ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

2017 Breakthrough: Singer SZA is Sizzling in Music Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, SZA is easily in the running for best new act of 2017. But her uber-successful year really puts her in the running for female artist of the year: She's...

Simmons Says He Will ‘Defend’ Himself Following Rape Claims

NEW YORK (AP) — Music mogul Russell Simmons said on Instagram that he plans to defend himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women saying he raped them. The...

PBS Suspends Distribution of Smiley Show for Misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host. PBS said in a statement Wednesday...

Actress Shein Mompremier Joins Superhero Drama ‘Black Lightning’

Shein Mompremier doesn’t believe in luck. “I think it’s really simple’” she tells the AFRO, “Luck happens to people who work really hard. You need to be brave, bold, not take no for an...

Hey Joe: Baltimore Lines Up All-Star Tribute to Hendrix

If he had lived, Jimi Hendrix, the electric guitar god, who was arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music would have turned 75, Nov. 27. On Dec. 16, internationally acclaimed singer...

Report: 3 Women Accuse Music Mogul Russell Simmons of Rape

NEW YORK (AP) — Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in...

Review: Robert Finley’s Deep Soul Validates ‘Goin’ Platinum’

Robert Finley, "Goin' Platinum!" (Easy Eye Sound) History repeating, Robert Finley is another exceptional blues and soul musician getting well-deserved attention at an age when talent contests aren't likely to consider him, whether it's his...

Tina Turner Writing Sequel to Memoir ‘I, Tina’

NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Turner is not done telling her story. The rock superstar is working on a sequel to her 1986 memoir "I, Tina," Atria Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The...

The AP Names its Breakthrough Entertainers of 2017

The overnight success story in Hollywood is as much of a fairytale as its movies. Years of training, sacrifice and failed attempts at stardom typically define the experience of entertainers before that breakthrough moment...

John Legend on Fatherhood: ‘You Want People to have Justice’

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize winners will be serenaded by John Legend on Monday and for that they can thank Legend's infant daughter — and a second baby on the way. The...

New Jimi Hendrix Album with Unreleased Songs Coming in March

NEW YORK (AP) — Unreleased songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix between 1968 and 1970 will be released next year. Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings announced Wednesday that they will release Hendrix's "Both Sides of the...

Roland Martin’s ‘NewsOne Now’ Set to End

TV One, a brand of Urban One, a multimedia platform that caters to the Black community, recently announced plans to cancel its daily morning news show "NewsOne Now," which is led by journalist Roland...