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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“Consider the legacy,” one of the many elements in the Ark of Return memorial at U.N. Plaza. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Memorial to Slavery’s Victims Unveiled

African, African American, Caribbean, History, Manhattan April 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

“The Ark of Return,” a memorial to slavery’s victims, was recently unveiled at the United Nations Visitors Plaza, Caribbean Life reports.

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.

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.”

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.

(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.

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.

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.