New York tosses jail time for most minor parole violations

New Yorkers will be able to avoid jail time for most nonviolent parole violations under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Judges say Buffalo mayor shouldn't be on November ballot

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's name should not appear on the November ballot, according to state and federal appellate judges who ruled against his efforts to occupy an independent party line following a loss in the Democratic primary.

Gov. Hochul vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed this week to fight a lawsuit launched by a group of Christian health care practitioners who argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for many health care workers is unconstitutional because it lacks a ...

NYC's Rikers Island jail spirals into chaos amid pandemic

A spate of inmate deaths. Cellblocks unguarded. Staggering staffing shortages caused by AWOL guards. Detainees deprived of food and medical care.

Re-defining 'racial equity' may increase donations for it

Though last year's racial justice protests unleashed an avalanche of donations for minority causes, the philanthropic community remains divided about which donations should be counted as advancing racial equity.

Word In Black Virtual Education Event: Reporters Roundtable

Reporters from five news organizations in the Word In Black collaborative discuss issues facing education in their communities in the pandemic era.

Margaret Elaine Mattic, aspiring actress and a casualty of 9/11

Over the last week or so, the nation has paused to remember and reflect on that horrific day on September 11, 2001, now commonly known as 9/11. On that date, nearly 3,000 people perished in the three attacks from terrorists ...

City cracking down on basement apartments after storm deaths

The death of 11 people living in basement apartments from floods caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida is prompting the city to take a closer look at the apartments’ safety and legality.

NY human rights groups to rally for Biden to end sanctions against Zimbabwe

Citing President Biden’s public commitment to address long existing U.S. policies and structures that promote racism, a coalition of human rights/social justice organizations this week confirmed that a rally demanding the lifting of illegal economic sanctions against the Republic of ...

Addiction, overdose on the rise in the Black community

The death of actor Michael K. Williams sent shockwaves through the entertainment world after “The Wire” star was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment last week with drug paraphernalia.

Unions approve of Biden’s COVID-19 action plan

Labor unions have showered praise on U.S. President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 action plan.

Reflecting on Tupac Shakur’s Black Panther legacy 25 years later

Monday marks the 25th anniversary of hip hop icon Tupac Shakur joining the ancestors after having been shot four times in Las Vegas Sept. 7, 1996 following a scuffle with Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson at the MGM Grand a couple ...

Pregnant Harlem mom shot dead after baby shower

Harlem in particular, and the city in general remain horrified after a pregnant mother and her unborn child were shot and killed after her baby shower on Sunday, Sept. 12.

New York City HBCU week set for Sept. 20-25

The HBCU Hub is hosting its 3rd annual New York City HBCU week Sept. 20 through 25. Youth, families, alumni, and school administrators alike, will have the special opportunity to come together to celebrate and learn about Black colleges.

Food Bank for New York City kicks off ‘Hunger Action Month’

The Food Bank for New York City kicked off “Hunger Action Month” to raise awareness about food insecurity.