ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Poet Brings Home $2,000 in D.C. Poetry Slam Contest

More than 300 people lined the walls of U Street’s Liv nightclub March 30 to see participants compete for $2,000 in Graffiti DC’s first-ever poetry slam contest. The group, a brainchild of Benny Blaq and...

DJ Casper in Court over Royalties from Cha-Cha Slide

Controversy over who really is responsible for the hit line-dance record, “Cha-Cha Slide” has reached the federal courts. On March 31, Willie Perry, Jr., known as DJ Casper, and Jerome Haywood filed a civil suit...

Co-Host of “Steve Harvey Morning Show” Set to Release First Book

There’s something about Shirley Strawberry that makes people want to stop and hear what she has to say. The co-host of the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” has never written a book and...

At 92, District Craftsman Aims to Inspire Others Through Art

At 92 years old, District resident Ira Blount has surely experienced his share of tribulations and triumph. Along the way, he's utilized a unique pastime to help him make it through. Blount, just a...

District of Columbia Communities Celebrate Love, Commitment on Black Marriage Day

On March 27, more than 300 communities across the nation celebrated the promising future of Black families during the ninth annual Black Marriage Day. From Detroit to Dallas and Atlanta to New York, Black...

Disco Singer Loleatta Holloway Dies at 64

Famed disco singer Loleatta Holloway, whose hits included “Cry to Me” and “Love Sensation,” died from heart failure at a Chicago-area hospital on March 21. She was 64. According to The Huffington Post, the singer's...

Controversial Ad Featuring Serena Williams Shelved

A racy video game ad featuring Serena Williams won’t be aired on broadcast television after the game’s developer said it was too risqué. The ad for “Top Spin 4” features Williams as “the world’s sexiest...

Ja Rule Pleads Guilty to $3M Tax Evasion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper and actor Ja Rule admitted Tuesday that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, and he faces up to three years in prison. The platinum-selling...

Jay-Z’s Former Artist Tru Life Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for NYC Attack

A rapper once signed under hip-hop mogul Jay-Z’s record label was recently sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in a 2009 murder in New York. According to the Associated Press, rapper Tru...

Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’ Perkins, Bluesman and Oldest Grammy Winner, Dies at 97

Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, famous bluesman and the oldest person in history to win a Grammy award, died at his Austin, Texas home on March 21, according to his website. He was 97. Born in...

Chris Brown Shows True Colors

Twitter and popular celebrity news sites are buzzing after an incident involving Chris Brown’s appearance on the “Good Morning America”show. Chris Brown sat down with Robin Roberts to promote his new album F.A.M.E. (Fans...

Rock Group “TV on the Radio” Announces Bassist Has Lung Cancer

The bassist for rock group” TV on the Radio” has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a note on the band’s Web site. The band said bassist Gerard Smith won’t attend their upcoming tour...