Ephraim Isaac at the Chassida Shmella celebration at Town & Village Synagogue in NYC. (Photo by Luke Tress for Voices of NY)

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in NYC

African, Black, Featured Posts, Jewish, Manhattan November 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm

The Ethiopian-Jewish holiday of Sigd was celebrated by the group Chassida Shmella at a synagogue on East 14th Street on Nov. 22, a way to bring the small community together and share traditions.

(Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

A Home for Protests, Politics and South African Food

African, Brooklyn, Education, Food November 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Adding their voice to protests across South Africa against proposed tuition hikes at universities, nearly a hundred rallied in front of Madiba Restaurant in Fort Greene, with the support of its politically active owner, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Worshippers pray in front of Masjid Ebun Abass in Mott Haven. (Photo by Christine Brink via Mott Haven Herald)

West Africans in the Bronx Seek a Larger Masjid Site

African, Bronx, Immigration, Muslim November 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Masjid Ebun Abass in the South Bronx is suffering from overcrowding thanks to growth in the West African Muslim population, and congregants are looking for a larger site for a new masjid, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Nigerians Unite in Green and White to Mark Independence

Nigerians Unite in Green and White to Mark Independence

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Video October 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Hundreds took part in festivities marking the 55th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence held in midtown Manhattan.

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Education, Manhattan, North African October 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm

The partnership, which also involves the Organization Internationale de La Francophonie, will provide the New York French American Charter School with educational and financial support, reports Amsterdam News.

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, Video 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.

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.

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

African, Black, Culture, Metro Area, Video 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.

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

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

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

African, Bronx, History, Video July 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

On an episode of CUNY TV’s Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV, journalist Pamela Newkirk talks about the subject of her book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga.” Benga, a young man taken from the Congo, ended up at the Monkey House of the Bronx Zoo.

Nigerian artist Moses Tuki recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art. Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Making Art from Scrap: A Nigerian Student Sculpts

African, Culture, Long Island, Manhattan July 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Moses Tuki, a Nigerian artist, made a giant sculpture from bike shop scrap and other cast-offs, using a “breakthrough” to avoid welding, Tribeca Trib reports.

Couple Brings Traditional South African Meat Snack to U.S.

Couple Brings Traditional South African Meat Snack to U.S.

African, Featured Posts, Food, Video July 9, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Warren and Nicolle Pala make biltong out of their New Jersey factory using techniques from their native South Africa and ingredients found stateside.