Black Promoters File $700M Suit

Several African-American concert promoters filed a lawsuit against a group of high-profile talent agencies Thursday, charging that the agencies prevented black promoters from working with top talent, according to the Associated Press. The $700 million suit, filed by five promoters in U.S. District Court in New York City, alleges that the defendants -- including the William Morris Agency and Creative Artists Agency -- prevented black promoters from working for white performers, as well as for African-American performers who had achieved star status. The AP reports that the lawsuit names The Artist Formerly Known As Prince and Lionel Richie as two musicians with whom the promoters were prevented from working, despite the fact that they had promoted those musicians' shows before the artists were widely known.