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D.C. Filmmaker a Quarterfinalist in Prestigious Screenwriting Contest

Shuaib Mitchell, an award-winning producer, director and screenwriter from D.C., has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest for his feature-length screenplay "A Rose By Any Other Name," Nubia Filmworks announced Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Monster's Chef' by Jervey Tervalon

Even though there's some mild hair-raising here, this book isn't exactly a thriller and it's not a mystery. Author Jervey Tervalon's novel actually seems jumbled, in fact, although it's strangely addictive.

Farafina Kan Storms into its 10th Year

For Nana Efua Badu Osundara, Farafina Kan has been a godsend.

Robin Williams, 63, Found Dead in Calif. Home

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday morning inside his California home, according to multiple news outlets.

Robyn LaJoya Charles Named Spokeswoman for Women's Radio Network

Robyn LaJoya Charles, daughter of legendary singer and songwriter Ray Charles, has been named spokeswoman for the Women's Radio Network (WRNW1), a global community for women professionals and entrepreneurs.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Good Morning, Mr. Mandela' by Zelda la Grange

For most of her life, author Zelda la Grange held beliefs that everyone around her shared. In the new book "Good Morning, Mr. Mandela," she explains how those tenets changed, and who led her there.

Kathy Sledge Brings Billie Holiday Tribute to D.C.

Kathy Sledge of the legendary soul group Sister Sledge will bring her Billie Holiday tribute show, "A Brighter Side of Day," to the Blues Alley and Supper Club in Northwest for four performances on Aug. 8 and 9.

Boseman Carries Masterful Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

The life story of R&B singer James Brown, who died Christmas Day in 2006 at 73, is finally told on the big screen in a way that audiences can appreciate not only as good film-making, but for how it made ...

Booker, Edwards Make Capitol Hill's 'Most Beautiful' List

A U.S. senator and two members of the House were among several African-Americans on The Hill's annual "50 Most Beautiful" list.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Laws of Wrath' by Eriq La Salle

In the new book “Laws of Wrath” by Eriq La Salle, what's good for the goose might kill the gander.

Melvin Foote Still Taking the Lead on Africa

Melvin Foote may have fit right in with the 1980s conglomerate of rock stars that came to be known as U.S.A. for Africa.

D.C. Art Gallery Closes After 17 Years

Fellow artists, friends and patrons of the arts joined Tim Davis on Saturday in his International Visions Gallery in Northwest for a closing reception, party and viewing of new works by the Chicago-born painter and illustrator.

Library of Congress Receives Historic Recordings

The U.S. Library of Congress in Southeast acquired in June the "HistoryMakers" video archive collection, which contains thousands of hours of interviews of prominent figures about African-American life, culture and the struggles and achievements of the black experience.

Chuck Brown's Final Album Set for August Release

Chuck Brown's final album, "Beautiful Life" will be released Aug. 19.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader,' edited by Michael Edmonds

You've probably heard that all your life and it's true: a lot of people have come before you to smooth your path.