Kennedy Center

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Kennedy Center Honors Wayne Shorter, 'Hamilton' Creators

“This year’s slate of honorees represents the pinnacle of our nation’s originality, and the rich mosaic of diverse perspectives and art forms that has come to define who we are as a people.”

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Kennedy Center Lauches Hip Hop Culture Council

Q-Tip will lead the charge to develop more hip hop-centered programming at the Washington D.C. cultural institution.

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Nas Brings New Life to 'One Love' With National Symphony Orchestra

The clip comes from the rapper’s upcoming PBS concert special, “Nas: Live from the Kennedy Center.”

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5 Songs to Celebrate Yasiin Bey Before He Retires

The artist formerly known as Mos Def confirmed his retirement with the announcement of several farewell shows.

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LIVESTREAM: Black Male Re-Imagined Program at the Kennedy Center

Rashid Shabazz of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement on the event, which begins at 2 p.m. ET: “The intent … is to provide a space to acknowledge, explore and celebrate the lived realities, hopes, dreams and challenges that are tied into identity and perception for Black men and women.”

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Campaign for Black Male Achievement Explores Intersection of Art, Activism

The organization’s third Black Male Re-Imagined program envisions a nation that celebrates and respects the humanity of African-American men.

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Kennedy Center to Honor Mavis Staples

The singer—who achieved fame while singing Civil Rights Movement-oriented songs with her sisters as The Staple Singers—will be honored alongside Al Pacino and James Taylor. 

Q-Tip Makes History as Kennedy Center's First Artistic Director for Hip-Hop Culture

The iconic “A Tribe Called Quest” member’s will curate this summer’s Hip-Hop Culture Series.

ICYMI: Watch Kendrick Lamar's Searing National Symphony Orchestra Performance

Watch videos of “These Walls,” “i” and “King Kunta” as performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night. 

WATCH: Eddie Murphy Accepts Mark Twain Award, Lampoons Cosby

The heralded comedian and actor was recognized with the Mark Twain Award for Humor on Monday night. Check out a clip from his acceptance speech.