LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO “Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain...

Virginia Native Awaits Big Break in “The Color Purple”

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Jamal James is literally waiting in the wings to take the stage in the national tour of “The Color Purple” — he unfortunately can’t go on unless...

Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee Celebrate Release of New Song

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without...

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...

AP Source: Omarosa has Video, Audio, Texts

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just audiotapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time...

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit. The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be...

Black Americans Aren’t Buying Omarosa’s Turn Against Trump

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with...

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...

Queen of Soul Also Leaves a Powerful Civil Rights Legacy

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first Black president, often used...

Vigil Held at Detroit Church for Aretha Franklin

The Associated Press People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn on August 15. The prayers come...

RAMBLING ROSE

By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO Hello everyone, how are you? This week I just want to profile some of my friends and yours to acknowledge their contributions. You may recognize a few of...

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...
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