Friday, July 31
With the attention focused on Sandra Bland’s mysterious death in a Texas jail cell, three other deaths involving the police and jail are making their way into the national consciousness.
The mysterious death of a Black attorney in Redding, Conn. has ignited suspicions, prompting the state’s NAACP chapter to launch its own investigation.
Flanked by dozens of youths outside the Department of Justice office in downtown Manhattan last week, the mother of Ramarley Graham urged U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to speed up his investigation and slap civil rights charges on Richard Haste, the NYPD officer who killed her unarmed son.
Thursday, July 30
Mount Vernon community activist Samuel L. Rivers is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of Raynette Turner.
This morning, University of Cincinnati officer Raymond Tensing, 25, has been arraigned after being charged with the murder of 45-year-old Sam Dubose.
I have made it my mission for the summer of 2015 to get away every weekend I possibly can.
For the new season, menswear designer Matiere embraces the concept of duality through the use of unexpected materials on modern silhouettes.
If a police officer has a record of substantiated misconduct, should this information be made available to the public? Yes, according to State Supreme Court Justice Alice Schlesinger.
E. coli: A motile, rod-like bacteria found in the intestines (gut) in man and many animals that, under certain conditions, can cause infection of the urinary and gastrointestinal tract requiring medical care.
In communities throughout New York City, access to affordable, nutritious food has been scarce, with residents stuck having to walk far out of their way to find quality, healthy fruits and vegetables.
During an appearance on a panel last Saturday at the Schomburg Center, I noticed a photo of Owen Dodson on the wall in the place where the American Negro Theater was prominent for Black actors 75 years ago. Dodson’s photo is there because one of his plays, “Garden of Time,” based on the myth of Medea and Jason, was produced there in 1945.
Last Wednesday, hundreds of CUNY and SUNY students across the state fled their minimum-wage jobs and summer internships to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to invest in higher education.
As Americans, the threat of terrorism today seems at a comfortable, manageable distance—miles, oceans and armies away.
Given all the noise and unknowns about Uber, the ride-sharing app-based service, it may be best to wait to see the outcome of the four-month study of the company proposed by the mayor.
This week, New York’s wage board was expected to finalize a report recommending a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers.
If $8.75 isn’t enough for fast-food workers, it isn’t enough for retail workers or any of the other hardworking New Yorkers who still find themselves in poverty.
Maybe, just maybe, we were looking at this thing all wrong.
Last Saturday, approximately a thousand protesters gathered in solidarity on the steps of Newark’s Lincoln Monument in New Jersey.
“I am the mama and I’m telling you that baby did not take herself out,” said Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, when she gave her daughter’s eulogy at her funeral Saturday.
Numbers from the New York State Department of Labor show another drop in the unemployment rate and a significant increase in the labor participation rate in the Bronx.
While Aviation Safeguard workers achieved a victory last week, the rest of New York’s local airport workers were left dealing with broken promises.
July 25, All Star Code hosted its second annual Summer Benefit, raising more than $600,000 at the sold-out event in East Hampton, N.Y. Christina Lewis Halpern, All Star Code’s founder and executive director, also made a major announcement that evening—an innovative collaboration with AT&T.
Dr. Claudia Alexander, whose career in physics and aeronautical engineering was inspired by the research of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) in circular orbits, would have been excited to learn that NASA announced Thursday the discovery of exoplanet Kepler-452b that is a “close cousin” of Earth, thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope.
When Councilwoman Inez Dickens of Harlem gives a birthday bash-cum-fundraiser, you can expect a massive turnout, fabulous food and the sound of backslapping and glad-handing, all of which was present last week at MIST Harlem, and it was a special treat to see the lady of the hour take to the stage and put a boogie to a brand new beat.
Misty Copeland solidified her place in history when she was named the first African-American principal of the American Ballet Theatre in its 75-year history.
During an obviously politically motivated hearing on July 21 by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Jim Steinle, whose daughter was recently killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco, testified.
Happy belated birthday to the Hon. Tanya Kennedy, who hosted an old fashioned b-day party for herself on a beautiful summer afternoon.
A simmering row between rum producers in the Caribbean and the U.S. government over generous tax subsidies it gives to American companies operating in the region has flared again.
Monday nights at Harlem’s newest comfort food restaurant, blujeen, just got a little more exciting with the launch of the Black Chef Summer Series (@BlackChefSeries).
Bill Clegg, a respected hotel industry professional, believes that as the Caribbean tourism industry recovers, its leadership should work more collectively to ensure growth in the region is sustained.
President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not reached by Aug. 17.
Tragic events over the past year have shone a light on one of our nation’s most urgent moral issues—the inequitable and ineffective state of our criminal justice system.
President Barack Obama was warned by local leaders not to address gay rights prior to visiting his father’s homeland, Kenya, last week because he risked “opening floodgates of evil by supporting LGBT rights.”
I'm not going to lie: The voyage to this Belizean island paradise 18 miles off the mainland is not for sissies.
The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program, one of the most inspiring and important youth programs in America, which plays a major role in the lives of many youths, is under-publicized.
Harlem Week remains a summer festival that has something for everyone.
President Barack Obama was boogieing in Africa.
This Saturday, Aug. 1, a local community service organization is launching a pop-up shop to promote minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as fund scholarships to HBCUs in Harlem at ImageNation Raw Space.
It’s time to reform Rikers Island.
Harlem has always held a rich sports history that people within the community gravitate toward.
After Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Atlanta funeral service, her body will reportedly be flown to New Jersey to be buried next to her mother, Whitney Houston.
Before 1954, Newport, R.I., was a quiet resort town for the rich who loved sunshine, tennis, their sailboats, yachts and, of course, fresh seafood.
With the monthlong celebration of Harlem Week fast approaching, the concentration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and technology initiatives will be an effective group of events that caters to kids and adults.
“Clothes are storytellers on the journey of our lives,” said Nana K. Brenu, founder of 1981, one of the Africa Fashion Day design houses that showed in Berlin last week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Friday, July 17, still aglow from the promotion that made her the first African-American principal ballerina with American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland joined three other remarkable artists for a frank, informative and inspiring discussion of ballet and Black women, barriers and breakthroughs.
The anticipated 2015 Harlem Week summer festival has begun.
We believe that it is the God-given obligation of everyone to be responsible for the lives of their family members, neighbors, friends and associates.
Atlantic Yards/Nets/DBNA Community Foundatioin and DBNA capacity building grant program to hold awards ceremony
The Atlantic Yards/NETS/DBNA Community Foundation and the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance Capacity Building Grant Program will hold their first ever awards ceremony Thursday, July 30 at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Although this year’s Harlem Week officially began Tuesday, Sunday’s “A Great Day in Harlem” was the yearly monthlong festival’s ceremonious start.
State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn’s 19th District was stripped of his seat Friday after he was convicted on three of the nine corruption charges he faced.
The trilogy of “The School of Good and Evil” is hard to describe because it’s complicated and it shifts depending on your vantage point.
Two landmark dance events happen this month, with Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrating the life of Geoffrey Holder (Saturday, Aug. 1) and as part of CityPark’s Foundation’s Summer Stage, a 40th anniversary celebration of Broadway’s “The Wiz,” headed by Tony Award winner George Faison (Aug. 12 to 14).
Geoffrey Holder, the creative genius whose career spanned 50 years and dazzled us with a limitless talent, energetic exuberance and captivating charisma, will be honored in a series of celebrations on his birthday, Aug. 1.
While Republicans in the U.S. probably turned a whiter shade of pale, Obama explained that he was making the point that when it is time to leave office—it is time to leave.
The Harlem School of the Arts has named Eric G. Pryor its new president, replacing Yvette Campbell, who left the position in June.
A short time ago, I was at an event, talking to some very smart people about what we can do to address our mental health crisis.
Bobbi Kristina Brown will be buried next to her mother in Westfield, N.J., Monday. Her funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta.
Wednesday, July 29
As Obama Champions Democracy in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo Descends into Political Chaos as its President Clings to Power
As President Barack Obama sought to advance the principles of democracy on a historic trip to his father’s homeland of Kenya last week, the hope for a fair democratic process in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo appeared to be slowly eroding.
A Black woman was found dead in jail cell in Mount Vernon.
Tuesday, July 28
A video that's going viral of NYPD officers beating a Black man at a Brooklyn Target is raising questions and outrage.
Monday, July 27
The daughter of late singer Whitney Houston has died after being in a coma for six months.
Friday, July 24
State Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn's 19th District was stripped of his seat Friday after he was convicted on three of the nine corruption charges he faced.
Thursday, July 23
Greetings! Join us for “A Great Day in Harlem.”
Earlier this month, chef Tai Muhammed of the Cecil hand-delivered some of the 40 meals she prepared for homebound elderly Harlemites as part of the Chefs Deliver for Citymeals program.
After all of these years, I finally made it to the Fancy Food Show at the Javitz Center.
State Sen. Bill Perkins once again hosted a feast celebrating the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. Muslims and non-Muslims alike enjoyed great food alongside local residents, imams and activists.
The USA Association of New York City Mali Charitable, also known as the Malian Cultural Center, held its third annual Children’s Fun Day Sunday, July 19.
Donna Williams, head of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted a very interesting evening out for those stuck in the city in the summertime with the presentation of “In Focus: Lucus Cranach’s Saint Maurice and Its Context.”
There’s a first time for everything. For the National Basketball Players Association, their ambitious first time was announced this past April.
Roy Wilkins Park in Queens was taken over by a proper celebration of Jamaican cuisine, culture and music Sunday, July 19, with the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.
With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his country’s borders, the visit to Washington, D.C., this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certain to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram.
Their motto, “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design,” is an apt way to describe the Chabil Mar Resort, an awe-inspiring, boutique, luxury villa property in the beautiful country of Belize.
Tina Charles (30 points) led the Liberty to a 81-77 on-the-road win in Seattle.
Do we need a separate Fashion Week for men?
For spring-summer 2016, soft, leather wedge sandals are in.
Local airport workers were close to the breaking point Wednesday, but pulled themselves back with a new deal.
Most images and stories of African culture portrayed in the media are negative, sad and tragic.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to end his crusade against Uber … for now.
“Games like this in the middle of the season … if you can find a way to grind it out, at the end of the season, you look at your standings and it makes you a playoff team or it makes you a home court advantage team.
“Body shaming Black female athletes is not just not about race,” said NBA Hall of Famer, six-time NBA champion and multi-time Most Valuable Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “Body shaming is a misogynist idea. We need to re-think our ideals of female beauty.”
A seeming rite of the summer for those who follow and are affiliated with the New York Giants is speculating on the job security of head coach Tom Coughlin.
The ticker-tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes (Broadway in lower Manhattan) for the U.S. women’s soccer team brings to mind the number of sports teams that are here in New York, how often parades have been given for them and the teams that haven’t been eligible.
Track and field is a unique sport that has a series of different events, showcasing an individual’s skill set in running, throwing or jumping.
Let’s face it, summer is more than half over, 2015 is half finished and we will soon see leaves turning and cold fronts coming in.
Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are facing the country’s largest economic and fiscal debt crisis in history.
When South Carolina finally removed the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds, the action capped a volatile and often heated debate in the state Legislature (with passions running high on both sides of the issue), as well as in the country.
The Celebration of triumph for the Rev. Dr. Clarence Norman Sr. at the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights Saturday, July 18 was one of epic proportions.
The most important concept in business is leverage.
Does President Barack Obama have Hollywood aspirations once his term ends?
The swinging bands of salsa flourishing with its big brass sound leaked out into the streets from social clubs to Bronx spots such as the Carlton Terrance and Concourse Plaza to Manhattan’s Corso and Riverside Plaza.
‘Justice or Else’: Youth gather for panel discussion in preparation for 20th Anniversary of Million Man March
Student Minister Nuri Muhammad warned that Black folks need to be cognizant that the “Blu Klux Klan” is being allowed to terrorize the Black community and that its agenda is clear in terms of containment, brutality and non-accountability.
It may take a while before Revolution Books is up and running in Harlem, but last week the launch was announced and it promises to be a real boon for a community without a stand-alone bookstore.
Emerald Snipes-Garner is the youngest daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed last year by police, and his widow, Esaw Garner.
Black theater family, make your plans and get ready to pack your bags this summer.
elon Vieira, artistic director of DanceBrazil, better known within the Brazilian dance community as “Maestre” (“Master”), is also the founder and artistic director of the Capoeira Foundation.
Ginny’s Supper Club recently hosted “Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the Families of Mother Emanuel AME Church.”
Kings County Hospital Center and Harvest Home Farmers Market hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its new farmers market, which officially opened July 8.
Professor Maduike Ezeibe, instructor at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, is claiming that he has recently created a new therapy for HIV/AIDS.
Emotional: Feeling abandoned, forsaken, destitute, depleted, drained, exhausted, empty-headed.
Harlem resident Jacqueline Gardner is celebrating five years of the annual Senior Citizens On Our Minds Day.
A single picture is worth a thousand words, so mark your calendars: Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2, it’s the 12th annual Animation Block Party, the East Coast’s premier animation festival, presented by BAMcinematek.
An audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed a backlog of 50,000 repairs in the New York City Housing Authority and that it takes an average of a year to fix safety violation
More than 200 children filled the bleachers with bright yellow T-shirts at Catherine and Count Basie Middle School in Jamaica, Queens.
In 1965, Civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Exactly 50 years later, 24 Black and Jewish high school youth activists are spending 25 days throughout July on a cultural and historical civil rights journey across six states and 16 cities for free, courtesy of Operation Understanding DC.
Last Wednesday afternoon, Public Advocate Letitia James confirmed what many have been suspecting for years: Children are being abused and neglected in the New York City’s foster care system.
What is immediately essential for me about “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lengthy epistle to his son, is that “past is prologue.”
What is immediately essential for me about “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lengthy epistle to his son, is that “past is prologue.”
Before daybreak Monday, police swooped down on the Trinidad headquarters of a Black Muslim sect that staged a bloody coup attempt on the island 25 years ago.
“Here in Texas, we are not afraid of ISIS,” stated the Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, at a press conference about the death of Black, 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died July 13 in a Texas jail. “We are afraid of the police.”
Kyam Livingston pleaded repeatedly for medical attention in the hours before she died in police custody at Brooklyn Central Booking jail, witnesses say
“I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, kind of emotional, trying to fight back my tears,” Esaw Garner told the Amsterdam News, “but all the support from the people empowers me to keep getting the word out that we want justice for my husband, Eric Garner.”
President Barack Obama’s signing into law same-sex marriage last month has not swayed a certain segment of the population, who were unaware that his 2007 campaign pledge to bring about change also included legalizing gay marriage in the land of the free.
In the days after the Chattanooga, Tenn., killing of four U.S. marines by Muslim immigrant Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the right is more frenzied, with calls for an end to not just immigration but to “Muslim immigration” to the U.S.
For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life.
At present, the city has roughly 1 million open summons warrants.
The New York State Unified Court System has always been a convoluted, complicated and sometimes very slowly functioning court.
After more than six months of planning and promotion, the Million People’s March against police brutality is set to take place this Saturday in Newark N.J.
Let’s call President Barack Obama’s diplomatic surge “Obamacy.”
The Cold War is long over, and with a better understanding of their mutual interests as well as the depth of their differences, the United States and Cuba officially restored their diplomatic relations Monday, July 20.
Wednesday, July 22
More than 180,000 fast-food workers in the state are praising the the New York Wage Board after they unanimously vote to increase the minimum wage to $15.
Saturday, July 18
On the weekend marking one year since the police killing of Eric Garner, Rev. Al Sharpton and his coalition rallied and took a petition to the U.S. Justice Department.
Thursday, July 16
New claims have risen regarding non-tenured teachers of color here in New York City being dismissed from their positions without cause.
Fordham Law School is hosting the 7th annual Justice Academy for Young Women, a college and law school preparatory program that combines course work and leadership training for underserved high school students in the city.
Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer launched the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which expands the group of pickup points in northern Manhattan.
Five years ago, James Elcock was injured in a terrible accident and ruptured his spine.
A record number of high school students are celebrating their hard-earned diplomas this year, but the celebrations won’t last.
On the “A” w/Souleo: Veteran soul singer, Dr. Mable John’s groundbreaking anti-domestic violence song highlighted in new exhibition
Dr. Mable John was only doing a friend a favor when she agreed to record the anti-domestic violence song, “Don’t Hit Me No More.”
With an overwhelming majority of the Greek people having voted “no” in a referendum that would decide whether Greece would continue to borrow its way into a hopeless debt spiral, the bankers who own the country’s debt are recoiling in confusion.
I recently had lunch with an 82-year-old relative. She went to college in the late 1940s and received her master’s in musicology in the early 1950s.
He fell off the stage during a Rainbow PUSH fundraiser concert after losing feeling in his legs. Doctors said he’d never walk again, diagnosing him with a ruptured spine and paralysis from the waist down.
After killing over 500 Americans nationwide this year, police are not faring well with youth. However, the All Stars Project hopes to improve this fractured relationship.
The stork was busy on the weekend of July 11.
The organization 500 Men Making a Difference is asking for volunteers to help them as they clean and paint Von King Park in Brooklyn Saturday, July 18.
Dozens of demonstrators rallied on Staten Island Monday night to commemorate in advance of the one- year anniversary death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who was placed in what Police Commissioner William Bratton called a “prohibited” chokehold by an NYPD officer.
The Rev. Grace Ogunwuyi is the executive director of Fruit of Increase Ministries, which just held its annual prayer summit.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will oversee cases of police-involved civilian deaths.
Don’t let his wild dyed-blond Afro fool you, pianist Axel Tosca Laugart from Cuba has skills.
A coalition of Muslim groups launched an online fundraising campaign to help rebuild the Southern Black churches that have been either burned to the ground or severely damaged by fire in the aftermath of a white gunman killing nine Black worshipers in Charleston, S.C.
Chapman Roberts, the executive director and producer of “Black Stars of the Great White Way,” is very excited these days, as he prepares to bring this unique, marvelous production down to the National Black Theatre Festival, happening Aug. 3 to 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C., as the main stage production, which is an enormous honor.
There are those days, weeks and even months some of us experience this eternal energy drain, dragging through hours of monotony, too tired to think or react soundly.
Greetings! July is our GBE “Black Media Month,” saluting the pioneers and innovators of the Black media world.
In a major development in the institution’s 168-year history, the City College of New York announced the establishment of the CUNY School of Medicine at City College in partnership with Bronx-based St. Barnabas Hospital, which is part of the SBH Health System.
Lenox Avenue will be on fire Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, for the third annual Summer Sizzles on Lenox, brought to you by Experience: Harlem and Harlem Park to Park.
Bjorn Amelan is Bill T. Jones’ partner and the son of Dora Amelan, the 94-year-old French Jewish nurse and World War II social worker, for whom Jones’ newest work, “Analogy/Dora: Tramontane,” is built.
As per usual, the Berkshires proved to be a welcome respite from all things city life.
It’s cute, catchy and you’ll see it everywhere you look in Belize: “You Betta Belize It!”
Everything that can have a one-stop shop online usually does. Whether it’s Zillow, Yelp or TripAdvisor, there’s always something available to modern-day consumers when they need one place to find house listings, restaurants or travel arrangements. John Katzman, the founder of Princeton Review, now wants to add Noodle to the list.
Longtime readers of this column know that over the years I have been particularly vocal about the crisis of out of school, out of work young people.
Inclusion, the noun, is defined as “the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure,” and this is the word that most creative people of color are using to describe the continued issue they face within the inner circles of Hollywood.
“Kids don’t fail,” famed educator Marva Collins often declared. “Teachers fail, school systems fail. The people who teach children that they are failures, they are the problem.”
House of Busardi’s theme was “The Queen of the Night.”
The two men, pictured above, are creative, fun, rich and (notice their posture) very down to earth. In the law of attraction, you must “let go of negative thoughts” and know that you are going to be successful, despite appearances that might suggest the absolutely opposite.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, the controversial Confederate flag located on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol was taken down after a 54-year run.
Writer Tim Seeley is bringing a new twist to the “Blade” series at Marvel, but the Daywalker won’t be fighting creepy evil demons and blood thirsty vampires alone.
Venezuelan authorities last week turned away and generally hassled a Guyanese fuel boat that had docked there for oil supplies.
The influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure again named St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain as one of the top 100 hotels in the world and number 1 in the Caribbean.
As soon as Luli Fama debuted their first swim collection back in 2003, the design team, consisting of Luli Hanimian and brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian, the brand became a strong innovator in the fashion industry.
“We have watched [Serena Williams] grow from a baby girl in her sister’s shadow to a grown woman standing in her own light,” said TV host Melissa Harris-Perry in support of the world-renowned athlete, who has received an enormous white backlash in the wake of her Wimbledon victory.
New York City’s firefighters will have their voices heard one way or another.
Officials from an oft-discussed car service say they want to stop city government from potentially killing jobs.
Sometimes it’s not until the cancer is inoperable that the patient is alarmed and then frantically searches for treatment or a cure.
It is one year later. Eric Garner, locked in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo, died on video.
As the thermometer climbs this month, New Yorkers can expect a familiar and unwelcome odor: garbage.
In an effort to help reform East Orange, the city is reportedly cleaning out 700 abandoned properties and giving jobs to local residents.
The People’s Organization for Progress hosted its annual observation of the anniversary of the epic Newark Rebellion.
After a crazy work week, beautiful weather on an off day is a welcome sight to say the least.
In name, the Fair Housing Act was supposed to help desegregate neighborhoods and make America’s housing situation fair.
What public records disclosed about Bill Cosby last week regarding the purchasing of Quaaludes apparently comes as no surprise to his wife, Camille.
It has been happening every year for the past 26 years, but this year was different.
The taste of the Islands will return to Roy Wilkins Parks in Queens, when the fifth annual Jamaican Jerk Festival New York showcases Caribbean food and culture July 19, noon to 8 p.m.
Not everyone knows about Nelson Mandela International Day.
Summer madness has finally arrived, in all of its various forms.
Closing the income gap between rich and poor countries of the world will be on the table at a U.N.-sponsored policy conference this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Wednesday, June 17, senior officials from 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa met in Egypt and pledged to create the continent’s largest free trade zone, which will reach from South Africa to the northeastern region in Egypt.
Tuesday, July 14
A building collapse in Bed-Stuy leaves several people injured and closes streets.
Family of Eric Garner discusses settlement.
President Barack Obama speaks to the NAACP at the annual convention in Philadelphia.
Monday, July 13
Web series "Token Empire" has launched a Kickstarter campaign
For years, many have wondered why there hasn’t been greater numbers of African Americans in golf. Original Tee creator, Wendell Haskins, offers insight to this, and how his tournament continues to be a vessel, making a difference.
According to public records released by the Associated Press, Cosby has admitted to purchasing prescription Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Organizers are preparing for a massive march in Newark in response to the treatment of Black Americans
Friday, July 10
Hennessy celebrates 250th anniversary with art tour and Nas. Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas helps inspire Rihanna and has a career resurgence.
Statistics show that gun violence goes up during summer holiday weekends, but that fact does not make it any easier for a mother, father, brother or sister dealing with the loss of a loved one due to senseless acts of violence.
Thursday, July 9
Founded in 1996 by the late Dr. Mary Umolu, the Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, is a musical and cultural happening in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
The school year may be over, but local elected officials still have the kids in their thoughts.
As I’ve said many times in this column, you don’t have to dig through the distant past to find remarkable Black Americans, men and women who knew that “Black Lives Matter.
Recently, the National Pork Board launched “The Grill Crashers” campaign, an initiative to show consumers how easy it is to cook lean pork recipes this summer.
This July 4 marked only my second year as a naturalized citizen of the United States.
A Caribbean Community leaders summit that ended in Barbados on the weekend warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the region if the Dominican Republic continues its heartless deportation of people of Haitian descent, including those born in the island nation neighboring Haiti.
WASHINGTON (July 9)—One Caribbean Television went to the U.S. Congress last month to honor legislators who contributed to the proclamation of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
It seems like we wait forever for the summer months to arrive.
Greetings. The Million People’s March Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice and Economic Inequality will take place Saturday, July 25 at noon, starting at the Lincoln Monument, located at the intersection of W. Market Street and Springfield Avenue in downtown Newark, N.J.
Tropical rainforests, Mayan ruins and temples, stunning beaches, picturesque mountains and a rich history and culture.
Meeting legendary NBA baller Gus Williams the same week that the NBA begins its annual free agency pageantry was a statement of then and now, a before and after.
Last August, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention senior scientist, Dr. William Thompson, invoked federal whistleblower status and confessed that the CDC has known since 2001 that Black boys exposed to the MMR vaccine have a disproportionate risk of autism.
The good news is that this week, South Carolina senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds.
Depending on the lens through which one views the Knicks’ transactions thus far this summer, opinions will be mixed.
A number of Japanese designers, all extremely talented, recently made their debut at New York Fashion Week with a new concept, “Tokyo Meets New York,” at the Salon at Lincoln Center.
According to reports, President Barack Obama is planning to propose tough new legislation that will force the Ku Klux Klan and other extremist hate groups to disclose the identities of their members.
Chicago experienced a rash of shootings over the holiday weekend, leaving seven people dead and 48 injured, the Chicago Police Department told the Amsterdam News.
Athletes of past decades playing in big markets such as Los Angeles and New York held favorable advantages in securing endorsements and garnering widespread media attention.
For fall 2015, the look is back to basics that line up the importance of black and white.
More people could be eligible for overtime pay if the White House has its way.
The time is now. Floyd Mayweather should hang the gloves up once and for all.
The U.S. Supreme Court said last week that they will revisit an issue many thought was no longer on the table.
After an outstanding, hard-fought road victory over the Chicago Sky last week, the New York Liberty players had a few days off before returning to their training base in Westchester, N.Y.
Although the roles have evolved, the incessant need of established and fledging artist alike is the need for an entourage.
The annual Bini people’s cookout took over a large corner of Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island, Saturday, July 4. A DJ got the tristate Nigerian folk into the right cultural mood, as the young, the not so young and the elders showed off their intricate moves, and some competed for cash prizes. Graduates of 2015, from grade school to masters to doctorates, were honored and gifted with not one, but two huge cakes
Alelia Murphy, born July 6, 1905, is the last living of 12 siblings.
Saturday, July 11, the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame will host its annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. Now that the month of July is here, everything’s going my way.
Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away. In fact, it has launched new deadly attacks in that country.
Five Kenyan lawmakers have threatened to eject President Barack Obama from Parliament if he tries to lecture them about same-sex marriage during his upcoming visit.
In one of his final official moves before ceding power to recently elected Muhammadu Buhari, outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a measure that criminalizes the controversial practice of female genital mutilation.
July 3, actor Michael Jai White wed actress Gillian Waters in an intimate but extravagant ceremony in Thailand.
If you are looking for a jazz scene that scares the jazz police and causes those smooth jazz heads to run in the opposite direction, then the Vision Jazz Festival is the place.
So there we were at Radio City Music Hall Friday night at the “Masters of Ceremony” show. Rakim, Brand Nubian and Shabba were part of that boss lineup.
If books were rated like video games, I would give “Shadowshaper” by Daniel Jose Older an “E” for everyone.
Congress recently blocked President Barack Obama’s efforts to ease the Cuban embargo, but it now appears the two countries will begin the process of recreating embassies after 55 years.
The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, like a large sea of the human family, roundly and wholeheartedly condemns the vicious, savage, sinister, racist slaughter of the people of Mother Emmanuel AME, including a beloved daughter of Newark’s Vailsburg section, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton.
Like many of my colleagues, I have a love-hate relationship with press conferences.
A little over one week ago, pure evil visited the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
“Magic Mike XXL,” co-written by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, appears to be a simple story about chiseled strippers whose one passion is to give lap dances to screaming women shaking dollar bills.
For their recent, annual two-week season at Lincoln Center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater planned new productions of Talley Beatty’s “Toccata” (1960), Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison’s “A Case of You” duet from the larger work “Reminiscin’” (2005), the company premiere of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s “No Longer Silent” and the premiere of celebrated hip-hop choreographer, Rennie Harris’ “Exodus.”
Eleven years ago, teachers at the Clara H. Carlson School told Annis R. Sands of Elmont, N.Y., that upper-division courses would cause her excessive stress and anxiety.
Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes.
Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes.
A proud East New York threw a huge birthday party this week for the oldest person in the world.
A day before he was to address graduates from the police academy last Thursday at Madison Square Garden, Police Commissioner William Bratton sat with Amsterdam News Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Elinor Tatum and reporter Herb Boyd at police headquarters to discuss the latest policy developments in the NYPD.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced Wednesday that $17.8 million is being used to supervise 3,000 eligible defendants safely in the community instead of detaining them in jail while they await trial.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of the National Action Network, and NAN leadership brought together members of Congress and the Obama administration, policy experts, civil rights leaders and partners for this year’s NAN Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
With the addition of 1,300 more cops on the streets, a new plan by the mayor and the police commissioner aims to improve police-community relations while keeping people safe.
The Anti-Discrimination Center and a group of African-Americans filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Manhattan accusing the city of discrimination when providing affordable housing.
A contingent of activists from Cop Watch and the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee were joined by members of the community last Friday in Harlem to protest the police assault of Saykou George.
Flanked by police reform advocates and relatives of unarmed New Yorkers who died at the hands of officers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a long-awaited executive order Wednesday that gives the state attorney general’s office authority to investigate cases in which an officer kills an unarmed civilian.
After the New York City Council adopted a budget that added 1,300 new positions within the New York Police Department, elected officials and community organizers have called for the passage of a new law to help the people
Tuesday, July 7
A quick search of want ads in just about any newspaper reveals the problem: “No felonies.”
Thursday, July 2
Greetings! No play could have hoped for a better lead in than the president of the United States himself, Barack Obama, singing its theme at an international news event.
There’s a relatively new boss in town and just in time to celebrate a long holiday weekend.
July may be hot, but there are a bevy of festivals, cultural events, exhibits and more happening that are turning up the heat as well. Enjoy and stay cool!
When it comes to hair and makeup, you must define your own beauty.
When a global designer, super-style maven and beach lover takes to creating a swimwear line, anything goes.
For activists and reporters during the 1987 Howard Beach murder trial, Richard Mangum was indispensable. His role in the historic trial as part of the prosecution team headed by Special Prosecutor Charles Hynes was as a liaison to the media, which he did with unerring accuracy and sensitivity.
One in 3 New Yorkers worry that they could become homeless.
This coming long weekend will see four days of family-friendly, fun-filled art, culture, and entertainment that’s been celebrating the African Diaspora in Brooklyn, N.Y., since 1971.
Home care workers in Massachusetts have reason to celebrate.
A different kind of food fair happened in Queens last week.
The National Coalition for Sexual Health, which consists of over 50 leading health and medical organizations, issued a call to action to increase the uptake of essential preventive sexual health care services in the African-American community.
Circled in red on the calendar was the date June 27.
Metro-Manhattan Links, Incorporated and the Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held their 16th Anniversary Graduation Dinner for the class of 2015 Young Achievers.
Hot fun in the summertime. Alas, July is here, my favorite month of the year, when the sun is hot, the breezes are warm and the ocean has finally warmed up enough for you to submerge your whole body—and not just your big toe.
As I drive through African-American communities, I cannot recognize a Boys and Girls Club, after-school programs, Little League baseball and football teams or Sunday school teachers, who make a commitment to teach from September until June.
June 29 (GIN) Some 270 women from 220 countries gathered in Managua, Nicaragua over the past weekend to launch a political platform that addresses discrimination against people of color.
East Harlem Block Nursery No. 2, located in the Abraham Lincoln Housing Development, celebrated its 10th anniversary (2005–2015) at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.
Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, taking more than 230,000 lives and displacing over 1 million people, causing a massive housing crisis.
“For me, it was very personal. I’m so happy our team got the win,” said New York Liberty guard Candice Wiggins after the team’s 79-70 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Darius Morris, Nets General Manager Billy King announced.
By the time Brooklyn made their selection, the 29th in last week’s NBA draft, the booing from die-hard New York basketball fans had subsided, but the reasons hadn’t been forgotten.
Sam Worthen was a two-year starter at point guard from 1978 to 1980.
Roughly one hour after Phil Jackson selected Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in last Thursday’s NBA draft, the Knicks president issued a statement through a press release that seemingly suggested the 19-year-old would someday emerge as a franchise player.
President Barack Obama’s administration secured a major victory last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
My sister recently told me she is preparing for her first mammogram.
Education for a Better America and the New York Amsterdam News are partnering to award two high school students scholarships to help with educational expenses in their first year of college.
Sometime this month, the wage board empanelled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make a recommendation that could have a dramatic effect on low-wage workers, especially in communities of color.
The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., commemorated its first interfaith service last Wednesday to end women’s cancer.
Lately I am having a really hard time sleeping at night, and the source of my worry is the Middle East.
It took nine innocent lives and 154 years to do it, but the Confederate flag that once flew proudly over South Carolina is at the center of debate.
The city is expanding its vision-screening program to all 130 community schools and will partner with Warby Parker to provide a free pair of glasses to students in need.
Thirty-year-old activist Brittany Ann Byuarium “Bree” Newsome utilized a harness to scale a 30-foot pole in front of the South Carolina statehouse, in Columbia, S.C., Saturday morning to remove the racist Confederate flag. When she made it halfway up, police noticed her and gave her an order to come down, which she ignored.
Art and activism are a shared passion for 26-year-old Kiri Davis.
Sunday’s 15th annual BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles celebrated Black stars from music, television, radio, film and sports.
Monday morning, over 145 New York City children left for one- and two-week experiences with volunteer host families in suburban and small town communities as the Fresh Air Fund kicks off its 139th program.
Poet Jayne Cortez has not been gone that long. She died three years ago of heart failure at 78, but memories of her were unavoidable last Saturday in the memorial services for Ornette Coleman, her first husband.
Charenee Wade, for her debut release on Motema Music, took a bold leap by recording her interpretation of the music of Gil Scott-Heron, titled “Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson.”
The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.
The historic Supreme Court ruling Friday, June 26 in the case of Jim Obergefell, which gives same-sex couples the right to marry in any U.S. state and established that they have the same rights as heterosexuals, now puts the spotlight again on the immigration rights of same-sex couples.
The fourth annual Harlem Arts Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and the event was a major success. The free, multi-day festivities held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park drew more than 1,000 attendees.
It’s time for stakeholders in the Caribbean’s hospitality industry to more broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language.
As the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” filled the sold-out Metropolitan Opera House, a dancer in white flitted across the dimly lit stage, with its backdrop of a shimmering blue lake, and disappeared.
Three key issues will attract the attention of Caribbean trade bloc leaders when they meet for three days at one of their two most important annual summits in Barbados starting Thursday.
The Public Theater presents an awe-inspiring revival of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Direction by Michael Greif, the show ingenuously uses open space, colorful backdrops, sound effects, music, troupes of fairies and commanding actors to create a seamless picture of a remote island home of a vengeful father and stranded noblemen.
I attended primary and secondary public schools in New York City.
Black America was jubilant on the morning of June 17, when Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the first African-American woman to be appointed U.S. attorney general.
Cumberland County in southern New Jersey reportedly approved a settlement of $340,000 to the estate of the late Jerame Reid, who was allegedly abused while in jail.
More than 30 years ago in the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger—whose accent is so thick, a full-time interpreter could be a legitimate tax write-off—uttered a phrase that has become part of the global zeitgeist: “I’ll be back!”
In this time of intense racial turmoil, Ava DuVernay and Liz Garbus could not be more propitious with their remarkable films.
Newark, N.J., has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America to offer the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program to homeowners.
An audit has confirmed what many have suspected—plenty of public housing vacancies are available that aren’t being filled.
After his rousing, heartfelt eulogy for the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama was called “Rev. President” by several of the AME pastors.
Raven Wilkinson—who in 1955 joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the first African-American woman—and Lauren Anderson—who in 1990 became the first female African-American principal dancer in the country at Houston Ballet and, at the time, the world’s only African-American prima ballerina in a major ballet company—brought flowers and warm hugs to Misty Copeland at the curtain call for her performance as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire.
Last Thursday, the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches filed a class action lawsuit against employers who use the job sites Monster, ZipRecruiter and Indeed to illegally post job listings in New York with bans on applicants with felony convictions.
Funeral services for the ninth and final victim of the Emanuel AME Church Massacre were held Tuesday in South Carolina.
As 28-year-old Akai Gurley bled to death in a darkened Brooklyn project stairwell, rookie cop Peter Liang and officer Shaun Landau argued for four minutes before getting help for the East New York native, according to newly released court documents.
Last Friday marked the beginning of a historic Pride Week in New York City and around the country, when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of marriage equality.
The slaughter of nine Black worshippers in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was a tragic reminder of the four little girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.
New exhibit looks at Baltimore protests following death of Freddie Gray. Emily King talks ‘The Switch’ she experienced as an independent recording artist.
When American Ballet Theatre announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina Tuesday...
Elected officials, historians and community members came together last weekend to unveil a plaque marking the site of the colonial-era Wall Street slave market.
Wednesday, July 1
Former Queens State Senator and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is spending the next seven years of his life behind bars.