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Honoring the rich musical legacy of jazz singer Nina Simone, the program features songs and instrumental selections from Simone’s beloved albums and performances. Safe The Date  Saturday, March 23rd • 3pm Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 141 Adams St. Rochester, NY 14608 Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Spring Concert Featuring: The Brockport Symphony Orchestra – Directed by Jonathan Allentoff The […]

Cord Jefferson is now an Oscar winner but wants others to join him in the winner’s circle. The filmmaker won Best Adapted Screenplay for 2023’s “American Fiction,” which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Jeffrey Wright, Erika Alexander, and Sterling K. Brown.  Jefferson, a former staff writer for The Root, saw his commitment to writing Black […]

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March 9, 2024

A roundup of recent good news from the Black entertainment and sports community: 1. Queen Latifah is set to host the 55th NAACP Image Awards for the second consecutive time, with special honors going to Amanda Gorman and June Ambrose. 2. LeBron James is expanding his portfolio with three new documentaries on the History Channel, […]

The series, titled “The Gates”, follows the lives of a wealthy Black family in a posh, gated community. Michele Val Jean, who has written more than 2,000 episodes of daytime dramas and won multiple Daytime Emmy and WGA Awards for her work on The Bold And The Beautiful  and “General Hospital,” will serve as writer […]

50 Cent, Jill Scott, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Muni Long, Lola Brooke and Funk Flex will all be apart of Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit.  The event  is moving from Atlanta to hip-hop’s birthplace, New York City. Presented by the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and Pepsi in partnership with Live Nation […]

The 47th annual Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set to enliven downtown Rochester on Saturday, March 16, 2024, starting at 12:30 p.m. The parade, featuring over 100 entries including 3,000 marchers, nine bands, and eight Irish dance schools, will commence at East Avenue and Alexander Street, proceeding to the Liberty Pole and then […]

Honorees included former Monroe County Legislature president Sabrina Lamar; former Rochester City School District Superintendent Leslie Myers-Small and former Mayor Lovely Warren. Carolyne Scott Blount, founder of About Time magazine; and Rosa Wims, the first Black nurse at Rochester General Hospital, were recognized posthumously. Other honorees included Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, former Rochester police chief; Bishop Pastor […]

Queen Latifah is back to hosting duties for the next NAACP Image Awards. Latifah last hosted the ceremony in 2023, when Angela Bassett took home Entertainer of the Year. At this year’s ceremony. Amanda Gorman will be presented with the Chairman’s Award, bestowed in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their […]

The 2024 Rochester Lilac Festival just announced this year’s artists performances. Friday, May 10: Direct support: Left-Handed 2nd Baseman at 5:30 p.m. Headliner: Rayland Baxter at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Direct support: Zahyia at 5:30 p.m. Headliner: Butcher Brown at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12: Direct support: Grace Serene and the Super Clean at […]

A jury found  Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington guilty of murder in the killing of hip-hop icon Jam Master Jay in a New York City recording studio in 2002, federal prosecutors said. The two men were accused of killing Jam Master Jay — born Jason Mizell, who co-founded Run-DMC in the early 1980s — […]


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