Our Time Press

A Brief History Africans in the Americas

Long time readers of Our Time Press will instantly recognize the figures below from former issues.  However we have acquired thousands of new readers over the years and we thought to start the New Year with excerpts of past issues we call… A Brief History Africans in the Americas Historian John Henrik Clarke was fond […]Read More

Response to a Reader

To the Editor: I love the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. My family and I are newcomers and would like for our local politicians to stop using and abusing the words “black community”.  Yes, we know Bed-Stuy is mostly black, but that will not be the case for very long. We wish you would include others like Hispanics, […]Read More

The View from Here … Our Mayor's Choices

People like Mayor Michael Bloomberg give billionaires a bad name. His sudden appointment of Cathie Black to head the New York City School system of 1.1 million young people, 71%  of them Black and Hispanic, shows a complete and total disdain for the opinions, passions and desires of New Yorkers in general and of African-American […]Read More

An Interview with … DR. MAYA ANGELOU The Writer's Message

Scholars will spend their entire careers and earn their doctorates studying the papers of writer and poet Maya Angelou now that they are housed in Harlem at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library.  We were honored to speak with Ms. Angelou about this  acquisition for […]Read More

Montgomery for the People

We had not planned to offer any endorsements this year, but we picked up a Mark Pollard Democrat for State Senate card, and referring to State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, it reads, “After 13 consecutive terms and 26 long years, it’s time to welcome in new independent leadership that understand the needs of our changing community […]Read More

Book Review: Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority

In an African-American-run school system, Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by advertising pioneer Tom Burrell, would be required reading with elements starting in the 6th grade and increasingly deeper analysis through high school. The results would be young people who shop less, think more and don’t aspire to be studs or sluts and […]Read More