African American

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

Noose found at Parks Department

Noose found at Parks Department

African American, Bronx December 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The ugly and expensive spectre of race has reared its head once more at the New York City Parks Department. Three years after the department settled a $20M discrimination lawsuit, a 60 year old African-American worker showed up for work and found a black doll hanging by a metal chain noose.

Protesters march against voter ID law in NY

Hundreds march for voters’ rights

African American, New York, Politics December 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

About 500 New Yorkers staged a march for voters rights, and against proposed state election laws requiring photo identification at the polls. It’s not an issue that affects New Yorkers, but voters in other states will be required to show government issued photo id to vote in the next election.

50 Cent signs autographs at J&R Music World

50 Cent launches line of headphones

African American, Culture, Manhattan, Queens December 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

To the delight of over 200 fans, 50 Cent showed up at J&R in Lower Manhattan to promote his headphones while also working with the non-profit, Feeding America.

Corruption, collusion or a conspiracy against us all?

African American, In the News, Opinion, Politics December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Amsterdam News editor-in-chief Elinor Tatum questions whether a fear of people of color has triggered those in power to sweep Blacks out of political positions, “from the president on down.”

“Legendary graffiti artist Lee Quinones pays homage to Notorious B.I.G. and Che Guevara with his latest mural.

Legendary artist finishes mural in Fort Greene

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts November 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

A new mural in Brooklyn pays tribute to gangsta-rap artist Notorious B.I.G., a hip-hop pioneer gunned down in 1997.

The Langston Hughes House, located at 20 East 127th St.

A historic walk through Harlem

African American, Culture, In the News, Manhattan November 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Take a walk through historic Harlem where Black icons and culture flourished.

Morgan Powell during his walking historical tour of the African-American experience near the Bronx River.

‘The Bronx River’s Afro-American heritage’

African American, Bronx, Culture, History November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

The Bronx River Alliance joins a passionate historian to reveal a hidden history along the shore of the Bronx River, unearthing the sites where slaves toiled, where blacks fought alongside the British in exchange for their freedom and where an angry mob resisted the Civil War draft.

Give us air time, Black pickets tell ABC

Give us air time, Black pickets tell ABC

African American, Culture, In the News, New York November 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

When a stroke incapacitated Gil Noble, host of the WABC-TV show “Like It Is,” the Black community in New York lost one of the few mainstream media news programs devoted to the city’s African-Americans. Activist organizations are demanding a say in how the show and its host will be replaced.

Dr. John Flateau of Medgar Evers College spoke about the redistricting in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

Redistricting threatens Brooklyn seat

African American, Brooklyn, Politics November 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Because of a big decline in the number of African-Americans living in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, there may be fewer African-Americans in Brooklyn’s congressional delegation after the next election.

Elderly dance their way to cancer care

African American, East Asian, Health, Latino, Manhattan October 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Senior citizens jumped from their folding chairs to dance the Macarena, placing their hands on their arms, ears and hips in time to the music. The dance was part of a program designed to encourage seniors to be more active in detecting breast cancer.

Hundreds of students and members of Make the Road New York, call for legislation that would put an end to the police practice of stop-and-frisk.

Youth march against stop-and-frisk

African American, In the News, Latino, New York October 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hundreds marched in support of passing legislation that would put an end to stop-and-frisk, a police tactic that disproportionately affects African Americans and Latinos.

Hundreds of students and members of Make the Road New York, call for legislation that would put an end to the police practice of stop-and-frisk.

Youth march against stop-and-frisk

African American, In the News, Latino, New York October 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hundreds marched in support of passing legislation that would put an end to stop-and-frisk, a police tactic that disproportionately affects African Americans and Latinos.

Harlem hosts ‘Day of Action’

African, African American, Culture, In the News, Manhattan October 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

A candidate to become president of Senegal, a New York City Councilman and activists from the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party and other organizations rallied at a Methodist church in Harlem in an effort to foster what they called “a united front of African people across theRead More

President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Juan Cartagena (center), next to Esmeralda Simmons, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College (left), and Margaret Fung of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), during the press conference in which they presented the "Unity Map" for redrawing districts.

Battle to re-draw districts

African American, East Asian, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics October 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

The political battle to re-draw electoral districts for the State Assembly and State Senate began yesterday, when, for the first time in history, a coalition of Latino, Asian and African-American organizations presented a joint project called the “Unity Map.”