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Black Music Appreciation Month: Russell Simmons

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) kicks off Black Music Appreciation Month with an exclusive interview with Def Jam founder Russell Simmons. The renowned music and business icon joined the Black Press of America...

#AFRO20Qs:Yolanda Ross

By Ariel Chrysann Afro Intern Yolanda Ross is an actress, writer, producer and director. She has starred and appeared in countless films and TV shows such as ‘Lila & Eve’, ‘The Get Down’ and ‘The Chi’. Luckily she had time to...

Howard Grad Launches HBCU Bingo Online

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BLACK ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES HBCU BINGO TO HONOR 2020 GRADS WITH OVER $1 MILLION IN GAME PRIZES AND CASH Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Veteran Hollywood TV Producer and HBCU graduate herself, TeeJ Mercer, will launch "TeeJ's Bingo Nite: HBCU 2020 Grad Edition"...

‘The High Note’ Review: Ross Rocks in Predictable Film’s Ode to Old Music

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By Micha Green Special to the AFRO As June marks the official celebration of Black Music Month, “The High Note,” is the perfect film for music lovers and history buffs alike.  Despite the fact this reporter found the film, a bit...

Apple Music Launches Its 1st Radio Show in Africa

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By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer Apple Music is launching its first radio show in Africa. The streaming platform announced May 28 that "Africa Now Radio with Cuppy" will debut May 31 and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular...

Oprah Donates $12M for COVID-19 Relief in Five Cities

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent During a recent virtual address to the class of 2020 college graduates, Oprah Winfrey spoke of the need to provide for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “What this pandemic has done is made...

THE BLERDBINDER: Disney Has a Problem with Star Wars

Disney needs to re-evaluate how it approaches “Star Wars.” By Noah Washington, NNPA Newswire Contributor The BlerdBinder covers nerdy news for the Black nerds of the world. We welcome all as we talk about subjects ranging from Movies to Music and...

Universal Music Group Announces The Launch Of Def Jam AFRICA

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New label group dedicated to supporting the best in African hip-hop talent and culture across the continent Label launch roster includes some of Africa’s most influential artists and MC’s including: Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Larry Gaaga, Boity, Nadia Nakai, Tellaman,...

Popcorn With Zenger: No One To Root For In ‘All Day and A Night’

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FILM REVIEW: The Lovebirds

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic It probably looked really good on paper. Bickering couple gets caught up in a murder and goes on the lam. It’s just enough of a framework for two comic geniuses to flaunt their...

Perry’s Studio Moves Toward Reopening While Industry Waits

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By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to...

Big Art, Small Package: Tiny Plays Offered to Stage at Home

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By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The task facing playwright Tito Livas was intense: Write a new play in a few days that could be read alone or aloud with friends. Don't worry if it's too...

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