Famed Choir Director Showcases Choir Legacy at Eastern High School

By Hamil R. Harris, Special to The AFRO The National Church of God in Fort Washington, Maryland was filled with an eclectic offering of music last July 7 as generations of singers from the District’s Eastern...

Baltimore’s Dara Renee Stars in Disney’s Latest ‘Freaky Friday’ Remake

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO When Dara Renee first moved to Baltimore as a young girl, it was a rough transition.  She tells the AFRO, “It was hard at first because I like had...

Wine, Spirits and Soul Coming to Baltimore County

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO The Wine Spirits and Soul Festival comes to Towson, Maryland July 14. A fundraiser for Baltimore County’s Black youth, the festival funds scholarships that will be awarded during the...

Queen Latifah Celebrates With Hip-Hop Legends at Essence

By STACEY PLAISANCE and CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate "Ladies First" and...

AFRO’s Sean Yoes Pens New Book Chronicling Influential “Race and Politics” Column

By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRO In his “Race and Politics” column, Sean Yoes, has chronicled many of the difficult challenges and tragedies over the last three years in Baltimore since the death of Freddie...

MeToo’s Tarana Burke: Laying Groundwork for the Long Haul

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Tarana Burke took the podium in a hotel ballroom full of admirers — a scenario that's become somewhat familiar this past year...

Ella Mai Makes First Essence Festival Appearance Saturday

By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai's meteoric rise up the charts and in fans' hearts brings her to the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The 23-year-old London-born singer...

Musical Based on The Temptations Life Thunders at Kennedy Center

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Next to “Hamilton,” “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations” is one of the hottest shows at the John F. Kennedy Center for the...

$1.1M Awarded to Preserve African-American Historic Sites

By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location...

Actor and Director Damien D. Smith Puts New Spin on Term ‘Traveling For Work’

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Actor and director Damien D. Smith is on a roll. His film “Jinn”, about a teenager whose life is turned upside down after her mother simultaneously converts to Islam...

Show on Slavery Prompts Artist to Quit Montreal Jazz Fest

By The Associated Press American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney canceled his Tuesday night performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, protesting the event's ties to a show on slavery performed by whites. The black entertainer criticized the...

Film Review: ‘The First Purge’ is depressingly prescient

By The Associated Press This Fourth of July, we've got a chance to celebrate America's birth in a very American way — watching internecine warfare, spasms of savage violence and a dark government conspiracy pulling...

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