ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    Idris Elba Named Ambassador of 14th Annual American Black Film Festival

    Film Life Inc. has named England-born actor Idris Elba ambassador of the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), according to a press release sent to the AFRO. The festival will be held June...

    Forestville Native Strikes Balance Between Comedy and Radio

    Try telling comedian Reese Waters he can’t do something and the 29-year-old will probably scoff at your projections. The Forestville, Md., native grew up blasting Martin Lawrence’s raunchy comedy tapes through his headphones in...

    Soledad’s Follow-Up Report about the Haitian Relief Effort

    Since Haiti’s no longer front-page news, it’s very easy to forget about the fact that there’s an ongoing crisis there in the wake of the devastating earthquake which hit the island on January 12th....

    Soul Revival: A Poetic and Visual Experience of Renewal

    (Baltimore, MD) –  “Soul Revival: A Poetic and Visual Experience of Renewal,” an art exhibit co-sponsored by Meroe Art Gallery and Authentic Contemporary Art, opens on May 1 and extends through Aug. 1 at...

    Ceremony to Recognize Power of Spoken Word

    With the rising popularity of spoken word and the rapid emergence of subgenres in poetry, the Great Publishing Company is presenting the National Underground Spoken Word & Poetry Awards (NUSPA) to honor the often...

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    Fire Claims the House of Singer Gerald Levert

    The Ohio home of the late singer Gerald Levert is in ruins following an April 17 fire, with firefighters calling the home a total loss. According to reports, Levert bought the house in April 1994,...

    Oprah Throws Verbal Jab at Kitty Kelly Biography

    Oprah Winfrey recently made her first public comment about the Kitty Kelly book about her life at a New York event, Blackamericaweb.com reported. Winfrey spoke on April 19 at the New York Women in Communications...

    New Exhibit Captures Legacy of Legendary Apollo Theater

    The Apollo Theater, the legendary venue that jumpstarted the careers of many well-known artists, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Helping to commemorate the theater’s anniversary and rich history, the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum...

    Teacher Schools Students with Hip-Hop Syllabus

    It landed on vinyl then moved to cassette; traveled to CD before reaching iTunes to be downloaded to iPods. The history of hip hop has had a long and winding journey, but a Washington,...

    Legendary Rapper, Keith ‘Guru’ Elam Loses Battle with Cancer

    Keith “Guru” Elam, one-half of the pioneering hip-hop group Gang Starr, died after a long battle with cancer on April 19, Mtvnews.com reported. “The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons...

    African Artist Introduces Homeland with Ancient Craft

    Since age 8, Martin Owino has fostered had a deep-rooted passion for art, especially batik, a cloth-decorating craft with origins in Africa and Asia. In fact, Owino’s passion for the intricate art was vital...

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