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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 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.

From left: Anita Daniel, 23, Engine 234, Brooklyn; Tenisha Forbes, 39, Engine 230, Bed-Stuy; Regina Wilson, 45, Engine 219, Brooklyn; Melissa Bennett, 25, Engine 257, Canarsie, Brooklyn; Tracy Lewis, 42, firefighter and lieutenant, Division 11, Battalion 4-8. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Black Female Firefighters Share Stories, Aspirations

African American, New York, Women June 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Amsterdam News profiles several of the city’s African-American female firefighters, who make up a sliver of the FDNY’s force, on how they got started and their plans for the future.

South African independence day celebration (Photo via Afrikanspot

South Africans Mark Independence Day in Riverside Park

African, Manhattan, Video May 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

South Africans in New York celebrated 21 years of their country’s independence with a picnic in Riverside Park last month, while keeping in mind what the event organizer called the “senseless killing of foreigners” in South Africa, reports Afrikanspot.

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Members of the DanceAfrica troupe and the Balé Folclórico da Bahia explored Afro-Brazilian roots and traditions at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn May 19.

Image via Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "New York Slave Market About 1730."

Recognizing How Slaves Helped Build NYC

Black, Brooklyn, Business, History, Manhattan May 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A marker or monument recognizing the contribution of slaves to the founding and growth of NYC has been approved by the City Council and should go up some time this summer in Lower Manhattan, The Amsterdam News reports.

A Different Sort of May Day

A Different Sort of May Day

Black, Communities, Labor, Manhattan, Traditions May 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

The Amsterdam News reports that May Day took on “a new meaning” this year with people at Union Square rallying about the issue of police brutality.

Ramatu Ahmed

A Celebration of African Women

African, Bronx, Video, Women May 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Ramatu Ahmed of African Life Center tells Afrikanspot about the importance of the organization’s first African Women’s Day Celebration.

After Freddie Gray’s Death: A Message for Mainstream Media

After Freddie Gray’s Death: A Message for Mainstream Media

African American, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Media, Police, Video April 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

People at Union Square talked about language, and commented on the damage and power of words used in the mainstream media.

Hempstead High School students rally on school grounds (Photo by Rashed Mian via Long Island Press)

A Year Later, LI High School Rallies to ‘Bring Back our Girls’

African, Education, Long Island April 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Students and staff at Hempstead High School remembered the Nigerian school girls abducted by Boko Haram at a rally held on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping.