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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.

"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.

"Alma Thomas" exhibit at Studio Museum in Harlem (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Alma Thomas’ Paintings from Civil Rights Era on Display

African American, Manhattan August 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

The artwork of Alma Thomas, known for painting in bright colors using abstract elements and sights from nature, is featured in an exhibit at the Studio Museum in Harlem, reports Amsterdam News.

Food, Music, Poetry & People – ‘Nothing Like Indianapolis’

Food, Music, Poetry & People – ‘Nothing Like Indianapolis’

Arriel Vinson, a senior at Indiana University Bloomington, reflects on her eight weeks in New York as part of the Knight CUNY J Summer Internship program.

Farah Jasmine Griffin in her office at Columbia University (Photo by Arriel Vinson for Voices of NY)

Next Steps for the Black Girl Movement

The Black Girl Movement is building on the success of its first conference this spring to work in communities across the nation to address issues specific to Black girls ages 8-18.

Marchers gathered July 17 to mark the second anniversary of Eric Garner's death. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal)

Remembering Eric Garner, Two Years On

African American, Black, Featured Posts, Police, Staten Island July 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Relatives of Eric Garner, who died at the hands of an NYPD officer two years ago, were joined by marchers marking his death at a rally on Staten Island on July 17.

Yuri's daughter, Audee Kochiyama, sees the draft of the mural in person for the first time. (Photo via Facebook)

A Harlem Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X

African American, East Asian, History, Manhattan July 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Community organizers and artists have started painting “From Harlem with Love: A Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X,” a project dedicated to the late civil rights activists, reports Amsterdam News.

Keith Wright and his family (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Before Conceding, Keith Wright Shares His Views

African American, Manhattan, Politics June 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

State Assembly member Keith Wright speaks to Amsterdam News the day after the Democratic primary race to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel.

Students at P.S. 217 rehearsing for the spring concert. (Photo by Chris Farrell via Ditmas Park Corner)

Afro-Latin Jazz, After School, in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Latino, Youth June 10, 2016 at 11:09 am

Afro-Latin jazz great Arturo O’Farrill visited P.S. 217 for a recital by students who study in an after-school program that’s part of his Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance’s Academy of Music. Ditmas Park Corner was there.

Business owners and city representatives discuss the benefits of certify as a MWBE. (Photo via El Diario)

Certifying Women and Minority-Owned Businesses

African American, Business, Latino, Manhattan, Women May 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm

New York’s governor aims to offer 30 percent of public contracts to minority and/or women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) companies, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Protestors outside the courthouse awaiting the sentencing of Peter Liang (Photo by Shuhan Yu via World Journal)

Reactions to Liang Sentencing

African American, Brooklyn, East Asian, Police April 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm

World Journal reporters documented the range of reactions to the sentencing of Peter Liang to probation and community service.

Akai Gurley (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Gurley Family Urges Judge to Jail Liang

African American, Brooklyn, East Asian, Police April 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Family and supporters of Akai Gurley, the unarmed Black man killed by former NYPD officer Peter Liang, have urged sentencing Judge Danny Chun to ignore Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s recommendation that Liang not serve time in prison, reports the Amsterdam News.

Chorus at the launch of the Revival Tour (Photo by Gabe Carroll for Voices of NY)

Riverside Event Kicks Off Social Justice ‘Revival Tour’

A “Revival Tour” to combat political rhetoric perceived as racist and xenophobic started off at Riverside Church and will make stops in 15 states.

Farah Jasmine Griffin (Photo bi The Amsterdam News)

‘Black Girl Movement’ Subject of April Meeting

African American, Black, Manhattan, New York, Women, Youth April 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

The first “Black Girl Movement” conference will be held at Columbia University April 7-9, reports the Amsterdam News.