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From talent show champ to Apollo Theater talent, Atlanta singer Lightskin Bobby has been an entertainer for much of his life. With the recent release of his third project Worldwide coupled with a stage name change, he’s working towards taking his music to the next level while people get more familiar with his artistry. What…

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Teen R&B songstress Haley Smith has overcome major heartbreak to pursue her dream of becoming a recording star. Three weeks before an appearance on the Apollo, which she won, her father was murdered. For this purpose, her new single “I Miss My Daddy” carries even greater significance. Rolling out caught up the Bronx, New York, balladeer…

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Due to popular demand, the Apollo Theater announced today, Dec. 13 that it has added a second show on Thursday, December 22nd for yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def), one of hip hop’s most influential artists. These special engagements follow bey’s announcement earlier this year of his retirement from the music business and will…

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Photo credit: @ApolloTheater – Instagram The Apollo Theater, a leading nonprofit performing arts institution and one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures, today announced the star-studded line-up for its 11th annual Spring Gala — its biggest fundraising event of the year — to be held on Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. The concert portion…

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French-born performers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins, identical twin brothers who most famously have performed and toured with Beyoncé and Jay Z, are just as energetic off the stage as they are on it. We learned this when rolling out spoke exclusively with the dance sensations after their last performance at…

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Women’s History Month drew to a close, or should we say a crescendo this past week with two special March end-of-the-month events, where women were celebrated and given a platform to share their thoughts on a host of topics, including the F word: feminism. At the Apollo Theater’s panel discussion, Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution…

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The Apollo Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 28, announced the election of six new members to its board of directors. The Board of the Apollo, a nonprofit institution since 1991, is a vital force guiding the growth of the theater’s artistic, education and community programming, fundraising, and strategic planning. Robert K. Kraft, Jason L. Mathews, Carolyn…

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On the “A” w/Souleo… The Apollo Theater has transformed the lives of many singers that performed on its stage such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Lauryn Hill. But sometimes in a transcendent moment, the lives of audience members are forever changed as well. For Star Jones that is the promise and value of this…

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On the “A” w/Souleo Cultural influencers convened to hear a “new” Tank at Harlem’s Cheri restaurant during a private listening party produced by Sidra Smith. As guests sipped on Hendrick’s Gin cocktails courtesy of the La Bodega 47 Social Club pop-up bar, Tank played songs from his forthcoming Stronger album. Included in the playback was…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo   Hip-hop great, Rah Digga will share her life lessons in the second installment of the New York Public Library’s free financial literacy series, Fame and Fortune on June 4 at the Mott Haven Library. The former First Lady of Busta Rhymes’ Flipmode Squad has successfully avoided…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo It’s easy to forget that pop music simply refers to what is popular at the moment, whether it’s disco, rock ‘n’ roll or most recently, hip-hop and dance music. SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, honored those who have made an impact in the pop…

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My worst Christmas memory does not involve realizing that Santa Claus isn’t a man of color born in Harlem or receiving a gift without the receipt for exchange purposes. Instead Christmas always manages to conjure the empty feeling of disappointment since in the third grade I lost the title role in “The Nutcracker” to my…

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In some cases inspiration is a fluid, intangible and mysterious force. In other cases, inspiration comes ambling down the 125th St. strip in Harlem sporting extravagant silver jewelry, two sets of headphones and what appears to be sprayed on electric blue hair. The latter occurred when the eye-catching appearance of a fellow named, O.G. sparked…

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