KOFI TYUS: THEN AND NOW

By Jessica Dortch, Special to the AFRO, [email protected]  As an accomplished artist-activist, and recently, the recipient of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Award for Best Editorial Cartoon, Kofi Tyus remains humble about his artistic contributions...

Philadelphia Honors Patti LaBelle with a Street – but spells her name wrong

By Defender News Service Philadelphia honored singer Patti LaBelle with her very own street earlier this week. Unfortunately, the signs didn’t get her name right. The city’s Streets Department didn’t capitalize the “b″ in the legendary...

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) TV Honors Winners Announced

By Sentinel News Service Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” earned four wins from the African American Film Critics Association, who today, announced the winners of its upcoming AAFCA TV Honors. The highly popular Netflix...

Robin Thede Looks to Build Legacy in HBO Sketch Comedy Show

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thede knew plenty of talented African-American woman comedians, but only a few were getting hired on popular TV comedy shows such as "Saturday...

Comedian Defends Charm City

By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected] Comedians are the windows into the soul of society.  They make audiences laugh at issues and events that are troubling and today they seem to have as much credibility...

A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Sweden Assault, Won’t Face Prison

By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault Wednesday in Sweden, where his jailing after a Stockholm street brawl drew the close attention of U.S. President...

Cicely Tyson Joins Cast of Ava DuVernay Series on OWN

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson will join the cast as a series regular in Ava DuVernay's new romance anthology series on OWN, "Cherish the Day." The network said Tuesday that the...

Georgia Teen Wins Google Competition, Gets $30K for College

By The Associated Press STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia high school graduate has won a $30,000 college scholarship through the "Doodle for Google" competition. Citing a Google statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arantza Pena Popo's design was...

Finally, Missy Elliott Will Receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, one of the most iconic players in the history of music videos, will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019...

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz to Open Performing Arts Center

By The Associated Press MACEDON, N.Y. (AP) — Singer Alicia Keys and music producer husband Swizz Beats are planning to create a performing arts center in upstate New York. The couple's proposal to transform an industrial...

AFRAM, Baltimore’s African American Festival Returns August 10-11, 2019

Baltimore's AFRAM festival returns to Druid Hill Park August 10-11 starting at 12 p.m. each day. The festival is a celebration of African American life, music and culture and is free and open to...

Straight Crankin’ Featured at Home

By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO The District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) recently had their original production and documentary, “Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary” selected for a second...
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