Monday, December 30
There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering.
Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead.
The first African American supermodel on the cover of American Vogue was Ms. Beverly Johnson. Beverly was attending college Northeastern University in Boston, MA when she tried her hand at modeling.
Watch night services in New York City.
I was 23 years old when I took my first trip to Africa, and if you ask me my trip occurred a little too late. It should have happened as soon as I developed comprehension and understanding. It should have happened before the “African booty scratcher” jokes became funny to me, and before Africa became the dark continent in my mind. However, thank goodness it happened. After visiting the beautiful country of Zambia on two different occasions, I’m convinced that every Black person should visit Africa at least once. It will change your entire life. It most definitely changed mine.
We don’t have a White history month, so why is there a Black history month? Is It Necessary to celebrate Black History Month? Read on...
This new era of beauty among Black women celebrates the mind. It celebrates our beautiful spirits, our beautiful struggles, and our beautiful hopes.
As a child I would often watch old clips of the Civil Rights Movement and desperately wish I could have participated. The focus and eloquence of Dr. King inspired me. The courage of the children challenged me, and the unity of Black people was something I’d yet to witness in my generation. My soul longed for the days when Black people didn’t sit around and hope for change, but actually fought for it to happen.
Knowing and understanding what being black enough means to your self-preservation.
Thursday, December 26
On the “A” w/Souleo:
Leela James talks bouncing back from financial challenges, new music and embracing motherhood; why veteran backup singer, Paulette McWilliams is grateful for doc “20 Feet From Stardom” and former backup singer, Nelson Frank is ready to claim his destiny.
Beyoncé planted a sweet kiss on Madonna’s daughter Mercy James during her concert on Dec. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following the show, Queen Bey took the party from the concert venue to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square.
While Coltrane passed away on July 17, 1967, his music continues to influence generations of musicians and listeners.
For fall/winter 2013, the look is chic, clean-cut, classic and shapely. With ambitions to have a “global impact,” Nina Skarra focuses on the development of green, sustainable designs.
The exhibition “Cleopatra’s Needle” is showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now through June 8, 2014. An ancient Egyptian monument and a gift to the city of New York from the khedives of Egypt, the obelisk of Pharaoh Thuthmose III is popularly known as “Cleopatra’s Needle.”
The biggest news from the Black community in 2013
Clean Halls, New York Police Department, NYPD, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Barack Obama, Lenox Lounge, early voting, Raphael Ward, firefighters, Black AIDS Institute, Dr. Neil Lowe, Delta Sigma Theta, George Benta, Amalgamated Transit Union, flu, stop-and-frisk, Muslim, Department of Education, DOE, earthquake, Haiti, Rainbow PUSH, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Emancipation Proclamation
The mounting of a production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” becomes a holiday tradition.
Check out a complete list of R&B and hip-hop honorees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards!
One of the most magnificent joys of the holiday season is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2013 season at City Center in Midtown Manhattan.
Time Warner Cable NY1 News reporter Dean Meminger recent coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial, done on location in South Africa, is one of the highlights of his stellar journalism career.
The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) urges you not to let drunk driving ruin the holiday season for you and for others. Be a responsible driver and a responsible party host.
Whether you have a chronic illness or even a so-called terminal illness, your body will respond if your mind is fixed on healing and living. I believe people are dying prematurely because they think they are going to die.
Although the weather has finally turned cold, and you may not be out and about as much, you can still do a little traveling, albeit from a comfy chair with a hot drink and a great book.
Fallout continues from lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (GWB), one of the major thoroughfares between New York and New Jersey, as one of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s top executives resigned last week in Newark.
With much ceremony, and with Winnie Madizikela-Mandela and Graça Mandela consoling each other in a moving tribute to the late icon, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the family plot in his ancestral home of Qunu, South Africa, on Sunday, Dec. 15.
This season, the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, has followed a pattern not uncommon with the volatile nature of the NFL.
It’s almost the end of the year, and it’s a great time to look back on the ups and downs of immigration reform in 2013, especially since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told us on Dec. 19 that it deported 368,644 immigrants globally in the 2013 fiscal year.
Rex Ryan must return to the Jets next season, period.
For most of this year, the U.S. government has been toying with the idea of plowing money into nongovernmental civic organizations and political parties in Guyana to help them strengthen democracy at the local level largely because the system has gradually broken down over the years.
The New York Knicks have announced that 17-year-old Daniel Ortiz and 14-year-old David Ortiz, who attend Brentwood High School on Long Island, N.Y., are the recipients of this month’s Sweetwater Clifton City Spirit Award for their lifesaving efforts during a fire at a neighbor’s house.
Such local linkages, asserted Barbadian hotelier Ralph Taylor, generate several benefits: “First, tourists want to savor the local delicacies. In fact, one of the most common complaints is the dearth of local dishes.”
It’s Christmas week, and the Grinch has exercised every bit of his power to steal the Knicks’ season, one that has been characterized by mind-numbingly poor play and a plethora of injuries.
As New York City approaches the New Year, it is a time of incredible ascendency in the history of African-Americans in elective office in the nation’s largest city.
By refining this year’s Christmas celebrations to appeal less toward material things and more toward reawakening the virtues faith and family, we will once again find ourselves remembering the true joy and meaning of Christmas.
In 1960, there were 103 Black elected officials throughout the nation. By 1990, that number had grown to 9000. Nonetheless, as we approach 2014, all of the social comfort indicators show that the political and economic status of African Americans continues to decline.
As 2013 comes to a close and Christmas and Kwanzaa have come and gone, we reflect on the year that has just passed and the year we hope will be more promising.
Create Inc. held its annual children’s Christmas Party at their facility, 73 Lennox Ave. for the children of Harlem and St. Benedict’s Day Nursery on Dec. 12.
On Dec. 22, St. John’s simply outmaneuvered the Aggies, scoring a stunning 72-70 victory.
HLN Executive Vice President and General Manager Albie Hecht recently announced the hiring of the following key programming executives and their new roles: Keith Brown, senior vice president, programming; Kari Kim, vice president, program development; and Adrienne Lopez, director, special projects. All three newly appointed executives will be based in New York.
On the beautiful, sunny afternoon of Friday, Dec. 13, the Hillbillies, an African-American women’s social club, held their annual Christmas party at the Davenport Country Club in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Merry Christmas everybody! I hope yours was merry and filled with delight, and all of your troubles were way out of sight. I tried and I tried with all of my might to be a good girl. I didn’t fuss. I didn’t fight.
Some 10,000 preteen elementary school girls and junior high and senior high ladies shared the best indoor track in the country, along with high school, college and 30s-plus ladies, as they competed for Colgate-Palmolive Educational Grants at the Armory track.
Dec. 17 was the anniversary of the death of Hubert Harrison.
Tuesday, December 24
Mayor David Dinkins honored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Monday, December 23
Mayor-elect de Blasio's leadership team continues to take shapes with appointments of deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Mayor's Chief of Staff
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appointed Alicia Glen, Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG) at Goldman Sachs, as his new Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria New York started a new toy drive program called Project Blue Elf using donations and volunteers from the company.
As The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Vol. 2, shows, Jewish dominance in the fields of business, trade, commerce, and finance started with Black labor--from the Southern cottonfield investments of the Rothschilds, to the Alabama slave-dealing of the Lehman Brothers, to the Jewish "needle trade" sweatshops of New York. Kanye West's attempt to penetrate that history and those business connections is a formidable venture and worthy of full Black support.
The Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT) will revive some of their most popular productions "Finians Rainbow" and "For Colored Girls When The Rainbow Isn't Enuf," and display a new one-act version of Flahooley."
Team Total Equity Now hosted their second style for ordinal numbers Annual Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive.
Friday, December 20
Mama Jones of VH1's Chrissy and Mr. Jones, hosted a book signing event at Black Ink
Harlem event give indie artist chance to shine
A security breach at Target stores around the country might leave millions of Americans at the mercy of credit card fraud.
Stars come out for the 135t Street Agency's holiday party
Thursday, December 19
Nearly 40 million Target customers at risk thanks to hackers
This year’s ceremony has been considered one of the very best for Black films and television shows, as “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “12 Years a Slave” have captivated American and international audiences.
His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.
A fixture in the Harlem community, the beloved Presbyterian minister died on Nov. 2 at the age of 87.
Reports indicate that a gang of Orthodox Jewish men beat a Black man in Brooklyn while yelling anti-gay slurs.
Using an integrated, collaborative care model, the center is colocated with the established Behavioral Health Clinic, providing easy access to essential services for a vulnerable population in need of a dedicated patient-centered medical home.
New York Amsterdam News Web Editor and Internship Coordinator Amity Paye is the new vice president of print for the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ).
Ohio has become the center of national attention because of a series of voting bills in the Republican-controlled legislature
Attorney Paula Edgar is on a crusade to make a way for more people of color to become lawyers. She is New York Law School’s (NYLS) new chief diversity officer, the inaugural holder of the position.
Going back to my roots in Africa, I relate that the witch doctor not only used herbs and other medicines, but also used the power of his spirit to heal.
York, William Clark’s slave whose linguistic skills and natural diplomacy were indispensable to his master and his partner, Merriweather Lewis.
Boehner has seemingly criticized conservative organizations and tried to put some distance between him and them so he can win points with Santa and Hispanic voters next year.
“The lowering of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) long-term rating for Barbados is of interest to us because of the possibility of wider consequences on the country’s economy,” asserted Melissa Marchand.
The debate about comprehensive immigration reform keeps coming up, and while several efforts to pass this sweeping legislation have failed, it is likely to be an issue for the next session of Congress.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was one of most prolific leaders of the 20th century.
Last week, the Hunger Action Network hosted a soup benefit to end hunger at the All Souls Church in Manhattan.
Earlier this month, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio introduced Bill Bratton as his choice for NYPD commissioner. The announcement prompted a range of reactions from different leaders across the city.
Harlem is going to be home to the nation’s largest, continuous, free public WiFi network covering 95 city blocks and give 80,000 residents Internet access.
Ubuntu, a word of Nguni origin that speaks of collectiveness and humanity.
Last week, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature passed a measure that banned coverage for abortion in private health insurance plans for women unless they purchased a separate rider and it doesn’t include victims of rape.
The “Deadly Stuff Players” tour continues. Yours truly will be signing books on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Sisters Uptown Bookstore, 1942 Amsterdam Ave., from 2-4 p.m.
On Dec. 21, Harris and the Harlem Night Songs Big Band will take the audiences of Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave., 125th and 126th streets) on an adventurous musical journey that stretches to the outer limits of jazz.
Imhotep's Guide To Black Events
As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to take his oath of office, we rejoice in the hopes that the new and improved New York.
One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City begins distributing 2,500 boxes of food today, each with enough groceries to feed a family of four who qualify for or currently receive aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and/or Women, Infants and Children.
The Amsterdam News has searched high and low for innovative, creative, dependable, awe-inspiring and fantastic finds for the whole family.
Last week, Beyoncé took the theme a little further as she dropped an album out the blue, no pun intended.
Imhotep's Guide To Black Events
This is an odd play, full of poeticism, pain, discomfort and topics that unnerve.
“Welcome Home Sonny T,” written by William Electric Black (also known as Ian Ellis James, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning writer for his work on “Sesame Street”), is a play from his “Gunplays” series that seeks to put the issue of gun violence in perspective and explore the causes behind it.
On the “A” w/Souleo
Enter the contest to win a pair of tickets to see Bobby Womack live at City Winery, Niecy Nash talks HBO series “Getting On” and Pastor Jumaine Jones wants to help you find love.
From all over the world, Knot Standard allows gentlemen access to a world of talented tailors.
There are plenty of mixes out there that serve the purpose of a quick and dirty pancake, but there is something to be said about making pancakes from scratch.
Fredericksburg, Texas has quite a reputation for wonderful accommodations, fantastic culinary adventures, great beer and wine exploration, and exciting recreational spots.
The dress is back! Lengths are no longer a question and haven’t been for a long time.
Last week, the world lost a giant. Nelson Mandela was a great man who believed in the urgency of freedom and equality.
But among African-American filmgoers—and some white ones with racist inclinations—Fontaine is remembered for co-starring as Belafonte’s lover, however unrequited their romantic overtures. The film, according to historian Donald Bogle, is marred by compromises.
Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the signing of an agreement that reinstated 25 Dominos Pizza employees in Washington Heights.
While the film version of Mike Tyson’s one-man play “The Undisputed Truth” played in the background, hundreds of people turned out to get their book signed by the former heavyweight champion at a packed event at Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza on Friday, Dec. 13.
Fred Benjamin, a renowned dancer, teacher, choreographer, mentor and icon in the jazz dance world, died on Saturday, Dec. 14 after a very long illness.
’Tis the season to be jolly, and so the parties go on and on until the break of dawn.
All across the city, New Yorkers are realizing the true meaning of Christmas
New York City’s inauguration ceremonies for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer will be held on Jan. 1 at City Hall.
“People try to promote s—t that’s not true. I’m supposed to be flashy all the time, but I like people who keep it real. It’s great to have a moment of fantasy. I dance to those songs like everybody else, but somebody’s got to sing a song about what’s really going on.”
Entertainment mogul Mona Scott-Young, founder of Monami Entertainment, and her husband, Shawn Young, hosted a holiday party at the Newark Museum last weekend.
Dec. 21 is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The annual event, which is commemorated in over 150 cities and counties across the United States.
Black Expo East presents the New York Black Expo “Buy Black Holiday Weekend” on Saturday, Dec. 21, 12-9 p.m
New Yorkers turned out to the Nelson Mandela tribute at Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
If you haven’t noticed, Hart is winning, and at the New York City press conference for the new Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Grudge Match,” starring Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather 2”) and Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”), he was awash in praise.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and the Department of Education (DOE) announced the creation of the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, a new high school that is slated to be located in the Boys and Girls High School campus at Fulton Street and Utica Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Thousands gathered in mourning as South Africa’s first Black president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, passed away on Dec. 5.
Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart announces that the government will sack 3,000 civil servants by March of 2014
Wednesday, December 18
Education Councils representing parents citywide have signed on to a letter to Mayor- elect de Blasio
some 200 African migrants crossed 60 miles by foot over two days in winter weather to rally at the Israeli parliament
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said he was dismayed at the “blatant exclusion” of Afrikaners from last week's memorial services for Nelson Mandela
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan handles scandal until new evidence of massive corruption
Leaders of the new nation of South Sudan are struggling to contain an uprising
Tuesday, December 17
4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star
Hank Willis Thomas, a prominent photo conceptual artist, grew up surrounded by art and culture.
A self-proclaimed “country boy” from South Georgia, NFL veteran and philanthropist Marcus Stroud remains humble and grateful for his experiences during and after the NFL. Marcus was the 13th overall pick in the 2001 draft and played for 10 years in the NFL for teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.
Black Girls RUN! was created in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners.
Co-Founder & CEO of Cultivated Wit, Author, Comedian
Co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics, CEO at Fission Strategy, Co-Founder of Attentive.ly, 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech
Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James knew that a career in government affairs and civil rights was the path for her. She started to get involved in civil rights when she joined the Cleveland Youth Council of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
From the gridiron to the boardroom, Shawne Merriman proves that there is life after playing professional football. Growing up in a rough and tumble neighborhood in Maryland, Shawne avoided the negativity and managed to channel his energy into something positive.
Former Congressman, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Author
Monday, December 16
Mandela’s history as a freedom fighter and anti-apartheid activist is something not lost on many American unions.
Sunday, December 15
Mona Scott-Young's Monami Entertainment hosts Annual Holiday Party in New Jersey.
Saturday, December 14
The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola team up to spread some holiday cheer
Travelers urged to use cautions a city's first major snowstorm blows through
Friday, December 13
Black-owned radio station WWRL is set to change to a Spanish format on Jan. 1
The past few years have seen filmmaker after filmmaker step up to tell the story of Nelson Mandela
His name is David Koechner, but the movie world knows him as Champ Kind, one of the hilarious misfits who delivers sports news in the “Anchorman” movies
The Gotham Independent Awards looked like the Oscars this year
“The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership” will be quite familiar to the more informed readers, but it has been a decade or so since Al Sharpton last stopped to summarize his often tumultuous life
The “Y” stands for Yohji Yamamoto
From the looks of Carmen Marc Valvo’s spring ’14 collection
Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”) makes a not–so–brilliant return to Broadway as a widowed mother facing financial trouble during World War I in “The Snow Geese.”
Celebrity rumors: true and false
Jazz events around the city
Record numbers of Facebook and Twitter users posted their thoughts and prayers for former South African leader Nelson Mandela
The flags that fly over City Hall and government buildings across the state were at half-staff
outh African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died on December 5
his heart has circled the globe
I was at the John F. Kennedy Airport when Nelson and Winnie Mandela, along with members of the African National Congress (ANC), landed at the airport
The direction for education policy during the coming years is in need of substantive assessment and discussion
In Martin’s death, we experienced the need for Blacks and Latinos here in New York City to come together to reform stop-and-frisk
Remembering when Robert J. Brown arranged for me to be one of the first to interview Mandela and to act as his personal secretary after his early release from prison
comments on the revisionist interpretation of Mandela
One of the greatest legacies of Mayor David Dinkins was his push for a relationship between the police and the community
I guess we thought he would live forever
Thursday, December 12
You know you’re in trouble when you travel to Detroit to court Black voters to the Republican Party
Getting information from the New York Police Department about crimes just got harder.
Christmas in Harlem Holiday Gift Giveaway and Community Dinner
Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson announced that Mark Feldman will serve as his chief assistant
Did Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio make worse an already fragile relationship between the NYPD and the Black community?
Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside of a gym mat at Lowndes County High School In January
Black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi is at the center of a controversy over alleged discrimination of a gay student
Several civil rights groups in Texas are urging the state to end the use of tasers and pepper spray in schools
For interim Newark Mayor Luis Quintana, positive change in Newark starts with firing flunkies
On Sunday in Newark, dozens of Newarkers paid homage to Mandela
When Shepard P. McDaniel was a young teenager growing up in the Bronx, he realized that the gang activity in his community was highly radicalized
South Bronx Unite challenges an allegedly inadequate environmental review for the proposed state and city relocation of Fresh Direct’s headquarters
immediate shift to digital phone networks could leave certain communities without basic standards
It takes a special individual to bring together musicians from different genres and artists from all walks of life.
Funeral services for Queen Mother Sylvia Marion Parousia Pauline Jordan Purcell
I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared by other hands
Augusta Savage, a renowned sculptor
This Week in Black History
my first impressions of Fredericksburg, Texas
My thoughts are on Mandela's words as it pertains to the many advocates and immigrants across this country
Caribbean governments are serious about being paid by European countries for the horrors of the slave trade
The blacklisting of Guyana and the citation of Belize by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) could have serious ramifications
I was stunned to hear that Mandela, 95, had “joined the ages,”
more film and television projects are using Harlem as a backdrop
The FDNY as they welcomed their most diverse class in department history
Nelson Mandela’s unifying spirit reached all the way to New York City last Saturday at the National Action Network
We join the many around the world who are mourning and celebrating the life and contributions of the late first Black president of South Africa
My family's official gumbo recipes
Last Thursday, fast-food workers reminded New York City and the country at large that minimum wage isn’t going to cut it.
The word “icon” has become a cliché after careless overuse, but in the case of Mandela, the term is absolutely appropriate.
I intended to big up the indisputable No. 1 hip-hop and R&B radio station in the nation, Hot 97 WQHT
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Club in Harlem held its annual holiday / Kwanzaa party
Mandela memorialized in Harlem
The Christmas holiday season has officially begun
Memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, held at First National Bank Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
It is hard to eulogize any man...How much harder to do so for a giant of history
Flora Coquerel was crowned Miss France 2013
A video tribute to Nelson Mandela by poetess Maya Angelou
There are many who stress the pacifist message with which South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) emerged from prison in 1990, while few put an emphasis on his rebellion against apartheid
On the “A” w/Souleo
Ballerina Misty Copeland shares details on upcoming film project. Plus a new documentary explores the life of nuclear refugees in Japan.
Independent R&B singer/songwriter Jey Gibbs performs his latest single
Wednesday, December 11
Visual artist, DJs and performers came together for the Creators Showcase presented by Ally NYC
The Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building flips the switch on Harlem's holiday tree.
Friday, December 6
Today, the United States has lost a close friend
Thursday, December 5
Nelson Mandela, was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918
The people of South Africa along with admirers from around the world will feel the loss of this leader, activist and revolutionary
Two years ago, Jennifer Brea was signing a check at a restaurant when she forgot how to write her own name. Months before her wedding day, Brea became severely ill with Flu- Like symptoms. Her symptoms were so irritable that Brea lost the ability to even sit in a wheelchair. Brea, a PHD student studying political science at Harvard University began to further investigate her illness, which led her to a shocking discovery.
For spring ’14, Vivienne Tam didn’t focus on matching pieces or traditional styles. Her silhouettes are simple. She reached into her own archives for prints that were updated. In her tailoring techniques, she referenced classical Chinese tropes. There are luxurious lotus prints, embroideries and cutouts. Tam’s shirt-dresses have cinched waists. Slim pants are cropped. Skirts are fuller. Her clothes are very wearable. Her presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was spectacular.
Harlem Haberdashery’s 2013 Masquerade Ball benefiting Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association & The League: A Distinguished Gentlemen’s Movement Inc. will be a night of fashionable style (black tie only), music and mystique, in celebration of the “who’s who” of Harlem. Come dressed to impress in your favorite mask for a night of mystery and fun with a live performance, music by the legendary DJ Brucie B., cocktails (featuring a dedicated cocktail bar curated by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly) and hors d’oeuvres.The event will be held at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, located at 150 Convent Ave. at West 135th Street, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Known for her beautiful bridal designs, Monique Lhuillier presented an exquisite collection of evening wear for spring ’14. These red-carpet fashions are enhanced with delicate details and exude an effortless sense of style and sophistication. In vibrant colors, they flow gracefully down the runway.
It looks like certain members of the Black male population of New York City have more allegiance to Jay Z than to boycotting Barneys New York due to the recent “shop-and-frisk” incidents involving two young Black shoppers. Jay Z’s controversial SCCBNY collection for Christmas is almost totally sold out at the high-end Madison Avenue store. Items like the less expensive $695 cashmere ski mask, $1,275 fleece hoodie and the $2,295 leather sleeve puffer varsity jacket that Beyoncé wore are all gone.
Chico Hamilton, the composer and drummer whose cool melodic sound kept jazz audiences attentive for over six decades, died on Nov. 25. He was 92. Hamilton’s publicist April Thibeault noted that he died of natural causes at his home in New York.
Have you ever had an evening when all the stars seemed to align in the sky and everything was right with the world? An evening when everyone who deserved to be recognized for their brilliant works received their just reward? Well, that is what happened on a recent Monday night at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street as the 41st annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition (“VIV”) Awards for Excellence in Black Theater took place. Signature Theater left its mark on the ceremony, as it received eight well-earned VIV Awards in the distinguished categories of Best Revival; Best Director/Dramatic Production, Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Best Lead Actress, Roslyn Ruff; Best Lead Actor, Brandon J. Dirden; Best Supporting Actor, Chuck Cooper; Best Costume Design, Karen Perry; Best Set Design, Michael Camahan; and Best Lighting Design, Rui Rita. The stage was set as the production won the first three awards for lighting, set and costume design right off the bat.
Forbes has released its annual list of “The World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians” for 2013, and a number of African-American top artists made the list. Mixed in with a flurry of country, classic rock and pop musicians, Black artists made their mark on American audiences and the economy at large.
Legendary hip-hop lyricist Lil’ Kim is gearing up to release a brand new mixtape titled “Hardcore 2K13: Back 2 Da Streets.” The album is considered a continuation of and sequel to Kim’s debut full-length album, “Hardcore,” which was released 17 years ago. Kim seems to be enthusiastic and confident about the contents of this new album, as she has released the track list and the album art, which also resembles the original cover art for her debut album.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers brings “Mr. TOL E. RAncE” to Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Dec. 6-7. This evening-length dance-theater work is inspired by Spike Lee’s film “Bamboozled,” Mel Watkins’ book “On the Real Side” and Dave Chappelle’s “dancing vs. shuffling” analogy. It equally “celebrates African-American humor, examines ‘the mask’ of survival and the ‘double consciousness’ (W.E.B. Du Bois) of the Black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture.”
The year 1989 was when Alvin Ailey died, and it was also the year that Bill T. Jones choreographed the now classic work “D-Man in the Waters.” Jones asked, “Would this work explain my life if I died tomorrow? I don’t think so, however, it is an important aspect of my life’s work.”
Sacrificing nourishment in favor of justice, participants of the “Fast for Families” campaign continued their demonstrations stressing the moral impact of the House of Representatives’ inaction on immigration reform. Their actions granted them a meeting with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
A celebration of Hanukkah at Harlem’s Old Broadway Synagogue
Some of Harlem’s most renowned and esteemed individuals will gather at a memorial service for the late Rev. Dr. Eugene S. Callender on Dec. 7 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Sunday, Dec. 1 marked the 58th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks took the bold move of not giving up her seat to a white person on a segregated public bus in Montgomery, Ala. The moment launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was a landmark in the Civil Rights Movement, and in commemoration of the 58th anniversary, tributes to the civil rights icon overflowed across the country.
I took a groundbreaking trip to Albany this week with several of my constituents—some of the few remaining pioneering, local Black- and minority-owned business owners who invested in our community years ago while everyone else was fleeing.
There are some aspects of seeing people based on color that we simply are not going to ever eradicate from the human race, even though we would like to be able to. Some people don’t want to hear this—and people might even consider such a statement racist—so let me start in a gingerly way by discussing other forms of discrimination that don’t provoke the same reaction.
As the nation marks the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, it is no closer to federal gun control legislation. If this were another country, the number of children killed by gun violence would violate international law. Last year, President Barack Obama acknowledged that urban gun violence is a concern equal to that of mass killings. There have been 64 mass killings between 1982 and 2013. Over 116,000 children have been killed by gun violence.
As the old saying goes, “Politics is the art of the possible.” For a long time in New York, it’s served the interests of a fortunate few to keep the scope of possibility narrowly restricted. If an idea advantaged the wealthy, it was “realistic,” while policies that would benefit the public somehow weren’t. But on Election Day, New Yorkers changed the rules and expanded the scope of what’s possible to include real, progressive solutions for the public good. On Nov. 5, a new day dawned in New York politics as New Yorkers voted for a government that stands up for working people, not the 1 percent. Cutting across every demographic, in every neighborhood, a supermajority of voters chose to elect true progressives to every citywide office.
Once again, members of the embattled Newark City Council are under fire from state officials regarding questionable spending habits last year after a report from the comptroller’s office was released earlier this week. According to a widely circulated audit report from New Jersey Comptroller Matt Boxer, more than $10 million in Brick City appropriations were allocated to Newark City Council and clerk offices—a figure that is more than six times the annual allotment to the similarly sized area of Jersey City.
Numbers released on Black Friday spending indicate that sales were at their lowest since 2009. The results beg the question of whether Black consumers withholding their dollars put a dent in the pockets of major retailers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports that purchases at stores and websites fell 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion during the four days, beginning with the Nov. 28 Thanksgiving holiday. More than 141 million unique shoppers have already shopped or will have shopped by the end of the big Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million over the same timeframe last year.
Jennefer Witter is taking care of business. Serving as CEO and founder of the Boreland Group, a public relations firm, she was recently named one of the nation’s “10 Most Successful Black CEOs and Entrepreneurs” by Madame Noire magazine. At Ketchum, an award-winning global communications firm, where she served as vice president, she launched a subpractice that generated $1 million in revenue in its first year. She has represented numerous businesses throughout her career, from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 companies, including IBM and FedEx.
62-year-old Mark Berndt, a former teacher at Los Angeles Miramonte Elementary School, has been criminally charged for blindfolding students and feeding them cookies frosted with his semen. Berndt taught at Miramonte Elementary school for over 30 years. Prosecutors say Berndt engaged the students in “Tasting Games” where he encouraged minors to follow through lewd and repulsive acts of misconduct in his classroom. Berndt was caught by investigators when they found traces of his semen on a plastic spoon, located inside the classroom trash bin.
There are no immediate or obvious answers for the Knicks’ thunderous decline. They are 3-13 and have lost nine straight games, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference at the start of this week. To borrow a refrain from the Beastie Boys, there will be “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” where the Knicks will meet the Nets tonight (Thursday) at the Barclays Center.
Can things get any more bizarre for the Nets? First there’s the Jason Kidd “glass-flop” trick, then the benching of several starters. And now Paul Pierce has a fractured hand and will be out two to four weeks. The funny thing is the Nets found a way to win two of four games during that bizarre chain of events last week. They are still in a hole, but the team still has some fight. Kidd’s crew fought all the way back from a 27-point deficit to make the Lakers game close.
Mathematically, the Giants are in still in the playoff chase. Their 24-17 win over the Redskins in Washington on Sunday night assured them another week of playing for more than just self-respect and dignity. At 5-7 with four games remaining, the Giants are at the brink of elimination, yet march on with hope. The 0-6 start haunts them, even if the Giants say they have to look forward to Sunday’s game versus the San Diego Chargers on the road. What if they could have just won two of those six? The atmosphere surrounding the Giants would be significantly different heading into Week 14.
Geno Smith’s benching seemed to be a forgone conclusion after a late second-quarter interception during the Jet’s 23-3 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. With only one touchdown and 12 interceptions in his last seven games, Smith’s play can’t be defended. Rex Ryan made the right decision to go with Matt Simms in the second half. Simms didn’t fare much better, throwing for 79 yards and one interception. He also fumbled a handoff to Bilal Powell.
We met Fred Thompson over 40 years ago when he was waging war with the New York City Board of Education. The beef was over the almost total lack of educational and athletic sports programs for girls. Thompson, then a corporate lawyer (ABC) who was getting nowhere with the system, formed a track club for young girls, the legendary Atoms Track Club in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
The 2013-14 season is in gear for the seven Division I women’s basketball programs in New York City. Some are seeking to improve on last season’s forward momentum, and others are trying to forge a new identity. This is how things look.
“I need to get experience against good guys,” said Duke’s star forward Jabari Parker after the Blue Devils lost to Arizona 66-72 at the NIT Season Tip-Off final. Up until Thanksgiving weekend, the freshman phenom had lived a charmed basketball life during the season’s infancy. Parker faced an Arizona front line that went 6 feet 9 inches, 6 feet 8 inches and 7 feet.
The Helene Fuld College of Nursing held its fall graduation ceremony at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church on Sunday
Total Equity Now holds the annual Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive
The Harlem Commonwealth Council Inc announces a Harlem-based six-week course dedicated to developing film industry-ready production assistants.
This Week In Black History.
At 163 W. 131st St., just west of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, there is a plaque indicating the last residence of the great ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin. He lived there with Lottie Stokes when he died on April 1, 1917. It may seem strange that someone from Sedalia, Mo., would spend his final days in Harlem, but such a migration and final destination is not that unusual when you consider that such luminaries as A. Philip Randolph, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman and Langston Hughes, who was born in Joplin, Mo., all made their way to and made their mark in Harlem.
Greetings! We kicked off December, our “Radio GBE Family Month 2013,” with World Aids Day and two pioneering community-health empowerment activists, C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and the organization’s founder, Debra Fraser-Howze, now senior vice president of governmental and external affairs at Orasure Technologies. The message from both: Get tested. For more information, call 212-694-6290 or go to nblca.org.
Detroit is insolvent and thereby eligible for bankruptcy
To his many friends and family in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Cmdr. James “Rocky” Robinson is known for saving lives and creating new opportunities to help youth stay off the streets. Robinson, a retired captain and former military police officer, first established the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) back in 1988 during the crack cocaine epidemic in Brooklyn.
In one of his most important appointments, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio selected Bill Bratton to serve as NYPD Comissioner
An ongoing movement sparked by a demand for a living wage and better benefits will hit the American public with another dose of worker solidarity this Thursday, one year after the first mass strike around the country. Fast-food workers in 100 cities were expected to walk off their jobs in support of better wages ($15 an hour) and benefits from the $200 billion industry and the right to form a union without interference from management.
Floridian mother Marissa Alexander is free on bail in stand your ground trial
Knowing that many Americans will make their Black Friday pilgrimage to Walmart, the company’s employees and community supporters held protests across the nation demanding a living wage and better benefits. Over 1,500 protests were held against the company, expressing outrage that Walmart pays workers poverty-level wages while basking in $17 billion in profits.
President Barack Obama embarked Tuesday on a campaign to assure Americans that his health plan is alive and well.
The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights hosted its annual “Matthew 25 Challenge” on Tuesday, Nov. 26, during which volunteers gave those in need boxes of food that could feed a family of four for four days.
It appears that quite a stir was caused by the broadcast of Centric’s/BET 2013 Soul Train Awards. Without giving credence to the volumes of hate directed at appearance and/or gear, I heard some opinions that were valid in regards to the current state and future of Black music in general and the show in particular. Here are few sample queries I heard asked, along with some sentiments.
A celebration and screening of the new documentary film “Stepping Into the Future”
Victor Mooney brings awareness to HIV testing
Hugely popular radio personality Bob Lee, also affectionately known as Dr. Bob Lee, just hosted the Make the Grade Foundation award ceremony. Lee is also the founder and board member of the Make the Grade Foundation (MTG). He is one of the most recognized radio personalities in the country. He and fellow radio vets Ann Tripp and Lenny Green congratulated awardees at the event.
The House of the New York City Bar’s Association in Midtown Manhattan hosted the induction of Supreme Court Judge Debra A. James. Judges, family, friends and love ones gathered at this special occasion to see woman soar to a new high in her career to become a Supreme Court judge in the New York state court system.
Dec. 5 marks the final meeting of the Coalition for Public Education (CPE) under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration
Imani’s Creations is hosting a special anniversary event
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, staff of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) joined with Fairway Market and WinnResidential to distribute 20 holiday turkeys to the residents of Charles Inniss Housing.
It was a happy Thanksgiving celebrated with family, friends and comrades. There were dinners everywhere, and they were open to everyone—all in the true spirit of giving thanks for all that we have and even for what we don’t.
Communities United for Police Reform hosted an open dialogue at the Talking Transition tent in Chelsea on the future of public safety in New York City
A group of union officials joined a coalition of community groups in protest outside of Rep. Gregory Meeks’ office in Jamaica, Queens
Coming to my office was more like coming to a social meeting
planning the next eating holiday
On the “A” w/Souleo
Maysles Cinema celebrates 15th anniversary of the film, “SLAM” starring Saul Williams. The hit web series, “Black Folk Don’t” returns for a third season. Country music artist, Kandia Crazy Horse releases STAMPEDE.
first impressions of Fredericksburg, Texas
One cannot argue with the concept of giving thanks
Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis are under pressure to explain their scheme to sell citizenship and national passports to foreigners
Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will be honored by the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) for contributions to the region.
The Brooklyn civic associations and community-based organizations have launched an online petition asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo stop the sale of Atlantic Yards to Greenland Holdings Group
Anthony Shorris to become Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s first deputy mayor
Among the agenda items for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is how to placate the numerous public unions
Derailment of a Metro-North train near Spuyten Duyvil Station in the Bronx
On Dec. 5, students and Harlem community members plan to march on the City College of New York
Monday, December 2
There is some confusion and tension over the latest book on Malcolm X, “The Diary of Malcolm X.”