Sister Patricia Marie Williams. (Photo by Benjamin Parkin, via The Uptowner)

Uncertain Future for Harlem-Based Order of Black Nuns

Black, Manhattan, Religion, Women October 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

A Harlem convent is struggling to revitalize itself amidst a decline in the nun population, reports The Uptowner.

Harlem is undergoing a cultural shift due to its changing economic condition. (Photo by Doug Kerr, Creative Commons license)

Harlem’s Cultural Shift Worries Some Residents

Black, Culture, Demographics, Economy, Manhattan October 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Some residents fear that gentrification, rising rents and the arrival of tech companies will hurt Harlem’s Black-owned businesses and its historic panache, reports The Uptowner.

The Guinean community in the Bronx paid their respects to Mamadou Barry on Sept. 25 at the Futa Islamic Center in Morrisania. (Photo by Daniela Castro via Mott Haven Herald)

Guineans in the Bronx Mourn Another Slain Cab Driver

African, Bronx, Crime, Labor October 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Just a little more than a year after the killing of cab driver Aboubacar Bah, the Guinean community turned out once more in Morrisania to pay their respects – this time to Mamadou Barry, who died after he was shot on the job, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Jose Fernandez on vocals, left, applauds alongside Roberto Castellon who plays the guitar (right) while Nelida Tirado dances flamenco, right. (Photo by Elena Martinez, courtesy of Bronx Music Heritage Center

Spanish Dance and Moroccan Music in the Bronx

Bronx, North African, Western European September 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

The intertwined cultures of Spain and Morocco were on display at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, reports The Hunts Point Express.

A Diversity Disparity in NYC

A Diversity Disparity in NYC

African, Culture, Labor, New York, Technology September 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

The latest episode of “Independent Sources” looks at how the tech industry can better reflect the city’s demographics, narrowing the racial pay gap through unionization, and an African playwrights festival.

A Peace March in Crown Heights

A Peace March in Crown Heights

Black, Brooklyn, Crime, Featured Posts, Video September 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Dozens marched for peace in Crown Heights Sept. 17 in response to recent violent crimes in the area, including the fatal shooting of Carey Gabay.

Janice Fredericks of Fabulous Freddy’s in East Elmhurst (Photo provided to Amsterdam News)

On Beauty Supplies and Black Business

Black, Business, Queens September 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

In profiling Janice Fredericks, owner of beauty supply store Fabulous Freddy’s in East Elmhurst, Amsterdam News writes about the challenges Black consumers face in finding beauty products stores that cater to them, and about Black entrepreneurs starting out in the industry.

Shanise Mills and Chinedum Emelumba

Black Fashionistas Find Fashion Week Alternative

Black, Business, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Zuvaa, a fashion week alternative for Black fashionistas, pops up on the Lower East Side.

Ricardo Lemvo, performing September 18 (Photo courtesy of World Music Institute)

Music in Portuguese Sweeps New York

From vintage Brazilian psychedelic to contemporary Afropolitan from Angola, the Lusophone Festival marking World Music Institute’s 30th anniversary comes to NYC.

Laolu Senbanjo, a Human Rights Lawyer Turned Artist

Laolu Senbanjo, a Human Rights Lawyer Turned Artist

African, Brooklyn, Culture August 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Laolu Senbanjo, a former human rights lawyer in Nigeria and now an artist and musician in Ditmas Park, talks to Ditmas Park Corner about being Nigerian in Brooklyn, how his Yoruba heritage influences his work and his new art exhibit.

afropunk 2015 by regina spurlock

Afropunk 2015

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Video August 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hear what Afropunk means to different people in this video filmed in Brooklyn at the Afropunk Fest 2015.

The Sylvester Manor House on Shelter Island will have guests in the attic as part of Joseph McGill’s Slave Dwelling Project. (Photo by Carrie Ann Salvi via The Sag Harbor Express)

Visiting Slave Dwellings on LI

African American, Black, History, Long Island August 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, will visit sites on Long Island where slaves once lived and discuss the need to preserve them, reports The Sag Harbor Express.

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

African, Black, Culture, Metro Area August 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

The 2nd Annual Festival of African Cultures, a collaboration between the organization Thirst for Water and the city of Mount Vernon, was held in the Westchester County city on August 8.

Hip-Hop Revolution

The History of Hip-Hop, in Photos and More

African American, Black, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Video August 5, 2015 at 3:50 pm

An exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York documents the history and influence of hip-hop through photos.

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival was held in El Barrio July 24-26.