ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

D.C.’s Ben’s Chili Bowl Ventures into Maryland

Ben’s Chili Bowl has become an undeniable staple in the District’s food culture. Chili-laden half-smokes, piquant hot dogs and mounds of French fries have made this hometown hotspot an international destination. But nearby Marylanders won’t...

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...

D.C. Black Theater Festival Makes Summer Debut

Black theater has long been a part of America’s entertainment tradition, with stars such as “Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad and media mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs frequently making appearances on stage. In honor of...

All Hail the DJ

The historic components of hip hop—an emcee, microphone and disc jockey—changed as the genre evolved over the years. The latter of the list, once the fundamental backbone of classic hip hop, eventually started to...

Thousands Say Goodbye to Gospel Icon Walter Hawkins

Droves of people gathered at the Paramount Theater in Oakland on July 27 to pay their respects to fallen gospel legend Walter Hawkins. The televised funeral service featured a variety of performances from a...

Kim Coles Teams with NAACP to Announce Theatre Award Nominees

Actress Kim Coles joined the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the NAACP on July 26 and hosted a press conference to announce the nominees of the organization’s upcoming annual Theatre Awards. Keith Robinson, star of...

‘Love, Peace and Soul’ Comes to DVD

From oversized bell bottoms to massive afros, “Soul Train” is synonomous with Black fashion, soul and above all, music. The TV series, hosted by pop icon Don Cornelius for more than two decades, aired...

Singer Ne-Yo Talks Life, ‘Libra Scale’

R&B crooner Ne-Yo is known for his catchy hits, dashing good looks and songwriting skills. But the popular singer said he’s more than a passing pop music fad in a recent interview with ESSENCE.com....

Afro-Latina Wins International Pageant

Yolanda Makle, a Maryland resident, won the coveted Ms. Galaxy International 2011 competition on July 10 at the Power Center Theater in Ann Arbor, Mich. Makle won four of the five competition categories: interview, swimsuit,...

BeBe and CeCe Winans Brings Sounds of Praise to National Harbor

Sibling gospel greats BeBe and CeCe Winans are scheduled to appear at the National Harbor on July 24 at THE PLATEAU at National Harbor, an outdoor concert venue. The duo will perform songs from their...

Star-Studded Celebrity Lineup to Appear at National Urban League Convention

A bevy of entertainment heavyweights are set to appear at the National Urban League Convention July 28-31 in the District. From award recipients and performers like singer John Legend, actors Charles Dutton, Louis Gossett...

Baltimore Preps for Annual Celebration of the Arts

As Baltimore residents continue to participate in the wide-range of events scheduled this summer, a unique celebration of the arts is making its annual return to Charm City. Artscape is annual festival celebrating all...