Afroman to Pay $65K in Lawsuit Filed by Woman He Punched

By The Associated Press BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Musician and rapper Afroman has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman he punched during a 2015 Mississippi performance. The Sun Herald reports...

Janet Jackson Shines at Billboard Music Awards

By The Associated Press The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer...

R. Kelly Stages Racy Performance Amid Protest, Allegations

By TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — With demonstrators standing outside his concert protesting his presence, R. Kelly summoned his passionate fans to carry him through what has been a difficult week. Interspersing...

Rapper Juelz Santana Pleads Not Guilty to Airport Gun Charge

By The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Juelz Santana says he's working on new music while under home confinement after authorities said he tried to bring a gun on a plane at Newark...

R. Kelly set to Perform in North Carolina Despite Protests

By TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — R. Kelly is going on with his concert in North Carolina Friday, rejecting calls from protesters to cancel his appearance over longstanding allegations of sexual...

Rapper Wale Says Being Dark Skinned Hurt His Career

Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] While rap has been known to highlight women, drugs, money and violence, in recent years a more emotional style has been popularized by rappers such as Drake, Logic, J. Cole...

Is It Time to #MuteRKelly?

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] For over twenty years, Robert Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, has been engrossed in controversy regarding crude behavior, to say the least, with young women- more specifically, teenage...

Neville Brothers Saxophonist Charles Neville Dead at 79

The Associated Press Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has...

Meek Mill: People Going Through Same Ordeal Depending on Him

By The Associated Press Rapper Meek Mill said Wednesday that now that he's out of prison, a lot of people facing similar battles with the criminal justice system are depending on him. "I got a lot...

Tekashi 6ix9ine Makes Money Rapping the N-Word. He’s Not Black.

By Lisa Snowden, Special to the AFRO A few weeks ago my son, who recently turned 10, sat down next to me on the bed where I’d been working. “Mommy, I want to be a Soundcloud rapper,”...

Founding Member of Celebrated Go-Go Band Rare Essence Remembered

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] About 2 a.m. on April 20, Rory Felton, better known as “DC”, founding member of the famed go-go band Rare Essence, was found dead of stab wounds in...

Kendrick Lamar the 1st Rapper to Win Pulitzer

By The Associated Press Rapper Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. It's the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award. The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work...

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