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Day: <span>January 30, 2014</span>

President Obama Pledges Action With, or Without, Congress

In the traditional presidential State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama outlined a “plan of action” of what he wanted to accomplish with or without the partnership of a recalcitrant Congress. The president spoke of how, while the stock market has surged after four years of economic growth, “those at the top have never […]readmore

Empire State Development and MTA: Forest City Ratner and Greenland

By Mary Alice Miller Details of Forest City Ratner’s proposed joint venture with Greenland Holding Group were revealed in an Empire State Development (ESD) memorandum. The proposed transaction with Greenland would transfer FCRC’s interests and obligations in the Land Acquisition Agreement (including property acquired via eminent domain and reduced payments for MTA property) to the […]readmore

Weeksville asks de Blasio to be let into city’s cultural

Says Bloomberg political allocations left office with the former billionaire mayor By Stephen Witt The Weeksville Heritage Center, which documents and preserves the history of the free, self-sufficient 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, is looking to get a little help from City Hall – namely to gain entrance onto the city’s Cultural Institutions Group […]readmore

A Case for Black gentrification in Central Brooklyn

Longtime residents fight to keep the African-American legacy alive in Central Brooklyn By Stephen Witt African-American residents, property owners and activists of Bedford-Stuyvesant are pushing back against the long-held collective society belief that little can be done to stop white gentrification. This despite the fact that battle lines are being drawn along fronts like Tompkins […]readmore


Part 1: We Came Before Columbus – Evidence of Africans in the Americas before Europeans. Part 2: Slavery – What were the economic benefits to Europeans for owning African-Americans as chattel property? Slavery as Big Business. Part 3: Slave Labor Supports the U.S. Economy. Part 4: Enslaved African Revolts-Civil Rights and Black Militancy (From Part […]readmore

Brooklyn Has an Answer: Reading and Writing about Us

By Morgan Powell Seven years working in the County of Kings – most recently as a journalist – has solidified my conviction: Sankofa!  Knowing the paths we’ve walked sharpens our perspective as we move forward.  This article is about Brooklyn’s African-American journey in print.  A book like this has the power to connect the nostalgic […]readmore

Sen. Montgomery Reports: Along Brooklyn’s Western Waterfront, Industrial Revolution In

New Community Partnerships to be Forged; Strategic Plans for Thousands  of Job Opportunities in Development The Brooklyn Navy Yard is enjoying unparalleled success and worldwide visibility, thanks to the efforts of its development corporation, strong anchor tenants like Steiner Studios and the unique creative spirit of Brooklynites “to make a way”. Now, community leaders are […]readmore