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    Baltimore’s Dara Renee Stars in Disney’s Latest ‘Freaky Friday’ Remake

    By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO When Dara Renee first moved to Baltimore as a young girl, it was a rough transition.  She tells the AFRO, “It was hard at first because I like had...

    Wine, Spirits and Soul Coming to Baltimore County

    By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO The Wine Spirits and Soul Festival comes to Towson, Maryland July 14. A fundraiser for Baltimore County’s Black youth, the festival funds scholarships that will be awarded during the...

    Queen Latifah Celebrates With Hip-Hop Legends at Essence

    By STACEY PLAISANCE and CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate "Ladies First" and...

    MeToo’s Tarana Burke: Laying Groundwork for the Long Haul

    By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Tarana Burke took the podium in a hotel ballroom full of admirers — a scenario that's become somewhat familiar this past year...

    Ella Mai Makes First Essence Festival Appearance Saturday

    By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai's meteoric rise up the charts and in fans' hearts brings her to the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The 23-year-old London-born singer...

    Musical Based on The Temptations Life Thunders at Kennedy Center

    By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Next to “Hamilton,” “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” is one of the hottest shows at the John F. Kennedy Center for the...

    $1.1M Awarded to Preserve African-American Historic Sites

    By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location...

    Actor and Director Damien D. Smith Puts New Spin on Term ‘Traveling For Work’

    By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Actor and director Damien D. Smith is on a roll. His film “Jinn”, about a teenager whose life is turned upside down after her mother simultaneously converts to Islam...

    Show on Slavery Prompts Artist to Quit Montreal Jazz Fest

    By The Associated Press American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney canceled his Tuesday night performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, protesting the event's ties to a show on slavery performed by whites. The black entertainer criticized the...

    Film Review: ‘The First Purge’ is depressingly prescient

    By The Associated Press This Fourth of July, we've got a chance to celebrate America's birth in a very American way — watching internecine warfare, spasms of savage violence and a dark government conspiracy pulling...

    RAMBLING ROSE

    By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO Hello my dear fans and readers. How are you? I am doing well, thank you for asking. Honey Child! Have I got something for you that will keep...

    Oprah-Backed ‘Rape of Recy Taylor’ Recounts Black Woman’s Ordeal

    By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer When Oprah Winfrey saluted unheralded #MeToo crusaders at the Golden Globes last January, she chose a rape victim from 1940s Alabama to drive home her point. "Recy Taylor, a name I...

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