New York City Street Named for Rapper Notorious B.I.G.

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City street has been named for rapper Notorious B.I.G. Community members and elected officials gathered in a downpour on Monday at the intersection of St....

John Legend on Abortion Law Boycotts: ‘Money Talks’

By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend says Hollywood should consider boycotting Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and other states that pass restrictive abortion laws. Legend admits he's not sure if a boycott...

`Jazzy Summer Nights’ Celebrates 20 Years

By AFRO Staff “Jazzy Summer Nights,” the Baltimore outdoor concert series, which launched in 1999, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with a concert featuring neosoul singer Bilal, Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie and DJ Keebeepooh. Jazzy Summer Nights (JSN) was born out of a partnership between...

Timeline of R. Kelly’s Life and Career

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life...

District Attorney Says Meek Mill Should Get New Trial, and Judge

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has...

The Rebirth of Cool

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] Jazz musician and impresario Todd Barkan has brought world class Jazz back to Baltimore. There was a surreal scene in the swanky Harbor East community over the Memorial Day weekend. Billy Murphy,...

John Gary Williams of R&B Group The Mad Lads Dies at 73

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Gary Williams, the lead singer for the R&B vocal group The Mad Lads who sung "I Want Someone" and "Don't Have to Shop Around,"...

Feeling Aretha’s Spirit, J Hud Honors Icon At Pulitzers

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize...

Celebrities Speak Out On Criminal Justice Reform

By MARCELA ISAZA Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and...

3 Handwritten Wills Found in Aretha Franklin’s Home

By ED WHITE Associated Press PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that...

Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent Acculminating talent while breaking culture barriers, the first ever Culturefest reached back to its roots to premiere one of the largest Black Diaspora festivals of its kind on the East...

Cardi B Tops BET Noms, Nipsey Hussle Up For 1

By Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination. BET told the Associated...

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