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A Monroe College professional offers advice to a high-school student at the Male Empowerment Seminar on April, 23, 2015 (Photo via Norwood News)

Empowering Male Teens in the Bronx

Bronx, Education, Youth April 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

A seminar at Monroe College aimed to help young males gain “competence, confidence and character,” to pursue their academic, professional and personal dreams, reports Norwood News.

Families rallying for cleaner and safer Mott Haven streets on April 18. (Photo by Patrick Donachie via Mott Haven Herald)

Walking for Change in Mott Haven

Bronx April 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Parents and children walked through Mott Haven on April 18, advocating for safer and cleaner streets, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Bronx Lighthouse Charter School, one of the schools included in The Hunts Point Express' analysis of local school statistics. (Photo by gmpicket, Creative Commons license)

More Charter Schools in the South Bronx?

Bronx, Education April 20, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Local officials and parents want more charter schools but an analysis by The Hunts Point Express finds that despite the success of some local charters, most, like the area’s public schools, perform below city averages.

Carmen 'Julie' Mercado spoke to reporters on April 9. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Latina Takes the Helm at Fort Independence Houses

Bronx, Education, Housing, Latino April 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The election of Carmen “Julie” Mercado as president of the Fort Independence Houses Tenants’ Association makes her the first leader of Hispanic background at the Bronx housing development, reports The Riverdale Press.

The electronic ankle shackle that Ingrid Flowers was forced to wear caused her a serious infection. Her daughter Ingrid Hernández, stands by her side. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Garífuna Mothers Denounce ICE’s ‘Modern Slavery’

Bronx, Immigration, Women April 13, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Activists and religious leaders from the Bronx seek to free Garífuna immigrant mothers who have been forced by the authorities to wear electronic shackles, El Diario reports.

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.

A business at Willets POint (Photo by d.aniela, Creative commons license)

Some Businesses Settle Willets Point Suit

Bronx, Business, Environment, Queens, Real Estate April 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Some Willets Point businesses will receive funds to ease their relocation to the Bronx, but others remain opposed to the move, media outlets in Queens report.

Handling the ‘ISIS Effect’

Handling the ‘ISIS Effect’

Bronx, Brooklyn, East Asian, Education, Muslim, Video March 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

In this episode of “Independent Sources”: The CLEAR Project educates and provides services to Muslims and others caught in the government’s counterterrorism dragnet; “The Bronx Memoir Project” tells stories of the Bronx, as written by its residents; the city’s first dual-language English-Japanese public school program.

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

Bronx, Culture, Housing, Manhattan, Technology, Video, Women March 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

This week’s “Independent Sources”: Tech startups head to Port Morris and hire locals; yoga as therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; and an East Harlem school building turned affordable housing unit for low-income artists.

Kellie Terry, executive director at The Point CDC, speaks at a forum at Hostos Community College on March 18, about the need for environmentally-friendly businesses. (Photo by Annamarya Scaccia via The Hunts Point Express)

Ensuring Eco-Friendly Biz in South Bronx

Bronx, Business, Environment, Health March 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Community activists want the city to require environmental impact statements from businesses located in the South Bronx, The Hunts Point Express reports.

The Albanian American Educators Association hosted their first meeting at the United Federation of Teachers Bronx headquarters on Feb. 26. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Kapaj-Vieira via Bronx Times)

Albanian Educators Group Founded in the Bronx

Bronx, Eastern European, Education March 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Founder Jacqueline Kapaj-Vieira has started the Albanian American Educators Association to connect local educators and celebrate the members’ common background, reports the Bronx Times.

New York City Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye addresses about 400 tenants at the March 17 meeting. (Photo by María Villaseñor/NYCity Photo Wire.)

NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

Residents met with NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye March 17 to complain about mold, lack of heat and hot water, and other unaddressed problems in the city’s public housing units.

Greek men play cards at the Kassian Benevolent Society. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

A Greek Island Stays Afloat in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Eastern European March 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

In Kingsbridge Heights, the Kassian Benevolent Society’s Greek community center serves as a social hub for its 200 members, most of whom come from the small island of Kasos, reports The Riverdale Press.

Natalia Mendez at La Morada (Screenshot via Mott Haven Herald video)

Running a Restaurant as an Undocumented Mother

Bronx, Food, Immigration, Mexican March 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Natalia Mendez fulfilled her long-time dream of opening her own restaurant but the undocumented mother of three has another dream she has to put on hold –seeing her family in southern Mexico after nearly three decades, reports Mott Haven Herald.

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.