Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pop Superstar Rihanna Donates $5 Million to Relief Efforts

By The Associated Press  Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation is giving $5 million to the response efforts against the coronavirus. The money will support "on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on...

American Icon’s Personal Archive Acquired

By AFRO Staff The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the personal archive of civil rights activist, award-winning entertainer and producer, and cultural icon Harry Belafonte. The collection...

Federal Prosecutors in NYC Add to R Kelly’s Legal Woes

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors hit R. Kelly with more criminal charges Friday, accusing the disgraced R&B singer of having unprotected sex with a girl in 2015 without disclosing he...

A Product of Preparation

By Imani Wj Wright Special to the AFRO I've been deeply immersed in music, not just as a fan but as an active creator and participant, since I was seven years old. Vocal lessons, rehearsals, and...

Ciara is Latest Musician to Postpone Show Due to Coronavirus

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Ciara is the latest musician to postpone a concert because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Ciara, who is pregnant, was set to perform in Texas at...

McCoy Tyner, Iconic and Influential Jazz Pianist, Dies

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — McCoy Tyner, the groundbreaking and influential jazz pianist and the last surviving member of the John Coltrane Quartet, has died. He was 81. Tyner’s family confirmed the death...

Despite Label Drama, Megan Thee Stallion Happy To Release Music

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer Megan Thee Stallion says she works extremely hard in the studio writing music, and so became more than a little worried when she almost couldn't release her new album because...

PRESS ROOM: First Multi-Genre Black Music Museum to Open Early September in ‘Music City’

By NNPA NEWSWIRE After more than 20 years in development, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is ready to open its doors to music lovers of all ages. The 56,000 square foot facility...

Macy Gray Live at Soundstage

By Jessica Dortch AFRO Staff [email protected] Who is Macy Gray? What comes to mind is probably a combination of soulful sounds, raspy resonances and an uncontrollable groove. The soul singer is bringing all the funk and much...

Bokante Sings of Peace and Protest

By Beverly Richards Special to the AFRO It was mere minutes before the long-anticipated Bokante concert, Feb. 28 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md. Our initial interaction was in a dressing room...

Lizzo, ‘Just Mercy’ Win Top Honors at NAACP Image Awards

By Andrew Dalton AP Entertainment Writer Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and "Just Mercy" won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Feb. 22 at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show...

Woman Claims Rick James Raped her 41 Years Ago, Sues His Estate

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent As a cultural icon, Rick James knew little boundaries. In songs, videos and concerts, Rick James left nothing to the imagination. He romanticized – and by all accounts experienced...

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