A personal fragment of Derek Walcott

Rightfully, and hopefully passionately, there will be a flurry of encomiums for the poet Derek Walcott, who died March 17 in his native island of St. Lucia, which figured so “phosphorous,” to paraphrase one of his favorite words, in his ...

Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll pioneer, dead at 90

Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll," was found dead Saturday at a residence outside St. Louis, police in St. Charles County said. He was 90.

Noted poet and literary giant, Mari Evans, passes at 93

In downtown Indianapolis there is a 30-foot mural of Mari Evans, and it almost rises to the height of her poetic acclaim and majesty.

Activist/attorney Lynne Stewart joins the ancestors

Many self-determining activists and freedom fighters were saddened by the heartbreaking news that the courageous attorney Lynne Stewart had passed onto the ancestral realm this past Tuesday at her Brooklyn home.

Joni Sledge of R&B group Sister Sledge dies at age 60

Founding member of the American musical group, Sister Sledge, Joni Sledge has died.

Grand dame of Queens, Helen Marshall, passes at 87

Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has died.

First Central Baptist on Staten Island holds Black History Month Community Breakfast

First Central Baptist Church on Staten Island just celebrated Black History Month with their 12th Annual Town Hall Meeting and Community Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the Central Family Life Center.

Harlem’s revolutionary trinity: Khalid Muhammad, Malcolm X and Allah the Father

Last week’s edition of Amsterdam News spanned some significant dates that tied together three different alpha males whose lifetime efforts immensely affected many communities throughout the African Diaspora.

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.