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Day: <span>January 26, 2012</span>

View From Here: On the State of the Union

How African-Americans are being used so far in this election season should be a cause for instruction on the depth of the situation we’re in. The Republicans are using racist themes and buzzwords as a full-throated rallying cry to bring their troops out, while the Democrats share a love that dare not speak its name. […]Read More

RED TAILS: Blasts Black American History into Theatres

“Red Tails,” George Lucas’ major motion picture tribute to the Tuskegee Airman, was released just a few days after Martin Luther King, Jr. ’s birthday and became the “must see movie” in Black communities nationwide. For opening weekend, the action/fighter pilot film was the destination of bus trips packed with church groups and youth organizations, […]Read More

A transcript of President Obama's 2012 State of the Union

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought […]Read More

Lia Neal: Swimming to make the Olympics

Sixteen-year-old Brooklyn native Lia Neal recently had an extraordinary run at the CeraVe Invitational, a three-day swim meet at Rutgers University Sonny Werblin Recreation Center. Neal and her teammate, Annie Zhu, a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School, represented their Asphalt Green United Aquatics team. AGUA is Manhattan’s leading competitive swim team. Neal set a […]Read More

Eye On The Politics: Atlantic Yards Project

For all the good that they do, occasionally, local elected officials do something that makes you want to say, “Hmmm?” Last Sunday, State Senator Eric Adams teamed with Assemblymen Hakeem Jeffries and Karim Camara to call “Foul” over “Failure of Barclay Arena Developer to Score on Community Givebacks.” Claiming that “many of the community benefits […]Read More

City’s Commitment To Vocational Schools Questioned

Reorganization of Maxwell could spell end of cosmetology program — If Brooklyn students want to take up a trade such as cosmetology, medical assisting or fashion, William H. Maxwell High School in East New York was historically the school to attend, but with the city now slating to close or drastically change the vocational school […]Read More

Charter High School Students Want Their School To Remain Open

The Williamsburg Charter High School, a new “State-of-the-Art” high school located on Varet Street in Brooklyn, has been put on probation and may have its charter removed at the end of this school year, forcing hundreds of children to have their education interrupted midway through their high school years. The New York City Department of […]Read More

Kings County Politics: Barron likes chances in Bed-Stuy

If Bedford-Stuyvesant proves to be the bellwether district in deciding the 10th Congressional District race, then City Councilman Charles Barron likes his chances. Barron, along with incumbent Rep. Ed Towns and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries are all vying for the seat in the district that covers a wide swath of Brooklyn. Pundits believe that if each […]Read More