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Singer and dancer Florence Mills was the ‘Queen of Happiness’

A few weeks ago while doing a profile on the great pianist and composer Eubie Blake, I was reacquainted with the short but brilliant life of Florence Mills, who starred in Blake and Noble Sissle’s musical “Shuffle Along” in 1921.

Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 26 - July 2, 2014

Join the Radio GBE tristate community for “Thank You For Your Kindness,” a life celebration for late Radio GBE producer and activist J.D. Livingston

Five Years Since Michael Jackson’s death

Today officially marks the fifth anniversary since the death of the King of Pop.

The Apollo celebrates 80 years

Harlem’s crown jewel, the Apollo Theater, celebrates its 80th birthday this week, with a star-studded, music-filled event during the annual spring gala. On top of celebrating eight decades of entertainment, the Apollo also honored BNY Mellon and Richard Parsons.

Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 19 - June 25, 2014

Greetings. The line of new ancestors continues to grow with the passing of legendary Academy Award-nominated stage and film actress, performance poet, civil right, human rights and Pan-African activist Ruby Dee, wife of the late Ossie Davis. Dee died at ...

Free Annual Concert Returns to Lower Manhattan

If you are hoping to enjoy the city this summer but can’t afford its steep prices, consider the annual River to River Festival in downtown Manhattan, opening June 19.

Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June12- 18, 2014

Black Music Month 2014 is starting out with a bang

Miles Way, Vision Festival, Ornette Coleman

To celebrate the trumpeter Miles Dewey Davis III’s 88th birthday on May 26, the street where he owned a brownstone (312 W. 77th St.) and lived for many years was named “Miles Davis Way” in his honor (the northwest corner ...

Despite ‘Bunny Rugs’ passing, Coore, Third World March On

The year 2014 has been a whirlwind for the legendary reggae band Third World. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, their lead singer for four decades, passed away at the age of 65 of leukemia. The band, which is best known for ...

Aretha Franklin Talks Radio City, New Album, Biopic Film

The “Queen of Soul” still reigns, and now more than ever, Aretha Franklin is still satisfying her fans as she receives an Ivy League honorary degree, prepares for the release of her new album this fall and throws a new ...

Uncompromising. Revolutionary. Loyal. Legend: Ice Cube

On June 13, Columbia Pictures releases one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer, “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill and ...

Cuba’s MalPaso Dance Company: A Promising Future

MalPaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, made its mark on New York City in its first U.S. appearance.

Copeland conquers ‘Coppelia’!

In American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) “Coppelia,” considered the last of the Romantic ballets, Misty Copeland made the fantasy real in her debut performance as Swanilda

Summer Jam: Hip-Hop Stars, Weed Smoke and a Whole Lot of Cursing

Hot 97’s Summer Jam at the MetLife Stadium was full of curses, big beats, surprise guest stars, base lyrics and, dare I say, much celebrated ratchetness.

Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday on Broadway

Audra McDonald channels the spirit of Billie Holiday in a touching, moving portrayal of the late jazz singer in her Broadway show, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”