ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    More Details Surface in Actor’s Death, Secret Divorce Revealed

    Several reports have surfaced in the sudden death of actor Gary Coleman, 42, at his Utah home. According to records discovered by TMZ, Coleman and ex-wife Shannon Price divorced in 2007, unbeknownst to many...

    Producer Brings International Flair to Urban Music

    Mase, a Florida-based producer with a growing list of celebrity clients, is poised to make a powerful impact on the music industry. Laser-focused, with a no-compromise attitude and strong business acumen, he is quickly...

    Chilling with Ice

    O’Shea Jackson was born on June 15, 1969, and adopted the cool alias “Ice Cube” before founding N.W.A. in the late 1980s. As the lyrical mastermind behind the legendary group's Straight Outta Compton album,...

    District Musician, ‘Little Benny’ Dies

    On May 30, the District lost a leading musician in the homegrown go-go music genre. According to reports, Anthony “Little Benny” Harley died in his sleep after an animated performance with Chuck Brown the...

    Singer Alicia Keys Expecting First Child

    Grammy Award-winning R&B Singer Alicia Keys is expecting her first child, according to the Associated Press. Keys is dating producer Swizz Beats, who has worked with Beyonce, Jay-Z and many others. They are reportedly engaged...

    Director Lee Daniels to be Recognized at American Black Film Festival

    Oscar-nominated producer and director Lee Daniels will be honored at the 14th annual American Black Film Festival in June, according to Blackvoices.com. At the festival’s closing event on June 26 in Miami, Daniels will...

    Harlem Quartet: An Inspiration in Four Parts

    While many entertainment industry hopefuls are hitchhiking cross country for “American Idol” auditions or dreaming of stardom on reality TV shows, a group of young Latino and African-American musicians are taking a decidedly different...

    Chef Competition Offers Unique Dining Experience

    BALTIMORE — “Whose cuisine will reign supreme?” Thirty-two area chefs will vie to answer that question over the next few months in the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, a unique addition to the area’s...

    On ‘Common’ Ground

    Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. in Chicago on March 13, 1972 to Lonnie, Sr. a former pro basketball player, and Dr. Mahila Ann Hines, an educator. He started rapping while still in...

    District-Based Rapper Receives BET Award Nod

    Washington, D.C.’s own Wale, a rapper popular for his hits “Pretty Girl” and “Diary,” has been nominated for a BET Award in the “Best New Artist” category. The entertainer, born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Nigerian...

    Mary J. Blige Set to Star in New Biopic

    New York-born singer Mary J. Blige is delving further into the acting arena. The star has appeared in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and is preparing to capture the idiosyncrasies...

    New Play Celebrates Love’s Many Facets

    Viewers of A Love Supreme, a stage play written by Hope Lynne Price-Lindsay, will relate and gain insight on love's emotional ups and downs. The play features an all-female cast and explores the inner...
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