MTV VMAs Working to Craft Tribute for Aretha Franklin

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air...

Trump’s Bail Offer for A$AP Rocky Rings Hollow in Sweden

By The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail," a hollow offer...

Novelist Ernest Gaines Passes at 86

By Chevel Johnson and Rebecca Santana Associated Press Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of Black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died....

Baltimore Native Wins First Tony

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] As a boy growing up in West Baltimore, Andre DeShields was already turning heads. DeShields, a flashy dresser, would burn up the dance floor during student gatherings at middle schools like...

Kirk Franklin Recieves Pandora Billionaire’s Plaque

On Thursday Aug. 15th, fourteen-time GRAMMY® award-winning artist, songwriter, and producer Kirk Franklin was honored with a Billionaire plaque from Pandora. The music streaming company surprised Franklin by presenting him with the prestigious award...

New Whitney Houston Remix by DJ-Producer Kygo Released

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — You can dance to a new-ish Whitney Houston song this weekend. Houston originally released a cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" as a Japan-only bonus track on her...

Sonja Herbert Creates Sisterhood of Black Pilates Instructors

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you should probably just make it yourself. That is the principle that Sonja Herbert was going by when she was...

Rapper A$AP Rocky Heading Back To US As Verdict Looms

By JARI TANNER and DOROTHEE THIESING Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky and two other American suspects were temporarily freed from a Swedish jail and planning to head back to the U.S. on...

Dave Chappelle Hosts Concert to Honor Ohio Shooting Victims

By The Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Thousands turned out to a benefit hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle that honored victims of a mass shooting in Ohio. The star-studded "Gem City Shine" took place Sunday...

MACRO X Howard Summit Joins Homecoming Lineup on Oct. 8

PRNewswire -- Howard University presents the first-ever MACRO X Howard Summit, a day-long series of screenings and panel discussions for students interested in careers within the entertainment industry, on Oct. 8 in Cramton Auditorium. Powered...

Athlete Turned Photographer Hopes to Change Urban Perceptions

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO J.J. McQueen has spent most of his adult life looking at life through the prism of a camera’s lens. Whether he’s on assignment in the heat of the...

Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” Focuses on Falsely Accused Central Park Five

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor The painful true stories of five falsely accused young men, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, has been brought to light in excruciatingly...

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