The great conductor Arturo Toscanini said her voice was one heard only “once in a hundred years.”
President Barack Obama's “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative for young men of color is promising.
Poignant and insightful vignettes reminded me of the ones that used to appear in Black publications “back in the day,” particularly the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender; many of them containing the wisdom of J.A Rogers, the eminent historian and anthropologist who rarely has received his due
Of concern at the moment former rock and roll musician Ted Nugent, who called the president a “subhuman mongrel.”
On Tuesday evening, I came home to learn that Lumumba was dead. I wondered if his death was related to the sickness.
Ted Nugent’s comments that President Barack Obama is a “subhuman mongrel” and his subsequent so-called apology, which accused Obama of being a “violator of the Constitution,” is totally disrespectful
With the current Winter Olympics in Sochi underway, particularly with speed skater and two-time gold medalist Shani Davis—the one Black participant of note no longer a medal contender—I thought of Debi Thomas.
To paraphrase an old economic saying: If the mainstream media sneezes, the Black media comes down with pneumonia.
A profile on Eubie Blake during Black History Month is more than appropriate since he was born and made his transition in February. Blake was a phenomenal pianist and an acclaimed composer and lyricist who, in the twilight of his life, was fond of saying that if had known he was going to live to be 100 years old, he would have taken better care of himself.
For many regular listeners at WBLS and WLIB, it comes as no surprise that Emmis Communications is now the official owner of WBLS/WLIB, having purchased it from YMF Media for $131 million.
With such luminous luminaries as Lalah Hathaway, Valerie Simpson and Regina Belle on the program at the Apollo Theater last Friday—on the cusp of Black History Month and two days before the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey—it was a no-lose concert, one made all the more a guaranteed success with Jonathan Batiste, Arturo O’Farrill and Alex Bugnon giving the baby grand delightful moments of sound.
One of the earliest influences on me as an aspiring journalist was Era Bell Thompson.
One week after winning her first Grammy for Best R&B Performance, Lalah Hathaway will share some of that effusive joy with the Harlem community on Friday, Jan. 31at the Apollo Theater.
George Washington Williams was born almost a century before Dr. Carter G. Woodson conceived Negro History Week
President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address Tuesday evening
When the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks clash on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium at Super Bowl XLVIII, they will need a stellar performance in order to match the run-up mega event at the Apollo Theater on Jan. 31.
Jackie Ormes, the largely unknown Black female cartoonist
Clara Gantt, 94, has waited more than 60 years for her husband, Joseph E. Gantt, to come home from Korea
Amiri Baraka died Thursday afternoon in Newark, N.J., where he was born and lived most of his life.
There are several things about Obamacare that are indisputable, though we are mindful that by offering the views of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, they are clearly tendentious.
Dr. W. V. Cordice Jr. was a quiet, unassuming man of great humility, but he was also a talented surgeon who knew exactly what to do when faced with a crisis.
It’s not too farfetched to say that Maria Stewart was the female counterpart to the great Marcus Garvey.
One of Ford’s motives was to improve the sales of his Model T by providing his workers with a salary so they could afford to purchase the product they helped produce. These job opportunities were good news and bad news for Black workers in Detroit who before World War I represented but a small portion of the city’s total population.
York, William Clark’s slave whose linguistic skills and natural diplomacy were indispensable to his master and his partner, Merriweather Lewis.
Ubuntu, a word of Nguni origin that speaks of collectiveness and humanity.
“The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership” will be quite familiar to the more informed readers, but it has been a decade or so since Al Sharpton last stopped to summarize his often tumultuous life
Augusta Savage, a renowned sculptor
This Week in Black History
I was stunned to hear that Mandela, 95, had “joined the ages,”
Nelson Mandela’s unifying spirit reached all the way to New York City last Saturday at the National Action Network
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
At 163 W. 131st St., just west of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, there is a plaque indicating the last residence of the great ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin. He lived there with Lottie Stokes when he died on April 1, 1917. It may seem strange that someone from Sedalia, Mo., would spend his final days in Harlem, but such a migration and final destination is not that unusual when you consider that such luminaries as A. Philip Randolph, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman and Langston Hughes, who was born in Joplin, Mo., all made their way to and made their mark in Harlem.
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.
Anthony Shorris to become Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s first deputy mayor
Among the agenda items for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is how to placate the numerous public unions
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
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.
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