“The Wiz” Eases into Harlem With Anniversary Tribute to Broadway’s Landmark Firsts

Geoffrey Holder outside the Majestic Theater

By Vinette K. Pryce

Forty years after winning seven Tony Awards —Broadway’ s highest theater honor – the first Black musical to claim the distinction eased into two New York City parks for three, free, nights of celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its historic trailblazing achievements. Continue Reading →

Dr. Clarkes’s Centenary Culls Celebration in Harlem

ASCAC elders in harlem worldBy Vinette K. Pryce

The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Continue Reading →

Lowe & Behold: Jamaican Chinese Trace Roots From Harlem To Circa BC

Finding Samuel Lowe family photoBy Vinette K. Pryce

Nell Vera Lowe was no ordinary woman. Despite the fact she struggled to make ends meet after migrating to New York to settle on one of the most crime-riddled blocks in Harlem she had extraordinary dreams and perhaps that is why she is the subject of a documentary film featured during the recent Urbanworld Film Festival. Continue Reading →

Inside Harlem: Jamaicans Celebrate Two Milestones In Harlem

Jamaica 52Photo and words by Vinette K. Pryce

Jamaicans in New York rallied with purposeful prayers to give thanks for their island’s 52 years of independence and also for the longevity of one of its oldest organization in the United States. Continue Reading →

Kalakuta Republic Was Fela’s Harlem

Fela Anikulapo KutiBy Vinette K. Pryce

On Emancipation Day, Aug. 1 two colorful Black men were revealed in document and a bio-pic that probably enlightened more than a few about the making of legends. Continue Reading →