Friday, May 27
The Toronto Raptors’ 6-foot-9 frontcourt force, Bismack Biyombo, flashes what seems to be a perpetual smile when fiercely competing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The NBA Eastern and Western Conference Finals have, thus far, defied expectations.
For two games in a row, the New York Liberty held a lead over its opponents for most of the game only to fade in the final minutes and crumble in overtime.
If you want to bring attention to a social cause, take a long scenic run, or a long-distance walk, across the United States of America.
The 5th annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner was held at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, Queens last Sunday, April 3, and featured several popular locals.
Noted activist Will Reese was memorialized at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Harlem May 14, 2016. The well-known communist died in February this year after a four-year battle with cancer.
Powerhouse of the labor movement Jim Haughton was memorialized at Harlem’s Mount Olivet Baptist Church, with friends and family praising his unwavering dedication.
African American women are referred for fewer breast biopsies after having a mammogram than white women, yet they have a higher rate of unnecessary biopsies or false positive results, according to a study presented at Touro College Research Day.
Mrs. S. was a 79-year-old mother of four children, with 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Saturday, May 14, State Sen. Kevin Parker hosted his 9th annual Prom Dress Giveaway at the Samuel J. Tilden High School campus in Brooklyn.
For a couple of reasons Benny Carter stayed on my mind this week. His memory was first evoked during a discussion of the history of the Apollo Theater.
Three friends banded together to travel throughout America and investigate whether ghosts exist. Friday, April 15, Destination America premiered the six-part series, “Ghost Brothers.”
GBE African Liberation Month 2016 saw the United African Movement present a more than well deserved tribute to its president-founder, legendary court room genius, “Attorney at War,” Alton H. Maddox Jr., featuring, among others, pan-African activist-educator Dr. Leonard Jeffries at their weekly Wednesday forum, 1025 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn N.Y.
The second annual Harlem EatUp! festival has come to a close. The Dine Ins have been turned out, The Stroll has been stomped and The Taste has been devoured.
I swear, the tech, clothing, accessory, food and other areas of the product segment of the travel industry keep getting better and better!
Tributes to the music and legacy of Miles Davis and John Coltrane were only feet apart recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Last week, while visiting Atlanta, I was introduced to a nice little jazz club on that scene called Kat’s Cafe.
Thursday, May 26
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that VH1 has slotted a June premiere date for Amber Rose’s new talk show. “The Amber Rose Show” will debut at 11 p.m. Friday, June 17.
On top, there are woven, off-the-shoulder blouses that look quite feminine over peasant and poet-styled blouson skirts.
At Malan Breton’s autumn/winter ’16 presentation for New York Fashion Week, the collection was filled with classic cuts that bordered on sporty styles in functional shapes for a modern lifestyle.
Last week the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts hosted its 24th International Study Group on the peerless composer.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle has announced the program for the company’s two-week Lincoln Center season, June 8-19, and it is a jam-packed choreographic grab bag featuring more than a dozen works on five different programs.
Lee Gates (George Clooney) hosts a TV show in which he’s part showman and part financial advisor. He livens up the program with visual and sound effects, such as hens clucking, as he tells viewers “not to be chicken” when he suggests a risky stock.
“Dear White People,” a comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film is coming to Netflix.
History® will premiere “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30.
Despite the purposeful lack of accurate African history in world school curriculums and the laughable content of most books on history, the cradle of all civilization is in Africa.
If you go to the theater to be moved, to cry and to feel inspired, then you must make plans to see the current revival of “Les Miserables,” playing at the Imperial Theatre on West 45th Street.
“Turn Me Loose” is a tour-de-force that celebrates Dick Gregory’s brilliance. Joe Morton is quick-witted, funny and poignant as the iconic comedian.
Dominica’s Amanda Charles is the new sustainable tourism specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
During his run for the office of president in 2008, Barack Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform and immigrants responded in droves. At the time of his victory, Democrats controlled Congress—both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Facing perhaps its worst ever political and economic crisis, despite being the world’s fith oil producer, Venezuela has turned to its Caribbean neighbors for help as President Nicolas Maduro struggles to hold on to power.
Fifteen community-based organizations have been selected to receive grants to partner with mental health providers, train staff and improve access to mental health care in their communities through the Connection to Care program, as part of ThriveNYC.
On May 19, the 27th annual Malcolm X Birthday Black Power March and Rally moved along Harlem’s 125th Street corridor behind a huge banner depicting Malcolm X.
I recently returned from the YWCA’s annual event to celebrate women and girls. Each year their “Potential to Power Girls Symposium” brings together a diverse group of girls from high schools (and now middle schools) from across the city to spend the day discussing such topics as feminism, social justice, gender and racial equality, racism, economic uplift, tech, STEM, the arts and everything in between.
It doesn’t seem so long ago when an ambitious political couple holding preteen Chelsea Clinton by the hand was moving from the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Ark., to the august quarters of the White House in D.C.
For far too many years we’ve tried to address the problem of failing educational achievement in America essentially by ignoring it. And by ignoring it, I mean, throwing money at it and hoping it’ll go away.
Election campaigns tend to move candidates toward increasingly negative assessment of the character, competency and accomplishments of their opponents.
Each borough has its own unique ambiance, but Brooklyn is more like a town, an enchanting place to live and play.
On Memorial Day we remember those who shed their blood, sweat and tears to make the United States of America the most beautiful country in the world.
Famed Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole and his music group released their new album “Gratitude” at New Harlem Besame Lounge this week.
I have some vivid memories of my first foray as a musician. Fourth grade it was. I could join the glee club, but my Afro wasn’t quite right at the time to sing. The other option was the ban
The New York Civil Liberties Union’s battle with the New York Police Department over StingRay devices continues.
McDonald’s cooks and cashiers wanted their employer to know that they’ve had enough.
Hillary Clinton, approximately 90 delegate votes away from being the Democratic presidential nominee, has turned down Sen. Bernie Sanders’ request for a debate before the June 7 primary in California.
Tuesday, education activist group Families for Excellent Schools, supported by public school parents, filed civil rights complaints against New York City and State departments.
The memory of four members of the 369th infantry regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” from Montclair are being honored at this year’s Memorial Day tribute in the township.
A documentary about author Alice Walker and a drama about boxing are among the winners of the Newark Black Film Festival 2016 Paul Robeson Award.
According to J.C. Faulk, a Baltimore activist and founder of An End to Ignorance, a group that combats systemic racism, the neighborhoods were “eerily quiet.”
In a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia citing race discrimination in the jury selection.
Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality.
Now that the media circus has moved on, a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is a curious icon standing impressively tall in the well-to-do city of Ramallah, the economic capital of Palestine.
Digital dumping ground. World’s largest e-waste dump. Whatever you call it, Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is among the top ten “worst polluted” places where tons of discarded electronics, refrigerators, microwaves and televisions—also known as e-waste—end up decomposing in a massive scrap heap.
Seven buildings used as homeless shelters with a combined total of 726 building code violations are being forced by the city to clean things up.
The New York Urban League is inviting eighth-graders to participate in the NYUL Experimental Technology Academy this summer to learn more about technology, college and careers in STEM.
At the Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, there was birthday cake. Droves of activists gathered at his grave site in Westchester County. Hundreds of residents took to the streets of Harlem to march.
Voting for the “least racist,” seems to be the position that some Black youth are taking during this presidential election.
It’s early, but a potential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two of the least popular presidential candidates in recent memory, could be closer than people think.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle has announced the program for the company’s two-week Lincoln Center season, June 8-19, and it is a jam-packed choreographic grab bag featuring more than a dozen works on five different programs.
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For two years, crashing on the streets of New York was the norm for freelance mimer Nate Moran. And then he met R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Ne-Yo on Eighth Avenue in the mid-2000s.
Now that white men between the ages of 18 and 44 top the number of addicts in the nation dying of overdoses of heroin, or smack, lawmakers, law enforcement officers, the medical profession and civic leaders are taking notice.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration recently launched an ambitious “comprehensive” mental health plan, called ThriveNYC, that will cost $850,000 over five years, because according to experts, “1 in 5 New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in a given year.”
Wednesday, May 25
If you need proof that triumph can have many faces, look no further than this stunning photo of recent West Point graduate Alix Idrache.
Tuesday, May 24
Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 28th Annual Fleet Week.
More than a decade after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, Bill Cosby will go to trial.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection.
Monday, May 23
Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all charges for his part in the events leading to the death of Freddie Gray. Judge Barry Williams announced his decision Monday after a bench trial. Nero was charged with second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
Friday, May 20
Life has been good for J.R. Smith since he was traded by Knicks president Phil Jackson to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January of 2015.
If you watched the NBA Western Conference Finals last night, Wednesday, and Game 1 Monday between its two remaining teams, the Oklahoma Thunder and the Golden State Warriors, you’re watching two of basketball’s most notable point guards.
It’s only two wins and there’s a long season ahead was the sentiment of New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer and the players, but no one can deny it’s nice to open the 2016 WNBA season with back-to-back victories.
Former Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams lined up with more than 200 other graduating Manhattan School of Music students Friday afternoon, May 13, at Riverside Church to receive his Bachelor of Music diploma from the prestigious music conservatory.
Sunday’s “basebrawl” between Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista was better than many professional fights.
Jim Brown, considered by many sports historians to be the greatest football player ever, was also one of the most forward thinking athletes of his generation.
In the vast landscape of pop culture, dance has and will always be a welcomed barometer.
Harlem’s own Dianne McIntyre is named as one of the seven dance artists to receive the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Award.
I’ve watched NASCAR races on TV many times and have learned over time that there is a lot more to it than just driving around in a circle for a few hours.
With the age of technology moving so fast, keeping up with all the new beauty apps can get hectic.
World-class women are devoted to the top designers and the fashions in their collections.
Any given day on the Lower East Side, you can find members of The Veldt, a legendary Black psychedelic Brit Pop band who got their start and a major label record deal with Polygram in the ’80s.
Columbia University’s graduate students won a major victory last week.
Last Tuesday, approximately 7,000 New York and New Jersey airport workers began negotiations for the first union contract for subcontracted airport workers in the region.
A new report by the Economic Policy Institute concludes that if phased in by 2020, Washington D.C.’s $15 minimum wage proposal would give 114,000 workers a pay raise.
In 1993 an aspiring music executive established a label that would eventually lay the foundation of a movement that would literally have a global impact. Fashion, multimedia and food/beverage were a few of the industries that were influenced by the kid from Harlem, Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy, with the golden touch.
The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. hosted a book signing party for Barbara Smith and Dan Gasby in honor of their new book “Before I Forget.” More than 150 people attended the talk and reception Wednesday, May 4.
The United Palace House of Inspiration honored the Rev. Dr. Eula M. Dent Eikerenkoetter for her 50 years of stewardship, service and contributions to Reverend Ike Ministries and the greater United Palace community.
“There is no better [teacher] than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”—Malcolm X.
A growing number of Cuban technicians are working in South Africa, refurbishing infantry combat vehicles and South African Military logistical transport vehicles of the South African National Defense Force.
The 2010 catastrophic earthquake devastated the nation of Haiti. Millions of Haitian citizens were affected by the major structural damage in Port-au-Prince and other settlements in the region. Despite international humanitarian aid, six years later, the people of Haiti are still suffering.
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Chico Freeman, the tenor saxophonist who has been a creative force in jazz for more than four decades, will return to New York City, where he released his first album “Morning Prayer” (1976), after living in Europe for the past decade.
Thursday, May 19
To capture the majesty and influence of Duke Ellington’s music requires a yearlong activity, each day representing a tenth of his compositions, many of them immortal standards.
Although nations around the world appreciate the brave heroics of the Avengers, the leaders from the international community become weary of the collateral loss of innocent lives and the massive property damage resulting from the super heroes’ otherwise effective crime-fighting efforts
Joe Morton, who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal of Eli Pope on ABC’s “Scandal,” has returned to the New York stage, playing stand-up comedian and activist Dick Gregory in “Turn Me Loose”
This Memorial Day weekend, the 39th annual DanceAfrica celebration promises to fill the Brooklyn Academy of Music and its surrounding community with a dynamic display of dance, music, film, food, fashion and more as it has done since it was founded in 1977 by Baba Chuck Davis, but this time there’s something different.
Ramon Jimenez, a voice for the voiceless and an outspoken member of the Green Party, died Tuesday of prostate cancer. He was 67.
Springfield Gardens Intermediate School 59, in partnership with the I.S. 59 PTA, P.S. 132Q (The Ralph Bunche School), Jamaica YMCA, New York State Sen. Leroy Comrie, Our Brothers Guardian, Inc. and EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care, will host the third annual I.S. 59 Community Health and Educational Fair and “The Men Rising” Conference
Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure. People with this condition were in deep water and became water logged due to the retention of excess fluid. Thus, a condition known as hypertension resulted.
Former U.S. Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook’s “Soul Sisters: Devotions for and from African American, Latina, and Asian Women” recently hosted a book release and signing event.
They’ve worked without a contract for five years and haven’t had a raise in more than six years. The City University of New York’s faculty and staff have had enough.
Even many of those with a direct connection to the publishing industry were not aware of author Jackie Carter’s important pioneering role in the promotion and publishing of children’s books, particularly those with an emphasis on racial diversity.
Many Americans watching the presidential primaries are left wondering what has happened to the nation politically.
The White House chose the city of Newark as one of 16 communities to take part in the Special Impact Hub program, aimed at upgrading and expanding community programs (including job, learning, meal and violence reduction programs) for young people this summer and year-round.
Yesterday, Donald Trump insulted the Pope and the Dalai Lama. Not really. But because he’s insulted everybody else, they could very well be on his hit list.
No matter whose polls or numbers you consult, Hillary Clinton has outdistanced her opponent thus far in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Noted public relations counselor and author Terrie M. Williams is no stranger to pain.
This time of year always warms my heart. It seems everywhere I turn there is someone graduating from elementary school, high school, college or a graduate program.
This year has been, without question, the best year for actors, producers, directors and other theatrical professionals of color on Broadway.
As the esteemed essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote in an essay titled “Intellect,” “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please. You can never have both.”
This is interesting, but probably not very surprising: according to a report released last week, the black population in the city’s “gentrifying” communities – places like Central Harlem, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Morrisania, just to name a few -- declined by seven percent from 1990 to 2010.
Columbia Law School alum and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is delivers the keynote address at Columbia Law School’s graduation.
According to a report by the Community Service Society, New York State’s “eviction bonus” is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the citywide total increase in stabilized rents above inflation.
Mayor de Blasio’s first ever town hall meeting on Staten Island was held last month in a gymnasium named after the island’s current Republican Borough President James Oddo.
It’s been going on for months, and now the U.S. Department of Labor wants Verizon’s labor issues to come to an end.
This year's Harlem EatUp! event bringing out some of the best and brightest from Uptown restaurant scene as well as some new flavors.
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Mai Perkins in one of the 20,000 Uber drivers taking New Yorkers from point A to point B. She’s combining her love of writing and being an Uber driver with her popular blog “Uberlicious.”
It is ironic that many New Yorkers are not aware of the Right to Know Act, the legislative package that aims to protect them while promoting communication, transparency and accountability between them and the New York Police Department.
Ronald Savage is a 50-year-old single father of three, who is one of at least four men who have accused hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa (aka Kevin Donovan) of molesting him as a teen. The founder of the world-renowned Universal Zulu Nation has denied all accusations.
Even as the disconnect between the NYPD and the community doesn’t seem to be improving, recent headlines reveal a new conflict, this time within the department.
Last year’s Harlem EatUp!’s first class photo took place in front of a couple of brownstones on 119th Street in homage to Art Kane’s iconic photo, “A Great Day in Harlem.”
On the 91st anniversary of Malcolm X’s physical birth, this May 19, a variety of events throughout the New York metropolitan area will commemorate the occasion.
Tuesday, May 17
Living on the "other side of the tracks" isn't just a cheap idiom in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Monday, May 16
Actor Wendell Pierce was arrested in Atlanta over the weekend over an incident stemming from a testy exchange over politics, police said.
A new television spot featuring New York Amsterdam News Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Elinor Tatum is running on Centric.
The feds are expected to announce a review of the North Charleston, South Carolina, police department Tuesday, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.
Friday, May 13
A leading advocacy voice in the minority community on communications policy has lent its voice to the growing debate over free data.
The Obama administration issued guidance Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
LeToya Luckett has been cast to play singer Dionne Warwick in a planned film about the singer's life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, has died in New York at age 116.
To the delight of Golden State Warriors fans and basketball enthusiasts everywhere—and to the surprise of practically no one—superstar Stephen Curry will be named the NBA MVP for the second straight year, according to ESPN.com sources.
They have essentially cakewalked through the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating the Detroit Pistons in the opening round and then disposing of the Atlanta Hawks in the conference semifinals. They have won the best-of-seven series by a combined tally of 8-0.
When the San Antonio Spurs play the Oklahoma Thunder tonight, Thursday, in Oklahoma, Game 6 of the second round of NBA playoffs, OKC will count on their younger legs to get them to the next round of NBA playoffs
Music legend Stevie Wonder turns 66 and we're opening up the archives of our rare photos of his career.
A number of positions were available for applicants seeking NBA head coaching positions at the end of this regular season. Beginning last month, 10 teams have either hired or are in the process of hiring a suitable candidate for their openings.
Although the New York Liberty lost a close preseason game to the reigning WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, 77–74, fans had a chance to see the newest names on the roster up close because the game was played at Levien Gymnasium at Columbia University.
George Zimmerman is auctioning the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin four years ago, he told a Florida TV station.
Thursday, May 12
Third anniversary of the passing of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Malcolm Shabazz was buried near his grandparents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.
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Covering the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival was an emotional experience that broadened my concepts of South Africa during this first-time visit.
The Harlem School of the Arts Theatre Department is launching “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show."
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an uptown boy and very proud of it. We can lay claim (by our zip code, to a degree) to the genius that is Miranda, the lyricist, composer, creator and star of “Hamilton.”
There are two opportunities for folks in the region to spend time with the eminent author Ishmael Reed.
The Drama Desk Awards honor the best in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater.
Broadway is a vehicle through which many different topics can be discussed, including those that may be difficult for people to approach and deal with.
Stars and filmmakers were out during the opening night of this year's New York African Film Festival.
Wednesday, the People’s Organization for Progress, led by activist Larry Hamm, held a march and rally commemorating the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign to End Poverty and Racism and to Demand an Economic Bill of Rights.
The Black Culinary Alliance celebrated its 12th annual Global Food & Wine Experience
Barbecue, al fresco movies, jazz and gospel festivals and more are just the beginning of the wide array of events happening across the country this month.
At the recent New York Fashion Week presentations, designer Shayne Oliver’s collection was amazing. Making his debut, Oliver is the owner of the label, and his show had a standing-room-only crowd.
Two young fashion designers showed contemporary sportswear collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Previews in Berlin.
Walmart is in the news again regarding its labor practices.
The National Labor Relations Board upheld a previous decision requiring Eastern Essential Services to pay janitors for lost wages and benefits.
Not since the 1964 election, when Democrat Lyndon Johnson defeated conservative Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, has the difference between the candidates at the top of the national tickets of the two major parties been so stark.
Because one of the major news stories mirrors ancient Greek civilization, let’s begin with a quote from a Greek philosopher, Thrasymachus: “Justice is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger.”
The annual Mother’s Day march/parade took over 125th Street as it celebrated 30-plus years in Harlem honoring mothers.
There were lots of laughs with Mo’Nique and comedian Tone X at the Apollo Theater on Mother’s Day this past Sunday.
April showers bring May flowers. What do the May flowers bring? According to the New York Society for Ethical Culture, they bring truth, justice and the American way. The rain didn’t stop those who gathered at the Central Park West location for the presentation of the Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Awards to former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Strike while the iron is hot. For Ethiopia, that means sell—coffee beans in this case—while the market for good coffee is booming around the world.
After the disputed re-election of the longest-serving ruler of Equatorial Guinea, opposition leaders and local organizations decried it as “not credible.”
A handful of tight-knit people—mainly close friends and intimate relatives—came out to reflect on the memory of Brother Woodley Charlot, a.k.a. “Big Sincere” or simply “Sin,” at a local get-together in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on spring’s first day.
Thanks to grants from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, two of New York City’s leading providers of caregiver support services have launched a new initiative to provide comprehensive services for caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
If it’s a matter of paying next month’s rent or enrolling your child in music lessons, guess where the money is going?
The beautiful expansive campus of SUNY Old Westbury just held its annual Convocation to Honor Excellence.
There was a time a score of years ago when monthly visits to Jim Haughton’s place in lower Manhattan were part of a routine exercised by local—and a few national—activists.
U.S. Navy Veteran Patrice Porter shares her thoughts on Black women posing int he highly publicized photo at West Point Military Academy.
On the heels of his rousing commencement speech at Howard University, President Barack Obama heads to the Garden State this weekend to address graduates at Rutgers University.
As the Township of Teaneck continues to mourn the death of its late mayor, Lizette Parker, the task is now underway to select her replacement.
The polls and pundits predicted that Sen. Bernie Sanders would win the West Virginia primary Tuesday, and they were right. But, as they also noted, the victory did little to close the gap between him and Hillary Clinton, who has a decisive lead in delegates.
The commencement speech President Barack Obama delivered at the Howard University graduation.
Last week, the New York City Council approved a bag fee of $0.05 on all plastic bags.
May 19th marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Now more than ever, his prophetic 1964 “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech resonates for Black people during this 2016 presidential election year...
All eyes were on Fox's primetime drama Empire on Thursday night as one of the season's pivotal moments could change everything.
No one has quite been able to put a finger on it, but there is something definitely afoot in America, with an alarming rise in suicides among individuals between the ages of 35 and 64.
The New York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Xi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity are hosting the event “The Things Textbooks Don’t Teach Us About College!”
April 27 the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development held its first comic book creation initiative for middle school students all across New York City in a special collaboration with Darryl Makes Comics and The Comic Book Project.
Brooklyn District Ken Thompson dismisses charges against a letter carrier whose U.S. Postal Service vehicle was left unattended following his arrest.
An armed man was shot by a NYPD sergeant after he pointed his weapon at police in Queens late Wednesday.
Friday May 6, the Supreme and World Councils, which oversee the daily operations of hip-hop’s first family, the Universal Zulu Nation, announced that the Bronx-born and bred organization was officially displacing its founder, Afrika Bambaataa, from its ranks amid a slew of pedophilia accusations over the past month and change.
The second annual Harlem EatUp! festival (@HarlemEatUp!) is only one week away! Another food-filled weekend of dinners, tastings, demos, art and more will go down for all to enjoy.
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Dr. Georgina Falú and her Falú Foundation have established nonprofit organizations for several notable African scholar warriors so that their lifelong efforts continue to make an impact.
AmNews Publisher and Editor in Chief Elinor Tatum shares how children view Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” is one of the most significant, sensational, stirring musicals to come to Broadway in some time. It gives an endearing, historical record of “Shuffle Along,” the first Black musical staged on Broadway in 1921.
“The Malcolm X Day May 19 celebration recognizes his vision of us as a global people liberating ourselves from European colonialism,” explained historian Dr. Leonard Jeffries in preparation for the 51st anniversary of the event, “and May 25 is African Liberation Day, where we celebrate the great strides made regarding Africa’s global unity over the past several decades.”
The race that the nation, if not the world, is watching with interest is one looming between Hillary Clinton and the “presumptuous” Donald Trump, as Clinton called him.
Wednesday, May 11
People say you should hold off taking Social Security until full retirement age or later rather than starting benefits early.
A grand jury Wednesday indicted former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager on federal charges in last year's shooting death of Walter Scott.
Walker International Communications, Inc. (WIGC) and Broadway Black are hosting THE BLACKOUT PARTY.
The focus of the investigation into the death of Prince appeared to be shifting Wednesday to the role of a Minnesota doctor revealed in a search warrant to have seen the entertainer twice in the weeks before his death.
Uber announced Tuesday that it has recognized the newly formed Independent Drivers Guild, which will represent 35,000 drivers in New York City.
The 16 female, African-American cadets who appeared in a photograph with raised fists in uniform will not be punished for their controversial "Old Corps Photo."
Tuesday, May 10
In the next trial of a Baltimore police officer in the Freddie Gray case, it won't matter what the jury thinks; there won't be one.
Prince and Michael Jackson were born the same year and rose to colossal fame in the 1980s. Each defined a sound for a generation.
Residents of the New York City borough of the Bronx who have been arrested for a misdemeanor charge are waiting months or even years for their cases to be resolved.
A Minnesota lawmaker has moved to protect Prince's legacy after the superstar's death.
The city of Ferguson, Missouri, swore in Delrish Moss as its first African-American police chief on Monday.
Monday, May 9
It's a time-honored tradition at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York -- graduating seniors in small groups don their ceremonial high-collared uniforms and pose for a photo in front of historic Nininger Hall.
ImageNation Cinema Foundation is hosting a night of rare animation and discussion on race centering on the 11 banned and controversial Looney Tunes and Merrie Melody cartoons.
President Barack Obama warned against a culture of political correctness on college campuses Saturday as he urged students at Howard University to engage in the political process at the local level.
Friday, May 6
The Apollo Theater is hosting 11th Annual Spring Gala on Monday, June 13.
People may look at Anaya Ellick and see a child who'll have a lifetime of challenges. But a second look at her reveals a girl who's providing a lifetime of inspiration.
Both New York and the New York Liberty will be represented at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The NBA playoffs have become interesting all of a sudden. The Portland Trailblazers, now battling the Golden State Warriors, took advantage of the Los Angeles Clippers’ bad luck in the first round, beating them in six games to advance in the Western Conference.
Dwayne Wade is arguably one of the five greatest shooting guards of all time. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Dwayne Wade and Allen Iverson, in that order, constitute this writer’s list. Greatness is primarily measured by longevity, statistics and championships.
Friends and family came together to remember the late Dwayne A. "Pearl" Washington.
Thursday, May 5
There is a meat-cutting, face-slashing frenzy going on in New York City, and while we’re discussing the finer points of the head/heart battle between Hilary and Bernie or the dangers of brown shirt versus conservative Republican nominations, we’re ignoring the bubble of anger so laden with pus it’s plummeting downward, not floating up.
The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles is often best remembered as an eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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In today’s cluttered world of flying plastic bags, where the paparazzi are idolized for stalking celebrities, photographers such as Coreen Simpson and Chuck Stewart take their world-renowned photographs the old fashioned way—with permission and creativity.
It was over so quickly: Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his wife are driving one seemingly normal weekday afternoon when a car crashes into the side of their vehicle, killing her. He reacts strangely to her death.
What goes up must come down. After a heartbreaking childhood where she is shuttled from foster home to foster home, Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) climbs to the top of the business world, becoming the CEO of three Fortune 500 companies
Celebrities, trend makers and fashion editors know the name Matt Bernson. His Tribeca shoe store, nestled at 20 Harrison St., is almost hidden on a nondescript cobble-stone corner that (now) is part of one of the most expensive real-estate sections of the city.
Ironically, the fact that some people don’t expect complexity from comics might be the very reason why social issues are often addressed in them, yet “fly under the radar.”
The 23rd New York African Film Festival opened May 4, marking the 50th anniversary of Ousmane Sembene’s celebrated first feature, “Black Girl.”
As a relatively young program officer at the Ford Foundation early in my career I made a visit to Sing Sing I will never forget.
For those who missed the Saturday morning press conference at the Alhambra, where Rep. Charles Rangel endorsed Keith Wright to succeed him, there was a smaller, more intimate occasion with Wright that evening at Tsion Café.
From running the streets of East Baltimore to teaching in the classrooms at the University of Baltimore, D. Watkins shares his story in finding the light in the darkness with his new book, “The Cook Up: A Crack Memoir.”
Sometimes in a race, particularly a hotly contested political one, it’s not a matter of how far you’ve come but rather how much further you have to go to win.
Afeni Shakur, original Black Panther activist and mother of slain hip-hop legend Tupac, passed away Monday night after paramedics removed the 69-year-old from her Sausalito, Calif., home and rushed her to Marin General Hospital
Organizers and activists are preparing for the 91st birthday celebration of Malcolm X Thursday, May 19. The day also commemorates 27 years of the annual 125th Street business shutdown in Harlem.
If the dinner at Gustiamo wasn’t enough, up pops Eataly’s Sabbia at La Birreria (@Eataly, 200 5th Ave., 212-229-2560, www.eataly.com). The space has been transformed into a coastal resort inspired by the waves and breezes of the Italian coastline—think Sardegna, the city of Rimini in Emilia-Romagna and the island of Capri.
So, at the end of our last adventure in Nashville, when we were checking out some of the many outstanding culinary options.
It was just announced that Oscar de la Renta’s summer 2016 collection will make its runway debut and close Australia’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week presentations May 20, 2016.
“Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director/CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the recent press preview of “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”
Almost three weeks ago, 37,000 Verizon technicians and customer service representatives walked off the job, pushing for a better contract with their employer.
Security officers affiliated with 32BJ have had enough.
Last year, when Mayor de Blasio issued his proposal for the city’s budget, he expressed concern about a growing deficit that would adversely affect millions of New Yorkers and the city’s ability to provide essential services.
If you say it loud enough and often enough, it becomes popular consensus. Eventually it can become so engrained into the collective psyche that it’ll be conceived as “truth.” That’s how rumors and stereotypes get perpetuated and facts gets altered or obliterated.
This past Saturday, April 30, 2016, Mosque 7 in Harlem hosted a day-long Eat to Live Health Seminar, based on the teachings of the Nation of Islam’s Hon. Elijah Muhammad in his lessons and book “How to Eat to Live.”
This week family members, community leaders and residents gathered for a street co-naming ceremony for Tanaya Copeland
With participation from the Abyssinian Baptist Church and the First Corinthian’s Baptist Church, as well as the Brooklyn Christian Center and the Radio Health Conference on WBLS WLIB and 103.9FM, the Urban Health Conference was held in Harlem
Purple rain, purple rain. When will the sun shine again? That didn’t stop May Day and Cinco de Mayo from occurring all in one week.
Thursday, May 19 you will have the opportunity to attend the class “Cook Like a Haitian” in Brooklyn, N.Y. The event will be hosted by the Court Tree Collective, a group of Carroll Gardens-based artists who are dedicated to sharing new and exciting cultural events with the local community.
During his dissertation at the fourth and last day of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba last Tuesday, April 19, the Caribbean island’s long-standing revolutionary leader Fidel Castro announced that he would soon be departing this world and implored his people to continue his social vision for his country.
This election cycle has been so much more exciting and interesting than I expected.
President Obama must demand Vice President Biden to schedule immediately a vote on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination.
Less than one year ago, the Obama administration signed, sealed and delivered a nuclear agreement into the bloody hands of Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.
The Metro-Manhattan New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated honored restaurateur and lifestyle icon B. Smith and her husband and business partner Dan Gasby.
The United Palace House of Inspiration is hosting a celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Eula M. Dent Eikerenkoetter and her 50 years service to Rev. Ike Ministries and the greater United Palace community.
Paul Gatling, 81, was released from prison after serving 52 years for a crime he did not commit.
Burying a family member is never easy, especially when a parent buries a child. This sad chore fell upon now mother of five, Yvette Teixeira, when her eldest daughter, Makayla, passed in August 2014.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Lewis Jackson leaves a legacy as a passionate family man, educator and church deacon at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. He died April 20 of cancer. Jackson was 81.
A wake-up call to remind Americans about the value of a good night’s sleep and the dangers of undiagnosed and untreated insomnia rang forth from the Save Our Sleep Forum convened by the National Sleep Foundation.
During my practice of medicine in the hood, my family and I lived above my office.
(Last week was) College Signing Day—a day of great excitement and celebration. Across all five boroughs, high school seniors have made their final decisions on where they’ll be attending college in September. It’s a wonderful accomplishment for them, their families and their teachers and school staff.
A Black Long Island high school student receiving offers from all eight Ivy League schools has finally made her choice.
Moody’s Mega Math Challenge and Mega Math Workshop took New York City by storm as students demonstrated the importance of math.
“I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
It has been immensely encouraging to see the number of young people who have flocked to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign. We are also pleased to witness the impact of Black Lives Matter on a plethora of social and political issues.
Leaders in Newark, N.J. took to the streets this week demanding that the Waterfront Commission, the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association do more to remedy racial, gender and ethnic inequality in employment at the area ports.
Two separate deaths in Flint, Mich., have a connection to the town’s continuing water crisis.
Saturday evening in the Hilton ballroom in Washington, D.C., from President Obama’s opening remarks to the closing comments by comedian Larry Wilmore during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it was a “Black thang.”
Mother’s Day may be a commercially contrived premise, but it brings with it a deep sense of sentimentality for many.
Identical twin sisters Karen and Sharon Mackey are on a mission to show the love to artist of color by teaching people how to become art collectors and decorate homes and businesses with fine art.
Given the prominence and harvest of Tony nominations of “Hamilton” and “Shuffle Along,” the Great White Way is a little bit darker this year.
This is an amazing time for ballerina Misty Copeland. On May 2, one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers, Mattel, launched a Misty Copeland Barbie Doll as part of its “Sheroes” program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls and women “by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities.”
Assemblyman Charles Barron reflects on the late Afeni Shakur.
After last week’s AmNews article regarding several pedophilia allegations made against DJ Afrika Bambaataa, the hip-hop pioneer responded by requesting an opportunity to speak his piece, with his new attorney, Charles Tucker, providing legal advice. Once the opportunity was granted, they attempted to clarify the confusion.
I have an affinity for all things Mediterranean—the places, the culture, the people and most certainly the food.
Check out what's going on around the city this week.
Wednesday, May 4
Janet Jackson is pregnant with her first child, a source confirmed to Entertainment Tonight.
The day before Prince died, his team called an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California seeking urgent help for the singer, an attorney working for the specialist and his son said Wednesday.
A northern California teacher is being accused singling out a student for test criticism because of the color of her skin.
After setting an historic record last year by not raising rents on the city's 1.03 million rent-regulated apartments, the Rent Guidelines Board now considers making local history again by actually reducing rents for the first time ever.
As Donald Trump captures the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee, a new poll finds he begins his general election campaign well behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday, May 3
Fifty percent of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices, according to the poll.
The recent Tribeca Film Festival brought some of the most dynamic, exciting and promising new digital storytellers in the industry.
A Long Island teen who received acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League schools has decided where she'll attend college in the fall.
Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop's most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff's office said Tuesday.
Monday, May 2
There are a myriad of different gifts ideas for mothers on Mother's Day.
A court hearing to determine the fate of Prince's estate -- including the contents of a secretive vault the musician left behind at Paisley Park -- concluded Monday with a special administrator appointed but no will discovered.
CNNMoney followed 5 seniors in the Bronx, NY this year.
CNNMoney followed Olatunde and several classmates during their senior year of high school as they tried to defy the odds by getting into college from one of America's poorest neighborhoods.
Sunday, May 1
Hillary Clinton warned the roughly 6,000 people at an NAACP dinner in Detroit on Sunday that Donald Trump's candidacy is the biggest risk to President Barack Obama's legacy, putting the decision between her and the Republican front-runner in stark terms.