In her memoir “Pressure Makes Diamonds—Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be,” Valerie Graves has spun an appealing narrative with a protagonist who reads like an African-American female counterpart of Horatio Alger.
A number of dignitaries and elected officials joined members of the Motley family for a ceremony last Saturday for the co-naming of a lane in honor of Judge Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge in the nation.
Blues diva Sharon Jones, whose powerful voice could soar over her band’s thunderous beat, will now have to be experienced on her records and a passion-filled documentary.
After the pollsters, pundits, the media and other predictors erred deplorably on the presidential election outcome, now they are trying to figure out how they flubbed the call.
Gwen Ifill, a pioneering Black journalist with an unshakable reserve of integrity and grit, died Monday, Nov. 14, at a hospice center in Washington, D.C. She was 61.
There was a collective gasp in the academic community, particularly among her associates, when Dr. Barbara Christian died at 56 in the summer of 2000.
Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory became evident around midnight Tuesday for the Hillary Clinton supporters assembled at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
Usually when mention is made of an African-American with a commanding bass baritone voice, Paul Robeson comes to mind. If Robeson was the ultimate performer in this vocal level, then William Warfield was not far behind.
Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative. The AARC, hosted by State Voices, is a unique collaborative consisting of pollsters, scholars, researchers and commentators.
If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, there are rumors afloat that it will spur a torrid reaction, some of which may have a portent of mayhem and violence.
Voter turnout in the current election by African-Americans and criminal justice and policing were key issues in a recent poll by the African American Research Collaborative.
In April, 2015, when Hillary Clinton announced her second bid for the presidency, she chose only to allude to the fact that she was a woman. “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said, referring to her defeat by Barack Obama and the proverbial barrier blocking women from the highest office.
There is no need for generations to unfold to recognize the remarkable career of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. No need to wait for the years to enshrine a man who made his transition on Sept. 28 in Estero, Fla. He was 83, and what a productive 83 years.
With less than one month before the nation’s electorate flexes its muscles to determine its choice of commander in chief, the forecast is looking more and more like Hillary Clinton is on her way to victory over Donald Trump.
As expected, there’s a lot of debate gathering among scholars and writers about Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Like the pioneering teacher Charlotte Forten (1837-1914), Charlotte Hawkins Brown was educated in Massachusetts and then devoted a good part of her life to dispensing that knowledge to students in the South.
Dr. John (Satchmo) Mannan’s book, “Mubassa’s Dream—And 18 Legends from the Land of Nod” (Aladdin’s Books International, 2016), in many ways mirrors the diverse interests and passions of the writer.
Folks are flocking from Donald Trump like he has the plague, and many of those in flight believe he is a contagious miscreant who is unfit to lead the nation.
It isn’t often that we devote the editorial page to the passing of one of our heroes, but there are times when more space should be set aside for such occasions.
One of my loyal readers, after reading a Classroom profile on the famed architect Vertner Tandy, noted I had cited Dr. Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsette, his wife’s father, as the first African-American to pass the Alabama medical examination.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Celebrating his 62nd birthday with the community, Rev. Al Sharpton hosted a screening of the film " The Birth of a Nation" at Harlem's AMC Magic Johnson Theater with Nate Parker.
Author Gloria Naylor, whose stories chronicling the experiences of black women in the 1980s and 1990s drew wide acclaim, died at age 66.
President Barack Obama, during his speech last Saturday to inaugurate the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture—a name Donald Trump mangled hours before his debate—observed that the museum would not be a panacea for the nation’s racial struggle.
Oral “Nick” Hillary, charged with the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Canton, N.Y. Judge Felix Catena’s verdict was met with a flood of emotions in the crowded courtroom.
With world leaders gathering at the U.N. this week and Caribbean leaders meeting at SUNY to discuss a partnership with the University of the West Indies, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus would have felt perfectly at home.
A coterie of scholars and activists around the world were stunned to hear that Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor had joined the ancestors.
Ed Temple, the famed head coach of women’s track at Tennessee State University, died last Thursday.
If Donald Trump shows up for the second debate in St. Louis, he’s either a glutton for punishment or still wallowing in a pit of self-delusion, believing he defeated Hillary Clinton Tuesday night at Hofstra University.
Oral “Nick” Hillary, charged with the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Canton, N.Y.
From Harlem to up the Hudson River, the creative genius of architect Vertner Woodson Tandy remains on display.
With the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fast approaching, the two candidates quickly weighed in on the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, each suggesting he or she was best prepared to deal with such attacks.
Famed Tuskegee Airman and educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. made it abundantly clear that when he died, there were to be no funeral services. He insisted there be a jazz concert in his memory.
Back in June, when I featured the late Dorothy Vaughan in the Classroom, I promised to return to the subject of African-American women who worked at NASA as Vaughan did so illustriously. From Vaughan’s profile you were introduced to a number of other extraordinary women mathematicians and engineers, including Katherine Johnson, Eunice Smith and Mary Jackson.
When Colin Kaepernick refused to honor the American national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner,” he may not have been aware that his protest was consistent with one now raging in North Dakota.
As expected, it was another exciting and unpredictable week on the presidential campaign trail between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Victories for three women in Tuesday’s primaries were headline stories, one of them close to home here in Harlem and one from the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Before marching with Dr. King in Selma in 1965, Dabney Montgomery was a ground crewman for the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Montgomery, 93, died of natural causes Saturday, according to his goddaughter, Marlene Patton.
One of the best definitions of Donald Trump—and he’s been called everything from a sociopath to a psychopath—is that he is like a tornado, hollow in the center, but nevertheless dangerous and destructive.
In one way, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, brought to mind the courageous act of Rosa Parks, who chose to sit rather than give up her seat at the front of the “colored” section of the bus to a white passenger.
Last month the famed Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe Brown joined the ancestors. Wednesday, Aug. 17, fellow airman Shelby Westbrook, died in Chicago.
As we conclude the deserving clamor around what would be the 96th birthday of the great jazz musician, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, another notable born a month before, July 12, 1920, was actress Beah Richards.
In a rare decision, Friday, presiding St. Lawrence County Court Judge Felix Catena ruled that the DNA evidence in the upcoming trial of Oral Nick Hillary is “unreliable” and cannot be used at trial.
Recently, in an otherwise thoughtful column in The New York Times, noted journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson perpetuated a misconception about the mother of Emmett Till.
Celebrated Amsterdam News Photographer and teacher Gideon Manasseh makes his transition.
Once more with the recent death of Harry Briggs Jr., we are reminded of the Civil Rights Movement and many who, at best, are footnotes in history.
Congressman Charles B. Rangel is universally known as the “Lion of Lenox Avenue,” but the roar heard during a Harlem Day tribute for him Sunday was one of approval from a crowd not too far from his home in Lenox Terrace.
Nat Turner’s slave rebellion occurred in Virginia in 1831, but it has a fresh round of currency and controversy with “The Birth of a Nation,” actor, director and producer Nate Parker’s film depicting what was a bloody uprising.
Given George Curry’s international impact on the world of journalism we can expect a long list of encomiums, all of them warranted and all needed in the attempt to capture the totality of his remarkable odyssey.
Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the late mayor of Washington, D.C., has died of an apparent drug overdose.