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‘Loving You is Wrong’ star shares her journey of self-doubt to living her dreams

Success happens; even to the most unsuspecting of us. She is unmistakably a Black woman—broad shoulders, strong-to-a-fault and tightly coiled hair, 5’6, but long legs that make her seem taller. Her kind and rapid low-pitched voice oozes passion and she ...

Prodigy From Mobb Deep Dead at 42

Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas ... TMZ has learned.

History Channel Portrays Hannibal as Black (Whites Viewers Outraged)

The History Channel’s documentary series “Barbarians Rising,” recently aired its newest episode featuring the story of famed warlord Hannibal of Carthage portrayed as a Black man.

August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ wins Tony

The 71st annual Tony Awards were held Sunday night in New York. The night’s big winners included “Dear Evan Hansen” as Best Musical, “Oslo” as Best Play, August Wilson’s “Jitney” as Best Revival of a Play and “Hello, Dolly!” as ...

‘Rickey Smiley For Real’

TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” reality show kicked off its fourth season last week, setting the tone for what promises to be an exciting, funny, outrageous and thought provoking year for this record-breaking show. Smiley is a comedian, television ...

Van Jones announces ‘We Rise Tour’ powered by #LoveArmy

Van Jones & Roc Nation recently announced a groundbreaking partnership and nationwide event tour: We Rise Tour powered by #LoveArmy. We Rise will bring an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders to cities across the country this ...

Ice Cube receives Hollywood star

Rapper-turned-actor and movie producer Ice Cube this week had his name added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Speaking at the ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard, Ice Cube gave thanks to his parents and others ...

Women of Excellence awards gala honors Tina Knowles-Lawson

Designer/philanthropist Tina Knowles-Lawson, media and cosmetics mogul Linda Johnson Rice, and In A Perfect World Foundation’s president Manuela Testolini, were honored at the Ladylike Foundation’s ninth annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, a star-studded gala held, at the Beverly Hilton ...

All Def Digital and Russell Simmons present spoken word documentary

All Def Digital and Russell Simmons have partnered with award-winning editor Jason Zeldes to executive produce Zeldes’ documentary feature directorial debut “Romeo Is Bleeding,” a stirring documentary that explores the power of spoken word poetry to save and elevate youth, ...

Big Bill Morganfield set to headline the Muddy Waters Blues Festival

Glowing reviews continue to pour in for “Bloodstains on the Wall,” Big Bill Morganfield’s brand-new album on his own Black Shuck label. The set’s cutting-edge blend of traditional blues (as befits Muddy Waters’ son) and highly contemporary rhythms ticks all ...

Summer Reading Program kicks off at Palmdale Library with cupcakes and crafts

The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program on Tuesday, May 30 at 3 pm with cupcakes for the first 100 kids and teens that sign up, and crafts for ...

‘Beast Side’ provides rare look into peril of American ghetto

The latest in a series of short books about the peril of the inner city has the literary world talking. D. Watkins’ “The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, New York, 2016) takes ...

Deathstroke comic shows there are no easy answers to Chicago violence

Comic book movies are currently hip in Hollywood. But comic books, long-regarded as geared towards children, have taken a darker turn in recent years, dealing with adult issues and featuring brooding heroes. Issue #11 of Deathstroke is as dark as ...

VH1 hosts its second annual ‘Dear Mama’ celebration

The weather couldn’t have been much worse for an outdoor red carpet celebration. The air was nippy, the sky was gray and dreary, and for a brief moment, it rained. Nevertheless, throngs of reporters braved the elements and gathered to ...

Spotlight on “The First Lady of Motown”

For New Orleans native Claudette Rogers, musical stardom was never an aspiration growing up. Non-the-less, she cultivated a love of singing as she was raised in a household steeped in the well-worn African American traditions of rock ‘n roll, church ...