2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – A Melting Pot of the Finest...

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic The 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off its 50thyear anniversary with a bang. The annual two-weekend fest featured world-renown musicians, tempting food concession stands, a friendly crowd...

R. Kelly Judgment Withdrawn After Lawyers Say He Can’t Read

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly spent much of Wednesday in court, with his lawyer explaining to one judge that the singer didn't respond to a lawsuit brought by one of his...

Sandtown to Symphony

By Renee Foose, Special to the AFRO Most people would agree that being born into homelessness is not a good situation. Few, if any, would consider such a circumstance to be a blessing. However, one...

New Musical Shares Motown History Through Lens of a Love Story

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] When Marvin Gaye sang “Pride & Joy” in the early 1960s it was thought to be a tribute to his beloved girlfriend turned wife, Anna Gordy Gaye.  Over 55...

Jay-Z to Perform at Newly Renovated Webster Hall in NYC

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z will help re-open the newly renovated Webster Hall concert venue in New York City with a performance next week. Tickets for the April 26 show go on...

New Prince Album Featuring Unreleased Demos out in June

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A new Prince album featuring his versions of songs he wrote for other artists will be released in June. The 15-track "Originals" will include "Nothing Compares 2 U,"...

Street Art of Nipsey Hussle in LA Breathes Life into Legacy

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Along busy highways, on the sides of buildings and inside a school basketball court, more than 50 colorful murals of Nipsey Hussle have popped...

Review: New Doc Shows How Beyoncé Changed Coachella, Forever

By Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer Beyoncé is extremely private, and only lets you know what she wants you to know, when she wants you to know it — typically, in a surprise post on her...

Nipsey Hussle’s Family Gathers for Private Funeral in LA

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. and ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writers LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nipsey Hussle's family and friends gathered Friday for a private funeral on a day when the slain rapper was also honored...

From Snoop Dogg to President Obama: Tributes to Community Activist Nipsey Hussle

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was shot to death in Los Angeles on March 31 outside of his store Marathon Clothing. He was 33. Though...

Nipsey Hussle Becomes Face of Downtown LA on Day of Memorial

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nipsey Hussle's face was everywhere outside the Staples Center on Thursday, where a mood of festival and celebration stood in contrast to the somber memorial...

City of Chicago Sues Jussie Smollett for Investigative Costs

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say...

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