First Saudi Cinema Opens with Popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

By The Associated Press The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots April 18 evening as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater. Though it...

Bearden in Baltimore City Public Schools

By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, [email protected] The vast majority of people who pass through the Upton Metro station, the second busiest Metro stop (Penn-North is first) in the city, probably don’t realize that an American art...

Living For The Weekend

By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO “The years of imprisonment hardened me.... Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn't be blunted...

Former NFL Great Michael Vick Doesn’t Dodge His Past

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO Michael Vick became an NFL legend by eluding defenders that were trying to stop him.  With his playing days now over Vick doesn’t run away from his past...

Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, to be Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Bon Jovi, the Cars and four first-time nominees, including Nina Simone, will be inducted Saturday night as the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class. Dire...

Mavis Staples to Receive Underground Railroad Museum Award

By The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati says it plans to celebrate the life of singer and activist Mavis Staples with one of the museum's highest honors. The...

Between the World and Me’ Comes to Life at the Kennedy Center

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO “And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body. It does not...

Athlete Turned Photographer Hopes to Change Urban Perceptions

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO J.J. McQueen has spent most of his adult life looking at life through the prism of a camera’s lens. Whether he’s on assignment in the heat of the...

Star-Studded DC Emancipation Day Celebration Set

By Akil Wilson, Special to the AFRO This weekend Washington D.C. is preparing to celebrate the 156th anniversary of Emancipation Day, a day that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the District of...

Baltimore School for the Arts Alum Making New TV Show for Millennials

By Tilesha Brown, Special to the AFRO Imani Robinson, a Baltimore native, actor, alumna of the Baltimore School for the Arts and television writer is looking to produce a new show called “3 Blind Mice.” But...

Atima Omara, Political Pioneer with No Fear of Failing

By Tilesha Brown, Special to the AFRO Atima Omara is an award-winning political strategist, advocate, writer and speaker based in Washington, D.C. She made history in 2013 when she became the first African American, and only...

Erin J. Gilbert’s Job is to Archive Black Art for the Smithsonian

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Erin J. Gilbert recalls the wise advice of a former mentor who told her, “Nothing matters besides acquisitions, exhibitions and publication.” In the world of fine art, the value...

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