Harlem’s Billie “Eleanora Fagan” Holiday

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: ’1982,’ Film NY Premiere At BAM

1982_613x463We’re not that familiar with this NY premiere film, but we love the cast with Hill Harper, Wayne Brady and the fabulous and Harlem favorite Ruby Dee. Continue Reading →

Black Fives History Of Basketball At The New York Historical Society

The Black Fives exhibition (on view at the New-York Historical Society March 14 — July 20, 2014) will explore the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Continue Reading →

Yolande’s Yard: Mumia, Long Distance Revolutionary (video)

mumia5By Yolande Brener

Mumia Abu Jamal, birth name Wesley Cook, is the author of seven book, numerous articles for the Black Panther Press and hundreds of radio programs for NPR and Democracy Now.  Continue Reading →

Butch Lewis, More than a Promoter

By Marc “The Raz” Rasbury

With the all of the NFL lockout news dominating the sports airwaves of late, the death of the flamboyant boxing promoter, Butch Lewis, flew under the radar screen this week. But this in no way should diminish the impact this man had on the world of boxing and the entertainment industry. Continue Reading →

The Grand Boule’ History

This Ebony magazine article posted below was originally written to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Grand Boule in 2004: Continue Reading →