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

Salieu Suso: Kora Player and Historian

African, Culture, Featured Posts 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 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.

by Jack D'Isidoro

A Pastor From Ghana Offers Blessings

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Religion, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Members of the largely West African congregation of Rev. Eric Kofi Owusu say his blessings, which are characteristic of a kind of Pentecostal Christianity practiced in Ghana, are worth every penny of their offerings.

Shekh Tumis addressing the African Advisory Council: “Please, let’s tell Americans what Ebola is—how it’s affecting us.” (Photo by Kristen Clark for Voices of NY)

Ebola Fallout Still Affecting Africans

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Health, Manhattan, Voices' Picks December 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Ebola – how it affects family and friends in West Africa, and how stigmatization affects immigrants here – remains a concern for New York’s West African community.

Immigrants at the Senegalese Association (Photo via The Uptowner)

Harlem’s Little Senegal Loses Residents

African, Immigration, Manhattan October 31, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Rising rents are pushing residents out of the Little Senegal community in Harlem, The Uptowner reports.

Ousmane Dramé with his two sons at the press conference (Photo via Afrikan Spot)

Fighting Ebola Hysteria in NY

African, Immigration October 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Leaders of the African community in New York and the New York Immigration Coalition are speaking out against Ebola hysteria, reports Afrikanspot.

Ebola Stigma and ‘Annie Undocumented’

Ebola Stigma and ‘Annie Undocumented’

African, Health, Immigration, Religion, Video October 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

How has the Ebola hysteria affected the largest Liberian community outside Liberia? CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” finds out in one of three segments.

(Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Armando Cabral’s Journey from Guinea-Bissau to NYC

Model turned shoe designer Armando Cabral was born in Guinea-Bissau, lived in Portugal and England, and now calls NYC home.

Traditional West African drummers from the performance troupe Songhai Djeli.
(Photo by Line Krogh via Manhattan Times)

Cultural Center Takes Over Harlem Firehouse for a Dollar

African, Caribbean, Culture, Manhattan October 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) will relocate to the historic site of a former firehouse in East Harlem thanks to the help of city agencies, reports Manhattan Times.

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

The spread of Ebola in Liberia is disrupting trade and keeping customers away.