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Public advocate Letitia James raises hands in solidarity with City Council member Laurie Cumbo to her right at yesterday announcement that James was running for state attorney general. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

What a James AG Win Could Mean for Brooklyn Politics

If Letitia James wins the attorney general seat, how would it change the political hierarchy in her home borough of Brooklyn? Kings County Politics takes a look.

Why Program to Prep Students of Color for College Fell Short

Why Program to Prep Students of Color for College Fell Short

Black, Education, Latino, New York May 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

A new study examines why the Expanded Success Initiative did not live up to its goal of preparing Black and Latino male students for college, reports Chalkbeat.

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.

Glenn Alan and Cynthia Gordy, the duo behind Instagram’s “Black Owned Brooklyn” (Photo by Paul Stremple via Bklyner)

Tracking ‘Black-Owned Brooklyn’

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Business May 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Bklyner writes about a new project, Black-Owned Brooklyn, that tracks some of the new businesses in the borough, particularly in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy.

(Photo via Manhattan Times)

‘Brothers Thrive’ to Provide Mental Health Support for Black Men

Black, Health, New York April 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

Chirlane McCray announced the start of Brothers Thrive, a program to train organizations in offering mental health support for Black men and spreading awareness of mental illness and seeking treatment, reports Manhattan Times.

Legacy preserved: Local civic gurus voted to co-name Gold Street between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Street after journalist and civil-rights advocate Ida B. Wells, who lived on the block back in the 1890s.

‘Ida B. Wells Place’ in Brooklyn?

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

A part of Gold Street in downtown Brooklyn could be named in honor of Ida B. Wells, the journalist and abolitionist who spent her formative years in the borough, writes Brooklyn Paper.

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.

Protesting Saheed Vassell's killing by the NYPD. (Photo by Paul Stremple via Bklyner)

‘Why They Kill Us’

Black, Brooklyn, Police April 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

A column in Our Time Press reflects on the killing of Saheed Vassell and what should be done.

Memorial service for Winnie Mandela at House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn (Photo by Lem Peterkin via Amsterdam News)

Remembering Winnie Mandela in Brooklyn

Black, Brooklyn April 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm

A memorial at the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn celebrated the life of Winnie Mandela, and recalled her visit to Brooklyn, reports Amsterdam News.

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.

A Twelve-Step Plan to Desegregate NYC

A Twelve-Step Plan to Desegregate NYC

Black, Demographics, Education, Housing, New York April 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm

NYC Council member Brad Lander has co-authored a report recommending 12 steps to begin to desegregate NYC, City Limits reports.

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.

Maya Dixon (Courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

‘Essence of Soul’: Award-Winning Art by a Young Bronx Artist

Black, Bronx, Culture, Youth April 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Maya Dixon, one of the gold award winners of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, talks about her art, which features scenes from the Bronx, with The Riverdale Press.

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.

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.