New Documentary Threatens to Expose Michael Jackson as Child Predator

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia First R. Kelly. Now it’s the late King of Pop. After the scathing and gut-wrenching Lifetime Television documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” shed more light on the alleged crimes of...

On Finally Leaving Scandal-Plagued R. Kelly Behind

By Vance Brinkly, Special to the AFRO I remember the first time I came across music by R Kelly. I was 10-years-old, a nerdy, rather chubby kid bent on scavenging through people’s CD cases for movies...

D.C. Council Passes Bill to Benefit Performing Artists

By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected] In 1917 the great musician Duke Ellington and his band earned $100 per night entertaining audiences on U St. in Washington, D.C.  By today’s standards that would equate to...

Robert Townsend Doc on ‘The 5 Heartbeats’ Earns NAACP Nod

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Some of us understand the heartbreak of finding out our favorite band has broken up, but few can actually turn that dismay into a cult classic....

Jon Batiste Headlines Event for New Orleans Jazz Museum

By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — "Late Show" bandleader Jon Batiste comes home to Louisiana next month for a fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The Dec. 8 event takes place at the...

Remembering Hamiet Bluiett

By Nyame-Kye Kond, Special to the AFRO Dating back to the days of Black Broadway, When the U street corridor was an important destination for Black musicians, and later on when it became a poetry, and...

AP Source: Aretha Franklin Is Seriously ill

By The Associated Press Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about...

“The Lion King” Cast Talks Reimagining the Disney Classic

By KATIE CAMPIONE Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's "The Lion King" has received no shortage of remakes and spinoffs in the years since its original 1994 release. Now, as the film reaches its...

Ella Mai Makes First Essence Festival Appearance Saturday

By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai's meteoric rise up the charts and in fans' hearts brings her to the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The 23-year-old London-born singer...

Fan Charged After Rushing Onstage at Beyonce, Jay-Z Concert

By The Associated Press Police say they are pursuing more charges against a man who rushed onstage during a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Atlanta. Atlanta Police officer Lisa Bender told The Associated Press that 26-year-old...

Get in the Holiday Mood with Diana Ross and John Legend

By The Associated Press Diana Ross, "Wonderful Christmas Time" (UMe/Ross Records) Are you in the mood for jolly, singalong Christmas music? Diana Ross has you covered. Looking for something more serene, with religious tones? Diana Ross has...

Hall, Lewis, Layne, Stenberg Are Named Essence Honorees

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Essence has named four actresses as its annual Black Women in Hollywood honorees. They are Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg, who both starred in "The Hate U...

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