Iconic BET Exec Leaving Network

By Lenore T. Adkins/Special to the AFRO Debra Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks, is leaving the company after spending 32 years there, Lee announced May 25. Her last day is May...

Target, American Greetings Apologize for Racially Insensitive ‘Baby Daddy’ Card

The Associated Press American Greetings has apologized for a Father's Day card that drew criticism on social media for depicting a Black couple over the words "Baby Daddy." The inside of the card reads: "You're a...

James Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dies at 79

By The Associated Press Theologian James Cone, who as a founder of Black liberation theology linked Christian faith with the struggle against racism and oppression, has died. He was 79. Cone was hospitalized last week and...

Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis Becomes Youngest Two-Time World Champion

By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor  Gervonta “Tank” Davis became the youngest two-time world champion after beating former champion Jesus Cuellar to earn the WBA Super Featherweight title on April 21 at the Barclays Center in...

The Fortnite Phenomenon

By David R. Lee Jr., Special to the AFRO Every year, there appears to be a gaming phenomenon that sweeps the globe. Last year, Pokémon Go dominated the markets. This year, Fortnite is the game that...

Sides Agree to Drop Rape Lawsuit Against Russell Simmons

By The Associated Press A lawsuit from a Los Angeles woman who alleged music mogul Russell Simmons raped her is being dropped. A federal court filing Wednesday says the two sides have agreed that the suit,...

New Miss America Crowned Amid Swimsuit Controversy

By The Associated Press The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad she didn't have to. Nia Imani Franklin, who won the title Sunday night in...

Oprah Keeps it Unpresidential in Address to California Grads

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey paused before talking politics Friday as she stood in front of a crowd of graduates at the University of Southern California. Then she decided...

In Closing, Defense Calls Cosby Accuser ‘Pathological Liar’

By The Associated Press Bill Cosby's lawyers urged a jury Tuesday to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they said were based on "flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence," arguing he was falsely accused by...

Morgan Freeman Apologizes in Wake of Harassment Accusations

By The Associated Press Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of...

Kevin Hart Surprised Two D.C. Students With Scholarships in Los Angeles

By Charise Wallace, Special to the AFRO Two students from Washington, D.C., were chosen to receive scholarships through the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) and United Negro College Fund (UNCF), but once they learned that comedian...

Jury to Deliberate after Cosby Painted as Predator, Victim

By The Associated Press Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments that portrayed the comedian both as a calculating predator who's finally being...

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