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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
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
By Ariyana Griffin, Special to the AFRO When Dr. Tiara Moore, an environmental ecologist, took to Twitter to look for more Black marine scientists in 2020, she had no idea it would lead to a forceful movement and the founding of a new organization, Black In Marine Science (BIMS). “I realized that we might be
By DaQuan Lawrence, Special to the AFRO Activists in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area are weighing in on the construction and use of a public safety training center near Atlanta. Opponents of a massive police training center soon to open near Atlanta, Ga. staged a two-hour virtual roundtable to engage national attention on
By Nneka N’namdi and Fareeha Waheed At the end of each year, Baltimoreans know how many neighbors we lost to homicide (333 in 2022). The number is a grim reminder of how Black life is devalued in our city and country. It is a tragic, brutal metric to underscore the multiple system failures that led
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Paul Sizelove, president of Gaither Music Group, has been named to Billboard’s Indie Power Players list for the fourth consecutive year. “It is an honor to be selected to Billboard’s Indie Power Player list and to be named alongside of these peers,” stated Sizelove. “I am blessed daily to lead a team of individuals who
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
GRAMMY® Award-winner Brandon Lake’s single “Praise You Anywhere” broke streaming records on Amazon Music. The single’s first-day streams exceeded any other Christian artist ever on Amazon Music globally. It was also featured on the cover of the Amazon Worship Now playlist and had the #1 track in that list. “Praise You Anywhere” marks the first