ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Single Session Launched Percy Sledge, No. 1 Hit, and a Sound

(Updated 4/15/2015) MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Sound engineer Jimmy Johnson knew he had captured something special on tape as Percy Sledge finished singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" in a recording studio in...

Rapper Beanie Sigel Gets Six to 23 Months in Pa. Drug Case

Rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced March 6 to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to a narcotics possession charge in a Philadelphia suburb. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, entered the...

Encourage Your Soul: It’s Not As Bad As It Seems By Vel Humbert

Title:   Encourage Your Soul:  It’s Not As Bad As It Seems Author:   Vel Humbert Release Date:  June 25, 2014 Vel Humbert grew up in Baltimore and has an earned master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Coppin State University....

African Artist Introduces Homeland with Ancient Craft

Since age 8, Martin Owino has fostered had a deep-rooted passion for art, especially batik, a cloth-decorating craft with origins in Africa and Asia. In fact, Owino’s passion for the intricate art was vital...

First Look: Apple’s Luxury iPhone Both Copies and Innovates

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — As soon as you see the iPhone X up close, you'll realize that it's nothing like any of the previous models that Apple has released during the past decade. But you...

Lawyer: Miguel Inviting Lawsuit over Fan’s Injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who was kicked by Miguel during a Billboard Music Awards performance continues to suffer cognitive difficulties and has yet to receive any assistance from the R&B singer nearly...

Morgan Freeman’s Granddaughter Mourned as ‘Raw and Magnetic’

NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter was an up-and-coming actress who had briefly given up her career in frustration only to return to New York with renewed spirit and a starring part in...

‘Empire’ Actor Morocco Omari Charged with Domestic Battery

CHICAGO (AP) — An actor on the television show "Empire" has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago. In a news release, police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday afternoon. They...

Interview with “Birth of a Nation” Director/Writer Nate Parker

Actor/humanitarian-turned-writer/director Nate Parker first received critical attention for his starring role in “The Great Debaters” opposite Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Nate received an honorary Doctorate from Wiley College, the school featured in the...

Mariah Carey to Guest as Superstar Singer on Fox’s ‘Empire’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After two seasons of teasing viewers about whether it would happen, Mariah Carey has set a date to guest star on Fox's "Empire." Carey will appear on the Oct. 5...

Homegrown Rising Star to Perform at Summer Concert Series

Desiree Jordan, a growing tour de force on the Washington, D.C., music scene, is prepared to showcase her vocal talents and stage persona – likened to Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion and Dorothy Dandridge by...

Music Review: Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’ Feels Classic

Dr. Dre, Compton (Aftermath/Interscope) Dr. Dre's new album "Compton" doesn't just unfold, it charges forward — a barreling mass of relentless beats and lyrical strong-arming that amounts to much more than anyone could have expected...