You know her best as a multi-platinum recording artist and a 14-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer.
But Alicia Keys has also made quite a name for herself as a philanthropist and AIDS advocate.
It was in 2003, on her first trip to Africa, when Keys witnessed firsthand the disease's devastation.
When she returned to the United States, she co-founded "Keep a Child Alive," an organization that has raised millions to care for HIV/AIDS patients in Africa and India.
It would be safe to assume that most of what comes from Chris Rock's Twitter feed is a joke, but when he tweeted, "I'm so proud of Jason Kidd for coming out of the closet and announcing that he's Gay. This is a great day for sports," the morning after NBA player Jason Collins announced that he was gay, not everyone was laughing.
Although plenty of folks were amused, some thought the statement was an unfunny joke, others genuinely thought he'd mixed up Kidd and Collins, and others took it as a breaking-news item about Kidd, who lent support to Collins yesterday and plays for the New York Knicks. He posted the same comment to his Facebook page, garnering similar results. Too soon, perhaps?
LOS ANGELES – Just one of Michael Jackson's brothers and sisters can sit in the courtroom at one time in the family's wrongful death suit against AEG Live, a judge ordered Tuesday.
AEG Live lawyers argued at the start of the second day of the trial that there was "a risk in allowing any of them in the courtroom."
AEG expects to call Janet, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, La Toya, Rebbie and Randy Jackson as witnesses in its defense. Only Jackson brother Marlon is not on the defense witness list.
George Zimmerman, set to stand trial in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, on Tuesday waived his right to a "stand your ground" pretrial immunity hearing. Zimmerman's attorneys have decided they will try this as a self-defense case.
Florida's deadly force law, also called "stand your ground," was passed in 2005. It allows people to meet "force with force" if they believe they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant. Under the law, a person can use deadly force anywhere as long as he is not engaged in an unlawful activity; is being attacked in a place he has a right to be; and reasonably believes that his life and safety are in danger as a result of an overt act or perceived threat committed by someone else.
President Barack Obama will tap Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary, a White House official with knowledge of his decision said Sunday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn't serve a second term. Foxx, first elected mayor in 2009, helped lead last summer's Democratic National Convention in the Queen City.
He also championed the completion of an additional runway at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, though Foxx doesn't have any specific experience as a transportation executive.
Earlier this month Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) visited Howard University to take a swing at repairing relations between African Americans and the Republican Party.
As famed sportscaster Harry Kalas would have said, it was largely a swing and a miss.
Paul struck out when he tried to equate today's Republican Party with the party of Abraham Lincoln, while ignoring much of the 150 years in between. (He even acknowledged his mistakes shortly after). But his willingness to step up to the plate can provide a lesson for a GOP struggling to get on top.
Charges against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials were dropped Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams said, citing "new information" that has been uncovered.
Authorities now are investigating whether someone may have tried to falsely implicate Paul Kevin Curtis, according to a law enforcement source, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity.
Curtis said he wants to "get back to being normal" after being falsely accused.