Mariana Sánchez is a counselor at a community program that helps low-income families. (Photo via El Diario)

Immigrant Draws on Personal Experience to Help Combat Asthma

African American, Health, Latino October 31, 2012 at 12:59 am

“I tell them that I know what it’s like to go hungry, to sleep on the floor, to feel humiliated,” says Mariana Sánchez, a once undocumented immigrant who is now a counselor with a community program that serves low-income families. El Diario La Prensa reported.

(Photo by Kaitlyn Wells/The Uptowner)

New Yorkers Ramp Up Outcry Against Stop-and-Frisk

African American, Crime, Latino October 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Recent police shootings of unarmed men has put the spotlight back on stop-and-frisk. The Uptowner and Queens Chronicle reported on action taken by protesters and elected officials. Bronx Ink collected the stories of 33 Bronx residents.

(Photo from Dominion of New York)

Closed Hue-Man Bookstore Reemerges

African American, Business, Culture October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

When Hue-Man, a bookstore that catered to a Black audience, shut its doors in the summer, its CEO said it would change its business model. Within a few months, the store has hosted pop-up events and gone online.

Minority students will have a better shot at the city's elite high school, including Stuyvesant High School. (Photo Victor Matos via El Diario)

Elite High Schools Now Within Latinos’ Reach

African American, Education, Latino October 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

A new Department of Education program offers academic support to help low-income students gain admission to the city’s top public high schools, and in the process increase diversity at the schools, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Image via Carib News website

Carib News Marks 30 Years as ‘Bridge Between Peoples of Color’

African American, Caribbean, Media October 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

New York Carib News celebrated its 30th anniversary last month and in a piece headlined “Looking to the Future” addressed the challenges of a changing media landscape while tipping its hat to the Freedom Journal, America’s first Black newspaper launched in the 1820s.

Guinean Hassan Sadou (Image via African Spotlight)

African New Yorkers Critical of Obama

African, Elections 2012, Politics, Video October 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

When it comes to gay marriage, foreign policy and immigration, some Africans are none too thrilled with Obama’s performance.

Bishop Zachary Jones (first from right), head of the board of Gay Men of African Descent. (Photo from GMAD via Gay City News)

Future Uncertain for City’s Sole Black HIV Prevention Center

African American, Health September 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Gay and transgender African American men may have one less place to turn to for HIV screening and prevention, reports Gay City News. Financial difficulties may shut the Brooklyn-based Gay Men of African Descent after 26-years of service.

Former site of Eva Daniels Realty (Photo by Shayna Estulin via The Brooklyn Ink)

Fort Greene’s Black Businesses, Victims of Their Own Success

African American, Brooklyn, Business August 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Changing demographics and the economic revitalization of Fort Greene’s Fulton Street have an unintended victim – the area’s black-owned businesses that once made this ‘black and brown ghetto’ a hub for art and culture, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Opinion: A Call for Breastfeeding Help in Black Community

Opinion: A Call for Breastfeeding Help in Black Community

African American, Health, Opinion August 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Increasing the number of African-American lactation consultants — and in turn, the prevalence of breastfeeding in the community — can help improve health outcomes for black women and their children, argues commentator Kimberly Seals Allers in the first of a two-part series for Women’s eNews.

The Brooklyn-based Redeemed Christian Church of God is one of many Nigerian Churches in New York City (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink; By Ernest Chi)

Brooklyn’s Nigerian Community Feels the Heat of War

Brooklyn, Religion, Sub-Saharan African August 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Brooklyn-based immigrants from Nigeria are struggling with the negative impact of religiously motivated violence in their home country, spearheaded by the Islamist militant movement Boko Haram, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

(Photo by Michael Eldridge via Jewish Daily Forward)

Black Hebrew Israelites Carve Out Their Own Jewish Identity

African American, Religion August 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Black Jews have often been rejected as “inauthentic” by the Jewish establishment, the Jewish Daily Forward reports, but now more are undergoing formal conversion and sending their children to yeshivas or Jewish day schools. “Hebrew Israelites” across the country have formed tight-knit communities, where their synagogues echo with calls of “Hallelujah!” and with music.

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.