Marathon negotiations prompt hope of breakthrough in Los Angeles teachers’ strike

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — More than 30,000 teachers on strike in Los Angeles are hoping they’ll soon be back in the classroom as marathon negotiations continue behind closed doors over the holiday weekend to break a contract stalemate. “I hope they get this figured out soon. It’s exhausting,” Melissa Berlant, a striking sixth-grade English…read more »

High school student told she was ‘too dark’ to perform with dance team, lawsuit claims

liangpv/iStock(NEW YORK) —  A young woman is suing a school district in Kansas for discrimination and retaliation, claiming she was told she couldn’t perform with the dance team because her skin was “too dark,” according to a lawsuit. Camille Sturdivant was one of two African-American members on the 14-person “Dazzlers” dance team at Blue Valley…read more »

Not bad for a girl going nowhere: Ashley McBryde is 2018’s Best New Act, according to critics

Atlantic/Warner NashvilleAshley McBryde’s current single, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” was inspired by a teacher in her native Arkansas who predicted her musical dreams would never happen. Though it’s a story she often shares in concert, Ashley says her algebra teacher was far from the only naysayer she encountered. “When I talk about that song,” she tells the Nashville Scene,…read more »

You get a golf cart! And you get a golf cart! Jake Owen delivers impressive presents to Jordan Davis and Chris Janson

Big LoudIf Jordan Davis and Chris Janson want to go “Down to the Honkytonk,” they could drive there in the new golf carts their former tour mate Jake Owen just gave them. “Didn’t think [the] Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour’ this past summer could have been any better,” Jordan tweeted, posting a photo of his new ride. “Then I get this as a…read more »

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gets “Current” with new superstar revamp of ongoing exhibit

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe first new exhibit of 2019 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be a revamp of the Nashville attraction’s ongoing American Currents display. American Currents: The Music of 2018 will feature significant artifacts from Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire, Carly Pearce, Pistol Annies, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and…read more »