Friday, January 29
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for Black History Month 2016 is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories."
The hate on the New England Patriots, their quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick piles up like plowed, dirty snow on a New York City street.
When Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin says that LeBron James, their star player, “the best player in basketball,” wasn’t consulted when making the decision to fire their head coach.
Progress is rarely linear, and no doubt there have been many peaks and valleys for the Knicks, as they have achieved quantifiable growth from last season to now.
In her first year as head women’s basketball coach at Long Island University, Stephanie Oliver is creating a sense of kinship and possibility among her players.
“What do we want? One, we want reparations now, including new and substantial investments in the education of children of African descent.
With stalwarts Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, and Mother Kefa becoming ancestors in 2015, they joined the First World Alliance’s other founders who preceded them, Brother Bill Jones (2010) and Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1998). As a significant chapter in Harlem’s Re-renaissance era concludes, some reflect on the groundbreaking institutions’ illustrious legacy.
On the same day that approximately 200 activists held their counter protest in Bayonne, N.J., against a group of residents opposed to plans to build a Muslim Community Center at the site of a vacant warehouse, a Muslim from Bangladesh living in the Bronx was assaulted by two men wearing ski masks who, according to police, shouted, “ISIS, ISIS!”
The last two years of open enrollment for expanded health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act have resulted in over 2 million New Yorkers receiving health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses the need to help people who are formerly incarcerated.
In the wake of a study released earlier this month on the benefits of doula care in bringing down health care costs, the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership—a Harlem-based nonprofit offering comprehensive health and social services to families—has renewed its commitment to bring doula care to New York City women.
Bottom Line students were able to put their skills on display and receive career and interview advice at the second annual Go Far Forum on Jan. 7.
During the recent groundbreaking ceremony at the Schomburg Center as part of the $22 million renovation project, Jean Blackwell Hutson’s name was invoked by several of the notables at the event.
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After the record-setting temperatures, after all the joking and debates over global warming, Miss Mother Nature turned down the thermometer and dropped Sir Jonas on the Northeast.
Whether due to cultural traditions, health concerns, social trends or a combination thereof, travelers are increasingly seeking out great vegetarian and vegan restaurants as part of their epicurean adventures—and they’re finding much more than just lettuce and tofu.
Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.
In 1965, when Charles Lloyd recorded his first album, “Dream Weaver” (Atlantic Records), as a leader he was already acknowledged as a rising star.
Theatrical productions should be approached with an open mind.
New York-based Nicholas K presented a modern, softly styled collection for spring/summer ’16. Often, the term “urban nomad” is used to describe the brand.
For furs this season, the bigger the fur the better, especially if you are out and about in this often shivering-cold weather.
On what would have been the 87th birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a large, diverse audience gathered at the NJPAC to celebrate his life and legacy through dance with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
The latest news about Aretha Franklin probably won't do much to quell chatter that she has beef with Patti Labelle.
With controversy raging over Joseph Fiennes' casting as Michael Jackson in a British TV production, a 1993 video has surfaced of the late singer saying he didn't want a white actor to portray him on screen.
When it comes to diversity at the Academy Awards, most Americans shrug their shoulders, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder and the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.
Thursday, January 28
On the 55th anniversary of his assassination, we take a look at Patrice Lumumba’s unparalleled legacy.
Cameron Jerrell Newton is the best player in football.
While training at Kings County Hospital in internal medicine, I often had to admit many patients with pneumonia.
More than a generation has gone by since I taught at Oberlin College in Ohio.
The new reality series “Preachers of Atlanta,” which premieres on Oxygen Media, Feb. 3, is riveting, fascinating and engaging entertainment.
The annual Screen Actors Guild Awards can’t be accused of lacking diversity.
If you were to put all of David Bowie’s albums into a bin and grab three of them blindly, you would get three different listening experiences.
The Apollo Theater will host a series of artistic and community programs in celebration of Black History Month.
In a matter of days, the first primary caucus of the U.S. presidential election season will kick off in Iowa, a Midwest state that sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
A doctor from Massachusetts is alive today thanks to quick reactions by hotel employees, first responders and the skilled medical teams and surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands. Now he plans to partner with the facility that saved his life.
Last week marked the sixth anniversary of LIFE Camp’s New York Peace Week celebration, and the first official year it was on the New York City calendar.
Prosecution opening statement in the Peter Liang trial delivered by Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner
The opening statement delivered by Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner, Chief, Civil Rights Bureau.
There are certain moments in time when the weight of history is more noticeably acknowledged than at others.
For nearly 400 years, Harlem has served as a home to communities of African descent—individuals who played a pivotal yet often overlooked role in our city’s growth, history and success.
Two back-to-back decisions on Monday, one by President Barack Obama and one by the Supreme Court, will ease the plight of juvenile offenders who are relegated to solitary confinement in federal prisons and the other will remove the mandatory sentencing of children convicted of homicide to life in prison without parole.
Last weekend’s 20th annual Black freedom fighter tribute hosted by the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee at 1199 proved to be that intense and more
A new report from Cornell University suggests that for the past 20 years, restaurants haven’t been affected by minimum wage increases at any level.
Walmart workers and their advocates smelled something fishy about their employer’s latest action.
Last week, while insinuating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s actions didn’t work, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for the state to take over the city’s public school system.
Much ado is made of the hip-hop heydays. For a decade around the same span (say, 1985–1995), what was touching female R&B? Let’s talk about it.
New York Amsterdam News Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum was recently honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter.
OK, so where was I? That’s right, happy New Year. Someone asked me, “When do you stop saying happy New Year?” Is it the last day of January? I am not sure, but if so, then I guess it is also appropriate to continue making New Year’s resolutions, as I’ve added one more to the list.
ach year the Community Service Society surveys New York City’s low-income residents about their views and on what programs and policies would help them get ahead economically.
Brooklynite Joy Simmons is offering the East New York community, advocacy and leadership through her position as the deputy chief of staff for Councilwoman Inez Barron.
Thomas Eicher, the criminal division chief in the U.S. attorney’s office, recently wrote to community leader Walter Hudson, chair of National Awareness Alliance, updating the office on the status of the investigation of the police shooting of Jerame Reid.
The Staten Island chapter of the NAACP is hosting its annual HBCU Fair Saturday, Feb. 6.
Endorsement season has picked up in the race for New York’s 13th Congressional District.
The present composition of the United Nations is a thorn in the side of some African leaders, who question why none of the five permanent members of the Security Council is a Black African.
Every year, thousands of tourists and locals flock to Brazil and Trinidad to experience the biggest street parties on Earth, but this year the two Carnival powerhouses are scaling back the festivities because of a financial crisis.
In calling Hillary Clinton “wicked smart,” President Barack Obama veered about as close as he could to endorsing his former secretary of state.
A heavy police presence was visible outside of Brooklyn’s State Supreme Court, in the lobby, on the second floor and in Justice Danny K. Chun’s courtroom this past Monday and Tuesday as the rookie cop who shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old Black man in an East New York public housing building more than a year ago finally faces charges.
The former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping more than a dozen Black women is sentenced to 263 years in prison.
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has not only sparked outrage from its citizens, it has gone viral and is now a top news story across the globe.
Wednesday, January 27
The Justice Department and officials from Ferguson, Missouri, have reached a tentative agreement on reforms in the police department and court system, according to a document released Wednesday by the city.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert following a recent uptick in local reports of telephone scammers posing as officials from the IRS.
With all the controversy over #OscarsSoWhite, now may not have been the best time to announce that a white actor has been cast as African-American pop star Michael Jackson.
As the nation's eyes continue to be locked on to Flint's water crisis, the NAACP has come up with a plan to help solve the problem.
The sweeping new measures designed to enhance diversity at the Oscars were not motivated by "political correctness," the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in an interview published on Wednesday.
Newark officials announced Wednesday that the city worked to offer comprehensive services to the city's homeless population during last weekend's blizzard.
Homeless advocates and housing developers announce new initiative for large-scale, low-income housing
Homeless advocates, nonprofit housing developers and other stakeholders unveil a new housing proposal to help transition away from the controversial "cluster site" shelter program.
The contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, has so outraged community advocates that they now pose a powerful question: Was the city neglected because it is mostly black and about 40% poor?
Tuesday, January 26
In celebration of the Apollo Theater's 82nd anniversary, the Theater was invited to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
The daughter of late actress Ruby Dee, Hasna Muhammad, launches a line of greeting cards that contain inspirational quotes from her mother.
Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is headed to Atlanta to perform in the 2016 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase. The marching band event of the year will be held January 30.
President Barack Obama has always been candid about his youthful transgressions -- a history his wife referenced Tuesday when explaining anyone can become a high achiever.
Maybe you've had a soul-sucking commute for years. Or maybe you just log way too many long days away from your family and faithful hound.
Six Cleveland police officers have been fired in connection with a November 2012 car chase that ended with officers firing 137 bullets at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, said Detective Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.
Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief Emerita Susan L. Taylor i celebrated her 70th birthday with a fundraiser event for her organization, the National CARES Mentoring Movement.
President Barack Obama said Monday he was moving to ban solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders in federal prisons, a change long sought by advocates of prison reform who argue the punishment exacts a lasting mental toll.
Peter Liang, the police officer who shot Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a New York housing project, was more concerned about saving his own job than saving the man's life, a prosecutor argued.
Monday, January 25
For many black and Hispanic families in the United States, achieving financial security remains frustratingly out of reach.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. It's especially of concern for women, because their symptoms can be different from men's, according to the American Heart Association.
Black talk show "Books That Matter, People Who Matter" presents "Black Holocaust for Beginners" on air Monday night at 10:30 p.m. on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).
On the eve of a record-setting snowstorm, residents across Upper Manhattan say they experienced brown water flowing through their taps.
The leaders of three leading national civil rights organizations announced Monday they will request a meeting with the trustees of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and other film industry leaders.
The storm that hit the East Coast over the weekend likely cost businesses and residents about $2.5 billion to $3 billion.
Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, daughter of Civil Rights icon Malcolm X, is speaking at Tuskegee University on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as part of an ongoing Lyceum Series the institution is presenting.
When Florida police officer Bobby White played street basketball with a group of neighborhood kids this month, he promised he'd return to shoot more hoops.
Snow laborers can get paid $13.50 per hour for first 40 Hours each week the $20.25 per hour after that
As cleanup from this weekend's winter storm continues, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia put out a call for additional emergency snow laborers.
Monday marks the first day of trial of NYPD Officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley.
Sunday, January 24
After what many called a mild winter, New York City experiences its first major snowstorm of the season scheduled to hit this weekend.
Saturday, January 23
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly told advisers to work on plans for an independent campaign for president.
Friday, January 22
TheNAACP and the National Head Start Association ( announced a initiative aimed at empowering the country’s most vulnerable families
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, is taking sweeping measures to double the number of women and minority members by 2020.
Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians have taken the road less traveled to this Sunday’s (6:40 p.m.) National Football Conference championship game.
Only two games remain before the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7. The AFC and NFC championships take place this Sunday
The NBA schedule makers have either been extremely benevolent to the Knicks or done them a grave disservice.
Looking at the NBA standings, an analyst or a Brooklyn Nets fan might ask, “Is Brooklyn, ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference, closer to catching up to the Milwaukee Bucks, who are in 13th place, or, dropping lower in the standings, closer to the Philadelphia 76ers in 15th place?”
The Brooklyn College Bulldogs know what it means to be oh-so-close to winning it all.
Thousands of girls and young women, from Georgia to Massachusetts, competed at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn this weekend at the third preliminary meet of the nation’s largest track and field series for women.
Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer one week before his 59th birthday last year, Howard Edward Davis Jr. bravely battled its debilitating effects before eventually transitioning onto the ancestral realm at his Plantation, Fla. Residence, Dec. 30 at 9:17 p.m., while surrounded by loved ones.
Actress Stacey Dash is not backing down from some controversial remarks.
Thursday, January 21
It was a win for Bill Cosby in court on Thursday.
Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma City police officer convicted on rape and other charges after he preyed on African-American women over six months, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.
In the fourth and final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses, it was a verbal slugfest between the putative champion and national frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her worthy adversary Sen. Bernie Sanders.
As tax season begins, tax companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.
Funeral services were held recently for Dolores Eaton, mother of Geoffrey Eaton.
Star-studded night at historic Riverside Church; Chris Rock, Michael B. Jordan, J. Cole pay homage to late Dr. King
After the church bells rang at Riverside Church in Harlem Monday afternoon, more than a dozen stars lined the podium to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Health center in Newark to bear name of America's first Black nurse
Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other officials broke ground for the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center at Bradley Court on Wednesday.
Inspired by a fifth-grade teacher’s claim that “Black people have no history, no heroes or accomplishments of any consequence,” Arthur Schomburg set out on a lifelong mission to disprove that fallacy.
The JED Foundation and the Steve Fund, two leading mental health organizations, announced in December 2015 a joint plan to provide colleges and universities with recommended practices for improving support for the mental health and emotional well-being of America’s college students of color.
In 1998, when bugging devices were discovered at City College, one of them a camera hidden in a smoke detector, students were aroused and quickly summoned attorney Ron McGuire to voice their complaint.
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Winston Stona, co-founder of Busha Browne, was inducted into the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame 2016 class for his leadership in the specialty food industry.
Last year, to celebrate the passing of yet another birthday, I took my main man out to dinner.
From amazing locales to outstanding restaurants, warm and welcoming people, unique attractions, jaw-dropping accommodations and a great deal more, 2015 was a very wanderlust year
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Jo Ann Cheatham, mentor, educator, photographer and pioneer founder and jazz publisher of Pure Jazz magazine, died Jan. 2 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.
At Derek Lam’s spring/summer ’16 show for New York Fashion Week...
Most of the fashionable and socially influential women in the world are dressed in some of Dennis Basso’s designs, especially for their red carpet appearances.
Lead singer of The Coasters, J.W. Lance, was happy to discuss his upcoming appearance with the group
Continuing its season dedicated to Amiri Baraka, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre staged “Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois).”
In silhouette, accompanied by a soft hum, repeating, reaching and curving from one long limb to the other, Channon Judson’s arms, legs and torso wafts through the space for the opening of Urban Bush Woman’s “Walking With ’Trane” at BAM Harvey (Dec. 9-12)
Specially commissioned for BAM Fisher (Dec. 2 to 5), Souleymane “Solo” Badolo’s “Yimbegre” is a dance for men and a journey about one—Badolo
Newark is hosting its first international film festival in the fall. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Municipal Council members, and Kenneth Gifford of the Newark Office of Film & Television made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Paley Center of Media will pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie by reprising its landmark screening exhibition
The Sundance Film Festival has been inclusive since its creation 30 years ago...
Like his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith will skip the Academy Awards amid disappointment with a dearth of minority nominees.
“It’s a fluke, it’s because of ‘12 Years a Slave’ that the Amsterdam News was approved. Wait. They won’t invite you back, they don’t need ‘you’—that’s how they view Black media and Black audiences.”
The Schomburg Center held the fourth annual Black Comic Book Festival last Saturday.
AmNews reader Amanda Baker gives her take on the Oscars boycott and Chris Rock
As the Obama administration ramped up immigration raids across the country, rounding up Central American immigrants who have failed to qualify for asylum, the president used his final State of the Union to skip his usual immigration reform push altogether.
On Carnival day back in 2002, four inmates awaiting trial for various felony offenses broke out of a maximum-security prison in Guyana’s capital, formed a gang that traded deadly rifle fire with police, staged a serious of armed robberies and killed several people at the start of a murderous six-year period that ended in 2008
A Puerto Rico hotel is capitalizing on the hospitality management experience of a seasoned professional to improve guest satisfaction and support the professional development of younger members of the staff.
The images that flashed on television screens all across the world this week were an epic propaganda victory for Iran and the latest in a series of reminders that Obama’s presidency’s biggest foreign policy “achievement” is destined to leave a legacy of even greater bloodshed and conflict. Iran, literally and figuratively, has brought America to its knees.
I have begun to think about the last year of President Obama’s second and final term.
During the recent Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said she was outraged upon hearing about the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Educational activists and the United Federation of Teachers had a few things to say about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech. Most of it focused on his budget proposals and policy for education.
They had been planning this for a while, and the main event didn’t disappoint.
Nicole Brown, a 32-year-old single mother working in retail, shared her story at a press conference in Albany, N.Y., this month.
In “Burn Hollywood Burn,” Chuck D sang, “Hollywood or would they not, make us all look bad like I knew they had!”
New Yorkers celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service and activism.
Thank you to all of you who offered your condolences, warm thoughts, support and prayers in the passing of my mother.
Nicole Gibbons, an African-American interior designer and TV personality, is the interior designer for Enclave at the Cathedral, the new 15-story, 430-unit rental complex in Harlem, N.Y.
At a recent Newark City Hall ceremony, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka signed a municipal ordinance that will spur development by freezing taxes until 2020 for multiple dwellings and commercial and industrial redevelopment projects.
The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College of the City of New York names Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. as its general counsel.
Mayor de Blasio and the state courts this week announced Project Fast Track, a strategy to reduce gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on the limited number of individuals responsible for most gun violence.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.
Children as young as seven haul cobalt for foreign companies operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ghana’s abundant resource in gold produced $23 billion in earnings from 2013 to 2016, but only $1.7 billion for the country’s coffers, according to a newly released report by the African Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana.
At the Centro Cultural Americano in the Mozambican capital of Maputo, there’s a trove of books in the Martin Luther King library that tell the American story, with some offerings touting a mythological tolerance, belied however by the fierce struggles in the U.S. over race, religion and immigration.
Daymond John, best known as an investor on ABC's reality series Shark Tank, grew up the only child of a single mother living in Queens, New York.
he mothers of unarmed Black men killed by police presented a plaque to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Assemblyman Charles Barron opens up on speaking out during the governor's State of the State address.
There is a mood in Brownsville that something untoward happened in Osborn Park two weeks ago.
All eyes are on Flint, MI as issues with the city's water continue.
Wednesday, January 20
Reports indicate that Barneys has agreed to pay a settlement to a Black man who accused the luxury retailer of racially profiling him.
Two Rikers Island correction officers are behind bars in connection with the assault on an inmate that caused the man to permanently lose the sight in one eye.
State Senator Kevin Parker hosts his 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Brooklyn College.
ox News commentator Stacey Dash dismissed the outrage over the lack of African-American Oscar nominees as "ludicrous."
In 2005, Academy Awards host Chris Rock opened the show by saying, "It's a great night tonight. We have four black nominees tonight. It's kind of like the 'Def Oscar Jam' tonight."
Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), the American hip hop recording artist and actor, has spoken (and rapped) out against his arrest and detention in South Africa after trying to leave the country on a "World Passport."
Dozens of youth and student organizations from across New York City convened outside of the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for a speakout on Tuesday to demand justice in the police killing of Ramarley Graham.
Tuesday, January 19
The family of Samuel DuBose has settled its claims with the University of Cincinnati
Following criticisms two years in a row about the lack of diversity with Oscar nominees, the president of the organization behind the awards show has spoken out.
In Africa, less than one in three people have a proper drainage system, half of the population live in areas without paved roads, and only 63% have access to piped water. Yet, 93% of Africans have cell phone service.
If you are overweight, have emotional problems or have difficulty with English, there's a good chance your doctor could be judging you because of it.
Police in St. Paul, Minnesota, have put an officer on leave while investigators try to figure out if he's responsible for a Facebook post urging drivers to run over Black Lives Matter protesters on Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- and how to get away with it.
In response to the lack of Black nominees for this year’s Oscars, Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for people to not watch the awards ceremony.
Monday, January 18
Invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy on his birthday, two prominent African-Americans announced Monday that they will boycott this year's Academy Awards over a lack of diversity among nominees.
Sunday, January 17
Darcel Clark officially becomes the new Bronx district attorney and New York State's first Black female district attorney.
Friday, January 15
Having less access to resources such as recreational programs, parks and full-service grocery stores have a greater impact on the nation’s childhood obesity rate than race, according to a recent report.
As we approach the early spring months, many resolutions that we made at the beginning of the year have not been realized. This may cause us to have the SCW guilt.
For more than 20 years, the grassroots organization Operation POWER has helped to facilitate community change and advocacy.
David Bowie’s widow Iman took to her Instagram account just days before her husband’s death and shared some very emotional quotes about the late music visionary and icon.
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Just in time for those New Year resolutions to eat a little better, lose a few pounds, work out a little more or all of the above here comes New York City Restaurant Week 2016 to test your will power.
I am grateful for so much in my life, but none more so than family and friends and friends who are family.
Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.
Harlem native Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage (featuring Trio Plus) will be returning to BamCafe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
I am just off a holiday season where I got to shower my grandchild with gifts.
Music genius Ignacio Pineiro formed Septeto Nacional in 1927 in Central Havana.
Here’s a real fashion shopping tip. Fifty percent off everything in the store sounds great for fabulous, one-of-a-kind designer pieces that are absolute treasures at this downtown boutique.
Known for celebrating exuberant, embellished and over-the-top fashions, Betsy Johnson always delivers an entertaining collection that rocks the tent. Her clothes are unique, free-spirited and unique.
Today, the 88th Oscar nominations were announced, and the Amsterdam News will return to Los Angeles to cover all of the glitz, fun and glamour that makes the award season exciting.
The year 2015 was one of the most magnificent years that Blacks in theatre have experienced for some time.
It’s time for Road Trip 2016, and the party starts with the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles Jan. 30.
In the not-so-distant-past, the mega-corporation that is Hollywood didn’t have much faith in the first “Ride Along.”
Memphis educator and civil rights advocate Frances Hooks has died.
Reports indicate that the five suspects accused of raping a woman in Brownsville, Brooklyn have been released by order of a judge.
Thursday, January 14
Confidence, trust and synergy are elements the Knicks, with a roster that was nearly completely overhauled last summer, didn’t adequately possess through the first two months of the season.
On the 68th anniversary of his physical birth, a couple of Khalid Muhammad’s comrades reflected on his legacy.
First the cartoon series, now the book compilation.
On Jan. 5, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated what would have been the 85th birthday of the man who founded the world-renowned company in 1958 and changed the face of American dance forever.
By the time this piece goes to print, I have no idea if the standoff/armed takeover of a federal building in Oregon will still capture the attention of the mainstream media outlets.
Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Because the presidential bid of Rafael Edward Cruz—whom you may know by his stage name, “Ted”—is most definitely picking up steam.
Scores of dead white men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm.
Just the mention of the letters “MLK” and thoughts of transformation enter the mind.
The late Shirley Chisholm used to declare that she was “unbought and unbossed.” President Barack Obama might state that he is “unfazed and unflappable.”
Certain facts, like it or not, can’t be denied, especially with bottom line numbers being used as supporting evidence.
Adam Clayton Powell scored an endorsement for his congressional campaign from Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46 Monday, Jan. 11. Powell, running for the 13th Congressional District seat, stood with President John Skinner and other union members on the steps of City Hall.
Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams paid tribute to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker who rescued a woman on the subway tracks at the Franklin Avenue station in Crown Heights.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this Friday coincides with a week’s worth of activities and workshops in New York designed to “keep the peace.”
Stop looking. There’s nothing else to see here.
Members of the City University of New York’s faculty and staff had hoped that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would restore their funding to pre-2008 levels and provide a raise in the minimum wage. It looks like they’ll be funded, but as of press time, they weren’t sure for what.
By the time Brooklyn native Sharra Dade’s day ends, it is 12 a.m. Four hours later, she is up and ready to continue being a successful entrepreneur in PR and marketing, a real estate agent and a producer for Twelve18 Media—a Black-owned production company. Sandwiched in between that, she is writing a book and is the co-creator and writer for the blog LiveLifeLoveGood.
Check out these events going on in New Jersey for the Martin Luther King holiday
It’s been less than two weeks into the new year and President Barack Obama intends to tighten gun control laws across the U.S.
“I want to focus on our future,” President Barack Obama said toward the beginning of his final State of the Union address in the House Chamber and to the nation Tuesday evening.
Theo McLeod, 61, a retired construction worker purchased his home on Osborne Street, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn nearly 19 years ago. He speaks proudly of this neighborhood of well-manicured lawns and single-family homes.
Last summer, when news anchor Joy-Ann Reid’s show was removed from the lineup at MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” was removed from the station’s daily prime time perch at 6 p.m. to one time a week at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings, they were like the canaries in the mineshaft, early warning signs that Black commentators and hosts were becoming ever more scarce on television and in the media in general.
As 2015 was coming to an end, the 193-member United Nations wrapped up its agenda with discussions and resolutions on issues in the Sahel/Western Sahara, Burundi as the African Union agreed Dec. 19 to deploy an African prevention and protection mission and Dec. 15 the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 2251, which extended the mandate of the U.N. Security Force for Abyei, South Sudan, until May 15.
Co-founded in February 2014 by internationally renowned music artist Akon, consultant Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, Akon Lighting Africa was established to develop innovative solar-powered systems that will provide electricity to over 600 million continental Africans.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces several new initiatives during his 2016 State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday ranging from improving conditions for the homeless to decreasing unemployment.
Sunday, Jan. 17, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host the 20th anniversary of its annual tribute to Black political prisoners and their families.
As the country prepares to acknowledge the legacy of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, we look at some of his social contributions throughout his brief time on this physical plane.
“I don’t want to ‘Central Park Five’ these boys,” said A.T. Mitchel, founder of Man UP! Inc. community group. “This story does not add up. The community has to be careful not to rush to judgement.”
The city of Chicago abruptly changed course late Wednesday, dropping its long-standing objection to the release of videos showing the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen three years ago.
Wednesday, January 13
Lawrence Phillips, an imprisoned former NFL running back who was awaiting trial on charges of killing his cellmate last year, died Wednesday morning after being found unresponsive in his prison cell, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
The $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot -- the largest lottery prize in history -- will be split at least three ways.
Putting aside a sudden crisis with Iran, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a "clear-eyed, big-hearted" and "optimistic" nation.
The city of Chicago has filed paperwork to keep another fatal police shooting video from being released to the public, saying the video could taint any potential juror pool.
Tuesday, January 12
In his latest controversial effort to dismiss media criticism, Donald Trump has labeled talk-show host and political pundit Tavis Smiley a "racist."
Live stream of President Barack Obama's final State of The Union Address
A man wanted for arson and vandalism didn't like his mugshot being shown everywhere, so he sent officers a selfie to use instead.
A fifth person is in custody in connection with a woman's alleged gang rape in a Brooklyn playground, a law enforcement official said.
Although most middle and high school students in the United States have never used tobacco, almost half of this group of never-smokers has been exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Singer Natalie Cole was given a final send-off by her family and friends in Los Angeles on Monday in a service befitting an "unforgettable" artist.
Rockers dating models is almost cliche in Hollywood.
Monday, January 11
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign is kicking off the 'Feel the Bern' HBCU tour.
With the passage of time, there seems to be some miscalculation and misrepresentation about what...
Black stars shinned at this year's Golden Glob Awards
Four teens who forced a father to leave his daughter so they could take turns raping her at a park have been arrested, New York police say -- but a fifth suspect is still at large.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued a stay Monday that halts the trial of Caesar Goodson Jr., the second of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.
Sunday, January 10
It was '"mo' money, mo' problems" for Memphis-based rapper Blac Youngsta on Friday.
New York police are looking for five men who forced a father at gunpoint to leave his daughter behind so they could take turns raping her, according to a press relea
Friday, January 8
The White House will leave one seat in the First Lady's State of the Union guest box empty on Tuesday to represent victims of gun violence.
Reports indicate that an NYPD sergeant involved in the death of Eric Garner has been placed on modified duty.
Janet Jackson said in a statement Wednesday that she does not have cancer after rumors swirled online about her health on the heels of the singer canceling several concert dates due to illness.
Let's hope the lights stay on this time.
At least three witnesses to the Laquan McDonald police killing were questioned for hours, threatened by officers and ordered to change their accounts to match the official Chicago police version of the shooting, the attorneys for the teen's estate say.
Thursday, January 7
Agencies are investigating December death of Black female patient Barbara Dawson at a Florida hospital.
The New York Jets got us to buy in, and then let us down.
The last week of December is always a time for reflection on the 51 prior weeks, especially when you’re trying to recollect the year’s best. At the beginning of the month, I had narrowed down the top shows I witnessed in 2015 for a retrospective view.
Welcome, 2016! As we emerge from the 2015 fog, I am wishing everyone a 2016 filled with peace, prosperity and forward advancement in all portions of your life.
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Flo Anthony has the latest celebrity news.
Yvonne DeLaney Mitchell reflects on the passing of her mother
It’s not easy to explain viable alternatives to sharply raising the minimum wage.
Many people continue to reflect and remark about the strange eulogy President Barack Obama delivered from the Oval Office in the aftermath of the San Bernardino attacks.
In a comprehensive 48-page opinion made public Tuesday, the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has allowed the claims asserted on behalf of children with disabilities in a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Education Department and the Commissioner of Education to proceed as a class action.
Designer Jose Natori crossed continents while navigating a fashion career and creating her global brand, the House of Natori.
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Last week, after it was announced that there would be no indictment for the officers widely suspected of the murder of Sandra Bland, the Sistas of the Harriet Tubman Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Collective gathered in front of One Police Plaza to protest the lack of justice for the Black women and men who have been killed by the police.
A very happy New Year to you! I hope 2016 brings you all of what you hope and for which you have prepared.
The New York Urban League is inviting students to apply for the Whitney M. Young Scholarship, worth $3,500.
An action reminiscent of Americans during the anti-British era is occurring in Oregon, where a militia has taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The end of the year and the beginning of a new one is always a moment to look back on what might have been and to look forward to what may be.
In a highly emotional, tearful speech Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama outlined portions of his plan to tighten gun control in the nation.
Monday, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted a press conference on its upcoming International Day of Action to honor the birthday of the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought good news to State University of New York employees this week.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive, a Bronx-based computer science education nonprofit, jointly launched the Code/Bronx initiative at Boricua College’s Melrose Campus to start a computer science program at every school in the borough.
The countdown is now officially on to Nov. 8, the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election.
This is the beginning of my 11th year writing “Talking SCHOP!” and other food-related stories for the Amsterdam News.
The lifetime efforts of two legendary African scholar warriors were acknowledged on New Year’s Eve at Harlem’s National Black Theater.
The agreements that nearly 200 countries signed in Paris to mitigate the effects of climate change last month have been well publicized, but the 15 members of the bloc of Caribbean Community countries are taking some of the credit regarding limiting increases in global temperatures to acceptable levels.
Born and raised in Harlem, N.Y, Bishop Lawrence E. Edgerton Sr. can relate to hardship and strives every day to make someone else’s life better.
Deidre M. Sully, deputy director of NYC Smoke-Free, wirtes about smoking in public housing.
In the annals of the nation’s history, the righteous struggle of Black Americans—our symbols, icons and organizations—has often been hijacked, commandeered and expropriated by those claiming to identity with our cause or to justify their own.
Distinguished United Nations ambassadors of several African countries honored Eric Edwards, executive director and founder of the Cultural Museum of African Arts, at their Honors Event, held at the prestigious Friars Club in Manhattan Dec. 16, 2015.
The Empire City Moles held their annual holiday event.
A holiday party was held at the Harlem Hospital Cafeteria for the “Go High School, Go College” program by the Metro Manhattan Links and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Natalie Cole, the soulful, Grammy Award-winning jazz singer who, like her legendary father Nat King Cole, carried a distinctive sound, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 65.
Maurice Hines is starring in a new show, “Tappin’ Thru Life,” at New World Stages on West 50th Street.
Rome Neal’s homemade banana puddin’ has become a staple in the jazz community just as soul food is the staple of Sylvia’s Restaurant.
Raised by hip-hop legends and pioneers, “Growing Up Hip Hop” features the princes and princesses of the hip-hop world.
ADIFF 2015 Closing Night film “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” will be one of the highlights of the “Best of ADIFF” program to be held at Teachers College, Columbia University from Friday, Jan. 8 to Sunday, Jan. 10.
Ryan Coogler to direct, Chadwick Boseman to lead
The level of talent in the African-American community is about to get a major, global jolt in the arm, and it’s all about “the new Black Panther.”
Jan. 18, millions around the world will observe the birthday of our beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Close to 7,000 32BJ SEIU-affiliated cleaners and school custodians in New Jersey now have a new contract.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had an early Christmas present for some city workers.
A criminal grand jury later this month will weigh whether to formally charge an Atlanta-area police officer with murder in the shooting death of a U.S. Air Force veteran, a county prosecutor said Thursday.
As 2015 concluded, various organizations attempted to accurately document the number of killings committed by on-duty cops across the country during the previous 12 months.
Reports indicate the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP is requesting transcripts of witness testimony before the grand jury that did not indict the police officers for the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
“We’re living with the mistakes that past mayors have made, all the hand-outs to landlords that made this city unaffordable, but this mayor and this governor aren’t helping,” said homeless woman Sheila Turner.
The homeless are usually stuck between the shelters and the streets.
Wednesday, January 6
Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, has been indicted on a perjury charge, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Less than five months after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singer Bobby Brown and late singer Whitney Houston, her home has been listed for sale.
Powerball ticket sales have caught fire, boosting the jackpot to $500 million ahead of Wednesday night's drawing.
Tuesday, January 5
President Barack Obama grew emotional Tuesday as he made a passionate call for a national "sense of urgency" to limit gun violence.
A video of a white, racist skinhead in court goes viral after he calls a Black judge the n-word.
After a Christmas holiday that saw temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the reality of winter is now hitting New York City.
A Chicago city lawyer has resigned after a federal judge ruled he and another attorney intentionally withheld evidence in a police shooting death case.
Monday, January 4
Michael Slager, the former police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, who's charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, has been granted bail, according to court records.
Pastor Larry Wright was talking to his small eastern North Carolina congregation about the senseless deaths in his community when a man with a rifle walked into his church.
Suddenly, Bill Cosby can no longer escape prosecution.
After a majestic 2015, Serena Williams' new season got off to a stuttering start after she withdrew from Monday's Hopman Cup matches due to a minor knee injury.
Saturday, January 2
A Massachusetts court has denied a motion by Camille Cosby, wife of under-fire comedian Bill Cosby, to quash her deposition order.
Friday, January 1
We open up our archives and take a look at the life of Natalie Cole.
Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as "This Will Be" and "Our Love" and recorded "Unforgettable ... With Love," a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole, died Thursday evening.