Apollo Announces 80th Anniversary Gala With Host Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady _ Photography by Shahar AzranThe Apollo Theater, a leading not-for-profit performing arts institution, announced that its 2014 annual Spring Gala will be transformed into an epic birthday celebration in honor of the storied Theater’s 80th anniversary, Tuesday, June 10, at 7pm. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Remembering Lee

By Walter Rutledge


On August 19th actor Lee Thompson Young took his life in his Los Angeles apartment, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound; Young was twenty-nine years old. Most people remember him as a former child television personality who had successfully transitioned into a working adult actor. To me Lee was one of those people blessed with a special gift; for which acting was more than a profession, it was a calling. Continue Reading →

Disney’s First Black Princess


By: Dontré L. Conerly

Princess Tiana

Princess Tiana

Belle. Ariel. Jasmine. Chances are, you know these names as just a few of Disney’s magical princesses from such classic tales as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. After 10 years, since it introduced Chinese warrior princess, Mulan, in 1998, the Disney royal court unveiled its first black princess, Tiana, who will make her debut this holiday season in The Princess and the Frog. A contemporary fairy tale, Tiana’s is an up-to-date tale, of sorts, and tells of a modern-day girl who, but for some magic, is much more relatable than an underwater mermaid or the Sleeping Beauty—but no less enchanting. Continue Reading →