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THE ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT OF THE NUBIAN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The Nubian Conservatory of Music held firm to its mission to preserve the music of the African Diaspora at its annual spring concert at Brooklyn's historical Siloam Presbyterian Church this past Sunday. Featured in the concert were the works of accomplished artists such as Henry "Harry" Thacker Burleigh, African-American classical composer, arranger and professional singer; the arranger of Deep...

Poem: “For Our Fathers”

My father is born looking white with green eyes in Pennsylvania & under skies with white stars, Did anyone ask about the color of your baby? There is a boast about descending from the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, where the 1st Nation People bring food so the Europeans will not starve. No one mentions the thousands of slave ships crossing the Atlantic as the Middle Passage. The...

Seeking Help from NYC Dept. of Social Services, Elderly Woman’s Plight Worsened

When Petronia Atkins, 70, became a ward of New York City, she thought that the harsh reality of eviction and hunger would cease to exist. She would finally get help. However, things went from bad to worse for the senior citizen once she allowed the Department of Social Services to select a guardian for her. Between December 2014 and October 2015,...

The Parade: Oscar López Rivera Controversy Shows How Powerless Puerto Ricans Remain

This past Sunday's Puerto Rican Day parade had all of the trappings associated with summer celebrations of ethnic pride. Floats, music, crooked politicians, food, and culture was in full effect. It also provided a number of unplanned lessons in hardball politics - in the value and costs of political self-determination, the mechanisms of colonialism, the over-involvement of elected officials...

American Composers Orchestra Celebrates 40th Anniversary

  The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) celebrated its 40th Anniversary Season with four parables, and inaugurated a new partnership between ACO and Symphony Space.  As stated in their mission statement, ACO is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers.  With that mission in mind, ACO presented pieces by...

Pure Evil Deeds: Sen. Rubio Has Been Destroying Obamacare Even Before Trump’s Election

A prominent Republican, Michael Steel who was the former RNC chair, said this on MSNBC the other day about Trumpcare: “Nobody has ever taken anything away from the American people, and they are not going to start now.” Does this mean that Republicans will throw in the towel and that Obamacare, a.k.a. The Affordable Care Act, is safe? Does this...

CBJC Hosted a “Thank You” in Code JAZZ

Nearing the end of the Spring 2017 Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium said, “thank you” to their many supporters by hosting a gratis soiree of dining and entertainment  at the historical Weeksville Heritage Center.   Music was provided by the Dwayne Eurbanks band with gourmet-style buffet food in this cultural center fit for queens and kings. Chairman Clarence Mosley introduced the...

Brooklyn Sends Jazz Great Bob Cunningham Off in Style

I remember going to a jazz set in Brooklyn about thirty years ago. I was invited by my buddy activist/Jazz singer Torrie McCartney. She had invited me to the set after praising Bob Cunningham and his trio, which was performing with her that evening. Torrie was so excited to work with Cunningham and made it mandatory to see them work...

“THE BAD SEED” Revisited

  The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) marked the final performance of the Theatre Department’s 2016-2017 production season with two one-act plays: Sorry Wrong Number, and The Bad Seed.  The original movie, The Bad Seed, produced in 1956, is an American psychological horror/suspense melodrama involving an over-indulged child named Rhoda, committing murders when anyone crossed her the wrong way. ...

CLOSING THURSDAY… DON’T MISS!

Masterpiece, trendsetter, classic, national treasure.  Visionary, genius, auteur, revolutionary. These are the words commonly used to describe the film and the filmmakers behind BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS (BTLH,) a not-to-be-missed movie that just about everyone has missed. The tell-it-like-it-is examination of a Watts, California family opened this week at central Harlem's RAW SPACE.  A well attended pre-opening screening, with the film's director and cinematographer...

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THE ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT OF THE NUBIAN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The Nubian Conservatory of Music held firm to its mission to preserve the music of the African Diaspora at its annual spring concert at...

Poem: “For Our Fathers”

My father is born looking white with green eyes in Pennsylvania & under skies with white stars, Did anyone ask about the color of your baby? There...

Seeking Help from NYC Dept. of Social Services, Elderly Woman’s Plight Worsened

When Petronia Atkins, 70, became a ward of New York City, she thought that the harsh reality of eviction and hunger would cease to...