ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    At 92, District Craftsman Aims to Inspire Others Through Art

    At 92 years old, District resident Ira Blount has surely experienced his share of tribulations and triumph. Along the way, he's utilized a unique pastime to help him make it through. Blount, just a...

    District of Columbia Communities Celebrate Love, Commitment on Black Marriage Day

    On March 27, more than 300 communities across the nation celebrated the promising future of Black families during the ninth annual Black Marriage Day. From Detroit to Dallas and Atlanta to New York, Black...

    Controversial Ad Featuring Serena Williams Shelved

    A racy video game ad featuring Serena Williams won’t be aired on broadcast television after the game’s developer said it was too risqué. The ad for “Top Spin 4” features Williams as “the world’s sexiest...

    Disco Singer Loleatta Holloway Dies at 64

    Famed disco singer Loleatta Holloway, whose hits included “Cry to Me” and “Love Sensation,” died from heart failure at a Chicago-area hospital on March 21. She was 64. According to The Huffington Post, the singer's...

    Jay-Z’s Former Artist Tru Life Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for NYC Attack

    A rapper once signed under hip-hop mogul Jay-Z’s record label was recently sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in a 2009 murder in New York. According to the Associated Press, rapper Tru...

    Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’ Perkins, Bluesman and Oldest Grammy Winner, Dies at 97

    Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, famous bluesman and the oldest person in history to win a Grammy award, died at his Austin, Texas home on March 21, according to his website. He was 97. Born in...

    Chris Brown Shows True Colors

    Twitter and popular celebrity news sites are buzzing after an incident involving Chris Brown’s appearance on the “Good Morning America”show. Chris Brown sat down with Robin Roberts to promote his new album F.A.M.E. (Fans...

    Ja Rule Pleads Guilty to $3M Tax Evasion

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper and actor Ja Rule admitted Tuesday that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, and he faces up to three years in prison. The platinum-selling...

    Rock Group “TV on the Radio” Announces Bassist Has Lung Cancer

    The bassist for rock group” TV on the Radio” has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a note on the band’s Web site. The band said bassist Gerard Smith won’t attend their upcoming tour...

    District Native’s ‘Isaiah Wait’ Featured in D.C.’s Independent Film Festival

    When an e-mail from the D.C. Independent Film Festival appeared in filmmaker David Lee Roberts’ inbox, he initially disregarded it.  “I thought it was junk e-mail,” Roberts told the AFRO in a recent interview. But to...

    Black Female Jockey’s Success and Struggle With Bipolar Disorder Detailed in New Memoir

    Sylvia Harris had reached rock bottom. She was homeless, she had lost custody of one of her children, and above all, she was battling mental illness. At her emotional peak, she needed an escape. When...

    Popular Rapper, Singer Nate Dogg Dies at 41

    Popular singer Nathaniel D. Hale, known to hip-hop music fans as Nate Dogg, died March 15 at age 41 after a lengthy illness. News of his death was first reported by the Long Beach, Calif....

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