In Franklin’s Anthems, Women Heard an Empowering Message

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that...

AP Source: Aretha Franklin Is Seriously ill

By The Associated Press Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about...

D.C. Resident Discusses Casting on T.I’s Newest Reality Show ‘The Grand Hustle’

By Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFRO If being a Grammy Award-winning artist, successful media mogul and reality television star isn’t enough, then maybe Atlanta’s very own T.I. might finally be content with his latest business...

Dru Hill Adds Members of Playa to Form Supergroup

By AFRO Staff Fans over the world have sung along to the lyrics of their hit songs such as “Tell Me,” “Sleeping in My Bed,” “Never Make a Promise” and “We’re Not Making Love.” And, this...

Despite Bad Weather, Beyonce and Jay-Z Headline Fiery Show

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Even severe weather couldn't stop Beyonce and Jay-Z from performing an explosive two-hour-plus concert for their feverish fans. After bad weather forced concertgoers at the...

Drake Drops ‘In My Feelings’ Video Chock Full of Cameos

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities abound as Drake strolls through the streets of New Orleans in his "In My Feelings" video. The social media challenge associated with the song is featured in the video, which...

Jermaine Dupri Announces So So Def 25th Anniversary Tour

By The Associated Press Rap mogul Jermaine Dupri will celebrate his groundbreaking record label So So Def with a multi-city anniversary concert tour. Dupri told The Associated Press on Monday that The So So Def 25th...

Black Journalists Upset after TV Station’s Use of Insensitive Photo

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] Black media organizations are calling out a Bay area television station after posting a controversial photograph of Nia Wilson, the 18-year-old who was brutally stabbed to death at a...

Rapper Common Goes Back to School to Help Teachers

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award but a recent visit to a New York City school was "humbling" —...

4 Indicted in Florida Shooting Death of Rapper XXXTentacion

By The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury has indicted four men on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion. Broward County panel...

Queen Latifah Celebrates With Hip-Hop Legends at Essence

By STACEY PLAISANCE and CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate "Ladies First" and...

Ella Mai Makes First Essence Festival Appearance Saturday

By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai's meteoric rise up the charts and in fans' hearts brings her to the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The 23-year-old London-born singer...

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