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Day: <span>April 20, 2017</span>

WHAT’S GOING ON By Victoria Horsford

HARLEM, USA  The 4/12 Schomburg Fete was quite an elaborate party. New Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young was formally introduced to library members and friends.   Since his December arrival at the Schomburg, Young has been named New Yorker Magazine poetry editor, arguably a first for an African-American. Once the program began, literary lion James Baldwin […]readmore


By Selma M. Jackson My mother and my grandmother both lived to be 94 years old. The year before my mother died I asked myself how did I want to enjoy my golden years. If I wanted to be around as long as they were and what would I do for the next 30+ years? […]readmore

Educator Makes Encore Performance as Storyteller

By Margo Janet McKenzie At six o’clock one evening came Cynthia Goodison Tompkins taking deliberate steps and steadied by a thick black cane as she walked toward the church where she would sit to talk about one of her second acts in life–storytelling. Tompkins, whose first act was teaching for 30 years, boasts about working […]readmore

Nadler Pushes For Kushner Suspension Of Security Clearance

Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-Western Brooklyn, Manhattan) last week joined several Democratic House members in writing to the FBI and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requesting that they suspend White House Senior Advisor and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s security clearance. The group of lawmakers including Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), […]readmore

DeVos Civil Rights Office Pick Once Claimed Discrimination for Being

by Safia Samee Ali Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has appointed as the acting head of the department’s Office for Civil Rights a woman who once complained of discrimination for being white. The appointment has civil rights advocates leery of the choice. Attorney Candice Jackson, who was announced as the deputy assistant secretary in […]readmore

NYC’s Homeless Shelters: What Happened to “Fair Share”

By Akosua K. Albritton “Un-‘Fair’ and against the law!” This was the message of a rally of Crown Heights residents at the Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza recently.   For the residents, the unequal bed counts in the communities tell an open tale of inequality: Crown Heights has 1,779; Bed-Stuy 1,527 and Park Slope has 331 while Bensonhurst, […]readmore

Herkimer Street Apartments to Go Dark: Losing Line-of-Sight and Light

Tenants of 400 Herkimer Street held a rally this past Saturday, to protest developer Candor Capital new building, being right up against 400 Herkimer Street, is taking out 18 bedroom, kitchen and bathroom windows affecting 12 apartments.  Neither the building manager at 400 Herkimer, Mr. Delwar Hussain of Surat Realty or Mr. Shlomo Sinay of […]readmore