Paule Marshall, Novelist of Diverse Influences, Dead at 90

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her...

Comedian Defends Charm City

By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected] Comedians are the windows into the soul of society.  They make audiences laugh at issues and events that are troubling and today they seem to have as much credibility...

AFRO Exclusive: Bebe Winans Tells All in New Book

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] At only 56 years of age, Gospel singer Bebe Winans has already achieved the title of “legendary”- partially because for most of his life he’s been performing- and his...

NFL Teaming with Jay-Z on Entertainment and Social Activism

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc...

A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Sweden Assault, Won’t Face Prison

By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault Wednesday in Sweden, where his jailing after a Stockholm street brawl drew the close attention of U.S. President...

Cicely Tyson Joins Cast of Ava DuVernay Series on OWN

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson will join the cast as a series regular in Ava DuVernay's new romance anthology series on OWN, "Cherish the Day." The network said Tuesday that the...

Georgia Teen Wins Google Competition, Gets $30K for College

By The Associated Press STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia high school graduate has won a $30,000 college scholarship through the "Doodle for Google" competition. Citing a Google statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arantza Pena Popo's design was...

Freed Inmate Cyntoia Brown Marries Recording Artist J. Long

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long,...

Cosby Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Toss #MeToo Conviction

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday questioned why actor Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his lawyers asked the panel to...

Finally, Missy Elliott Will Receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, one of the most iconic players in the history of music videos, will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019...

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz to Open Performing Arts Center

By The Associated Press MACEDON, N.Y. (AP) — Singer Alicia Keys and music producer husband Swizz Beats are planning to create a performing arts center in upstate New York. The couple's proposal to transform an industrial...

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...

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