Arts

Hurston/Wright Will Host Master Writers’ Workshops in June

Wil Haygood, who has written several critically acclaimed biographies about African-American men, will participate in a master writers’ workshop sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The writers’ workshops, which are called “Craft Your Novel or Poem with a Master Teacher,” will discuss fiction, building a novel and poetry from July 18 to 25. Haygood, who[Read More…]

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B.B. King is dead but his music lives on

By Frederick H. Lowe Legendary Bluesman B.B. King died Thursday night in his Las Vegas home from a series of small strokes, a spokesperson for the Clark County (Nevada) Coroner’s Office, told NorthStarNewsToday.com on Monday. Mr. King had been receiving home hospice care since May 1, following a second hospital stay in April when he suffered Multi-infarct dementia, which was[Read More…]

Art History

Mr. Imagination Mr. Imagination, an outsider artist who used sandstone and bottle caps to create his unique work, died May 30, 2012, in Atlanta. Mr. Imagination, who was born Gregory Warmack in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Ill., worked with sculpted objects, using paint, wood, nails, putty and cement, and sold his creations at street fairs in Chicago. Mr. Imagination[Read More…]

The Ontario Black History Society will hold a Film Festival

The Ontario, Canada, Black History Society will host the Black International Film Festival May 12th and 13th with three movies at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto. The films that will be shown are “Dear White People,” “Honour Before Glory” and “Prisoner 46764: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Milangeni.” “Dear White People,” which is co-directed by Justin Simien and[Read More…]

Iconic R&B Singer, Prolific Songwriter Ben E. King Dies

Ben E. King, who was best known for recording “Stand By Me,” Spanish Harlem,” and for a time The Drifters lead singer, died of natural causes Thursday in New Jersey. Mr. King, who lived in Teaneck, was 76. In addition to “Stand by Me” and “Spanish Harlem,” Mr. King’s other hit recordings included “Supernatural Thing,” “Don’t Play That Song,” “I[Read More…]

Everyone Can’t Be a Successful Rapper Like Jay-Z, but He Can Help You Pay for a College Education

Here is a head start for next year. Successful rapper and businessman Jay-Z is offering high school students or incoming college freshmen scholarships through his Shawn Carter Foundation.  Jay-Z’s birth name is Shawn Carter. The scholarship fund provides money to students who have either graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D. The student must have a 2.0 GPA, a[Read More…]

In My Father’s House, 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

By Natalie Lally, Tribeca Film Festival Correspondent “A powerful, relevant film for these times” NEW YORK — Inside a world of alcoholism, homelessness, and abandonment, directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg reconnect rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith with his absentee father, who had left him more than 25 years ago. A true coming of age film, Smith rights the wrongs he[Read More…]

Hurston/Wright Foundation Announced Its 2015 Legacy Award Nominees

The Zora Neal Hurston and Richard Wright Foundation, which celebrates writing by African American authors, has announced the 2015 nominees for its Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. The awards are given for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The nominees for poetry are:”Revising the Storm” by Geffrey Davis, “We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” by Brian Gilmore, “Digest” by Gregory Pardio, “The Essential Hits of[Read More…]