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Gwen Carr on Strength and Activism

Black, New York, Police December 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, speaks to Amsterdam News about how becoming an activist helped in the healing process.

A demonstration by the Fair Play Coalition led by Councilman Antonio Reynoso demanded equitable access to after-school sports instruction. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latino and Black Students Demand Equal Access to Sports in NYC Schools

Black, Latino, Sports, Youth December 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Members of the Fair Play Coalition, who sued the DOE arguing that New York City high schools discriminate against Black and Latino students by not offering enough sports teams, rallied at City Hall, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

“There are stakeholders within this city who do not want our children in those schools,” said Mutale Nkonde, a district parent with two children, at a forum on specialized high schools. “Ultimately, these are our children who we’re sending into potentially hostile environments.” (Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

Specialized High School Concerns in Bed-Stuy

Black, Brooklyn, Education December 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

At a public meeting in Bedford-Stuyvesant with education department officials, parents voiced unease over the environment Black and Latino students face in specialized high schools, reports Chalkbeat.

Chirlane McCray proudly announced statute site for Shirley Chisholm with many supporters. (Photo by Todd Maisel via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Shirley Chisholm Statue to Be Erected in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women November 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, will have a monument in her honor at the entrance of Prospect Park, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Decline

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Decline

Black, Health, Latino, New York November 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm

While new HIV diagnoses among Black and Latina women declined in 2017, HIV continues to affect Black and Latino men who have sex with men disproportionately, NYC’s latest HIV surveillance report indicates.

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Photo by Cyril Josh Barker via Amsterdam News)

NYS Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Makes History

African American, Government, New York, Women November 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman to lead a New York state legislative chamber. She speaks to Amsterdam News.

Empowerment at The Gentlemen’s Factory in Brooklyn

Empowerment at The Gentlemen’s Factory in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, Video November 27, 2018 at 2:22 pm

BRIC TV visits The Gentlemen’s Factory, a “one-stop shop” for the personal and professional development of men of color.

Yewande Komolafe makes a dessert of bouille (tapioca pudding) with coconut milk drizzled with Nigerian honey. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

A Nigerian Chef Finds Her Way Back Home

African, Brooklyn, Food, Immigration November 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

In a Feet in 2 Worlds podcast, Brooklyn-based chef Yewande Komolafe speaks about the nearly two decades in which she reconnected with her Nigerian roots through food but could not return to her homeland.

The first church building of the United African Church. A cemetery was built behind the building, which was recently rediscovered. (Courtesy of Elmhurst Histories and Cemeteries Preservation Society)

Pushing to Landmark an Elmhurst African Burial Ground

African, History, Queens November 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

The Elmhurst Histories and Cemeteries Preservation Society is hoping to prevent development on a local African burial ground by seeking landmark status for the site, reports Jackson Heights Post.

Monique (left) and (Photo by , courtesy of We Come From Queens via QNS)

‘We Come From Queens’ Podcast Hits Milestone

Black, Queens, Women November 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Longtime friends Cadacia and Monique started the We Come From Queens podcast to change the perception of women from Queens, reports QNS.

The Caribbean Women’s Health Association is one of a few organizations in East Flatbush helping women with workshops focusing on how to deal with pregnancy trauma. (Photo by Larisa Karr via Bklyner)

Addressing Infant Mortality in East Flatbush

Black, Brooklyn, Health November 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Bklyner reports on local organizations that help women cope with the loss of a child, and educate them to have healthier pregnancies.

Congress members Joe Crowley, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Assemblymember Walter Mosley and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Photo via Bklyner)

Fifty Years On, a Bill to Honor Shirley Chisholm

Black, Brooklyn, Politics, Women November 6, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries introduced a bill that would award Shirley Chisholm a Congressional Gold Medal and made the announcement on the 50th anniversary of the day she became the first Black woman elected to Congress, reports Bklyner.

(Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via QNS)

Remembering a Flushing Burial Ground

African American, History, Native American, Queens October 29, 2018 at 9:09 pm

The city is commemorating a burial ground in Flushing where the remains of Native Americans and African Americans were interred, reports QNS.

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On the City Seizing Black-Owned Properties

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Latino, Media, Video October 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Kings County Politics editor Stephen Witt speaks to BRIC TV about his publication’s series on the city taking property from Black and Latino owners in Brooklyn.

Author Ron Howell and his book on his grandfather Bertram Baker, the first Black person elected to public office in Brooklyn. (Photo by Photo by Alexandra Simon via Caribbean Life)

Remembering the ‘Boss of Black Brooklyn’

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Politics October 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm

A new book on Bertram L. Baker explores how the first Black lawmaker elected to office in Brooklyn brought together Caribbean immigrants and U.S.-born Black Americans, reports Caribbean Life.