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Sharon Jones, Famed Soul Singer, Dies After Cancer Battle

Sharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

Smokey Robinson Receives 2016 Gershwin Prize

It was evident from his acceptance speech Wednesday night at DAR Constitution Hall in D.C. that this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Music recipient, William "Smokey" Robinson, was truly grateful and humbled by the coveted recognition, and his fellow musicians ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Little Shaq: Star of the Week' by Shaquille O'Neal, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

Being a responsible kid has its rewards.

D.C. Millennials Get Sneak Peak of 'Star'

Lee Daniels, the creator of the highly-popular Fox show "Empire," hopes to extend his Midas touch to a gritty new girl-group series, "Star," which tells the tale of three young women who have faced tough times, refused to give up ...

Congressional Chorus to Make Harmony Amid Turmoil

The Church of the Epiphany in Northwest will host a dynamic night of music, dance and rhythms on Saturday, Nov. 19, as more than 100 local performers and ensembles provide an eclectic display of the city's cultural scene.

Challenges of Black America Addressed in Satiric Comedy

"Black Side of the Moon" opened on Nov. 12th and continues through Jan. 1 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Northwest — the third production of its 37th season.

Children's Book Club Founder Shares Points for Explaining Trump Win

The founder of a children's book club said she spent most of Wednesday trying to understand what happened when Donald Trump took to the stage Tuesday night in New York as president-elect.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Ella Fitzgerald' by Stéphane Olliver, illustrated by Rémi Courgeon, translated by Penelope Stanley-Baker, narrated by John Chancer

Sad, but true: you might have to go through disappointments. Other kids might call you names or pick on you. Things won't always go your way, but the good news is that your parents will help you through the bad ...

Local DJ, 19, Making Mark in Music Industry

Brandywine, Maryland, native DJ Young Music has been all about defying odds, from his days touring with R&B legend Ginuwine at only 14 years old to performing alongside Nicki Minaj during her recent Super Bowl party. Now the accomplished millennial ...

'Milk Like Sugar' Shows Other Side of Life for Teens

In Kirsten Greenidge's Obie Award-winning play "Milk Like Sugar," directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, both Greenidge and Nelson do a masterful job of taking a contemporary look at adolescents deprived of adequate mentorship and economic footing, while challenging societal disadvantages.

Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Scorch the Stage in D.C.

We all expected Maxwell to take command of the stage during his visit to the nation's capital after a seven-year hiatus from the entertainment world. However, the real surprise, at least from my perspective, had to be the amazing performance ...

'Moonlight': More than Just a Gay Love Story

There's a dull roar that continues to escalate about the coming-of-age story told by a relatively unknown cast of characters in the recently-released film "Moonlight" — a movie that could very well take home all the gold at the upcoming ...

Yes, Blacks Can Play Classical Music — and More

The classically-trained viola/violin duo of Wil B. and Kev Marcus will bring a modern blend of classical, hip-hop, rock and R&B sounds to the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday, Nov. 12.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bessie Stringfield' by Joel Christian Gill

You aim to touch as much of the world as you can. It's a common desire and, as in "Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bessie Stringfield" by Joel Christian Gill, you might make history while you're doing it.

Maxwell: Music that Continues to Touch the Soul

The immensely talented and enigmatic writer, singer and producer Maxwell, along with the legendary Mary J. Blige, kick off their highly-anticipated King and Queen of Hearts World Tour this weekend.