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Microsoft plans to develop a feature that would use crime statistics and demographic information in a GPS tool like this one.

Is Microsoft’s So-Called ‘Avoid Ghetto’ App Racist?

African American, Featured Posts, Opinion February 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Controversy hit Microsoft when its patent for generating GPS directions included an area’s “crime statistics, demographic information” as criteria. The app generates directions that, according to the patent, would allow “the user to take paths that take him to his home in a quickest amount of time while keeping theRead More

Harlem mom faces uphill battle against stop-and-frisk

Harlem mom faces uphill battle against stop-and-frisk

African American, Featured Posts, Latino February 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

After police stopped her 16-year-old son four times in six months, Harlem mom Mary Black decided to speak out and rally against the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” policy — where officers stop, question and sometimes search people suspected of criminal behavior. But getting people to join her fight against it proved moreRead More

Publisher urges everyone to see “Red Tails”

Publisher urges everyone to see “Red Tails”

African American, In the News, Opinion January 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

This weekend, take a moment out and go to the movies. Not just any movie, but the new movie “Red Tails.”

What it means to be a black man in America

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, New York, Video January 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

An exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is bridging the gap between questions about the much maligned male African American identity and the reality of how black American men live their lives.

1% arrests from NYPD stop and frisk policy

African American, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics January 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

In New York City, elected officials and leaders of communities of color complain daily about the Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, but in London and other parts of Britain, the approach is called “stop and search.” Whatever the label, it amounts to the same thing.

Families fight banks for loan modifications

African American, Economy, Housing, Latino, Metro Area, Video January 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Judge: city housing plan boosts segregation

African American, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A state judge has ruled that a planned Brooklyn housing development would violate federal law and increase segregation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Amsterdam News reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to appeal the decision of state judge Emily Goodman.

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

Harlem teen fired for Asian slur

African American, Asian, Culture, In the News, New York January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

A former wall street banker was forced to fire a 16-year-old Harlem girl after the employee identified an Asian-American customer, Minhee Cho, by the size of her eyes on a store receipt.

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

African American, New York, Politics January 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

An exhibit celebrating the role of women in the civil rights movement is coming to New York City, and we’re not just talking Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott-King.

From left to right: Selena Maldonado, Djassi Julien, David Ocasio, Nicole Salazar, Jieegy Diawara, Peter Lam

Pre-teens talk Martin’s dream and modern day racism

African American, Culture, Education, New York January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

“Dr. King’s dream is still alive, but when I go online to YouTube, I see a lot of people making racist videos,” said 12-year-old David Ocasio.

Vulcans help minorities apply to FDNY

Vulcans help minorities apply to FDNY

African American, In the News, New York January 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Amsterdam News reports that members of the national organization of Black firefighters were visiting the homes of applicants, to help them complete their paperwork, encourage them to follow through, and make sure they are eligible to take the FDNY exam.

The march for voting rights continues to this day.

How new voting laws impact African Americans

African American, In the News, Politics January 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

The Amsterdam News is keeping an eye on new voting laws enacted across several states that require government IDs, eliminate early voting and ban registration drives and how African American voters will be impacted.

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, North African January 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

Egyptian Americans have opened a new community foundation in Bay Ridge, but administrators say you don’t have to be a member of the Arab community to benefit from its after school program, complementary law and health care assistance and ESL classes.

Dressing for success

Suit Yourself dresses African American, Latino men for work

African American, Education, Latino, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

“Suit Yourself” began in 2012 when members of a nonprofit noticed that many young men lacked clothing appropriate for entering the workforce.

Kwanzaa celebrations at Boys and Girls HS Brooklyn

Kwanzaa transforms Boys & Girls High School

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts December 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn was transformed into an African marketplace as students and families celebrated Kwanzaa.