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Traci Otey Blunt Named Pres. of Urban Movie Channel

Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment today announced the appointment of Traci Otey Blunt as President of Urban Movie Channel (UMC). UMC is the first premium subscription-based streaming service created for African American and urban audiences that features quality ...

2x Grammy Winning Arrested Development Brings Balance to Hip-Hop with New Single & Video “In 1 Day”

Arrested Development (AD) are true trailblazers within music. They first blew people’s minds in 1991, championing hip-hop from the south while spreading a unique mixture of consciousness and musicality to the scene. Their southern style came before the releases Outkast ...

Five Times Kendrick Lamar Kicked Racism’s A** on ‘DAMN.’

The "Alright" MC just unleashed his latest album on the world. Here, five moments where K-Dot gave American racism and oppression the tongue-lashing it deserves. Sameer Rao

Calling All Aspiring Music Producers: Win $15K and Mentorship from Industry Expert DJ/ Producer Don Cannon

The Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters program is hosting their 2nd annual competition. searching for innovators and encouraging creative entrepreneurship.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Named Goodwill Ambassador in Global Fight For Rights of People of African Descent

While we focus on the history and legacy of slavery in the United States, it is sometimes easy to forget the forced deportation of people of African Descent is a international, cross-cultural, shared experience that extends across borders. On August ...

Dave County Grassroots Initiative Seeking To Bridge Racial Gaps between African-American & White Students

Several statistics reveal disparities between African-Americans and whites. In Dane County, Wisconsin, the gap has been so bad that many individuals, government agencies, and organizations have been working on ways to address the issue.A report called “The Race to Equity,” ...

9 Reasons to Check Out John Singleton’s BET Series, Rebel

OK, those Rebel commercials on BET haven’t exactly moved you, even if this show is intended to fill the void left by the midseason finale of Being Mary Jane. Because it’s 2017 and black TV isn’t as sparse as it ...

Despite Its Reputation for Elitism, Artists of Color Say the National Endowment for the Arts is Worth Saving

If passed, Trump's "America First" budget will eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. How will this affect already-marginalized artists of color?

He Stood In Protest-Now Kaepernick Stands Alone

What’s the cost of standing up for what you believe in? Colin Kaepernick knows. Even though he was twice named Western Athletic Offensive Player of the Year during his days at the University of Nevada, MVP of 2008 Humanitarian Bowl ...

32nd Annual Stellar Awards For Gospel Music, Winners & Highlights

Here is a list of winners from the 32nd annual Stellar Awards for gospel music. The event and ceremony was held in Las Vegas Saturday.

How ‘Neurospeculative AfroFeminism’ Uses Virtual Reality to Explore Otherworldly Transformation at a Black Hair Salon

Colorlines sat down with designers from Hyphen-Labs, a multidisciplinary creative collective led by women of color, to discuss the inspiration behind the immersive experience they showcased at South by Southwest.

Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock ’n’ Roll, Dies at 90

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Chuck Berry, a giant in the history of rock ’n’ roll whose turbulent private life was marked by a rocky relationship with the legal system, died Saturday at the age of 90.

Performers Announced For 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Central City Productions announced today select performers for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Hailed as an “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Jay-Z: Gifted in Both Rapping and Investments

The rapper-turned-mogul Jay-Z has launched a new venture capital in Sherpa. Carter has invested in Uber, and currently, he is on the way to familiarize himself with Roc Nation, which was previously his entertainment vehicle.

WGN Series Underground Returns With Explosive Season 2 Premiere

March is a big month for TV—especially for me. The kung fu film lover in me is waiting for season two of AMC’s Into the Badlands while the Marvel Comics loyalist in me is looking forward to Netflix’s Iron Fist ...