By Walter Rutledge
Carolyn Adams danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for seventeen years. To hear Adams describe the experience one quickly realizes that despite the fact that she no longer performs, she remains a Taylor dancer for life. Continue reading
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Check out the new campaign to communicate how important it is to have Lights in Harlem on 125th St. during the Holiday Season on December 7th, 2010. Continue reading
Minton’s Playhouse, the former jazz musicians’ mecca and a joy to any fan, was shut down last Wednesday. A new lock was placed on the door and sources say Earl Spain, the owner, was given just a few days to remove his equipment and other stuff out of the historical jazz club located at 210 West 118th Street. Continue reading
The New York Amsterdam News, the creaky weekly newspaper that is the voice of Harlem’s political establishment, is making the best of a bad week.
“Paterson demands facts,” reads the headline over a defiant picture of New York’s sinking governor. Below that, “Rangel requests leave of absence from chairmanship.”
The active verbs did little to conceal what a difficult winter made clear: The sun is setting on Harlem as the seat of New York’s black political elite, and the symbolic national center of black politics. Rangel could end up being the last black congressman from Harlem. Gov. David Paterson, the son of Basil Paterson of the legendary “Gang of Four” who have dominated Harlem for half a century, has come to embody their central shortcoming: The failure to cultivate a strong second generation. The gang itself is down to three, Rangel, the elder Paterson, and former Mayor David Dinkins, who were among the mourners at the December funeral of the fourth, politician-turned-tycoon Percy Sutton.
We’ve been saying for a while now that Paul Winston is one of today’s greatest jazz pianists. Recently, the Amsterdam News agreed with us, heralding his dinner concert at Minton’s Playhouse as “The most authentic and interesting evening of jazz music you can hear in New York right now.”
Paul joins us again this Sunday, September 27 for a dinner concert right here at Minton’s Playhouse. We think it’s one of the best jazz deals in town. Continue reading
By Nathaniel Popper for the Forward.com
A Jewish editor would be an unusual presence at most black newspapers, but at few places more so than the famed Amsterdam News.
For the past few decades, the weekly, Harlem-based publication has achieved notoriety in no small measure due to its frequent run-ins with Jewish antagonists. Those battles were often sparked by the paper’s longtime owner and editor, Wilbert Tatum, who pulled few punches in his criticism of Jewish leaders and organizations. Continue reading
Wilbert A. Tatum, whose 25-year leadership of The Amsterdam News made his name nearly synonymous with the paper�s, died on Thursday while vacationing with his wife, Susan, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He was 76.
He died after multiple organ shutdown around 1 a.m. local time, said Elinor Tatum, his daughter who had succeeded him as publisher in 1996 when she was 26. Ms. Tatum said her father was a diabetic and had been in a wheelchair.
Mr. Tatum held multiple roles over his time at The Amsterdam News, including editor, publisher, chairman and chief executive. Among the more polarizing decisions of his leadership: defending Tawana Brawley against official findings that the sexual assault she said she had been through was a hoax; printing the name of the Central Park jogger who was raped in 1989; and running editorials against Mayor Edward I. Koch in a box on the front page week after week under the headline “Why Koch Should Resign.” Continue reading
Insanity exists when a people keeps doing the same thing and expecting a different result. History is repeating itself. Continue reading