Celebrating Juneteenth

By Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, AFRO Publisher and CEO This year we celebrate Juneteenth National Independence Day for the 157th time, and the third time as a national federal holiday. Many Americans are still learning about Juneteenth’s importance, and we must recognize the significance of its history, and the joy in celebrating our freedom as

Op-ed: why Black folk need holidays

By Aswad Walker, Defender Network For some, holidays are just days off work. For others, many of them are considered sacred and holy. But all holidays were created by a specific group of people for a specific reason. Holidays were meant to be vehicles for teaching, highlighting and passing down specific values important to the


38th Annual Stellar Awards Returns To Las Vegas

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night, is set to return to Las Vegas for its 38th annual celebration. This year, the event is taking its renowned festivities to new heights with the introduction of the ultimate fan experience, the Stellar+ Experience (Stellar+EXP). Co-founders Rhonda Jackson-Sams and Michele Murphy have curated an unparalleled