Kennedy Center to Honor Hamilton Co-creators, Wayne Shorter

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The John F. Kennedy Center will recognize several legends at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. The co-creators behind hip-hopera “Hamilton” will be acknowledged with unique honors for producing...

DC Gears Up for Miss Black USA Contest at UDC

By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFRO Current Miss Black USA Daphne Lee will pass on her crown this weekend during the Miss Black USA 2018 pageant in the nation’s capital.  A professional ballerina, graduate...

Baltimore’s Waller Gallery Focuses on Black and Brown Artists

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Joy Davis, the woman behind the Waller Gallery (2420 North Calvert St., wallergallery.com) art museum which opened its doors this past April, says it was all her mother’s idea....

AFRAM Festival Goes Back to Being Big

By Brandi Randolph, Special to the AFRO The AFRAM Festival smells of second chances, first performances and summer every year. With performances by Dru Hill, Ella Mai and more, this year’s festival is expected to be...

Living For The Weekend

By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever...

Free the FUPA: Beyoncé Tells All

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C.  Editor, [email protected] Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, the “Bootylicious” diva, admitted to having a little extra meat on her bones after having children, and a collective sigh of relief was heard all throughout social...

Ciara’s Cryptic Response to Slim Thug’s Shots at Her Relationship

By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, [email protected] Did famous singer Ciara marry Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson simply for financial security? Houston rapper Slim Thug certainly thinks so, according to his own words during a radio interview last...

‘Dave’ the Musical Comes to Arena Stage

By Briana Thomas, Special to the AFRO Dave, a musical comedy, made its world premiere July 18 at Arena Stage in Southwest, Washington, D.C. The play is an adaptation from the 1993 Oscar-nominated film ‘Dave.’ Set in...

RAMBLING ROSE

Hello everyone, how are you? Well, I hope. I just want to start off by saying I love God’s work, but a little bit of less rain would do me just great. Well, rain...

Baltimore’s Abdu Ali Readies New Album

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Musician Abdu Ali, who was born and raised in Baltimore (and goes by the nonbinary pronoun they), makes music that has roots in Baltimore club but then extrapolates into...

Summer Film Camp Lights The Way For Young Filmmakers

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO Janice Murphy remembers what it was like to miss out on summer camp when she was growing up.  After her parents divorced the family couldn’t afford the extracurricular...

Former Slave Holding Mansion Now Home to Black Artists

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO About 20 miles south of Washington, D.C. lies an old plantation which once housed slaves that has been transformed into a home for some of the most innovative Black...

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