Amiri Baraka, like his name, was a blessed prince, and he loomed like a
colossus over the Black arts movement, excelling in practically every
literary expression—as a poet, playwright, novelist, historian,
journalist, and essayist. One of the most versatile writers in America,
Baraka died Thursday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, where he was born
and lived most of his life. He was 79.
Alicia Keys’s business arrangement with BlackBerry is no more. In early 2013, the Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter
signed on as global creative director for the Canadian mobile technology
giant. By year’s end, it was announced that she will no longer stay on.