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Keys sells story app for kids


Alicia Keys is launching a storytelling app for kids.

“The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee” is about a young New York City girl’s relationship with her wise grandmother. It will be released today for $3.99 and is inspired by Keys’ relationship with her grandmother.

She said in an interview Wednesday raising her son was part of the app’s inspiration because she has been introducing him to children’s TV shows and DVDs.

CW now on demand

The CW is coming to video on demand for the first time today.

On Wednesday, the broadcast network announced a deal with Comcast for its prime-time series to be available to subscribers through the cable-provider’s Xfinity On Demand service.

Episodes of series such as “Arrow,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “America’s Next Top Model” will be available the day after they air.

The other broadcast networks already make programming available through on-demand services.

AMAs schedule acts

It’ll be a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll onstage at next month’s American Music Awards.

Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on Nov. 18.

All are also up for awards.

Minaj is the night’s leading nominee, along with Rihanna, with four bids each. Swift is nominated for favorite female country artist and Linkin Park is in the running for alternative artist.

Wish lists

The Journal Gazette will publish wish lists from established, 501(c)3 non-profit agencies in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio that seek donations to directly assist people in need. Email lists to or fax 461-8893 with subject line “Journal Gazette Giving,” or mail to Journal Gazette Giving, Attn: Joyce McCartney, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Include a group name, mission, address, phone number and needs, including drop-off times and locations. Deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer-actress Barbra Cook is 85. Actress Marion Ross is 84. Singer Jeanne Black is 75. Actress Nancy Cartwright is 55. Actor Michael Boatman is 48. Actor Adam Goldberg is 42. Singer Chely Wright is 42. Actor Craig Robinson is 41. Actor Mehcad Brooks is 32. Singer Katy Perry is 28. Singer Ciara is 27.