Vigil Held at Detroit Church for Aretha Franklin

The Associated Press People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn on August 15. The prayers come...

RAMBLING ROSE

By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO Hello everyone, how are you? This week I just want to profile some of my friends and yours to acknowledge their contributions. You may recognize a few of...

AP Source: Aretha Franklin Is Seriously ill

By The Associated Press Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about...

Dru Hill Adds Members of Playa to Form Supergroup

By AFRO Staff Fans over the world have sung along to the lyrics of their hit songs such as “Tell Me,” “Sleeping in My Bed,” “Never Make a Promise” and “We’re Not Making Love.” And, this...

Kennedy Center to Honor Hamilton Co-creators, Wayne Shorter

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The John F. Kennedy Center will recognize several legends at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. The co-creators behind hip-hopera “Hamilton” will be acknowledged with unique honors for producing...

DC Gears Up for Miss Black USA Contest at UDC

By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO Current Miss Black USA Daphne Lee will pass on her crown this weekend during the Miss Black USA 2018 pageant in the nation’s capital.  A professional ballerina, graduate...

Baltimore’s Waller Gallery Focuses on Black and Brown Artists

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Joy Davis, the woman behind the Waller Gallery (2420 North Calvert St., wallergallery.com) art museum which opened its doors this past April, says it was all her mother’s idea....

AFRAM Festival Goes Back to Being Big

By Brandi Randolph, Special to the AFRO The AFRAM Festival smells of second chances, first performances and summer every year. With performances by Dru Hill, Ella Mai and more, this year’s festival is expected to be...

Living For The Weekend

By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever...

Free the FUPA: Beyoncé Tells All

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C.  Editor, [email protected] Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, the “Bootylicious” diva, admitted to having a little extra meat on her bones after having children, and a collective sigh of relief was heard all throughout social...

Ciara’s Cryptic Response to Slim Thug’s Shots at Her Relationship

By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, [email protected] Did famous singer Ciara marry Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson simply for financial security? Houston rapper Slim Thug certainly thinks so, according to his own words during a radio interview last...

‘Dave’ the Musical Comes to Arena Stage

By Briana Thomas, Special to the AFRO Dave, a musical comedy, made its world premiere July 18 at Arena Stage in Southwest, Washington, D.C. The play is an adaptation from the 1993 Oscar-nominated film ‘Dave.’ Set in...

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