Brooklyn choreographer Reggie Gray is hoping his new Park Avenue Armory show, FLEXN, will introduce a new audience to street dancing and serve as a platform for social reform. (Photo via Brooklyn Based)

‘Flexing’ for Justice

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Manhattan March 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

A form of street dance employing rhythmic movement and contortions is on view at the Park Avenue Armory through April 4, reports Brooklyn Based.

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#HackHarlem Sparks Ideas

Black, Business, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Technology, Video March 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

On March 21, #HackHarlem was held for 12 hours to develop ideas for new apps to benefit Harlem.

Nearly 800 inmates in local and state prison are under 18. (Photo via El Diario)

Pressure Mounts to Stop Trying Minors as Adults

African American, Criminal Justice, Latino, New York, Youth March 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

The New York State Legislature debates whether to raise the age for imprisonment as an adult from 16 to 18, a measure that would affect mostly Hispanic and African-American youth, El Diario reports.

"We don't live; we survive," said Mexican mother Nancy Vázquez. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

Child Poverty Epidemic Sweeps Through New York State

African American, Food, Latino, New York, Youth March 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

The levels of child poverty in New York state are reaching epidemic proportions and Latino and African-American children are the most affected, El Diario reports.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in middle, at York College (Photo by Tess McRae via Queens Chronicle)

Liberia’s President Addresses Young Women in NYC

African, Queens, Women March 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discussed the challenges of Ebola and rebuilding her country after civil war at a Women’s History Month event at York College in Queens, reports Queens Chronicle.

Council member Jumaane Williams and Dominique Sharpton at the Flatbush Ave. rally (Photo via Ditmas Park Corner)

In Brooklyn, Seeking Ways to Stem Youth Violence

Black, Brooklyn, Crime, Youth March 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

In the wake of the beating of a 15-year-old by her peers, community leaders at a rally in Flatbush sponsored by the National Action Network urged that more resources and more attention be devoted to youths, Ditmas Park Corner reports.

Fatima Ashraf and her husband Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, with their sons Ismael (at left) and Yousef (Photo courtesy of Fatima Ashraf)

Countering the Effects of Surveillance and Distrust

Black, Featured Posts, Muslim, Police, Politics, Voices' Picks March 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

In this audio report, the mother of two young boys discusses how to deal with the effects of mistrust that police surveillance engenders, while a community activist urges the political empowerment of Muslims in New York.

Ghana’s Independence Day Marked

Ghana’s Independence Day Marked

African, Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, Video March 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

Ghana’s Independence Day was celebrated by the Ghana Catholic Youth Ministry in the Bronx.

Selma Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Selma Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Black, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, History, Video March 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

New Yorkers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma, AL. In this video, today’s marchers reflect on what it means to them.

The Little-Known Story of Black Russians

The Little-Known Story of Black Russians

African American, Caribbean, Video March 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

Find out about an African American migration to Russia in the ’20s and ’30s; the multimillion-dollar renovation of an Afro-Caribbean cultural center; and a Brooklyn-based designer whose move online got the attention of Beyonce, all in the latest episode of “Independent Sources.”

(Photo by Mary Frost via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Remembering Selma While Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

Black, Brooklyn, History March 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Hundreds of New Yorkers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, observing that the struggle for civil rights is not over, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported.

Stuck in Little Liberia on SI

Stuck in Little Liberia on SI

In this video, Prince Thompson, who came here from Liberia for back surgery and was forced to remain because of the Ebola outbreak, reflects on his circumstances and life in Little Liberia.

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to Commemorate Selma

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to Commemorate Selma

Black, Brooklyn, History March 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm

On March 7, marchers will commemorate the first Selma voting rights march by crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Speaking at the Ford Foundation panel, from left to right: Dr. Richard Dudley, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear (Screen shot of video via Colorlines)

Examining the Pain Felt By Young Men of Color

Black, Youth March 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm

A forum at the Ford Foundation explored how young men of color suffer as victims of violence and crime, reports Colorlines.

(Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Seeing Off Black History Month With a Courthouse Fashion Show

Black, Brooklyn, Culture March 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

In honor of the final days of Black History Month, judges and employees of the Kings County Supreme Court held their annual fashion show, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle, with “A History of Black Life and Culture” as this year’s theme.