Friday, December 4, 2020

Arts & Culture

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...

First Saudi Cinema Opens with Popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

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By The Associated Press The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots April 18 evening as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening,...

Bearden in Baltimore City Public Schools

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By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@54.204.251.142 The vast majority of people who pass through the Upton Metro station, the second busiest Metro stop (Penn-North is first) in the city, probably don’t realize that an American art masterpiece hangs in their midst,...

Living For The Weekend

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By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO “The years of imprisonment hardened me.... Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn't be blunted as they have been in...

Former NFL Great Michael Vick Doesn’t Dodge His Past

By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO Michael Vick became an NFL legend by eluding defenders that were trying to stop him.  With his playing days now over Vick doesn’t run away from his past as he candidly shares his...

Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, to be Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

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By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Bon Jovi, the Cars and four first-time nominees, including Nina Simone, will be inducted Saturday night as the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class. Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and...

Mavis Staples to Receive Underground Railroad Museum Award

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By The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati says it plans to celebrate the life of singer and activist Mavis Staples with one of the museum's highest honors. The center will present Staples with...

Between the World and Me’ Comes to Life at the Kennedy Center

By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO “And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body. It does not matter if the destruction is...

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 Freddy Gray aftermath or covering...

Star-Studded DC Emancipation Day Celebration Set

By Akil Wilson, Special to the AFRO This weekend Washington D.C. is preparing to celebrate the 156th anniversary of Emancipation Day, a day that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia on April 16, 1862. “Its...

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