Year in review: July-December

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

East Harlem community leader Rosa Pascale dies at age 92.

President Obama gives a speech on the importance of education. Many schools refrain from showing the broadcasted speech, fearing that Obama is pushing his political agenda on children. A day after, the president addresses a joint session of Congress about the importance of health care reform. During his speech, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson heckles Obama, yelling out "You lie!"

Bill Thompson wins the Democratic primary for mayor, beating City Councilman Tony Avella.

Kanye West makes headlines after he goes on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards when county singer Taylor Swift accepts her award for Best Female Video. West takes the mic from Swift and says Beyonce Knowles video for "Single Ladies" was "one of the best videos of all time."

The NYPD is accused of beating Yolanda Matthew, a 54-year-old disabled Black woman, after she tells officers to stop beating a Black man in front of her home.

The 40th annual African-American Day Parade takes place in Harlem.

Dancer and choreographer Shawneequa Baker-Scott dies at age 76.

The 38th annual Urban League Classic is held at Giants Stadium between Morgan State University and Winston-Salem State University. Morgan State University wins the game 16 to 10.

Tennis player Serena Williams is slapped with a $10,000 fine after she yells at a linewomen for making a call that resulted in her opponent getting two points at the U.S. Open.

Gov. David Paterson announces that he will still run for New York State governor in 2010, even though President Obama tried to detour him from doing so.

An 18-year-old Hofstra University co-ed accuses four Black and Latino men of raping her in a bathroom stall. The student later recants her story, confessing that the sex act was consensual.

Oprah Winfrey holds a live taping of her talk show in Central Park.

Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone dies at age 69.

In runoff races, John Liu and Bill de Blasio win the Democratic nomination for comptroller and public advocate. Assemblyman Keith Wright is elected the new county leader.

The nation is in shock when reports from Chicago surface about the beating death of 17-year-old Derrion Albert. The honor student is caught in a fight between two rival gangs. The beating is caught on video and attracts national attention about youth violence.

President Obama becomes the first U.S. president to preside over the United Nations Security Council.

The third annual African Day Parade takes place in Little Senegal in Harlem.


As the race for mayor rolls on, reports surface that Michael Bloomberg has spent $200 million to defeat Democratic candidate Bill Thompson

Violence erupts in Harlem when several gang members are involved in a shootout in front of P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson School. The incident occurs during early morning hours while students are in school. Three teens involved are taken to the hospital for injuries.

Off-duty NYPD Officer Andrew Kelly fatally mows down Brooklyn resident Vionique Valnord while she is hailing a cab. Kelly was allegedly driving drunk and a blood alcohol test is taken seven hours after the incident showing that there is no alcohol in his system.