Arts & Entertainment


‘Star Trek’ introduced us cellphones and broke racial barriers

As the iconic science fiction franchise “Star Trek” celebrates its 50th anniversary, America is in many ways living in a “Star Trek” world. From handheld “communicators” to a multiracial command crew, “Star Trek” propelled the world into the 21st century.

Hip-hop’s evolution front and center

Judging by the talent at the 2016 Made in America Festival, aside from the talent curator, Shaun “Jay-Z” Carter, it’s probably safe to say that the entity proudest of the new lions set to bounce on the music industry is ...

20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival runs Sept. 21-25

The 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by Revolt with founding sponsor HBO, is one of the largest competitive film festivals and is designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators.

Fans stream Nelly to help him pay off $2.4 million debt

It's reportedly getting "Hot in Herre" for Nelly, at least financially, and fans want to help.

U.S. Postal Service set to issue 2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is set to issue the 2016 Kwanzaa Forever stamp on October 1 in Charleston, S.C.

Tupac Amaru Shakur: Native Harlemite

After getting shot up in Las Vegas on the night of Sept. 7, 1996, hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur joined the ancestors six days later, Sept. 13, at 4:03 p.m. On the 18th anniversary of his transition, local activists reflected on ...

David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o talk Oscars diversity and 'Queen of Katwe'

Much was made of the Oscar David Oyelowo didn't win for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2014's acclaimed "Selma." Yet Oyelowo, now the star of Disney's upcoming "Queen of Katwe," says the snub didn't bother him because ...

Martha’s Vineyard Beach Eats

The saying “Don’t bring sand to the beach” couldn’t be truer in Martha’s Vineyard.

0039 Italy’s romantic looks for spring/summer ’17

Backstage at 0039 Italy’s spring/summer ’17 fashion show in Berlin, models try to relax. It takes many hours to get ready for a show.

Spring/summer’17: Fashion cutoffs are news

When it comes to the length of a garment for spring/summer ’17, take your pick. From the looks of this collection, the wider the pant legs the better.

Demerara Gold’ shines onstage

“Demerara Gold,” starring and written by Ingrid Griffith, is a boisterous one-woman show about a young Guyanese girl’s coming of age journey, capturing a heart-wrenching immigrant’s tale in spurts of immense elation and disconcerting sorrow, with pocket sized doses of ...

The door is always open

I’m good at moving—other people. And not just around town.

National Dance Institute announces new executive director

Former education, nonprofit and human services executive Traci Lester is assuming the role as executive director of the Harlem-based National Dance Institute. She began her new position this week.

Roxane Gay becomes first Black woman to write for Marvel

Roxane Gay is the first Black woman to write for Marvel Comics and will be joining forces with Ta-Nehisi Coates and poet Yona Harvey to add her magic to the new Marvel comic series titled “Black Panther: World of Wakanda.”

Study: Film diversity still lagging

Last year's viral #OscarsSoWhite campaign may have fueled the conversation about inclusion and diversity in film but the talk has yet to yield any results on screen, according to a new study.