Friday, May 30
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The late Elmobre Brath is being lead to rest Saturday, May 31 at 10 am at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Thursday, May 29
Recently, preschoolers were totally involved in their new activities as they were introduced to jazz through arts and crafts and live music by pianist and composer Jonathan Batiste.
“After Midnight” is a celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and 30s.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show returned to television, taping at Stage 48 in midtown with a memorable induction ceremony and concert event that was hosted by the legendary Roxanne Shante with DJ Mell Starr on the turntables.
The Billie Holiday Theatre is currently showing “The Seeds of Abraham,” a play that is both a drama and a comedy.
Highlighting the June calendar with three weeks of dance are Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence June 3-8 at the Joyce Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and June 11-22 at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
On June 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the new series “Power” premieres on Starz, and it’s going to be a Twitter favorite once the first episode breaks; good news the network will have seven more ready to follow it.
Strolling down Amsterdam Avenue, searching for new bargains and the prices that only Harlem can create, the store window of the Studio Museum of Harlem (on the ground floor, which houses the studio store) made me stop and, like a child, press my nose against the glass window and wish!
Imagine a version of “Macbeth” set in Haiti with an all-Black, 137-member cast of actors, dancers and drummers. It sounds like a modern Broadway hit, but it’s actually a production that took place at Harlem’s famed Lafayette Theatre in 1936.
Every two years, congressional candidates make their rounds to editorial boards across the city to ask for the papers’ endorsements.
Last week, a group of students formed a picket line and staged an overnight sit-in protest against the “One Newark” school reorganization program backed by Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson. Anderson has been mired in controversy since she introduced her new approach to improving the school system.
Gov. Chris Christie tussled with Democrats for months during his first term to get a landmark public employee pension overhaul passed in 2011. In January, the governor conceded in his State of the State address that it might not have been enough.
As thousands of college students return home for the summer and compete with the thousands of teenagers already scrambling for jobs in an ever-shrinking job market, the Obama administration has announced it will be allotting $6.7 million for the creation of conservation jobs for youths and returning veterans.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Floyd Mayweather could be back in legal trouble after a beef with rapper T.I. turned into a brawl at a Fatburger on the Las Vegas strip about 2 a.m. on May 25.
On my way to the Harlem office this morning, I bumped into famous designer b michael on the street. We both took off our sunglasses, laughed and greeted one another warmly. “I just have a few questions, if I could just have a moment,” I asked. Michael, wearing a beautiful yellow shirt, smiled. “Of course!”
Parsons The New School of Design honored designers Jason Wu and Hugo Boss on May 21 at their 2014 Parsond Fashion Benefit.
Hope tempered with trepidation has followed the news that the almost 300 girls have been located.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
America is a land of stories. We love to use stories about individuals to extract general principals about society as a whole.
With the recent wave of endorsements flowing toward both New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Rep. Charlie Rangel, one would think that the race for New York’s 13th congressional seat is neck and neck.
Vin Taylor calls himself the “Donut Doctor” and, no, there is no school where you can major in that field.
As thousands of college students return home for the summer, and compete with the thousands of teenagers already scrambling for jobs in an ever-shrinking job market, the Obama administration has announced they will be allotting $6.7 million for the creation of conservation jobs for youth and returning veterans.
Moving Mountains for the Arts is hosting its fourth annual Awards and Cocktail Reception, honoring Hill Harper, Pastor A.R. Bernard and Sarah Hasted.
The National Action Network (NAN) and the Rev. Al Sharpton will host the fifth annual Triumph Awards on June 2 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca and other city politicians will participate in Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Legislative Theatre Festival on Friday, May 30.
Next month, Brooklyn will commemorate the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York City in 1990.
Hearts are breaking as the public absorbs the news that the majestic genius Dr. Maya Angelou made her transition on the morning of Wednesday, May 28, in her home in North Carolina.
The Rev. Al Sharpton recently came to the defense of a 14-year-old Bronx boy who underwent emergency surgery to remove pieces of glass from his chest, lungs and heart, and got at least 50 stitches following an altercation with a New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant who allegedly shoved him into a glass storefront window.
You’ve seen it. Maybe you have even tasted it. With all of the new and different eateries and restaurants opening, Harlem is fast becoming a food destination beyond our signature soul food. Well, the time has come for Harlem to get its food due and let it shine, shine, shine in a spotlight to be cast next year.
New York City is on a literary roll as of late. As one of the most fascinating cities in the world, it has been the subject of countless articles, movies and documentaries, plays and more. Discovering New York City is like pulling back the layers of an onion—the deeper you go, the more richness and flavor you find.
McDonald’s employees from nearly three dozen cities marched to the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting last Thursday morning in Oak Brook, Ill. Calling for better wages, employees of the fast food giant responded to claims by officials that McDonald’s jobs are primarily first jobs for teenagers.
It took almost a month, but Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 members officially ratified a new contract after a two-year fight.
My people, my people: Black music ain’t going nowhere, no time soon. Even better, there’s a batch of artists who pride themselves on making pure, soulful music. Trust and believe that. Now that that’s established, we as consumers need to find it.
Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc. hosted its third annual parade in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, on Memorial Day weekend.
Members of Teen Lift, a social and educational mentorship program, joined the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter as they hosted their May Week celebration on May 17 at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn.
Greetings from Anna Maria Island, Fla., where the sun is hot, the water is blue and the living is easy. The Mitchells joined other family members and friends for the nuptials of cousin Catherine, daughter of former Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Frank Morton Jr., to Charlie Palmer.
At a time when journalists were forbidden to travel to China, Cuba and the Soviet Union, William Worthy Jr. defied the U.S. State Department, grabbed his trusty typewriter and embarked on journeys to report the unreportable, interviewing several prominent Communist leaders.
The political world in New York continues to mourn the death of former New York state Sen. Catherine Abate.
The dog days of summer conjure images of sand castles and ice cream cones, long days by the pool and long nights at the baseball stadium.
From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”
As Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts continues on its path to progress after a threat of closure last year, the school recently opened its newly remodeled library.
There’s very little to distinguish 504 143rd St. between Hamilton Place and Broadway. But there was a time back in the late 1940s when a notable revolutionary lived here.
As we wind down GBE African Liberation Month with farewells to the fallen,we open up Black Music Month with the official New York City naming of “Miles Davis Way” and a block party celebration that featured legendary people, including Herbie Hancock, Davis’ former wife and acting icon Cicely Tyson and many more luminaries. He will always be “Miles ahead.”
Now that Eric Cantor, the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, has shown that not even in the days before Memorial Day weekend will he be bothered to give a vote on Rep. Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act, which would have allowed undocumented immigrants to enlist in the military and to eventually naturalize, it is incumbent that you act.
Joy Ann Jibrilu is the new Director General of Tourism of the Bahamas, replacing 30 year-tourism veteran David Johnson, who will become the new chief executive officer of the Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas and lead that organization’s transition to the Tourism Development Corporation.
Caricom foreign ministers who met for several days at regional headquarters Guyana in the past week say they plan to utilize the services of academic and other experts from around the trade bloc in the future to help governments shape the region’s foreign policy and to assist them in dealing with various challenges.
According to a recent report, a police officer revealed Tupac Shakur's last words.
Wednesday, May 28
Legendary poetess Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth.
President Joyce Banda’s legacy may be cut short if a court fails to uphold her annulment of last week’s poll and schedule a new election in 90 days.
Almost a month after more than 200 boarding school girls were kidnapped by a militia group dressed as soldiers, a top Nigerian officer claimed to know exactly where the girls were being held.
Students and police clashed in the capital city of the West African nation of Niger this week over essential stipends held up by a school official.
The celebrated author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died at 86.
Tuesday, May 27
Caribbean Community foreign ministers met for several days in regional headquarters in Guyana
Thursday, May 22
On the “A” w/Souleo
DJ Spinderella officially returns as full-time member of Salt-N-Pepa; T.J. Holmes reveals theme of forthcoming book; and why Brotherhood/Sister Sol organization wants youth to avoid reality TV.
It has been six weeks since armed men kidnapped 276 school girls aged 16-18 from the village of Chibok in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.
If you want to have a theatrical experience that will leave you stunned, then you need to head to the National Black Theatre on 125th St. and 5th Avenue and see “Dutchman.” It is the 50th anniversary of this powerful, emotional drama created by the late Amiri Baraka.
Joe Wilder, the understated trumpeter with the smooth tone, a longtime member of Count Basie’s Orchestra and one of the first African-American musicians to play in the pit bands of Broadway shows, died on May 9. Wilder was 92 years old and a resident of Manhattan for many years.
It’s official: Jerrod Carmichael is a comic on the rise, and the fact that he’s one of the stars of an official summer hit, the R-rated “Neighbors,” is just one indicator.
Accomplished director Cynthia Mort has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the new Nina Simone biopic after being cut out of the film’s production process. Mort sued the UK-based producer, Ealing Studios Enterprises Limited, claiming the terms of her contract and directorial deal were violated.
This Memorial Day weekend, the 37th annual celebration of DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African culture, sweeps into the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a exuberant exploration of the rich cultural heritage of Madagascar with “DanceAfrica 2014: Celebrating Africa’s Bantaba (“dancing ground”).
Misty Copeland continues with her strong comeback this season for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and is featured in George Balanchine’s “Duo Concertant,” Natalia Makarova’s “La Bayadere” after Marius Petipa, Enrique Martinez’s “Coppelia” and Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon.” Copeland will be making her debut in “Duo Concertant” this season.
It was recently nationally reported that “New York schools (public and charter) suffer from worse racial segregation than in any other U.S. state.” Throughout New York City schools, all classes get dismal marks for diversity. It was surprising to many that most Black and Latino children in New York attend schools with almost no white classmates.
Donald Sterling’s publicly disclosed comments depict an anachronistic view of race relations in this country.
The People’s Organization for Progress recently organized a rally in Irvington in support of the family of Abdul Kamal, who was killed by police last November. They sent a message to the Essex County prosecutor’s office and the state attorney general demanding an investigation and indictment for the officers involved.
May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling. It is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. All over the country, bike enthusiasts filled their calendars with group bike rides, social events, classes, volunteer opportunities and panel discussions about biking.
Fast food workers seeking higher pay protested against McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s locations around the globe demanding a minimum wage increase.
Last week, the NAACP’s national board of directors selected attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the association’s president and CEO. Since Benjamin Todd Jealous stepped down, an interim president was installed. Brooks, a veteran lawyer, minister and longtime president and CEO of the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will now be in charge of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.
Summer is here, and there are a few fashion pieces you should have in your wardrobe. It’s the season of unusual, favorite things.
Last Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, N.Y., a new fashion/fitness company named Sleek Physique made its debut.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,” Malcolm X stated during the Organization of Afro-American Unity’s founding forum at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on June 28, 1964.
New York City has become a hotbed for education reformers making promises to ready Black and Brown children for college and their careers, even as young as kindergarten.
The “Gray Lady,” aka the New York Times, has had a storied past. She has stood at the center of controversies and victories and now is at the center of a historic milestone, but under the ouster of its former executive editor Jill Abramson, the lede has been buried.
Earlier this month, the board of directors of the New York City Mission Society (NYCMS) announced that Elsie McCabe Thompson will be the new president of the nonprofit, effective on April 30.
Richard Williams was in town Tuesday, May 7 promoting his new book “Black & White: The Way I See It” during a speaking engagement at Barnes & Noble bookstore at 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street.
Call-in volunteers, including immigration attorneys, paralegals and advocates, took phone calls from folks with immigration questions.
Eric Pryor serves as the executive director of the Center for Arts Education (CAE), which is one of the city’s top organizations, making arts accessible to all public school students. During the two and a half years he’s been with the organization, Pryor has been a part of the ongoing movement to not only put art in the lives of students, but also advocate the importance art plays in education.
The five ships made their way into the this week for Fleet Week. The annual event during Memorial Day weekend brings the nation’s maritime service members.
In their annual celebration of the birth and life of Malcolm X, Brooklyn Macon Library welcomes Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq, who served as chief aide to Malcolm X, on Tuesday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Participants of all ages are welcome.
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the city’s Section 8 residents
Dozens of people celebrating what would have been Malcolm X’s 89th birthday stood beneath a hoisted red, black and green flag as it flapped high outside the FedEx store near the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.
May 19 marked the 89th birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, commonly known as Malcolm X, and the 49th year of the pilgrimage.
Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat have continued to trade barbs and insults as the race for 13th congressional seat heats up.
As we celebrate the climax of African Liberation Month and the birthday anniversary of Malcolm X, we note the passing of Sam Greenlee, author of the classic book “The Spook Who Sat By the Door.”
Earlier this week, the second annual Uptown Battle of the Bars culminated at Harlem Tavern
Thank goodness the spring weather is settling in, because we needed to get out of the house. We needed to crawl the streets, spend time with friends, eat, drink and see how Harlem is getting down with the get down! And there was no shortage on things to do over the last couple of weeks … lest there be a riot on the avenue.
I really don’t like the saying, “All good things must come to an end,” because that means it’s time to wrap up this feature series in the beautiful province of Quebec, Canada—but not before I extol the virtues of two more amazing places that just must be on your Canadian travel bucket list.
All hope seems lost for Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), but they refuse to let SUNY move on to the next bidder for the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site.
Fast food workers will not let you forget about their plight.
School safety agent Kangela Moore, a hardworking mother of two, makes less than $40,000 a year after 22 years on the job, even though men who do similar work for the city earn about $7,000 more.
Time not only heals old wounds, but also changes perceptions. In the ʼ70s, it was written that the music industry had sunk to its lowest point with the advent of disco.
Oscar-nominated actress and Emmy-nominated choreographer Rosie Perez was very frank at her book signing at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s New York Alumnae Chapter held its May Week national program, which was created in 1920 during the sorority’s second national convention.
Ernesta G. Procope, chairman of E.G. Bowman Company, a Manhattan insurance brokerage, received the 2014 A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award from Black Enterprise magazine on May 16, at its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Harlem is certainly all aglow with festivities, fine dining and people from all walks of life coming together uptown to enjoy themselves and pay tribute.
The continuing fight to emancipate Zimbabwe from European imperialism was the main theme of a recent rally at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building in Harlem, sponsored by the December 12th Movement.
On the very day his friends and comrades were celebrating the birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), Elombe Brath was joining his fellow revolutionary on the other side of our struggle. Brath, 77, made his transition on Monday, May 19 at the Amsterdam Nursing Home, according to his son, Cinque.
May 6 marked the start of National Nurses Week, a week set aside to recognize the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the field of nursing.
Well, here it is, another day of celebration and a day of seeing how much one can eat and drink. Well, I can assure you that when the good times and exotic tastes are over, your stomach will be singing the barbecue blues.
On Thursday, May 15, the York College Black Male Initiative Program recognized the achievements of previous participants of the Teachers as Leaders Program during a welcome back event on the college’s campus in Jamaica, Queens.
Sixty years ago this week, in 1954, the nation witnessed the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education that supposedly brought an end to segregated schools.
The fact that you have now put a deadline in place for immigration reform tells me you must have.
JetBlue Airways has launched four new nonstop routes to the Caribbean as it expands its reach throughout the region.
In the clearest indication yet that Canada and the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc might not have a free trade agreement anytime soon
I was still reeling from the news that one of Detroit’s most remarkable freedom fighters, General Gordon Baker Jr., had joined the ancestors when in rapid succession, like a machine gun of sorrow, word came that the author Sam Greenlee had expired and that the uncompromising voice of Vincent Harding was stilled. Then, as if there was no end to the sadness, the phone was alive with messages that the beloved Elombe Brath was no longer a breathing icon of commitment
Harlem receives some presidential treatment this week as former President Bill Clinton, along with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and others, have announced the Harlem EatUp! festival.
Wednesday, May 21
Former New York State Gov. David Paterson was tapped to become the new chair of New York State's Democratic Party.
Monday, May 19
The political world in New York State continues to mourn the death of Catherine Abate.
Saturday, May 17
A recent federal report cited 55 colleges and universities under Title IX investigation for mishandling sexual violence issues reported to officials. The report, released by U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) earlier this month lists New York City’s own CUNY Hunter College.
Thursday, May 15
Go with the Flo
My colleagues over at the “Confidential” column at the New York Daily News are reporting that Solange Knowles’ elevator attack on brother-in-law Jay Z, which occurred on May 5 at a Met gala after-party in the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel, was ignited because the rap mogul had plans to head to Rihanna’s after-party without Beyonce.
There are only two days left to the Undead Music Festival, which is taking place in Brooklyn and the Village.
On May 17, Community2Community will celebrate Caribbean culture during its fourth annual Hope and a Future: A Celebration of Haiti event.
Throwing a full-blown, celeb-heavy New York City birthday party for the daughter of an EGOT (winner of a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) isn’t for the faint of heart or the style-challenged.
“Ready for revolution” was the battle cry for Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), and it was also a mantra by which the activist lived during his spirited stay among us
Actor Henry Simmons took time out of his busy schedule to talk with this journalist about his latest movie, “From the Rough,” a movie he stars in with Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clark Duncan and Tom Felton. The movie opened Friday, April 25.
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s (DTH) recent season at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater was all too brief but dazzling on so many levels.
Def Dance Jam Workshop will present their spring season (May 16-18) at MIST Harlem and Theater Arts Center/The Smith
When Cami Anderson took her job as Newark schools superintendent, she was convinced she could help turn around a state-run system in a poverty-ridden city where 41 percent of ninth-graders failed to graduate on time.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a former state attorney general to become the new face of the Port Authority
On Thursday, May 8 at Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore, community activists, scholars and cultural performers all welcomed home former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway.
Local admirers of Malcolm X reflect on his continuous cultural and political influences throughout the past five decades as they prepare to commemorate the 89th anniversary of his physical birth this Monday, May 19.
The Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center opened May 8 with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s inaugural exhibition “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” which is on view now through Aug. 10.
Now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until November 2014, Kelly’s designs give folks a great glimpse of this fabulous designer’s styles.
If anyone has demonstrated a sense of decency and character in this entire, sordid saga generated by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, it is Magic Johnson.
On April 23, Lupita Nyong’o was named the “Most Beautiful Person” in People magazine
Human trafficking continues to be a major issue not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world as well.
We, as New Yorkers, are a step closer to achieving our right to know what is in all of the food that we eat. Recently, the New York state Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee endorsed a measure that would require genetically modified organisms (GMO) labels on food. (A vote of the full Assembly has not been scheduled.)
With Ras Baraka’s mayoral victory in Newark, N.J., yesterday, the family secures unprecedented electoral authority.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed a bill that would quell the fears many Americans have when it comes to taking out student loans.
Mutale Nkonde is a remarkable young lady.
Activists will commemorate the 11th anniversary of the police shooting of grandmother Alberta Spruill
The event “A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka: A Big, Bold, Beautiful Life!” is taking place at BAMcafe on May 17
On May 16, City Council Member and Deputy Leader Jumaane D. Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will co-host the fourth annual Haitian Flag Day with News 12 anchor Alisha Laventure
The New York City Fatherhood Initiative presents the fourth annual NYC DADS Matter Awards.
Sylvia Woods, the Queen of Soul Food, has her Harlem street named after herself.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has worked quickly to erase Donald Sterling’s presence from the league.
It all started with unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham being chased by NYPD officer Richard Haste into his grandmother’s bathroom in February 2012.
Our birthday greetings to my brother, co-writing partner and Grammy Award-winning legend, the Wonderman, Steveland Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, who turned 64 on May 13. Stevie, you are an inspiration to us all. Happy birthday to you.
That winter really did it to us! We filled our coffers to the brim in order to stave off having to go out in the cold to forage.
The most magical place on earth just got more magical, just in time for the summer vacation season.
The energy in the fight for a higher minimum wage in New York hasn’t died down yet.
ndorsements are coming in quickly as the 13th Congressional District race heats up.
In April 1992, historic seeds were planted in the world of hip-hop. With the release of a single from a moderately successful motion picture soundtrack, the music world was put on notice. “Yeah and you don’t stop.” We were forewarned.
Some of the nation’s most influential Black figures were recently honored as Brotherhood/Sister Sol celebrated its 10th annual VOICES benefit gala.
Northside Center for Child Development Gala 2014 Northside Center for Child Development held its annual gala at 583 Park Ave. in Manhattan with this year’s honorees Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster; Michael A. Peterson, president and CEO of the Peterson Foundation; Joel E. Klein, a former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; and Jesse Angelo, CEO and publisher of the New York Post. Said Thelma Dye-Holmes, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of Northside Center, “Thank you for joining Northside Center for Child Development as we celebrate 68 years of holding true to the vision and courage of pioneering psychologists Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark. Since the Clarks founded this great institution in 1946, Northside’s vibrant growth continues to meet the challenges of poverty. We are saving lives and building futures. “This year, over 3,000 families in East and Central Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx came to Northside. Many arrive struggling with emotional, behavioral and educational difficulties. They leave better able to succeed in school, meet life’s challenges and reach their full potential.” The gala was hosted by mistress of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto and featured a performance by Rosie’s Theater Kids and special remarks from Michael Goldstein, Northside Center’s chair of the board.
Terrie Williams’ unprintable response was hilarious when she walked in on her surprise 60th birthday celebration on Friday, May 9. It was hosted by her dedicated and fabulous Terrie Williams Agency staff at the incredibly beautiful La Maison d’Art, located at 259 W. 132nd St. Just as priceless as the whole party was the fantastic cake, made by Williams’ gifted cousin,Twanna Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy birthday, Terrie!
Mother’s Day was a glorious day—a sign of so many good things to come.
A group called the Clergy Alliance to Save Abducted Nigerian Children announced that they will hold a daily prayer vigil at the Ralph Bunche Park
A memorial service for the esteemed attorney and civil servant Basil Alexander Paterson is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at Riverside Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m.
In 2010, of the over 2,000 recorded completed suicides by African-Americans, about 82 percent of them were completed by African-American males, according to the American Association of Suicidology. “Face of Darkness” filmmakers Squeaky Moore and Kenneth Nelson are hoping that their new documentary film can help challenge the stigma in the Black community surrounding issues of mental health. “As an African-American male, I was taught that a man could not express his feelings and never to cry,” Nelson said via press release. “There is a stigma in my community that prevents males from sharing emotions, hugging or admitting that we are afraid.” The documentary, which will be shown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Tuesday, May 20, follows the battle three African-American men face while dealing with depression. The documentary also features mental health specialists Dr. Jeffrey Gardere and Terrie Williams, author of the acclaimed “Black Pain,” who says that fighting the silence around mental health struggles is one of the most important things we all can do. “The reality is, if you don’t go and talk to someone, you will die,” Williams said in a phone interview. “It may be a slow death, but you will die. You will not be all that God intended you to be.” “Face of Darkness” will be shown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem on Tuesday, May 20 from 6-9 p.m.
As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects saying “gluten-free.”
Last week, the founder of Boys and Girls Harbor, Anthony “Tony” Drexel Duke, passed away at the age of 95.
Hot 97’s Shani Kulture and WBLS’ Barbara De Laleu are on a mission to change how people view the Black image.
There are so many exciting and innovative ways to invoke our immortal ancestors, and the Central Brooklyn Leadership Council and the Men’s Ministry of Historic First Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn did it wonderfully in a pre-Mother’s Day event by saluting four women with its second annual Mary McLeod Bethune: Light of Our Life Awards.
You should send a congratulatory note to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chamber President Tom Donohue.
The Caribbean trade bloc governments appealed to the U.S. to honor a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in favor of Antigua
The Caribbean Tourism Development Company’s (CTDC) website, CaribbeanTravel.com, is making significant strides in promoting the region to the world.
Public pressure both at home and abroad is keeping hope alive for the safe return of the 200-plus Nigerian girls abducted from a boarding school in a remote part of northern Nigeria by the notorious Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram group.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new budget wants to have its cake and eat it too.
Ras Baraka is now mayor-elect of Newark, N.J.
Wednesday, May 14
The light painting pioneer shines her light on the 12th Ave. viaduct at W. 125th St. as part of a new public art initiative that kicks off this weekend.
Tuesday, May 13
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, western countries are finding new uses for their high-tech surveillance equipment and unmanned drones – namely a new war against terror in Africa.
After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations, the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands.
In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela - another five years at the nation’s helm.
Attempts to broker the return of the missing school girls held in a rebel camp somewhere in northern Nigeria were apparently quashed today when a government minister forcefully rejected any deal.
Monday, May 12
Back in 1988, Rodney Bryce, DJ EZ Rock, and rapper Rob Base released their first hit, now a hip-hop classic, the renowned “It Takes Two.” The song became part of the Top 40 on the Billboard 100 list.
Two years ago, Harlem resident Alison Désir, decided to share her running experience through blogging. A year later her words evolved into actions.
Friday, May 9
National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has named Richard Parsons the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Clippers int the wake of the Donald Sterling incident.
Kerry Washington is the proud mother of a new baby girl.
Nia Love and Marjani Forte guided the audience’s lens in the final performance of “Memory Withholdings” at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
To celebrate James Baldwin, the quintessential American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet and activist, on what would have been his 90th anniversary, the dance institution New York Live Arts (NYLA) partners with Harlem Stage and Columbia University School of the Arts to present a festival in his honor.
Tomas Doncker is a successful label owner and founder of True Groove Records.
Poet, musician and actor Saul Williams is preparing his debut in the starring role of the new Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me.”
WLIW21 will air a special presentation of noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s groundbreaking series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on Sunday, May 11 and 18, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Combine every famous woman, man, child, superhero and archvillain who ever dared to make a dent in the cultural lexicon, and they won’t come close to the popularity achieved by the one, the only, international superstar—Godzilla!
A new work from 1980s contemporary art star Jean-Michel Basquiat will be going up for auction in May.
Charles Rogers, a long-time entertainment columnist for this publication, died on April 29 at the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Nursing Home in Brooklyn.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, this letter, written by Chancellor Carmen Farina, is being distributed to 75,000 public school teachers to show appreciation and gratitude for their dedication to improving the lives of our students. Dear colleagues, Few of us remember the teachers who made us spend hours memorizing and spouting back facts. But none of us forget the ones who, with a gentle nudge or a kind word, convinced us that we could achieve endless opportunity. Sister Leonard, my English language arts teacher, was one of the memorable ones. As a sophomore in high school, I decided to become a teacher. But unbeknownst to me, I was on a non-academic track, taking typing and stenography instead of math and other credit-bearing courses like many classmates. My advisor had apparently decided that a daughter of Spanish immigrants lacked the aptitude and wherewithal to attend college. Sister Leonard made my cause her personal mission. With her support, I caught up on all the math classes I’d missed, took the Spanish Regents exam—and became the first person in my family to go to college. One great teacher can transform a life. On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I want to recognize you—the city’s 75,000 public school teachers—for the countless lives you transform. Thank you for showing up every day, bringing joy to our classrooms and working tirelessly to provide all of our students with a first-rate education. I know this isn’t an easy job. As a New York City public school teacher for 22 years, I have walked thousands of miles in your shoes. As chancellor, it is now my privilege to walk alongside you. My focus will always be on the critical work you do in the classroom. As we embark on this journey together, I encourage you to think about teaching as a craft and a profession. Whether you are beginning your career in the classroom or are a veteran in our schools, our 1.1 million students rely on you. We want to help you cultivate your passion, achieve excellence and take your skills to levels you never dreamed possible. Thanks to our proposed contract with the teachers union, we will be able to deliver unparalleled professional learning: Teachers will have a 75- to 80-minute block of time every week to share successful practices. You will have more time for parent engagement; you can even schedule appointments. In addition, the new contract offers excellent educators formal opportunities to hone their classroom practices, develop their leadership skills and collaborate with and support other educators to improve student achievement. These are monumental changes that will help return dignity and respect to the profession. Going forward, we will give you more tools you need to succeed, including town halls just for teachers and unprecedented on-the-ground support. In honor of the hard work you do for our school children, I ask you to take some time today to remember a student whose life you have changed: the student who, like me, became the first person in her family to graduate from college; the student who has a career because you cared enough to see the potential others missed. These are the reasons we teach. Thank you for making a difference in our children’s lives. Warmly, Carmen Farina
The world is alarmed but not yet up in arms about the recent abduction of more than 275 young girls in northeastern Nigeria.
Councilman Ras Baraka and Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries have less than one week before an election that will decide the next mayor of Newark, N.J.
As news about the lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling spread last week, outspoken former NBA forward Larry Johnson responded by calling for Black players to be self-sufficient and self-determining.
Last Thursday thousands of labor unions, community organizations, immigrant groups and elected officials rallied at City Hall Park in favor of better jobs, better conditions and the overall improvement of the working class.
Thursday, May 8
On the “A” w/Souleo
Arturo O’Farrill reimagines father’s classic Afro-Latin jazz composition for Apollo Theater; R&B singer Tank previews new album; and “The Retrieval” film addresses themes of freedom and manhood
If you’re on the go, you know that wearing a fashionable, comfortable heel is important, especially if you want to make a style statement every day.
Looking for new interior decorating ideas?
History will be made with the longest running show in Broadway history, “Phantom of the Opera,” when for the first time on a Broadway stage, an African-American actor—Norm Lewis—will step into the lead role as the Phantom.
Think about what your life was like when you were a teenager.
The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) is a business organization.
High school graduation rates are at an historic all-time high. African-American students are helping drive this historic trend with a 69 percent graduation rate—the highest graduation rate seen in years.
Appropriately, the sonorous voice of Paul Robeson singing a “Balm in Gilead” opened the celebration of the life of his son, the younger Paul Robeson
On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled an 10-year affordable housing plan
A Queens-based New York City councilman was arrested on Wednesday in connection to a corruption investigation.
Headlines in 2008 blasted Hassan “Hocus 45th” Harris and his brother as kingpins of a major gang.
Greetings to all of our sistas, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, alive and in spirit. Happy Mother’s Day!
There are not many times in life when over 75 of New York City’s top food and beverage talents converge for one evening, in one place. And when they do, you make your best effort to be there. What is the premier event in this category?
At Disney World, there are princesses everywhere. It’s a part of what dreams are made of.
Just when you thought the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was nearing its conclusion, the winning bidder has met a road block.
“Economic inequality is the defining challenge of our time,” President Barack Obama declared late last year.
Harlem’s third annual International Jazz Day was held at the Dwyer Cultural Center at Harlem’s Center for Arts Innovation in honor of UNESCO
Many people need help nowadays, and at its Washington Height brownstone, the Kappa Omicron chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity stands ready to help
A U.S. State Dept. official has found something to like in Kenya’s new legislation legalizing multiple marriages.
Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swaziland’s King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of Mswati’s many palaces.
An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad, sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls
In his just concluded Africa tour, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was striking few deals with African leaders who are intently pursuing their own agendas on elections, the construction of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges, and on curbing rampant corruption in the region.
Guests poured into Central Park to enjoy live music, an outdoor cocktail reception and a seated dinner at the Loeb Boathouse
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is alerting New York business owners of a scam targeting corporations.
On Wednesday, 120 of students from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Preparedness interviewed some 1,500 residents across New York City’s five boroughs about their families’ preparedness.
Nationally recognized nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is hosting its 10th annual VOICES benefit on Thursday
Leroy Comrie has announced his candidacy for state senator of New York’s 14th Senatorial District
This week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams proposed an amendment to the zoning of the Broadway transit corridor, from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Broadway Junction, to permit more residential density.
A federal court judge ordered the village of Garden City, N.Y., to change its housing practices in order to remedy years of intentional discrimination against non-whites.
The city is getting closer to making the concept of a municipal ID a reality as the first hearings for the plan get underway.
In keeping with the tradition of President Harry Truman Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared May 1 as Brooklyn Day of Prayer
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) has launched its annual breast cancer awareness campaign to remind women that mammograms can be a lifesaver and to urge women 40 and over to schedule a mammogram every one to two years.
There was a recent scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonnelosis
Teachers at the International High School at Prospect Heights (IHSPH) gathered in front of the school last week to announce they would not give the New York City English language arts (ELA) performance assessment exam.
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Brooklyn Alumnae chapter’s annual Black Book Fair took place last Sunday
Recently, there have been a number of books about the Congo.
The big question on everyone’s lips this Cinco de Mayo is will you act or will you let bigots like Rep. Steve King stand in the way of giving over 11 million people a fair path to legalization?
A series of emergency meetings are being held across Trinidad following the murder of one of the country’s most prominent citizens and apolitical attorneys.
The newly appointed CEO of LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, believes a reduction in taxation on intraregional travel will help increase revenues for the governments of the Caribbean
Endorsement interviews for congressional candidates who have been duly qualified by the New York City Board of Elections to participate in the June 24 primary election and seek the endorsement of the New York Amsterdam News should call 212-932-7465 by May 21 to schedule an interview. Interviews will be held on Friday, May 23 only.
It may as well be a slap in the face for the family of Kimani Gray as the police officer who fatally shot the 16-year-old receives a “Cop of the Year” award from his fellow officers.
For New York City’s public school teachers, happy days are here again.
In Union Square last Saturday, May 3, hundreds of men, women and children took up the clarion call to “Bring Our Girls Home.”
Wednesday, May 7
Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops
Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.
Tuesday, May 6
Hair’itage, a play about six Black ‘Sistahs’ who share a journey surrounding their hair and the way it has impacted their lives, is making its way around New York State.
Thursday, May 1
On the “A” w/Souleo
Fashion designer Patrick Kelly celebrated with retrospective; a period drama based on story of mixed-race woman; Carrie Mae Weems and friends at the Guggenheim and Publicolor raises funds to brighten schools.
300 of New York City’s top-rated scholastic chess players will compete in the 12th annual New York City Mayor’s Cup Chess Championships for the chance to be named the “Best in the City.”
The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP) will celebrate 42 years of extraordinary service and dedication to its program participants on Monday, May 5
St. John’s senior sprinter Corrine Williams is collecting memories, souvenirs and lots of photos
The opening round of the NBA playoffs has arguably been the most competitive and compelling first round in the history of the league
The first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors may well go seven games.
Tuesday’s announcement by Commissioner Adam Silver sends a strong message that racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated in the NBA
The Tuesday, April 30 news conference was the most important news conference in the history of the National Basketball Association.
The 68th annual Tony Awards nominations were announced this week
The National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem will come together to pay tribute to late author, playwright and activist Amiri Baraka
Rodney “Skip” Brice passed away this weekend at the age of 46.
Some of the latest work from talented filmmakers representing the continent of Africa will be presented at the 21st New York African Film Festival
In his fourth year as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico, the brand that Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro sports is becoming more and more sound.
Topping this month’s calendar are the Limon Dance Company at the Joyce, Frederic Nauczyciel at Julie Meneret Contemporary Art and Francesca Harper at Susan Batson Studio Theater.
We’re not accustomed to the kind of tough response that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver leveled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made in a private conversation.
The last week has seen the racist underpinnings of the United States bubble up from the necrotic abyss like lava that explodes during a volcanic eruption.
Former NBA great Elgin Baylor got it exactly right when he charged that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling viewed his team as a “vision of a Southern plantation-type structure.”
The family of a slain Irvington man is waiting for justice after members of the Irvington Police Department killed Abdul Kamal, 30, last November.
The former boss of the Newark Police Department’s Internal Affair unit, Deputy Chief Joseph Tutela, is the target of an investigation by the prosecutor’s office.
A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine white-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco “apology” ads.
Not since 1998 has a top American official paid a visit to Malaysia and President Barack Obama may have some second thoughts about his current tour of the nation
The campaign to bring political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal home was a recurring theme throughout two separate days of events commemorating his 60th physical day anniversary last week.
Charles Barron will be joined by former NFL star Walter Beach of the Cleveland Browns in a presentation entitled “Jump Ball: Blacks Rising Up to Fight for Power, Ownership and Self-Determination in Sports” on Thursday, May 1.
Former prizefighter Rubin “Hurricane” Carter became an ancestor on Sunday, April 20
Before Jazzmobile’s outdoor season begins traveling throughout city streets it will swing indoors from May 4-10 celebrating the fourth annual 2014 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.
When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, safe, natural solutions are the way to go.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explore “Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy in the Galleries for Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy.”
A Black man who was severely beaten in Brooklyn by a group of Hasidic Jewish men from the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit is coming closer to getting justice.
The financial crisis hit hard throughout the country, but here in New York we are continuing to feel the damage in a profound and personal way.
With good reason, the sports world is aflame over the recent remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
With less than two weeks remaining in the mayoral race for Newark, N.J., candidate Ras Baraka took time out from the campaign trail to attend a fundraiser in Brooklyn on Saturday.
In the face of gentrification Gerry Eastman has been able to not only maintain the building he owns in the neighborhood, but also preserve local music.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is alerting New York business owners of a scam targeting corporations.
120 of students from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Preparedness interviewed some 1,500 residents across New York City’s five boroughs about their families’ preparedness
Nationally recognized nonprofit and youth development organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol is hosting its 10th annual VOICES benefit on Thursday, May 8.
Leroy Comrie has announced his candidacy for state senator of New York’s 14th Senatorial District
A determined collection of anti-gun violence activists, parents, concerned residents and some law enforcement officers gathered on Harlem’s Lennox Avenue to mark the five-year anniversary of the shooting death of 13-year-old Chris Shakim Owens.
Several New York City judges are on their way to Tanzania, invited by their continental colleagues to the 12th International Biennial Conference of the International Association of Women Judges.
Former Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie announced on Monday that he’s running for New York state Senate
Paul Robeson Jr. 86, died last Saturday, April 26, in Jersey City, N.J.
Vaccines are parents’ most successful and cost-effective health tools for protecting their children from avoidable diseases and death.
I remember one Sunday morning when I was a young man, sitting in Concord Baptist Church and anxiously waiting for the healing words from the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor.
Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts was spared from a spate of school closures in 2012.
Mary Church Terrell addressed the question of what it meant to be a Black woman in the nation’s capital.
An international commission of inquiry into the mid-1980s assassination of a Guyana-born U.S. and Caribbean Black Power and civil rights activist, Walter Rodney, began in earnest in his homeland this week.
This past week, I was at a naturalization ceremony at the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., that featured about 100 or so immigrants taking the United States Oath of Allegiance.
John Lynch, Jamaica’s director of tourism, is leaving office in a month’s time.
Teen gun violence victim Gama Droiville has become a symbol of survival in recent weeks after being shot in the eye in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has stated that he will no longer prosecute folk caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana
It was just a few short words that put the NBA into a whirlwind after racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling spread like wildfire
As we enter African Liberation Month 2014 Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem are co-presenting “Dutchman” by LeRoi Jones
Time to get those oxfords, retro Jordans, chukkas and sandals out of the closet and walk the streets.
Cinco de Mayo, a time of tequila, tacos and revelry. While there are myriad places to get down with the get down on May 5, I know where my pesos will be spent.
Our next spa stop was Spa Natur’Eau, an oasis that far exceeds your wildest expectations.
DC 37, Bill Clinton endorse Rangel for Congress By STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff To some, the tide of support for Rep. Charlie Rangel in his latest congressional run seemed to be turning away from him. Enter District Council 37 (DC 37) with their latest endorsement. The largest public union in the city endorsed Rangel in his congressional run against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and the Rev. Michael Walrond. Lillian Roberts, DC 37’s executive director, felt that Rangel’s presence is still needed in Washington. “Our members know that Congressman Charles Rangel is an experienced legislator who’s savvy and passionate championship of issues important to workers both here and around the country has won him a 95 percent approval rating with the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees, our international union,” said Roberts in a statement. “Throughout his 23 terms in office, Congressman Rangel has always aided our struggles to protect the jobs of public employees and the safety net services they provide. Going forward, we know that with him on our side, we can go a long way in our fight against income inequality and our fight for workers’ rights, affordable housing, decent wages, public education, immigration reform and more.” Rangel received some good news in the form of an endorsement from former President Bill Clinton as well. “Charlie has been a champion of more good jobs, successful small businesses and strong families for more than 40 years,” said Clinton in a statement. “That’s what his district and our country need now.” Rangel appreciated the endorsement. “President Clinton’s bold leadership created an era of real economic growth and positive change in the lives of New Yorkers and all Americans,” said Rangel in a statement. “We share a progressive vision of creating a New York that’s more affordable and equitable for everyone. I look forward to returning to Washington so I can continue making this vision a reality by fighting for better jobs, affordable housing and real reforms to our immigration laws.” Espaillat wasn’t happy with Clinton’s endorsement, and during an appearance in WABC radio, he said that the former president and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were not on the “side of change.” “The kind of support I’m seeing from voters is unprecedented,” said Espaillat. “This is going to be a slam dunk. This is going to be a big victory. As Muhammad Ali once said, it’s going to shake up the world.” Espaillat recently received endorsements from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Transit Workers Union Local 100.
Port Authority board members voted unanimously to raise the wages of all contract employees at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports
In April, hundreds of car wash workers and community and worker activists joined together at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in Manhattan for the second annual Car Wash Workers Assembly.
It’s a mystery how certain things get embraced by society like adages.
On April 24, Canaan Senior Center celebrated Maudry McCullough’s 100th birthday
For 20 years, the Washington Ireland Program has been bringing young people from Ireland to Washington, D.C., for internships that broaden their horizons and enhance their education.
You know it’s spring in Harlem when you see all of the trees that line both Seventh and Lenox avenues from 110th to 141st streets in full bloom.
Heaps of dead leaves from falls past were piled up in rotted flower beds. An uprooted tree lay on the grass next to a semi-drained pond. Old mannequins and wooden cut outs littered the expansive tree-lined park. Just another sunny Saturday in Harlem.