Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin To Boycott Dove Awards

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he's boycotting the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards after they edited out part of his acceptance speech earlier this...

Prince’s Anticipated, Posthumous Memoir is Ready for Fans

By LEANNE ITALIE AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Panic, joy, shock: Dan Piepenbring felt them all when Prince plucked him to collaborate on his first memoir, followed by more shock and profound sadness...

Kanye West Premieres new ‘Jesus Is King’ Film, Album

By RYAN PEARSON, AP Entertainment Writer INGLEWOOD, California (AP) — Kanye West has unveiled his "Jesus Is King" IMAX film, featuring a gospel choir performing at artist James Turrell's dramatic Roden Crater in the Arizona...

Kanye West says Kim Kardashian’s Sexy Attire Affects His ‘Soul’ 

By AFRO Staff Kanye West recently flipped the script on wife Kim Kardashian, expressing disapproval of her sexy style. On the Oct. 13 episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the couple argued about the dress...

Celebrating Milestones, Keeping the Music Alive

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C.  Editor, [email protected] Twenty years ago Jason Moran’s jazz trio, The Bandwagon wowed audiences with their unique sound and artistic mash-ups, and for eight years the Kennedy Center’s jazz programming has been...

Mathew Knowles: ‘I Have Breast Cancer’

By Black Health Matters One night in July, entertainment executive, Mathew Knowles, peeled off his white undershirt and noticed a red dot on it. He thought it was lint. It wasn’t, but he hardly gave...

Rapper 21 Savage Highlights Plight of Black Immigrants

By Johnathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Rapper 21 Savage believes immigrants like him who lived in America illegally as children should automatically become U.S. citizens. The Grammy-nominated artist, who was held this year in federal immigration...

Diahann Carroll, Oscar-Nominated, Pioneering Black Actress, Dies

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, AP Entertainment Writer Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first Black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has...

Jessye Norman, International Opera Star, Dead at 74

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center...

Celebrating Women in GoGo

By Nyame-kye Kondo, Special to the AFRO The live performance review and GoGo honorarium, "The First Ladies of GoGo," took place Sept. 19 on the rooftop of Eaton Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Featuring female pioneers...

BSO Concert Season Begins

By AFRO Staff The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (BSO) and members of the Orchestra and the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, a local 40-543, announced at a joint press conference that they have reached a...

A Previously Unreleased Track from Aretha Franklin is Coming Out

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording. "Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has a...

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