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Definitely hotter than July!

July may be hot, but there are a bevy of festivals, cultural events, exhibits and more happening that are turning up the heat as well. Enjoy and stay cool!

Summer hair and makeup tips

When it comes to hair and makeup, you must define your own beauty.

Effortless swimwear solutions

When a global designer, super-style maven and beach lover takes to creating a swimwear line, anything goes.

Here comes the great annual International African Arts Festival

This coming long weekend will see four days of family-friendly, fun-filled art, culture, and entertainment that’s been celebrating the African Diaspora in Brooklyn, N.Y., since 1971.

Idris Elba returns to the small screen

Sunday’s 15th annual BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles celebrated Black stars from music, television, radio, film and sports.

Charenee Wade records Gil Scott-Heron

Charenee Wade, for her debut release on Motema Music, took a bold leap by recording her interpretation of the music of Gil Scott-Heron, titled “Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson.”

Harlem Arts Fest brings free family fun uptown

The fourth annual Harlem Arts Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and the event was a major success. The free, multi-day festivities held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park drew more than 1,000 attendees.

Black ballerinas reflect on Misty Copeland’s historic ‘Swan Lake’ debut

As the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” filled the sold-out Metropolitan Opera House, a dancer in white flitted across the dimly lit stage, with its backdrop of a shimmering blue lake, and disappeared.

Free ‘Tempest’ production magical, awe-inspiring

The Public Theater presents an awe-inspiring revival of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Direction by Michael Greif, the show ingenuously uses open space, colorful backdrops, sound effects, music, troupes of fairies and commanding actors ...

Nigerian actor takes on ‘Terminator’

More than 30 years ago in the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger—whose accent is so thick, a full-time interpreter could be a legitimate tax write-off—uttered a phrase that has become part of the global zeitgeist: “I’ll be ...

Nina Simone: Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

In this time of intense racial turmoil, Ava DuVernay and Liz Garbus could not be more propitious with their remarkable films.

Misty Copeland: Two milestones in two weeks

Raven Wilkinson—who in 1955 joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the first African-American woman—and Lauren Anderson—who in 1990 became the first female African-American principal dancer in the country at Houston Ballet and, at the time, the world’s only ...

Misty Copeland becomes ABT’s first African-American principal ballerina

When American Ballet Theatre announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina Tuesday...

Six years since Michael Jackson’s death

Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.

Diddy charged with assault

Tyler Perry, a longtime supporter, threw a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in Los Angeles June 18.

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