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Herb Boyd

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Vinnette Carroll, first Black woman director on Broadway

Vinnette Carroll, first, Black woman, director, Broadway

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What FBI raids on Trump’s lawyer portend

What FBI raids on Trump’s lawyer portend

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The Rev. William D. Robeson, patriarch of an illustrious family

On April 9, many will celebrate the 120th birthday anniversary of the great Paul Robeson.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan to retire

“I like to think I’ve done my part,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, 48, said of his nearly two decades in Congress and his announcement to retire after this year. Wednesday, the Republican from Wisconsin, in what must be a shock to his fellow GOP colleagues, said he believed he had “set us on a better course.”

Millie Dunn Veasey, armed forces pioneer, dies at 100

Millie Dunn Veasey, armed forces pioneer, dies at 100

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Queen-mother Yaa Asantewaa led the fight against British colonialism

Queen-mother Yaa Asantewaa led the fight against British colonialism

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A Dr. King legacy still worthy of emulation

Inevitability was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite words, and it would roll from his lips laced with his typical eloquence.

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Commentary: A day that will live in infamy, the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968, is a day that will live in infamy. Most Americans can recall...

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Les Payne, a truth-telling journalist, remembered

And so did the world of journalism and readers seeking truth-tellers, and as one of the church’s deacons cited, quoting from the New Testament, Payne “fought the good fight…finished the race and kept the faith.”

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March Madness recalls the feats of Bobby Joe Hill

With all the March Madness now commanding attention, and not excluding the tsunami of ignorance from the White House, it was surprising to see Jerry Harkness in the crowd in Atlanta when his alma mater, Loyola University of Chicago, defeated Kansas State to move on to NCAA basketball’s Final Four.

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Former Detroiter, jazz great Charles McPherson bops New York

Jazz lovers were in bebop heaven Sunday at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, where the music’s avatar alto saxophonist Charles McPherson and his quintet delivered a staple of familiar tunes.

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Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson

Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson

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Les Payne, noted journalist and a founder of NABJ, passes at 76

Leslie Payne was the consummate journalist, a reporter and editor of unimpeachable integrity, and he could regale you with story after story on the people he knew and covered during his remarkable career.

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Billy Graham, Marvel Comics’ first Black artist

Billy Graham, Marvel Comics’ first Black artist - Black Panther

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Trump’s top economic adviser resigns

In one tweet Trump said there was no chaos in his administration. Shortly thereafter, he noted that his chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, was resigning and he was in the process of making a new appointment.

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Anna Murray Douglass, more than a ‘helpmeet’ for her famous husband

A week or so ago, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing a podium with Lloyd Weaver, the great-great grandson of the incomparable Frederick Douglass. During his presentation, Weaver laid out portions of his remarkable genealogy, including Anna Murray, Douglass’ first wife, his great-great grandmother.

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Gates cops a plea

Plead guilty to lying and conspiracy and get all the charges against you dropped.

Court ruling protects Malcolm X’s legacy

Except for the late Percy Sutton, few attorneys in America have had the life of Malcolm X so intertwined in their career as Gregory Reed.

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Classical avant-garde composer Julius Eastman

In last week’s classroom, we featured the relatively unknown composer and pianist Florence Price. Equally unknown, except to the real cognoscenti of classical music, is Julius Eastman.

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Recalling the greatness of W.E.B. Du Bois

It is possible to string three lives together and gather the full expanse of African-American history

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Trump blames Obama on Russian meddling

Once again President Trump is trying to have it both ways in the ongoing investigation of the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump’s budget a harbinger of ‘spiritual death’

On its surface Trump’s second budget proposal released Monday bolsters military spending while it will leave Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps in tatters.

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Legendary reporter of the Pittsburgh Courier, Frank E. Bolden

Next time you’re in Pittsburgh, set aside some time to visit the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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Sandy Wills, a courageous soldier during the Civil War

Spectrum News NY1 anchor Cheryl Will's pursuit of history has a personal edge that few Black Americans possess, and she has dutifully imparted some of it in two of her books, “Die Free” and “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills.”

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From slavery to hair industry millions—Annie Turnbo Malone

In his recently published “Black Fortunes,” Shomari Wills, as the subtitle relates, chronicles the lives of the first six African-Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires

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War of memos on Trump’s desk

The memo battle is now left for Trump to make the next move.

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Farmer and a pioneering inventor Henry Blair

Whenever there is discussion about African-American inventors, invariably Benjamin Banneker is cited, mainly for a clock of wooden parts that kept accurate time for many years.

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People’s State of the Union dumps Trump

From the words on their T-shirts to their speeches, known and not so well-known speakers hewed to a theme of resistance and get out the vote Tuesday evening at the People’s State of Union at Town Hall.

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Trump’s stake in the union

Populating, if not dominating, President Donald Trump’s 90-minute or more State of the Union speech Tuesday evening were a number of ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things.

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Noted author and scholar Julius B. Lester, dead at 78

“My promise is to that part of you which is beyond and separate from definition of gender, race and all the sociological and political descriptions that hang from our limbs and rattle like the chains of Marley’s ghost,” Julius Lester wrote.

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Leslie ‘Mayor of Harlem’ Wyche passes at 73

You could see Leslie Wyche coming a block away in Harlem, resplendent in his suit, sometimes a rakish hat and always a bobbing swagger.

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Margaret Burroughs, artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum

Synonymous with Chicago is the DuSable Museum, and inseparably linking them is Margaret Burroughs

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Jazz great and ardent foe of apartheid, Hugh Masekela, dead at 78

Hugh Masekela’s trumpet, like his voice, was a relentless cry for freedom and liberation in his native South Africa.

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Civil rights icon and renowned pastor, the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, passes at 88

In “Parting the Waters,” Taylor Branch’s monumental study of the Civil Rights Movement, there is a long column of citations of the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker.

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At least one person believes Trump is a ‘stable genius’

“Fire and Fury—Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff is an absorbing read if you are interested in more evidence of Trump’s megalomania, misogyny, idiocy and just plain unfitness to be president.

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Kevin Mahogany, the jazz vocalist of his generation, passes at 59

For jazz buffs coming of age in the late ’50s and early ’60s, particularly for aspiring singers, the litmus test was “Moody’s Mood for Love,” the lyrics added to James Moody’s solo on the standard tune.

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Pamela Palanque-North, esteemed applied behavioral scientist, passes at 66

On too many occasions, the problem composing a person’s obituary is the lack of information.

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Mama Imani Humphrey, an educator, activist and Kwanzaa authority

Funny how memories circle back on you, reminding you of treasured moments, especially those spent with advocates of freedom and justice.

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Don Hogan Charles let his ubiquitous camera speak for him

Although photographer Don Hogan Charles kept his personal life private, his camera was open and revealed many private and historic moments about American history and personalities.

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Fire and fury threat renewed between Trump and Kim Jong-un

Rather than a cooling of antagonism between the U.S and North Korea, the new year has brought a fresh round of provocation and bluster.

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Daisy Lampkin, a NAACP trailblazer and civic leader

Most visitors to Pittsburgh who venture to the famous Hill District want to see where the great playwright August Wilson once lived.

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The passing of three giants in jazz

With my friend and colleague, and this paper’s eminent jazz authority, incapacitated the past several weeks, he has permitted me to substitute for him temporarily.

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Screw'ged! GOP tax bill is only for the rich

Much more than a glitch or a do-over was necessary to alter the first vote by the House in its approval of a GOP tax bill. A second vote Wednesday only confirmed what they and the Senate had done earlier with a $1.4 trillion measure now needing only Trump’s signature.

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Dr. R. Chester Redhead, the eminent dentist, passes at 92

“The best way to understand New York’s Black upper class is to study its origins,” Dr. R. Chester Redhead told author Lawrence Otis Graham.

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Two civil rights icons—Simeon Booker Jr. and Ernest Finney Jr.

There is no way to say for certain if the journalist extraordinaire Simeon Booker and the eminent Justice Ernest Finney Jr. were ever at the same place at the same time, but given their eventful lives, particularly on the civil rights battlefields, they traversed some of the same historic ground.

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Painter Laura Wheeler Waring, noted for her portraits and illustrations

Depicted on the cover of the April 1923 edition of The Crisis magazine is the art of Laura Wheeler Waring, and this image of a woman playing an ancient harp, entitled “Egypt and Spring,” was just one of several covers she illustrated.

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Doug Jones wins; Trump rebuked in Alabama

No matter what you call it—a rebuke or a repudiation of President Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon—folks in Alabama are calling it a victory for Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore Tuesday evening in a very important special senate election.

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Rest in power—Dr. Jack Felder, activist and scientist, passes at 78

For many years, come rain or shine, Dr. Jack Felder, along with his son, Nova, had a permanent spot on 125th Street in front of Mart 125.

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An undaunted civil and human rights advocate, Rep. Charles Diggs Jr.

Current news stories surrounding the political turmoil in Zimbabwe and Kenya, the sexual harassment charges against Rep. John Conyers Jr., remembering Rosa Parks’ iconic moment almost 62 years ago to the day and the ongoing recollection of the tragic death of Emmett Till bring to mind memories of Congressman Charles Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.), who had ties with each of these individuals or events.

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The Miracles’ Pete Moore dies at 79

Whenever the Miracles, Motown’s seminal group, is mentioned, invariably Smokey Robinson is the next word. But by 1975, Robinson was soloing, and it was left for Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Bobby Rogers to maintain things.

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