10 Years Later, a Look at People Surrounding Michael Jackson

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at the status of the major figures in the life and death of Michael Jackson after 10 years, starting with the King of...

Prince

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] Earlier this month on June 7, Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world as Prince would have been 61 years old had he lived. Although the Minneapolis native has ascended from...

Missy Elliott Inducted to Songwriters Hall of Fame

By NNPA Newswire Iconic rapper and songwriter Missy Elliott has become the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott, 47, was inducted into the prestigious academy Thursday night in a...

Tension Developing In Aretha Franklin Will Dispute

By ED WHITE Associated Press PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found...

Economic Reggae: Jamaican Bank Sells Recovery With Songs

By KATE CHAPPELL Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's central bank thinks the country's economy is doing very well and it is using an instantly recognizable symbol of the island to get this message...

The Notorious B.I.G. Lives On

Brooklyn, NY – The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, in partnership with the Office of the Majority Leader, Laurie A. Cumbo, hosted the official event celebrating the street co-naming of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way,...

Kirk Franklin’s Top Song

New York, NY – Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award winning artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin’s new album LONG LIVE LOVE (Fo Yo Soul / RCA), which was released on May 31st, debuted at #1 on...

New York City Street Named for Rapper Notorious B.I.G.

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City street has been named for rapper Notorious B.I.G. Community members and elected officials gathered in a downpour on Monday at the intersection of St....

John Legend on Abortion Law Boycotts: ‘Money Talks’

By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend says Hollywood should consider boycotting Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and other states that pass restrictive abortion laws. Legend admits he's not sure if a boycott...

`Jazzy Summer Nights’ Celebrates 20 Years

By AFRO Staff “Jazzy Summer Nights,” the Baltimore outdoor concert series, which launched in 1999, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with a concert featuring neosoul singer Bilal, Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie and DJ Keebeepooh. Jazzy Summer Nights (JSN) was born out of a partnership between...

Timeline of R. Kelly’s Life and Career

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life...

District Attorney Says Meek Mill Should Get New Trial, and Judge

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has...

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