In Newark, a March Against Police Brutality

In Newark, a March Against Police Brutality

Black, Featured Posts, Police, Video July 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Hundreds gathered in Newark on July 25 for the Million People’s March to protest police brutality.

NYPD officers and members of the community at Operation Conversation at the Apollo (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Bolstering NYPD-Community Relations

Black, Manhattan, New York, Police July 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

The All Stars Project held a meeting between hundreds of NYPD officers and community members to build mutual respect and enhance relations, reports the Amsterdam News.

Little Legacy Garner being held by her mother before she released a carrier pigeon. (Photo by Joaquín Botero via El Diario)

Calls for Social Justice on Anniversary of Eric Garner’s Death

Black, Criminal Justice, Staten Island July 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A carrier pigeon was released to inaugurate the events commemorating the first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, El Diario reports.

Police abuse reports declined 22% between January and June 2015.
(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Year after Eric Garner’s Death, Signs of Change

Black, New York, Police, Staten Island July 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

A year after the death of Eric Garner there are signs of improvement in the relationship between the police and the community, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

African, Bronx, History July 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

On an episode of CUNY TV’s Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV, journalist Pamela Newkirk talks about the subject of her book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga.” Benga, a young man taken from the Congo, ended up at the Monkey House of the Bronx Zoo.

Nigerian artist Moses Tuki recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art. Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Making Art from Scrap: A Nigerian Student Sculpts

African, Culture, Long Island, Manhattan July 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Moses Tuki, a Nigerian artist, made a giant sculpture from bike shop scrap and other cast-offs, using a “breakthrough” to avoid welding, Tribeca Trib reports.

Couple Brings Traditional South African Meat Snack to U.S.

Couple Brings Traditional South African Meat Snack to U.S.

African, Featured Posts, Food, Video July 9, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Warren and Nicolle Pala make biltong out of their New Jersey factory using techniques from their native South Africa and ingredients found stateside.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (Photo via Our Times Press)

Clarke Calls for Review of City Contracting

Black, Business, Government, New York, Women July 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Rep. Yvette Clarke called for city officials to review and overhaul procedures for contracting with minority and women-owned business, Our Times Press reports exclusively.

The South Asian community held a discussion, followed by a vigil, on the Charleston shooting and racial violence in the U.S. (Photo via News India Times)

A South Asian Vigil for Charleston

African American, Queens, South Asian July 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Nearly 150 members of the South Asian community gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights to discuss the Charleston shooting and racial violence in the U.S., from an immigrant perspective, reports News India Times.

In Clinton Hill (Photo by Michael July via Brooklyn Daily)

In Praise of Natural Hair

Black, Brooklyn June 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

The “Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair” exhibit at House of Art Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant displays Michael July’s photos of afros, dreadlocks and other natural Black hairstyles, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Bishop Zachary G. Jones on the left and Nathan Kerr.  (Photo by Duncan Osborne via Gay City News)

Black LGBT Leaders Urge Engagement on Ending AIDS

African American, Health, LGBTQ, New York June 29, 2015 at 2:06 pm

African-American leaders of the LGBT community want more resources and attention devoted to them in the state’s plan to end AIDS by 2020, reports Gay City News.

Gwen DeVoe at the Indie Designer Showcase held at the Full Figured Fashion Week June 14-20 in New York City (Photo courtesy of Rick Jones Photography)

Designing for the Full-Figured Woman

Black, Featured Posts, Latino, New York, Voices' Picks June 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Fashion for the full-figured woman is gaining in popularity among a highly diverse customer base.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Pastor Floyd Flake and others rallied on Saturday in St. Albans in memory of the Charleston, S.C. church massacre victims. (Photo courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

After Charleston

African American, Black, New York June 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

A roundup of stories from the community and ethnic press offers some of the NYC-area response to the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

Artist Adrian Roman (Photo by Dorian Geiger for Voices of NY)

Behind the Mask: Artists Explore Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latino Heritage

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Puerto Rican artists explore the history and mythology of vejigante masks.

At the ninth annual procurement fair (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Boosting Business for Minority and Women-Owned Enterprises

Black, Business, Latino, Women June 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

A procurement meeting brought together women and minority-owned businesses and city and state agencies recently, Manhattan Times reports.