Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright, and activist, died last week at the age of 79. Befitting a man with such a long, complicated and controversial career, not even his obituaries could agree. The New York Times calls him "polarizing," while the Jerusalem Post opted, among other qualifiers, for "hate ... More >>
Play them as they lie
Michael Roemer's 1964 drama Nothing But a Man--a classic about a black worker in the South who won't play by the white man's condescending rules--is back at at Film Forum and looking really sturdy. I saw it there on Friday night, where I was impressed all over again by the excellent, unmannered act ... More >>
Grace Lee Boggs, the 96-year-old political activist from Detroit, will be speaking at the New School tonight. The Voice had the chance to interview Boggs on Friday and will be posting our interview next week. Though confined to a wheelchair, the nonagenarian activist keeps up a busy work and travel ... More >>
This pizza parlor on Malcolm X in Harlem offers an expanded menu of diner food, with the assurance that there is no pork on the premises. On Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, an earlier establishment has a similar name: Mookie's No Pork on My Fork.
Plus: Frans Hals at the Met; Romare Bearden at the Schomburg Center
A new book about Malcolm X says the controversial civil rights leader had an early homosexual relationship with a white businessman, according to The New York Times. And he's not alone! Anyone with a kindle will learn of a whole bevy of historical figures who turn out to have been "that way ... More >>
"I don't think the true Sugar Hill Records story has ever been told because there's so much skull-duggery attached to it," says Keith Le Blanc, the one-time in-house drummer for Sugar Hill Records. The pioneering New York label, which brought hip-hop to the world's ears in 1979 with the Sugar ... More >>
Thomas Hagan, the only man who ever admitted involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X, will be getting out of jail next month. Hagan was granted parole on March 3rd and is scheduled to be released on April 28th.
Bright StarIn the old days, Hollywood effortlessly churned out glossy commercial vehicles about history makers like Louis Pasteur, Alexander Graham Bell, and Madame Curie--schoolbook-like material turned into films which, against all odds, managed to get good notices and an audience too. And ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMarch 4, 1965, Vol. X, No. 20Burying Malcolm XBy Marlene NadleIt was a strange funeral on Saturday. At Faith Temple, Church of God in Christ, the altar was decorated with policemen. In a bronze coffin El-Hajj Malik Shabazz, wrapped in the whit ... More >>
Seamus Murray/flickrBrownstoner brings sad news, via the Bed-Stuy Blog, that Bed-Stuy's Malcolm X farmers market is in danger of closing. The market's main vendor, Migliorelli Farm, recently announced it will be pulling out of the market because it hasn't been earning enough there to pay for its ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJune 25, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 36Mugging the White LiberalBy Jack NewfieldImagine three goldfish dropped into a fish tank filled with sharks. Or imagine Billy Budd mugged by the Emperor Jones.Then you might have some idea of the malevolent and paran ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJune 4, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 33Whites Cheer Malcolm X For Blasts at WhitesBy Susan Goodman"It doesn't make me sad at all, if it does exist." This statement came from Malcolm X on the alleged band of karate-trained "blood brothers" reportedly killin ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesSeptember 20, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 48Black on BlackBy Robert Brookins GoreI left Community Church some months ago with mixed feelings. The occasion was a so-called debate between Malcolm X and Bayard Rustin, and the topic was "Separation and Integ ... More >>
More hits than misses at this year's fest
The site of Malcolm X's killing hosts a new play
Battling art's blind spot
Recommendations by R.C. Baker
West African boite expands the Senegalese menu
Farrakhan Brings It All Back Home
Soul Summit gets one last dance; movie nite; Mellie R.I.P.
A Guide to Thrift Shop Furniture
Where the Catfish Doesn't Bite
Making the Case for a United Latino Front
Malcolm X Archive Goes to the Schomburg
Black Boomers Shout Reparations in the CourtBut Go Silent in the 'Hood
Selling King's Papers; Reclaiming Malcolm X's
The Fall 2001 Fashion Shows
Our Historical Illiteracy
Photography Collections to Make the Season Bright
La Revolución embraces Hip-Hopwith Fidels blessing
How did Malcolm's bullet-riddled diary land on the auction block?
Malcolm: 'I'm Not Against Jews. I'm Against Racists.'
An investigation by the joint terrorist task force adds to the Million Youth March leader's woes
To be Black in this Country is to Always Affirm Something