There were not many oohs and aahs in the debate last Thursday evening at Abyssinian Baptist Church
The famed novelist Ann Petry gained her knowledge of Harlem during her days as a reporter for the Amsterdam News in the late 1930s. She accumulated more insight on the historic community and its residents working for the People’s Voice, a weekly newspaper founded by the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Attorney Basil Alexander Paterson, one of the legendary “Gang of Four” from Harlem, was as warm and gregarious as he was astute and generations with his time and praise for those he deemed equals and to Mr. and Mrs. Nobody just wanting a chance to shake his hand.
Once again the Supreme Court has delivered a devastating blow to our democratic rights by striking down any limitations on campaign contributions.
One of my young students at City College once asked me how many writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s were actually born and raised in Harlem. “Not many,” I answered without any real concrete information for her question.
With President Barack Obama scheduled to speak Friday at the National Action Network’s annual convention, the website the Smoking Gun felt it was an opportune time to dig up some old dirt to smear the Rev. Al Sharpton and, by extension, tarnish the president.
This week we tout a local author, Tonya Bolden, writing about a virtually unknown Black girl from Oklahoma
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators agreed on a $137.9 billion fiscal budget for 2014-2015 last Saturday what included $300 million set aside for preschool children in New York City.
Comptroller Scott Stringer selected the friendly confines of the National Action Network (NAN) to announce Carra Wallace as his first chief diversity officer.
At the center of the exhibit “Black Fives” is the legendary New York Renaissance, whose home court was the now long-abandoned Renaissance Ballroom that nearly abuts Abyssinian Baptist Church.
political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz was released to the general population after 22 years in solitary confinement
J.D. Livingston, the producer for Imhotep Gary Byrd’s radio shows, joined the ancestors last Friday at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx
Thanks to the tireless research and acclamation of Dr. Peggy Brooks Bertram students of Black history have gained a better understanding of journalist Drusilla Dunjee Houston’s incomparable contributions
A roster of African-Americans of great creative ability who had to venture abroad to perform, produce or present their craft and talents with integrity is long. Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ira Aldridge, Melvin Van Peebles and Marpessa Dawn are a few notables who come quickly to mind.
It’s probably a good time for President Barack Obama to beat a hasty retreat to Key Largo, Fla., gather the golf clubs and seek some solace on the back nine.
You knew it was going to be a special evening Friday at the Cutting Room with the great singer Lloyd Price
During his sizzling odyssey across the global firmament, Stokely Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Tur
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.