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His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?
LONDON (AP) — British actor Idris Elba is stoking speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside, offering an enigmatic Twitter post that fueled the buzz about him becoming the first black Bond.
The star of shows such as “The Wire” and “Luther” on Sunday posted an artistic selfie under the words “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” echoing the spy’s famous catchphrase.
American film producer Antoine Fuqua stoked long-running speculation about Elba taking on the role last week, when he told Britain’s Daily Star that Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli had said “it is time” for a non-white actor to play agent 007.
But before fans go overboard, Elba posted another tweet a few hours later saying, “Don’t believe the HYPE ….”
Orchestra approves 3-year contract with Ohio musicians
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Symphony has announced a new contract with its 47 musicians taking effect next month.
The three-year collective-bargaining agreement provides a 3 percent raise for musicians. It also adds additional weeks of paid work to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, resulting in 28 weeks of guaranteed work for compensation by the third year.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the deal continues peaceful labor relations between the orchestra and musicians dating to a 2008 strike.
The agreement additionally extends access to employer group-health insurance over three years, continuing a benefit put in place in April.
The symphony’s 2018-19 season begins Sept. 21 with “In Full Splendor: Opening Night at the Symphony,” featuring pieces inspired by the Disney film “Fantasia.”
Music festival to honor Charles Neville
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts.
The fifth Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that opens Saturday has been designated a living monument to Neville, who died in April at age 79.
The festival was co-founded by Neville’s wife, Kristin Neville.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Nevilles’ home city of New Orleans, Kristin worked with musicians and nonprofits there to help get artists back on their feet. Struck by the historical, cultural, and economic parallels between the two river cities, she was inspired to establish the Springfield festival.
Springfield’s mayor will offer a proclamation and the family will pause the program for a ceremonial moment and to dedicate the festival’s main stage in Charles Neville’s name.