ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    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...

    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...

    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...

    District Native’s ‘Isaiah Wait’ Featured in D.C.’s Independent Film Festival

    When an e-mail from the D.C. Independent Film Festival appeared in filmmaker David Lee Roberts’ inbox, he initially disregarded it.  “I thought it was junk e-mail,” Roberts told the AFRO in a recent interview. But to...

    Popular Rapper, Singer Nate Dogg Dies at 41

    Popular singer Nathaniel D. Hale, known to hip-hop music fans as Nate Dogg, died March 15 at age 41 after a lengthy illness. News of his death was first reported by the Long Beach, Calif....

    Rapper 50 Cent Inflames Fans with Japan Tsunami Jokes

    With his larger-than-life persona and blossoming music empire growing each day, New York-bred rapper 50 Cent could lend a lofty financial hand to the thousands of Japanese displaced by the earthquake and tsunami that...

    Black Female Jockey’s Success and Struggle With Bipolar Disorder Detailed in New Memoir

    Sylvia Harris had reached rock bottom. She was homeless, she had lost custody of one of her children, and above all, she was battling mental illness. At her emotional peak, she needed an escape. When...

    NPR CEO Quits Over Hidden Camera Video Calling Tea Party Members “Racist”

    National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned March 9 after reported pressure from the company’s board of directors. The resignation, which was effective immediately, came one day after NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no...

    Salli’s Soliloquy

    Born in Chicago on November 23, 1967, Salli Richardson-Whitfield burst onto the silver screen in 1993 in Posse, an African-American western directed by and co-starring Mario Van Peebles. Her resume’ reveals extensive work since...

    Environmental Film Festival to Feature Four Free Film Programs in Anacostia

    The annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital returns on March 15-27 and will present over 150 films about the natural world and green living throughout the city. Also included in the event...

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