Essence Fest legacy expands, music legends conquer the Dome

In more ways than one, the Essence Music Festival legacy is expanding. The series of concerts at the New Orleans Superdome last weekend featured several recording artists with histories stretching back 20 years or more.

Jill Scott ties the knot

Although it is no surprise to yours truly, because I have known that Grammy-winning singer/actress Jill Scott and my longtime friend Michael Dobson have been engaged for more than a minute, the lovely couple were married in a secret ceremony ...

‘The Total Bent’ targets corrupt TV evangelists

“The Total Bent” is a musical that highlights how corrupt some TV evangelists can be.

‘The Shallows’ lacks depth

We all need some downtime.

July 2016 Dance Calendar

Before the July calendar begins, there is still more dance left to see in June.

Dr. Lonnie Smith, Coltrane at Birdland, African masks

Dr. Lonnie Smith, the ever swinging organist and composer, brings his Hammond B-3 to the Jazz Standard (116 E. 27 St.) June 28 to July 3. Smith’s audience prescription for his engagement will be plenty of national hip rhythms from ...

New York art tour in Chelsea

This past weekend was the sixth annual West Chelsea Artists Open Studios tour presented by the West Chelsea Artists Group.

Artist with Down syndrome featured at local gallery

An exhibition of works by Haile King Rubie, a 26-year-old Harlem artist with Down syndrome, will inaugurate the Clara Francis Gallery, a new Harlem art spot, from July 27 to Aug. 17, 2016.

‘The Fits’—A story told through the language of dance

“The Fits” is a film not so much about the performance of dance, but about dance and movement as the language of the film itself.

The X-Men, Storm and civil rights arguments

Ronald R. Nelson: Inspired by the new movie “X-Men: Apocalypse,” we wanted to share some thoughts on one of the featured characters, Storm.

Broadway musings and a mini-review

African-Americans attend theater and purchase tickets on Broadway for a myriad of shows.

The Golden Isles of Georgia – Part 2

In our first exploration of the Golden Isles of Georgia, we learned that its history dates back to the early 1600s, it was named after the surrounding golden brown-hued marshland and today it encompasses the mainland port city of Brunswick ...

College student debuts film at Cannes Film Festival

From Rutgers University to the Cannes Film Festival!

A paint class at Harlem’s NAMA

There’s nothing better on a quiet Sunday afternoon than taking a paint class to relax. Hope Pianello’s Paint Party (recently held at New Amsterdam Musical Association, located at 107 W. 130th St.) offers people of all ages the opportunity to ...

David Hammons: Five decades

“Oh, my goodness, could you by chance be the artist?” a woman asked me before I pushed the bell to enter the Mnuchin Gallery.