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...

University of Minnesota Awards Honorary Degree to Prince

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has awarded the late rock star Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. University President Eric...

Cardi B Gets Assault Summons But Lawyer Say She Did No Harm

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B was given a summons on Monday for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault in connection with a melee at a New York strip club. The platinum rapper was...

Jam in Capitol Hill at This Year’s Hillfest

By LaNesha Kearse, Special to the AFRO The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation has teamed up with Mayor Muriel Bowser for the second annual Hillfest Music Exposition, Hillfest Conference Panel and Hillfest 2018 all day-event from Oct....

Suge Knight Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter over Fatal Confrontation

By Abrew Dalton, AP Entertainment Writer Averting a murder trial that had been nearly four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Sept. 20 to voluntary manslaughter for running over and...

DC Keeps Go-Go Alive

By Nyame-Kye Kondo, Special to the AFRO While the effects of the District’s new developments can be seen in different aspects of D.C. life, Go-go, one of the most famous aspects of the city’s culture remains,...

Prince’s New Basement Tape: Just Him Singing, Playing Piano

By The Associated Press Fans of Prince expecting his usual pyrotechnic guitar work will be surprised that one of the first official albums released from his fabled vault since his death more than two years...

Peabo Bryson on What He Loves About Maryland

By Jannah G. Johnson, Special to the AFRO Peabo Bryson has been a prolific icon in the music community for over 42 years, recording over 21 studio albums and performing all across the globe, however Maryland...

Celebs Turn Out to Help Rihanna’s Diamond Ball Shine Bright

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna's Diamond Ball shined in its fourth year and continued to make a name as one of the industry's white-hot and must-attend parties — all...

Aretha’s Lack of a Will Could Make Things Rocky for Heirs

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so...

Delta Sigma Theta Pays Tribute to Soror, the Queen of Soul

By The Associated Press What began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum on...

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