Aretha Franklin’s longtime musical director shares memories

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with H.B. Barnum, who had been Franklin’s musical director for more than 30 years, and he was glad to speak about this great lady.

Taraji P. Henson foundation to address mental health stigma

Taraji P. Henson, has taken strides to confront the stigma of mental health in the Black community.

Arthur Mitchell, legendary ballet trailblazer, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell, the legendary force of nature who changed the face of American dance, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Manhattan. He was 84.

Cardi B escorted out of fashion party after lunging at Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head.

Delilah Jackson, a treasury and repository of entertainment

Leafing through a book on the great vocalist Billie Holiday, I stumbled on a photo attributed to Delilah Jackson. That photo was just one of thousands from her immense collection, which included a trove of entertainment memorabilia piled and scattered ...

Yasiin Bey to open hip-hop inspired Bronx-based art gallery

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as rapper Mos Def, has moved on to another endeavor after releasing a steady stream of albums and acting in several films in the 1990s and 2000s. Now, Bey is taking on the art world by ...

Rapper T.I. invests $3 million into revitalizing neighborhood where he grew up

Rapper T.I. is making moves in hopes of bringing back the Center Hill section of Atlanta, the neighborhood where he grew up, to what it was like before

Cardi B gives birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus

Cardi B has given birth to her daughter with Offset, the rapper announced Wednesday in an Instagram post.

Essence Music Fest features Mary J., Janet and others

Don’t call it a comeback because these two Grammy Award-winning recording artists, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson, are returning to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans next weekend, July 5 through 8.

Mona Scott-Young business ventures expanded

Gathered on the penthouse rooftop of NYC’S Flatiron Hotel guest recently enjoyed a event filled with the who's who of Love & Hip Hop cast favorites and select media celebrities as media mogul and 2018 ESSENCE Festival speaker, Mona Scott-Young ...

Striking a ‘Pose’ at the Tonys

Fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra walked actress Indya Moore, from the upcoming show “Pose,” down the Tony carpet.

Tonys: ‘Once on This Island’ won, but Black nominees didn’t fare as well

One sadly consistent thing at the 72nd annual Tony Awards, which recognize excellence in Broadway theater, was that no Black actor who was nominated won.

Meghan Markle brings her African-American roots to royal wedding

The world watched as Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, married Meghan Markle, a biracial American actress and women’s activist for U.N. Women, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom

Former Teen Vogue editor to Get With the Times

The New York Times has been creating unique opportunities under their speaker series for years, each year adding a new dimension and therefore more diversity and inclusion.

Olamide performing at the Amazura Concert Hall

Olamide performing at the Amazura Concert Hall