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Celebrity news: Hartford mayor says Dave Chappelle should ‘quit whining’

Chappelle fallout

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says comedian Dave Chappelle should ‘‘quit whining’’ about being heckled. Chappelle walked off a stage last week after being heckled in Hartford. Audio posted on TMZ.com shows Chappelle praising an audience in Chicago on Tuesday for being ‘‘so much better than Hartford.’’ Chappelle told the crowd if North Korea drops an atomic bomb on the United States he hopes it ‘‘lands in Hartford” and went on to call the crowd “evil” and “young white alcoholics.” Chappelle also quipped that he “wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all ‘crackers’ or something crazy like that,” referring to Michael Richards’s notorious use of a racial slur onstage in 2006. (AP and TMZ)

Angelou book honor

The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou. The poet and author of ‘‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’’ will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou. (AP)

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