PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Queen Latifah is “unable to accept” an award named for a pioneering opera singer, citing personal reasons. The Marian Anderson Award made the announcement on its website. The organization wasn’t more explicit, and Queen Latifah’s spokeswoman did not immediately return an email Friday. The award is given in Philadelphia to critically acclaimed […]

Another jewel has been added to the crown of Queen Latifah. Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the rapper, singer and actress would be the latest recipient of its Marian Anderson Award, named after the pioneering opera singer and Philly native who became the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. The award […]

Today marks the 106th anniversary of the oldest black women’s greek letter organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The AKA’s were established in 1908 on the campus of Howard University by nine scholastic leaders. Soon after, seven honor student sophomores were added  to the group to ensure continuity. They were led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, […]