Swizz Beatz, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Kool DJ Red Alert being honored at Hip-Hop Element Awards in the Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Windows of Hip Hop will co-host the annual Hip-Hop Element Awards at Pier 132 in The Bronx.

Jazz Media Summit 2018 focuses on women, BLM

The Jazz Journalist Association will be hosting the Jazz Media Summit in New York City in the midst of NY Winter Jazzfest and Jazz Congress. This year the collection of panels will take place at the Jazz Gallery in Manhattan ...

What to expect at the 14th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest

The 14th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest, taking place Jan. 10 to Jan. 17, will continue this year to confront issues of injustice.

Kevin Mahogany, the jazz vocalist of his generation, passes at 59

For jazz buffs coming of age in the late ’50s and early ’60s, particularly for aspiring singers, the litmus test was “Moody’s Mood for Love,” the lyrics added to James Moody’s solo on the standard tune.

Queens College commemorates Dr. King with Sweet Honey in the Rock Jan. 14

The acclaimed a cappella women’s ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, will headline Queens College’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration Sunday, Jan. 14.

Big Daddy Kane runs down memory lane at Schomburg Center

Saturday, Dec. 16, the Schomburg’s Hip-Hop History Project initiated its new series “Going Way Back” with an exclusive featured interview of Grammy award-winning MC, Big Daddy Kane.

Taking a knee with Tribeca-Grand

Hadn’t had much interest in watching football lately, but that National Championship Game Monday was indeed a thrill ride.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!’ starring Oscar winner John Legend

While covering the Oscars on behalf of the New York Amsterdam News, I asked John Legend what he loved about being a “storyteller” after he, and Common, won for Best Song, “Glory,” from the film “Selma,” which chronicled the 1965 ...

SZA, most nominated woman at 2018 Grammys

Newcomer and minimalist, R&B/soul artist SZA is leading nominations for women artists at the 2018 Grammys.

Five 2017 reissued albums by Black artists

As 2017 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on the re-emergence of great music of the past, as well as celebrating new music that was released this year.

Celebrate with Charlie Wilson on New Year’s Eve at the NJPAC

At 7 p.m. Dec. 31, Uncle Charlie—R&B/funk musician and producer Charlie Wilson—will be performing at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Minnie Riperton’s ‘Perfect Angel’ to be reissued

The late Minnie Riperton, the angelic voiced singer-songwriter, best known for her 1975 hit ballad, “Lovin’ You,” has had her iconic album, “Perfect Angel,” reissued in celebration of her 70th birthday.

Mavis Staples releases new album, ‘If All I Was Was Black’

Legendary soul singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples has released a timely new album titled, “If All I Was Was Black.”

Talib Kweli talks sexism, hip-hop, new album ‘Radio Silence’

Rapper and activist Talib Kweli took the time to chat about his new full-length album, “Radio Silence.” Although the conversation began with music, it quickly turned to the topic of sexism and the lack of equality for women and girls ...

Talib Kweli talks about sexism, hip-hop and new album ‘Radio Silence’

Rapper and activist Talib Kweli took the time to chat about his new full-length album, “Radio Silence.”