Stephon Johnson

Stephon Johnson has been a staff writer for the Amsterdam News since 2009 where he covers news, politics, union issues, art & entertainment and sports. Beginning as a stringer in 2007, he's covered events as diverse as the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium and Occupy Wall Street rallies in lower Manhattan's Financial District. Johnson was born and raised in The Bronx and currently calls Queens home.

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Shelter security officers demand better wages, healthcare and work conditions after colleagues death

The website for The MAve Hotel presents itself as your run of the mill “luxury” hotel in the Flatiron district.

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Academic fellowship looks to help young men of color

The story of being the first one in your family to go to college might be cliché to some, but it never stops tugging at a person’s heartstrings.

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Defund delusion?: Activists, elected officials discuss alleged defunding of police

“Mayor de Blasio’s message to New Yorkers today was clear: you will have fewer cops on your streets. Shootings more than doubled again last week,” said Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.

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Hempstead’s Black residents want construction company to know that ‘Black Jobs Matter’

A construction company denied Hempstead’s Black residents jobs.

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Teachers around the city brace for layoffs and pay cuts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has gone the way of Michael Bloomberg by threatening layoffs of city employees, which is leaving workers on edge.

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2020-21 school plans rely on luck, help from Washington D.C.

“This has been a school year unlike any other, and I want to say thank you to our families, teachers, and staff,” said New York Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza in a message thanking students, teachers and staff.

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AFT expands efforts to help Black Lives Matter movement

Another union has made a commitment to assist with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Police, others look for excuses as shootings rise

In a 24-hour span on June 28, 2019, there were five shooting incidents with 7 victims.

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Here we go again: Queens officer suspended for using chokehold

Another day, another story of police violence.

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For all to see: Black death and trauma on display in America

On June 16, 1944, 14-year-old South Carolina resident George Stinney Jr. was executed, via electric chair, for the murder of two white girls.

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