to play in Philadelphia.

Online:

Miley Cyrus site: http://www.mileycyrus.com

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Miley Cyrus will postpone shows this weekend because an allergic reaction to some medication she took.

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Sound of Miley Cyrus

Here is some of Miley Cyrus performing "Wrecking Ball."

CHRIS BROWN EXPECTED TO GO ON TRIAL TODAY

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Brown's misdemeanor case is expected to be tried today in Washington D.C. But before that happens, the trial of his bodyguard has to be completed. Both men face misdemeanor assault charges after their arrests in October. A man claims both the singer and his bodyguard punched him in the face, breaking his nose. During his opening arguments, the attorney for bodyguard Christopher Hollosy says the alleged victim is trying to "get rich" from the incident. The man has filed a $3 million lawsuit against the two men. But when he testified, Parker Adams says the lawsuit wasn't his idea -- and that he didn't tell his lawyers how much to ask for.

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports attorneys for Chris Brown's bodyguard claim the alleged victim is trying to get rich off the singer.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Chris Brown's future could be at stake when it's his turn to be tried in his misdemeanor assault case.

4 NON BLONDES WILL DO ONE REUNION SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) -- Linda Perry will reunite with 4 Non Blondes for one night only. They will perform at a May 10 benefit for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. Perry says normally she doesn't talk to her former bandmates and she never thought a reunion would happen. She called them because her attempts to get other singers to perform came up empty. Perry says it's "kind of sweet" to do a reunion now.

LORDE MEETS GEORGE BRETT

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Lorde (LORD) has finally met the man who inspired her biggest song. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett stopped by her concert in Las Vegas this week. Major League Baseball and the Kansas City Royals both tweeted photos of the two together. Lorde has said she was inspired to write her song "Royals" after seeing a photo of Brett signing baseballs in his Royals jersey.

FABIAN HAS HEART OPERATION

UNDATED (AP) -- Fabian is recovering from heart surgery. His wife, Andrea, writes on his Web site he had a valve replacement and a bypass on April 7 in Pittsburgh. She says he came through the surgery "beautifully" and plans to be back on stage performing in a few months.

"AMERICAN IDOL" SAYS GOOBYE TO DEXTER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dexter Roberts won't get to rattle the room after all on "American Idol." That was Jennifer Lopez's advice to him on Wednesday's show, but last night he was the one sent home. Keith Urban could be seen saying, "Oh my gosh," when Roberts was eliminated. Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) was also in the bottom two.

Dexter Roberts performing "Lucky Man." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

NEW HANK WILLIAMS MUSIC WILL BE RELEASED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's considered "new" music -- even though it has been around for close to 65 years. The recordings of country music legend Hank Williams were done for a taped show that aired on early country music stations -- and sponsored by a Texas plant nursery. "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" feature two dozen songs and jingles on tape. Most of the tapes were lost -- but the copies from one station in Iowa survived. The recordings were transferred, restored and mastered for release. The project will be available starting May 20 for both download and on vinyl.

RECORD STORE DAY IS TOMORROW

UNDATED (AP) -- If you're the type who prefers vinyl music over digital, tomorrow is your day. Acts like Devo, The Allman Brothers Band, Dolly Parton, Public Enemy, Korn and R.E.M. will have exclusive releases for Record Store Day. It's meant to help out independent record stores with releases not sold in big outlets. David Bowie will have a "1984" picture disc, and Harry Mancini's "The Pink Panther" will come out on pink vinyl. Vinyl will not be the only thing available. Eric Clapton, Tegan (TEE'-gan) and Sara and My Chemical Romance will issue T-shirts, Jake Bugg will release a live album on CD, and Green Day and Skrillex will have releases on cassette. The selection will vary from store to store. Find out which artists and which stores are participating at www.RecordStoreDay.com .

DAVE MATTHEWS ADVOCATES EARTH FIRST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dave Matthews believes of all the things trying to grab people's attention, the one thing they should be aware of is the earth. Matthews says politics and war and power grab headlines, but all of that is nothing compared to the health of the planet. Matthews is a big supporter of The Jane Goodall Institute, which is a big supporter of the new Disney documentary "Bears." It's in theaters today. Earth Day is on Tuesday.

Dave Matthews says he knows a lot of things occupy people's minds, but it should be ecology.

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Dave Matthews, musician

Dave Matthews says Jane Goodall showed that animals aren't merely creatures to look at in a zoo. ((note length of cut))

MUSICIANS PERFORM AT EARTH DAY EVENT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Usually an event featuring Paul Simon, James Taylor and Dionne Warwick wouldn't see them mentioned as footnotes. But when the event also features former President Bill Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey, it makes more sense. All were on hand for a celebration in New York to mark the 25th annual Rain Forest Concert. And while Clinton and Spacey treated the audience to some light banter, the singers did their thing, too. Taylor performed his signature hit, "Fire and Rain," and later covered "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You.)" Paul Simon did a couple of his own songs, including "Graceland," and "The Boxer," and Dionne Warwick covered some of the Burt Bacharach tunes she helped make famous, including "Walk on By." Stephen Stills brought the crowd to its feet with the finale of the three-hour event: "Love the One You're With." He was joined by all the evening's performers.


Country News

Last Update on April 18, 2014 07:14 GMT

MILEY CYRUS CANCELING MORE SHOWS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Those with plans to see Miley Cyrus perform in concert this weekend will need to make other plans. The singer has postponed more shows because she's ill. She is hospitalized after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Because she's on the mend, a rep says the singer won't do her show tonight in Nashville, Tennessee or tomorrow night in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier this week, she missed shows in St. Louis and Kansas City -- and put off a date in Charlotte, North Carolina last week because she had the flu. Her next scheduled concert is Monday -- when she is supposed to play in Philadelphia.

Online:

Miley Cyrus site: http://www.mileycyrus.com

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Miley Cyrus will postpone shows this weekend because an allergic reaction to some medication she took.

<<CUT ..003 (04/18/14)>> 00:52 ""

Sound of Miley Cyrus

Here is some of Miley Cyrus performing "Wrecking Ball."

CHRIS BROWN EXPECTED TO GO ON TRIAL TODAY

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Brown's misdemeanor case is expected to be tried today in Washington D.C. But before that happens, the trial of his bodyguard has to be completed. Both men face misdemeanor assault charges after their arrests in October. A man claims both the singer and his bodyguard punched him in the face, breaking his nose. During his opening arguments, the attorney for bodyguard Christopher Hollosy says the alleged victim is trying to "get rich" from the incident. The man has filed a $3 million lawsuit against the two men. But when he testified, Parker Adams says the lawsuit wasn't his idea -- and that he didn't tell his lawyers how much to ask for.

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports attorneys for Chris Brown's bodyguard claim the alleged victim is trying to get rich off the singer.

<<CUT ..006 (04/18/14)>> 00:20 "for the trial"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Music Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Chris Brown's future could be at stake when it's his turn to be tried in his misdemeanor assault case.

4 NON BLONDES WILL DO ONE REUNION SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) -- Linda Perry will reunite with 4 Non Blondes for one night only. They will perform at a May 10 benefit for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. Perry says normally she doesn't talk to her former bandmates and she never thought a reunion would happen. She called them because her attempts to get other singers to perform came up empty. Perry says it's "kind of sweet" to do a reunion now.

LORDE MEETS GEORGE BRETT

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Lorde (LORD) has finally met the man who inspired her biggest song. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett stopped by her concert in Las Vegas this week. Major League Baseball and the Kansas City Royals both tweeted photos of the two together. Lorde has said she was inspired to write her song "Royals" after seeing a photo of Brett signing baseballs in his Royals jersey.

FABIAN HAS HEART OPERATION

UNDATED (AP) -- Fabian is recovering from heart surgery. His wife, Andrea, writes on his Web site he had a valve replacement and a bypass on April 7 in Pittsburgh. She says he came through the surgery "beautifully" and plans to be back on stage performing in a few months.

"AMERICAN IDOL" SAYS GOOBYE TO DEXTER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dexter Roberts won't get to rattle the room after all on "American Idol." That was Jennifer Lopez's advice to him on Wednesday's show, but last night he was the one sent home. Keith Urban could be seen saying, "Oh my gosh," when Roberts was eliminated. Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) was also in the bottom two.

Dexter Roberts performing "Lucky Man." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

NEW HANK WILLIAMS MUSIC WILL BE RELEASED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's considered "new" music -- even though it has been around for close to 65 years. The recordings of country music legend Hank Williams were done for a taped show that aired on early country music stations -- and sponsored by a Texas plant nursery. "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" feature two dozen songs and jingles on tape. Most of the tapes were lost -- but the copies from one station in Iowa survived. The recordings were transferred, restored and mastered for release. The project will be available starting May 20 for both download and on vinyl.

RECORD STORE DAY IS TOMORROW

UNDATED (AP) -- If you're the type who prefers vinyl music over digital, tomorrow is your day. Acts like Devo, The Allman Brothers Band, Dolly Parton, Public Enemy, Korn and R.E.M. will have exclusive releases for Record Store Day. It's meant to help out independent record stores with releases not sold in big outlets. David Bowie will have a "1984" picture disc, and Harry Mancini's "The Pink Panther" will come out on pink vinyl. Vinyl will not be the only thing available. Eric Clapton, Tegan (TEE'-gan) and Sara and My Chemical Romance will issue T-shirts, Jake Bugg will release a live album on CD, and Green Day and Skrillex will have releases on cassette. The selection will vary from store to store. Find out which artists and which stores are participating at www.RecordStoreDay.com .

DAVE MATTHEWS ADVOCATES EARTH FIRST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dave Matthews believes of all the things trying to grab people's attention, the one thing they should be aware of is the earth. Matthews says politics and war and power grab headlines, but all of that is nothing compared to the health of the planet. Matthews is a big supporter of The Jane Goodall Institute, which is a big supporter of the new Disney documentary "Bears." It's in theaters today. Earth Day is on Tuesday.

Dave Matthews says he knows a lot of things occupy people's minds, but it should be ecology.

<<CUT ..011 (04/18/14)>> 00:17 "of Jane's work"

Dave Matthews, musician

Dave Matthews says Jane Goodall showed that animals aren't merely creatures to look at in a zoo. ((note length of cut))

MUSICIANS PERFORM AT EARTH DAY EVENT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Usually an event featuring Paul Simon, James Taylor and Dionne Warwick wouldn't see them mentioned as footnotes. But when the event also features former President Bill Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey, it makes more sense. All were on hand for a celebration in New York to mark the 25th annual Rain Forest Concert. And while Clinton and Spacey treated the audience to some light banter, the singers did their thing, too. Taylor performed his signature hit, "Fire and Rain," and later covered "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You.)" Paul Simon did a couple of his own songs, including "Graceland," and "The Boxer," and Dionne Warwick covered some of the Burt Bacharach tunes she helped make famous, including "Walk on By." Stephen Stills brought the crowd to its feet with the finale of the three-hour event: "Love the One You're With." He was joined by all the evening's performers.


Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell casts the deciding vote, after the sing-off between Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tate Stevens, contestant

Tate Stevens thanks his fans for keeping him in the top spot. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fierce Five and other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama. The gymnasts met with the president in the Oval Office before huddling together in the chill outside to watch his helicopter lift off. Obama was headed to New York to tour storm damage. The gymnasts, including Gabby Douglas -- won gold at the summer Olympics. They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after what appears to be a case of domestic violence. She is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police in Atlanta says the incident happened after Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Lacy identifies Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend. The two were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Holdsclaw was in custody last night under $10,000 bond on charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Luther Vandross won two American Music Awards. He won for favorite soul/R&B male artist and soul/R&B album for "Dance With My Father." The album came out about a month after Vandross suffered a massive stroke. His mom accepted for the singer and apologized that her son couldn't be there in person. Vandross died earlier this year from complications from the stroke. Other winners included Aaliyah and 50 Cent.

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Missy Elliott won an American Music Award but lost her ride to the show. She won for favorite rap/hip-hop female artist but wasn't there to pick it up. She showed up later and told the audience her limo was stolen from her hotel and she had to get to the show on her own. She went on to tell the audience she needed to bum a ride back to her hotel.

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1989, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show." The singer popped on stage to present an MTV viewers' poll award to comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy reciprocated by presenting Jackson with the video award from the same poll.

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1980, R&B singer O.V. Wright died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 41. He had many hits for the Back Beat label in the 1960's and 70's, the biggest of which was "Ace of Spades."

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1987, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1993.

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') has a birthday today. She's 45. She first rose to fame as one of the Cosby kids on "The Cosby Show." In the show, she left home to go off to college and ended up on a spinoff show, "A Different World," which she left after just a year. She also starred in the 1987 movie "Angel Heart."

 
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