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Dr. Ben in his own words

Toward the front of the headquarters of the National Action Network in Harlem, there is a chair—no, a throne—that was placed there for the venerable Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan.

Women in the Pulpit Honored

Thursday, March 12, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic organized its first ever program “Ain’t I a Leader? Women in the Pulpit,” presented by the Interchurch Center and hosted by its president and executive director, Paula Mayo.

Dr. Ben joins the ancestors

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, transitioned.

The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, civil rights activist, dies at 90

President Barack Obama said that he was one of the Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s godchildren, “and I have worked hard to live up to her example.” Such has been the lot of many of Barrow’s many godchildren, all of whom ...

Staten Islanders celebrate Rev. Carolina in grand style

This past Saturday, churchgoers from the First Central Baptist Church on Staten Island put on their glad rags to celebrate the 10th anniversary Banquet for the Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr.

Albert Maysles, auteur of American cinema verite, dead at 88

Albert Maysles made intense, oft-discussed and legendary films with his brother David, including “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” that pushed the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Last week, Albert Maysles passed away in his Manhattan home. He was 88.

Sending Clark Terry home with a jazzy flair

Jazz lovers came out in droves to the homegoing of famed jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. The service took place at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, after Terry “peacefully went home to God on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark., ...

Veryl L. Harvey, 84, passes

Veryl L. Harvey was born Sept. 11, 1930, to Douglas and Elizabeth Bannister in Baltimore, Md. She was educated in the Baltimore public school system and graduated from Douglas High in 1948.

Saviours’ Day

The 85th annual Saviours’ Day celebration kicked off last Friday as the start of a three-day holiday weekend. This year’s theme was “The Intensifying Universal Cry for Justice.”

Civil rights legend Anne Moody dies at 74

As we move into the final week of Black History Month and African-Americans cheer the victory of “Glory” at the recent Academy Awards ceremony after many have commemorated the life and legacy of Malcolm X, we pause now for a ...

Dori J. Maynard, a fighter for diversity in journalism, dead at 56

Maynard is a name almost synonymous with Black journalism, and a pall hangs over it at the moment with the death of Dori J. Maynard, the daughter of publisher Robert C. Maynard, who carved her own unique niche in the ...

NAN performing activists salute Whitney Houston

The National Action Network Arts and Culture Committee, under the leadership of award-winning playwright Arnold Pinnix, presented “I Look to You: The Gospel of Whitney Houston.” This production takes a spiritual and insightful look into the afterlife of the late ...

Bassist dies at 78; Garland Thompson Sr. memorial

The intuitive bassist and educator whose style was a perfect fit for such varied musicians from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Cecil Taylor and Carmen McRae died Dec. 2 in his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 78.

Playwright Garland Lee Thompson Sr. honored at memorial service

A memorial service was held for Garland Lee Thompson Sr. at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem Saturday, Feb. 14. Garland passed away Nov. 18, 2014, in New York City.

Harlem, nation ready to celebrate Saviours’ Day

As the month of February is observed as Black History Month, which recognizes the plight, journey and accomplishments of Black people in America, there is another constant reality that is always present at the close of this month. “Saviours’ Day,” ...

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