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Celebrating the physical life of Tunde’ Ra Aleem

Numerous relatives, childhood friends, comrades and spiritual allies packed into the First Corinthians Baptist Church (1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) last Monday morning, Aug. 18, to pay their respects to one of Harlem’s own shining lights, Tunde’ Ra Aleem.

Reconciliation Conference: The next steps

While the world watches Muslims killing Muslims in what many deem as completely anti-Islamic, Muslims in the “City of Brotherly Love” are working to settle their differences and promote unity with the “Reconciliation Conference:

‘In Jesus time’: God and Hollywood

This past weekend, those faith power players broke “spiritual, creative and financial bread” at the Merge Summit, one of the largest events for people of faith, held in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Public memorial service for Ruby Dee set for Sept. 20

A public memorial service for late actress Ruby Dee is being held on Sept. 20 at The Riverside Church.

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 ...