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Harry Floyd Smith Sr. Returns to the Essence

The Harlem community, the boxing fraternity and many members of the Five Percenters, were deeply saddened by the news that Harry Floyd Smith Sr., aka A. Allah, had joined the ancestors Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 83 years of age.

Al Jarreau, Grammy-winning jazz singer, dead at 76

Al Jarreau, the jazz-pop musician best known for the hits "Breakin' Away," "We're in This Love Together" and the theme song to the popular 1980's TV show, "Moonlighting," died Sunday, according to posts on his verified social media accounts

Fidel Castro honored in NYC at historic Shabazz Center

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, Fidel Castro Ruz, revolutionary leader of the Cuban Revolution, was honored in a memorial tribute at the historic Malcolm X /Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, Broadway and 165th Street in Manhattan.

Author William Melvin Kelley passes at 79

One of William Melvin Kelley’s novels, “A Different Drummer,” signaled his complex, singular style and literary penchant.

Services to honor the life of Kuwan J. Christian

Family and friends attended the services for Kuwan J. Christian Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem.

An artist with a camera, Chuck Stewart, passes at 89

There is the photo of Eric Dolphy in deep thought, his bass clarinet resting on his shoulder. Another photo shows a pensive John Coltrane with his wife Alice hovering in the background.

Michael J. Feeney remembered one year later

Friends and family came together this week to remember late journalist Michael J. Feeney, who died Jan. 31, 2016.

The Bishop Eddie Long I knew

I was hanging out with Bishop Eddie Long one day when he decided to surprise me.

Thank you, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross

Funeral services were held Wednesday at for that pioneering psychiatrist Phyllis Harrison-Ross at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where she served as a trustee and chairperson. Harrison-Ross died Jan. 14 at age 80.

Pioneering psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, passes at 80

There’s a photo of Wayne State University’s College of Medicine graduating class in Detroit in 1959. Of the 66 graduates, there are two Black men, one white woman, and one Black woman—Phyllis Harrison.

Bishop Eddie Long dead at 63

Multiple reports indicate that Bishop Eddie Long has died.

Cyril DeGrasse Tyson, sociologist, educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89

Cyril DeGrasse Tyson, a leading figure in the development of urban social policy in New York City, who devoted his life to the empowerment of all those who were disenfranchised, died at his home in North Salem, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. ...

1,000-day vigil for Chibok girls, met with unsatisfied protesters, advocates

Before the Christmas holiday, Nigerian authorities reported that 21 of 276 Chibok girls had been released by the Boko Haram.

CORE leader, Roy Innis, dead at 82

When Roy Ennis, a native of the Virgin Islands, first emerged on the political scene as a member of Congress of Racial Equality, he was a steadfast opponent of racism and discrimination and a loyalist in the ranks of civil ...

Reflections on the legacy of Thutmose Powell

Several comrades of renowned Harlem activist Brother Morris Thutmose Powell reflected on his life-long efforts this past Monday at Harlem’s UCLA, the University on the Corner of Lenox Avenue. Powell joined the ancestors May 23 while in Namibia, Africa, where ...

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