Most people affected by these laws come from Latino and African-American neighborhoods. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Council Seeks to Restrict ‘Unfair’ Police Procedure

African American, Government, Latino, Police October 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

A legislative package was introduced to curb the nuisance abatement legislation arguing that it is unconstitutional and has targeted mostly Latino and African-American homes, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Gregg Bishop, Commission of the Department of Small Business Services, at the opening of a new workforce center in Washington Heights in September (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Bishop on Boosting W/MBE City Contracting

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

One of the murals inside the Black Lady Theatre shows an African woman as slave ships approach. (Photo by Caleb Caldwell via Brooklyn Paper)

Black Lady Theatre Reopens After 18 Years

Black, Brooklyn, Culture October 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Black Lady Theatre in Crown Heights will be open for public viewing to educate visitors on what served as a crucial meeting point for the Black empowerment movement in the 1980s, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Esmerelda Simmons of the Center for Law and Social Justice (Photo via BK Reader)

30 Years of Fighting for Social Justice

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Police September 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

In BK Reader, Attorney Esmerelda Simmons reflects on 30 years of work at the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College.

NYC DCAS outreach specialist Achmat Akkad talking with job seekers at a job fair in chinatown recently. (Photo via World Journal)

The City Recruits in Chinatown

African American, East Asian, Government, Labor September 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

The city’s main hiring agency, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and private employers recently came to Chinatown for a job fair, World Journal reports.

Rev. Patricia Singletary, of the Elmendorf Reformed Church and co-chair of the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force, at the open house last week. She voiced her support for “a memorial that respects the past, educates those in the present and offers peace and solace.” (Photo by Emily Dixon via The Uptowner)

What’s Next for the Harlem African Burial Ground

African, History, Manhattan September 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

As the city initiates the planning process for redeveloping the African Burial Ground in Harlem – formerly a bus depot – these next few months will involve meeting with the local community, reports The Uptowner.

Professor Nkechi Agwu and Ndebele dolls (Contributed photo via Amsterdam News)

Teaching Math Through African Dolls and Stories

African, Education, New York September 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm

CUNY Professor Nkechi Agwu looks to increase the number of African-American women in STEM fields by teaching about African cultures who utilized mathematical concepts in their everyday lives, reports Amsterdam News.

Mino (a.k.a. Nouns) with the valiha. (Photo courtesy Mino Razafimpamonjy, via Brooklyn Rail).

From Madagascar to Corona: Making Music in a Basement

African, Asian, Culture, Immigration, Queens September 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

The Brooklyn Rail shines a light on Malagasy musicians in New York, telling the story of a little-known community of immigrants from Madagascar.

Inside the Scan Van, a patient is seen. (Photo courtesy of Project Renewal)

Delivering Breast Care in a Van, Across NYC

Black, Featured Posts, Health, New York, Voices' Picks, Women September 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Listen to a report on the ScanVan visiting West Harlem to offer mammograms and other services in the community.

Rep. Charles Rangel shaking hands with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat while City Council member Inez Dickens looks on. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

A Tribute to Charles Rangel at Harlem Week

African American, Manhattan, Politics August 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Public officials and civic leaders praised Rep. Charles Rangel, now serving his final term as congressman, at a tribute event during Harlem Week, reports Amsterdam News.

Rabbi Eli Cohen of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and Mike Joseph from steel pan group Harmony Music Makers shake hands at the One Crown Heights festival on August 21. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini in Brooklyn Paper)

An Anniversary Marked in a Changed Crown Heights

African American, Brooklyn, History, Jewish August 24, 2016 at 6:05 pm

The Brooklyn Paper and The Jewish Press report on Crown Heights, 25 years after the turmoil that divided Black and Orthodox Jewish neighbors.

Eastern Parkway, the dividing line between north and south Crown Heights. (Photo by Shawn Hoke via City Limits)

Crown Heights, 25 Years Later

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Jewish August 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Twenty-five years after tensions gripped Crown Heights, numerous media outlets take a look both at the events and the lessons learned, and how the neighborhood has evolved.

Ghanaians take part in a traditional Durbar procession. (Photo by Samali Bikangaga via Mott Haven Herald)

Ghanaian Festival in the South Bronx

African, Bronx, Culture August 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

The 7th annual Afro Cultural Parade and Festival in Crotona Park was held in the South Bronx where a large Ghanaian community resides, reports Mott Haven Herald.

"Champion" by Cannupa Hanska Luger. (Photo courtesy of Katie Fuller)

Race and Revolution: Artists Respond

“Race and Revolution,” an exhibit exploring “human injustices through art,” offers the work of several artists in many media on Governors Island through Sept. 25.

A vendor handed out food at a preview for the New York City African Food Festival, happening Aug. 13–14. (Photo courtesy of the New York City African Food Festival via Brooklyn Paper)

A Weekend of African Food in Brooklyn

African, Brooklyn, Food August 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

The New York City African Food Festival will include a competition to see which country makes the best jollof, reports Brooklyn Paper.