A&E: Film Review: ‘Brian Banks,’ Biopic of Wrongfully Convicted High School Athlete

By Dwight Brown NNPA Newswire Film Critic In this #MeToo age, a biofilm about a wrongfully convicted high school football player, who was accused, tried and imprisoned for rape, is timely. The real Brian Banks, the...

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...

Black Fatherhood Shines in New Animated FIim

By AFRO Staff For the most part, Historically, stories about Black fathers in mainstream media often carry a misleading, yet pervasive tones of absenteeism, hyper masculinity, insensitivity, and irresponsibility, monolithic. But this week, the beauty...

Kirk Franklin Brings Inspiration to the MGM

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] The MGM National Harbor might be known for its slots, tables, clubs, restaurants and shopping, but Kirk Franklin brought the Holy Spirit to the lavish casino on July 26. In...

From Promoter to Proprietor

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] From the days where he roamed the Morgan State University campus Tracy Wiggs has always had the gift of gab.  With his raw wit and business savvy he...

Crazy Like a Fox Tour Comes Home

By Brittney Johnson, AFRO Intern Baltimore native Melony Hill has created a safe and intimate space for Black women to learn, heal, and thrive. Her brainchild, Crazy Like A Fox, an empowerment tour has been widely...

Actresses of Color Make Equal-Pay Quest a Group Effort

By Lynn Elber and Lindsey Bahr, AP Entertainment Writers Actresses of color are getting more roles and acclaim, but not commensurate money. Recognizing that achieving change isn't a solo act, they looked for help — and...

Taraji Henson Testifies on Capitol Hill

By Lauren Victoria Burke, Special to the AFRO Award-winning actress and ‘Empire’ star Taraji P. Henson testified before members of Congress on mental health issues in the African American community. “I am here using my celebrity, using...

HBCU-TV Launches New App

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Behind the scenes, Curtis Symonds has been a player in the cable television industry for nearly 40 years.  In the dark ages when Black Entertainment Television was an...

‘Straight Crankin’ Goes South

By Brianna N. McAdoo, Special to the AFRO The sounds of Chocolate City are making their way down South this summer, where Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary has been nominated in the documentary category at the 10th...

The Wire Actress Arrested For Cocaine Possession

By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO ‘The Wire’ actress Sonja Sohn, who portrayed Det. Kima Griggs on the crime drama was arrested recently for cocaine possession.  According to TMZ, Sohn, known legally as Sonja Denise, Plack,...

Ali is Blade, Portman is Thor, and More From Marvel’s Phase 4

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Avengers: Endgame" may have closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the blockbuster factory is not slowing down and only expanding in scope...
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