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…]

Eddie Murphy to Receive Mark Twain Award

Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor during a ceremony Oct. 18 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center established the prize in October 1998 in honor of Mark Twain, author of the “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  Twain’s birth name was Samuel[Read More…]

Ernest Cole: the Black Photographer who told the story of Apartheid’s inhumanity

  By Rosemary Eng Ernest Cole had an artistic eye for the heartbreak of inhumanity. One of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, Cole was also one of South Africa’s most famous black photographers for his deeply emotional and compassionate documentation of life under apartheid. The 125 gelatin silver prints of his work that were displayed until December 6 at New[Read More…]

Helping Ernest Cole’s Spirit to Find Peace

Helping Ernest Cole’s Spirit to Find Peace The tragedy of how Ernest Cole died in New York, a relatively young, ill, poverty-stricken man, deepens the sadness of his gripping images of South African Apartheid. At the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, performing artist, scholar and community organizer Refilwe Nkomo may have helped Ernest Cole’s soul to reach a[Read More…]