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Writer and Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction Junot Díaz speaks at Word Up on June 7, 2012. (Photo by Paul Lomax/DNAinfo)

A Tale of Two Independent Bookstores

African American, Business, Culture July 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

One independent bookstore, Word Up, struggles to stay alive, as another, Hue-Man, closes its doors after 10 years, the Manhattan Times reports. Meanwhile, Amsterdam News highlights other bookstores focused on black culture citywide.

Destiny Africa is a children’s choir and dance group out of Kampala, Uganda. This exciting group of children ages 9 and up use traditional songs and culture to “edutain” their audience. They not only sing, they dance and drum as well. (Photo by Solwazi Afi Olusola, via Amsterdam News)

African Arts Festival Celebrates and Reflects on Identity

African, Culture July 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Two New York-based papers focusing on the black community, Our Time Press and Amsterdam News, used the occasion of the 41st annual International African Arts Festival earlier this month in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park to reflect on black identity today in America.

Chris Bilal, flanked by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform, Lambda Legal’s Kevin Cathcart, the NAACP's Ben Jealous, HRC’s Marty Rouse, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. (Photo by William Alatriste / Gay City News)

In Silence, a Common Ground Against Stop-and-Frisk

African American, Crime, LGBTQ, Video June 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Bucking the tendency to assume that African-Americans are hostile to the LGBT community, community organizers from both groups, as well as others affected by police stop-and-frisk practices, plan to march silently together on Father’s Day.

While many African American caregivers have difficulty dealing with the stress that comes with providing care to those who need it, Gail Sharbaan, who volunteers at a senior center, enjoys spending time working with the elderly. (Photo by Adi Talwar/Norwood News)

‘Caregiver Burnout’ Plagues African-Americans

African American, Health May 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Two articles on seniors caught our attention this week, One, from Amsterdam News, examined the crisis of “caregiver burnout,” especially in the city’s African-American community. And another, from the Norwood News, offered an upbeat look at a program that draws out seniors’ artistic creativity.

Via Amsterdam News

With End of Kiss FM, an Outlet for Black Voices Silenced

African American, Media May 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

When 98.7 Kiss FM went silent on April 29 after three decades on the air, the moment marked the demise of one of only two major radio stations that cater to the black community in New York, reported the Amsterdam News.

Brook Bello (Photo via Womens eNews)

To Highlight Sex Trafficking of African-Americans, Actress Tells Her Own Story

African American, Crime May 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

The actress Brook Bello hopes to raise awareness of sex trafficking among African-Americans with her new documentary, which tells the story of her own childhood abuse and experience in the sex trade.

The program for Gil Noble's funeral. (via the Amsterdam News)

Remembering Gil Noble as a ‘Media Warrior’

African American, Media April 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Several publications ran moving tributes to Gil Noble, after the pioneering New York City television personality — who hosted the long-running black public affairs program “Like it Is” — passed away earlier this month.

Amsterdam News reported that many African-Americans have been treated unfairly by bankruptcy attorneys. (Photo by Justin Chan)

Study Finds That African-Americans Face Discrimination in Bankruptcy

African American, Economy April 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

African-Americans are more likely than whites to experience racial discrimination when filing for bankruptcy, the Amsterdam News reported. A new study has found that attorneys tend to steer African-Americans toward a more expensive and complicated form of bankruptcy.

Peta Lindsay is currently the youngest candidate to run for the presidency this year. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Youth Doesn’t Deter This Presidential Candidate

African American, Politics April 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Peta Lindsay, a 27-year-old from Los Angeles, is not likely to become our next president, but she promises to bring up some issues that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are less likely to discuss during the campaign. The presidential nominee for the Party for Socialism and Liberation spoke with the Amsterdam News.

Souleymane Diallo (Photo by Abulai Bah/WNYC)

West Africans Own the Air With Phone-in Radio Shows

African, Media April 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

A Feet in 2 Worlds podcast offers a glimpse into the world of West African radio hosts who use free conference call services to broadcast their shows.

Sean Bell article in the print edition of Carib News.

Opinion: Years Later, Cops in Sean Bell Shooting Fired, But Why Now?

African American, Crime April 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

For the family of Sean Bell, the New Yorker who was shot by police officers in 2006, the story of the Florida teenager Trayvon Martin’s shooting death coincides with some personal news: More than five years after Bell’s shooting, the officers involved have either been fired or forced to resign. Carib News asks, “why now?”

AmsterdamNews-A conversation on 'The State of Black Theater'

Searching for an Alternative to Tyler Perry in Black Theater

African American, Culture, Metro Area April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Black theater — both its successes and its challenges — was the topic of the day at a recent discussion at the Newark Public Library. In a discussion that included the playwright Amiri Baraka. The panelists bemoaned the current state of black theater and recalled its more glorious past.

‘Kony 2012’ Met With Condemnation and Indifference

‘Kony 2012’ Met With Condemnation and Indifference

African, Media March 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

When Black Star News, a small New York-based investigative site with an African perspective and a focus on Uganda, ran an editorial critical of the viral video “Kony 2012,” the website received more hits than it had ever experienced — and nearly crashed the server.

Profile: A Humble Bus Driver With Roots in Royalty

African, Transportation March 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Here in New York, James Oladipo Buremoh drives one of the Gray Line New York Sightseeing buses, but back in his native Nigeria, the bus driver comes from royalty. In this audio slide show, Buremoh explains that he’s a king of his village, where people bow down and call him “your royal highness.”

The Vulcan Society holds test prep classes for the FDNY firefighter entrance exam. (Photo by Bill More via Amsterdam News)

Test Prep for Minority FDNY Applicants Ignites Tension

African American, Labor March 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

The Vulcan Society, which helps minority candidates apply to the FDNY, faced a ruckus over the highly regarded test prep classes they hold, which are intended for minority applicants.