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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.

Artists Respond to Police Brutality

Artists Respond to Police Brutality

African American, Culture, Featured Posts, New York, Video January 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

A new multimedia exhibit in Brooklyn allows artists to voice a response to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and others.

Marching for Juvenile Justice on MLK Day

Marching for Juvenile Justice on MLK Day

Young protestors in NYC marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by marching for racial equality and juvenile justice.

Panelists at the Schomburg Center's Dec. 2 event, "Building a Vibrant Black LGBT Community: Using Kwanzaa Principles Every Day." (Photo by Eseosa Olumhense for Voices of NY)

Applying the Principles of Kwanzaa to the Black LGBT Community

African American, Featured Posts, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Voices' Picks December 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Applying the principles of Kwanzaa to the Black LGBT Community was the subject of a recent panel discussion at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

Protestor in Times Square (Photo by Melissa Noel for Voices of NY)

New Yorkers Protest Ferguson Decision

On the night of Nov. 24, New Yorkers protested the grand jury’s decision in Missouri not to indict the police officer who killed teenager Michael Brown.

Samuel "Sam" Hargress Jr., owner of Paris Blues. (Photo by Ron Scott via Amsterdam News)

Getting the ‘Paris Blues’ in Harlem

African American, Business, Manhattan November 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Harlem bar and jazz club Paris Blues celebrates 45 years as a Harlem institution. Amsterdam News speaks to owner Samuel “Sam” Hargress Jr., who has been there since its opening in 1969.

Running for Health and Unity

Running for Health and Unity

African American, Featured Posts, New York, Sports, Video November 1, 2014 at 12:43 am

African-American male running group Black Men Run gears up for the New York City Marathon.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Miriam Fogelson via Colorlines)

Arab American Activist on Racism and Ferguson

African American, Middle Eastern, Muslim October 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour visited Ferguson, Missouri, recently and in an interview with Colorlines reflects on the connections between communities suffering from racism and violence.