Monday, March 30, 2020

Music

(BPRW) Statement From ESSENCE Communications, Inc. on the Postponement of the 2020 ESSENCE Festival...

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(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Two weeks ago, we announced plans for the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of CultureTM and indicated that we would continue to evaluate the novel coronavirus crisis using all available resources and intelligence towards ensuring...

R Kelly Seeks Release From Jail, Cites Coronavirus Risk

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By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge Thursday to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography...

D-Nice Throws World’s Biggest Dance Party

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] With businesses shutting down and people from the United States and countries around the world quarantining due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, people of all backgrounds are spreading light, love and art through social media,...

Pop Superstar Rihanna Donates $5 Million to Relief Efforts

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By The Associated Press  Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation is giving $5 million to the response efforts against the coronavirus. The money will support "on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities...

American Icon’s Personal Archive Acquired

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By AFRO Staff The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the personal archive of civil rights activist, award-winning entertainer and producer, and cultural icon Harry Belafonte. The collection includes 400 linear feet of...

Federal Prosecutors in NYC Add to R Kelly’s Legal Woes

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By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors hit R. Kelly with more criminal charges Friday, accusing the disgraced R&B singer of having unprotected sex with a girl in 2015 without disclosing he had herpes. The new racketeering charges...

A Product of Preparation

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By Imani Wj Wright Special to the AFRO I've been deeply immersed in music, not just as a fan but as an active creator and participant, since I was seven years old. Vocal lessons, rehearsals, and compositions are all activities I...

Ciara is Latest Musician to Postpone Show Due to Coronavirus

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By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Ciara is the latest musician to postpone a concert because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Ciara, who is pregnant, was set to perform in Texas at the grand opening of the...

McCoy Tyner, Iconic and Influential Jazz Pianist, Dies

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By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — McCoy Tyner, the groundbreaking and influential jazz pianist and the last surviving member of the John Coltrane Quartet, has died. He was 81. Tyner’s family confirmed the death in a statement released on...

Despite Label Drama, Megan Thee Stallion Happy To Release Music

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By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer Megan Thee Stallion says she works extremely hard in the studio writing music, and so became more than a little worried when she almost couldn't release her new album because of a dispute with her...

PRESS ROOM: First Multi-Genre Black Music Museum to Open Early September in ‘Music City’

By NNPA NEWSWIRE After more than 20 years in development, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is ready to open its doors to music lovers of all ages. The 56,000 square foot facility located in the heart of...

Macy Gray Live at Soundstage

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By Jessica Dortch AFRO Staff [email protected] Who is Macy Gray? What comes to mind is probably a combination of soulful sounds, raspy resonances and an uncontrollable groove. The soul singer is bringing all the funk and much more to Baltimore Soundstage on...

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