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.

First lady of African-American stage and screen, Ruby Dee, dies at 91

Ruby Dee, the first lady of African-American theater and film, made her transition last Wednesday, June 11, at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., according to Arminda Thomas, the archivist for Dee-Davis Enterprises. Dee was 91 and the cause of ...

The Legendary Ruby Dee Joins the Ancestors

Ruby Dee, winner of an Emmy, a Grammy and a Screen Actors Guild award died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. at age 91.

Goodbye, sweet Prince

A heavy solemnity descended upon St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church Friday, June 6, as stabbing victim Prince Joshua Avitto was eulogized.

Basil Paterson’s remarkable life celebrated at Riverside Church

Basil A. Paterson’s prowess in the kitchen, especially his special way of making blueberry pancakes, was mentioned with reverence by several speakers at his memorial service last Thursday evening at the Riverside Church. However, his ability on the grill took ...

Maya Angelou and Elombe Brath Remembered

The world woke up on May 28 to hear that poet, author and activist Maya Angelou had died quietly in her home in Winston Salem, N.C., at the age of 86. She lived a life that encouraged people to be ...

In loving memory of Elombe Brath, our ambassador to the African world

The global African community, led by the December 12th Movement, marched from the Harlem State Building to the world-renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in loving memory of Elombe Brath.