During the recent groundbreaking ceremony at the Schomburg Center as part of the $22 million renovation project, Jean Blackwell Hutson’s name was invoked by several of the notables at the event.
More than a generation has gone by since I taught at Oberlin College in Ohio.
In calling Hillary Clinton “wicked smart,” President Barack Obama veered about as close as he could to endorsing his former secretary of state.
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has not only sparked outrage from its citizens, it has gone viral and is now a top news story across the globe.
In the fourth and final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses, it was a verbal slugfest between the putative champion and national frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her worthy adversary Sen. Bernie Sanders.
In 1998, when bugging devices were discovered at City College, one of them a camera hidden in a smoke detector, students were aroused and quickly summoned attorney Ron McGuire to voice their complaint.
All eyes are on Flint, MI as issues with the city's water continue.
“I want to focus on our future,” President Barack Obama said toward the beginning of his final State of the Union address in the House Chamber and to the nation Tuesday evening.
Last summer, when news anchor Joy-Ann Reid’s show was removed from the lineup at MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” was removed from the station’s daily prime time perch at 6 p.m. to one time a week at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings, they were like the canaries in the mineshaft, early warning signs that Black commentators and hosts were becoming ever more scarce on television and in the media in general.
An action reminiscent of Americans during the anti-British era is occurring in Oregon, where a militia has taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The end of the year and the beginning of a new one is always a moment to look back on what might have been and to look forward to what may be.
In a highly emotional, tearful speech Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama outlined portions of his plan to tighten gun control in the nation.
Ten years ago, when Charles F. Harris sat for an interview with “Historymakers,” he disclosed his first contact with the world of words in print. His father insisted that he read the papers he delivered. Harris not only read the papers, he devoured them, digested them so thoroughly that elements of them emerged again in the books he edited and published.
Harlem residents and many beyond the community know Jackie Rowe-Adams for her many joyous, triumphant renditions of the Black national anthem at numerous public events.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a full investigation of the recent spate of shootings by the police in the city, but it may be too little, too late. The cries for him to resign now resonate across the nation, amplifying the local voices and protests.
Christmas trees along the streets of Manhattan are a sure sign that the holiday season is underway, and that time of year was underscored last weekend at Jazz at Lincoln Center when the orchestra struck up a medley of familiar songs.
“When you walk out of the theater, you’ll feel inspired, empowered, refreshed and rejuvenated by the joyous noise coming from the stage,” wrote Linda Armstrong in her review of “The Color Purple.”
In her closing statement during the Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday evening, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “And may the Force be with you,” referencing the new “Star Wars” film.
In Carla L. Peterson’s “Black Gotham: A Family History of African-Americans in Nineteenth Century New York City,” one of the longest citations in the index is given to Peter Guignon, her great-great-grandfather.
“Scores of witnesses saw a 44-year-old man assaulted, kicked and fatally shot by an off-duty policeman who hauled his victim along a Sugar Hill street, left him in a heap on the sidewalk and fled into a nearby apartment house, last Wednesday.” No, this article was not written last week, though it resonates with a terrible currency. This was a story in the Amsterdam News, written by C. Gerald Fraser in 1954.
“I am ready, and I am able,” Justice Tanya R. Kennedy announced to a throng of admirers in the New York County Courthouse rotunda last Thursday evening.
Fresh from his relative victory on climate change, though there’s much to be done on the crisis, President Barack Obama tackled another pressing issue: the Islamic State group.
If the final of five Republican debates Tuesday night in Las Vegas was viewed from the perspective of new film releases, Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” might be analogous.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Schomburg Center’s director for the last five years, will be leaving the post in July 2016.
It may have been absolutely coincidental that President Barack Obama’s address from the Oval Office Sunday evening was just about 14 minutes long, the same as the number of people killed in what he has finally called an act of terrorism in San Bernardino, Calif., last Wednesday.
It was while working recently on a documentary about the history of 555 Edgecombe and 409 Edgecombe, two sites in Harlem where a number of iconic African-Americans live and have lived, that I was reminded of the poet Safiya Henderson-Holmes, who once resided at 409.
The Amsterdam News' Educational Foundation salute to Blacks on Broadway at Sardi’s restaurant was a memorable event.
Eight days before Laquan McDonald’s body was riddled with 16 bullets by a Chicago police officer in October 2014, Ronald Johnson III, 25, eight years older than McDonald, met a similar fate.
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump ratcheted his toxic rhetoric to a new level when he announced he would block the entry of all Muslims to America.
President Barack Obama’s address was just about 14 minutes long, the same as the number of people killed during the terrorism attack in San Bernardino, California.
During the recent emergence of prominent African-American public intellectuals, Jerry Gafio Watts was rarely mentioned.
The legacy of artist Eldzier Cortor.
President Barack Obama’s opening words at the climate change conference Monday in Paris set the tone and direction of the two-week summit.
The public is calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel amidst allegations of a cover up of Laquan McDonald's murder.
In a recent edition of The New York Times, Sam Roberts reviewed several coffee table books on the city, and he could have added “Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life.”
One indisputable date on the American historic calendar is Dec. 1, 1955.
If Pauli Murray were alive today, she would be celebrating her 105th birthday.
Each time we think that Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has exhausted his asinine statements, he retrieves another.
Watching Mal Whitfield run around the track in those grainy films from the late 1940s and early 1950s, he didn’t appear robust enough to even complete a race.
There was a serious escalation in Minneapolis Monday, Nov. 23, where demonstrators have been protesting the fatal Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark.
Paris, “the City of Lights,” is currently illuminated by flickering candles. The candles, along with flowers and other items, are memorial decorations at the various sites where three hours of carnage by terrorists transpired Friday evening.
Ramifications of the terrorist carnage in Paris has put many large metropolitan cities of the world on full alert.
Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill was among the most punishing tacklers.
Medical treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal is more passionate and effectively advanced in France.
Pianist and composer Allen Toussaint died of a heart attack in Madrid after a performance there at the Lara Theater.
Remembering the life and voice of Minnie Riperton.
It was another one step forward and one step back for the Obama administration this week.
Alex Poinsett’s name is inextricably linked to Johnson Publications
Although former U.S. Rep. Gus Savage was best known for his representation of Chicago’s South Side, he was a hero for a cadre of New Yorkers in 1992...
Basketball buffs up to the minute on their NBA trivia know what Ralph Simpson, Steve Smith, Kevin Willis and Spencer Haywood have in common.