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...

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...

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...

Baltimore Poet Explores Faith, Fatherhood and Family

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Baltimore native Tariq’s Touré’s new book of poetry, Two Parts Oxygen, begins with a poem titled “118.” It is about his mother. “She reminds us, with perfect diction/that we are strangers...

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...

Black Restaurant Week Comes to DC

By Lauren E Williams, Special to the AFRO Get your calendars ready, and your stomachs emptied because the DMV is set to host Black Restaurant Week November 4-11. Focused on highlighting culinary cuisines from Black chefs,...

Natalie Gillard Uses Her DIY Talents to Promote Inclusion

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO When most people think of DIY they think of furniture or household accessories, but Natalie Gillard, a passionate DIYer who routinely creates her own clothing and household items, took...

Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Recognized as a National Treasure

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month, The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced June 19 that the childhood home of civil rights icon, musician and singer, Nina...

Neville Brothers Saxophonist Charles Neville Dead at 79

The Associated Press Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has...

Community Members Celebrate Opening of Historic African-American Community Center

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO The ribbon cutting to open the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center took place on Oct. 6 in the Good Hope neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md. Local officials, residents...

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...

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...

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