Black solidarity sets the agenda

The Black Solidarity Day Coalition 2018 recaptured the essence of Dr. Carlos Russell’s initial vision of collective political and economic action in the Black community.

Activists denounce African burial ground vandalization

“We are angry! We are livid and we want an arrest!” shouted Assemblyman Charles Barron outside the African Burial Ground National Monument near City Hall that was vandalized last week with a racial slur suggesting that Black people be killed.

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove dead at 49

NPR is reporting that renown jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has died of a cardiac arrest at the tender age of 49.

Ntozake Shange, October 18, 1948–October 27, 2018

Ntozake Shange, renowned and beloved poet, playwright, novelist, performance artist, essayist and educator, died in her sleep Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Playwright Ntozake Shange passes at 70

Reports indicate that Black playwright Ntozake Shange has died.

Glorious homegoing for Grace L. Jones

When a person passes away and a memorial service is held, it is a chance for us to celebrate that person’s life. It is a chance for us to acknowledge the contributions that the person made to us personally, to ...

Celebrating the life of Oluwadurotimi Oyebola

On Oct. 5, 2018, the Oyebola family held a vigil/viewing of Oluwadurotimi Oyebola. Oyebola was tragically shot and killed Sept. 21, in Brownsville, Brooklyn while playing basketball with his friends at Chester Playground.

Slain Brownsville teen funeralized in Brooklyn

The heartbreak and pain was palpable at the wake and funeral of 16-year-old Oluwadurotimi “Timi” Oyebola, who was shot and killed reportedly by a 14-year-old boy who fired at youths playing on a basketball court at Brownsville’s Chester Playground Sept. ...

Madeleine Yayodele Nelson—musician, educator, founder of Women of the Calabash—passes

Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, founder of the musical company Women of the Calabash, died unexpectedly Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the age of 69. Madeleine, a 43-year resident of New York City, was born in Pittsburgh to Alberta Nelson (née Hall) ...

Community mourns loss of Ruth Clark

She was an anchor in the community and an icon. Tuesday, the community said goodbye and sent her home.

The hidden history of the African-American experience

When it comes to the story that needs to be told about the experience of Africans in America (African-Americans if you will), the term “Hidden Figures” is an understatement.

Randy Weston, jazz griot, dies at 92

Randy Weston, the Brooklyn native and son of Africa, who made the history of the motherland a prerequisite to his live performances and many albums such as Uhuru Africa (1960) died peacefully Sept. 1, at his brownstone in Brooklyn. He ...

A Queen and her common folks: Aretha Franklin's homegoing

As only an admiring peon, I had no invitation to attend the homegoing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Fans travel from near and far in celebration of Aretha Franklin

Several civil rights leaders, former presidents and others offered touching and poignant tributes to Aretha Franklin, affectionately known to the world as the Queen of Soul, during her funeral in Detroit on Friday.

AUDELCO President Grace L. Jones passes at 90

Grace L. Jones, 90, passed early in the morning Sunday, Aug. 26 due to heart issues.