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Yewande Komolafe makes a dessert of bouille (tapioca pudding) with coconut milk drizzled with Nigerian honey. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

A Nigerian Chef Finds Her Way Back Home

African, Brooklyn, Food, Immigration November 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

In a Feet in 2 Worlds podcast, Brooklyn-based chef Yewande Komolafe speaks about the nearly two decades in which she reconnected with her Nigerian roots through food but could not return to her homeland.

The first church building of the United African Church. A cemetery was built behind the building, which was recently rediscovered. (Courtesy of Elmhurst Histories and Cemeteries Preservation Society)

Pushing to Landmark an Elmhurst African Burial Ground

African, History, Queens November 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

The Elmhurst Histories and Cemeteries Preservation Society is hoping to prevent development on a local African burial ground by seeking landmark status for the site, reports Jackson Heights Post.

Tanda Francis and her sculpture Adorn Me, on view at Fort Greene Park (Photo by Nathan Haselby via Bklyner)

African Head Sculptures ‘Adorn’ Brooklyn Park

African, Brooklyn, Culture August 30, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Three African heads, entitled “Adorn Me,” are now on display at the entrance of Fort Greene Park. Bklyner speaks to artist Tanda Francis.

A section of Van Cortlandt Park was discovered several months ago to have been the site of unmarked graves for slaves owned by the Van Cortland family. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Press)

Uncovering an African Burial Ground in the NW Bronx

African, Bronx, History August 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm

According to Bronx historians, a part of Van Cortlandt Park once served as a slave burial ground, reports The Riverdale Press.

A student holds image of slave remains placed in a pile. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

A Push to Recognize an Inwood Slave Burial Ground

African, History, Manhattan August 15, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Community leaders in Upper Manhattan are calling on the city to preserve an African burial ground in Inwood, reports Manhattan Times.

NYC’s Fourth Afro-Latino Festival
At the Afro-Latino Festival July 8-10 attendees reflected on Black Lives Matter and cross-cultural identity.

Three-Day Festival Celebrates Afro-Latin Culture

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Latino, New York July 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm

The sixth Afro-Latino Festival NYC brings outdoor concerts, movies and conferences across the city, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The Brownsville Community Culinary Center offers free sliders and ice cream and ice tea to the neighborhood.
Chloe Hadley (L) and Travis Maxwell (R) cook jerk chicken and sliders. For a neighborhood celebration, BCCC students Chloe Hadley, left, and Travis Maxwell cooked jerk chicken and sliders (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein via The Bridge)

Food and Jobs on the Menu in Brownsville

African, Brooklyn, Food, Labor, Youth July 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

For a year now, the Brownsville Community Culinary Center has served up food “inspired by the history of the African diaspora” and offered a culinary training program, reports The Bridge.

The five-day run of the International African Arts Festival, opening on June 30 in Fort Greene, will feature a large market with African clothing and crafts. (Photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper)

African Arts Festival to Showcase History and Films

African, Brooklyn, Culture June 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm

The upcoming International African Arts Festival in Fort Greene will feature a documentary film festival for the first time, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Kalima Desuze, the owner of Café con Libros, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. (Photo by Ana B. Nieto via El Diario)

In Brooklyn, Coffee – with a Side of Books – at Bodega Prices

African, Brooklyn, Business, Latino, Women June 1, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Feminism, coffee and books converge in Crown Heights at Café con Libros, owned by Kalima Desuze, of Panamanian descent, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Children's Aid College Prep Charter School hosts regular events for its African families, one way the Bronx school tries to make sure immigrants are welcomed and served well. (Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

How Celebrate Africa at a Bronx School ‘Became More Than a Party’

African, Bronx, Culture, Education May 25, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Chalkbeat takes a look at how a Celebrate Africa party thrown at Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School has transformed the relationship between the school and African immigrant families.

African-Inspired Art Made from Upcycling

African-Inspired Art Made from Upcycling

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Video May 25, 2018 at 10:58 am

A BRIC TV video features Brooklyn native Patrick Dougher who makes art out of discarded materials.

African Students at Bronx Community College

African Students at Bronx Community College

African, Bronx, Education May 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm

“Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV” takes a look at what’s behind the 400 percent increase over the past decade in the number of African students at Bronx Community College.

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.

Clifton, Staten Island (Photo by Wusel007, Creative Commons license)

End of Relief Program Devastates SI Liberians

African, Immigration, Staten Island April 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

A Liberian immigrant writes in City Limits about the consequences faced by the Liberians living on Staten Island after President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Enforced Departure program.

Brooklyn Museum (Photo by Peter Miller/Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/Wsbmyw)

Outcry Over Brooklyn Museum’s Hire for African Art

African, Brooklyn, Culture March 28, 2018 at 5:01 pm

The appointment of the Brooklyn Museum’s new consulting curator for African art, as reported by BK Reader, was not well received.