African American Interest News

African American Interest News – including African American entertainment, cultural, political, social and related “black” interest news as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.


Exploring Black and Afro-Latinx female identity with RESPECT: gallery exhibition, workshops, and discussions

BRONX, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is delighted to announce the opening of “RESPECT,” an exhibition celebrating Black and Afro-Latinx womanhood. The art gallery exhibition and related public programs comprise the Fall season of “CelebrARTE,” Casita Maria’s arts and culture event series celebrating the South Bronx community and the art it has inspired.

Louisiana Appleseed to Host Community Forum in Lake Charles to Address Household Debt

NEW ORLEANS, La., Aug. 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In June, Louisiana Appleseed released its report, “A Vicious Cycle: How Predatory Lending and Court Fines & Fees Continue to Trap Communities of Color in Debt,” which discusses its findings on financial stability in low-income and communities of color. As a part of a statewide tour to inform communities of these issues, Louisiana Appleseed has spread this information in Lafayette and Shreveport and is now taking these findings to Lake Charles.

Louisiana Appleseed to Host Household Debt Community Forum in Shreveport

NEW ORLEANS, La., Aug. 15, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Louisiana Appleseed recently released its report, “A Vicious Cycle: How Predatory Lending and Court Fines & Fees Continue to Trap Communities of Color in Debt,” which discusses its findings on financial stability in low-income and communities of color. As a part of a statewide tour to inform communities of these issues, Louisiana Appleseed is now taking these findings to Shreveport.

Louisiana Appleseed to Host Event in Lafayette to Help Reduce Debt in Louisiana’s Low-Income Communities

NEW ORLEANS, La., July 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Last month, Louisiana Appleseed released its findings on financial stability in low-income and communities of color in its report “A Vicious Cycle: How Predatory Lending and Court Fines & Fees Continue to Trap Communities of Color in Debt.”

Legendary Black Arts Movement Author Horace Mungin Celebrates 50 Year Career Anniversary with Re-Release of 10 Literary Works

RIDGEVILLE, S.C., July 8, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It was 1968 when literary giant Horace Mungin penned his first published work, “Dope Hustler’s Jazz,” part one of a two volume set of anti-drug poetry. “Dope Hustler’s Jazz” was the beginning of a writing career that started in the Black Arts Movement. Horace Mungin Books is celebrating 50 years of intellectual success with the re-release of ten books.

African Methodist Episcopal Church Installs New Senior Bishop

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 28, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On June 26, during the AME Church’s Annual Council of Bishops and General Board Meeting Worship Service, at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Convention Center in Birmingham, Alabama, the Right Reverend Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. was installed as the Senior Bishop of the AME Church.

DIONNE WARWICK and QUEEN LATIFAH Celebrate New Jersey Community Choir

NEWARK, N.J., June 20, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Ask world-renowned choir director Reverend Stefanie Minatee what the core revelation of her New Jersey community choir Jubilation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration is, and she will tell you in a single word: GOD. Through the guarantee of life’s trials and tribulations, it’s nothing but GOD that gets you to the finish line of Jubilation.

Historical Author Sufia Giza Uncovers Her Ancient Moundbuilders Ancestry with New Book Release and Summer Tour

COLUMBIA, S.C., June 17, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For historical film documentarian and author Sufia Giza, genetic testing took her down a rabbit hole of research that has spanned 30 years, uncovering intriguing evidence that deeply impacts the narrative of this nation as a whole. Her new book is HeTePu Publications’ “Moundbuilders of Ancient America: A Legacy Reclaimed,” self-published in conjunction with the notable Black Classic Press.

Rapping Math Professor Chad Rico Sets Summer School Lessons with 12 Weekly Hip Hop Releases

RICHMOND, Calif., June 14, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It may be summer break but for college math professor and hip hop artist Chad Rico school is back in session! Chad plans to drop lesson plans all season long with his “12 Weeks of Summer” EP project on Gold & Gems Records by releasing a new single every week.

Deon D. Jenkins Announces Run for President on Platform of Reparations

VALLEJO, Calif., June 5, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Deon D. Jenkins, also known as grass roots hip hop organizer Alpha Leo, announced today that he has filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) as a Democratic Presidential Candidate in California, for the 2020 election.

Black History Month: Climate Leadership Takes Root February 22-23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 25, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Delivering the inaugural Black History Month welcome remarks, Bay Ecotarium and Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay President and CEO, George Jacob shared his vision for the $260 million Climate Literacy and Ocean Conservation Living Museum in the making in San Francisco.

Grammy Award Winning Community Choir, Rev. Stef and Jubilation Presents ‘From The Middle Passage: An African American Journey’

UNION, N.J., Feb. 5, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — IN CONCERT: Friday, February 8 – 8 p.m. – UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway, N.J. The group of people (over 100+ voices) that make up the powerhouse choir, JUBILATION, are a force in the industry.

National Champions and Rising Track Stars Celebrate Opening of 45th Anniversary Colgate Women’s Games with an Early Season Record and Personal Bests

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Dec. 18, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Personal best performances and a record tying high jump marked an exceptional early start to the indoor track season, as thousands of girls and young women from all over the East Coast competed in the opening preliminaries of the 45th anniversary Colgate Women’s Games this past weekend (Dec. 15-17) at Pratt Institute this weekend.

Soul Singer-Songwriter KEA MICHAELS Presents Debut Music Video for Poignant Ballad ‘I Love You’

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Nov. 29, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — One inspired night in 2015, singer-songwriter Kea Michaels sat down to write a poem like a lullaby entitled “I Love You” for one of her daughters…heartfelt prose enriched with motherly adoration. She later turned that poem into a song thinking about an older daughter that had been battling, since birth, kidney hydronephrosis. KEA thought she was about to lose her to the debilitating disorder. (VIDEO)

More than 500 Expected to Attend 17th Annual Sacramento Event: Women in Law Enforcement Community Awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MEDIA ADVISORY — More than 500 people are expected to attend the 17th annual award luncheon Saturday, November 17, 2018, to recognize winners of the “Women in Law Enforcement” Business and Community Awards presented by the Sacramento Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

It’s a Femme-inist Future for the South Bronx!

BRONX, N.Y., Nov. 2, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is proud to present Teen Leadership Summit: The Future is Femme-inist! The Future is NOW! Young women and femmes of color are leading the way as community culture workers. They are artists, activists, healers, and leaders.

Former Cash Money Records Artist Tab ‘Hot Boy Turk’ Virgil Jr. Offers Inspiring, Real Life Story of Redemption In His Tell-All Memoir

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 3, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Oracle Group announces Former Cash Money Records artist Tab “Hot Boy Turk” Virgil Jr. takes you on a journey of deep spiritual and mental growth in his new book, ‘The AutoThugOgraphy of Turk’ (Hardcover: Wahida Clark Publishing: ISBN: 978-1947732216).

Director Troy Rowland to Shoot ‘DangerMan Returns’ the Black Superhero Film Sequel

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It will be lights, camera and a lot of action as DangerMan, America’s Real Life Black Superhero, gears up to shoot the sequel to his original film release. “DangerMan Returns” will be directed by Troy Michael Rowland, a veteran entertainment specialist whose credits include Disney, Amazon and TV One. Roger I. Tinsley, CEO/President of the DangerMan Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, will executive produce the film.

Legendary TV and Radio Host Donnie Simpson celebrates a 50-year career milestone announcing his highly anticipated memoir

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 2, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Oracle Group International announces the publication of “THROUGH THESE EYES: An Iconic Memoir of Life, Love and The Man Behind The Music” (13th and Joan; Hardcover; Jan. 30, 2019; $25.99; ISBN: 978-1732646469) by award-winning, influencer, humanitarian, and legend Donnie Simpson.

‘FlyingOver50’ Granny Pole Dancer, Makeda Smith, Continues to Elevate Mature Women with New MercVille Productions Music Video

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 20, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Grandmother, publicist and pole dancer Makeda Smith, the creator behind the blog-turned-movement, FlyingOver50, has once again teamed with Christina Villegas and Jeff Mercer, the owners of MercVille Productions, to create a mesmerizing pole dance music video (safe for work).

Media Mogul Mona Scott-Young Announces the Launch of Monami Direct and the Release of Debut Novel, ‘BLURRED LINES’

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 4, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mona Scott Young, Executive Producer of VH1’s hit franchise “Love & Hip Hop” and CEO of Monami Entertainment, announces the launch of straight-to-consumer digital platform, Monami Direct, in conjunction with the release of her debut novel, “Blurred Lines” (ISBN: 978-1939126313). “Blurred Lines” is co-written by New York Times bestselling author and television producer Courtney Parker.

26-Year-Old David Busby Survives Gun Violence and Lands Debut Role on Bounce TV’s ‘Saints and Sinners’

ATLANTA, Ga., April 20, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When viewers watch young, upcoming actor David Busby in his debut recurring role on the third season of Bounce TV’s sizzling series “Saints and Sinners,” they are witnessing the passion of a young man who has had his own personal run-in with real life saints and sinners. Working alongside the show’s veteran stars, including Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, and Keith Robinson most would never guess that twice in two years, the determined 26-year-old thespian almost lost his life to street gun violence.

Ballin’ 4 Peace Celebrity Charity Basketball Tournament Founded by Former Pro Ball Player H2O, Returns to Queens, NY April 21

QUEENS, N.Y., April 18, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — H2O Basketball announces the BALLIN’ 4 PEACE CELEBRITY CHARITY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Founded by Queens native and Former Division 1, International Pro Basketball Player, Haron “H2O” Hargrave; returns to ELMCOR YOUTH & ADULT ACTIVITIES CENTER in Corona, Queens, N.Y., this Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Northern Guilford High School Student receives a full ride to Northeastern University as a Torch Scholar

MARIETTA, Ga., March 27, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity announced today that one of its College Planning Cohort students, Otis Burns, who attends Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, has received news that he has been selected as a Northeastern University Torch Scholar. The Torch Scholarship covers tuition, room, board, books, and fees to Northeastern University, valued at $260,000 over 4 years.

Lake City High School Student receives a full ride to Northeastern University as a Torch Scholar

MARIETTA, Ga., March 27, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity announced today that one of its College Planning Cohort students, Damian Lee, who attends Lake City High School in Lake City, South Carolina, has received news that he has been selected as a Northeastern University Torch Scholar. The Torch Scholarship covers tuition, room, board, books, and fees to Northeastern University, valued at $260,000 over 4 years.

Uproar Entertainment Releases ‘Insert Token’ – Debut Stand-Up Comedy CD by Julian Michael

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 20, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Uproar Entertainment announces the release of “Insert Token”, the debut stand-up comedy CD by Julian Michael. Recorded live at The Comedy Underground in Seattle, Wash., ‘Insert Token’ presents the unique comic perspective of a man who considers himself a “double minority.”

Brooklyn Millennial Writes Compelling Book After Learning About Kalief Browder’s Suicide

NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Remedy Network Inc. announces publication of “Remedy Network: A Millennial’s Journey on Connecting New York City Through Stories” (ISBN: 978-1984030917, paperback) by J. Caleb Perkins, an influential leader, community organizer, and public speaker.

Nation’s Best Track Stars Head to the Finals of the 44th Annual Colgate Women’s Games

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Pratt Institute — From an initial field of thousands of girls and young women from all over the East Coast, some 230 top point-scorers in divisions from elementary school through college and beyond, have earned their way to the finals of the 44th annual Colgate Women’s Games. Persevering through four preliminary meets and a semi finals at Pratt, these young Olympic hopefuls have emerged as some of the country’s finest athletic talent.

The Historic Ali Cultural Arts Celebrates Black History Month: ‘Beans, Rice and Gumbo’ Art Exhibition by Adewale Adenle

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 24, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Historic Ali Cultural Arts in Pompano Beach is proud to celebrate Black History Month with an art exhibition by Nigerian artist, Adewale Adenle. Beans, Rice and Gumbo: Facts, Fictions and Frictions of Black History narrates the history of blacks from the pre-slavery era through the present day. The exhibition runs from February 1, 2018 through March 29, 2018.

RESOLUTION SONG Movie sings into stores EVERYWHERE with SONY PICTURES and SMITH GLOBAL MEDIA Distribution

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 10, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Urbanstylz announced today that “Resolution Song” will be released nationwide. The film’s underlying faith, family, and racial components will resonate with all communities. Directed by award-winning Film Director, Antonio James (“Trey,” 2013), “Resolution Song” was acquired by Sony Pictures affiliate, Smith Global Media, in 2016 and will be released via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment division February 6, 2018.

Real Life Urban Super Hero, DangerMan Honors Community Activists at 2nd Annual DangerMan Hero Awards

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — America’s Real Life Urban Super Hero, DangerMan, will once again honor the heroics of local community activists at the 2nd Annual 2017 DangerMan Hero Awards Show, to be held the evening of Saturday, December 9 at the California African American Museum (CAAM), The highly anticipated event will begin at 6 p.m. with a red carpet and VIP reception, produced by actor, mentor and philanthropist Roger I. Tinsley.

’70s Soul Singer The Natural Four’s Chris Bell Pens Revealing Memoir ‘Music Saved My Life’

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A good old school love song can take you on a journey and incite the resurgence of memories long gone. The 1973 hit “Can This Be Real” is a prime example. The melody was a Top 40 break through on the R&B charts and The Natural Four were the singular force behind the hit. Ollan Christopher Bell, better known as Chris James, knows first-hand about song-induced travels. The Natural Four was his group and in his newly released memoirs “Music Saved My Life, From Darkness Into The Light, My Life As A 70’s R&B/Soul Singer” (ISBN: 978-0998795003) he takes us on an intimate trek through his life and times.

DangerMan The Urban Superhero Releases Super Suit Costume For Halloween

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 18, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Halloween night just got safer! America’s Real Life Urban Super Hero, DangerMan, will roam the streets trick-or-treating with the likes of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man as the new DangerMan Super Suit is now available for kids! Actor and mentor Roger I. Tinsley, the founder of the DangerMan Urban Superhero brand and CEO/President of the DangerMan Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has released the new costume just in time for the holidays.

Howard University Alumnus’ International Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Makes U.S. Debut at Black Hollywood

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 12, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Ochulo, an international Fashion and Lifestyle brand based in Nigeria, will make their U.S. debut during Howard University’s homecoming at the legendary Social Architects’ Black Hollywood extravaganza. This engaging fashion experience entitled, “The People’s Paradise,” presents Ochulo’s revolutionary men’s and women’s fashions. The magic will unfold on October 20, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in NW Washington, D.C.

Stage to Studio Soul Singer-Songwriter-Actor Los Angeles Native PHILLIP BRANDON Debuts at The Colony Theatre in Burbank

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 14, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Springing forth following eight years of tours as “Narrator” with platinum selling rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra to a feature role in the life story of Gospel legend BeBe Winans, “Born For This: The Musical,” Los Angeles native singer-songwriter-actor Phillip Brandon now proudly unveils his debut CD, “The Story Begins,” via a spectacular live launch performance Thursday, October 12 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, California.

Uproar Entertainment Releases Debut Stand-Up Comedy CD by Jamal Doman ‘Consequences & Repercussions’

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 2, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Uproar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of “Consequences & Repercussions” by Jamal Doman, recorded live at The Comedy Underground in Seattle, Wash. Uproar Entertainment is committed to recording and promoting today’s most talented comedians.

Mugadi Foundation, in association with Waynflete School, announce Michael O. (of NBC’s ‘The Sing Off’) Benefit Concert Event

WESTBROOK, Maine, June 14, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Mugadi Foundation, in association with Waynflete School, is proud to announce a Michael O. (Michael Odokara-Okigbo) benefit concert event “ON MY OWN” to take place July 13, 2017 at the beautiful Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook, Maine.

Student Overcomes the Odds to Receive $1.8 Million In Scholarships, Including Full Scholarships to 6 Top Colleges

MARIETTA, Ga., May 24, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity today announced that on Sunday, May 28, 2017 the Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia will host its 10th Annual High School Graduation Celebration Worship Service. The blessings will be flowing for several students who have been offered full college scholarships. However, for Paulding County High School’s Kimberly Hadaway, the blessings are overflowing with full scholarships to 6 of the country’s top colleges.

‘Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances’ by Leland Melvin

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 19, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Retired pro football player Leland Melvin thought his road to the NFL was an incredible journey – until he climbed aboard the shuttle Atlantis and traveled to outer space. Twice. Melvin, a former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, engineer and astronaut, shares his real-life experiences, triumphs and challenges in an inspirational memoir. The book: “CHASING SPACE: AN ASTRONAUT’S STORY OF GRIT, GRACE, AND SECOND CHANCES” (ISBN: 978-0062496720; Amistad Hardcover Original).

Actress Rayven Ferrell Lands Pivotal Career Role in New Tupac Film

ATLANTA, Ga., May 18, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Rayven Symone Ferrell was born, her mom had a strong vision for her. She knew her daughter was destined for great creativity and named her after Raven-Symone, her favorite character on “The Cosby Show.” Twenty-one years later and mom’s intuition has proven true. The young aspiring actress has already landed a career defining role, playing Sekyiwa Shakur, the baby sister of rap icon Tupac Shakur, in the soon to be released blockbuster film, “All Eyez on Me.