AFRAM Festival Goes Back to Being Big

By Brandi Randolph, Special to the AFRO The AFRAM Festival smells of second chances, first performances and summer every year. With performances by Dru Hill, Ella Mai and more, this year’s festival is expected to be...

Ciara’s Cryptic Response to Slim Thug’s Shots at Her Relationship

By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, [email protected] Did famous singer Ciara marry Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson simply for financial security? Houston rapper Slim Thug certainly thinks so, according to his own words during a radio interview last...

Erin J. Gilbert’s Job is to Archive Black Art for the Smithsonian

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Erin J. Gilbert recalls the wise advice of a former mentor who told her, “Nothing matters besides acquisitions, exhibitions and publication.” In the world of fine art, the value...

Former Slave Holding Mansion Now Home to Black Artists

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO About 20 miles south of Washington, D.C. lies an old plantation which once housed slaves that has been transformed into a home for some of the most innovative Black...

Famed Choir Director Showcases Choir Legacy at Eastern High School

By Hamil R. Harris, Special to The AFRO The National Church of God in Fort Washington, Maryland was filled with an eclectic offering of music last July 7 as generations of singers from the District’s Eastern...

Hip-Hop Museum Preserves Rap Music History in D.C.

By Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer,  [email protected] Forty years ago, near the end of the Jimmy Carter administration, when the Baltimore Orioles were making a run to the World Series, the music world was caught off guard...

Black Restaurant Week Comes to DC

By Lauren E Williams, Special to the AFRO Get your calendars ready, and your stomachs emptied because the DMV is set to host Black Restaurant Week November 4-11. Focused on highlighting culinary cuisines from Black chefs,...

Navia Robinson Learns from the Best as She Makes Her Own Hollywood Moves

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO At an early age, Navia Robinson has already gotten the opportunity to learn from two actresses with longevity. One of Robinson’s first jobs at the age of 9 was...

Baltimore Poet Explores Faith, Fatherhood and Family

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Baltimore native Tariq’s Touré’s new book of poetry, Two Parts Oxygen, begins with a poem titled “118.” It is about his mother. “She reminds us, with perfect diction/that we are strangers...

Star-Studded DC Emancipation Day Celebration Set

By Akil Wilson, Special to the AFRO This weekend Washington D.C. is preparing to celebrate the 156th anniversary of Emancipation Day, a day that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the District of...

Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Recognized as a National Treasure

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month, The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced June 19 that the childhood home of civil rights icon, musician and singer, Nina...

Community Members Celebrate Opening of Historic African-American Community Center

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO The ribbon cutting to open the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center took place on Oct. 6 in the Good Hope neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md. Local officials, residents...

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