Remember the days when you'd just get a phone call announcing school was closed for snow? Well, now principals and teachers (with the help of some special guests) are kicking those announcements up a notch by singing and rapping your school status.
Forty-three kids from Rolph Literacy Academy, a school for kids with dyslexia in Wichita, Kansas, rap the popular children's book. The beat and video were produced by 17-year-old Caleb Hope, who also happens to be dyslexic. (Video by Caleb Hope and the Fundamental Learning Center)
The Grammy’s have embraced Hip Hop and R&B for its 2018 nominations. Jay-Z has earned eight nominations while Kendrick Lamar picked up seven. Other nominees include; Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee.
Tom Petty’s career spanned 40 years during which time he released 13 studio albums with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, three solo albums, two Mudcrutch albums, and two albums with the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He was nominated for 18 Grammy awards and won three. (Video includes photos from the Kansas City Star archives and the Associated Press)
Neil Diamond opened his concert in Wichita on Saturday night with “Cherry, Cherry. “ 10,500 fans came out to Intrust Bank Arena to see Diamond on his 50th anniversary tour. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Singer/songwriter/ actor Mark Collie, known for 1990s country hits and more recent TV and film appearances, performed Thursday night in a concert for Kansas Department of Corrections workers to celebrate their achievements in reducing prisoner recidivism. Collie, a friend of legendary prison musicians Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, is an advocate for and practitioner of prison music therapy.