Tunisian El Général and other rappers will bring sounds of politics and protest from North Africa and the Middle East to BAM. (Photo from El Général, via Brooklyn Ink)

Rappers Bring Sounds of Arab Spring to Brooklyn

Rap artists whose songs became anthems during the Arab Spring revolutions and ongoing struggles in North Africa and the Middle East will bring their words of politics and protest to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this week, reports the Brooklyn Ink.

Un joven muestra una camiseta con el listado de víctimas de la práctica policial. Foto: EDLP Humberto Arellano

Marchers Unite to ‘Stop the Cops’

African American, Bronx, Crime, Latino, LGBTQ February 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hundreds came out last Saturday to protest police policies, reports Brooklyn Ink and El Diario-La Prensa. Demonstrating against stop-and-frisk and racial profiling, different communities marched from the Bronx to Harlem.

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Washington Heights. (Photo via Wikipedia)

‘A Conduit for People who Love Malcolm all Over the World’

African American, Culture, Education February 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Upper Manhattan preserves the works and impact of Malcolm X, reports Manhattan Times, which also elaborates on Dr. Betty Shabazz’s key role in the Center’s founding.

“Outcry” actors Michael Awusie in the foreground and Nigil Whyte in the background rehearse before Saturday’s performance. (Photo by Jamie Larson via The Brooklyn Ink)

Black Victims of Violence Find a Voice in Brooklyn Play

African American, Brooklyn, Crime February 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin, playwright Thais Francis wrote “Outcry,” a play that interweaves the voices of Emmett Till, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Martin and gives voice to families whose lives have been shattered by violence.

Meytex Cafe (Photos by Braden Ruddy, Owen Dodd and Rob Navarro of Global Soccer, Global NYC)

Following the Fans of the African Cup of Nations

African, Brooklyn, Culture, Sports February 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Bloggers from Global Soccer, Global NYC were at Meytex Cafe, a social center for the Ghanian community in Brooklyn, to witness the tremendous cheers for the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations.

African Beats Welcome Brazilian Cultural Center

African Beats Welcome Brazilian Cultural Center

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Food, South American, Video February 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

After years of planning, New York’s first Afro-Brazilian institution – the Ofá Cultural Center – was finally born late last year. The center hopes to celebrate Brazil’s cultural diversity and ethnic richness through music, dance, food and literature events.

Friends and neighbors left messages of remembrance for Ramarley Graham at the Bronx residence where he was shot by police. (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

21 Killed by NYPD in 2012

African American, Crime, In the News, Latino, Media February 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Amsterdam News reports on statistics released by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, which found that 21 New Yorkers were killed by police in 2012, nearly 90 percent of whom were Black or Hispanic.

(Photo by Nate Lavey/Forward)

Reviving a Past of Black and Jewish Collaboration in Harlem

African American, Culture, In the News, Manhattan January 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Harlem resident John T. Reddick uncovers a period when black and Jewish New Yorkers worked to produce music together, via an exhibit covering the years 1890–1930, reported the Jewish Daily Forward.

This month's “Racism Still Exists” billboard in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Halsey Street brings up stop-and-frisk. (Photo by Jamilah King/Colorlines)

Bed-Stuy Billboard Campaign: ‘Racism Still Exists’

African American, Brooklyn, In the News, Media January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

The anonymous billboards in the gentrifying neighborhood voice issues of racism against African Americans. With a new topic every month, each billboard is accompanied by an online post that provides evidence to back up the campaign’s blunt messages.

Alvin Reed stands proudly where the new Lenox Lounge will soon open. Jasmin K. Williams

Harlem’s Lenox Lounge Jazzed for Its New Home

African American, Culture, Traditions January 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

The 70-year-old iconic jazz club has found a new home just a couple streets away at 333 Lenox Ave. Amsterdam News spoke with its owner about the revival of the legendary venue.

Jamie Foxx as Django (Photo via The Haitian Times)

Opinion: Slavery Disrespected in ‘Django Unchained’

African American, Culture, History, In the News, Opinion January 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “Django Unchained,” has left no one indifferent. Jean McGianni Celestin writes in The Haitian Times that there’s nothing amusing about making a parody out of slavery.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien is the daughter of a Cuban mother and an Irish dad. (Photo by Adam Fagen via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Opinion: Nobody’s Mulatto in America

African American, Culture, Demographics, In the News, Latino, Opinion December 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

The children of biracial couples are too-often faced with the question “What are you?” A CNN documentary has provoked El Diario columnist Dolores Prida to muse about whether the word “mulatto” could make a comeback from its dismal past.

Horace Turnbull, outside the Church of Ascension, hopes to bring back the Boys Choir of Harlem, which his late brother founded over four decades ago. (Photo by Sune Engel Rasmussen/The Uptowner)

Past Troubles Haunt Effort to Revive Famed Harlem Boys Choir

African American, Culture December 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The Uptowner spoke to Horace Turnbull, whose late brother founded the Boys Choir of Harlem. The choir must overcome a sex abuse case and past financial troubles to bring back its once legendary status.

Shopping Site Brings ‘Colore’ to the Mix

Shopping Site Brings ‘Colore’ to the Mix

African American, Business, Featured Posts, Latino November 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Shopping website Luxe Colore, which means “colorful luxury” in French, is approaching the retail experience in a different way – and incorporating a little color in the process. Launched a year ago by Sunny Newsome, 36, and Tanya Sotillo, 35, Luxe Colore is dedicated to promoting brands and businesses owned by people of color.

Something as simple as a dress can convey a sense of culture and make you feel at home. Show us an object that allows you to hold onto home.

What Feels Like Home? Tell Us

African American, Asian, Culture, Featured Posts, In the News, Latino November 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Something as simple as a musical instrument can convey a sense of culture and make you feel at home. Share with us an object that allows you to hold onto home.