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Music of Louis Jordan Gets Fresh Twist

Sometimes listening to the right kind of music can sweep away the blues and put a person on the road to better times. So just imagine what happens when you add singing and dancing to the picture, as will be ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Light Shines in Harlem: New York's First Charter School and the Movement it Led' by Mary C. Bounds, foreword by Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker

What if the school your child attended was subpar? What would you do to ensure that he had the best learning atmosphere possible? As you'll see in "A Light Shines in Harlem" by Mary C. Bounds, it was a question ...

Stevie Wonder Thrills Verizon Center Crowd

Stevie Wonder can bring out the fan in just about any music lover.

Stevie Wonder Sizzles in D.C. with 'Songs'

Stevland Morris, known to the world as the incomparable Stevie Wonder, performed Sunday at Verizon Center in the nation's capital, taking a standing-room-only crowd back to a time when life was simpler, terrorism was an unknown element and dreams seemed ...

CeCe Peniston Talks New Album, Social Media with The Informer

Recording artist CeCe Peniston took a moment with The Informer to talk about what she has coming up next, her biggest inspiration and the effect of social media on the music business.

Robert Johnson Launches Urban Movie Channel

RLJ Entertainment Inc., created by BET founder Robert L. Johnson, announced Nov. 5 the launch of Urban Movie Channel, RLJE's proprietary digital channel.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me' by Yamma Brown with Robin Gaby Fisher

Throughout your life, your dad taught you a lot. Without Dad's influence, there'd be a lot of knowledge you'd be without, but in the new book "Cold Sweat," you'll see that there was one legacy Yamma Brown wishes her father ...

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise Return with Soul-Stirring CD

Gospel music has changed a lot since the days of icons like James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson and Edwin Hawkins and his West Coast choirs. But one thing has remained constant: the songs, whether more contemporary or traditional, focus on the ...

Southeast Woman Pens Children's Book, Song

As a little girl growing up in Southeast D.C., Darla Davenport-Powell loved to watch Saturday morning cartoons and children's shows. However, it wasn't long before Davenport-Powell realized a fact that saddened her.

Stevie's Wonderland: Legend Prepares for D.C. Show, Triplets

At age 64, as he prepares to play his classic album "Songs in the Key of Life" at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Stevie Wonder is expecting triplets.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Justice While Black' by Robbin Shipp, Esq. and Nick Chiles

You have the right to remain silent, but you also have the right to speak up — which is precisely one of the things you don't want to do if you're arrested. In "Justice While Black" by Robbin Shipp, Esq., ...

Usher Brings Tour to D.C. Stage

After three years away from the touring scene, Grammy-winning superstar Usher prepares to bring his sizzling show to 27 North American cities with D.C. near the top of the list.

African-American Art History Highlighted at Howard U. Gallery

When one steps into the Howard University Gallery of Art during the current exhibit, "The Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Carnell Locke Collection: Building on Traditions," it becomes an educational walk through centuries of African-American art history.

Eddie Murphy to Make Return in 'Cook'

Eddie Murphy will make his return to the silver screen in "Cook," his first film since 2011's "Tower Heist."

D.C.'s Tulani Returns Home to Premiere Music Video

Tulani, a D.C.-based singer-songwriter best known from NBC's "America's Got Talent" and touring with Lady Gaga as the pop superstar's harpist, came home recently to host the premiere of the music video for "I Heart You," her retro-flavored new song ...