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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.

The March 28 forum was held at the New York City Bar Association. (Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)

Liang Case Triggers a Conversation Between Two Communities 

African American, East Asian, New York, Police March 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

A forum on March 28 brought together leaders from the Asian and African American communities to discuss differences and ways toward understanding and collaboration in the wake of Peter Liang’s manslaughter conviction for the killing of Akai Gurley. Sing Tao Daily reported on the event.

José Salcedo (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Where the Bronx Breeds Innovation

A small digital revolution is brewing in the Bronx. While people of color and women are underrepresented in the tech scene at large, accelerators like MetaBronx give Latino and African-American innovators more visibility and raise capital for their ventures.

Performers stage “Sleep Over Stories” on Feb. 28, the first in the “Second Century” spring reading series organized by New Brooklyn Theatre. (Photo by David Willems via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn Readings Spotlight African-American Women Playwrights

African American, Brooklyn, Culture March 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

The New Brooklyn Theatre features the works of five African-American women playwrights in “The Second Century,” a series of readings running through the spring, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

(photo by Hiroki Kobayashi via Our Time Press)

A Future for the Slave Theater?

African American, Brooklyn, History, Real Estate February 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm

The questionable sale of the historic Slave Theater in central Brooklyn has prompted City Council member Robert Cornegy to step in and try to protect the iconic building, reports Our Time Press.

Peter Liang (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

‘Shock’ in Chinese Community over Liang Conviction

African American, Brooklyn, East Asian, Police February 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

The conviction of former NYPD officer Peter Liang in the death of Akai Gurley brought a swift reaction from the Chinese community, as reported in separate stories in Sing Tao Daily and World Journal.

Earlier protests in support of Fort Greene Senior Citizens Council programs  (Photo via Fort Greene Focus)

Fort Greene Senior Council Secures Space and Programs

African American, Brooklyn February 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

A community organization in Fort Greene has been assured that its programs are safe and will continue, Our Time Press and Fort Greene Focus report.