Best Films of 2018

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic In 2018, the stories told, talent on view, compelling characters, emotions expressed and genres stretched were just amazing. It was more than enough to make viewers track...

‘A Wonder in My Soul’ Chronicles Baltimore’s Black Community

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] “A Wonder in My Soul,” a dramatic musical currently at Baltimore Center Stage until Dec. 23, features a small talented cast that delivers powerful performances across the board. But, the...

Actress and Director Penny Marshall Dies at Age 75

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Penny Marshall, who starred in "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75. Marshall's publicist, Michelle Bega,...

‘Fresh Prince’ Star Sues Maker of Video Games Over His Dance

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video games. In...

Toni Braxton Is In the Holiday Spirit with Lifetime Movie

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her...

AFRO Exclusive Interview: New Film, ‘Coins For Christmas’, Gives the Gift of Laughs...

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C., [email protected] Despite the religious history behind the celebration of Christmas, the holiday season’s message has been transformed to one of spending and gift-giving.  TV One’s “Coins for Christmas,” however, flips...

In ‘Beale Street,’ A Radiant Portrait of Young Black Love

By Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer Barry Jenkins years ago went on Etsy to have a James Baldwin quote embroidered onto his leather phone case. The line so resonated with the filmmaker that it's also spoken...

Nancy Wilson, Grammy Winning Jazz Singer, Dies at 81

By ANDREW DALTON and HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring...

ArtsCentric Musical Retells the Most Famous Story of All

By Renee Foose, Special to the AFRO Literary great Langston Hughes was known for telling stories of everyday life. He captured the life of Black people through poetry, plays, and writings using common vernacular. His...

2018 Breakthrough: John David Washington, ‘Black KkKlansman’

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — John David Washington comes from a strong acting lineage, but he has carved out his own identity as a powerful actor, earning a Golden Globe...

Cosby Lawyers Detail 11 Alleged Trial Errors As They Appeal

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers detailed nearly a dozen alleged legal errors Tuesday, including the judge's decision to send the case to trial, as they appeal his sexual assault conviction...

Nick Cannon Sees Irony In The Way Oscars Handled Kevin Hart

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Cannon isn't just defending his friend and fellow comedian Kevin Hart over the Oscars hosting controversy. He's also going after the Academy of Motion Picture...

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