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State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Photo by Cyril Josh Barker via Amsterdam News)

NYS Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Makes History

African American, Government, New York, Women November 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman to lead a New York state legislative chamber. She speaks to Amsterdam News.

Empowerment at The Gentlemen’s Factory in Brooklyn

Empowerment at The Gentlemen’s Factory in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, Video November 27, 2018 at 2:22 pm

BRIC TV visits The Gentlemen’s Factory, a “one-stop shop” for the personal and professional development of men of color.

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.

Monique (left) and (Photo by , courtesy of We Come From Queens via QNS)

‘We Come From Queens’ Podcast Hits Milestone

Black, Queens, Women November 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Longtime friends Cadacia and Monique started the We Come From Queens podcast to change the perception of women from Queens, reports QNS.

The Caribbean Women’s Health Association is one of a few organizations in East Flatbush helping women with workshops focusing on how to deal with pregnancy trauma. (Photo by Larisa Karr via Bklyner)

Addressing Infant Mortality in East Flatbush

Black, Brooklyn, Health November 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Bklyner reports on local organizations that help women cope with the loss of a child, and educate them to have healthier pregnancies.

Congress members Joe Crowley, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Assemblymember Walter Mosley and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Photo via Bklyner)

Fifty Years On, a Bill to Honor Shirley Chisholm

Black, Brooklyn, Politics, Women November 6, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries introduced a bill that would award Shirley Chisholm a Congressional Gold Medal and made the announcement on the 50th anniversary of the day she became the first Black woman elected to Congress, reports Bklyner.

(Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via QNS)

Remembering a Flushing Burial Ground

African American, History, Native American, Queens October 29, 2018 at 9:09 pm

The city is commemorating a burial ground in Flushing where the remains of Native Americans and African Americans were interred, reports QNS.

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On the City Seizing Black-Owned Properties

Black, Brooklyn, Housing, Latino, Media, Video October 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Kings County Politics editor Stephen Witt speaks to BRIC TV about his publication’s series on the city taking property from Black and Latino owners in Brooklyn.

Author Ron Howell and his book on his grandfather Bertram Baker, the first Black person elected to public office in Brooklyn. (Photo by Photo by Alexandra Simon via Caribbean Life)

Remembering the ‘Boss of Black Brooklyn’

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Politics October 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm

A new book on Bertram L. Baker explores how the first Black lawmaker elected to office in Brooklyn brought together Caribbean immigrants and U.S.-born Black Americans, reports Caribbean Life.

Brooklyn Artist Reflects on Black and Native Heritage

Brooklyn Artist Reflects on Black and Native Heritage

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Native American, Video October 16, 2018 at 3:41 pm

In a BRIC TV video, Konstance Patton speaks about how the “dual life” she experienced as a child has inspired her artwork.

Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phil Thompson, in Flushing Queens. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

NYC Seeks to Further Boost Minority-Owned Businesses

Asian, Black, Business, Latino, New York October 2, 2018 at 3:40 pm

As New York has reached a record 6,000 women and minority-owned businesses, the city seeks to increase this number to 9,000 with $20 billion in investments and community events like one in Flushing last week, Queens Latino reports.

Robert Jackson (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Robert Jackson, ‘Never Out’ of Politics

African American, Elections 2018, Manhattan September 27, 2018 at 5:28 pm

Robert Jackson speaks to Amsterdam News following his primary defeat of former Independent Democratic Conference member state Sen. Marisol Alcantara.

At the Sugarhill Supper Club. (Photo by Lem Peterkin via Our Time Press)

In Bed-Stuy, Holding Out Against Gentrification

African American, Brooklyn, Business, Culture, Food September 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Operating for 39 years, the Sugar Hill Restaurant and Supper Club is holding out against offers to sell the property, reports Our Time Press.

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.