Wonder won’t sing in Fla. after verdict
NEW YORK — Stevie Wonder says he won’t perform in Florida and other states with a “stand your ground” law.
In a video posted on YouTube, the 63-year-old singer said at a concert in Quebec City, Canada, this week “that until the ‘stand your ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again.”
Wonder added: “Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”
The “stand your ground” law allows people to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.
George Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a February 2012 confrontation in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense.
Rapper Nas gets fellowship at Harvard
NEW YORK — Nas has rapped his way to Harvard University.
The Ivy League school announced this week that the 39-year-old rapper is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. It’s a joint venture with Harvard’s Hip-Hop Archive.
The fellowship will assist students who excel in the arts “in connection with hip-hop.”
Nas is one of hip-hop’s most celebrated lyricists, best known for his reflective rhymes and deep storytelling.
His 11th album, “Life Is Good,” was released last year. It earned four Grammy nominations.
Syfy plans ‘Sharknado’ sequel in 2014
NEW YORK — Syfy says flying sharks will bite again.
The network is announcing a sequel to “Sharknado,” which became an instant campy classic with its recent airing. The new film premieres in 2014.
This time the mayhem moves from Los Angeles to New York City. There, as before, sharks can be expected to plunge from the sky and plow through the streets as a result of an ecological nightmare.
Syfy also announced a special Twitter contest to give the movie an appropriate subtitle. Fans can tweet their subtitles to @SyfyMovies using the hashtag #Sharknado.
Meanwhile, nearly 1.37 million viewers tuned in.