Thursday, June 4, 2020

Arts & Culture

Actress Paula Newsome Talks About Her Role in HBO Hit Series Barry

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO The youngest of three girls, actress Paula Newsome has always described her upbringing as “Like the Huxtables.” She admits that it has gotten much harder to characterize her family and childhood years in that...

James Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dies at 79

By The Associated Press Theologian James Cone, who as a founder of Black liberation theology linked Christian faith with the struggle against racism and oppression, has died. He was 79. Cone was hospitalized last week and died at Memorial Sloan Kettering...

Neville Brothers Saxophonist Charles Neville Dead at 79

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The Associated Press Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has died. He was 79. His death...

Lynching Memorial and Museum in Alabama Draw Crowds, Tears

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By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor Tears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation's first memorial to the victims of lynching April 26 in Alabama. Hundreds lined up in the rain to get a first look at the...

The Fortnite Phenomenon

By David R. Lee Jr., Special to the AFRO Every year, there appears to be a gaming phenomenon that sweeps the globe. Last year, Pokémon Go dominated the markets. This year, Fortnite is the game that has taken a hold of...

RAMBLING ROSE

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By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO Hello everyone, hoping you all are in great spirits, enjoying life, keeping a positive mind and treating others as you wish to be treated. The Avenue Bakery, where Jazz, sports, Baltimore history and tasty...

Tekashi 6ix9ine Makes Money Rapping the N-Word. He’s Not Black.

By Lisa Snowden, Special to the AFRO A few weeks ago my son, who recently turned 10, sat down next to me on the bed where I’d been working. “Mommy, I want to be a Soundcloud rapper,” he said. My husband and I...

Turning the Memphis Sanitation Strike into Art

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO Angela Wilson, playwright and founder and president of the AngelWing Project, wrote and directed a play about the 1968 Memphis sanitation worker’s strike that will debut this weekend in Anne Arundel County. “Tears of...

Is Kanye OK?

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By Micha Green, Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.com Since last week, Kanye West has been a trending topic on Twitter. It all started on April 17 when he began a few-days-long Twitter rant which peaked on April 19 with an announcement that he would...

Jack Whitten, Artist as Sojourner and Refugee, on Display at BMA

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO Jack Whitten, the distinguished contemporary Black artist, premieres at the the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) this weekend. “Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017” features 40 works of an artist whose career spanned five decades. Part...

Defense Says Schedules Show Cosby Wasn’t Around for Assault

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By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER, The Associated Press Jurors got a look April 20 at Bill Cosby's travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the month he is accused of...

Chadwick Boseman of ‘Black Panther’ to Deliver Howard’s Commencement Address

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO The “Black Panther” is taking over Howard University, delivering the Washington, D.C. school’s commencement address on May 12. Chadwick Boseman, an actor and Howard alum, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters...

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