In a tribute to the late Gil Noble last Saturday at CEMOTAP, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, one of several speakers, told the audience that the gathering was a family affair.
Mathematically, the Democratic presidential primary has been over for months, and when the primaries in California and New Jersey are over, Hillary Clinton can probably add presumptive candidate to her list of titles.
For a couple of reasons Benny Carter stayed on my mind this week. His memory was first evoked during a discussion of the history of the Apollo Theater.
Tributes to the music and legacy of Miles Davis and John Coltrane were only feet apart recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Last week the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts hosted its 24th International Study Group on the peerless composer.
Hillary Clinton, approximately 90 delegate votes away from being the Democratic presidential nominee, has turned down Sen. Bernie Sanders’ request for a debate before the June 7 primary in California.
To capture the majesty and influence of Duke Ellington’s music requires a yearlong activity, each day representing a tenth of his compositions, many of them immortal standards.
Ramon Jimenez, a voice for the voiceless and an outspoken member of the Green Party, died Tuesday of prostate cancer. He was 67.
No matter whose polls or numbers you consult, Hillary Clinton has outdistanced her opponent thus far in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
There are two opportunities for folks in the region to spend time with the eminent author Ishmael Reed.
Wednesday, the People’s Organization for Progress, led by activist Larry Hamm, held a march and rally commemorating the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign to End Poverty and Racism and to Demand an Economic Bill of Rights.
There was a time a score of years ago when monthly visits to Jim Haughton’s place in lower Manhattan were part of a routine exercised by local—and a few national—activists.
The polls and pundits predicted that Sen. Bernie Sanders would win the West Virginia primary Tuesday, and they were right. But, as they also noted, the victory did little to close the gap between him and Hillary Clinton, who has a decisive lead in delegates.
The race that the nation, if not the world, is watching with interest is one looming between Hillary Clinton and the “presumptuous” Donald Trump, as Clinton called him.
The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles is often best remembered as an eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
For those who missed the Saturday morning press conference at the Alhambra, where Rep. Charles Rangel endorsed Keith Wright to succeed him, there was a smaller, more intimate occasion with Wright that evening at Tsion Café.
Saturday evening in the Hilton ballroom in Washington, D.C., from President Obama’s opening remarks to the closing comments by comedian Larry Wilmore during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it was a “Black thang.”
Given the prominence and harvest of Tony nominations of “Hamilton” and “Shuffle Along,” the Great White Way is a little bit darker this year.
Most fans of vocalist/pianist Shirley Horn were probably seduced by her recordings and concert engagements toward the end of her career, with her rendition of “Here’s to Life,” her signature song. But there’s plenty more to Horn’s remarkable journey and legacy that began May 1, 1934 in Washington, D.C., where she was born and raised—and continued to live for most of her life.
To balance our last classroom featuring Salaria Kea, an African-American nurse who volunteered in the fight against the fascists during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, we profile the adventurous life of Oliver Law.
When Jocelerme Privert, the interim president of Haiti, was asked if he was keeping up with the presidential campaign in the U.S., he thought the question was about the election problems in his country.
It was another superb Super Tuesday for Hillary Clinton. She took four of the five states and the delegates up for grabs, leaving Sen. Bernie Sanders only tiny Rhode Island to crow about.
Harriet Tubman, who escorted hundreds of slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad, may soon be riding in American pockets.
Usually, when there is discussion of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, the role of African-Americans who volunteered to battle against fascism is given little mention.
“There’s no place like home,” said Hillary Clinton during her victory speech at the Sheraton Tuesday night. After stating her wins all over the nation, she observed, “but this one is personal.”
Later this month, April 15-24, the virtuoso pianist Cecil Taylor will be in concert at the Whitney Museum as part of its Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition series.
The bronze bust of Robinson Robinson at Bradhurst near 147th Street is just one of Hardison’s sculptures of famous personalities and others, who she termed, “Our folks.”
On the Democratic side, we wait to see how Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders will handle the recent surge of contentiousness between them, some of which is sure to surface during their debate on Thursday.
Once upon a time, not too many years ago, traveling to the South for Black Americans was almost as challenging as the forces their ancestors faced as runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Although there has been an increase in the number of minority and women-owned businesses in New York, they remain vastly underfunded, according to a recent report by The Black Institute.
“Oh, my goodness, could you by chance be the artist?” a woman asked me before I pushed the bell to enter the Mnuchin Gallery.
Many people gladly accepted copies of Revolution, the newspaper of the Revolutionary Community Party, from Will Reese.
Around this time of year, when spring was emerging from its chrysalis and Gil Noble’s “Like It Is” was part of our Sunday afternoon television fare, the famous vocalist Sarah Lois Vaughan would be among the divas featured on his show.
If the Democratic primaries were like the Republican winner-take-all in delegates, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in Wisconsin Tuesday would be of greater consequence.
Lester A. Walton’s name surfaced recently during all the promos and announcements about the revival of “Shuffle Along,” an all-Black musical often considered the springboard for the Harlem Renaissance. Walton, then employed at the New York Age, was among the journalists at performances in 1921, when the production premiered at the 63rd Street Theater, or Music Hall, in Manhattan.
Fidel Castro speaks his mind on President Obama's recent visit to Cuba.
Activist community responds to worsening conditions of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.
President Barack Obama meets with President Raul Castro of Cuba to further discuss diplomatic relations.
From the moment she walked into the Castle at the College of New Rochelle, Myrlie Evers-Williams was accompanied by a cluster of admirers and well-wishers.
If the second Super Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primaries was viewed as a game of pool, then Hillary Clinton ran the table on Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Dr. Ben Carson's endorsement of Trump is leaving many confused.
President Obama nominates Judge Merrick B. Garland as Supreme Court replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
It is certainly wonderful to witness all the praise and adulation Misty Copeland is receiving for her prowess in dance. This is a great moment to reflect on another ballerina of equal agility and elegance from another era of challenge, Janet Collins.
The click you’re hearing is probably the sound of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team recalibrating its message, one that failed to resonate with white men, younger voters and the white working class in Michigan yesterday.
Sharing the podium with Cheryl Wills, the highly regarded anchorwoman of NY1, at a recent event sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta at York College in Queens
Seven candidates were at the political forum Sunday afternoon at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in the Bronx, each to express how he or she should be the one to replace the retiring Rep. Charles Rangel.
In Detroit, a city that has endured its share of bad news, it’s good to know there are at least a few sprigs of hope and promise.
It may not have been an overwhelming win for Clinton in Nevada, hardly the nirvana she once envisioned, but she did fortify her firewall and brush aside some of the wind, if not the bluster, of her opponent’s momentum.
Black journalism was dealt a double blow recently with the sudden death of Michael Feeney and the passing of Acel Moore, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists.
We always hold our breath when Hollywood, the publishing industry and the media delve into the intricacies of the Black experience, and now we await “Race,” a film about the exploits of track and field great Jesse Owens