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“The Cabaret Law with its infamous racist and homophobic history has horrible effects to this day,” wrote NYC Artist Coalition. (Photo by Tiffany Rexach via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Time for a NYC ‘Office of Nightlife’?

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History, LGBTQ, New York June 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Brooklyn has only 17 venues licensed as “cabarets” where people can dance – and plenty more unlicensed venues. Two media outlets in the borough, Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Politics, report on the move by City Council member Rafael Espinal to overturn a 1926 “cabaret” law and introduce an “Office of Nightlife” in the city.

City Council Candidate Royston “Uncle Roy” Antoine with a young constituent on Pitkin Avenue In Brownsville. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

‘Uncle Roy’ Campaigns for Brownsville Seat

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Elections 2017 June 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Local store owner Royston “Uncle Roy” Antoine is hoping to represent Brownsville on the City Council, reports Kings County Politics.

Queens Surrogate's Court (Image via nycourts.gov)

Court Appointments: ‘Amplifying Racial Disparities’?

Asian, Black, Latino June 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm

An analysis of guardianship appointments at the Queens Surrogate’s Court suggests that the barriers to entry for lawyers of color may be systemic, reports Gotham Gazette.

Milton Allimadi speaking at the forum (Photo from Brooklyn For Peace via Black Star News)

‘What’s Happening in South Sudan?’

African, Brooklyn June 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

At a forum entitled “What’s Happening in South Sudan,” academics and community leaders addressed the causes of the ongoing civil war and the involvement of the U.S., reports Black Star News.

Chava Shervington (Photo via Brooklyn Deep)

On Being at the Intersection of Central Brooklyn’s Black and Jewish Communities

Black, Brooklyn, Jewish, New York June 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Brooklyn Deep’s Third Rail podcast interviews Chava Shervington, a Black Orthodox woman who lived for five years with her family in Crown Heights, about the perpetuation of myths around the intersection of the two communities.

Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid (Photo provided to Amsterdam News)

A Harlem Imam from the South Bronx

African American, Manhattan, Muslim June 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

In an interview with Amsterdam News, Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem describes how the “Autobiography of Malcolm X” and other texts led him to become a Muslim.

An African Cultural and Spiritual Procession in Bed-Stuy

An African Cultural and Spiritual Procession in Bed-Stuy

African, Brooklyn, Video June 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

BRIC TV covers the June 4 Isese Festival, a celebration of Yoruba and African culture that will include a procession through Bed-Stuy followed by a concert that will open the International African Arts Festival.

Students from the BAM-Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation partnership who participated in the DanceAfrica education program performed at the DanceAfrica 2014 festival. (Screen shot via video)

Forty Years of DanceAfrica

African, Brooklyn, Culture May 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm

The performances at this year’s DanceAfrica, the country’s largest African dance festival, will follow the theme “The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond” while honoring founder Chuck Davis who recently passed away, report Brooklyn media outlets.

Bronx Africans Demand Justice for Brutal Attack on Street Vendor

Bronx Africans Demand Justice for Brutal Attack on Street Vendor

African, Bronx, Crime May 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm

The Bronx African community is demanding justice in the brutal gang assault of Bronx street vendor Souleymane Porgo, originally from Burkina Faso, Infos Time reports.

Grave of blues singer Mamie Smith in Frederick Douglass Memorial Park (Photo by Stephon Johnson via Amsterdam News)

On SI, an African-American Cemetery is Neglected

African American, History, Staten Island May 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

A cemetery on Staten Island where African-American luminaries are buried is in disrepair, Amsterdam News reports.

(Screen shot from state Sen. Jess Hamilton video)

Urging Instruction in Black History, Year-Round

Black, Brooklyn, History, New York May 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assembly member Diana Richardson are urging that Black history be a part of the curriculum for grades K-12, not just relegated to Black History Month.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYCLU: Minority Students Arrested Disproportionately

Black, Latino, New York, Police, Youth May 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Civil rights activists reveal figures showing “extreme racial disparity” in the numbers of handcuffed black and Latino youths in the city’s public schools, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Astoria Performing Arts Center’s “Raisin” is being revived four decades since the last New York production. The musical revival will feature choreographer Tamrin Goldberg, left, and actress Sarita Amani Nash, right. (Photo by Terrance O’Kane via Times Ledger)

‘Raisin’ Returns to NY After Four Decades

Black, Culture, Queens May 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Times Ledger and Queens Gazette cover the revival in Astoria of “Raisin,” which is being staged as a full production for the first time in 42 years. The musical is an adaption of “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry whose legacy is described in an Amsterdam News piece.

June Jordan (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Remembering Poet June Jordan

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History April 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Black writer June Jordan was remembered and honored during National Poetry Month, Kings County Politics reports.

Some of the members of Lavender Light (Screen shot via NY City Lens video)

Can NYC’s First Black, Gay Gospel Choir Survive?

Black, Culture, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Religion April 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Founded in 1985, Lavender Light hopes to continue spreading its message of diversity and acceptance, reports NY City Lens.