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.

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.

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 ...

Chuck Brown's Final Album Set for August Release

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

Taboo Topics Tackled in New Play

An independent theater company based in Prince George's County will soon bring to the stage "Chocolate Covered Ants," a play that addresses issues that plague black men and affect the women and children in their lives.

'Half of a Yellow Sun' Debuts

The Nigerian government will finally allow its citizens to see what Americans and others have called one of the unsung movies of the year.

Actor Resurrects the Spirit of Rodney King

Roger Guenveur Smith is currently starring in a one-man show, "Rodney King," at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Northwest, in which he portrays the role of a common man thrust into history's spotlight.

Essence Festival Attracts Record Crowd on 20th Anniversary

The 20th annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, earning the distinction of being the largest gathering in the event's history.

National Mall to Host Christian Concert

NightVision Music Festival, a daylong event free to the public, will be held Saturday on the National Mall.

Africa Underground Spotlights Kenya

The sweet sounds of Mombasa music and other uniquely Kenyan songs played by Jabali Afrika in the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden captured listeners' attention.

James Brown Biopic Opens July 31

Producers of a new film based on the incredible life story of James Brown promise to give audiences a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of the legendary "Godfather of Soul."

Michael Bossard, 63, Renowned D.C. Vocalist, Dies

Michael Bossard, a renowned opera and R&B singer from D.C. who toured with the Coasters, died June 29 after a long battle with liver disease.