Who could forget the charismatic Ruby Dee? She was an actress, civil rights activist, mother and grandmother, and wife of the late actor Ossie Davis. Last week, Dee passed away at the age of 91. In 2012, we spoke to her grandson, Muta 'Ali, about the documentary he was making about Dee's life. That documentary has finally come to fruition.
When news broke that Maya Angelou - author, poet and recipient of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom - had passed away this morning in North
Carolina, fans took to Twitter to share their respect and admiration for
the beloved St. Louis, Missouri native. Her poem ‘And Still I Rise,’
her book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, an autobiography, and
countless others are favorites for their candor and celebration of Black
culture. They are legendary; they are renowned by universities and
A replay on reparations is gathering a bit of traction nowadays thanks
to the recent cover story in The Atlantic magazine by Ta-Nehesi Coates
and a summary of a reparations conference at Chicago State University
under the auspices of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century.
The organization’s director of communications, Don Rojas’s summary of
the conference was published by The Nation magazine and amplifies much
of the argument posed by Coates.
Piano technology is not something we hear about often. In fact, many people are aware of the "old standards", Baldwin, Yamaha and Steinway, but don't know that new brands are being developed. That's where Shadd Pianos come in. Recently, jazz drummer Warren Shadd became the first African American piano manufacturer.
JET magazine, a mainstay and legend among Black readers, has ended its print
publication. It was founded in Chicago in 1951 by publisher John H. Johnson, and is the third-largest publication in the African American
As decision day deadline approaches for students to make a decision as
to what college they’re attending in fall of 2014, African American
students and their families are weighing their decisions not solely on a
college’s faculty, but also on student groups, diversity, mentorship
and more importantly, its atmosphere.
In 1944, Harry McAlpin became the first African American reporter to
cover a presidential news conference, but was denied membership to the White House Correspondents’ Association. Saturday night at its 100th anniversary dinner, the Association posthumously honored McAlpin, creating a scholarship in his name.
34% of American adults are obese and
only 20% of Americans perform aerobic exercises. The Office of Minority Health warns that these numbers
are worse for America’s urban centers. It was stats such as these that prompted the
Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and its Health Committee 5 years ago
to launch the Nat'l Urban Health Conference which will celebrate its
4th Conference this week, April 25-27, under the theme “Our Health Is Our