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Desus & Mero shake up late-night universe

Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez may be hosts of a late-night TV talk show that attracts A-list celebrities but they don’t feel like they’re competing with the likes of Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert. Read more

Police release hundreds of files from Smollett investigation

Chicago police have released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two men, including releasing video footage for the first time of the “Empire” actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose. Read more

BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X, but the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Read more

‘Toy Story 4’ opens below expectations with $118M

“Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels, but the Pixar film’s below-expectations debut didn’t quell continuing concerns about a rocky summer movie season. Read more

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Jussie Smollett probe

A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor today to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January. Read more

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