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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Kevin Eubanks

An adept guitarist with a bent toward contemporary jazz, Kevin Eubanks is best known for leading the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno. Born November 15, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eubanks grew up in a musical family along with his older brother, trombonist Robin, and younger brother, trumpeter Duane -- his uncle is pianist Ray Bryant.

A talented musician by his teens, Eubanks eventually studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating, he played...

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to NPR on Thursday that "there are no plans for them to attend" the awards ceremony, which will be held on Dec. 2 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

This decision makes Trump the only president to miss the ceremony twice in the history of the awards, which were inaugurated in 1978.

"If you could see every bird in the world, you'd see the whole world," writes Jonathan Franzen in The End of the End of the Earth. In the new collection of previously published essays — spanning art, nature and autobiography — he travels the world finding hope in things with feathers.

Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET

The Florida recount saga enters a new chapter today. Maybe.

The state's 67 counties are supposed to complete machine recounts for the governor, Senate and agriculture commissioner races by 3 p.m. ET Thursday. But Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who is about 12,000 votes behind Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the Senate race, has asked a federal judge to push that deadline back so every county can complete its second tally of ballots.

It is one of the oldest and most sexist tropes of all that husbands make messes and wives clean them up. Widows, directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), spins that idea in a new direction.

Billionaire filmmaker Howard Hughes has long been regarded as one of Hollywood's most eccentric and prolific playboys. A few years back, writer and film critic Karina Longworth stumbled onto an online message board, listing women Hughes had had sexual relationships with — just a list of names, no other information.

"In each of these names there's a whole life and a whole story," says Longworth, who hosts the film podcast You Must Remember This.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Frederick Douglass was a fierce critic of America, a radical patriot and an abolitionist who was formerly enslaved. A new biography sheds light on the lesser-known corners of Douglass’ life.

There’s a trend in the beauty industry to move toward natural ingredients. There’s also a focus on African-American women. Take Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, which offers a wide variety of shades for different skin tones. But many hair and beauty products, especially those marketed to African-American women, still contain potentially toxic ingredients.

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