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Actor, filmmaker and producer Attika J. Torrence at his home in Bed-Stuy. (Photo via BK Reader)

On Trayvon Martin, Wakanda, Bed-Stuy and More

African, African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Filmmaker Attika J. Torrence talks with BK Reader about the Trayvon Martin docu-series he co-produced, and about growing up in Bed-Stuy and Liberia.

Chirlane McCray (Photo via Kings Count Politics)

McCray for Public Advocate?

African American, New York, Politics April 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

Kings County Politics is reporting that Chirlane McCray is considering running for NYC public advocate, a position her husband Mayor Bill de Blasio once held.

Martin Luther King delivers what would be his final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop" on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Screen shot via video of his speech)

Remembering Martin Luther King, 50 Years Later

African American, New York April 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, city officials and organizations will hold vigils and play his speeches.

(Photo via Kings County Politics)

A W.E.B. DuBois High School Name Change?

African American, Brooklyn, Education March 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm

The NYC Department of Education has once again reconsidered its plans for W.E.B. DuBois High School in Crown Heights, reports Kings County Politics.

227 Abolitionist Place (Screen shot via Brooklyn Daily Eagle video)

Trying to Preserve History on Abolitionist Place

African American, Brooklyn, History March 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

One family hopes to keep part of the property at 227 Duffield St. in Brooklyn in order to preserve its history as a station on the Underground Railroad, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Frederick Douglass and his paternal great-great-grandson, Lloyd Weaver (Photos via BK Reader)

On the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

African American, Brooklyn, History February 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Lloyd Weaver speaks to BK Reader about his great-great-grandfather, Frederick Douglass, in a wide-ranging interview in honor of the abolitionist’s bicentennial birthday.

Bronx High School of Science (Photo by Dave Winer, Creative commons license)

Making Specialized High Schools More Diverse

African American, Black, Education, Latino, Youth February 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Amsterdam News takes a look at the underrepresentation of Black and Hispanics at the city’s specialized high schools.

Shakespeare & Co. (Photo by cisc1970, Creative Commons license)

Education Group Criticizes Black History Bill

African American, Education, New York February 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm

An education advocacy organization has voiced its opposition to a bill that would incorporate Black history into the city’s school curriculum but, as Kings County Politics finds, the group’s criticism goes beyond just the bill.

Photographer Zun Lee. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Press)

In the Bronx, Images of Black Fatherhood

African American, Black, Bronx, Culture February 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm

The Riverdale Press visits an exhibit at the Bronx Documentary Center on Black fatherhood, and speaks with photographer Zun Lee.

Calamitous state of an apartment in Columbia Street, Hempstead. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

On LI, Hispanic Tenants Afraid to Denounce Bad Landlords

African American, Housing, Latino, Long Island February 16, 2018 at 11:56 am

A new coalition in Hempstead seeks to defend the rights of tenants affected by bad housing conditions, but local Hispanics are afraid to speak up, Noticia Long Island reports.

Members of the judiciary singing at Kings County Supreme Court. (Photo by Rob Aburzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Marking Black History Month

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History, Queens February 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm

A wide range of exhibits, performances and events are planned to mark Black History Month.

Daniel Beaty (Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson via BK Reader)

Daniel Beaty Plays 43 Roles in ‘Emergency’

African American, Brooklyn, Culture February 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Actor Daniel Beaty, who plays 43 characters in his award-winning play “Emergency,” speaks to BK Reader.

Jacuqeline Woodson, the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. (Photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Daily)

On Being a Literary Ambassador to Children

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Youth January 25, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Author Jacqueline Woodson talks with Brooklyn Daily about being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

W.E.B DuBois High School at 402 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights Screen shot via Google Maps)

Officials Ask for Delay on W.E.B. DuBois High School Vote

African American, Brooklyn, Education January 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Central Brooklyn officials asked Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to postpone a vote on closing W.E.B. DuBois High School, located in rapidly gentrifying Crown Heights, reports Kings County Politics.

January 12, 2018- Brentwood--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo swears in Errol Toulon Jr. as Suffolk County's first African-American Sheriff at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Looking on is Sheriff Toulon's wife, Christina. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via Suffolk Times)

First African-American Suffolk County Sheriff

African American, Long Island, Police January 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Suffolk County has a new sheriff who is the first African-American in the post, reports The Suffolk Times.