African American

Families fight banks for loan modifications

African American, Economy, Housing, Latino, Metro Area, Video January 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Judge: city housing plan boosts segregation

African American, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A state judge has ruled that a planned Brooklyn housing development would violate federal law and increase segregation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Amsterdam News reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to appeal the decision of state judge Emily Goodman.

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

African American, Asian, Culture, In the News, New York January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

A former wall street banker was forced to fire a 16-year-old Harlem girl after the employee identified an Asian-American customer, Minhee Cho, by the size of her eyes on a store receipt.

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

African American, New York, Politics January 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

An exhibit celebrating the role of women in the civil rights movement is coming to New York City, and we’re not just talking Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott-King.

From left to right: Selena Maldonado, Djassi Julien, David Ocasio, Nicole Salazar, Jieegy Diawara, Peter Lam

Pre-teens talk Martin’s dream and modern day racism

African American, Culture, Education, New York January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

“Dr. King’s dream is still alive, but when I go online to YouTube, I see a lot of people making racist videos,” said 12-year-old David Ocasio.

Vulcans help minorities apply to FDNY

Vulcans help minorities apply to FDNY

African American, In the News, New York January 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Amsterdam News reports that members of the national organization of Black firefighters were visiting the homes of applicants, to help them complete their paperwork, encourage them to follow through, and make sure they are eligible to take the FDNY exam.

The march for voting rights continues to this day.

How new voting laws impact African Americans

African American, In the News, Politics January 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

The Amsterdam News is keeping an eye on new voting laws enacted across several states that require government IDs, eliminate early voting and ban registration drives and how African American voters will be impacted.

Dressing for success

Suit Yourself dresses African American, Latino men for work

African American, Education, Latino, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

“Suit Yourself” began in 2012 when members of a nonprofit noticed that many young men lacked clothing appropriate for entering the workforce.

Kwanzaa celebrations at Boys and Girls HS Brooklyn

Kwanzaa transforms Boys & Girls High School

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn was transformed into an African marketplace as students and families celebrated Kwanzaa.

Latina women in retail earn less than $10/hour

Latina women in retail earn less than $10/hour

African American, Economy, In the News, Latino, New York December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

A new study by the Retail Action Project and the City University of New York shows 53 percent of African American and 77 percent of Latina women earn less than $10 an hour. Additionally, a dramatic gender gap was found in the retail industry, where women generally earn a medianRead More

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.”