Nelson Mandela, was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918
The people of South Africa along with admirers from around the world will feel the loss of this leader, activist and revolutionary
Detroit is insolvent and thereby eligible for bankruptcy
President Barack Obama embarked Tuesday on a campaign to assure Americans that his health plan is alive and well.
Among the agenda items for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is how to placate the numerous public unions
Three of the last Scottsboro Boys—African-American youths falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931—were granted posthumous pardons by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Jubilee Singers created to raise money for Fisk University
Last Saturday evening, President Barack Obama explained yet another bold move by his administration, and like his other moves, the interim peace deal with Iran has come with its own measure of dissent and push back
Breathtakingly exquisite and elegant is about the best way to describe the newly renovated Minton’s Playhouse
President Barack Obama woke up Wednesday morning to more bad news: His approval rating reached the lowest since he took office.
When asked recently if he had seen “12 Years a Slave,” a young man said no, but responded, “I have lived in New York City under 12 years of Bloomberg.”
On the inside of the National Action Network (NAN) headquarters last Saturday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was effusive
As Bil de Blasio makes his transaction to mayor, questions loom over who will be selected as the next NYPD Commissioner
Former Mayor David Dinkins was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital last Wednesday after being treated for pneumonia.
Obamacare wasn’t a measure that would be completed overnight. Nor would its significant arrival for millions of Americans without any health insurance be a smooth one.
In several African-American history books, particularly biographical dictionaries, Anna Arnold Hedgeman and Dorothy Height are listed almost inseparably.
If Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is interested in the opinion of a very small, informal survey of Black New Yorkers, then he should choose Kim Royster or Philip Banks III as the next police commissioner. Royster, according to some Harlemites, would add color and gender to the new mayor’s inner circle. Royster, who was the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Division, was promoted to inspector in October, making the 29-year veteran the third Black woman to earn a gold star in the department’s history. She is the mother of two and played a pivotal role in the gun buyback initiative.
The Rev. Dr. Eugene Saint Clair Callender touched the lives of thousands
Feeling pressure to provide the American public with a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama addressed the problem on Monday at a dinner in Washington, D.C
All Black filmmakers stand on the shoulders of Oscar Micheaux
Healthcare exchange: "The system is down at the moment"
Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award winner, is an inspired performer
It is possible to string three lives together and gather the full expanse of African-American history
Viola Gregg Liuzzo was a white homemaker from Detroit, Mich., who decided to commit herself to the fight against segregation
On the trek from the A train to the Jacob Javits Convention Center over the weekend, a visitor would have met with a veritable army of folks—mostly women—leaving the Circle of Sisters 13th annual event. An even larger gathering of women—mostly Black—were inside the center, crowding the hundreds of vendors or seated at the Steve Harvey-emceed “Family Feud,” or standing in line for the concert featuring Eric Benet, Keyshia Cole and Amel Larrieux.
Using a call-and-response style popularized by the Occupy Movement, hundreds of students gathered outside—and later inside—City College in Harlem on Monday afternoon, protesting the closing of the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Student and Community Center in the NAC (North Academic Center) building.
Many Americans who were not fully aware of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” or who were frustrated by attempts to log on to the government’s website to purchase the mandated insurance got answers to both pressing problems on Monday from the man himself. Surrounded by people who have already benefited from Obamacare, President Barack Obama explained several of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and why the website hasn’t been going as smoothly as he would like.
It is futile to search for James Emanuel in many of the so-called definitive anthologies of African-American literature
Practically everyone knows that Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, but not as many know about her husband, Raymond Parks, who introduced her to the struggle against injustice, or E.D. Nixon, the president of the NAACP branch in Montgomery under whom she served
News broke of the Monday night passing of former Rep. Major R. Owens on Oct. 21
In his column last week, Armstrong Williams listed three basic arguments against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, all of which cry out for further discussion because his conclusions, unsurprisingly, coincide incontrovertibly with conservative think tanks and websites.
After former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, is perhaps the most recognizable man in the world.
For Maxine Powell, the doyenne of style and grace, an entertainer or performer had to exhibit a certain savoir faire and stage presence to win an audience
Few Americans were as devout and determined to end slavery in this country as John Brown
Whenever the Rev. Al Sharpton is attacked his first impulse is not to dignify the allegations, to let his detractors be hoisted on their own petard or, in contemporary terms, let the crap fly back in their faces.
After more than two weeks of paralysis and a threatened default, the government may zip back into action now that a deal has apparently been reached between the Senate leaders, and that also portends agreement from the recalcitrant House of Representatives.
George Edward Tait, the poet laureate of Harlem, arrived precisely at the beginning of a birthday salute to the stricken freedom fighter Elombe Brath last Sunday at the Dwyer Cultural Center, and his poem “Elombe Time” not only underscored his punctuality, but also captured the essence of a man he deeply admires.
Rep. Charles Rangel and eight other Democratic members of the House were among 200 people arrested Tuesday evening during a peaceful rally on the National Mall and in front of the U.S. Capitol. They were there demanding Congress pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
Of all the iconic children in the Civil Rights Movement, Ruby Nell Bridges is perhaps the least known. Much has been written about the young people of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the “Little Rock Nine” and Linda Brown, the young girl at the center of Brown v. the Board of Education decision in 1954.
As we enter week two of the government shutdown, it has become increasingly clear that there are enough Republican votes in the House to end the impasse, but Speaker John Boehner is reluctant—or hasn’t been pushed enough—to bring the vote to the floor.
Within a week after being released from more than forty years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison, Herman Wallace, 71, had little time enjoy his newfound freedom.
Indubitably, reviewers and many readers of the David N. Dinkins’ memoir “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic,” written with Peter Knobler, will be drawn to those major incidents in his political life: Gotham’s first Black mayor; the Crown Heights riots; the Sonny Carson imbroglio; the Korean grocery store boycott; and his loss to Rudy Giuliani in 1993. But to seek out his discussion singularly on these moments is to miss a remarkable success story, one that he relates with an interest of setting the record straight while taking the blame for some of his missteps
Unfortunately, the wives of civil rights icons often stand in the shadows of their eminent husbands, but Evelyn Lowery, the wife of Joseph Lowery, stepped outside of that shadow and established her own special place in the struggle for civil and human rights.
Other than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. proudly claims it has never been bombed from the air. That may be true to the extent of a foreign enemy conducting such an action, but it doesn’t apply to incidents where U.S. planes bombed their own people, as in the Tulsa Riot of 1921 and in Philadelphia in 1985, when incendiary firebombs were dropped on Move, a back-to-nature group.
As the government shutdown begins, a number of questions arise, such as how long will it last, who’s to blame and how does this impact the ordinary American?
How long will it last and to what degree a closed government will affect folks outside the beltway are the most troubling questions. As to whom to blame, well, that depends on who is being asked.
Now that Bill de Blasio has won the primaries, Liu can maybe catch his breath and relax a bit.
As expected, President Barack Obama used the stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning to touch on practically all of the global urgencies the U.S. faces, and, as expected, Syria and Iran got the most attention.
No group epitomized the role of young people in the Civil Rights Movement as resolutely as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Founded at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., during a conference on the campus from April 16-18, 1960, SNCC, or “Snick” as it was popularly called, was the brainchild of activist Ella Baker, then executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership
The global literary community was shocked to learn that noted writer, educator and diplomat Kofi Awoonor was among those killed last Saturday in the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.