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English teacher Keedra Gibba (right) helps make the Ghanaian dish Kelewele with parent and native Ghanaian Julia Boahene, alongside eigth grader Whiteney Wyche, 13, at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School on Feb. 23. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Learning About Africa After School

African, Bronx, Education February 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

An after-school program looks to fill in the dearth of African history in the Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s curriculum and will culminate in a trip to Ghana, reports The Riverdale Press.

Funding for ESL Classes Not Keeping Up With Demand?

Funding for ESL Classes Not Keeping Up With Demand?

African American, Immigration February 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

“Independent Sources” explores a recent report that finds the state is failing to keep up with the demand for ESL classes, and a book that pays homage to a relatively unknown Black artist who was active in fighting for civil rights.

Mrs. Shittu and other attendees at a baby shower at the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community Center (NAMIC) in Crown Heights (Photo by Samual Lieberman for Voices of NY)

In Brooklyn, Countering Views of Nigerian Muslims

African, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Muslim February 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm

A beacon for the community in Crown Heights, the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community center fights misconceptions about Muslims.

(Photo by Thomas Hawk, Creative commons license)

Remembering Malcolm X, 50 Years After His Death

African American, History, Manhattan February 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Scholars and activists recently remembered Malcolm X, who was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965. The Amsterdam News writes about what they had to say about the Black leader’s legacy.

Will Immigration Relief Provide Medicaid?

Will Immigration Relief Provide Medicaid?

Black, Health, Immigration, Video February 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources”: The president’s executive action could provide health care to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in NYS; the not-so-radical roots of Boko Haram; and a festival celebrating Black independent filmmakers.

Congregants at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Flushing. (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via The Queens Courier)

Historic Flushing Church Facing Demolition

African American, History, Queens, Religion February 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

A Flushing Church which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century faces demolition, and some congregants are concerned, reports the Queens Courier.

Willie Mae Brown (Photo courtesy of Tabla Rasa Gallery via The Brooklyn Paper)

Remembering Selma and King

African American, Brooklyn, History February 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

East Flatbush resident Willie Mae Brown, who was raised in Selma, Alabama, on Feb. 15 will read excerpts from her memoir of growing up during the civil rights movement, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

James Lovell of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, at Trinity College. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Garifuna Jazz at Trinity College

Black, Culture, Metro Area February 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm

The New York-based Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble added some international flavor to the kickoff of Black History Month at Trinity College, reports Caribbean Life.

‘After Afropolitan’ Art

‘After Afropolitan’ Art

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Video February 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

View artwork from the global African diaspora and hear what some artists had to say about their work in this video on the After Afropolitan exhibit in Brooklyn.

Justin Thomas, Lauren Lattimore, and Wi-Moto Nyoka are reading an anti-lynching play from 1919. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/Voices of NY)

Reviving Anti-Lynching Plays in Brooklyn

Black, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, History, Voices' Picks February 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm

In Brooklyn, staged readings of decades-old anti-lynching plays are part of “Forward Ferguson” activities.

"The Renny" (Photo via Caribbean Life)

A Bid to Save Harlem’s Historic ‘Renny’

Black, Business, History, Manhattan February 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Caribbean Life writes about Harlem’s historic theater complex, The Renny, and moves afoot to save it from demolition.

Finding Identity in NYC

Finding Identity in NYC

African, Culture, Government, Video, Western European February 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

On this episode of “Independent Sources,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito talks about the municipal ID as a benefit for all New Yorkers. And the co-directors of the Ethiopian-American film “Woven,” discuss its universal themes of “forgiveness, love and loss.”

Black Lives Matter: Gathering to Build a Movement

Black Lives Matter: Gathering to Build a Movement

Black, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Video February 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Grass-roots organizers and civil rights activists met Jan. 30 at The Gathering to discuss ways to promote and sustain the movement Black Lives Matter.

Keith Kelly with his books, on Jan. 17. (Photo via Korea Daily)

A History Lesson Through Taekwondo

African American, Culture, East Asian, Metro Area January 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm

A New Jersey high school teacher is publishing a series of children’s books told through the eyes of an African-American boy and his Korean taekwondo instructor, reports Korea Daily.

CB3 chair Gigi Li. (Photo via The Lo-Down)

CB3’s Li Not Biased, Report Finds

Black, Latino, Manhattan January 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

A report by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, obtained under FOIL, found that CB3 chair Gigi Li wasn’t biased in her appointments, says The Villager.