Thursday, July 9, 2020

Arts & Culture

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) TV Honors Winners Announced

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By Sentinel News Service Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” earned four wins from the African American Film Critics Association, who today, announced the winners of its upcoming AAFCA TV Honors. The highly popular Netflix limited series about the infamous...

Robin Thede Looks to Build Legacy in HBO Sketch Comedy Show

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By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thede knew plenty of talented African-American woman comedians, but only a few were getting hired on popular TV comedy shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "Mad TV." So,...

Comedian Defends Charm City

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By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com Comedians are the windows into the soul of society.  They make audiences laugh at issues and events that are troubling and today they seem to have as much credibility as any of America’s newscasters.  Comedy...

A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Sweden Assault, Won’t Face Prison

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By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault Wednesday in Sweden, where his jailing after a Stockholm street brawl drew the close attention of U.S. President Donald Trump. A judge and jury...

Cicely Tyson Joins Cast of Ava DuVernay Series on OWN

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By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson will join the cast as a series regular in Ava DuVernay's new romance anthology series on OWN, "Cherish the Day." The network said Tuesday that the 94-year-old legend will play Miss...

Georgia Teen Wins Google Competition, Gets $30K for College

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By The Associated Press STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia high school graduate has won a $30,000 college scholarship through the "Doodle for Google" competition. Citing a Google statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arantza Pena Popo's design was featured on the tech giant's...

Finally, Missy Elliott Will Receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

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By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, one of the most iconic players in the history of music videos, will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced...

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz to Open Performing Arts Center

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By The Associated Press MACEDON, N.Y. (AP) — Singer Alicia Keys and music producer husband Swizz Beats are planning to create a performing arts center in upstate New York. The couple's proposal to transform an industrial site in rural Macedon was...

AFRAM, Baltimore’s African American Festival Returns August 10-11, 2019

Baltimore's AFRAM festival returns to Druid Hill Park August 10-11 starting at 12 p.m. each day. The festival is a celebration of African American life, music and culture and is free and open to the public. This family-oriented event is...

Straight Crankin’ Featured at Home

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By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO The District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) recently had their original production and documentary, “Straight Crankin’ A Go-Go Documentary” selected for a second major film festival, but this...

‘Bless Somebody Else’

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By AFRO Staff The newly-released album from Gospel legend Kurt Carr, Bless Somebody Else, made its debut at #2 on the Gospel albums consumption charts, debuting at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and Soundscan’s Current Gospel Albums chart.  Featuring...

MUSIC. POWER. RESPECT.

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By AFRO Staff For decades, the world's most high profile entertainers, athletes and politicians have turned to a single man for advice during the most pivotal moments in their lives and careers, including Grammy Award® winners, Hall of Famers, a...

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