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(Images via The Amsterdam News)

‘Blacks vs. Latinos’ Thanks to Trump?

African American, Black, Immigration, Latino, New York July 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm

The Amsterdam News explores whether Trump policies are driving a wedge between different groups.

Leaders want more investments made on youth programs for Hispanic and African-American minors to prevent street violence. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Council Members Apologize to NYC Youths for Gang Violence

African American, Bronx, Latino, Youth July 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Claiming that the city has let down its youth in the wake of another gang murder, NYC Hispanic elected officials and community leaders call for programs to stop the violence and support youths, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Screen shot from Color of Change campaign urging the release of information about the killing of Saheed Vassell)

Demanding Justice for Saheed Vassell

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Police June 26, 2018 at 4:16 pm

His parents, and thousands who signed petitions, are demanding more information about the killing of Saheed Vassell by police in April, report Amsterdam News and Black Star News.

Actors Cornelius Davidson and Devante Lewis in Bird of Pray by Darrel Alejandro Holnes. (Photo by Jake King via Kings County Politics)

Bird of Pray: Exploring the Experiences of Gay Black Soldiers

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, LGBTQ June 25, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Kings County Politics interviews the author of “Bird of Pray,” a play about gay Black soldiers scheduled for another performance June 27 in Brooklyn.

Participants at the Juneteenth seder organized by the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
(Photo by Laylah Amatullah via The Forward)

A Juneteenth Seder in Manhattan

African American, Jewish, Manhattan June 19, 2018 at 6:14 pm

The Black Caucus, of the activist group Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, held a Juneteenth Seder by the East River. The Forward covered the event.

(Photo via East Harlem Preservation)

Where Sims Statue Stood, Time to Honor a Black or Latina Medical Pioneer

African American, Black, Health, History, Manhattan June 14, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Which “monumental woman” should be honored?

Public advocate Letitia James raises hands in solidarity with City Council member Laurie Cumbo to her right at yesterday announcement that James was running for state attorney general. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

What a James AG Win Could Mean for Brooklyn Politics

If Letitia James wins the attorney general seat, how would it change the political hierarchy in her home borough of Brooklyn? Kings County Politics takes a look.

Glenn Alan and Cynthia Gordy, the duo behind Instagram’s “Black Owned Brooklyn” (Photo by Paul Stremple via Bklyner)

Tracking ‘Black-Owned Brooklyn’

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Business May 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Bklyner writes about a new project, Black-Owned Brooklyn, that tracks some of the new businesses in the borough, particularly in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy.

Legacy preserved: Local civic gurus voted to co-name Gold Street between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Street after journalist and civil-rights advocate Ida B. Wells, who lived on the block back in the 1890s.

‘Ida B. Wells Place’ in Brooklyn?

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

A part of Gold Street in downtown Brooklyn could be named in honor of Ida B. Wells, the journalist and abolitionist who spent her formative years in the borough, writes Brooklyn Paper.

Actor, filmmaker and producer Attika J. Torrence at his home in Bed-Stuy. (Photo via BK Reader)

On Trayvon Martin, Wakanda, Bed-Stuy and More

African, African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Filmmaker Attika J. Torrence talks with BK Reader about the Trayvon Martin docu-series he co-produced, and about growing up in Bed-Stuy and Liberia.

Chirlane McCray (Photo via Kings Count Politics)

McCray for Public Advocate?

African American, New York, Politics April 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

Kings County Politics is reporting that Chirlane McCray is considering running for NYC public advocate, a position her husband Mayor Bill de Blasio once held.

Martin Luther King delivers what would be his final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop" on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Screen shot via video of his speech)

Remembering Martin Luther King, 50 Years Later

African American, New York April 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, city officials and organizations will hold vigils and play his speeches.

(Photo via Kings County Politics)

A W.E.B. DuBois High School Name Change?

African American, Brooklyn, Education March 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm

The NYC Department of Education has once again reconsidered its plans for W.E.B. DuBois High School in Crown Heights, reports Kings County Politics.

227 Abolitionist Place (Screen shot via Brooklyn Daily Eagle video)

Trying to Preserve History on Abolitionist Place

African American, Brooklyn, History March 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

One family hopes to keep part of the property at 227 Duffield St. in Brooklyn in order to preserve its history as a station on the Underground Railroad, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Frederick Douglass and his paternal great-great-grandson, Lloyd Weaver (Photos via BK Reader)

On the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

African American, Brooklyn, History February 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Lloyd Weaver speaks to BK Reader about his great-great-grandfather, Frederick Douglass, in a wide-ranging interview in honor of the abolitionist’s bicentennial birthday.