Arts & Entertainment


Virtual Museum Experiences

This time of year when the temperature drops, museums are an inspiring way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon.

Black theater reacts to Biden/Harris win!

I was walking my dog and came into the house that wonderful Saturday morning, to have my husband turn to me and exclaim, “He’s president-elect!” I said, “Why didn’t you call me?!”

A tribute to visionary Ntozake Shange’s Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance

Visionary poet and playwright Ntozake Shange’s first posthumously published book, “Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance” (Beacon Press, 2020) was recently treated to a virtual launch by her alma mater Barnard College’s Shange Magic project, in collaboration with ...

Alexander String Quartet to honor composer George Walker: First African American to win Pulitzer for music

In the documentary Quincy, about the life of legendary music producer Quincy Jones, we learn that Jones studied with Nadia Boulanger, considered one of the best classical music instructors in the world.

Airline employees get engaged on tarmac

Photographer Osmond Gibson is becoming known for grand gestures. First on Sunday, June 14, he took the aerial shot of the Bed Stuy “Black Lives Matter” mural (from Fulton Street between Marcy Avenue ), which the Amsterdam News used for ...

Knowyournumb3rs Rebirth of a New Nation November 12 - November 18

Mars in Aries goes direct on Nov. 14, which occurs about every 26 months affecting our strength, willpower, and assertiveness.

Stealth Isolation: Harlem, The New Times & Signifying Our Ancestors Part 1

I asked Patrick Howell, the author of “Dispatches from the Vanguard,” to contribute to a discourse with me for Stealth Isolation.

Underrated East-Coast attractions

The East Coast is legendary for its landmarks and attractions. Think Statute of Liberty in New York, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial or the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D. C.

African Diaspora International Film Fest 2020 highlights

Mother Africa is calling—it’s a virtual call, answer her. The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will celebrate its 28th anniversary (virtually) nationwide for the first time from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13 with 75 narratives and documentaries from 31 ...

Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of fame

Years after their deaths, Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex’s Marc Bolan will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Opera singer Denyce Graves to join Juilliard as distinguished visiting faculty

Black Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is joining Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts as distinguished visiting faculty beginning this month.

Solo female travel: What to know when it’s safe to go

After months and months of mostly staying put, you’re probably dreaming of places to go as soon as possible in the new year.

Premier nonfiction film fest DOC NYC goes virtual this year

As with pretty much all events this year, DOC NYC, New York City’s all documentary film festival, will be held virtually.

2nd annual Satchmo Jazz Salute For Veterans Nov. 11

The United States Veterans Administration is hosting a free livestream jazz concert for all New York City veterans.

Knowyoirnumb3rs Rebirth of a New Nation November 5 - November 11

I’m dedicating this month of November column to the frontline workers; the men, the women who are our nurses, doctors, assistants, janitors, cleaning people, cashiers, therapists, and even healers in the community.