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Rev. Patricia Singletary, of the Elmendorf Reformed Church and co-chair of the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force, at the open house last week. She voiced her support for “a memorial that respects the past, educates those in the present and offers peace and solace.” (Photo by Emily Dixon via The Uptowner)

What’s Next for the Harlem African Burial Ground

African, History, Manhattan September 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

As the city initiates the planning process for redeveloping the African Burial Ground in Harlem – formerly a bus depot – these next few months will involve meeting with the local community, reports The Uptowner.

Professor Nkechi Agwu and Ndebele dolls (Contributed photo via Amsterdam News)

Teaching Math Through African Dolls and Stories

African, Education, New York September 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm

CUNY Professor Nkechi Agwu looks to increase the number of African-American women in STEM fields by teaching about African cultures who utilized mathematical concepts in their everyday lives, reports Amsterdam News.

Mino (a.k.a. Nouns) with the valiha. (Photo courtesy Mino Razafimpamonjy, via Brooklyn Rail).

From Madagascar to Corona: Making Music in a Basement

African, Asian, Culture, Immigration, Queens September 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

The Brooklyn Rail shines a light on Malagasy musicians in New York, telling the story of a little-known community of immigrants from Madagascar.

Ghanaians take part in a traditional Durbar procession. (Photo by Samali Bikangaga via Mott Haven Herald)

Ghanaian Festival in the South Bronx

African, Bronx, Culture August 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

The 7th annual Afro Cultural Parade and Festival in Crotona Park was held in the South Bronx where a large Ghanaian community resides, reports Mott Haven Herald.

A vendor handed out food at a preview for the New York City African Food Festival, happening Aug. 13–14. (Photo courtesy of the New York City African Food Festival via Brooklyn Paper)

A Weekend of African Food in Brooklyn

African, Brooklyn, Food August 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

The New York City African Food Festival will include a competition to see which country makes the best jollof, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Photo by Zach Williams

A Home in the Old Liberian Neighborhood

African, Featured Posts, Queens, Video August 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

A Liberian refugee who settled with his parents and sister in Hollis, Queens, more than 30 years ago returns to the old family home to restore more than just the house.

Festival to Celebrate the African Roots of Latinos

Festival to Celebrate the African Roots of Latinos

African, Culture, Latino, New York, Video July 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

Afro-Latino Fest NYC co-organizer Amilcar Priestly and musician Maluca Mala speak to BRIC TV about Afro-Latino identity and what holding the annual festival means to the community.

Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot has the largest display in the exhibition which presents accessories and clothing. Her work examines issues such as poverty and cultural identity in the country. (Photo by Hayley Lind via Hunts Point Express)

Africa ‘in Fashion and Fabric’ on Display in the Bronx

African, Bronx, Culture May 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

African fashion is featured in a Bronx Music Heritage Center exhibition, reports Mott Haven Herald.

The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble and organizers from Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education pose on the Alexander Ave. stoop. (Photo by Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Garifuna Music from a Stoop in the South Bronx

African, Bronx, Caribbean, Central American, Culture May 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble mixed jazz with Garifuna music in their performance from a stoop in Mott Haven. The show is one of more than a dozen taking place on “rooftops, stoops and public nooks” as part of the “South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016,” reports Caribbean Life.

"Overturned" by Nicky Enright will be featured in the "Bronx:Africa" exhibition at the Longwood Art Gallery. (Courtesy of the Bronx Council on the Arts)

Bronx Exhibition Takes ‘A Real Look at Africa’

African, Bronx February 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

The “Bronx:Africa” exhibition, opening Feb. 3 at Hostos Community College’s Longwood Art Gallery, features the contemporary works of 25 artists, reports The Riverdale Press.

Ephraim Isaac at the Chassida Shmella celebration at Town & Village Synagogue in NYC. (Photo by Luke Tress for Voices of NY)

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in NYC

African, Black, Featured Posts, Jewish, Manhattan, Voices' Picks November 25, 2015 at 11:51 pm

The Ethiopian-Jewish holiday of Sigd was celebrated by the group Chassida Shmella at a synagogue on East 14th Street on Nov. 22, a way to bring the small community together and share traditions.

(Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

A Home for Protests, Politics and South African Food

African, Brooklyn, Education, Food November 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Adding their voice to protests across South Africa against proposed tuition hikes at universities, nearly a hundred rallied in front of Madiba Restaurant in Fort Greene, with the support of its politically active owner, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Worshippers pray in front of Masjid Ebun Abass in Mott Haven. (Photo by Christine Brink via Mott Haven Herald)

West Africans in the Bronx Seek a Larger Masjid Site

African, Bronx, Immigration, Muslim November 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Masjid Ebun Abass in the South Bronx is suffering from overcrowding thanks to growth in the West African Muslim population, and congregants are looking for a larger site for a new masjid, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Nigerians Unite in Green and White to Mark Independence

Nigerians Unite in Green and White to Mark Independence

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Video October 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Hundreds took part in festivities marking the 55th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence held in midtown Manhattan.

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Education, Manhattan, North African October 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm

The partnership, which also involves the Organization Internationale de La Francophonie, will provide the New York French American Charter School with educational and financial support, reports Amsterdam News.