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James Cannings, international Guyanese musician, dead at 65

James Cannings, a longtime resident of Manhattan, died on Thursday, Sept. 5 surrounded by his loving family. Cannings founded JGC Entertainment Co. and JC Records and was an international recording musician, businessman, accomplished guitarist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, songwriter, producer, TV ...

Michael’s spring ’14 looks are opulent

American couturier and ready-to-wear designer b Michael is always on the fashion point. On Sept. 11, his show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was spectacular. His fashion garments are made exclusively in America. Known for his glamorous designs, ...

Peg Leg Bates honored in SC

Legendary tap dancer Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates had an unmistakable wow factor. This month, a sculpture honoring Bates was unveiled in South Carolina.

Gary Byrd's guide to Black events, Sept. 12-18, 2013

Our GBE African Re-education Month/National Preparedness Month 2013 is sounding the call for the second annual Global Citizen Festival, an event intended to raise awareness of global poverty and education, returning to Central Park on Sept. 28, with Alicia Keys, ...

Rev. Sharpton: Now that we have marched, let’s get to work

This past Saturday, approximately 175,000 to 200,000 people gathered and marched in Washington, D.C., to call attention to the civil rights challenges of our time.

Fast food workers go on national strike Aug. 29, continue demand for $15 an hour

Today, fast-food workers all around the country staged yet another walkout to rally in favor of a living wage and better benefits—with New York leading the charge.

Former diplomat helps Rwandan community, but needs more help

After working as a diplomat for the Nigeria Mission to the United Nations in New York for 16 years, Clare Effiong thought it was time to give back in a different way.

Japan’s brush writing arts at the Met

From now until Jan. 12, 2014, enjoy the expressive art of Japanese calligraphy on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On display in the Met’s Sackler Wing on the second floor, this exquisite exhibition is made possible by the ...

Suriname: Arts festival on life support

Had Guyana not stepped in for the finance-starved Bahamas and hosted the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (Carifesta) in 2008, the premier regional showcase of film productions, dramatic plays, craft work and traditional dances might have died a natural death. ...

Former janitor’s art collection sweeps kids off their feet

At a glance, the home of humanitarian artist Edmund J. Hinkson appears to be like any other on Long Island: white pickett fence, green grass and a concrete path that leads to the front step.

Queens Council on the Arts offers grants to artists

In support of the creative spirits who live in Queens, the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) have opened applications their annual grants to individual artists and organizations.

Haiti Cultural Exchange celebrates Haitian culture through photography

The public is invited to a celebration of Haitian culture at the “Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus” photo exhibit, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Harlem Week veteran talks new and improved additions

In a month typically bogged down by consecutive heat waves and no national holiday to offer extra relief from work, one event spanning the month of August has served as an exclamation point on the summer season for almost four ...

Few changes coming to Harlem Week events

Harlem Week kicked off on Sunday, July 27 with several events, including the annual Fusion Fashion Show, which relocated from its usual location in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building to Riverside Park a few years ago. ...

Harlem Week kicked off last Sunday

Last Sunday kicked off the beginning of the 39th annual Harlem Week, a summer-long series of events to celebrate not only Harlem, but urban communities in general.