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Miguel Tolentino, 50, from Mexico, applied for the pardon. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hundreds Get Pardoned for Misdemeanors

African American, Government, Latino, Manhattan November 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Hundreds of New Yorkers, mostly African Americans and Latinos, benefited from the Manhattan DA’s Clean Slate program at a Harlem church, El Diario reports.

Violence interrupters from Man Up! Inc. (Photo by Prince David Pierce via Amsterdam News)

Violence Interrupted: Grassroots Attempts at Stopping the Bloodshed

African American, Crime, New York October 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Andre Mitchell, founder of anti-violence organization Man Up! Inc., speaks to Amsterdam News about the efforts of street organizations to curb gun violence from within the communities.

‘The Fall of Kings’ Debuts in the Bronx

‘The Fall of Kings’ Debuts in the Bronx

African American, Black, Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Video October 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

The drama “The Fall of Kings” explores issues of racism, class and colorism in a Black family in the 1940s.

Remembering Selma, As a Teen

Remembering Selma, As a Teen

African American, Black, Featured Posts, History, Video, Youth October 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Lynda Blackmon Lowery read from “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom,” her account of the Selma voting rights march in 1965 as the protest’s youngest demonstrator.

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.

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 South Asian community held a discussion, followed by a vigil, on the Charleston shooting and racial violence in the U.S. (Photo via News India Times)

A South Asian Vigil for Charleston

African American, Queens, South Asian July 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Nearly 150 members of the South Asian community gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights to discuss the Charleston shooting and racial violence in the U.S., from an immigrant perspective, reports News India Times.

Bishop Zachary G. Jones on the left and Nathan Kerr.  (Photo by Duncan Osborne via Gay City News)

Black LGBT Leaders Urge Engagement on Ending AIDS

African American, Health, LGBTQ, New York June 29, 2015 at 2:06 pm

African-American leaders of the LGBT community want more resources and attention devoted to them in the state’s plan to end AIDS by 2020, reports Gay City News.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Pastor Floyd Flake and others rallied on Saturday in St. Albans in memory of the Charleston, S.C. church massacre victims. (Photo courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

After Charleston

African American, Black, New York June 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

A roundup of stories from the community and ethnic press offers some of the NYC-area response to the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

From left: Anita Daniel, 23, Engine 234, Brooklyn; Tenisha Forbes, 39, Engine 230, Bed-Stuy; Regina Wilson, 45, Engine 219, Brooklyn; Melissa Bennett, 25, Engine 257, Canarsie, Brooklyn; Tracy Lewis, 42, firefighter and lieutenant, Division 11, Battalion 4-8. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Black Female Firefighters Share Stories, Aspirations

African American, New York, Women June 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Amsterdam News profiles several of the city’s African-American female firefighters, who make up a sliver of the FDNY’s force, on how they got started and their plans for the future.

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Members of the DanceAfrica troupe and the Balé Folclórico da Bahia explored Afro-Brazilian roots and traditions at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn May 19.

After Freddie Gray’s Death: A Message for Mainstream Media

After Freddie Gray’s Death: A Message for Mainstream Media

African American, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Media, Police, Video April 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

People at Union Square talked about language, and commented on the damage and power of words used in the mainstream media.

“Consider the legacy,” one of the many elements in the Ark of Return memorial at U.N. Plaza. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Memorial to Slavery’s Victims Unveiled

African, African American, Caribbean, History, Manhattan April 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

“The Ark of Return,” a memorial to slavery’s victims, was recently unveiled at the United Nations Visitors Plaza, Caribbean Life reports.

Nearly 800 inmates in local and state prison are under 18. (Photo via El Diario)

Pressure Mounts to Stop Trying Minors as Adults

African American, Criminal Justice, Latino, New York, Youth March 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

The New York State Legislature debates whether to raise the age for imprisonment as an adult from 16 to 18, a measure that would affect mostly Hispanic and African-American youth, El Diario reports.

"We don't live; we survive," said Mexican mother Nancy Vázquez. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

Child Poverty Epidemic Sweeps Through New York State

African American, Food, Latino, New York, Youth March 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

The levels of child poverty in New York state are reaching epidemic proportions and Latino and African-American children are the most affected, El Diario reports.