Cedric to host awards
LOS ANGELES -- Cedric the Entertainer will host the 33rd annual American Music Awards on Nov. 22.
The actor-comedian will preside over the three-hour show televised by ABC from Los Angeles.
Cedric the Entertainer's credits include the movies "The Honeymooners," "Be Cool" and "Johnson Family Vacation." He plays the title role opposite Bruce Willis in the upcoming "Mr. Lucky."
Nominees for 21 awards in eight categories will be announced Sept. 20.
Neville on New Orleans:It's a 'toxic gumbo'
GLENDALE, Calif. -- Aaron Neville says he hasn't been back to New Orleans, but images of floodwaters show his native city has turned into a "toxic gumbo."
"I haven't heard from a lot of my friends and don't know if they are alive or dead," Neville told The Associated Press. "When they drain the city there will be a lot of bodies."
The award-winning singer, a member of the Neville Brothers singing group, also said that more than two-dozen of his relatives have been evacuated from the city and are living in various states.
Neville, 64, believes much of his home is under water. Also gone are prized valuables, including photos and his four Grammys.
He and his brothers spent five years renovating an old house on Canal Street and turned it into a studio where they recorded the family album "Walkin' in the Shadow of Life" and his upcoming solo release, "Christmas Prayer."
They are donating a portion of their record sales toward the relief effort, which his label, EMI Music Group, has agreed to match.
Neville said New Orleans was a "disaster waiting to happen" and wished the response had been swifter: "The cavalry could have come a little sooner."
Neville has been living in Memphis for the past week and a half and is unsure if he will return to New Orleans. He had been on tour when the hurricane struck.
"I hope one day they will build New Orleans up high enough so this doesn't happen again," he said. "We don't need to be a bowl surrounded by water anymore."
Council OKs demolitionof Ringo Starr home
LIVERPOOOL, England -- A city council committee has approved the demolition of a childhood home of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, despite protests from opponents of a redevelopment plan. The council's Housing Select Committee on Thursday decided that the property had no historical significance. The full council is expected to make a decision Sept. 16.
The Victorian terraced house is one of 460 properties marked for demolition for a redevelopment project.
"Ringo Starr lived in the Madryn Street house for about three months before he moved to Admiral Grove, where he lived for about 20 years," said Flo Clucas, the council's executive member for housing.
"John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes were preserved because they spent a significant part of their lives in them," Clucas said, referring to other Beatles members. Jeremy Hawthorn, who campaigned to keep the homes, said the council wanted "to clear working-class families out of this area to make way for expensive housing for richer people."
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