Year in review: July-December

Cyril Josh Barker | 5/23/2013, 2:52 p.m.


A public memorial service is held for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. An estimated 1 billion viewers watch the service broadcasted around the world. In New York, crowds watch the service outdoors on Jumbotrons in Times Square and at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza. The Apollo Theater also hosts a public memorial catering to thousands of fans.

New York City native Ursula Burns becomes the first African-American woman to be in charge of a Fortune 500 company when she becomes CEO of the Xerox Corporation. Forbes magazine names her the 14th most powerful woman in the world.

Due to a coup in Albany, the State Senate doesn't vote on renewing Mayor Bloomberg's control of city schools, giving control back to the Board of Education.

Bernie Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in federal prison for being the perpetrator of a Ponzi scheme.

The Rev. Dr. Brad R. Braxton resigns as senior minister of the Riverside Church after only nine months on the job. Braxton cites differences between him and the congregation as his reason for leaving.

Opera singer Betty Allen Lee dies at age 82.

Gov. Paterson announces he will appoint Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor.

Elias Ramirez, 23, is fatally shot at Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn. The shooting outrages residents because the incident happened less than 150 feet from an NYPD Mobile Command Center.

Retired NFL football great Steve McNair is fatally shot in a murder-suicide by his mistress, who turned the gun on herself after shooting him in Nashville, Tenn.

Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry is arrested and charged with stalking his former girlfriend.

President Obama makes a two-day trip to the African nation of Ghana.

"The Wendy Williams Show" premiers, starring the famed WBLS radio personality, with her famous greeting, "How you doin?" The daytime talk show is broadcasted several times a day on FOX, My Networks and BET.

Vibe magazine folds after 16 years in publication. The magazine, founded by Quincy Jones, is later bought by Uptown Media Group and begins publishing quarterly.

Celebrating 100 years, the NAACP holds it's national convention in New York City. The six-day event brings thousands of members of the civil right organization to the Big Apple. President Obama also addresses the organization and Julian Bond receives the Spingarn Medal.

Jaselle Page is killed during a shooting at a playground in Bushwick, Brooklyn, while protecting her nephew from flying bullets.

A report issued by City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson indicates that the Black unemployment rate has risen four times as fast as it has for the rest of New Yorkers.

Shem Walker, 49, is fatally shot by an undercover NYPD officer. Walker confronted the man, who he didn't know was an officer, standing in front of his mother's house.

CNN airs "Black in America 2." The two-part series focuses on solutions for problems that are faced by Blacks and celebrates triumphs.

Beloved former principal of Brooklyn's Boys and Girls High School Frank Mickens dies at age 63.