Writers’ Groups Protest the Arrest of New York Professor in Cameroon

( – The African Literature Association and other professional associations of writers and scholars are demanding the release of a Cameroonian-American writer and university professor, detained last week without explanation at the airport in Douala, Cameroon.  Patrice Nganang, who teaches at Stony Brook University’s cultural studies and comparative literature department in New York, was reported missing from a connecting flight[Read More…]


Jay Z’s interview with The New York Times

Rapper and businessman Jay-Z recently was interviewed by Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, on a variety of subjects, including race, music as therapy, going to therapy, his strained relationship with fellow rapper Kanye West and infidelity in his marriage with his wife megastar Beyoncé.  

Harvey Weinstein, an alleged sexual predator and backer of fine films, is about to get an audition

By Frederick H. Lowe Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood movie producer who was fired Sunday from The Weinstein Co., a movie-making business he co-founded with his brother, Bob, amid growing allegations of sexual harassment and rape, made some good, possibly great movies I’m not sure other companies would have touched. At Miramax, a company Harvey and his brother founded before starting Weinstein[Read More…]

A Scattered San Diego Black Population Comes Together for Art

By Rosemary Eng Don’t bother looking for African-American neighborhoods in San Diego, because there aren’t any. It’s strange for a city of 1.4 million, but true. The first blacks settled in rural Julian in the late-1800s, centered around a small mother lode. But as more African Americans arrived they, like other Americans, spread out looking for new opportunities in the[Read More…]

“Life on Mars” lands its poet Earthly honors

  By Frederick H. Lowe The Library of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winner, the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate and her recognition is being trumpeted in more than the usual places. After being named poet laureate, Smith told National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Poetry gives us a vocabulary for feeling that doesn’t easily fit into[Read More…]

Bob Marley’s son buys High Times magazine

Damian ” jr. Gong” Marley, the youngest son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, is among a group of investors who have purchased a controlling stake in High Times magazine, its Cannabis Cup events and other digital properties for $42 million in a deal arranged by Oreva Capital, a boutique investment firm, based in Los Angeles. Damian is one of 20[Read More…]

“Get Out” Director Gets In with Universal and Inks a Picture Deal

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF.–Jordan Peele, who wrote, produced and directed the hit movie “Get Out,” about a black man, who goes to meet his white girlfriend’s parents, continues to hear nothing but good news about the film. “Get Out,” which was made for $4.5 million, has grossed $204.3 million at the box office. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, a trade[Read More…]

Black Writers Win 4 Pulitzers

A second Pulitzer for playwright Lynn Nottage NEW YORK–Colson Whitehead, Hilton Als, Lynn Nottage, Tyehimba Jess, each took home the Pulitzer Prize for their work, the Pulitzer Prize Committee announced Monday. Whitehead won Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad.”  The Pulitzer committee said the novel combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in[Read More…]