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FILE - Designer Virgil Abloh walks backstage prior to his Off-White ready to wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection, that was presented in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, has died after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. Abloh’s death was announced Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 by LVMH Louis Vuitton and the Off White label, the brand he founded. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File )

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

- Associated Press

Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41.

Aiden Adams, 7, of Bethesda, Maryland, has become a social media influencer with his songs, poems and books urging people to make the world a better place (Photo by Neal Adams)

7-year-old social influencer urges unity over the holidays

- The Washington Times

Aiden Adams is one of those people who can make you question what you’re doing with your life: He’s published six books, written three poems, crafted three songs (one of which is streaming on Spotify) and is a social media influencer. Oh, and he’s 7 years old.

This image released by Disney+ shows, from left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from the nearly 8-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary “Get Back,” airing over three days starting Thanksgiving. (Disney+ via AP)

‘Get Back’ series dispels, and confirms, some Beatle myths

- Associated Press

For 50 years, the fixed narrative had the Beatles’ “Let it Be” recording session as a miserable experience with a band where members were sick of each other, sick of their work and in the process of breaking up.

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This image released by Disney shows Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, in a scene from the animated film "Encanto." (Disney via AP)

'Encanto,' 'House of Gucci' fuel Thanksgiving box office

- Associated Press

Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney's "Encanto" and the Lady Gaga-led "House of Gucci" both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas.

FILE - In this May 20, 2016, file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Smollett is going on trial this week, accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack downtown Chicago nearly three years ago. Jury selection is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Trial set to start on charges Smollett faked racist attack

- Associated Press

A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger.

A woman and a child, both wearing face masks to protect from COVID-19 look at a commercial office building in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

More omicron cases pop up as world struggles to learn more about new variant

- Associated Press

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus.

Bob Dylan's new series of paintings "Deep Focus" are part of an exhibit of his visual art at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Miami. "Retrospectrum" will showcase over 180 of Dylan's acrylics, watercolors, drawings and ironwork sculptures, including new pieces that will be shown for the first time. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Bob Dylan artwork show opens in Miami, new cinema paintings

- Associated Press

Bob Dylan has been telling stories through songs for 60 years. But recently America's master lyricist has also captured moments in a new series of paintings that, just like his songs, are intimate and a bit of a mystery.

Folsom Vice Mayor Sara Aquino folds a napkin at Back Bistro in Folsom, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Aquino is an insurance broker. But she took a part-time job at one of her favorite local restaurants because they were struggling to hire people. Employers have reported a shortage of workers to meet demand as more people return to normal habits following the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic. Aquino sees it as her civic duty to help out local businesses. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

Businesses luring employees along with customers this season

- Associated Press

Businesses struggled to get through the Great Recession more than a decade ago with minimal staff because low demand forced them to lay off workers. But the opposite is playing out in the pandemic, this time with lots of demand but fewer workers willing to return following government-imposed lockdowns.

People line up to get on the Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

- Associated Press

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa - where omicron was first identified - are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

Gene Wilder aka Willy Wonka oversees some of the best movie gifts for 2021 including "The Shawshank Redemption," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek: The Original Four Movie Collection," "Randolph Scott Western Collection," "A Clockwork Orange," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection: Uncensored," "Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection," "Mad Max Anthology," and "Dune: Special Edition."

Best Blu-ray, DVD and 4K UHD gift ideas for movie fans

- The Washington Times

Gift ideas for movie watchers include "The Shawshank Redemption," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek: The Original Four Movie Collection," "Randolph Scott Western Collection," "A Clockwork Orange," "Apocalypse Now: 40th Anniversary Steelbook Edition," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Columbia Classics Collection: Volume 2," "The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection: Uncensored," "Audrey Hepburn: 7-Movie Collection," "Mad Max Anthology," "Middle-Earth: The Ultimate Collector's Edition" and "Dune: Special Edition."