MOSSIMO GIANNULLI REPORTS TO PRISON IN COLLEGE BRIBERY CASE
BOSTON (AP) – Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli has reported to prison to begin serving his five-month sentence for bribing his daughters’ way into college. Giannulli’s wife, “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin), is already behind bars for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme involving prominent parents and elite schools across the country. She began her two-month prison term late last month. The couple was among the most high profile parents charged in the scheme, which authorities say involved hefty bribes to get undeserving teens into schools with rigged test scores or bogus athletic credentials.
CAROL BURNETT PUTS VARIETY, AND MUSIC, BACK IN HER SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carol Burnett has put the variety back in her show. Many know “The Carol Burnett Show” only as a half-hour sketch series through decades of chopped-down reruns. But in its first life from 1967 to 1978, it was an hourlong variety show that featured music stars like Ray Charles and Bing Crosby, with Burnett herself usually leading a theatrical musical finale. The 87-year-old Burnett tells The Associated Press that she adored those performances, which reflected her Broadway beginnings. Now, 65 episodes have been restored and expanded and are streaming on services including Tubi and The Roku Channel.
TARAJI P. HENSON TELLS NEW JACK SWING BACKSTORY IN PODCAST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A new podcast series delves into the New Jack Swing backstory. Taraji P. Henson says it is a much-needed piece of work. The Oscar-nominated actor is the host of “Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound,” which premiered this week on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the Wondery App. She’s also a producer of the six-part series, which airs Tuesdays. The series looks at the “rise and eventual fall” of the movement. “Jacked” delves into the complex relationships between a group of Harlem teenagers who created the musical sound. It features Henson’s narration, dozens of interviews including band members and managers, and music from Universal Music Group’s catalog.