21st Maryland Film Festival Set to Launch

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] For devotees of more avant garde cinema offerings, the Maryland Film Festival (MFF) has grown in power and prestige over the last 21 years and the festival, which runs this...

The Haves And The Have Nots’ Actress Angela Robinson Talks Becoming Veronica

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Angela Robinson auditioned for her role of Veronica Harrington on OWN Network’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” under devastating circumstances. “My best friend was visiting and her...

Congressman, Celebs Push for A$AP Rocky’s Release From Jail

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Following an outcry from celebrities and a Change.org petition with half a million signatures, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat is pushing for the release of A$AP...

 “Stay Fly” Comes to CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Local Artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards will premiere her latest work this Friday at CityCenterDC, as part of CulturalDC’s 10th installation in their Mobile Art Gallery space. “Stay Fly” is a combination...

Kirk Franklin’s Top Song

New York, NY – Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award winning artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin’s new album LONG LIVE LOVE (Fo Yo Soul / RCA), which was released on May 31st, debuted at #1 on...

Lady Brion: Power Through Poetry

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] Brion Gill, known on poetry stages internationally as “Lady Brion” wields her gift like a cudgel, or waves it like silk depending on the occasion. Yet, she consistently lifts her...

There’s Still Time to See UnSeen At Portrait Gallery

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Even though The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is technically not on the National Mall geographically, it is still one of the most important museums in the District. Over the...

Art Critic Antwaun Sargent Shares Thoughts on Amy Sherald, Deaccession at Baltimore Museum of...

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Art critic Antwaun Sargent was present at the National Portrait Gallery this past February as the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled. “There were audible...

Foundation of Prince’s Second Wife to Honor Him at Gala

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Andra Day, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Philip Bailey and Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire will perform during a fundraising gala honoring Prince...

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...

Grammy-Nominated Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed at 33

By MESFIN FEKADU and ANDREW DALTON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said,...

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...

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