Monday, March 31
Danny Glover advocated for the Afro-descendant population in Venezuela; new event addresses stereotypes about Guyana; plus a new luxury packaged music album.
Sunday, March 30
The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, UJC, has released its 6th annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card. The report card which assigns city council members a grade of A, B or C bases marks on their legislative records for the year; bills implemented in areas pertinent to human rights are awarded points.
Friday, March 28
New Voices in Black Cinema focused the spotlight on Black females in film for Women’s History Month.
Thursday, March 27
A number of Caribbean trade bloc nations have announced plans to begin talks with US financial officials in the coming months to negotiate an agreement with the US discouraging American citizens and residents from hiding millions of tax free dollars in accounts overseas.
After a deadly shocking attack on a Sunday church service in the Kenyan city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia.
Sitting atop an $85,000 mattress at Savoir Beds’ chic Soho showroom, actress and activist Rosie Perez was a long way from her hardscrabble upbringing in Brooklyn.
The deadly Ebola virus has erupted in the West African nation of Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths.
As we leave Women’s History Month and make way for our GBE “Spirit Lift Month.”
Every year in the first week of March, a band of brothers and sisters descend upon New York City’s Javits Center to exchange ideas on service, food, craftsmanship, passion and more.
Peeling back the multifarious layers of Oakland, California a fusion of distinctive neighborhoods and one of the most diverse cities in the country.
SUNY Downstate revealed the nine requests for proposals that met the minimum requirements for bidding.
fast-food workers filled a class-action lawsuits against McDonald’s in several states and joined a 30-day protest against the company.
After opening the UNESCO 34th annual International Conference at the United Nations, Conference Chair state Sen. Bill Perkins held the closing ceremony at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem.
Sen. Bill Perkins hosted a screening of the documentary film "Womanish Ways."
The 29th Precinct in Harlem NYPD is reminding pedestrians to be careful by handing out fliers along 125th Street.
Allies, comrades, family and friends of the uncompromising Chokwe Lumumba will convene at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church
CONNECT NYC is offering the “Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials and Intersections” course.
With the Affordable Care Act deadline fast approaching national celebrities and community leaders have banned together to spike enrollment in New York City.
Shots rang out on a city bus as people were going about their business. A young father lay dying, and a teen with some sort of perceived beef was holding the smoking gun
Six months and over 1 million applications and over 700,000 enrolled people later, the countdown is on for those who have not enrolled for mandated health care coverage.
The Republican National Party has some nerve, spending $10 million to ramp up Hispanic field operations in key states and flood Spanish-language news media with advertisements opposing the Affordable Care Act
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited the Schomburg Library in Harlem for the first stop on her book tour
Comptroller Scott Stringer selected the friendly confines of the National Action Network (NAN) to announce Carra Wallace as his first chief diversity officer.
When I was a kid and was performing an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.”
The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) Meditation Room inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has officially opened after recent renovations
To get out of the deep freeze and thaw out, a host of New Yorkers went to Florida to attend the Howard University Club of Southwest Florida’s annual scholarship luncheon in Sarasota, Fla. The Florida contingency first began in March 2006, when the motivated group, spearheaded by Harvey Webb Jr., an alumnus of the College of Dentistry’s class of 1962, gathered a large number of Howard graduates to make Howard known to businesses and other institutions in the South Florida area.
Brooklyn Borough Hall was the place to be for the 15th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival
The City University of New York hosted nearly 200 guests at the Shiva Art Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for a reception honoring Chirlane McCray, the first lady of the city of New York, as part of its support for the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s inaugural Women’s Initiatives Networking (WIN) project.
The G&B Foundation held its 14th annual Unsung Hero, Religious Service and Scholarships Awards Luncheon
the magnificent Bronx-based Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center hosted its “Proud of Our History” program
In White Plains, N.Y., the Beta Zeta Foundation presented awards
If a poll was issued to the legion of fans of songwriter, producer and singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on what makes his songs special, the vivid imagery would probably rank in the highest percentile.
St. John’s guard Aliyyah Handford scored 27 points to keep the game alive, but the Red Storm’s first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament came down to Briana Brown’s 3-pointer.
Brooklyn native and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo is hoping to land a shot at facing pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather
College of New Rochelle junior forward Jah-Leah Ellis has been named the Association of Division III Independents Women’s Basketball Player of the Year
Joe Johnson is overrated. No, wait. He’s overpaid.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I remind you of the Knicks’ eight-game winning streak ending against Cleveland.
After an absence of some 53 years, Madison Square Garden will host the Division I 2014 NCAA Finals
The most dramatic assault on voting rights in the United States since the end of Reconstruction is currently underway. The problem is that there seems to be little to no national outrage about it.
It is fundamentally flawed to penalize someone for free enterprise and free thought.
We write to you as a community-based organization to express our profound disappointment with the closing of 10 Assembly district offices in New York
Education has become more about profit and power than children learning
An African proverb concludes that when two elephants fight, only the grass suffers. In this case, t
Rep. Charles Rangel is dead set on achieving a 23rd consecutive term in office, but New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat might have something to say about that.
At the tender age of just 33, Heather C. McGhee serves as the president of the public policy organization Demos.
Faith and community leaders gathered at Israel Memorial AME Church in Newark for a training session to mobilize the community, reduce gun violence and advocate for reforms that would end mass incarceration.
Three members of the Essex County Freeholder Board endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries this week
State Sen. Bill Perkins said the Dream Act still has a chance to be included in the budget
The scheduled sentencing hearing for Allen Wayne Morgan, convicted of attempting to hire a white supremacist hit man to murder his Black neighbor, was postponed
Sandwiched between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, is a small part of Black history: Grand Strand
Many felt it wasn’t the right time, but New York state Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein thought it was. He was wrong.
An investigation has begun into the death of 56-year-old Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill homeless military vet who died in his Rikers Island jail cell
Harlem Hospital Center to open its new $19 million state-of-the-art Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center
Wednesday, March 26
At the center of the exhibit “Black Fives” is the legendary New York Renaissance, whose home court was the now long-abandoned Renaissance Ballroom that nearly abuts Abyssinian Baptist Church.
The launch of LIAT Airlines Chairman Jean Holder’s book “Caribbean Tourism” drew regional dignitaries who lavished praise.
Four families have alleged that a NYC public school principal and teacher at PS 235 is bullying their students.
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is trying to deflect harsh criticism over a finding that President Jacob Zuma’s country residence was upgraded with expensive improvements that were billed to taxpayers.
Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show which producers hope will draw other young people to programs of in-depth social commentary.
Monday, March 24
Today a rally took place at the Harlem School for victims of Moskowitz where the parents and supporters spoke out in protest against the push out of children with special needs.
Airbnb Tourists Transform Harlem
As the weather gets warmer, more and more tourists will call Harlem home—literally. Increasingly, visitors to our neighborhood skip hotels and use Airbnb and similar sharing services to find local apartments to stay in uptown.
Sunday, March 23
Before Venus and Serena, there was Althea Gibson. Raised in Harlem in the 1930s, in 1950 she became the first African American to compete at the U.S. National Tennis Championships.
Saturday, March 22
Lillian Dean Harris, better known as Pig Foot Mary, started out with $5, a baby carriage and a dream to become one of the wealthiest women in Harlem.
The daughter of the Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Walker was the bad girl of the Harlem.
Harlem Women: The Realtor Extraordinaire
The Harlem Globetrotters’ fate is in the public’s hands. They’re letting their fans nationwide vote on a new rule in their “Fans Rule” World Tour.
Friday, March 21
The annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade may not take place this year as some of the parade’s original board members have resigned and members of the community are unsure about what this will mean for the parade set to take place on June 8.
Thursday, March 20
Eight Division I women’s basketball teams from the New York-New Jersey area are headed into postseason play, and four are headed to the NCAA Tournament.
St. Joseph’s University showed up to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the NCAA Tournament bubble. They left Brooklyn Atlantic 10 champions with a ticket to the big dance.
“I consider myself to be an ambassador of this sport,” said Ralph Green, 36, who competed in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, last week. “You have great camaraderie amongst competitors
The pitfalls of being a veteran.
It’s a good thing that Phil Jackson has broad shoulders so he can shoulder these New York Knicks.
Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said on March 17 that he was told the crooner made disturbing remarks in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.
The Jazz Standard was recently sold-out while bassist Rufus Reid was holding court
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center is holding a special treat that was designed by creative women whose artistic contributions will be on display to celebrate Women’s History Month and beyond
Public relations pro and mental health activist Terrie Williams launched her New Legacy Leaders Project (NLLP) at the Schomburg
The book “Woman on Top,” written by Deborah Schwartz, is an inspirational novel about a young widow whose journey to find herself takes readers on an entertaining, thought-provoking ride.
In collaboration with Vogue Bambini, petitePARADE presented its children’s fashion show in New York City on Saturday, March 8 at 545 W. 22nd St
Tony Head won the role of Mark Johnson in director Lesley Steele’s new film “Destiny Jones”
I have experienced several productions of “Antony and Cleopatra” over my three decades of covering theater, but none were performed with the intensity and passion that I saw in the Public Theatre’s production
When the powers at HBO get behind a developing artist, they absolutely pour their resources and passions into that artist’s growth.
Hollywood is in the black. This term, which is used to describe a profitable business state, is also an excellent metaphor for the wave of creative, savvy business minds that are continuing to shape the industry from the inside.
Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s 44th anniversary celebration was fabulous! It was a great Black theater family reunion held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers St. this past Sunday.
We sadly open our GBE events guide with the announcement that J.D Livingston, my longtime radio producer, comrade, friend, cousin and brother-in-struggle has passed
If your need for heat is calling, you’d better pick it up quickly and then forward your number to the second annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo
Last week’s column recounting a libation-filled evening at the new La Bodega 47 was only half the story. The other half was finally being able to try another new Harlem eatery after.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been here, if ever—the views from the airplane window are always captivating.
Looks like the spotlight on McDonald’s and its pay practices will be a little bit brighter in 2014.
While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remains in a dogfight with Albany over universal pre-K, he’s still gaining support for the venture in the process.
we grieved and partied the entire weekend in memory of the passing of all-time great emcee Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G.
Over 400 women leaders in business, the nonprofit sector and the arts came together for the eighth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Awards Luncheon
In White Plains, N.Y., the Beta Zeta Foundation presented awards
The New York City Mission Society held the Champions for Children Gala at the Plaza Hotel
Folks came out to honor the 30th anniversary of the swearing-in of Benjamin Ward
Spring is in the air. I got the first whiff of it a couple of days ago when the sun broke through the clouds.
A number of East African countries agreed on Thursday, March 13 to send military personnel into South Sudan
The Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF) was founded by a group of concerned women from around the world for the women traders of Liberia, who sustained their families and communities throughout 14 years of civil war
On March 21, 1960, in the apartheid state of South Africa, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) launched its anti-pass campaign.
The Feb. 25 scheduled sentencing hearing for a Caucasian man in Alabama convicted of attempting to hire a white supremacist hit man to murder his Black neighbor was postponed at least a month so that records of his mental health can be properly evaluated.
At the NAACP and the Brennan Center, we have been saying for years that Albany’s elected officials have to be more accountable to the communities
The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable.
Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ended school segregation, New Yorkers are faced with an uncomfortable truth: African-American young people are still being shortchanged by our education system.
On Wednesday, March 12, our community experienced a severe tragedy when a gas explosion in our beloved East Harlem
New York City is starting to right some of the wrongs that have affected our communities for decades.
Dozens of angry protesters representing various grassroots organizations rallied in Times Square to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin
Last weekend, Sandra Galloway, 60, was excited to go back to doing one of the things she loves doing most—singing in her church choir
Dr. Angela Moses, the author of “The Joy of Single Parenting,” is herself a single mom of two
Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries received his first union endorsement last week from Local 97
Last week, Trenton Mayor Tony Mack asked a federal judge to throw out his guilty conviction
political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz was released to the general population after 22 years in solitary confinement
The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum
Several Harlem community leaders are hosting a fundraiser event for the victims of the East Harlem gas explosion that killed eight people.
The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee is hosting a commemoration forum
Nursing moms in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, no longer have to worry about where they can feed their hungry children
In the aftermath of the conviction of Assemblyman William Boyland, his Brooklyn district is going through an involuntary political reconstruction
J.D. Livingston, the producer for Imhotep Gary Byrd’s radio shows, joined the ancestors last Friday at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx
Education activists and civil rights organizations want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to devote just as much aid to public schools as he devotes to charter schools.
Reflecting on the legacy of the non-apologetic Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad at Harlem’s UCLA
Thanks to the tireless research and acclamation of Dr. Peggy Brooks Bertram students of Black history have gained a better understanding of journalist Drusilla Dunjee Houston’s incomparable contributions
This past week, we lost an immigrant who would have been proud to see me reach letter No. 70 in this series to you.
The charming Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Levittown, Puerto Rico, has opened a new seafood restaurant
Topics that New Yorkers have talked about, but never this loudly, are rearing its head again in the aftermath of the East Harlem building explosion
The report of a commission of inquiry into the July 1990 attempted coup in Trinidad is out and has come up with some interesting recommendations for authorities
Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka has his sights set on filling the position left by Cory Booker
This week, the city settled the second part of the Vulcan Society lawsuit against discriminatory exams for the Fire Department of New York
At a Sunday afternoon rally targeting Gov. Andrew Cuomo activists demanded special elections and the reopening of 10 Assembly district offices in New York
Wednesday, March 19
Operation “East Harlem We Stand” is accepting donations for victims of the Harlem building explosion on March 12.
Tuesday, March 18
A group of black youth were pulled over by a police officer in New Jersey on March 8. They were just leaving a conference at the Princeton University Campus. But the story does not end as you expect.
The Chief Flight Instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen is being featured on a USPS Stamp.
The Community Healthcare Network-CHN will hold three health insurance enrollment drives in Long Island City, Jamaica and Harlem, for those who are not yet insured under the Affordable Care Act.
Popular women of Soul - Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, and others “In Performance at the White House."
Ice is vanishing from Africa’s snow-topped peaks, raising fears of a meltdown from the continent’s “Alps.”
Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who gave us Half of a Yellow Sun, has written an epic volume on a U.S. sojourn by a modern young woman from Nigeria who confronts a new reality – being Black in America.
Over half a million applicants turned up for jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration Service last week and in the resulting crowding, some 20 panicked jobseekers were killed in a stampede.
Mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, defaced during the 2012 uprising by separatist Tuaregs and Islamists in the north of Mali, are being rebuilt by Malian experts, the United Nations has said.
Monday, March 17
The New York Urban League hosts empowerment event for girls during Women's History Month.
Sunday, March 16
Anyone living in New York City can vouch that last winter has been one for the books. This spring may not be any better either. Since most of us probably have cabin fever by now, here are five places to stay warm in case the temperature dips again:
If you’re like me, you want a lot more simplicity in your life. So I am constantly on the lookout for great ideas, products and gadgets that can help me pare down, reduce stress and travel smarter and lighter.
It is unfortunate that, like you did with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you persist in twisting the truth on your deportation record and your powers as president.
You know immediately when you meet a remarkable human being, and so it is that I pause to pay tribute to an accomplished woman who I met only once.
A roster of African-Americans of great creative ability who had to venture abroad to perform, produce or present their craft and talents with integrity is long. Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ira Aldridge, Melvin Van Peebles and Marpessa Dawn are a few notables who come quickly to mind.
Saturday, March 15
A new union in Crown Heights is determined to protect residents from unfair treatment from landlords.
If you’re on a budget but still looking to grab drinks and a bite after work (or class) happy hours are your friend. Lucky for you, with over 50 restaurants located in Harlem offering a happy hour menu, only a handful of them actually have food specials.
Moving to Harlem a few decades ago wasn’t an option for many people. But now, everyone wants a piece of the neighborhood.
Friday, March 14
Anita Hill accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment shortly after President George H.W. Bush nominated him as the nation’s second African-American to sit on the nation’s high court 23 years ago.
On March 5, first lady Michelle Obama talked about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Inc. in Miami.
The amount of influence the family life has on a child is eye-opening.
Much is said of the state of Black America, especially young Black males, but there are so few who are willing to offer solutions to combat the incarceration rates or bolster graduation rates. There is an eagerness to point out the issues, but the zeal is lacking when it is time to mete out solutions.
Women’s History Month was nicely commemorated on Monday when Sen. Claire McCaskill’s bill to force changes in the military’s sexual assault policies unanimously passed in the Senate.
On March 5, the U.S. Senate announced that it had rejected Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nomination to oversee the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Barbara White serves as co-chair of the New York City Omega Black College Tour, ran by the Xi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
When Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was convicted of bribery, extortion, wire fraud and mail fraud in federal court earlier this month, he opted not to resign.
Last week, thousands of right-leaning activists made the journey to a convention hall outside the nation’s capital for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
While stop-and-frisk might seem like an isolated issue in New York City, the controversial practice is starting to take center stage as a growing problem in Newark, N.J.
It’s probably a good time for President Barack Obama to beat a hasty retreat to Key Largo, Fla., gather the golf clubs and seek some solace on the back nine.
The Bronx Alumni Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting “Then, Now and Beyond: A Delta Heritage & Archives Showcase and Reception"
The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) is holding its 31st annual conference at Essex County College in Newark, N.J.
The Rev. Al Sharpton announced this week that President Barack Obama will address the National Action Network’s 16th annual national convention.
The New York Mission Society honored the founders and leaders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, the first charter school to open in the state of New York.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Karim Camara is partnering with WellCare for a free tax prep day.
In his effort for the city to increase its number of contracts and subcontracts to female- and minority-owned contractors, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has named Carra Wallace as the city’s first chief diversity officer to oversee city agencies.
Whether it’s affordable housing or homelessness, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legacy isn’t just tied to charter schools and universal pre-K. A group of activists and supporters of the mayor gathered outside of City Hall last week to call for more affordable housing, stating that his current policy goals don’t go far enough.
Community relations among New York’s finest is again being heavily scrutinized after bystander Dariel Reyes video recorded two law enforcement agents who seemed to be bullying and verbally and physically abusing an innocent Black man prior to tackling him to the ground and arresting him for no apparent reason.
A historical jazz and sports collaborative event occurred recently on a Sunday evening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. For the first time, two sports legends were presented onstage at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC with one of the nation’s top jazz musicians.
Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism – Ferial Haffajee - in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day.
Jazz is happening on Sundays at Harlem’s famous Paris Blues!
Niccole Nero Gaines is persistent, a character trait which, in my experience, is necessary for success in the theater world.
Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was the “Woman of the Year”, winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, screenwriter and organizer of the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
You knew it was going to be a special evening Friday at the Cutting Room with the great singer Lloyd Price
Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria.
Lara Land uses yoga to fight trafficking and raise funds and new web series offers women tips on becoming financially empowered.
The Harlem’s People’s Survival Program's “free food, clothing, medical, housing, emergency preparedness, legal street first aid, self-defense, cultural and educational program information day," on March 14.
Living on minimum wage is a harsh reality for many New Yorkers like Sabrina Storey, a fast-food worker, who has been working at a local KFC franchise since December of last year.
Thursday, March 13
Greetings! Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will celebrate its 44th anniversary with a special gala honoring legendary producer Voza Rivers on Sunday, March 16 at the Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, located at 199 Chambers St. The special event begins with a 3 p.m. reception and will be followed by the awards program, co-hosted by Danny Glover, Debbi Morgan, Tamara Tunie and Robert Townsend.
There has been a transformation on the corner of 118th Street and Lenox Avenue. One of the original Harlem staple eateries boldly shuttered its doors for a trip around the world, and what they brought back was no mere T-shirt from the airport. What they brought back to Harlem is a new experience with a diaspora of rums—47 to be exact!
For fall ’14, three young designers were featured their thesis collections in the Academy of Art University’s (AAU) presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The idea of the independent, self-actualized female is one that we know—but not so much so that we take the idea for granted, as to some degree, the age-old expectations and stereotypes of women’s roles in society still remain.
How do you bring one of the most famous civil rights activists in history to life?
During his sizzling odyssey across the global firmament, Stokely Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Tur
Action and fantasy lovers, have no fear! “300: Rise of an Empire” is going to thrill old fans and gain new ones!
African-American actor Isaiah Washington lost his lucrative and popular role on the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2007
For its third season in New York at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre presented works spanning from 2006 to 2014
Dance in March offers up contemporary flamenco with Rocio Molina and cantaora Rosario La Tremendita, as well as contemporary ballet from the San-Francisco-based Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
Columbia University point guard Taylor Ward posted 16 points in the final game of her collegiate career, a loss to the Princeton Tigers
The Jets released two of its highest profile players in cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday.
There are so many unanswered questions swirling around the Knicks right now that they could change their logo to a question mark.
When players and coaches talk about putting in a team effort, it’s usually a throwaway statement. It isn’t with the Nets.
While education is getting all of the coverage, the unions and the new city budget look to be the central story of not only this year, but the current administration’s legacy.
In honor of International Women’s Day, hundreds of nurses, caregivers, community activists, union members and elected officials held a march and rally on the Upper East Side to tell the Koch brothers that all New Yorkers need quality health care.
We applaud and support efforts to raise the minimum wage in New York and elsewhere.
I never realized how much curiosity fuels folk. We always wanna know what happened.
Distinguished American and African leaders and top diplomats gathered for Shared Interest's celebratory annual event that recognizes leaders for their commitment and ongoing work toward economic democracy and development in Southern Africa
the Black Women’s Leadership Caucus hosted its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman
Even though there is still a chill in the air, with the commencement of Lent and daylight savings time, we’re beginning to prepare for spring.
Refusing to bow to pressure from Western society, Uganda maintains that it will hold steadfast to its defiant opposition against homosexuality.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, one of King’s close confidants, Dr. Clarence Benjamin Jones, and Convent Avenue Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor Rev. Jesse T. Williams Jr., were presented with the distinguished 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award at Williams’ church.
The Feb. 25 passing of Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Lumumba shocked many of his close comrades as circumstances about his death still remain unclear.
Today, our jails are filling up with youngsters who are cutting up. In fact, prisons are sources of economic growth and have replaced mental institutions.
While February is named Black History Month, all year long we can honor our historical figures, important people and the creators of the objects we use everyday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio began curtailing the rapid expansion of charter schools throughout the city, including some Success Academy charters run by former City Council Member Eva Moskowitz,
By press time, four were dead, 50 were injured and nine remain missing after an explosion knocked down buildings 1644 and 1646 Park Ave. between East 116th and 117th streets.
Wednesday, March 12
'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' -Walt Disney
inety-nine dreamers descended on Walt Disney World last week to participate in the seventh annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. Representing 27 states and the District of Columbia, these young people, aged 13-19, came with the intention of getting guidance and help to figure out how to achieve their dreams.
Caribbean trade bloc leaders have agreed in principle to decriminalize the narcotic in the region and have even dared to suggest that the move could help reduce crime.
One, possibly two buildings, at 1644 and 1646 Park Ave., collapsed due to the explosion.
Tuesday, March 11
More Black babies were aborted in 2012 than born alive.
Monday, March 10
Any historian will tell his students that a president’s second term will define his legacy to the country and the world. President Obama will go down in history as one of America’s greatest presidents that held the office.
Friday, March 7
President Obama and the White House host the first-ever student film festival and promise millions of dollars in software for use in classrooms across the country.
One of the stars of Bravo's latest reality show, "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" shares a little bit about himself and what he's looking for in a lady.
When Caribbean Community leaders meet in the tiny Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent next week two unusual items will be on the agenda of their two-day mid-year summit, one to do with an effort to win compensation for Slavery from Europe and the other a debate as to whether regional citizens should be allowed to possess and smoke marijuana, at least for medical reasons.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts enlists celebrities to get people “Back in the Bronx,” and Out to See brings awareness to South Street Seaport post-Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, March 6
As 2014 Black History Month ended, Denzel Washington appeared on late night television to promote his forthcoming performance in Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Just a few short weeks ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) decidedly set forth a verdict on the effects of a minimum wage increase.
There have been rumors flying throughout the entire film awards season about a possible romance brewing between new “It girl” Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto
Anytime Roy Haynes performs, the venue becomes a sold-out happening, but his recent two-day engagement at the Blue Note became even more significant with the appearance of bassist Ron Carter
The Dance Theatre of Harlem held its star-studded Vision Gala at the elegant Cipriani.
At the Bronx Library on Fordham Road, the New Amsterdam Musical Associates (NAMA) held their annual Black History Month concert featuring “Legends of Song.”
TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, Texas, presented an impressive Queen of the Brides collection in New York.
I am a cinephile, so there is no greater thrill than covering the Oscars.
In just the second iteration of the Apollo’s “Club Harlem,” begun last year as an idea by Executive Producer Miki Shepard, number two was a hit.
Caribbean Week returns to New York City from June 1 to 8, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 3 made a good call in deciding against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa.
“300: Rise of an Empire” won’t disappoint fans of the first blockbuster
It’s widely understood that history is told by the winners, but few understand how much is packed into that fact.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born March 3, 1962, in East St. Louis, Ill. Joyner-Kersee is considered to be the greatest female athlete ever. She became the first to score more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon.
A win over the University of Albany on Albany’s home court put the perfect finish on SUNY Stony Brook’s regular season and poised the Seawolves as co-favorites heading into the America East Conference tournament starting on Friday.
There are thousands and thousands of loyal Knicks fans who refuse to dump on their team—senior citizens, high school and college kids and just fans from all walks of life who are still sticking with their team.
Quick, a show of hands of people who thought Nets rookie coach Jason Kidd would be on the unemployment line by now.
Jumaane Williams praises Brooklyn Nets for barrier-breaking signing of Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay active player
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, released a statement upon the Brooklyn Nets’ signing of Jason Collins to their roster. Collins is the first openly gay active player in North America’s four recognized team sports, according to ESPN.
I was a little leery of attending the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend
Our GBE Women’s History Month is lit up with Oscar wins for “12 Years a Slave” in the categories of Best Picture for director Steve McQueen and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.
With history as an indicator, it was probably a safe assumption that the awards season for African-American entertainment, specifically cinema, officially ended with last week’s NAACP Image Awards.
The newly elected first Black borough president of Brooklyn, Eric Adams, was honored at a lavish banquet given by the William Moss Brotherhood Ministry of the Historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ on Friday, Feb. 28 in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
March may have come in with a roar, but February left with a vengeance. Within the final week of February, three of our beloved friends and family members passed on from this earthly existence and onto their glory.
March may have come in with a roar, but February left with a vengeance. Within the final week of February, three of our beloved friends and family members passed on from this earthly existence and onto their glory.
It is a story that America doesn’t like to look at, much less take the time to consider the implications of what that nation’s experience with slavery means in a modern world
The nation is in need of an all-hands-on-deck strategy
For the first time last week President Barack Obama was no longer the standard bearer for the status quo of how America thought and started working for people of color
The New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) hosted the annual State of Young Black New York last Saturday
Fashion industry pioneer and newspaper publisher, Dr. Ophelia DeVore Mitchell, remembered as trailblazer
Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, chief executive officer of the Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA), is one of the city’s leading ladies when it comes to giving herself to the community
Newark organizations and community members have established 100 percent smoke-free parks and recreational areas for Newark
The relationship between Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and the school advisory board has become so confrontational that they now communicate solely by press release and video.
The Florida woman, Marissa Alexander, who fired a warning shot to ward off her estranged abusive husband will be retried and may face up to 60 years behind bars if convicted
After negotiating a deal in Baltimore Circuit Court, Marshall “Eddie” Conway was released from a Maryland state penitentiary last Tuesday
This weekend, there will be memorial and funeral services held in Jackson, Miss., in celebration of the life of the honorable Lumumba.
On Sunday, several local residents gathered for the street renaming ceremony for Hermena Rowe, mother of anti-violence activist Jackie Rowe-Adams of Harlem Mothers SAVE.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Gordon Parks School I.S. 270 in Queens are participating in a mock trial competition.
Reports indicate that investigators are unable to pinpoint exactly how 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo died.
Rudolph Muhammad, director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Ambulance Corps, is hosting an emergency preparedness education and awareness program in Newark, N.J
Last week, the mayor axed plans by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to further expand Success Academy schools into public school spaces
Scofflaws and deadbeats had better watch out, because a new tristate area-based organization is looking for those noncustodial parents who refuse to financially support their childre
According to New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, officers will be retrained on how to talk to the public
Youth members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front are running out of patience for land and jobs
The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius opened this week in South Africa before hundreds of cameras and journalists from over 100 countries.
The intergenerational Black History celebration between the seniors of Stuyvesant Heights Neighborhood Center and eighth-grade students at Sankofa International Academy in Bed-Stuy demonstrated a reciprocal bond fostered by love, respect and value for cultural history.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced that 13 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $200,000 have been awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York
The City University of New York (CUNY) has launched the Terence D. Tolbert Public Service Internship six years after the death of a man who dedicated his life to public service.
The great conductor Arturo Toscanini said her voice was one heard only “once in a hundred years.”
Spring is just around the corner—yahoo! That means more pleasant temps and longer days that allow us to get out and delve into a wealth of fascinating and exciting events of interest to communities of color and others happening all across the country.
Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Hollywood feature “12 Years a Slave.”
President Barack Obama's “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative for young men of color is promising.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has hit some roadblocks when promoting his education agenda, but he’s sticking to his guns.
Tuesday, March 4
New Yorkers are demanding a quality education for preschoolers.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities received a financial boost from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Lawmakers announced the passage of legislation that would allow New York City schools to be closed on the Lunar New Year holiday. The announcement was made at the headquarters of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Manhattan, just blocks from P.S. 130 and other schools with large Asian American student populations, a press release said.
Sandra Galloway, 60, was excited to return to, singing in her church choir. This had been almost two years after getting a new kidney.
Monday, March 3
The founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and a notable civil rights activists were inducted Monday Feb. 24, 2014 into the South Carolina Hall of fame at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
One of the most talked about actresses and one of the year's best films came out on top at the Academy Awards this Sunday.
The group Radical Women will have their Women Freedom Fighters Defending Our Communities Globally event on March 15.
Closing out Black History Month with the Universal Zulu Nation.