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Construction site in Manhattan (Photo by Jazz Guy, Creative Commons)

Could an Apprenticeship Bill Affect Workers of Color?

African American, Labor, Latino, New York January 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Proposed legislation would mandate apprenticeships for construction workers but one group says the requirement would reduce employment of African-American and Hispanic workers, reports Kings County Politics.

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

African American, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Women January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

In an opinion piece in Colorlines, Jamilah Lemieux describes her feelings about an “absence of sisterhood” with white women that is keeping her away from the Women’s March on Washington.

Tracey Dixon-Neverson demonstrates the Suzuki technique with her daughter in her home studio. (Photo by Joy Notoma for Voices of NY)

Classical Musician Confronts Cultural Norms in East Flatbush

A Jamaican-American classical strings instructor, Tracey Dixon-Neverson, is offering private instruction through a new studio based in her home.

Children from the District 20 pre-K hold signs quoting Dr. King at the peace march. (Photo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

How Some Brooklynites Marked MLK Day

African American, Brooklyn, Immigration, Youth January 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Across Brooklyn, MLK Day was marked by rallies for peace and against hate.

Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Creative Commons photo)

Honoring Martin Luther King in NYC

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Queens January 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

A “March Against Hate” in Bay Ridge and a commemoration event at Queens College are among the events over the weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, neighborhood publications report. Meanwhile, Amsterdam News looks at how King’s birthday comes five days before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Stars of black theater, from left, Brandon Dirden, Douglas Turner Ward, Woodie King, Jr. and Rubin Santiago-Hudson, at Theatre 80 St Marks on Nov. 16. (Photo by Amy Russo via The Villager)

Black Theater Pioneers Honored in the East Village

African American, Culture, New York December 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

A sidewalk ceremony honored Douglas Turner Ward and Woodie King Jr. as trailblazers in the Black theatre scene, reports The Villager.

(Image courtesy of Little, Brown Young Readers)

A New Book on Basquiat as a Young Artist

African American, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Puerto Rican December 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

A new book tells the story of the “radiant child,” the young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who died in 1988 at the age of 27. Brooklyn Daily Eagle interviews the book’s author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe.

Zora Neale Hurston (Wikimedia commons)

Zora Neale Hurston’s Life, on Stage

African American, Caribbean, Culture, History, Manhattan November 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

The play “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography” is being revived on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the writer and folklorist’s birth, reports Manhattan Express.

Bobby Seale (Screen shot from video of Oct. 27 talk at The Schomburg Center)

Reflecting on the Black Panther Party

African American, History, Manhattan November 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

Bobby Seale, co-founder and chair of the Black Panther Party, founded 50 years ago, recently visited Harlem’s Schomburg Center. Amsterdam News reported on the event.

The launching of the Our Communities, Our Solutions initiative, on the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Camille Padilla-Dalmau via El Diario)

Stop-and-Frisk Victims Will Have a Say in Police Reform

African American, Latino, New York, Police November 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

The city is holding a series of community forums where the community affected by the policing tactic will be able to voice their opinions, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Advocates protested the city's suspension policy in August. ( Photo by Monica Disare via Chalkbeat)

Fewer Suspensions, with Continued Disparities

African American, Education, New York November 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Chalkbeat reports on the Department of Education’s report that school suspensions have dropped nearly 16 percent – while Black students continue to account for a disproportionate share of suspensions.

Hazel Ingram (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Clinton, the $15 Wage and More: One Electoral College Member’s Views

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Elections 2016, Labor, New York October 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

A 93-year-old woman, the granddaughter of a slave, speaks to Amsterdam News about her support of the $15 minimum wage, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and more.

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.

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.