FILM ABOUT RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSERS DEBUTS TODAY

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) - The women who accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault and rape in a new documentary say one of the worst parts of dealing with what allegedly happened is that they kept running into him. Writer Sil Lai Abrams says the world of black culture is “not six degrees of Kevin Bacon. It's one degree of Russell Simmons.” Former music executive Drew Dixon says Simmons is “ubiquitous in terms of his power,” and she felt she had to “make everything OK for him” so she would not be punished. Simmons has denied any wrongdoing. The documentary, called “On The Record,” premieres today on HBO Max.

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125068-a-182:64-(Sil Lai Abrams, writer)-"like nothing happened"-#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color (27 May 2020)

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125071-a-147:12-(Sherri Hines, musician)-"about me now"-#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color (27 May 2020)

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125069-a-104:64-(Sil Lai Abrams, writer)-"breath for years"-#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color (27 May 2020)

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125070-a-171:84-(Drew Dixon, former music executive)-"where he's ubiquitous"-#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color (27 May 2020)

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ANDREA BOCELLI DONATES PLASMA AFTER CONTRACTING COVID-19

ROME (AP) - Andrea Bocelli (ahn-DRAY'-ah boh-CHEL'-ee) says he has recovered from a bout of COVID-19. He told reporters outside a hospital in Pisa, Italy, that he was there to donate plasma for coronavirus research. Bocelli says he tested positive on March 10 and suffered only mild symptoms. He writes on Facebook he kept quiet about the illness that affected him and members of his family “out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences.” He says he and his family fully recovered by the end of March. Bocelli sang in an empty cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday, April 12.

LITTLE RICHARD STATUE IN THE WORKS

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The group that owns the childhood home of Little Richard hopes to have a statue of him installed in time for what would have been his 88th birthday this winter. The Little Richard House Resource Center in Macon, Georgia, announced a fund last week to pay for the statue and to support local music education programs for low- and moderate-income students. The group wants to have the statue in place by Dec. 5, Little Richard’s birthday. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert has already proclaimed that day “Little Richard Penniman Day.” Little Richard died May 9.

DOOBIE BROTHERS DELAY ANNIVERSARY TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) - The Doobie Brothers have decided their golden anniversary will just have to wait. The band has postponed their 50th anniversary tour until next July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour was supposed to begin in June. Michael McDonald was planning to rejoin the band for the tour. The Doobie Brothers are due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Their six-date residency in Las Vegas in November is still scheduled.

DOORS DRUMMER JOHN DENSMORE WRITES NEW BOOK

NEW YORK (AP) - Drummer John Densmore of The Doors has taken the classic memoir “Meetings with Remarkable Men” and applied the concept to musicians. Densmore has written a book called “The Seekers: Meetings with Remarkable Musicians.” Densmore draws on his personal notebooks and anecdotes to explore the idea of creativity with musicians such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Janis Joplin and Bob Marley, as well as late Doors bandmates Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek (man-ZAYR’-ek). “The Seekers” comes out Nov. 3.

by Margie Szaroleta