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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.

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Hear from members of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble about how they keep their cultural heritage alive.

Remembering Kenya’s Students in NYC: #AfricanLivesMatter

Remembering Kenya’s Students in NYC: #AfricanLivesMatter

African, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Voices' Picks April 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm

In Union Square, people gathered April 11 to remember the students killed at Garissa University, and proclaimed that #AfricanLivesMatter.

Family of Hakeem Kuta Wants Answers

Family of Hakeem Kuta Wants Answers

African, Bronx, Video April 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

In a video from AfrikanSpot, the family of Hakeem Kuta wants to know what happened on the rooftop of the Bronx apartment building before the teenager fell.

“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.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in middle, at York College (Photo by Tess McRae via Queens Chronicle)

Liberia’s President Addresses Young Women in NYC

African, Queens, Women March 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discussed the challenges of Ebola and rebuilding her country after civil war at a Women’s History Month event at York College in Queens, reports Queens Chronicle.

Ghana’s Independence Day Marked

Ghana’s Independence Day Marked

African, Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, Video March 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

Ghana’s Independence Day was celebrated by the Ghana Catholic Youth Ministry in the Bronx.

Stuck in Little Liberia on SI

Stuck in Little Liberia on SI

In this video, Prince Thompson, who came here from Liberia for back surgery and was forced to remain because of the Ebola outbreak, reflects on his circumstances and life in Little Liberia.

Salieu Suso (Photo by Roxanne Scott for Voices of NY)

Salieu Suso: Kora Player and Historian

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks March 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Listen to kora player Salieu Suso as he plays his instrument, also known as the West African harp, and describes the role of kora players as historians and genealogists in the community.

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.

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, Voices' Picks 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.

‘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.

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.”

Ramatu Ahmed, a community organizer in the Bronx, says undocumented parents can be intimidated by requests to show their IDs to enter their children's schools.  (Photo by Kristen Clark for Voices of NY)

West Africans Uncertain About Immigration Relief

African, Featured Posts, Immigration, New York, Voices' Picks January 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

President Obama’s deferred action would provide parents with temporary relief from daily fears of deportation but their longterm future remains in doubt.

‘You Don’t Get Ebola from African Hair Braiding’

‘You Don’t Get Ebola from African Hair Braiding’

African, Manhattan December 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

In a video on Afrikanspot, the African owner of Assana’s Hair Braiding Center in Harlem says “it’s not fair” and it “really, really hurts” that customers are staying away over fears of getting Ebola.