Tuesday, March 31
Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated political prisoners, is reportedly in a diabetic coma and in intensive care at the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA.
Monday, March 30
It’s official. Florida A&M University’s Wind Symphony makes history Sunday becoming the first classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to perform at Carnegie Hall and is on its way to the Kennedy Center in 2016.
Saturday, March 28
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Wind Symphony makes final preparations for its Carnegie Hall performance.
Friday, March 27
The 60-member wind symphony from Florida A&M University (FAMU) arrived to the city on Friday to prepare for their performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.
Thursday, March 26
The FDNY responds to a five-alarm fire and partial building collapse in Manhattan’s East Village.
If the dress rehearsal for Lynette Blackwell’s spiritual stage play “Unequally Yoked” is indicative of the full ensemble, then she is truly on the road to becoming an excellent playwright and director.
Imhotep's weekly guide to Black Events.
Toward the front of the headquarters of the National Action Network in Harlem, there is a chair—no, a throne—that was placed there for the venerable Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan.
Years ago, there used to be signs on different corners warning you about traffic. The signs would read: “Stop, Look and Listen.”
There are trends when it comes to fashion, technology and most industries. Food is no exception. The latest trend is simple, wholesome and, some would say, homeopathic.
SChopgirl reviews Watkins Health Foods & Juice Bar on west 125th St. in Harlem.
It’s been two years since the Dwight School opened its athletic center in East Harlem, and the investment has already paid off.
Almost 22,000 families have applied for seats in the city’s expanded universal pre-k program during the first day of registration, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during a press conference last week.
One of the benefits of being a travel writer is that you often find out about many of the latest travel accessories, gadgets, clothing, books and so forth as soon as they come on the market, each offering its own unique features for those on the go.
With major league baseball currently in spring training and Women’s History Month nearing its end for this year, we throw the spotlight on Toni Stone, the first woman to ever play in a men’s professional league.
Every woman should have a fine jewelry piece in the jewelry box. DANI by Daniel K just launched its first multimedia jewelry campaign at Baselworld 2015.
From the time you sit down at the UniverSoul Circus, you realize why you are here once again. It is time for you to rejoin this family.
Fashion has changed. The trend is more about what you can create out of the fashion pieces that you have.
I did not need to write a book about it, but I’ve said it about a hundred times in this column and on radio on WLIB’s “GBE Mindflight” with Imhotep Gary Byrd over the course of this past two years or more. Now veteran GOP pollster Whit Ayres is saying exactly this, but in an entire book.
Tiny Barbados is preparing to dump Britain’s Queen Elizabeth after centuries of imperial colonial rule. The nation has decided to replace her with a local head of state and, like Guyana, Trinidad and a few other Caribbean trade bloc states, soon proclaim itself a republic.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos (March 26)—Seven Stars Resort, located on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, has appointed Wilbert Ashbert Mason as its new general manager.
A potential bill that would allow New York undocumented high school graduates to apply for state financial aid for college might be taken out of the governor’s budget.
The officers involved in the alleged jail assault of Jerame Reid are looking at a trial as a jury has been set, according to reports.
Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka and local citizens are joining communities around the nation to raise awareness about Americans living with fibromyalgia. Baraka recently proclaimed May 12 “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
Growing weary of low pay and bad conditions, McDonald’s workers have filed 28 health and safety complaints against their employer in 19 different cities.
The New York City affordable housing crisis is likely worse now than ever before. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the average monthly rent in February 2015 for a Manhattan studio apartment is $2,351, and Brooklyn is officially the least affordable housing market in America.
Something that passes the eye test for many continues to have statistics backing it up.A new report published by the Working Poor Families Project reveals that out of the 584,829 working families in New York that were considered low income in 2013, 381,000 (65 percent) were ethnic minorities. Thirty-five percent (203,000) were white.
Mississippi was the site of one-third of all lynchings that occurred in the United States in 1925 and was the epicenter of some of the nation’s most heinous race crimes.
David Goodson talks "Empire" and Kendrick Lamar's latest album in this week's Nighlife.
Thursday, March 12, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic organized its first ever program “Ain’t I a Leader? Women in the Pulpit,” presented by the Interchurch Center and hosted by its president and executive director, Paula Mayo.
According to reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved to a rehab facility over the weekend. Sources close to the family told Entertainment Tonight that she was moved from Emory University Hospital to an undisclosed rehabilitation facility in Atlanta.
During her recent engagement at the Blue Note, it became evident Dee Dee Bridgewater is the most dynamite female jazz vocalist of this century.
R&B pop music queen Rihanna has been having great success in the fashion and advertising world over the past couple of years. She was hired on as creative director for Puma last year, and now she has been chosen to be the “face of Dior.”
The Home Depot signature store located on West 23rd Street held its “Appreciation of Our U.S. Women Veterans Ceremony” for Women’s History Month.
Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy has been cast to play the father of the prolific late comedian Richard Pryor. Murphy has been cast among an all-star lineup of actors, including Mike Epps as Pryor, Kate Hudson as Pryor’s wife, Jennifer Pryor, and Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, Marie Carter.
When a fare hike by the MTA went into effect Sunday, the moans from straphangers, particularly those who have been struggling even to pay $2.50 per ride, were louder than the brakes of an A train coming to a halt—that is, if you were lucky to have one arriving at your station on schedule.
The current education debate in Albany has been elevated because of the need to pass a New York state budget by March 31.
Yvonne Delancy Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.
There are numerous reality TV shows across many networks that star people of color, but Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat and Heels” brings something a bit different to the reality table.
South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May.
Ben Bowman’s “Knucklehead” will open BAMcinématek’s fifth annual New Voices in Black Cinema, running March 26 to March 29.
Celebrating 50 years of global impact, last weekend Amnesty International held its annual General Meeting and Human Rights Conference, entitled “From Moment to Movement,” at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.
Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” will screen at BAM’s New Voices in Black Cinema, Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and cast members.
Pull out your MetroCard because Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29, it’s time to go to Brooklyn and enjoy the richness that BAMcinematek will present throughout their New Voices in Black Cinema film festival.
I returned from “Bloody Sunday” weekend in Selma, Ala., with my mind filled with images and words of men and women of superlative courage, ingenuity and commitment, and who made the ultimate sacrifice, only to be met with news of the gang violence committed upon one teenager by other teenagers.
The highly anticipated album from rapper Kendrick Lamar was released March 16 and quickly became one of the most successful digital releases in history.
Imagine if the current president were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by Blacks, the Black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the Black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent.
R&B singer Bilal is making an appearance in Harlem Friday as part of the “Uptown Nights Concert” series. The sold-out concert takes place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and Dr. Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York will show their film, “The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion,” Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style Sunday at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan. Friends at the intimate celebration hailed the “Queen of Soul” as she turns 73 this week.
Good news about Black youth in the mainstream media has become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled to learn that Harlem’s Digital Media Training Program was among 15 winners of the second annual White House Film Festival and celebrated the occasion last week with President Barack Obama.
At NYPD headquarters Monday, March 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is putting $1.5 million of taxpayer money toward a new high-tech pilot program that will help cops determine when and where gunshots are fired, even if no one reports them.
After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan, aka “Dr. Ben,” transitioned on to the ancestral realm Thursday, March 19 at approximately 3:30 a.m.
When asked about advocating for women, especially victims and survivors of domestic violence, Destiny Mabry, 25, responds, “I advocate for the human race, men and women."
The tributes have been numerous and are continuing for the Black Man of the Nile. Having known “Dr. Ben,” as he is affectionately known, for many years from England to the U.S., this journalist was asked to attend the meeting and bear witness to the proceedings during the organizing of his funeral.
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is now operating the USDA National Hunger Hotline. The hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food.
The Center for Black Literature and Medgar Evers College is honoring and paying tribute to the work of actor Danny Glover during the 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF celebrates the New York launch of UNICEF Kid Power, with former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks legend John Starks, at the Young Diplomats Magnet Academy in Harlem.
The Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association demanded that City Hall move to increase disability pension benefits for newer FDNY members if they become seriously injured or permanently disabled on the job.
Last week, New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Members Cathy Nolan and Michele Titus announced the passage of the Paid Family Leave Act.
Wednesday, March 25
Grammy-award winning R&B singer Brandy Norwood is set to join the cast of the musical Chicago in her Broadway debut.
Monday, March 23
Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in style this weekend at a star-studded affair at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan.
Sunday, March 22
Get ready to dig deeper into your pocket to get around. A fare hike on public transportation by the MTA is now is effect.
Friday, March 20
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) kicks off its its two-day Annual General Meeting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Wednesday night with a reception.
Thursday, March 19
The FBI is investigating the body of a Black man found hanging from a tree in Clairborne County, Mississippi.
The bloody beating of a Black, unarmed college honors student is the latest police brutality incident caught on camera that’s fueling outrage across the nation.
After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, transitioned.
Love it or hate it, Fox’s “Empire” is taking Black America by storm and the numbers prove it.
A little under a month ago, Billy Turnage still felt the pain of one of the most heartbreaking losses of his nine-year tenure as head coach of Wings Academy.
The South Shore girls varsity basketball team from the Flatlands of Brooklyn won this season’s PSAL high school championship on the court of Madison Square Garden, where pros and the collegiates play, beating the Grand Street Campus Lady Wolves, also from Brooklyn, 42-30.
On a bootlegged recording of a club performance by rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorius BIG, the deceased one chants and repeats, “Where Brooklyn At,” four times—an applicable question to this season’s Brooklyn Nets, here and now.
After a taxing five-game road trip during which the Knicks went 1-4, they experienced an uplifting homecoming Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 in overtime.
Just when it appeared that no New York City Division I women’s basketball team would be in the NCAA Tournament, St. Francis College in Brooklyn went on a remarkable streak to claim the Northeast Conference Championship and punch a ticket to the Big Dance.
Imhotep's gives his weekly guide to Black events.
"SChopgirl" Kysha Harris shares her recipe for a curry chicken dish.
Some New York state senators and Assembly members have linked up with civil rights advocates and community groups.
"SChopgirl" Kysha Harris shares one of her recipes for Salmon with Pecans and Rosemary.
President Barack Obama said that he was one of the Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s godchildren, “and I have worked hard to live up to her example.” Such has been the lot of many of Barrow’s many godchildren, all of whom are now mourning her death and remembering her undying commitment to civil rights. She was 90.
Community members and local leaders came together at Therapy Wine Bar in Brooklyn for “Coffee With Nayaba Arinde” last Saturday.
One of the most beautiful areas of Mexico, the Riviera Maya possesses a deep, rich Mayan history—the people who were thought to have risen to prominence around 250 A.D. and were eventually dominated and almost wiped out in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors.
A fever, stomach pains or a simple case of the sniffles can send people rushing to the pharmacy for a drug to battle their symptoms. But Mother Nature provides a number of medicinal plants with healing properties that also can nurse you back to health, a fact more Americans are beginning to discover.
For their spring 2015 campaign, Via Spiga footwear features model Hilary Rhoda in a great pair of gladiator dress heels. The campaign focuses on modern, elegant shoe styles that speak to all facets of a woman’s life and wardrobe.
The National Action Network is hosting its 17th annual National Convention April 8 through April 11 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.
Design Entrepreneurs NYC has a call out for all designers with their own labels to participate in a free, intensive “min-MBA” program that will be held at the Fashion Institute of Technology beginning May 28.
Celebrating Women’s History Month, makeup artist Marsha Page, the CEO of Marsha’s Makeovers, is hosting an event that will empower young girls and adolescents. March 31, at Brooklyn Ballroom of Bric Arts Media House, Page presents “A Celebration of Phenomenal Women, Paving the Way for Our Girls.
How can 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors be wrong and one judge be right?
The U.S. is beginning to crackdown on Caribbean trade bloc countries that have used American television and other programs without respecting copyright issues for decades.
CAYMAN ISLANDS (March 19)—The Choice Hotels International Caribbean portfolio continues to gain guest appeal. Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman has recorded its best year since it began operations 14 years ago.
With New York’s teachers and education activists fighting against the governor’s proposals, one group has come back with a proposal of their own.
Several days after impressing a Senate panel, Loretta Lynch appeared to be a shoo-in to succeed Eric Holder Jr. as U.S. attorney general. But leave it to the mischievous, mean-spirited Republicans to rain on her parade. At least, we hope, only temporarily.
In a new ad titled “Model,” CUNY’s teacher union takes aim at the governor once again regarding their contract situation.
Reports indicate the wife of Jerame Reid is filing a wrongful death suit seeking more than $1 million.
Alternative Spring Break project students from Howard University are participating in Mayor Ras Baraka’s Model Neighborhood Initiative cleanup in Newark this week.
Monday, according to a story posted on The Intercept, an envelope received at the White House mail screening facility tested positive for cyanide.
David Goodson discusses the highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, scheduled for May 2.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo. According to reports, however, after confessing to the shooting, he is now recanting his story.
Hot new couple alert! Common and Lupita Nyong'o were photographed together at both this year’s Golden Globes and Academy Awards ceremonies.
The young Roy Haynes earned a reputation in his hometown of Roxbury, Mass., before Luis Russell sent him a one-way ticket to join his 18-piece band, which was engaged at Harlem’s Savory Ballroom in 1945.
Saturday, March 7, the Renaissance Health Care Network and Harlem Hospital community advisory boards held their Joint Legislative Breakfast at Harlem Hospital Center.
Growing up in a Black, vegan family in a gang-controlled neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Jabari Davis got a head start on material for his stand-up comedy routines.
Last summer, the Gloster Project provided three weeks of painting, public speaking, theater and performing arts, and music education to children in Gloster, even including an appearance by actor and activist Danny Glover and other artist friends of the Troupes.
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.
Two teenagers of North African descent, running from police, were electrocuted in a power substation 10 years ago. The officers will finally stand trial this week.
The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba is pleased to present selections from the exhibition “Robert Blackburn: Passages.”
Journalists, activists, hip-hop artists and a U.S. diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event Sunday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government.
Daniel Beaty gives a tour-de-force performance, playing up to 40 characters in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a solo play that he also wrote. It tells the life story of Paul Robeson, a towering figure among our nation’s prominent African-Americans.
An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, with Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana at dead center.
Thank you, Netflix, for connecting me with Tituss Burgess. He is the very one who turned Broaday on its head, making a huge splash on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls” and “The Little Mermaid.”
With just two months to go before Guyana’s next general election, opposition activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot in the street last week while urging local residents to vote against the ruling party.
Perhaps you hate to admit that you’ve joined the world in its new obsession, cleverly coined “bw,” binge watching. I will admit to my #bwaddiction to quality TV viewing and the added bonus of watching these provocative documentaries, taunt thrillers and smart comedies, at my convenience, on my choice of devices.
Wadleigh High School has educated students in the Harlem community since opening in 1902. Now known as the Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, it has become an institution where students of color can excel in academics and the arts.
Cable network HBO has announced the release of the second volume of the “Catch The Throne” mixtape, showcasing a number of hip-hop songs from some of the industry’s top lyricists.
Have you ever experienced a play that not only entertained you, but also left you feeling educated and motivated? I saw a play over the weekend that did just that. “Brothers From the Bottom” is a captivatingly written and directed play by Jackie Alexander.
Rikers Island is filled with thousands of poor people accused of petty crimes. They’re not serving time as a punishment. They’ve been found guilty of no crime. They’re languishing in jail because a small amount of bail far exceeds what they and their families can afford.
As many others did, I watched the video of a young girl nearly beaten to death by other teenage girls in horror while a crowd stood by and watched.
March 10, Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work sent two students to Albany for the 2015 Legislative Action Day. Aris Johnson and Brenda Davis packed their bags and traveled north to advocate for the Dream Act and loan forgiveness reform.
Harlem activist Baylor said, “The mention that one of the teens has mental problems is a ‘red flag’ to stop Black people from agreeing with the tabloids that we have given birth to savages.
The unelected mullahs in Iran must be having a hearty laugh this week, enjoying the spectacle of the Obama administration falling over itself to drive a wedge between America and Israel, our vital Middle East ally.
A group of Black and Hispanic cops are filing a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD for punishing them for not meeting monthly arrest and ticket quotas.
Four months ago, President Barack Obama selected Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general. In February, a Senate panel approved the nomination, but since then, things have turned into an interminable wait.
As the creative chief of urban agencies UniWorld and Vigilante, Valerie Graves spent decades creating memorable African-American ads. Graves’ award-winning campaigns sold cars for Ford, Pontiac and Buick, soda for Pepsi and burgers for Burger King.
Justice League NYC officially announced the group’s April 13 March2Justice, with honorary co-chairs Harry Belafonte and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham.
Harlem resident Landon Dais is hosting #HarlemSeviceDay Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 117th Street and eight Avenue.
Friday, March 20, the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is hosting a dialogue titled, “We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains: Black Resistance and the Roots of Mass Incarceration.”
The call to consider more than the Specialized High School Admissions Test as criteria for admission has reached a fever pitch in New York City. But a new report suggests that if activists get what they want, the results might not be what they expect.
Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Steven Hawkins is at the forefront of the injustices that happen in America. With recent issues involving law enforcement and community relations, he’s a leading voice in the fight for justice.
Wednesday, March 18
Starbucks newest initiative is getting a lot of buzz, however, not the conversation the coffee chain hoped to spark.
Tuesday, March 17
Check out highlights from the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World.
Monday, March 16
Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
Nearly 600 female leaders in the business, finance and nonprofit sectors came together at Cipriani 42nd Street for United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s (WLC) ninth annual Power of Women to Make a Difference award luncheon.
The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the late Maya Angelou with a Forever Stamp.
As anticipation for Wednesday’s two-hour season finale of Fox’s hit prime time drama Empire builds up, two stars from the show stars are making an appearance in the city for an album signing event.
The Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International USA is being held in Brooklyn from March 20 to March 22, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Members of the National Action Network’s (NAN) Youth Huddle are holding a prayer on Monday denouncing the viral video of a brawl that occurred at a McDonald’s.
In a city already filled with tension, two officers from the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri are shot during a demonstration Wednesday night.
Friday, March 13
Just days after a jury found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke guilty of copyright infringement for ripping of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” to make their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s family says there might another case song stealing.
Thursday, March 12
Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams shares his thoughts on the fight at a Flatbush McDonalds that went viral
The Bully Proof Diva Traciana Graves shares here thoughts on the McDonalds beating
Whatever the reasons for selecting the Rev. Al Sharpton as the keynote speaker at the “Bloody Sunday” commemoration at Brown Chapel A.M.E. church in Selma last Sunday, it proved to be a wise decision.
Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.
Walk quietly and carry a healthy appetite when entering Fairway and be on the lookout for bread, Dave’s Killer Bread (@KillerBread), that is.
I see the buds on the trees—spring is right under this snow. Therefore, I am pulling back the reins to do some body “spring cleaning.”
If you were to look at a map of Mexico, which looks like the lower portion of a mermaid, you would find the Riviera Maya, where her delicate fin curls northward at the tip.
At Missoni’s show in Paris, the Trompe L’oeil’s marble pattern floored the runway. In knits, there’s news in space-dyed patterns that are wide, uneven and with blurred bands that resemble television static.
This past Saturday, churchgoers from the First Central Baptist Church on Staten Island put on their glad rags to celebrate the 10th anniversary Banquet for the Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr.
On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now through March 15 are paintings, drawings and watercolors by Paul Cezanne of his wife and most-painted model, Hortense Fiquet (1850-1922), and they are quite remarkable.
Do you have “dishpan hands?” Actually, persistently rough, red hands are a sign of contact dermatitis. According to the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, 9 percent of office visits to dermatologists are for dermatitis.
If you regularly take the subway, you have heard complaints about trains seemingly getting worse, with more delays and longer waits. Now there’s evidence to back up the complaints.
The fight for an increase in the minimum wage nationwide has heated up in New York, with the governor adding his voice.
When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., It seemed like everyone got that viral disease known as “chicken pox.” It was a welcome condition that allowed you to stay home from school and be relieved of the scratching that it caused.
I’m proud to have been part of a delegation of 1199ers that went to be in Alabama this month to retrace the footsteps of our heroic sisters and brothers whose courage and sacrifice helped forged a key victory in our ongoing march to equality: the right to vote.
ORLANDO, Fla.—Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment.
Since this is Women’s History Month, the “Classroom” column will keep its focus on the contributions of Black women. Last week, “Stagecoach Mary” led the way in opening the West, and on the eastern front, wielding not a rifle but a hot comb and a cosmetic kit, was Rose Morgan.
David Goodson gives his weekly Nightlife review.
After much time wasting, sanity prevailed and a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted, thanks in part to 75 brave Republicans.
The Greater New York chapter of the Links held their Black History Month celebration at the Covello Burden Center for Aging, located in the Leonard Covello Center in East Harlem.
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.
Caribbean governments restated their intention to pursue Britain and other European nations that participated in the brutal transatlantic slave trade for reparations. Likewise, they want those nations to know that they should negotiate with the region in good faith.
ST. LUCIA (March 9)—A visionary champion of excellence in the Caribbean hospitality sector has been honored by the government of St. Lucia.
The steady nation of Ghana could be heading for a painful train wreck as government borrowing raises the foreign debt to sky-high levels.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress. He was greeted with thunderous applause, which lasted nearly his entire speech
There is nothing new about partisan politics in our so-called democracy, but sometimes the “demo” gets absolutely “cracy,” and with a Black man in the White House, the GOP has made the political divide even wider.
With 722 victories on his resume, Ron Naclerio, the head coach of Cardozo’s boys varsity basketball team, is inarguably one of the most successful high school coaches in New York City hoops history.
When we look at the images of President Barack Obama crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge with his family, along with Rep. John Lewis and Amelia Boynton Robinson, who were both beaten on Bloody Sunday, and those thousands of others this past weekend, we think to ourselves, “Wow, we have come so far!” But have we?
The spectators collectively cheered as one when they spotted the slowly walking figure moving toward the court inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The voices represented a multitude of men and women who were more than familiar with the man who brought hoops glory to the St. John’s University basketball program.
A cellphone video capturing a Caucasian Baltimore police officer punching an unarmed Black male teenager in the face in an unprovoked attack contradicts the cop’s claims that he was assaulted.
BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” is coming to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
In a road trip that lasted some 23-plus months with vacation stops in Tampa Bay and New England, Darrelle Revis, considered by one and all to be the best cornerback on this planet, is back in the green and white of the Jets.
In the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., the father of Trayvon Martin recently made a visit to the town that is grappling with a situation he sadly knows all too well.
People around the nation are asking if police gun violence is reaching epidemic proportions.The name Anthony Terrell Robinson Jr., 19, is now on the list of unarmed men of color fatally shot by police. Protest again ensued, fueling the out-of-control distrust between police and the community.
It was a close battle throughout, but then one of the brightest stars in Division II women’s basketball, Madison Rowland, made a crucial basket, drew the foul and sank a free throw to give the Queens College Knights the edge they needed to secure a victory over NYIT in the East Coast Conference final.
Bully-Proof Diva: 8 things parents don’t know, need to know and should want to know about their children and bullying
Parents today have tons of things to deal with and sometimes it feels like more than any other time before.
After being run out of the Pepsi Center, the home of the Denver Nuggets, Monday night to begin a seven-day, five-game road trip, the Knicks fought the Utah Jazz to the final buzzer 24 hours later but still fell short by 87-82.
In the world of advertising agencies a passionate pitch to a client doesn’t mean that idea will make it onto billboards or television.
First Mo’Nique said Lee Daniels originally offered her the role of Cookie on “Empire” then reneged, claiming the executives at Fox said she is hard to work with. Now Damon Dash says that Lee was also supposed to put him on “Empire” because the director-producer never repaid him the $2 million he put up for a film project.
The last time Baruch and Brooklyn met in the CUNYAC/Army ROTC championship game was 2009, which Brooklyn won 89-69. Head coach John Alesi wasn’t with the program that year, but he can now etch his name in Baruch coaching lore after his Bearcats defeated the Brooklyn Bulldogs.
Freshman middle-distance runner Jaymes Holmes-Dennison made history at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national championships this weekend.
Brooklyn was one of the hottest boroughs in Gotham, with jazz musicians such as Max Roach, Cecil Payne and Randy Weston all being born there and later turning the little city into a hotbed for jazz.
World-class runners and wheelchair athletes, including Meb Keflezighi, Molly Huddle and Tatyana McFadden, competing in the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half will join students in NYRR’s Mighty Milers and Young Runners youth running programs in a special youth running clinic.
“Circus Xtreme” is the current offering from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and it is extreme—an extremely good time for all! Make sure to arrive early because once you pick up your tickets, you are invited to come onto the floor as long as it is one hour before the performance for the preshow. D
Orlando was the venue of the Gospel Heritage Foundation’s 2015 International Worship Summit, the largest worship gathering in the U.S. during Black History Month.
We here at the Amsterdam News thank Macy’s for their involvement in the paper’s long and rich history, and we look forward to our continued relationship in the future.
There is no mistaking the now well-tuned signature movement style and vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown. His mix of West African, house and modern dance should probably have its own brand. After all, the “gaga” technique, developed by Ohad Naharin, a contemporary of Brown, when performed by Brown’s dancers, distinguishes them from all others.
New York City can be an exhausting place. The constant movement, the noise pollution, the actual pollution and the roughly 9 million people who all seem to be riding the subway at the same time as I am can weaken my spirit and make me pine for suburban life some days.
Albert Maysles made intense, oft-discussed and legendary films with his brother David, including “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” that pushed the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Last week, Albert Maysles passed away in his Manhattan home. He was 88.
Hip Hop Hands Foundation and True Hip Hop Memoirs invite the community to attend a screening of the Sugar Hill Gang documentary “I Want My Name Back.” After the film will be a Q&A with the original members of the Sugar Hill Gang.
Reduce the time that elapses between thought and action. More importantly, strive to have the time lapse approach zero. Your mantra will soon become “More Done!”
In lieu of the United State Justice Department’s decision in reference to the killing of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, along with listening to Minster Louis Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day 2015 keynote address, titled “The Intensifying Universal Cry for Justice,” I was compelled to write and submit this article.
An exhibit called “Three Photographers from the Bronx: Jules Aarons, Morton Broffman and Joe Conzo” seeks to capture the Bronx and American societal unrest at its peak.
When Dominque Morisseau was in the second grade, she thought to herself, “I’m going to be a writer and an actor.” By the third grade, the native Detroiter was writing “Cabbage Patch Kid Mysteries” and handing out her original stories to her classmates.
Therapy Wine Bar is hosting “Coffee With Nayaba Arinde” Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arinde, who serves as editor of the New York Amsterdam News, will be available to meet with community members and discuss various issues.
As President Barack Obama prepared to lead marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge spanning the Alabama River in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that historic march for voting rights Saturday, he said that we as a nation have many “more bridges to cross.”
On the night Feb.28, a female correction officer at Rikers Island was sexually assaulted and almost raped in a locked watch post by a much larger prisoner, but a group of inmates intervened and rescued her.
Widely circulating rumors about legendary African factologist Dr. Yosef ben A.A. Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, being close to death—or even that he had transitioned recently—are unfounded, say his relatives and close comrades.
March 3, President Barack Obama issued an executive order extending U.S.-imposed economic sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe for another year, claiming Zimbabwe “continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. foreign policy.”
Wednesday, March 11
Something special is happening in the Bronx at the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. The more than 75-year-old organization has been a fixture in the community, helping generations of residents with free and affordable programs.
Langan is one of Jonathan Brodrick’s associates who together cultivate immense charm and fashion know how at B.O.R.N, the acronym for Borrowed, Old, Refurbished, and New.
Tuesday, March 10
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay up after a jury rules that they copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up” to make their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines.”
The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Wind Symphony is gearing up for a historic performance at Carnegie Hall later this month.
As the fallout over a video of white fraternity members shouting racist chants continues, reports indicate another video of the organization engaging in racist behavior has surfaced.
The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) announced Monday that President and Chief Executive Officer Yvette L. Campbell is leaving her post and headed for United Arab Emirates for a career in international arts management.
Monday, March 9
Social media is a buzz over surfacing of a video of a white fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing racist chants.
Sunday, March 8
Teens learned about the value of self-image along with showcasing what they’ve learned on the third day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine at Walt Disney World on Saturday.
Saturday, March 7
“Dreams, Passions, Possibilities” was the theme for the second day of the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine on Friday
Friday, March 6
Tumblr and Twitter users just celebrated what will be the first of many "Black Out Days.” Users created the hashtag #BlackOutDay to celebrate Black beauty and individuality.
Bronx Refuge Church of Christ recently announced its new pastor, Elder Michael Bouie. He will be installed at ceremony at the church Saturday, March 21.
Milton Allimadi and activist James Blake will debate the issue of “Which President Is Greater, Barack Obama or Muammar Qaddafi?” Sunday, March 15.
Snow day in Harlem
Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were all unarmed Black males killed by the police or a neighborhood watch volunteer. And if the recent decisions in the Martin and Rice cases are any indication, the Justice Department will find it difficult to prosecute the officers for civil rights violations.
Every photo tells a story. But in a world of Instagram and Pinterest, we tend to look at a photo for its face value. That’s what Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and The Emergence of a People resonates.
Walt Disney World Resort welcomes the 100 teens selected to participate in 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine on Thursday.
Thursday, March 5
If you haven't seen Kem live ever – peoples you are going to be in such a treat on Thursday, 5th March 2015, at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. He is featured in a line up which includes Charlie Wilson and Joe.
Mase has left us, but the memories will live on forever. Rest in peace, Mase.
Deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, Jumaane D. Williams, honored the East Flatbush Village, Inc. All Stars Youth Cheer, Step, and Dance Team, in the chambers of City Hall, for their outstanding teamwork at the 2014 American Youth Football and Cheer National Championships.
With Seton Hall University’s victory in the final game of the regular season—an 85-76 come-from-behind win over Butler—the Pirates head into the Big East tournament this weekend with the Big East regular season title and the number one seed.
The Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat are locked in a battle for the final playoff spot in the NBA Eastern Conference.
Watching the Knicks these days may be challenging to those who are measuring them solely on wins and losses. And they only had 12 in 59 games after getting mashed by the Sacramento Kings by 124-86 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
New York is one of only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically tried for crimes as adults. Teens tried as adults are 34 percent more likely to be re-arrested for felony crimes than their peers in the juvenile justice system.
I have visited the Holy Land nearly a dozen times, and the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress left me with a range of intense emotions.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Darryl C. Towns in 2011 as CEO and commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal. HCR organizes all of the state’s major housing and renewal agencies under one leadership structure.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Julie Menin to be the commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, he had two main goals: reduce fines for businesses and educate New Yorkers about their consumer rights.
In a wide-ranging exit interview with politico.com last Friday, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised some when he showed support for one of the United States’ most feared and uncompromising Black social critics.
The nonprofit organization Citizen Schools strives to close the opportunity gap between students from vastly different economic and social backgrounds.
Imhotep's weekly guide to Black events.
Jazz lovers came out in droves to the homegoing of famed jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. The service took place at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, after Terry “peacefully went home to God on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark., surrounded by his family, students and friends.”
It’s time once again for the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York. This premier event, held at the Javitz Center, begins Sunday, March 8, running through Tuesday, March 10.
Veryl L. Harvey was born Sept. 11, 1930, to Douglas and Elizabeth Bannister in Baltimore, Md. She was educated in the Baltimore public school system and graduated from Douglas High in 1948.
Harlem Haberdashery welcomed 325 attendees to their second Masquerade Ball to benefit Harlem Hospital Center’s Pediatric Department Unit Saturday, Feb. 28.
With all of this snow, ice and cold we’ve been having, a quick last-minute island escape would be beyond divine. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner, but if patience is not your strong suit, there’s a ray of sunshine right on West 116th Street filled with all of the trappings of island life called LoLo’s Seafood Shack.
Taking up most of the space in our chests are two beautiful organs called the lungs. Yes, they breathe, providing our bodies with the needed oxygen to keep the other organs, such as the heart, kidneys and brain, alive.
I believe that bullying is a prevalent disease. It is present in schools, workplaces, online and especially among the teenage population. Despite infecting society, I believe this disease has a cure.
Fortunately, the “Classroom” column has a number of knowledgeable readers, and a few of them, from time to time, send in suggestions of historic figures who need wider recognition. Recently, one from B.J., requested a profile on Mary Fields, someone I had thought about several months ago. His prompting was enough. Here’s our take on this legendary woman of the West.
Hello, (almost) spring! It won’t be long before we’ll be shedding those heavy coats, taking out our lighter sweaters and getting ready to take advantage of the warmer weather to explore the many happenings going on this month. Here are just a few to get your March travel plans underway.
Since the new GOP-controlled Congress took over in January, they have done nothing but focus on President Barack Obama’s immigration order that is aimed to help millions of immigrants.
Caribbean trade bloc governments have agreed to establish a special committee of finance ministers to probe reasons why American and European commercial banks are reluctant to conduct business with regional counterparts, saying they fear many will soon face closure if the situation is not corrected.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (March 5)—Students with learning disabilities in Trinidad recently received a helping hand from the Caribbean Media Exchange when the U.S.-based nonprofit organization donated sporting equipment to Eshe’s Learning Centre in Woodbrook.
I was born on Lenox Avenue shortly after the Harlem Renaissance invigorated the neighborhood with the vibrancy of intellectual discovery and artistic expression. Escaping injustice, millions of Blacks searched for a place to call their own.
This week in Miami, Fla., approximately 150 Black women came together to share, learn, inspire and collaborate.The brainchild of Debra Lee and sponsored by BET, this is the sixth annual gathering of Leading Women Defined.
A protest for the police shooting of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J., brought out nearly 200 people last Saturday, according to reports.
The City of East Orange Senior Volunteer Corp is hosting “Music Explosion,” featuring the concert choirs of historically Black Bethune Cookman University and Lincoln University.
Feb. 5, New Jersey’s Supreme Court granted the state attorney general’s request that “political prisoner of war” Sundiata Acoli, not be released until they decide whether to hear arguments in the case against his parole.
In this third speech before a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel made it abundantly clear where he stands—and “stand” is the operative word in this 40-minute address—on the deal now in process between the U.S. and Iran.
In a models-bare-all presentation, the Art Hearts Fashion bid farewell to the Lincoln Center showings with a monumental final show that was presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation
When you think of beautiful jewelry, you must remember the exquisite work of Sandy Baker, a fine jewelry designer known since the 1970s for her gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
The NBA and Hollywood came together Feb. 26 at the London West Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the premiere of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” the Showtime documentary that tells the story of the basketball icon’s career up until now.
Clark Terry, one of the most influential trumpet and flugelhorn players for six decades, who mentored Quincy Jones, Miles Davis and Dianne Reeves, died Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was 94.
Far too many New Yorkers are struggling to survive and are desperate for jobs so they can support themselves and their families. But nowadays, applying for a job can mean an invasive credit check, and prospective employment can hinge on an applicant’s credit history.
Producer Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records is once again bringing freestyle music to the stage via his show, “Forever Freestyle 9,” taking place this Saturday in the Bronx. Tickets for the popular show go quickly so fans should get to the box office before the show is sold out.
According to a new report by the National Employment Law Project, paying workers in the home care industry $15 an hour would add $6.6 billion in activity to the economy—not to mention adding $16.5 billion in the pockets of workers.
The City University of New York’s teachers’ union wants New York’s government to keep its promise. In a radio ad titled “Legacy,” sponsored by the Professional Staff Congress, the union and CUNY’s faculty and staff, the union calls on Albany legislators to replace the millions that CUNY would lose because of the latest budget proposal.
“Stripped of his private security detail and notoriety, how would New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biracial teen son, Dante, theoretically fare in an encounter with the NYPD?” This question is asked by two local artists, Rico Washington and Shino Yanagwa, in their new work, “Finding Dante.”
The comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” one of the funniest productions to ever hit a Broadway stage, just finished its run at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street.
As an avid basketball fan, I was gassed for a particular late summer night in 2008. The Foxwoods was launching an inaugural weekend in conjunction with the Basketball Hall of Fame to turn the induction ceremony into a weekend event.
“Dutchman” by Amiri Baraka, playing at the Castillo Theatre on West 42nd Street, is being performed by New Federal Theatre. Woodie King Jr. has decided to dedicate the theater’s 46th season to reviving Baraka’s work. “Dutchman” is a very powerful play to watch.
March 17, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, better known as Ailey II, returns to the Joyce Theater with its first independent season at one of dance’s most cherished and historic venues
Dozens of elected officials, community leaders and activists came out to pay respects to the late Helen Perkins, mother of state Sen. Bill Perkins.
The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity hosted NAACP Day was held on Monday, Feb. 23.
For the first time since their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica returns to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary season March 21-22.
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.
Rachel Noerdlinger was unwillingly thrust into the spotlight last year, making headlines on a daily basis. Just months after the media firestorm, she is on track to getting her life back.
Wednesday, March 4, the Justice Department said that it would not prosecute Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who gunned down unarmed Michael Brown, 18, in broad daylight.
A group of New Yorkers who share an unfortunate bond want New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make sure justice is served in cases involving deadly use of police force.
With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community over the worsening conditions in the West African country.
A $5 million prize for exemplary leadership, good governance and defending human rights has been awarded to the president of Namibia, it was announced this week.
Wednesday, March 4
The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown is not facing federal charges, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
ABC may have another hit series, American Crime debuts this Thursday March 5 at 10 PM.
Lately, the United States has moved to aggressively to bolster pro-western forces in the Ukraine and promote democracy in the Middle East and Asia.
Monday, March 2
“The pipeline is leaking.” This sentiment was added by William Floyd and summarizes the Tuesday panel on “Ensuring a Diverse Flow in the STEM Pipeline,” hosted by the New York Urban League. The event was held at the CUNY Gradu- ate Center on Fifth Avenue.
The world is again exposed to another killing of a Black man by police.