DMX to be memorialized at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Despite social distancing protocols, hundreds of adoring fans attended various local vigils honoring the legacy of hip hop icon DMX since he transitioned April 9.

Harlem hip-hop legend Black Rob passes

The hip hop community has been hit hard this month with two local, platinum-plus selling artists becoming an ancestor within about a week.

Black Panther Chip Fitzgerald joins ancestors

One of the longest captive political prisoners of war in the United States’ recent history joined the ancestors March 29 while still incarcerated at a California prison.

Rapper and actor DMX dead at 50

Rapper and actor DMX dead at 50

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, a former judge and civil rights activist, dead at 84

After a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), died April 6 at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in D.C. where he was undergoing treatment.

COMMENTARY: Remembering Harlem’s power couple

If there was ever a “power couple” in the history of Harlem, when it was known as “The Negro Metropolis” and “The Mecca of Black America,” this was it!

Commitment to ‘Beloved Community’ focus of Stephens College award recipient

The Stephens College Alumnae Association has announced that the organization’s annual Alumnae Achievement Award will be presented to Mattie Carolyn Hall, known professionally as Carol Hall, during the College’s 2021 virtual reunion weekend, April 8-10.

Shirley Chisholm: A trailblazing politician

In honor of Women’s Heritage Month, a closer look is taken at the legacy of trailblazing politician Shirley Chisolm, who inspired a generation of Black, as well as women, elected officials.

Versatile actor Yaphet Kotto dead at 81

There’s a scene in “Blue Collar” (1978) where Yaphet Kotto complains about doing the work of three men in an automobile plant, and those words to some degree were indicative of his productive acting career.

Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler passes

The stunning news of former undisputed boxing World Middleweight Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 66, passing on Saturday, March 13, at his New Hampshire home unexpectedly caught many off guard.

Celebrating the life of Mitchell ‘Big Un’ Rose

The local Brooklyn and boxing communities visited Frank Bell’s Funeral Home (536 Sterling Pl., Brooklyn) Feb. 23 to honor the life of native Brooklynite, Mitchell “Big Un” Rose, 51, who succumbed to the effects of COVID-19 on Feb. 12.

Vernon E. Jordan, civil rights activist, passes at 85

A smooth, polished and elegant style characterized Vernon E. Jordan Jr.’s political comportment, as well as his personal demeanor.

Noted newsman Errol Louis mourns the passing of his father

From his popular son, journalist and NY1 host Errol Louis, you can gather an aspect of his father Edward John Louis, particularly their commitment to a career.

Legendary Trojan Records reggae artist U-Roy dies at 78

Ewart “U-Roy” Beckford, who perfected the art of toasting, a form of deejaying while adding lyrics over his records, and who opened doors to the early emergence of hip hop, has died at 78 years old. Marcia Smikle, U-Roy’s partner ...

Attorney and author Lawrence Otis Graham dies, age 59

Lawrence Otis Graham was best known as an attorney and bestselling author.