South Orange school apologizes after fifth-graders asked to make 'slave auction' posters

A New Jersey schools superintendent has apologized for a "culturally insensitive" assignment in which fifth-graders learning about Colonial America were asked to create posters advertising slave auctions.

Advocates react to mayor’s homeless plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has released what many are calling a long overdue plan to help the nearly 65,000 people in New York City who are homeless.

Ramarley Graham’s mother challenges continued NYPD withholding of information about son’s killing

The mother of Ramarley Graham, Constance Malcolm, was joined by community supporters to announce their filing an appeal of the de Blasio administration and NYPD’s blanket denial of their Freedom of Information Law request for records pertaining to the killing ...

Raising the ‘bar,’ Kim M. Parker, Esq.

Kim M. Parker, Esq. serves as executive director of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a position she’s held for almost two years. Aside from being the leader of the citywide association of African-American and other minority lawyers, Parker’s work goes ...

Newark asks residents for feedback on policing and public safety

Saturday, Newark residents completed surveys about policing in the city at the Training, Education and Recreation Center in the Dayton neighborhood

Malcolm X memorialized on 52nd anniversary of his assassination

Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd anniversary of Malcolm X’s martyrdom, a capacity, multi-ethnic crowd packed into the building where it actually occurred—the former Audubon Ballroom, renamed the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) when ...

Crown Heights residents say ‘Kill the deal’ at Ebbets Field

Crown Heights residents are once again saying kill the deal to the Bedford Union Armory project.

Citizen app launches in NYC to spread word about crime

Citizen app (formerly known as Vigilante) launched in the city this week in an effort to combat violence, give residents an insight on what’s going on their community and even improve community-police relations.

Touro student wins award for research at homeless shelter

A fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has won first place in a poster competition for her research on the effects of teaching about healthy diet and nutrition at a Queens homeless shelter.

Saturday’s 21st Annual Freedom Fighter Dinner Tribute

Some grassroots activists had hoped that by January this year former President Barack Obama would have addressed, if not released, some of the nation’s decades-long serving political prisoners on his way out of the White House.

Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World for Dreamers Academy

Four local area high school students are preparing for the 10th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 9 through March 12 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

MC-ing, b-boy, graffiti, DJ-ing and knowledge—The tenets of hip-hop

In the early stages of this thing called hip-hop, the DJ was the end all, be all.

Elombe Brath’s ‘Black Is Beautiful’

Harlem and beyond came out Saturday, Feb. 25, to celebrate famed African internationalist, Elombe Brath. Bob Gumbs and Cinque Brathwait curated an evening of jazz musicianship, reminiscing, inspirational conversation and building at the Bronx Heritage Center, in honor of the ...

Manhattan Fathers Forward Coalition hosts Daddy Daughter Dance

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, the Manhattan Fathers Forward Coalition sponsored a Daddy Daughter Dance in partnership with School District 5 at the Harlem’s Children Zone.

Save our community gardens

Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., a parks committee meeting will take place at the Manhattan Community Board 10 office, located at 215 West 125th Street, Fourth Floor.