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Author Obioma Nwokolo (Photo via Forest Hills Times)

An African Princess Story to Inspire Girls

African, Queens, Youth December 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Obioma Nwokolo, a Forest Hills resident originally from Nigeria, shares with Forest Hills Times the book series and accompanying dolls she created to instill confidence in young girls.

(Photo by Mark Hallum via Times Ledger)

Action on a Queens Burial Ground?

African American, History, Queens December 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Times Ledger reports on the prospects for a restoration of Old Towne Burial Ground in Flushing.

Slavery in Mexico was abolished in 1829, four decades earlier than in the United States. Today, 1.4 million Mexicans identify as Afro-descendants. (Photo via Impacto Latino)

Exhibit Illuminates Afro-Mexican Heritage

African, Mexican November 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

The Mexican consulate in New York opened the exhibition “Afro-Mexicans: Pride and Sense of Belonging,” about this little-known community, Impacto Latino reports.

Hawa Bah and attorney Randolph McLaughlin speaks to the press after the verdict. (Screen shot via Afrikanspot video)

Mohamed Bah’s Family Awarded $2.2M

African, Manhattan, Police, Video November 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Hawa Bah, the mother of Mohamed Bah, a mentally ill Guinean immigrant fatally shot by police in 2012, speaks to Amsterdam News following a civil trial verdict that awarded the family $2.2 million.

(Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Supporting Black Veterans and Social Justice

Black, Brooklyn, Social Services November 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Black Veterans for Social Justice in Bed-Stuy helps veterans transition back into civilian life while also focusing on social issues, reports Amsterdam News.

The Friends of Sironka Dance Troupe brought the beauty of their Maasai heritage to Bailey’s Café on Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Photo: Ron Howard via Our Time Press)

A Kenyan Dance Troupe Performs in Bed-Stuy

African, Brooklyn, Culture November 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

An Our Time Press story on a performance by the Friends of Sironka Dance Troupe of southern Kenya comments on the personal significance of the show for its reporter.

City Councilmember Jumaane Williams in a “Resist From Day One” protest on January 20, the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Gay City News)

The Speaker Race: Williams on Marriage Equality

African American, Brooklyn, Caribbean, LGBTQ, Politics November 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

City Council member Jumaane Williams explains to Gay City News how his views on marriage equality have evolved.

Period photos (Courtesy of Weeksville Heritage Center, via Bklyner)

African-American Culture, Past and Present, at Weeksville

African American, Brooklyn, History November 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Weeksville Heritage Center offers a window on African-American history in Brooklyn, as well as events related to current events, reports Bklyner.

A ‘BK Made’ Comic Book Inspired by African Folklore

A ‘BK Made’ Comic Book Inspired by African Folklore

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Video October 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

In a “BK Made” episode from BRIC TV, Greg Anderson-Elysee speaks about his debut graphic novel inspired by West African and Caribbean folklore, and the importance of learning Black mythology.

Nomsa Brath and Cinque Brathwaite (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

‘Elombe Brath Way’ in Harlem

African, Black, Manhattan, New York October 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

Community members honored the late NYC activist and “freedom fighter” Elombe Brath at a street co-naming ceremony in Harlem, reports Amsterdam News.

City Council members taking a knee in front of City Hall. (Photo by Bernice Elizabeth Green via Our Time Press)

Taking a Knee on Sacred Ground

African American, New York October 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm

When the City Council took a knee in solidarity with football player Colin Kaepernick, they were doing so on sacred ground, writes Our Time Press, noting this week’s 10th anniversary of the dedication of the African Burial Ground National Monument.

Students and advocates held a rally outside education department headquarters last week to call for an end to school arrests and summonses. (Photo courtesy of the Center for Popular Democracy via Chalkbeat)

Black and Hispanic Students Most Likely to be Arrested in School

African American, Education, Latino, Youth September 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Black and Hispanic youth continue to account for the bulk of school arrests and summonses, even as the city has reduced the overall numbers in recent years, reports Chalkbeat.

(Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Local Vendors Featured at Whole Foods Harlem

African American, Business, Manhattan September 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Whole Foods Harlem, which opened in late July, features products from Harlem entrepreneurs, Manhattan Times reports.

Herbert Sweat receiving his citation at St. Philip’s Church (Photo by Cyrille Phipps via Our Time Press)

Remembering Bed-Stuy in Stories

African American, Black, Brooklyn, History September 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Our Time Press reports on the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project and some of Bed-Stuy’s longtime residents who participated.

Ayọ (Photo via BK Reader)

A Conversation with Ayọ

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Immigration September 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The singer and musician Ayọ will be performing at Weeksville Heritage Center on Sept. 24, a few days before the release of her eponymous album, reports BK Reader.