Neville Brothers Saxophonist Charles Neville Dead at 79

The Associated Press Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has...

Meek Mill: People Going Through Same Ordeal Depending on Him

By The Associated Press Rapper Meek Mill said Wednesday that now that he's out of prison, a lot of people facing similar battles with the criminal justice system are depending on him. "I got a lot...

Tekashi 6ix9ine Makes Money Rapping the N-Word. He’s Not Black.

By Lisa Snowden, Special to the AFRO A few weeks ago my son, who recently turned 10, sat down next to me on the bed where I’d been working. “Mommy, I want to be a Soundcloud rapper,”...

Founding Member of Celebrated Go-Go Band Rare Essence Remembered

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] About 2 a.m. on April 20, Rory Felton, better known as “DC”, founding member of the famed go-go band Rare Essence, was found dead of stab wounds in...

Kendrick Lamar the 1st Rapper to Win Pulitzer

By The Associated Press Rapper Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. It's the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award. The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work...

Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, to be Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Bon Jovi, the Cars and four first-time nominees, including Nina Simone, will be inducted Saturday night as the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class. Dire...

Absent Jay Z Inducted to Songwriters Hall by Obama Via Video

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z, whose wife Beyoncé is expecting twins soon, was absent from the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by a charismatic longtime fan: former U.S. President...

Forbes: Jay Z and Beyoncé Worth a Combined $1.16 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z and Beyoncé are a billion-dollar couple according to one estimate. Forbes puts the combined wealth of the married superstars at $1.16 billion. The magazine estimates Jay Z's fortune at...

Jay Z to Become 1st Rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights...

Prince’s Estate Sues Jay Z’s Roc Nation over Tidal Streaming

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's record company is suing Jay Z's company for copyright infringement, saying it streamed Prince's songs on the Tidal music service without permission after his death. Prince's NPG Records says in a...
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