The family claims that Alcis died of a heart attack brought on by the sudden intrusion. “Why would you raid somebody’s house in pursuit of someone who allegedly took somebody’s cellphone? These are the things that cause so much tension in our community.”
In his memoir, “Simeon’s Story,” Simeon Wright recalled the testimony of Willie Reed during the trial of the two men who abducted and were charged with killing Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago who went to Mississippi in 1955 to visit his relatives, including Wright, his cousin.
One of the most obvious facts about the recent suspension of Major League Baseball players is that most of them are Latinos. Ryan Braun is the only exception among the list of players from South America, mainly the Dominican Republic, who was recently suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Addressing Marines at Camp Pendleton in California last Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama made no mention of Russia, President Vladimir Putin or Edward Snowden.
Among the number of commemorations on the docket this year—the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers and the four little girls killed in Birmingham, Ala.,—it’s the historic March on Washington that is getting the most attention, thanks to the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and the prominent speakers they’ve assembled to re-create the spirit and letter of the great march on August 24 in the nation’s capital. Commemorating the March on Washington and particularly Dr. King’s famous speech is something Sharpton and King III have been doing for years under the auspices of Realize the Dream.
Few political consultants were as savvy as Bill Lynch, Jr. Bill Clinton, Charles Rangel, Mario Cuomo, and David Dinkins are four notables who benefited from Lynch’s sagely advice, his astute understanding of how to shape a campaign for victory. Those seeking to navigate the often complicated electoral contours will have to do it now without Lynch’s guidance. He joined the ancestors Friday from complications related to kidney disease. He was 72 and “a good guy,” said David Dinkins.
Each new poll is placing John Liu’s mayoral chances in deeper jeopardy. On Monday, the city comptroller’s campaign was delivered a devastating blow when the campaign finance board denied him more than $3.5 million in public matching funds. Ever since campaign donor Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan and Liu’s campaign Treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou were found guilty of a creating a dummy donor scheme to finance Liu’s bid for office, it was widely presumed that he would not be getting the funds. According to the board, there was evidence of much wrongdoing in Liu’s campaign, and the vote to deny him funds was unanimous.
In a little more than three weeks and fewer than 460 miles from the city where Trayvon Martin was killed and George Zimmerman was acquitted, the state of Florida is once again the center of a shooting incident that could have been almost as tragic as the one that shook the nation.
Chuck Foster, the archivist for the New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA), wasn’t around when the organization was founded in 1905, but he recounts its history as if he were there.
It was with a rather bitter irony that a few days before receiving notice that Herman Wallace, one of the “Angola Three,” has been diagnosed with liver cancer, there was an article in The New York Times about the negotiations between the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La., and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to acquire the prison’s concrete guard tower. The apparent willingness to transfer the ancient guard tower—a symbol of the prison’s brutal and corrupt legacy—contrasts starkly with Wallace’s deteriorating physical condition.
It wasn’t a full house at the Harlem Book Fair’s Phillis Wheatley Book Awards last Friday at the Schomburg Center, and only half of the winners attended, but poet-activist Sonia Sanchez was there and she was worth the time and the ticket.
Ashton Springer’s determination as a producer was evident at the very start of his career when he was given a copy of Charles Gordone’s play “No Place to Be Somebody.” It took him years to mount a production, and when it finally appeared in 1969, it made Springer a “somebody” to be reckoned with. Springer, 82, died Monday in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The cause was pneumonia, according to his son Caz.
President Barack Obama can be thankful that Helen Thomas was well past her prime and spunkiness by the time he took up residence in the White House and fielded questions from the press.
Thousands of protesters rallied in over 100 cities across the nation on Saturday with a singular mission: to keep the memory of Trayvon Martin alive and to bring some semblance of justice to his tragic death. Simultaneously, as the George Zimmerman verdict came in, the “Justice for Trayvon Martin” call went out. Following the lead of legendary artist Stevie Wonder last week, a bunch of performers have announced that they too are going to be supporting the Florida boycott.
In the annals of Detroit’s history, the city is distinguished in so many glorious ways, and even some inglorious. On Thursday, the Motor City officially tanked when the emergency financial manager filed for bankruptcy.
Sensing or informed he had not said enough about the verdict that exonerated George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama called a special press conference on Friday to “talk a little about context and how people responded to it and how people are feeling,” he said near his opening remarks.
If folks close to the chaos and turmoil in Egypt are not sure what to make of it—a suspension of democratic rights, political upheaval, a military coup, a looming civil war or an Arab Spring evolving into Arab Summer—what are we to make of things there, way up here in Harlem?
Among the number of commemorations on the docket this year—the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers and the four little girls killed in Birmingham, Ala.—it’s the historic March on Washington that is getting the most attention, thanks to the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and the prominent speakers they’ve assembled to re-create the spirit and letter of the great march on Aug. 24 in the nation’s capital.
When President Barack Obama asked the Egyptian military to move quickly toward restoring democracy after it had forcibly removed the nation’s president and suspended the government on Wednesday, he clearly didn’t mean for them to use force
Standing on the corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem on Monday morning, a young woman was collecting signatures for Anthony Weiner to get on the ballot for his mayoral bid. Not too far from her at a newsstand, a New York Times’ front-page story featured Eliot Spitzer’s announcement to run for city comptroller.
Back in the winter when it was announced that WBAI would be moving from Wall Street to City College, there was widespread speculation that the Pacifica station was once again encountering financial difficulties.
Proponents and advocates of the various cases before the Supreme Court during this recent session experienced the extremes of the court.
“Farther on Up the Road” is a classic Bobby “Blue” Bland song, but this song was initially recorded before his tenor voice gave way to that distinctive growl or “squall,” as he called it. The “Blue” in his name was as appropriate as the Bland was not. In either case, the great blues man has joined the ages. According to his son, Rodd, the drummer in his band, Bland died Sunday at his home in Germantown, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. He was 83.
The final verdict on affirmative action will have to wait another year, because the Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision, sent the challenge to the program at the University of Texas back to the lower court. In effect, this is a setback for the school’s race-based affirmative action policy.
At the close of the introduction to his breathtaking study “Black Athena,” Martin Bernal stated, “The political purpose of ‘Black Athena’ is, of course, to lessen European cultural arrogance.”
There’s good news and bad news from Medgar Evers College, depending on your position on the longstanding dilemma about its presidential situation. The good news is that the Brooklyn CUNY campus has selected a new leader: Dr. Rudy Crew. The bad news, according to the new president’s detractors, is that the school has chosen the wrong one of the three candidates.
Since his campaign to become governor, Andrew Cuomo has made women’s equality a primary item on his agenda. But on Friday, the state Senate stuck a pin in the governor’s balloon, and his push for a Women’s Equality Act will have to wait another day—or year.
A day after the Supreme Court sent affirmative action to a lower court to determine its fate, they dropped the other shoe on Tuesday, killing the vital core of the Voting Rights Act. While the vote on voting procedures, 5-4, was not as decisive as the 7-1 vote on Monday on affirmative action, it was no less disappointing, particularly for civil rights activists.
“The Old Gray Lady,” the New York Times, appears to be miffed that it was not the recipient of the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden, now in Hong Kong and promising to fight extradition. Snowden, unlike Daniel Ellsberg with his “Pentagon Papers,” chose to deliver his disclosures to the Guardian of London and the Washington Post.
The only certainty about immigration reform is the continuing uncertainty. As the bill enters the Senate floor after being ushered through the Judiciary Committee by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group of senators, the anticipated debate, the proverbial horse trading, is underway.
In a recent issue of the Nation, publisher and Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel was effusive in her praise of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s plan to combat income inequality. She expounded on the public advocate’s speech in May at the New School, in which he described New York as “a gilded city where the privileged few prosper and millions upon millions of New Yorkers struggle to just to keep their heads above water.”
One of the most important revelations Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had even before he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech—and what he deemed a shortcoming of the Civil Rights Movement—was the failure to give economics a more pivotal role in the struggle for freedom and justice.
In the foreword to Dr. Barbara Eleanor Adams’ biography of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Leonard Jeffries wrote, “Professor Adams has been inspired by Dr. Clarke and has refashioned her life to reflect his influence.”