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Day: <span>October 13, 2017</span>

US Virgin Islands: The American citizens battered by hurricane Maria

Most of the 100,000 citizens here have no drinkable water or power, but the territory has been overlooked in the storm’s aftermath By Oliver Laughland in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands If Irma hit like a right hook, then Maria was the sucker punch, battering the islanders while they were already down. Almost a month […]readmore

Working to Rewrite the Narrative: the CUNY Black Male Initiative

Last Friday, more than 1,000 students, faculty, administrators and parents from communities throughout the tristate area convened on Bedford Avenue at Medgar Evers College for the 12th Annual CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference. The conference is a CUNY-wide initiative intended to enrich and support the educational success of males from underrepresented groups, particularly African-American, Caribbean […]readmore


USA WEEK IN REVIEW The State of the Union: Just when you thought that you heard it all, Republican US Senator Bob Corker said last week, “I think that Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos,” meaning Trump, POTUS […]readmore

Thinker’s Notebook: Chasing Kaepernick

For this week’s column, I humbly present to you a story about a regular guy from Brooklyn and his quest to meet with the most polarizing name in sports today, Colin Kaepernick. This is a fascinating story, filled with suspense, plot twists and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you on the edge of your […]readmore

Brooklyn Millennials Comedian Franchesca Ramsey and Black Lives Matter’s Opal

Black millennial Brooklynites MTV and Comedy Central comedian Franchesca Ramsey and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi are speaking out about the 23 percent of Brooklynites who are living in poverty and the impact of volunteering, advocacy and philanthropy to make a positive difference. They are ambassadors for the Brooklyn Community Services ONE Brooklyn Community […]readmore

President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal Reduces Federal Funding for Coverage

National Political…Local Consequences 52% of Kings County children are covered through Medicaid. The budget cuts being proposed in congress would cause long term, intergenerational harm, affecting all in our community particularly the poorest. What they are debating, is how much health care our children can have. Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance […]readmore

Randall Woodfin, Mayor-Elect: 5th Black Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

By Bonnyeclaire Smith-Stewart Personal interest in the recent mayoral election in Birmingham, Alabama could be attributed to three connections. It is the city of my birth. I am an African-American woman who experienced firsthand segregation. My interest in history commands notice of change. As a historian, my vision extends beyond current events to the preceding […]readmore

Dr. Joan Maynard Street Co-Naming Ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 14 at

The public is invited to a street co-naming for Dr. Joan Maynard, the founding executive director of Weeksville Heritage Center, this Saturday, October 14 starting at 1:00pm at 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. (Between Bergen Street & St. Marks Avenue) Joan Cooper was born in Brooklyn in 1928. Her father, John Cooper, a ventriloquist, and […]readmore