Once he realized he was meant to be a performer, J.B. Smoove moved to Los Angeles and landed a recurring role on MTV’s “The Lyricist Lounge Show,” as well as featured guest spots on “The Chris Rock Show” and “Premium Blend.”

Odunde celebrated its 44th year on Sunday, June 9 in South Philadelphia with lots of young and old attendees enjoying the soul food, Caribbean fare, vendors, music and colors from all over the Diaspora. MORE PHOTOS AT PHILLYTRIB.COM — PHOTOS BY RON GRAY/TRIBUNE

NEW YORK — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal rifts, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city.

They say that you can’t know where you are going unless you know where you’ve been. History helps shape who we are. It’s often hard to take a look at the Black experience in the United States and not think of things like slavery, discrimination and the civil rights struggle.

Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled album, followed by her game-changing “Lemonade” album in 2016 have both laid the foundation for Omise’eke Tinsley’s course “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” at the University of Texas at Austin.

At 22 years old, Florida-native Jamal Parker has published his own book of poetry, become an international slam poetry champion and a resident artist at the Painted Bride in Old City, gone on an East Coast poetry tour, created his own poetry collective (Black Boy Fly) — and somehow manages t…

NEW YORK — The 15 or 20 minutes before the performance ticked by the same way they do on nights when Rome Neal presides over jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But this time Neal was directing a reading of a play. It takes aim at the sensation that is the t…

NEW YORK — Choreographer Ronald K. Brown stepped into a big studio at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and greeted the dancers with warm hugs. Then, almost without a word, he began to move, his feet and shoulders swaying to the beat, his upper body undulating slightly. “The Love,” a Malian…