Nat Hentoff is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Moby’s Play was named best album and TLC’ “No Scrubs” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot and killed by four NYPD officers who mistake him for a suspect in another crime. They riddle him with bullets—firing 41 shots—after Diallo appears to ignore their warnings to stop and reaches for what they perceive may be a gun (but is actually his wallet). Massive protests erupt after all four officers are acquitted of the killing.
Viola Davis wins the Obie Award for best performance for her role in Everybody’s Ruby, and Liev Schreiber wins for Cymbeline.
First annual “Best of New York” issue debuts.
Stern Publishing announces it is putting its seven free weekly newspapers (The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, Minneapolis City Pages, OC Weekly (Orange County), Cleveland Free Times, and the Long Island Voice) up for sale.
First annual “Film Critics Poll” debuts. Being John Malkovich wins best film.
J. Hoberman is named best film critic by the Alternative Press Awards.
Tristan Taormino’s “Pucker Up” column debuts.
The Young Men’s Survey begins the first large-scale study of HIV infection among young gay men in New York City. It finds that large numbers have been infected in the last two years, with levels of infection among young black men exceeding those of white and Hispanic men.