Da 5 Bloods
Harlan Jacobson

Spike Lee has made some 25 feature films and five documentaries in a career devoted to putting the black American experience onscreen. His latest film is Da 5 Bloods.

Made in NY Jazz Café & Bar had already closed for the night when tragedy struck, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Iving Burgie
Jon Kalish for WBGO News

Day-O is one of the most widely heard songs of modern times. It recently debuted on the Broadway stage in a musical based on the movie Beetlejuice. For years it’s been played at sports stadiums and was even used as a wake-up call for astronauts.

Day-O was written by Brooklyn-born Irving Burgie, who turned 95 last Sunday.

WBGO’s Jon Kalish reports on Burgie's struggle for recognition of his accomplishments.

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Verna Hart’s most recognizable works are of musicians.  She loved jazz and blues.

“Eubie Blake, she named her kids after artists, Eubie Blake,” said Linda Sutton, an art consultant and longtime friend of Verna Hart.  They collaborated on projects.  Sutton helped sell her work.

“She painted almost everybody,” she said.  “You didn’t get to see them all, but she loved jazz.  If you went to her house that’s what you heard, jazz.  While she was just cleaning or whatever we were doing it was primarily jazz.”

Billie Holiday Theatre

The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART in Brooklyn, in association with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, is presenting a new adaptation of Colman Domingo’s much heralded Dot

Dot is directed by Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon and stars Emmy Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre alumna Denise Burse as the lead character Dot.  Burse is best known for portraying  Claretha on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

Percussionist Chief Baba Neil Clarke is performing on Sunday July 1 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn as part of the International African Arts Festival, a celebration that kicks off Saturday June 30 and goes until the 4thof July.  

Gelbfish family
Jon Kalish for WBGO

There's a new museum in Brooklyn that looks at the Holocaust through the eyes of Orthodox Jews.

The Amud Aish Memorial Museum is staffed mostly by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's report.

The Crypto Party Phenomenon Hits Brooklyn

Jan 27, 2017
Crypto Party

We're going to take you now to a crypto party. It's really more of a teach-in than a party. Privacy advocates and political activists have been organizing crypto parties to foil efforts by corporations and governments to collect data.

The phenomenon started in Australia in 2012 and has since spread around the world.  Reporter Jon Kalish recently went to a couple of crypto parties in Brooklyn.

Click above to hear the story.