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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 ...

Remembering the life of Jazz Legend Horace Silver

A memorial service will be held for jazz musician Horace Silver on Monday, July 7th at the St Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church, located on 290 Henry Street in Manhattan.

Public memorial service for Ruby Dee to be held this fall

A public memorial for late actress Ruby Dee is being held in September

Rev. and Mrs. James Forbes Jr. celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, and Bettye F. Forbes, founder of the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows as dozens of couples who were previously married ...

Matriarch Edna Swann makes her transition

Librarian, author and educator Edna Christine Tatum Swann, known as “Mama Edna,” leaves behind a rich history and legacy not only to her own family, but also to the Amsterdam News. Swann passed away on June 22 at the age ...

Five Percenters hold 44th annual Show and Prove

Members of the Five Percenters, aka Nation of Gods and Earths (NGE), merged in Mecca/Harlem this past weekend for their 44th annual Show and Prove. Ever since 1971, during the second weekend of each June, the organization, established by Allah, ...

Gun violence victims remembered at First Corinthians Baptist Church

First Corinthian Baptist Church, in collaboration with Harlem’s Silent Cry, is hosting “Cease Fire” on Saturday, June 28 from 3:30-7 p.m. The service is aimed to restore, recognize and renew the spirit of families who have lost loved ones to ...

Tanaya Grant Copeland laid to rest

Last Wednesday, June 11, Tanaya Grant Copeland, 18, was funeralized at Bethlehem Baptist Church in East New York.