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...

Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj for Copyright Infringement

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nicki Minaj is being sued for sampling a Tracy Chapman song without permission. Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday in a Los Angeles federal court. The...

Ambassadors For Motown Sound Seek More of It in Hometown

By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — From the auditorium of Detroit's main library on a recent weeknight emerged the sound of Motown: Spirited takes of tunes that sprung from a studio just a few...

Old-School R&B Group The O’Jays Get into a Political Groove

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The iconic R&B group The O'Jays has always made music for the heart. Now the group is going for the jugular on what it says is...

Philadelphia Songwriter Wins $44M in Suit Over Usher Song

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia songwriter who claims he was cut out of profits and credit from song that was recorded by R&B star Usher has been awarded more than $44...

Cardi B Hands Out Free Winter Coats in New York

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people have lined up in New York City as rapper Cardi B handed out free winter coats. The Bronx-born rapper met with residents and fans on...

Chaka Khan Named 2019 Rose Parade Grand Marshal

By The Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, "The Melody of Life." Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny announced...

Rapper Fabolous Faces Domestic Violence, Threats Charges

By The Associated Press HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A grand jury in New Jersey has indicted rapper Fabolous on counts of domestic violence and making terroristic threats. The rapper, whose real name is John Jackson, was...

Beyonce, Jay Z Appear at City of Hope Cancer Charity Event

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer's vocals soared...

Roberta Flack Ready to Sing Again

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Once a week, Roberta Flack gives a musical performance for an exclusive group. The lucky audience consists of a musical director, who works with the...

Grand Ole Opry Gives Rare Salute to Soul Genius Ray Charles

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As an impoverished blind child in Florida, Ray Charles grew up listening to the country and western stars on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. That music...

Tina Turner Reveals Husband Gave Her Kidney for Transplant

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband. The 78-year-old singer says in an upcoming autobiography that she has suffered...

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