ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Bevy of Local Celebs Find Stardom on Reality TV

It’s hard to remember a time when the television airwaves were filled with new episodes of our favorite scripted series like “The Cosby Show,” “Martin,” “Living Single,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “A Different World”...

Bill Cosby Wants Death Hoaxes to Stop

Comedian Bill Cosby is not laughing at Internet rumors saying he’s dead and wants them to stop. The rumors circulated after his supposed death was a “trending” topic August 2 on the social networking site...

Aretha Franklin Cancels Concerts Following Accident

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin has cancelled two free Brooklyn concerts due to an accident that resulted in fractured ribs and pain in her abdomen. According to a report by The Post Chronicle, Franklin...

Laurence Fishburne’s Daughter to Star in Adult Film

Actor Laurence Fishburne’s daughter wants to appear before the cameras, too—but she’ll be doing flicks of a different nature. According to TheGrio.com, Montana Fishburne, 19, announced on July 30 that she will be appearing...

D.C.’s Ben’s Chili Bowl Ventures into Maryland

Ben’s Chili Bowl has become an undeniable staple in the District’s food culture. Chili-laden half-smokes, piquant hot dogs and mounds of French fries have made this hometown hotspot an international destination. But nearby Marylanders won’t...

Homegrown Rising Star to Perform at Summer Concert Series

Desiree Jordan, a growing tour de force on the Washington, D.C., music scene, is prepared to showcase her vocal talents and stage persona – likened to Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion and Dorothy Dandridge by...

D.C. Black Theater Festival Makes Summer Debut

Black theater has long been a part of America’s entertainment tradition, with stars such as “Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad and media mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs frequently making appearances on stage. In honor of...

All Hail the DJ

The historic components of hip hop—an emcee, microphone and disc jockey—changed as the genre evolved over the years. The latter of the list, once the fundamental backbone of classic hip hop, eventually started to...

Thousands Say Goodbye to Gospel Icon Walter Hawkins

Droves of people gathered at the Paramount Theater in Oakland on July 27 to pay their respects to fallen gospel legend Walter Hawkins. The televised funeral service featured a variety of performances from a...

Kim Coles Teams with NAACP to Announce Theatre Award Nominees

Actress Kim Coles joined the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the NAACP on July 26 and hosted a press conference to announce the nominees of the organization’s upcoming annual Theatre Awards. Keith Robinson, star of...

‘Love, Peace and Soul’ Comes to DVD

From oversized bell bottoms to massive afros, “Soul Train” is synonomous with Black fashion, soul and above all, music. The TV series, hosted by pop icon Don Cornelius for more than two decades, aired...

Singer Ne-Yo Talks Life, ‘Libra Scale’

R&B crooner Ne-Yo is known for his catchy hits, dashing good looks and songwriting skills. But the popular singer said he’s more than a passing pop music fad in a recent interview with ESSENCE.com....