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Tekashi 6ix9ine Makes Money Rapping the N-Word. He’s Not Black.

By Lisa Snowden, Special to the AFRO A few weeks ago my son, who recently turned 10, sat down next to me on the bed where I’d been working. “Mommy, I want to be a Soundcloud rapper,” he said. My husband and I...

First Black-Owned Movie Theater Opens In Baltimore

By Nakia Brown, Special to the AFRO What began as a hobby of perfecting the audio and cinematic experience, evolved a 7-seat home theater in a townhouse basement into a 85-seat luxurious and independent multiplex movie theater in Baltimore. Next Act Cinema,...

AFRO Exclusive with Taraji P. Henson

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By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] In the Black community, mental health is often treated as the elephant in the room that no one really wants to talk about. Between “praying the pain away,” worrying about “airing dirty laundry,” and thinking...

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 big. AFRAM is Baltimore’s African...

Kirk Franklin Brings Inspiration to the MGM

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By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] The MGM National Harbor might be known for its slots, tables, clubs, restaurants and shopping, but Kirk Franklin brought the Holy Spirit to the lavish casino on July 26. In a concert that lasted over...

2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – A Melting Pot of the Finest...

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic The 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off its 50thyear anniversary with a bang. The annual two-weekend fest featured world-renown musicians, tempting food concession stands, a friendly crowd of music fans and a...

Lynching Memorial and Museum in Alabama Draw Crowds, Tears

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By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor Tears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation's first memorial to the victims of lynching April 26 in Alabama. Hundreds lined up in the rain to get a first look at the...

Navia Robinson Learns from the Best as She Makes Her Own Hollywood Moves

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO At an early age, Navia Robinson has already gotten the opportunity to learn from two actresses with longevity. One of Robinson’s first jobs at the age of 9 was working with Gabrielle Union in...

Black Panther Costume Revealed at NMAAHC

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By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO Wakanda forever has been taken to a new level at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). On October 24, Chadwick Boseman’s “Black Panther” costume was on display for the...

Hip-Hop Museum Preserves Rap Music History in D.C.

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By Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer,  [email protected] Forty years ago, near the end of the Jimmy Carter administration, when the Baltimore Orioles were making a run to the World Series, the music world was caught off guard by a genre’ that would...

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 DIY to the next level...

Kojo Nnamdi Hosts Ward 8 Town Hall 

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By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO WAMU 88.5’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show will host a free town hall event focused on local entrepreneurship and its impact on the community and residents of Ward 8.   The public forum titled, “Kojo in Your Community:...

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