Mayor Bowser rolls out DC Cultural Plan at the launch event on April 4. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)
Afro

District Announces Cultural Plan

THE AFRO — District of Columbia officials from three different agencies came together April 4 to present the first ever “D. Cultural Plan” a hearty initiative to invest in the arts community in the nation’s capital. […read more]

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DJ Yasmina (Photo by: Andre H)
El Mundo

DJ Yasmina has rocked the stage across the US and internationally

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Rolling out’s Master DJ series spotlights DJs recognized in their respective cities who are making an impact in their communities. Australian-born Yasmina Angele — known professionally as DJ Yasmina — came to the United States a few years ago to pursue her music career. Rolling out recently caught up with DJ Yasmina to learn more about how she got started and how far music has taken her around the world. […read more]

The Freret Street Festival (Photo by: Kichea S. Burt)
Entertainment

Freret St Fest

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — The Freret Street Festival returned this year to give New Orleanians and visitors eight blocks of fun. The festival, which includes pet adoptions, food courts, various vendors, and a diverse music line-up across three stage, is a can’t-miss event, and Data News Weekly made sure to be there. […read more]

Music

PRESS ROOM: Kaya Fest 2019

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — Kaya Fest is the creation of Stephen Marley, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, musician producer and son of the legend Bob Marley.  It was named by the New Times as one of “Miami’s Ten Best Musical Moments of 2017! […read more]

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber.
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COMMENTARY: Meet National Black Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Among states, Georgia had the largest total number with 256,848 black-owned businesses and accounted for 9.9 percent of the nation’s black-owned businesses, according to Black Demographics. Black businesses comprise 26% of Georgia businesses which is the second largest percentage in the nation. In 2018 Georgia ranked number one in the U.S. for small business climate and number two for most startups by women. […read more]

Manny Houston
Charleston Chronicle

Manny Houston joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for “Mess Around: A Tribute to Ray Charles”

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — South Carolina native and College of Charleston grad, Manny Houston, joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) on April 20, 2019 to pay tribute to Ray Charles. Known as the ‘Genius of Soul,’ Ray pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s and 60s by combining blues, jazz and gospel styles. […read more]

Estelle
Atlanta Voice

Estelle opens up about new album and Kanye

ATLANTA VOICE — Estelle, the British singer, and songwriter have been no stranger to the music industry releasing music beginning in 2003. However, she rose to prominence in America in 2008 with her hit single “American Boy” featuring Kanye West from her album Shine. In the 2009 GRAMMY Awards, Estelle won an award for Best Rap/Sung Performance. […read more]

Aml Ameen stars in Yardie
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FILM REVIEW: Yardie

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Actor Idris Elba turns a lifelong fascination with the book Yardie, by Victor Headley, into his directing debut. His passion for the story, Jamaican, its music and an immigrant’s life is evident in every frame. Though the film’s direction and script do not live up to his enthusiasm, there are memorable moments buried in this 1hr 41min island/urban tale. […read more]

Kim Berry (Photo by: George Eyo)
Books

Prince’s Longtime Hairstylist Writes New Memoir

SAN DIEGO VOICE — Longtime Prince hairstylist and first-time author, Kim Berry will release her new book, Diamonds and Curlz – 29 Years Rolling With Rock Royalty Prince, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The memoir will be issued as an e-book and print edition on Amazon.com and will be debuted in Minneapolis during the Celebration of Prince 2019. […read more]

Jay-Z (Photo by: defendernetwork.com)
2018 NNPA DTU Journalism Fellowship

Jay-Z’s Album Inducted Into Library Of Congress

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — It’s undeniable that rap legend Jay-Z has left an indelible mark on the music industry and he recently received a huge honor for his contributions to hip-hop and beyond. According to Billboard, his album The Blueprint has been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry; making it the 10th hip-hop recording to join the collection. […read more]

Victor McElhaney
Crime

USC music student killed in apparent robbery attempt

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — An Oakland City Council member March 12 hailed the life of her slain son — a USC student who was gunned down near campus in an apparent robbery attempt — saying he was a musical prodigy who will be remembered as more than just a homicide statistic. Speaking to reporters at USC, Lynette Gibson McElhaney said her 21-year-old son Victor, who was fatally shot just after midnight March 10 near Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard, is “not a homicide number or statistic.” […read more]

Centric and Joc Scholar of Grand Opus in Richmond
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

Hip hop and culture: ‘High Power’ by Grand Opus

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — In the African American community, hip hop serves as a musical culture and an instrument to voice the struggles and hardships of the African American race in the United States, such as discrimination, poverty and other social injustices. This implies that hip hop goes beyond the music level like other songs whose focus is on amusement. […read more]

Queen Quet
Charleston Chronicle

Barbados to Welcome the Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will journey to the island of Barbados with co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™, Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).  They have put out a global call for others of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora and those that support the continuation of the rich cultural African heritage of the islands to join them in celebration June 21-23 on the island of Barbados.  […read more]

Beale Street is too important to the history of African Americans to be trivialized in a movie title.
Black History

If Beale Street could talk, it would tell Memphis to ‘copyright me’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — I will never forget the colorful characters of Beale Street: Men wearing coordinated suits, shoes and hats, with processed hair; curvaceous women walking with advertising gaits and long eye lashes; impromptu street concerts by bands and musicians; “barkers” pleading for customers to enter their stores and shops; shoe shine boys with their mobile shine parlors and the bustling crowds. […read more]

RollingOut Magazine's Ultimate Review of Hip-Hop in 2018
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The ultimate review: 2018’s best hip-hop albums

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Through it all, hip-hop didn’t loosen its grip on dominating the charts and R&B bounced back into the discussion of relevance. You could sense something special was happening by the first quarter this year, as the pace of releases accelerated to the point that four or five projects were dropping every Friday. It was the year where veteran emcees returned to the charts, and a new generation cemented its position in the culture […read more]

Musician Bone Davis
Community

HEALTH MATTERS: Bone Davis brings global awareness to sickle cell disease

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — He made a name for himself as a keyboardist, playing rhythm and blues and jazz with a diverse group of music legends including B.B. King, Chick Corea, Les McCann, Con Funk Shun, Nancy Wilson, the Blasters, Poison, Wild Cherry and the Wu-Tang Clan, to name a few. Both of Davis’ parents had the trait. Davis was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth. […read more]

Entertainment

Film Review: Miss Sharon Jones!

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s Read More