ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Four African Americans Among 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows

Four African Americans were among the 23 fellows who have been awarded the 2016 “genius” grants from the MacArthur Foundation. To qualify for the grants, fellows must demonstrate “exceptional creativity” and the potential for important...

Acclaimed Louisiana Accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco Dies at 68

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He...

Will and Jada Foundation Launches Careers in Entertainment Tour

Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, through their foundation, this week launched their Careers in Entertainment tour in support of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. “We believe that all people—regardless of race, ethnicity,...

Denzel Reunites with Fuqua in Worthy Overhaul of Kurosawa Classic

Directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa in 1954, “Seven Samurai” was a groundbreaking film which had a profound influence on the evolution of cinema for generations to come. Superficially, that seminal work merely reads...

George Clinton on the Mothership, the Smithsonian — and Funk

The Mothership is the space vehicle of George Clinton aka Mr. Funkenstein and his wingmen of Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication. As part of the Parliament-Funkadelic theory, it existed as a fictional vehicle of funk arrival to engage...

Inner Harbor Book Festival to Draw Literary Lovers

The Baltimore Book Festival is the ultimate celebration of the written word, and what separates this festival, scheduled for Sept. 23 to 25 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is its accessibility—the event is free and...

Rick Ross, Bun B, Too $Short to Headline A3C Fest in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Rappers Rick Ross, Bun B and Bone Thugs N' Harmony will headline the 12th annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta. Organizers announced Tuesday more than 1,000 rappers will perform on 75 different...

Rapper Coolio Arrested after Loaded Gun Found at LA Airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say rapper Coolio has been arrested after a loaded firearm was found in a carry-on bag during security screening at Los Angeles International Airport. LAX police were alerted Saturday morning...

Snoop Dogg Honored in Politically Charged BET Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Snoop Dogg said he initially felt misunderstood at the beginning of his rap career that ended up turning into a legendary one while accepting his "I Am Hip Hop" honor during...

Morgan Freeman Leads List of 2016 Recipients of National Medal of Arts, National Humanities...

President Barack Obama will award the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 24 outstanding American individuals and organizations, including eight African-Americans on Sept. 22 during a ceremony in the East Room...

The Accuracy of Donald Glover’s “Atlanta”

Atlanta is a city known for its southern pace, crime rate, and Black population. In Donald Glover’s new FX series “Atlanta” he accurately and humorously depicts the slow, lumbering attitude present in the metropolitan...

Vehicle of Rapper ‘The Game’ Shot Up Outside Miami Beach Hotel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say an unoccupied vehicle associated with rapper and actor The Game was peppered with gunshots while parked outside a landmark Miami Beach hotel. Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez...