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...

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...

‘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...

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...

Kevin Hart Finally Makes Statement Regarding Devastating Car Crash

By Terry Shropshire Superstar comedic actor Kevin Hart has finally broken his silence about the horrific car crash in suburban Los Angeles that nearly claimed his life. The 40-year-old father of three was in the passenger...

Nyong’o Honors Her Mother For Fueling Her Passion For Art

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Lupita Nyong'o accepted an award from the Harlem School of Arts — and entered the stage to Beyoncé's anthemic hit "Brown Skin Girl" —...

Hollywood Said ‘No’ To Deon Taylor, So He Made His Own Path

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deon Taylor doesn't take no for an answer when it comes to filmmaking. And it's a word he hears all the time. When no one wanted...

Baltimore Film Debut: Meet Ms. Renaissance

By Jessica Dortch, AFRO Staff, [email protected]  Meet Ms. Renaissance: she’s ambitious, she’s driven, but “to find her dream career, she just might have to try them all.” On Oct. 19, catch the pilot episode of Ambre Anderson’s...

Theatre Review: Celebrating Milestones, Keeping the Music Alive

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] Once audiences at Studio’s Doubt: A Parable can get past the strong, and at times, seemingly exaggerated accents, and loud noises from outside the theatre, they’re transported from present day...

Who’s Hurting Black Girls in School? 

By AFRO Staff Women in the Room Productions announced its premiere schedule for “Pushout: The  Criminalization Of Black Girls in Schools, Friday.” The documentary aims to feature “a close look at the educational, judicial and societal...

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