As we approach the precipice of the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival, a nearly weeklong event from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, it is difficult not to think of the great Cuban percussionist, conguero Chano Pozo.
Of all the words Hillary Clinton has voiced in this turbulent election season, none are more on point and meaningful as her comments regarding the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
During my brief stay in Iowa City and teaching at the university there, I had several opportunities to spend time with the author James Alan McPherson.
In this fervid election season with such unpredictability, the American public is getting a massive dose of politics, some of the civic lessons they never learned or have forgotten.
During a recent event at Gracie Mansion, First Lady Chirlane McCray was among the speakers, and she recounted a story about her great-grandmother, Louisa Parris. She was from Barbados, and my profile last week of C.L.R. James, a native of Trinidad, sent me reeling again back to the Caribbean.
The Democratic platform is 57 pages long but short on substance for Black Americans.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected the nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States,” Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday evening, saying words he probably never hoped to say.
It took fiery speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama and Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to somewhat stifle the dissension in the ranks as the Democratic convention got underway Monday in Philadelphia.
“He came with game,” media master Imhotep Gary Byrd began in his eulogy of Vaughn Harper Saturday afternoon at Riverside Church.
During a recent panel at Revolution Book store in Harlem, the subject of revolution dominated the discussion.
One person arriving at Gracie Mansion Thursday compared the long line of people waiting to enter to the lines at the Apollo Theater when James Brown was the star attraction.
Since this nation’s bloody beginning—the decimation of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans—nothing has been more terrifying to white America than a Black man with a gun.
Rather than sit through hours of the Republican convention, many viewers watched the event on C-SPAN, which allowed them to select the speakers they wanted to see and hear.
Hillary Clinton’s slogan of “Stronger Together” got a little bit stronger Tuesday evening in Portsmouth, N.H., when Sen. Bernie Sanders enthusiastically endorsed Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
In response to the shooting of police officers in Dallas last week, President Obama unleashed a barrage of words Tuesday at a memorial service for the slain officers, as if he intended each word to begin the healing process, to push the pain a little further into the past.
A day after the Fourth of July, there was a brutal sequel to the moments of patriotism in Baton Rouge, La., when Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man, was riddled with six bullets from the local police.
Tuesday, a group of people involved in making a documentary on the history of the Apollo Theater were discussing various people to be contacted for the project.
Vaughn Harper’s mellifluous voice that matched the melodious music he dispensed was a staple on WBLS radio for years.
Last week, we profiled Frederick McKinley Jones, an inventor who, for the most part, was unknown and unheralded. His African-American female counterpart, equally obscure, is Sarah E. Goode. Goode is often cited as the first Black woman to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for her invention of a folding cabinet bed in 1885.
In the current edition of Smithsonian magazine (July/August 2016), basketball immortal Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was asked which African-American inventor he believed warranted more recognition.
In the 1830s, mainly as a response to slavery, Black abolitionists in the North began to hold meetings under the banner of the “National Negro Convention Movement.”
From a distance McArthur Binion’s art has a textured effect, a few resembling huge pieces of tapestry. But as you get closer, the basket-like weave of blocks reveal bits of personal information. Under the application of industrial crayon and oil sticks are photocopied pages from a collection of address books and his birth certificate.
National war hero and New York City educator Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. has died.
For the first time since 2008, President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigned together in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday afternoon. Only this time it was Obama stumping for Clinton.
Two things are decisive in the race for the 13th Congressional District seat that has been filled for the past 46 years by the retiring Rep. Charles B. Rangel.
What began two and half years ago as a dream cultural connection between Harlem and Havana, Cuba, is practically a reality.
As we have learned over the years, particularly during its right wing reign, the Supreme Court giveth and taketh away.
Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, continued to dominate the news cycle, this time with two stories that push his lethal envelope ever closer to the edge.
Many Americans on the left—and some in the middle—are hoping the rumor that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is pondering retirement is true.
Change appears to be inevitable for the communities of the world, and Harlem is no exception.
If you’re one of the deep diggers of African-American history and you’ve heard of Dorsie Willis, then I tip my kufi to you.
With Congressman Charles Rangel looking on, seven candidates Monday evening debated who was the best qualified to replace the 46-year veteran leader of the 13th Congressional District. According to the reaction from the audience at Hostos College, Assemblyman Keith Wright and State Senator Adriano Espaillat won the overall cheer meter.
In search of the ancestral, whether physically or spiritually, was a mission that consumed the being of Stephanie Alston-Nero.
If the funeral services for Muhammad Ali last Friday in Louisville, Ky., seemed interminably long,
One of the most fulfilling rewards from the Classroom column are the number of suggestions
Beyond the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., Sunday morning in which to date 49 people were killed and 53 injured, five of them critically, another clash is becoming more imminent each day between two presumptive presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
We will never know the extent to which Dayshen McKenzie, who recently fled for his life from a white gang on Staten Island, might have been helped by Yocheved Bat-Imedt, a registered nurse and holistic asthma consultant.
At City College of New York, with nearly 4,000 graduates who represent 150 nationalities and speak more than 100 languages, First Lady Michelle Obama was right at home with diversity as the theme of her commencement address Friday afternoon.
For all the righteous and rightful media on the death of Muhammad Ali, there has been hardly a word about Drew “Bundini” Brown.
Like his name in Arabic, Muhammad Ali was the “most high,” the epitome of athletic grace, political integrity and total love for the human family.
As the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party, Hillary Clinton strode to the stage at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tuesday evening, opened her arms and embraced the historic moment.
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.