Tyler Perry Studios to Host Miss Universe 2019

By AFRO Staff Tyler Perry continues to score big time. The Miss Universe organization announced <https://mobile.twitter.com/MissUniverse/status/1190021246823682048> Oct. 31 that its 2019 pageant will be held at the entertainment executive’s new 330-acre studio in Atlanta. The show will...

Fall Concert Celebrates 100 Years of Scholarship

By Special to AFRO More than two thousand music lovers from the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan Areas will fill Gilliam Concert Hall at Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center on Nov. 17...

AFRO Exclusive: Dave Chappelle at Duke Ellington

By Neruda Williams, Special to the AFRO DMV native, celebrated comedian, and now the newly minted Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor awardee gave back in a big way on Monday, Oct. 28, when he...

AFRO Exclusive: ‘Harriet’ Depicts a True, Black Superhero, Stars Weigh In

By Micha Green AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor [email protected] This reporter has seen award-winning director Kaci Lemmons’ “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. twice at two different premiers- the first time because it was necessary in...

Op-Ed: After 66 Years, Arena Players Still Steals the Show

By Tabb Bishop and Larry Young Special to the AFRO Baltimore natives celebrate the accomplished entertainers who lived in their city, like Oprah Winfrey, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Jada Pickett Smith, and Charles Dutton. In a similar...

‘Friday’ Actor-Comedian John Witherspoon Dies at 77

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday that Witherspoon died...

Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin To Boycott Dove Awards

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he's boycotting the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards after they edited out part of his acceptance speech earlier this...

Boundary-Pushing Dave Chappelle Receives Mark Twain Award

By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Chappelle has built a career on pushing boundaries and challenging social conventions. But his greatest act of defiance may have come Sunday night at Washington's Kennedy...

Actresses Cite Lack of Hollywood Stylists who get Black Hair

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany Haddish recalls leaving the set of a big-budget movie in tears in search of someone who could properly do her hair. Lorraine Toussaint blithely...

Steve Harvey to Debut new Project at Tyler Perry Studios

By Terry Shropshire via NNPA Steve Harvey is the walking embodiment of the age-old axiom that “when one door closes, another one opens.” Now that Harvey has a few minutes on his hands after being unceremoniously...

Kanye West Premieres new ‘Jesus Is King’ Film, Album

By RYAN PEARSON, AP Entertainment Writer INGLEWOOD, California (AP) — Kanye West has unveiled his "Jesus Is King" IMAX film, featuring a gospel choir performing at artist James Turrell's dramatic Roden Crater in the Arizona...

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