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...

Wine, Spirits and Soul Coming to Baltimore County

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO The Wine Spirits and Soul Festival comes to Towson, Maryland July 14. A fundraiser for Baltimore County’s Black youth, the festival funds scholarships that will be awarded during the...

Queen Latifah Celebrates With Hip-Hop Legends at Essence

By STACEY PLAISANCE and CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate "Ladies First" and...

AFRO’s Sean Yoes Pens New Book Chronicling Influential “Race and Politics” Column

By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRO In his “Race and Politics” column, Sean Yoes, has chronicled many of the difficult challenges and tragedies over the last three years in Baltimore since the death of Freddie...

MeToo’s Tarana Burke: Laying Groundwork for the Long Haul

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Tarana Burke took the podium in a hotel ballroom full of admirers — a scenario that's become somewhat familiar this past year...

Ella Mai Makes First Essence Festival Appearance Saturday

By CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai's meteoric rise up the charts and in fans' hearts brings her to the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. The 23-year-old London-born singer...

RAMBLING ROSE

By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO Hello my dear fans and readers. How are you? I am doing well, thank you for asking. Honey Child! Have I got something for you that will keep...

Vintage Wishes Creates Vintage Queens, an all Female Cypher in DC

By Charise Wallace, Special to the AFRO The rap industry may be dominated by males, but females continue to write their own history, which is why DMV based producer Ramone Messam is launching Vintage Wishes,...

Following Death of Pioneering Founder of Flair Studio, Willia Montague Carries On Legacy

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO When Willia Bland decided to start a school to teach Baltimore girls etiquette and self-esteem back in 1968, she was 43 and the nation was in turmoil. “She started her...

Natalie Gillard Uses Her DIY Talents to Promote Inclusion

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO When most people think of DIY they think of furniture or household accessories, but Natalie Gillard, a passionate DIYer who routinely creates her own clothing and household items, took...

LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing, until the...

Anita Baker to be Honored at BET Awards, Jamie Foxx to Host

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer Legendary singer Anita Baker will be honored at the 2018 BET Awards, which will be hosted Sunday by Jamie Foxx and feature performances by Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and...
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