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Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

John Blake Jr., who continued the early tradition of bringing the violin into the jazz arena and making its voice heard with the music of Africa to avant-garde, R&B, blues and spirituals, died Aug. 15 in Philadelphia.

We will never forget Yusef Hawkins

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Yusef Hawkins’ death. The racially polarizing incident set the city ablaze with racial tensions and tarnished a Bensonhurst community.

Bill Greaves, noted documentarian and Harlem native, dies at 87

A native of Harlem and a prolific filmmaker, William Greaves, once remarked that he thought he would be a hurricane in documenting Black history and culture but settled for the fact that he was “only a single rain drop.”

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School is a free public charter school in Manhattan’s Community School District 3 that provides students with the foundation to successfully pursue advanced studies and achieve continued personal growth as global citizens.

A letter to my lost father, Wilbert Blair

I still can’t believe my dad committed suicide. He put a .38 to his head and pulled the trigger. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that.

Church fire deemed suspicious

The recent fire at the Byways and Hedges Youth for Christ Ministry has been deemed suspicious. The blaze occurred during last week’s National Night Out.

Shiloh Baptist Church hosts annual Street Crusade

Dozens gathered outside of Shiloh Baptist Church Sunday, July 26 to celebrate their annual Street Evangelistic Crusade. A big white stage blocked all traffic from entering 131st Street between seventh and eighth avenues.

Harlem sends home native son Eddie Ellis

Many relatives, childhood friends and fellow activists jammed into Abyssinian Baptist Church last Thursday evening to display their love and bid farewell to one of Harlem’s unsung progressive heroes.

Eddie Ellis makes his transition

Edwin Benjamin Ellis Jr., affectionately known to all as “Eddie Ellis,” passed away in the early morning July 24 at his home. He was 72 years old.

Andrew Charles survives with help from God and family

If you met Andrew Charles, you’d first notice how young he looks. He is 26 but looks about eight years younger. If you looked deeper, though, into his eyes, you’d realize that something was amiss, as if a weight were ...

Ameenah Rasul, leader of women in the Nation of Islam, dies at 90

The sight of large numbers of white-uniformed Nation of Islam women streaming into Lagree Baptist Church on West 125th Street in Harlem set off rumors of Minister Louis Farrakhan making an unannounced speaking engagement to the possible passing of an ...

Prolific and passionate author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76

Walter Dean Myers was as prolific as he was passionate about children’s literature.

J.D. Livingston remembered: ‘Thank you for kindness’

Memorial services were held for late radio producer and National Action Network (NAN) crisis department leader Joseph Dennis “J.D.” Livingston. Best remembered for his signature saying, “Thank you for your kindness,” a host of friends, family politicians and community leaders ...

Black churches offer first aid for mental health

African-American churches nationwide are turning to an innovative training program to equip their congregations with the skills necessary to recognize mental illness and respond to mental health emergencies. The program, Mental Health First Aid, helps people assess a mental health ...

Dr. Muriel Petioni Charter School open house

Grace Congregational Church of Harlem will hold an open house for parents so that they can learn about Dr. Muriel Petioni Charter School (DMPCS), which was named in honor of the late Muriel Petioni, who passed away at age 97 ...

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