Pianist/composer Randy Weston, upon accepting his award at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem annual benefit concert Wednesday at Hunter College, said, “I only have two words: Joey Alexander.”
Among the many untold Black stories in Detroit’s history is the phenomenal contributions made by doctors, and especially by African-American physicians.
When The Nation magazine in a recent announcement assured those interested in taking its tours to Cuba that everything was all right, it spelled out President Trump’s new restrictions on the constitutional rights to travel to Cuba.
When a good friend reminded me that Mae Mallory was a participant at the Sixth Pan-African Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1974, I dove into my memory bank to recall her presence there.
“A few would-be biographers have tried to tell my father’s story; none have done it well,” wrote Todd Mayfield with Travis Aria in “Traveling Soul—The Life of Curtis Mayfield” (Chicago Review Press, 2017).
President Trump announced Monday that he will not invoke executive privilege to block former FBI Director James Comey from testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday.
Wednesday, a copy of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was released.
Herb Hardesty may be best remembered for his half-century of performing in the studio and in concert with Fats Domino, but many music lovers first heard his melodic tones on Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” It was clearly a rhythm and blues song, but you could hear shades of jazz in Hardesty’s brief solo.
The recent death of Jean-Claude Baker, while a sad occasion, is an opportunity to renew our acquaintance with his “mother,” Josephine Baker, famously known as the "Bronze Venus".
Most fans of vocalist/pianist Shirley Horn were probably seduced by her recordings and concert engagements toward the end of her career, with her rendition of “Here’s to Life,” her signature song. But there’s plenty more to Horn’s remarkable journey and legacy that began May 1, 1934 in Washington, D.C., where she was born and raised—and continued to live for most of her life.
Whenever there’s discussion of historically Black colleges and universities, the mind drifts to the southern states.
First there was Paul Manafort, and then Michael Flynn. Now the intrigue and possible collusion with the Russians has reached even deeper inside the Trump administration to his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
It didn’t take those summoned to the GHCC 2017 Partnership/Sponsors Breakfast Meeting long to pick up on Lloyd Williams’ announcement of the theme for the upcoming Harlem Week.
Not until Elizabeth Dowling Taylor published her book, “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era” (Amistad Press, 2017) was I aware of Murray and his role in the Black elite of Washington, D.C. as well as his creative promotion of African-American literature and culture.
Last week, more damaging revelations surfaced suggesting that President Trump is careening dangerously toward impeachment.
If the Senate is poised to reject President Trump’s American Health Care Act that narrowly passed in the House by four votes, they should feel equally resistant to his budget proposal, with its severe cuts planned for the nation’s poor.
Think Detroit and invariably the next thought is automobiles and the Motown Recording Company. Say Motown, and Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson come to mind.
A disclosure by The Washington Post on Monday that President Trump had shared highly classified intelligence information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week sent a new wave of improbability and consternation across the nation.
President Trump has found yet another way to boil the political pot—dare we call it Trumpestuous—with the firing of FBI director James Comey. As expected, the termination of the FBI head has unleashed a firestorm of reaction among Democrats and Republicans.
“I lived on 114th Street and Manhattan Avenue,” Harry Belafonte said toward the end of his 20-minute speech at the 115th Street Library.
The failure of the U.S. to recognize the valor and courage of Black American soldiers, sailors and other military personnel is nothing new, and the topic surfaced again when Carl Clark, 66 years after his heroic act during World War II, was finally honored in 2012.
A week ago, May 2, Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the mayoral Democratic primary in Jackson, Miss. Lumumba, 34, whose father, the city’s former mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, died three years ago at 66, defeated a crowded field of candidates, polling phenomenal numbers.
Of all the distressing numbers related to the Republican so-called American Health Care Act, narrowly passed last week in the House, none is as disturbing as those forecast by the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance.
It’s hard to believe that attendees at the screening of Lebert “Sandy” Bethune’s film, “Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom,” Sunday, May 7, at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center will acquire as much knowledge as Bethune dispensed during his recent appearance at City College.
William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. was called “Bumps” by Coleman Young, Detroit’s first African-American mayor, during their stint in the military, and President Clinton honored him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Finding a female counterpart to the remarkable August Wilson is not easy, but Lorraine Hansberry comes close, and she came to mind additionally as we prepare for Malcolm X’s birthday May 19, which she shared.
If it’s possible to discern a person’s character and integrity, or lack thereof, by whom they admire and respect, then there’s little to commend President Trump’s hero-worship of Andrew Jackson.
James Baldwin, a native son of Harlem, is home again, at least some of his precious letters and other artifacts are after having been acquisitioned by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
A recent press release from Dr. Maulana Karenga reminded me of the great playwright August Wilson. Karenga, as timely and prescient as ever, will be paying homage to Wilson and his remarkable odyssey and the Classroom follows suit.
President Trump suffered another serious judicial bump Tuesday when a San Francisco judge ruled against his executive order barring federal funds to the so-called sanctuary cities. This decision by a judge is the latest court setback for the Trump administration, including three blocks on his earlier immigration orders and travel bans.
Dr. William F. Pickard, in the Introduction to his book “Millionaire Moves—Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship” (Real Times Media, 2016), offers this caveat and promise: “There is a surplus of inspirational, how-to-be-a-winner books on the market, and they all claim to have answers.
Looking rested and younger than ever—despite the increased gray hair—former President Barack Obama sat onstage in the middle of a youthful roundtable at the University of Chicago Monday.
In one way, Linda Hopkins cannot be considered among our treasured distant ancestors because she died Monday, April 10.
Statements of sympathy and grief for Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, in many ways reflecting the ordinary and extraordinary people she touched, are coming in from people in all walks of life.
“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
Despite the Specialty Pharmacy Times headline defining Mumia Abu-Jamal as an “infamous inmate,” it’s good news that he has begun receiving treatment for his hepatitis C virus.
African and African-American history can hit you in some of the most unpredictable places, if you pay attention.
Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest member of the Supreme Court Monday, and it is conceivable that Democrats will be swearing and cursing for years after a nuclear option was a determining factor.
During his press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, responding to questions about the turmoil in the West Wing, said, “Our battles and our policy differences need to be behind closed doors.
Statements of sympathy and grief for Justice Sheila Adbus-Salaam, in many ways reflecting the ordinary and extraordinary people she touched, are coming in from all walks of life.
William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. was called “Bumps” by Coleman Young, Detroit’s first African-American mayor during their stint in the military, and President Clinton honored him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil M. Gorsuch has won the vote of three Democrats in the Senate.
It took Roger Wilkins a while to settle into the world of journalism, where his famous uncle and father had established enviable reputations, but once there he made his mark and reached deeper precincts of the mainstream media than his predecessors. Wilkins, for some time the sole high-ranking African-American in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died Sunday, March 26, a day after his 85th birthday, in a care facility in Kensington, Md.
Without Burnsteen Sharrieff Mohammed’s secretarial and clerical skills and her intuitive understanding of W.D. Fard’s beliefs and principles, the Nation of Islam might never have blossomed.
April 4, 1968, is a day that will live in infamy. Most Americans can recall...
Photojournalist Robert A. Sengstacke was born with ink in his blood in a family where a newspaper was its stock-in-trade, but Sengstacke converted the ink to film—and sometimes words—to become a noted man behind the camera.
With the recent appearance of poet and publisher Haki Madhubuti in the city and his message that Bobby Sengstacke, the noted photojournalist, had joined the ancestors, Chicago was definitely on my mind.
For nearly eight years, the GOP has been doing everything possible to repeal Obamacare, and they thought that with President Trump making the same complaint, it was a done deal.
Ever since the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the racist rhetoric he spewed, there has been a noticeable increase of white nationalism in the U.S.
James Comey, the FBI director who jumped the gun on Hillary Clinton’s emails with a letter to Congress days before the presidential election, finally said the bureau is investigating the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.