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Laolu Senbanjo (Photo by Jide Alakija via Ditmas Park Corner)

Laolu Senbanjo, a Human Rights Lawyer Turned Artist

African, Brooklyn, Culture August 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Laolu Senbanjo, a former human rights lawyer in Nigeria and now an artist and musician in Ditmas Park, talks to Ditmas Park Corner about being Nigerian in Brooklyn, how his Yoruba heritage influences his work and his new art exhibit.

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Afropunk 2015

Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Video August 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hear what Afropunk means to different people in this video filmed in Brooklyn at the Afropunk Fest 2015.

The Sylvester Manor House on Shelter Island will have guests in the attic as part of Joseph McGill’s Slave Dwelling Project. (Photo by Carrie Ann Salvi via The Sag Harbor Express)

Visiting Slave Dwellings on LI

African American, Black, History, Long Island August 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, will visit sites on Long Island where slaves once lived and discuss the need to preserve them, reports The Sag Harbor Express.

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

African, Black, Culture, Metro Area August 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

The 2nd Annual Festival of African Cultures, a collaboration between the organization Thirst for Water and the city of Mount Vernon, was held in the Westchester County city on August 8.

Hip-Hop Revolution

The History of Hip-Hop, in Photos and More

African American, Black, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Video August 5, 2015 at 3:50 pm

An exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York documents the history and influence of hip-hop through photos.

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival was held in El Barrio July 24-26.

The cast of the New Brooklyn Theatre production of "Rachel," a play written in 1920, which draws parallels between the lynchings of that time and racially-motivated violence happening today. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

‘Rachel': Drawing Parallels Between Lynchings and Today’s Killings

Black, Brooklyn, Culture July 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

New Brooklyn Theatre is mounting the production of a 95-year-old play, “Rachel,” with audio clips of today’s violence against unarmed Black men, reports Brooklyn Daily.

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.