Indie Spirit Awards 2019: Harlem story ‘Beale Street’ wins

The New York Amsterdam News and our new all-digital vertical “AmNews Curtain Raiser” were on the Santa Monica beach soaking up the indie love at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards.

Spike Lee wins Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

In the press room after his win for Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” which he shares with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott, Lee was light-hearted.

Regina King wins Best Supporting Actress for ‘Beale Street’

The 91st Academy Awards brought the Blackness, and, with it, the crowning of a new, thespian queen—Regina King. #OscarsSoBlack? Yes, we’re blessed.

When ‘Green Book’ won Best Picture: press room reactions

On Oscar Sunday the press room was packed with journalists from around the world and many of us began our collective day hopeful that director Spike Lee would take the big win.

In the press room: Oscars, 2019: Part One

We’ve been covering the Oscars since 2015 and it was just as exciting this year as it was the first year.

Raven Wilkinson, ballet pioneer and mentor to Misty Copeland, passes at 83

Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American woman to be admitted to a major American ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Dec. 19, at her home in Manhattan.

‘Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen’—A sensational evening!

Vereen definitely had the audience in the palm of his hand, and it was a wonderful place to be.

Zoë Kravitz to star in ‘High Fidelity’ TV series

Zoë Kravitz, daughter of rock musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, is slated to star in a “High Fidelity” television reboot of the 2000 film.

Michael B. Jordan named first man as the face of Coach

It has been reported that “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan has been named the first man to become the face of the American fashion brand Coach.

Rihanna named ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Barbados

Barbados Government Information Office has announced that Barbados native, pop star, actress and entrepreneur, Rihanna, has been named ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Barbados.

Arthur Mitchell: The man and his legacy

Arthur Mitchell, the internationally recognized dancer, artistic director, choreographer, educator and visionary, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

Michael B. Jordan to be new face of Coach

Coach has announced that actor/producer Michael B. Jordan has been chosen as the first global face of the Coach menswear business.

Aretha Franklin’s longtime musical director shares memories

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with H.B. Barnum, who had been Franklin’s musical director for more than 30 years, and he was glad to speak about this great lady.

Taraji P. Henson foundation to address mental health stigma

Taraji P. Henson, has taken strides to confront the stigma of mental health in the Black community.

Arthur Mitchell, legendary ballet trailblazer, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell, the legendary force of nature who changed the face of American dance, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Manhattan. He was 84.